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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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HTML 5 & web fonts; exciting times

With (stan¬≠dards-com¬≠pli¬≠ant) brows¬≠er inno¬≠va¬≠tion firm¬≠ly back on the agen¬≠da, there‚Äôs a lot of excit¬≠ing new tech¬≠nol¬≠o¬≠gy to get to grips with. This week, Google have thrown their weight firm¬≠ly behind HTML5, while a new start-up aims to bring web fonts to all.

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Thoughts on Google Chrome

As you have no doubt noticed, today saw the release of Google‚Äôs new brows¬≠er, Chrome. As is usu¬≠al, reac¬≠tions have run the gamut from ‚Äúit will kick all kinds of arse‚ÄĚ to ‚Äúmeh‚ÄĚ. Some have said it will take Fire¬≠fox‚Äôs mar¬≠ket share (with¬≠in three months, appar¬≠ent¬≠ly), but I don‚Äôt agree; I‚Äôll explain why short¬≠ly, after this bit of link love.

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Visualising search relevance with Google charts

Some search engines, par­tic­u­lar­ly on con­tent man­age­ment sys­tems, give a per­cent­age fig­ure for the rel­e­vance of a result to your search term. When view­ing a lot of results on a page, the fig­ures can tend to run into one anoth­er and be hard to quick­ly distinguish.

This was the case with a client site I‚Äôm build¬≠ing using CMS Made Sim¬≠ple at the moment, and the results page suf¬≠fered from a lack of clar¬≠i¬≠ty. Think¬≠ing of a way to sim¬≠pli¬≠fy the page, I remem¬≠bered the old adage ‚Äúa pic¬≠ture is worth a thou¬≠sand words‚ÄĚ and hit upon the idea of using Google‚Äôs Chart API to replace the figures:

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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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