Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Meet the Web Platform Again for the First Time

by Alex Komoroske

Meet the Web Platform Again for the First Time: A few weeks ago one of my developer friends was gushing about the capabilities of his favorite native platform. After every point I felt obliged to point out that the web platform either already had or was actively developing precisely the same capabilities—and then some. He was incredulous. "Prove it," he said.

So I pulled together a few of my favorite examples from the cutting edge of the web platform and recorded three screencasts to help my friend—and others—meet the web platform again for the first time.

The first video, Building on Foundations, goes over how the web platform has been fixing various historical shortcomings and building upon its core strengths, like complicated graphical effects, composability, and advanced text layout.

The next video, Learning from Other Platforms, reviews how the web platform offers new capabilities inspired by successes on other platforms with things like push notifications, payment APIs, and web intents.

The last video, On the Cutting Edge, demonstrates some of the new tricks the web platform is learning, like webcam access, powerful audio APIs, and complicated 3D graphics.

If you're interested in learning more about the technology behind any of the demos, check out the Meet the Web Platform companion guide.

I hope these videos capture your imagination and begin to show what is possible on the web platform. The web platform is evolving at an enormous pace, and I just can't wait to see where it goes next!

by Alex Komoroske, Product Manager

Friday, 16 March 2012

Video about pagination with rel=“next” and rel=“prev”

If you’re curious about the rel=”next” and rel=prev” for paginated content announcement we made several months ago, we filmed a video covering more of the basics of pagination to help answer your questions. Paginated content includes things like an article that spans several URLs/pages, or an e-commerce product category that spans multiple pages. With rel=”next” and rel=”prev” markup, you can provide a strong hint to Google that you would like us to treat these pages as a logical sequence, thus consolidating their linking properties and usually sending searchers to the first page. Feel free to check out our presentation for more information:

This video on pagination covers the basics of rel=”next” and rel=”prev” and how it could be useful for your site.

Slides from the pagination video

Additional resources about pagination include:

  • Webmaster Central Blog post announcing support of rel=”next” and rel=”prev”
  • Webmaster Help Center article with more implementations of rel=”next” and rel=”prev
  • Webmaster Forum thread with our answers to the community’s in-depth questions, such as:

    Does rel=next/prev also work as a signal for only one page of the series (page 1 in most cases?) to be included in the search index? Or would noindex tags need to be present on page 2 and on?
    When you implement rel="next" and rel="prev" on component pages of a series, we'll then consolidate the indexing properties from the component pages and attempt to direct users to the most relevant page/URL. This is typically the first page. There's no need to mark page 2 to n of the series with noindex unless you're sure that you don't want those pages to appear in search results.
    Should I use the rel next/prev into [sic] the
    In regard to using rel=”next” and rel=”prev” for entries in your blog that “are not strictly correlated (but they are just time-sequential),” pagination markup likely isn’t the best use of your time -- time-sequential pages aren’t nearly as helpful to our indexing process as semantically related content, such as pagination on component pages in an article or category. It’s fine if you include the markup on your time-sequential pages, but please note that it’s not the most helpful use case.

    We operate a real estate rental website. Our files display results based on numerous parameters that affect the order and the specific results that display. Examples of such parameters are “page number”, “records per page”, “sorting” and “area selection”...

    It sounds like your real estate rental site encounters many of the same issues that e-commerce sites face... Here are some ideas on your situation:

    1. It’s great that you are using the Webmaster Tools URL parameters feature to more efficiently crawl your site.

    2. It’s possible that your site can form a rel=”next” and rel=”prev” sequence with no parameters (or with default parameter values). It’s also possible to form parallel pagination sequences when users select certain parameters, such as a sequence of pages where there are 15 records and a separate sequence when a user selects 30 records. Paginating component pages, even with parameters, helps us more accurately index your content.

    3. While it’s fine to set rel=”canonical” from a component URL to a single view-all page, setting the canonical to the first page of a parameter-less sequence is considered improper usage. We make no promises to honor this implementation of rel=”canonical.”

Remember that if you have paginated content, it’s fine to leave it as-is and not add rel=”next” and rel=”prev” markup at all. But if you’re interested in pagination markup as a strong hint for us to better understand your site, we hope these resources help answer your questions!

Written by Maile Ohye, Developer Programs Tech Lead

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Google Play: An Awesome Ad

by Flashopen

I was just reading the Google Blog about their new product when I came across with their promotional movie on Youtube and, I really could not resist to leave here a straight reference to it.

In addition, and as a statement, I must say:
The Youtube movie that advertises Introducing Google Play is one of the most inspiring thing that I have seen lately.

This machine is awesome and I would just love to own one of these ☺

Monday, 5 March 2012

HUGO the making of

By Flashopen

Adobe tools as After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro have been used to edit HUGO, the Oscar winner for best Visual Effects of 2012

"Rob Legato shows how Adobe's creative, real-time tools helped bring Martin Scorsese's vision to life"
by Adobe Systems Incorporated

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Angry Birds, now with a moustache

By Flashopen

The addictive and probably the most popular game of all times, Angry birds and available for mobile devices, tablets and in the Social media channels like Google+ and Facebook turns out to be an important inspiration source for other artists as well.

This is the case of Emrah Eski, Turkish creative graphic designer that monetizes the theme of these colourful birds (and pigs) introducing an intelligent, however minimalist, nuance: the moustache!
This work is presented under the title Angry Moustache Birds and it comes together with interior design examples. Brilliant!

Saturday, 3 March 2012

The Sound and Music of Angry Birds

by Flashopen

Ari Pulkkinen, the Finnish composer and sound designer of Angry Birds has been listened for more than 300 millions people world-wide by now.

Two years ago, in the lake at his Summer's music studio in Finland, Ari was surrounded by ducks and he says to have had this kind of feeling that something was about to happen. And it did, obviously!

Its popularity, together with the low-cost game success, has conquered the music world as well, as it has been performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and by the Imperial Academy Orchestra last year.

Interview with Ari Pulkkinen on Vimeo:

SoundWorks Collection: The Sound and Music of Angry Birds
from Michael Coleman on Vimeo

The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs the Angry Birds theme: