Is the iPad Not Mobile?

The popular iOS app, Flipboard, aims to elevate content layout and interaction on the web.

Flipboard for mobile web is a case study in pushing the browser to its limits. While this approach may not be suitable for all applications, for us it’s enabled a level of interaction and performance that rivals native apps.

Flipboard.com’s approach largely involves eschewing traditional HTML, CSS, & Javascript, in favor of HTML5’s canvas element.

While interesting (and a bit over my head), why is it that when visiting Flipboard.com on the iPad, we’re presented with a roadblock page, instructing us to use the iPad app for “the best Flipboard experience”?

Where’s the mobile canvas experience that rivals native apps?

flipboard-ipad-screenshot

Input type=email, Most Commonly Used Advanced Input Type

Poll results: popular input types

The results are surprising, while I expected date and number to end in first and second place, the most popular type was actually email.

Personally, I would have guessed that type="tel" would be leading the charge. Not for telephone entries specifically, but any input that is expecting a number of any kind, the type="tel" attribute invokes the number keyboard on iOS devices; Minus the finicky limitations that are associated with type="number".

Grunticon

Grunticon – A Flexible SVG Workflow

Grunticon is a Grunt.js task that makes it easy to use SVGs for crisp, resolution independent icons, logos, illustrations and background images. SVGs aren’t supported everywhere so Grunticon auto-generates bitmap (PNG) fallback images and loads the right format for compatibility with pretty much any browser

If you’re just getting started with SVG’s, this may be a bit intense. Otherwise, this grunt task looks like it contains some useful options, such as auto-generating fallbacks for that sometimes-we-still-need-to-support IE8.

Safari iOS Bigger Than Firefox

Safari iOS bigger than Firefox; non-Google Chromia bigger than Safari Mac

  • Safari on iOS is now bigger than Firefox.
  • The non-Google Chromia are now bigger than Safari on Mac.
  • Mobile is at 31% of overall browser market share. That’s nearly one third.
  • The Blink rendering engine is now at 43% market share.

Non-Google Chromia is the open-source Chromium, which is often installed on mobile devices by default, for example, on Samsung phones.

Today, on This, a Friday

Criminal: Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
The title name alone may lead you to believe that this podcast started before the blockbuster Serial Podcast, but in fact it’s been around for quite some time. A great, quick listen.

A Chance to Salvage a Master’s Creation
A landmark in my hometown of Goshen, NY, faces demolition. It’d be a shame to not bring this unique building back to life.

Wild Cherry – Sublime / Zsh theme
This is so god damn colorful, I couldn’t help myself and am now using the color schemes in iTerm and Sublime Text. The nifty repository status emoji’s are for Zsh only.

Days Before Xmas

Richard Pryor, A Comedy Pioneer Who Was ‘Always Whittling On Dynamite’
This story opens with a poignant look at racism from the 70’s which is incredibly relevant, still today.

Chris Rock On Finding The Line Between Funny And ‘Too Far’
Chris Rock is fantastic.

How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of ‘New Puberty’
Super interesting, particularly if you’re raising a girl.