Useful links: Accessible New Year?, Responsive, App/Apple, Women in Tech

A Resolution for an Accessible New Year talks about the Fix the Web project and gives details and ideas about how you can participate in fixing the web.

The Goldilocks Approach to Responsive Web Design takes a different approach to the concept. Sure to be discussed widely, so go read it.

Understanding Apple is a review of the biography of Steve Jobs with lessons extracted and applied to app developers. Very interesting and worth considering if you are developing apps.

Emily Lewis decided to speak out about her experiences with the long-festering topic of ignorant male colleagues that plagues women in tech. It’s a part of her Here’s Hoping essay.

Useful links: Interoperability, Organizing mobile, Moms with apps

CSS, HTML, ARIA, browsers, assistive technology and interoperability

Organizing Mobile. I don’t often link to A List Apart, because I assume everyone is already reading it without my encouragement. But just in case you aren’t, check out this post by Luke Wroblewski.

A group of women app developers are online at They share all kinds of helpful info about creating and marketing apps. Not just for women.

Useful links: Tech in ed, microformats on Facebook, App resource

The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools. Don’t know how I missed this back in July, but I just found it.

Facebook Quietly Adds Microformats to “Download Your Info” Feature. A little slow of the uptake, wasn’t it?

For those of you in the business of making apps, a site you may learn a lot from is Moms with Apps. They concentrate on branding, marketing, and practical matters such as getting an app ready to put in the App Store.

Apps Against Abuse

The White House has challenged developers to develop apps that help prevent abuse. The announcement at is called Apps Against Abuse.

The challengeVice President Biden and Secretary Sebelius are honored to announce a challenge that encourages the development of applications that provide college students and young adults with the tools to help prevent dating violence and sexual assault. The application envisioned will offer individuals a way to connect with trusted friends in real-time to prevent abuse or violence from occurring. While the application will serve a social function of helping people stay in touch with their friends, it will also allow friends to keep track of each other’s whereabouts and check in frequently to avoid being isolated in vulnerable circumstances.

Information about the challenge, the prizes, the judges, and details for how to enter are all at the above URL.

Location based music performance

No, I’m not talking about a live band. I’m talking about an app that plays music – but only in certain locations.

Is that brilliant, creative thinking, or what?

Right now, there’s an app for music you can hear in Washington DC on The National Mall. The music you hear depends on your path through the area. The band is called Bluebrain and they are planning more location based musical journeys.

The National Mall by BLUEBRAIN. The First Location-Aware Album from BLUEBRAIN on Vimeo.

This is like installation art. It’s installation music.