Almost one year ago Slideshare was announcing the development of iPad and Iphone apps and just today it sort of backtracked on that decision by announcing that the whole website has been ported away from Flash and to HTML5, so that it will be usable from desktops and ANY mobile device alike (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, etc). The website is active now and all the backlog of presentations already available on SlideShare should have been automatically updated to be compatible with HTML5 by the end of the year.
Mobile ticketing systems have been around for some years but yet were too complicated for attendees and often required a big investment by the event organizer. Both constraints kept them doing things the good ol’ way but as advanced mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc) become ubiquitous, the possibility of eliminating paper tickets move closer to reality. We have become so dependent on our mobile phones that most people might forget their wallet, their [paper] ticket or the keys but not so their phone.
Mobile ticketing may offer myriad benefits for both event managers and consumers, but most options still require specialized scanning hardware to read the ticket from the user’s device. Not so Twicketer, a new service that delivers event tickets that can be verified and validated right on the smartphone.
Now in beta, Wisconsin-based Twicketer is powered by technology from its Danish parent company, ScreenTicket, that uses a patent-pending system called On Device Verification. How it works: Event managers can send out links with a shortened URL to their events through social media including Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. From there, attendees can buy their mobile tickets online by simply following the included link. Once it’s time for the event, the mobile ticket can be scanned and verified onsite without any scanning hardware. Twicketer charges a service fee of USD 0.99 for every ticket sold; it can also be used to distribute mobile coupons and vouchers. [Via Springwise]
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: