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Web Design for the IoT Generation

By David Manjra in web design

Web design used to be a simple affair. Code it up, load it up, sit back and enjoy the traffic. [takes sip of martini] But over the last 12 years. It has become more and more complicated. Mainly because of the rise in the number and types of devices which are now web enabled. In 2007, the first iphone brought with it, the ability to browse websites in desktop mode – ground breaking at the time.

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Real insight into what types of devices are browsing your site – right now!

By David Manjra in Interesting

Handsetdetection.com analytics – the low down. The handsetdetection.com platform is used by some of the very largest digital businesses and agencies to enable customised user content (and experience) to enable the very best engagement with each visitor to websites and other digital environments. But there is so much more. You have probably seen the handsetdetection dashboard, visible when you log in. Once you have connected individual sites to the service, there is a click through to site-specific analytics – and that’s when you start to get in-depth information about the devices currently browsing your site.

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Website Device Detection

By David Manjra in Interesting

We all share the same objective – To create the very best user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) for our website visitors. In recent years, websites have been able to offer simple viewing adjustments, known as responsive sites, which makes slight adjustments to the site layout depending on what device is viewing – but it is basic and extremely limited. There is a better way. An enterprise grade way of ensuring the very best experience for users.

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Responsive Design - The rise and fall

By David Manjra in Interesting

Responsive – it’s a great name and the concept is a simple one. The site adjusts its layout, based on browser size rather than device. When setting up the new website, you upload different image sizes (usually three sizes) and the responsive CMS does the rest. Sounds great – right? Well, almost. In some cases, for simple websites, it’s a one size fits all solution [or three in this case], but you get the principle.

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Detect Faster

By Richard Uren in updates

Detect Faster !

This week we’ve completed an overhaul of our device detection rule set. The change makes our detection tables 25% smaller which results in a 15% to 25% performance improvement. Updates are live now and apply to all HD3 and HD4 customers. The optimization came about for work we’re doing on HD5.

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Detect All Device Types

By David Manjra in updates

Detect all things - even the TV!

Since our launch in 2008, there have been a lot of changes to the digital world. Most of them exciting, including the ability to browse the web from your fridge, but that’s a whole other story. One of the most interesting recent platforms is in home entertainment, that being the connected TV and gaming devices.

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Device Database Updates with RSS

By Richard Uren in updates

We’ve recently added RSS feeds for devices, platforms, browsers and apps. Its the prefect way to follow along with additions and updates to our real time detection database.

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Improving Apple Device Detection Accuracy

By Richard Uren in updates

Apple’s devices have always presented a challenge for web analytics companies as all their devices, for each device family, use the same HTTP headers or User-Agent. This makes differentiating between different iPhone models impossible using web requests alone.

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Device detection for Logstash !

By Richard Uren in updates

Ever wanted a high performance device detection plugin for Logstash ? Well, wait no longer, we’ve just released one ! :-) Full details on plugin configuration and installation are available at our Device Detection for Logstash repo. The plugin can also detect browsers, operating systems (platforms) and apps. It also supports “ultimate”, “community” and “cloud” detection methods. Cloud detection sends requests to our servers for resolution. Ultimate and Community are both super fast local detection methods which run on your own servers.

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New Global Locations

By Richard Uren in updates

Just a quick note today to let you know that we’ve added two new global locations, Sydney (Oceania) and Singapore (Asia) to our global of points of presence. This makes detection requests for customers using Cloud (our API web service) and Express (our javascript detection snippet) much snappier in the Asia pacific region. Sydney and Singapore join Germany and USA as countries where we host clusters.

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