Encryption is increasingly an important and relevant topic when it comes to web development (security, ServiceWorker-powered offline pages, etc), but the costs involved make it prohibitive to devs wanting to dip their toes in the subject. Let’s Encrypt looks to offer a free service which should be a big help to everyone in making the web more secure but also more available when stuck in a tunnel somewhere without wifi.
Tim Kadlec discusses it in his “Taking Let’s Encrypt for a Spin” article.
A list of all the new toys to play with as a web developer in iOS 9 Safari. 3D Touch, new Responsive Web Design breakpoints, native integration and HTML5 APIs; there’s a lot to get your hands on.
Chris Coyier outlines a server-side approach to cutting the mustard (the technique employed in the BBC News website to serve users relevant content based on their device capability).
Shame on you mobile Safari on iOS! Great breakdown on mobile browser cache sizes.
A comprehensive technical breakdown on the Nintendo Wii U internet browser over on the Wii U Brew website.
Ok; I was skeptical about the Google Chromecast. When it was released in the states I didn’t immediately bite (despite it being cheap enough to import). I’m mainly an iOS user (and fan) and so I wasn’t sure I’d get enough use out of a wifi HDMI dongle that presumably might see most support on Android.
But I was kinda wrong.
The device doesn’t really do anything I couldn’t already achieve through other means, be it wired connections or whatever. But there’s a certain cool factor to being able to control what’s on your television with your smart device and my kids have seemingly bought into it big time. I found it hard to wrestle my iPhone away from my youngest today once she got used to loading up various childrens content from BBC iPlayer and when she did give me my phone back it was to swap for the Google Nexus 7 that offered the same functionality of controlling her content from the sofa.
My eldest also found it very cool and it prompted her to download a few apps to her Moto G to take proper advantage of the device.
As for me? I tried casting some sports from Google Chrome via the BT Sport website last night (after installing the Google Cast extension) but found the sound cut out from the transmission. Maybe it’s a Microsoft Silverlight issue as I found various Adobe Flash content streamed just fine (BBC News, YouTube, etc). I read that when casting from the Chrome browser to use the lower bitrate 720p setting but I found the highest 720p setting worked just fine; there was no difference between the slightly jerky frame rate I was viewing on the television (but obviously the picture quality looked a little better).
Overall, I think the device is worth buying and I really hope developers adopt it wholeheartedly. I’m very tempted to go do some tinkering with it myself… 🙂
Very cool feature on Google Chrome; record your actions and playback later for bulletproof demos.
Some good stuff on this article on 20 Snippets You should be using from Html5 Boilerplate.