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The Nokia Lumia 920 is a strikingly designed phone that has caught the attention of users worldwide. A funky, brightly coloured exterior has been combined with a speedy and functional operating system to give users access to the powerful Windows 8 experience in their pockets.
Microsoft originally launched the Surface tablet series in June 2012. Tablets have become popular recently but this is not Microsoft's first tablet; their first was launched in 2001, long before the iPad and the recent android devices. Microsoft state that their new tablet "brings together the best of Microsoft in one awesome new device".
As the mobile market becomes increasingly diverse, native Apps make less and less business sense. The App market is moving toward a "write once, run anywhere" philosophy. This approach has many benefits, the most obvious of which is that you get 3 Apps for the price of 1.
HTML5 is the latest version of the original standard markup language for structuring content for the World Wide Web and displaying web pages. First introduced in 1990, HTML has a focus on exchanging and utilizing information, and HTML5 rationalises, extends and improves the markup available for files and introduces APIs (application programming interfaces) enabling users to program complex web applications. This capacity makes it ideal for cross platform mobile applications, and many features are designed and built to operate on low-powered devices, such as tablets and smartphones, making it the obvious, preferred choice for the future of web development.
Since its release at the end of October 2012, Windows 8 has been steadily gaining traction in the marketplace, and the compatibility of Windows 8 devices is now routinely appearing alongside Apple and Android compatibility.
For many of us, our first web experience would have been on a version of IE.
As technology continues to develop at an amazing rate, so website design is forging ahead in much the same way. Whereas once your average website might have consisted of a few linked pages and not much else, today’s content is more sophisticated, with audio or video options and greater interactivity through online chat, purchasing functions and social media integration.
We look at the history of Windows Phone and why device uptake is on the rise.
The Nokia I remember from my teens is that of a dominant phone maker. The 3210 and 8210 are iconic phones that are remembered fondly (due in no small part to the Snake phenomenon). The introduction of smartphones however, shattered the Nokia dominance.
Umbraco is a great, open source content management system that enables businesses, big and small, to manage and update the content of their websites on a day to day basis. It offers its users all the good things about the open source software model coupled with the security and ready integration that comes from using a Microsoft technology stack.