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Mobile Web versus Mobile Native Apps

Just 5% of companies that *think* they need a native mobile app need one. Of the remaining 95%, over half *do* need a mobile web strategy.

iPhone In App Purchase Screen Shots : Tap Tap Revenge 3

Soon we’re sure most people will be familiar with the iPhone in app purchase experience. Until then, here’s a screen shot sequence from Tap Tap Revenge 3 showing the (1) in app purchase of some avatar bling, (2) in app purchase of a song and (3) the purchase history for everything.

Tap Tap Revenge 3: In App Purchase: Avatar Bling

iPhone In App Puchases of Tap Tap Revenge 3 Avatar Bling

Tap Tap Revenge 3: In App Purchase: Song

iPhone In App Puchases of Tap Tap Revenge 3 Song

In App Purchase: Purchase Breakdowns

WebOS Update

WebOS auto-updated last night. Time to upgrade your SDK to 1.3.5 and here are a few important things to remember if upgrading.

  • Do not auto-update Virtualbox
  • Follow these instructions if you need to do a clean install

Change a .PNG to .GIF and it’ll still work

Let me say first, don’t use GIF files unless you absolutely need their animation capabilities. Why? Because 8bit PNG files are smaller file size (especially after being run through PNGOUT) and they look much better than GIF.

GIF files are outdated, big and look bad.

That said, there may be times when you’re helping a client that uses GIF files. And sometimes they don’t have the resources to change the code (not just the HTML) to use PNG files. You can still use PNG files but name them with the “.gif” extension. This can come in handy in cases where its needed as a band aid.

The PNG file with a GIF extension will render AOK in IE6, IE7, FF3, Safari and Chrome.

Right click on the web?

At PDC last week Microsoft announced a little detail; Right clicks will be treated as a first class citizens in Windows 7. How long before you think we’ll see right click used more often on the web (or will it ever happen)? I know some web apps that do use right clicking (and it frustrates the heck out of me, since I loose the browser right click menu!).

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