Category Archives: Webwag

AlertMachine 1.5 is out: real time push notification for everyone

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We just release “AlertMachine” on iPhone, the latest iteration of our product. It was previously named “iFlow”, but “AlertMachine” is more self explenatory.
Basically, with Alert Machine, you can be notified in real time of any “events” hapenning on the internet and easily manage these event and notifications. You can be notified of:

  • New RSS article (for instance, each time that techrunch is posting a new article)
  • Twitter notification or direct message
  • Facebook event
  • etc….

There is no limitation on the number of feed/event that you can follow.

An API is available if you want to create your own Alerts for this product, more detail soon.

You can download AlertMachine from the AppStor here.

iWebwag for iPhone is out ! RSS reader, tweet, widget and more….

We’ve been quite silent the past monthes, because one of the big project was the launch of our iPhone app, iWebwag! iWebwag is a full widget engine for iPhone, with a very powerfull RSS reader and sharing capacities trough email or Tweeter. Go to our app page description to have a nice overview of the features, but here are a few screen shot of this App. One of the cool feature is the “exposé mode”, where you see all your pages in a single view:

This is a page view. Note that each widget can have different size, choosed by the user:

And now the great news reader:



Webwag widgetize PNDs!

We just announced a few days ago a very exciting things: widgets are coming to your PNDs: Webwag Drives the First Widgets into cars and portable navigation devices.

This is interesting as a stand alone news, but also in the Webwag vision of a converging world where you can access to services around all your connected devices, from your computer, netbook, photo frame, settop box, PND or any connected devices, through a service taking advantage of devices specificites (like GPS for a PND) while taking care of device limitation.
That’s our challenge, and result if exciting for now!
And remember, see you at MWC, Hall2 , Booth 2E59

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Webwag V2.0 mobile beta: the best mobile widget engine ever!

Ok, may be I am a little bit too enthousiate, but really, we are happy with our first realease of V2 Beta.

Features include:

  • A new dashboard, with a “grid layout”, with a cool reflection effect
  • A lot of otpimized function (I’ll go in details later on)

But also, plenty of cool widgets to play with:

  • Enhanced mail
  • Daily comics (Garfield, Dilbert, etc…)
  • Sudoku
  • Wikipedia
  • Google/MSN and Yahoo search
  • Traffic information

And of course, much more handset supports, including blackberries!

But some technical enhancement, interesting for all widget developers:

  • Enhanced “HTML renderer”
  • Much more JavaScript support: JSON creation and serialisation , Date object, etc… I
  • Introduction of some new cool high level objects:
  • TableElem, to easily display table within Widget
  • Container object…

It never been as easy to create mobile widgets, using JavaScript and other standard technologies (XML, HTML, Json,…)

So, I will share with you 20 invites for this new version, available here! be fast:

Snapshots of incoming Webwag Mobile V2 version

Webwag’ve got a new CEO, Stephane Labrunie, coming for IPlay, that’s the first news. The second one is some snapshots of the new incoming V2 version:

Creating widget is still incredibely simple: a few XML lines, a little bit of JavaScript, and you have your mobile widget ready to be deployed! More tutorials will come shortly, but you have some of them on Webwag blog.

Check also the Official Webwag blog.

Mobile Widgets: a comprehensible tutorial

trans_tuto.jpgInterested in creating mobile widgets? Just check our latest tutorial on how to simply create and deploy mobile widgets using Webwga platform using standard and easy to learn technologies, like XML and JavaScript.

Yes, Webwag is since some monthes compliant with JavaScript (in fact a subset of JavaScript), but this make very easy for any Web developer who know a little bit XML/JavaScript to write great mobile widget.

The tutorial describe how to create a translator widget, using a web service and some Ajax techniques. And we’ve just opened the Developers corner on the forum, so support will be given to all our developers.

We are looking for great developers!

Yes, take a look at this post from our corporate blog:

Have you always wanted to work in a company that is at the heart of Mobile and Web 2.0 technologies? Are you a motivated and talented Web developer? Is JavaScript your first language and AJAX definitely not a cleaning product for you? If so, you can send us your resume and motivation email. We have a full time open position to be filled ASAP. Knowing the mobile technologies is of course a big plus.
 
We also have 3 great training period opportunities, starting in April. They will both touche Mobile and Web aspects.

All  positions are based in Bordeaux, France (we may evaluate remote work for proven autonomous people).

Please includereferences to your past accomplishments as they are as important (even more) as your educational background.

To apply, please send an email here (and don’t forget to correct the spam protected email address).

Webwag latest news: iPhone/iPod touch and V2

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Big week for Webwag! After the yesterday announce that Webwag was finalist of the GlobalMobileAwards, we just announce today our new iPhone version. You saw a video some time ago, but now this version is live: just point your browser to http://iphone.webwag.com (or http://webwag.com with your iPhone) and you’ll have access to your exact same account on your mobile. OF course, this works also on your iPod touch.

We created a user experience close to the default iPhone user experience, but with the full Webwag features:

  • You can add/remove new tabs
  • Add new widget
  • A first preview level with number of unread articles in your feed
  • Dynamic icons for some widgets: flickr, weather

Now, webwag covers a wide range of mobile and web device: web browser, mobile version (java me) and iPhone.

Try it, and tell us what you think!

We also launched the first step of our new Webwag V2, with some nice features:

  • resizable columns
  • variable number of columns
  • enhanced discovery
  • new themes

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Yahoo opens his mobile widget SDK

According to Techcrunch, Yahoo is the latest entrant in the mobile widget race. Basically, the “big” part of Yahoo!Go 3.0 is the support of widget, and the availability of an SDK for developpers.

So it will be interesting to see this. Yahoo!Go was already huge and slow, so let’s hope that 3.0 won’t be too big this time.

It’s also interesting to notice that MyYahoo does not seems to allow (unless I’ve missed something) third party widget development, while Yahoo!Go mobile allows it…. ;-)

Let’s wait tommorow, and “a few weeks”, to get an access to the SDK. In the meantime, if you want to experiment mobile widget now, don’t forget to check webwag: http://webwag.com/mobile and http://api.webwag.com

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Webwag Mobile V1 announced

Might be already old news for some of you, but I’ve forgot to put it on my blog, so here it is: we have released Webwag V1 version. The official news is here: Webwag mobile V1 release, API is open!

Here is a non exhaustive list of new features you will find in this release . And we are heavily working on other improvment on other part (web and…?), that will be out very soon!

  • End user space
    • Faster: We increased start speed, network accesses, widgets opening by a factor from 5 to 10
    • Automagic widgets arrangement: Now widgets can be automatically arranged while you move them with no need for pixel adjustment (the old free mode remains availab
    • 140 handset models: We’ve grown the handsets compatibility from around 10 to 150 over many new brands. We’ll showcase some of them on this blog in the coming weeks
    • Parlez-vous Français? You’ll be happy to learn that Webwag mobile now detects your language and is available in French. Many other languages will come.
    • Link to original article in Blog posts: You can now view a mobile adapted version of the web site’s article page for any information (RSS) feed.
    • More room for Widgets. The bottom bar has been replaced by two elegant soft keys, giving even more room to widgets.
    • New widgets including eBay, French Traffic conditions (very useful these days), a new discovery from mobile…
    • Many many bug fixes…
  • Developers: A new shiny Javascript API is available at api.webwag.com that makes it easier than ever for any web and mobile developer to create widgets using a standard subset of Javascript, XML and other standard oriented tools.
  • Brands and content owners: Webwag mobile is a very addictive and simple way to create a positive relationship with end users by giving them a useful service linked to a brand or a specific content. You can contact us at partnerships@webwag.com for more information on how to mobilize and monetize your brand and content in the Webwag mobile ecosystem

So let’s talk a little bit about the developer part: yes, now the scripting languge is a subset of JavaScript. So need to learn a new language. So new, you can have an object orientation for the script, this will simplyfy some form, especially for callback, as function can be associated to objects:

var myObj=new Object();
myObj.showMe=function(){
alert("Hello World:");
}

myObj.showMe();
is now a valid code. So check the api.webwag.com for more info (and do not forget to register to have access).

We also added a lot of functionalities for developer, like the ability to create “form” for better input parameter.

We will prepare some tutorial and samples in the coming weeks….

Update: The http://api.webwag.com does not require anymore you to register…

Webwag seed funding announced…

We’ve finally announced the seed funding of Webwag that was kept silent since some time. The press release is here.

And finally, Techcrunch finally made a reference to us (ok, Techchrunch fr only but better than nothing).

Also, we’ll be in the states in the coming weeks, in the bay area: for the Web2.0 Summit,  and WidgetSummit conference, Mobile2.0 Event where we are speaker, and at the CTIA where will be announcing (let’s cross fingers) some interesting things.

Widgets creation made magic….

Beginning of this year, Webwag introduced the “Wod”,or Widget On Demand, that allows you to create a Widget on any web site. The process was quite easy, but it’s now even easiest, thanks to Webwag FireFox extension: a click and you’re done…How? Install the toolbar, find a site you love but don’t have widget? Press “Create a Wod button”, select the area you want and click “Done”…That’s all….You now have a new widget! There are of course limitation, but in most of the site, it works perfectly. Demonstration:

A wod in two steps

Go to your favorite website (example: http://boursorama.fr)
Press “Create a Wod” in the Webwag button and select the area you are interested in:

Then press ok, and….miracle, the widget is on Webwag:

And this works for many different site, including live site: the update is done real time. Try it yourself!

The extension contains also other features, like the ability to add directly an RSS stream from a page.

Final reminder: the tool bar is here

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