Peter VanRysdam / Technology / May 14th, 2012

Summing Up Web & Mobile Development News For May

Another month of progress, that’s how I look at it. Browsers are getting better, apps more plentiful, and websites more effective. Sounds like a good month to me! So, on to the news: Comscore: There’s an app for… everything (report) – via ZDNet
The summary says it all: “Those accessing the mobile web rarely use a mobile browser, instead choosing some of the millions of apps.” Really? well they have numbers to back it up. In fact, they’ve found an 80/20 split favoring apps to browsers. That’s odd, because I heard… The App is Dead (OK Not Really, But The Browser Is Back) – Via ReadWriteWeb
OK, let’s get our stories straight, guys! This article quptes SAY Media’s Alex Schliefer as saying “if it can be done on the Web, build it for the Web.” Well with HTML5 technologies, chances are it can. Obviously, given the differences in these two stories, the hury is still out. 6 Tools to Build a Mobile App on the Cheap – Via Mashable
Wait, aren’t apps dead? I’m so confused. If you’re interested in creating an app, despite the dying industry (just kidding), here are some good tips to get started. RIM Releases BlackBerry 10 to Developers – Via Mashable
Well that should save apps. RIM’s Secret Weapon for Reviving BlackBerry: HTML5 – Via Mashable
Luckily, one of the estimated 7 people that attended RIM’s yearly conference was a reporter. That’s how we know that they plan to jump on the HTML5 bandwagon in an effort to become relevant again. Well, that’s a start. Maybe BB10 is worth a second look. Is Microsoft blocking Chrome and Firefox from native Windows RT a big deal? –  Via ZDNet
I couldn’t come up with a good segway for this article, so you’ll have to deal with the rought transition to browser news. Ah, antitrust law. Ain’t it fun? It’s their device, so can’t they say what goes on it? Precedence says no, and so do Google and Mozilla. To end this week, I found a handfull of articles that should help you get more out of your website. Let’s learn together, shall we? How to speed up your website – Via Web Designer Depot
Speed is not only important to most users, but also to the search engines, who use it in their ranking algorithm. This article gives some great tips for improving speed without sacrificing the site’s visual appeal. Posting a price list on your web site: does it work or fail? – Via Web Designer Depot
This is a question many people struggle with when putting a site together. Sure, you want people to get all the info they can from your site, but you also want to be able to justify and defend your pricing in person or on the phone. Here’s an article that talks pros and cons with some good, real-world examples. Are Visitors to Your Site Pushing Your Buttons? – Via Mashable
At the end of the day, it’s all about conversions. So, are your calls to action prompting action? Here are some good tips to declutter,  reformat, and rename your CTAs for more clicks. What news stuck out to you this month?