I am struck by the number of times the subject of how and where to spend a marketing budget comes up and the company's website doesn't even factor into the conversation. In the last ten years alone, the Yellow Pages phone and business directory has shrunk to less than half of what it was in 2002 (source: http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/Victoria+phonebook+shrinks+half…) and Google searches have risen year after year as shown in the following data.
Google Searches over a ten year period:
1999 (September) -> 3 million a day (Google official history)
Statistics tell us that about 80% of Canadians use a mobile phone, with roughly one quarter of them being smart phones (iPhone, Android, Blackberry etc). Every day, more and more people are accessing the web on their mobile device while on the go. When you consider that mobile plans run their course on 3 year cycles, with options to renew/upgrade sooner, my prediction is that within the next three years you will see a large increase in mobile browsing rates using smart phones such as the iPhone. The question isn't to mobile or not to mobile?
In my last post I outlined some of the benefits of Safari in your day to day browsing. Today I'm going to highlight a lesser-known feature of Safari that might just be the first step in considering Safari for web development as well.
I'm not sure about the general public but for some reason after my somewhat recent upgrade to OSX Snow Leopard - Flash on Firefox just isn't working. In my usual browsing, my Firefox app hangs probably 2-3 times per day, on average. This is all due to Flash elements loading in the page. I've tirelessly searched online for answers, only to find endless threads commending Snow Leopard on being leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessors in terms of speed and reliability. Unfortunately this has not been my experience.
Luckily, I've found a solution. Maybe not one you would expect..