July 2015 - Broken Links Archive

Hardware APIs coming to browsers

There are many future web stack fea¬≠tures that I see as being vital¬≠ly impor¬≠tant to the long-term health of the web. These include exten¬≠si¬≠ble web projects such as web com¬≠po¬≠nents and CSS Hou¬≠di¬≠ni, as well as the script¬≠ing capa¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ties in ES7 and beyond. These fea¬≠tures give devel¬≠op¬≠ers bet¬≠ter tools, and more fine con¬≠trol and power.

But I feel that what’s more impor­tant to the imme­di­ate suc­cess of the web are fea­tures that pro­vide par­i­ty with native mobile apps. I’ve writ­ten pre­vi­ous­ly about the impor­tance of ser­vice work­ers in pro­vid­ing this par­i­ty, but there are also a few new fea­tures break­ing through that I’m equal­ly excit­ed about, as they pro­vide access to pre­vi­ous­ly unavail­able hardware.

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Eddystone ‚ÄĒ A Briefing Note on Google‚Äôs New Beacon Format

Yes¬≠ter¬≠day Google announced ‚ÄėEddy¬≠s¬≠tone‚Äô, a new open Blue¬≠tooth bea¬≠con for¬≠mat which works on Android and iOS. I‚Äôve been doing a bit of read¬≠ing about it to under¬≠stand the tech¬≠nol¬≠o¬≠gy and its poten¬≠tial, and I put togeth¬≠er a brief¬≠ing note about it for my col¬≠leagues. I‚Äôm a believ¬≠er in max¬≠imis¬≠ing returns on my con¬≠tent, so it seems like a good oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty to repub¬≠lish that brief¬≠ing note here.

This is a very rapid and shal­low look into bea­cons, and I’ve no doubt made some omis­sions or inac­cu­ra­cies, so apolo­gies in advance for that. If you think I’ve made any huge over­sights or errors, please feel free to let me know in the comments.

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I‚Äôve updat¬≠ed my Speak¬≠ing page to include more con¬≠fer¬≠ences, more videos, and a lit¬≠tle on my speak¬≠ing require¬≠ments and pref¬≠er¬≠ences. I‚Äôm plan¬≠ning to cut down on the num¬≠ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter¬≠est¬≠ing offers and oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties, so please get in touch if you‚Äôre organ¬≠is¬≠ing an event.

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