[news] Slideshare to Offer iPad & iPhone Soon

The latest newsletter of SlideShare announces that they are working on some kind of non-Flash version in order to support iPhone & iPad browsing.

From the email:

If you have been paying attention to the excited chatter about the iPad, then you have probably know that one of discussed issues is how the internet will look on the iPad without Flash.

Well one thing is for sure – SlideShare will look snazzy. It’s still being tinkered with, and is in beta, but we expect SlideShare to be iPad friendly soon.

To check out the Beta, just click on a presentation link – give us feedback – tell us what you would like.

Rest assure, SlideShare will go everywhere you want to take your presentations.

This will be another step towards full-mobility and maybe one of the bricks necessary for a new format of events that does not require a central screen (more on this soon!).

TED Get’s Ready For the iPad by Upgrading It’s Website to HTML5

Chris Anderson, curator of TED Conferences, has just announced on twitter that the TED website has been upgraded to a non-flash version (based on HTML5) that allows you to watch the famous TED Talks on your Apple iPhone (and also in the upcoming iPad). A smart move as the iPad will be hitting the streets in less than one week and it does not support Adobe’s flash web-technology.

TED moves to Non-flash website
Chris Anderson announcing on twitter the Non-flash version of the TED website

Edit: as noted by Nuthinking in the comments (thanks!), TED has not abbandoned the flash-version of the website but created a non-flash version that runs parallel to the other and is the one you are automatically redirected to when accessing with an iPhone (or iPad in the near future).

This is particularly relevant because as iPhones and iPad become ubiquitous, so does the consumption of online content in them and TED has great content to share. Note that I specifically refer to Apple’s products, though they are not the only ones that will benefit from this move. During South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) I noticed that from the population carrying a smartphone, 9 out of 10 had iPhones (sorry, no official statistics) and the iPad pre-sale has presumably sold 500,000 units so far, even before being available at shops!

Edit: it has been just announced on the TED Blog that “TED.com now available in HTML5, serving many mobile platforms, including iPhone, iPad“.

TED Talks on my iPhone
TED Talks as seen on my iPhone

TED Talks on my iPhone
A TED Talk as seen on my iPhone

Conference Basics optimized for your iPhone

WPtouch Plugin for WordPress
WPtouch Plugin for WordPress

I have just installed a new WordPress Plugin, WPTouch, that optimizes your website when accessed online from an iPhone/iPod Touch (see screenshots below). Though it’s not a real app, you can add the site to your home screen and it will appear with a dedicated icon and you will have direct access to the content of the site. To do this just open conferencebasics.com from Safari and then click the “+” button and select “Add to Home Screen”. That’s it!

From the official website:

More than just a plugin, WPtouch is an entire theme package for your WordPress website. Modeled after Apple’s app store design specs, WPtouch makes your WordPress website load lightning fast on touch mobile devices, show your content beautifully, all while not interfering with your regular theme.

According to the developer it should also optimize your blog for Android, Opera Mini mobile, Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm (and iPhone and iPod Touch as said above). You can download the plugin and read the reviews from the WordPress.org website.

I’m still playing with the settings, but until now everything seems to be working ok. Follow some screenshots from Conference Basics seen through an iPhone:

ConfBasics icon on the iPhone
ConfBasics icon on the iPhone (3rd on the 2nd row)
ConfBasics as seen on an iPhone
ConfBasics as seen on an iPhone