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May 21, 2013 4

Slips for FreeAgent, simple time tracking for Freelancers & Small Businesses

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Get Slips now: We (Rareloop) have just released our first Mac App via the App Store, it’s an easy to use menu bar timer that keeps track on how long you’re spending on tasks. It’s integrated directly with FreeAgent so re-billing your time couldn’t be easier. We originally wrote Slips for internal use at […]

November 26, 2012 29

Offline First – A better HTML5 User Experience

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This year at Full Frontal, offline enabled web site/apps were a recurring theme. Paul Kinlan gave an excellent talk entitled ‘Building Web Apps of the future. Tomorrow, today and yesterday’ (his slides are available here), in which he compared the ‘offline’ user experience provided by the top 50 or so iOS and Android apps with […]

September 28, 2012 0

FormAgent: Data collection evolved

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This week my company Rareloop launched a preview of a new product FormAgent. For anyone who’s been reading the blog for a while it might seem familiar, in fact its a technology we’ve been developing for a year and powers quite a few of the projects done at Rareloop. FormAgent is the simplest way to […]

July 5, 2012 0

Using Android tablets to reduce the cost of large scale surveying

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Rareloop teamed up with Gamos to deliver a powerful Android based digital survey for the highly respected UK NGO, Tearfund. Gamos have over 20 years experience providing research and detailed evaluation/analysis to the development sector. Given the enormous amounts of data collected and the complex statistical analysis required, partnering with Gamos ensured that both the […]

July 2, 2012 2,467

Digital brochure app for PlayBook – Clinic Beauty

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Our latest app project at Rareloop has been a digital brochure for Southampton based Clinic Beauty. Written for the BlackBerry PlayBook (using HTML5/WebWorks) the app combines stunning brochure content and Rareloop’s own data collection framework to aid with the companies sales efforts. Taking cues from their work with HTML5 magazines for tablets, Rareloop created a […]

June 11, 2012 2

.net mag: Create a page turn effect with CSS3 [Read Online]

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The tutorial I wrote for the January edition of .net mag is now available to read online. The tutorial shows how to make a page turn effect, similar to the one found in Flux, with JavaScript and CSS3. Enjoy!

May 17, 2012 14

Installing Weinre on Mac OS X

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If you haven’t checked out Weinre, you really ought to! Weinre is a debugger for web pages, like FireBug (for FireFox) and Web Inspector (for WebKit-based browsers), except it’s designed to work remotely, and in particular, to allow you debug web pages on a mobile device such as a phone. While not as good as […]

May 10, 2012 3

Testing mobile web apps on real devices

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When developing HTML5 web apps for mobiles and tablets, simulators and emulators can only take you so far. The sooner you can test on real devices the sooner you can catch real life usability issues and vendor implementation quirks. This post outlines a technique for rapidly testing code changes with real devices.

April 22, 2012 9

Flux Slider wins third place in Mozilla’s March Dev Derby

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Flux Slider has placed third in Mozilla’s March Dev Derby, which was all about CSS 3D Transforms! The quality of the competition was incredibly high so its a real honour to place in the top three. You can see my demo here, but its also really worth checking out some of the other submissions. Flux […]

April 22, 2012 0

Interview for Sandbox’s ‘Rockstar Developer’ feature

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Sandbox is a subscription only music industry marketing magazine by Music Ally. They’ve just started a regular feature called ‘Rockstar Developers’ and they kindly ask to interview me for the latest edition (issue 58). So if you have a subscription and fancy hearing my thoughts on mobile development trends for 2012 head on over to […]