Items tagged with HTML5

As if we needed another vector for our online privacy to be invaded, it appears that site operators may have another tool at their disposal when it comes tracking visitors. Security researchers from Princeton University have identified two scripts that are actively tracking users across the web using an HTML5 API. The Battery Status API is part of the HTML5 standard, and can be found in modern browsers like Google Chrome, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox. Using the API, a website can determine if a mobile device’s battery is close to full capacity, near depletion, or anywhere in between. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) describes the API, writing in its official documentation, “Given knowledge of... Read more...
As if Adobe's Flash Player needed another nail in its coffin, it nevertheless received yet another one this weekend from Facebook. The world's largest social playground announced that it recently flipped the switch over to HTML5 to be the default video player for videos on its website, and that includes the ones that appear in its News Feed. "From development velocity to accessibility features, HTML5 offers a lot of benefits. Moving to HTML5 best enables us to continue to innovate quickly and at scale, given Facebook’s large size and complex needs," Facebook stated in a blog post. You could see this coming from a country mile, though it didn't happen overnight. Facebook had to address several... Read more...
Adobe Flash is going down! Flash has been a boil on the butt of the Internet for years, but we’ve just put up with it despite the often horrid performance and numerous security lapses. However, some recent high-priority hacks using Flash as a conduit have only increased the number of people calling for the demise of the most hated piece of software on the Internet. Twitch, the online game streaming giant, is the latest to announce that it will move away from using Flash (Google’s competing YouTube Gaming service debuted with HTML5 support). Twitch’s efforts to distance itself were aired earlier this month via reddit. “The underlying HTML5 video playback works great and we've been testing it internally... Read more...
It was only yesterday that we wrote about an Adobe Flash exploit’s resurgence. Today brings more bad news for Adobe Flash, but without any new security concerns: YouTube has officially bumped Adobe Flash for HTML5 as its default video delivery platform. YouTube uses HTML5 for videos in Chrome, beta versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer 11, or Safari 8. Google is encouraging people who embed videos to use the <iframe> API instead of the <object>, because the former can use whatever technology the client supports. Google has been keeping an eye on HTML5 as an alternative to Flash for at least four years. In its announcement, Google listed several reasons it’s excited about HTML5, not... Read more...
For fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, Google released “A Journey through Middle-Earth.” It is an interactive map of the Middle-Earth where everyone can explore all 27 locations that were shown in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. But now the map has been updated to include a peer-to-peer battle game. “Completely new for this year’s version is a peer-to-peer battle game where you can challenge your friends to a test of skill,” says Google Chrome product manager Ellison-Taylor. “The peer-to-peer gameplay experience was built primarily using the latest web technologies, including WebRTC and WebGL. It’s touch optimized for laptops, phones and tablets, bringing you a stunning... Read more...
The adorably awesome $35 Raspberry Pi has proven to be a fun, flexible, and relatively powerful tool for hackers, tinkerers, and makers, but the platform has been lacking a modern web browser. That’s changing, as the Raspberry Pi team, in collaboration with Collabora, have developed an “up-to-date”, HTML5-capable web browser. The idea is that it’s a port of Web (the web browser formerly known as Epiphany), and it will offer multi-tab features, ARMv6-optimized 2D rendering, and accelerated image and HTML5 video decoding. Collectively, the teams have already finished the porting process and are hard at work on the memory footprint optimizations, which will enable the use... Read more...
Internet Explorer 11 is being packed into and rolled out with Windows 8.1, though you can already check out a pre-release version in the Windows 8.1 Developer Preview as well as on Windows 7. Should you do that, you'll discover that IE11 is capable of plug-in free audio and video streaming based on the latest HTML5 code, which Microsoft claims allows the browser to achieve "Professional Quality Video," or video that's equally suited for home use as it is for premium TV shows and movies. "With Professional Quality Video, streams start promptly and play smoothly," Microsoft stated in a blog post. "The best video quality possible with your device and network is automatically selected, and premium... Read more...
Samsung has a strong presence in the mobile and home entertainment markets, and to that effect the company has decided that it needs its own developers conference to make sure that devs have the full spate of tools and detailed knowledge of how to create, adapt, and innovate for Samsung devices and platforms. “As convergence of user experiences and as consumers utilize more devices, even at the same time, the opportunity for developers to be innovative has never been better,” said Dr. WonPyo Hong, President of the Samsung Media Solution Center. Samsung will be hosting more than 40 sessions that will cover applications and services for smartphones, tablets, and TVs, including introducing... Read more...
Pandora is feeling the squeeze. Its competitors are growing in both number and stature, and the field of streaming music and streaming “radio stations” is getting very, very crowded. The company is also facing difficulties paying royalty costs, which led Pandora to cap mobile listening to 40 hours per month. However, Pandora is not sitting idly by; the company has elbowed its way onto the TV screen with a new smart TV app called tv.pandora.com. It is what you’d expect it to be: a neatly redesigned Pandora UI that runs the service on your TV screen instead of merely your PC or mobile device. Pandora built the app with open web standards, which it (probably rightly so) believes... Read more...
There's little doubt that HTML5 is going to have a huge impact on our Web-surfing, as it's far more capable than previous standards to the point where entire plugins can be replaced. Plugins such as Flash, Silverlight and perhaps even the ever-vulnerable Java. While the Web remains rich with Flash-based content, whether it be video, games, or advertisements, Silverlight's implementation is rather minimal. In my personal experience, the only time I've ever needed it was when trying to watch some sports online. For avid movie-viewers, Netflix has no doubt been the leading reason for an install. The folks at Netflix understand this well, and it considers that to be a downside. As stated in... Read more...
Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Mozilla has made several announcements pertaining to Firefox OS, not the least of which is the list of manufacturing partners that will be producing handsets running the mobile operating system. The list includes Alcatel, LG, ZTE, and Huawei, all of which will be making Firefox OS devices this year. The handsets will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, and although there are no additional hardware details, the phones are expected to be middle to lower end devices, especially if the two developer preview phones from Geeksphone are any indication. Developer preview phones Firefox OS is built on open Web standards, with an emphasis on HTML5. The Firefox Web browser will... Read more...
When Mozilla dropped the latest version of its Firefox browser for Android on November 19th, it just seemed like any other update. If you're like me and have a couple of apps every single day wanting updates, it really doesn't leave much time to look into what's new with every one of them. Apparently Mozilla realizes this, because despite the most recent version of the browser having been available for nearly two weeks, the developer has only just the other day decided to draw attention to a new feature through a blog post. As the title of this post suggests, those using Firefox on Android 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean) can make use of H.264 video acceleration through HTML5. Video performance... Read more...
If you have a hard time picturing what your childhood would have been like without blasting asteroids to smithereens or battling your friends in Pong, you’re in for a treat. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, you’re still in for a lot of fun, thanks to Atari. The venerable game maker is partnering with Internet Explorer to launch Atari Arcade, complete with a ton of Atari’s best-loved games. Atari’s 40-year anniversary and Internet Explorer’s upcoming version 10 are the reasons for the new, HTML5-based online game platform. Multiple browsers are supported, but Internet Explorer gets the ad-free version. Microsoft is using the platform to showcase... Read more...
Do consumers really need yet another smartphone platform to consider when shopping a mobile device? We're about to find out. Perhaps you've heard of Mozilla's 'Boot to Gecko' (B2G) project, essentially an open source operating system that puts all its chips into HTML5. Well, it appears that the first phone to run B2G will be released in Brazil perhaps by the end of this year, and if not, by early 2013. B2G is an interesting proposition. It's being designed so that HTML5 applications run natively, which should make devices built around the platform run fast and responsive. "It's an open platform to allow complete control of applications, much like a browser, and applications are installed the... Read more...
The world's first HTML5, browser-based, voice-guided, turn-by-turn GPS nav service has just been released. Got all that? TeleNav is upping their game by adding "one line of code." That line gives evelopers of mobile websites or of apps with local content will have a free and easy way to integrate full GPS turn-by-turn directions into their services, creating a more seamless user experience and increasing user engagement and time spent within their applications. Similar to TeleNav's GPS navigation application, the HTML5 navigation service will include full-color moving maps, audio directions, and automatic rerouting if the driver misses a turn. TeleNav's HTML5 navigation service will be free for... Read more...
It hasn't even been 12 months since multiple manufacturers were positioning Adobe Flash support as a centerpiece of their tablet strategies. Flash, we were told, was required for a "full Internet experience," and vital to the presentation of rich content. Today, Adobe dropped a bombshell. From this point forward, "We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook." Adobe will continue to provide bug fixes and security updates for all versions of Flash across all products; Flash licensees are free to continue... Read more...
Mozilla has begun development on an ambitious new project with the goal of providing a single application development environment for modern mobile devices. The project, named WebAPI, is Mozilla's attempt at breaking down the barriers between propriety app systems on iOS, Android, and others. Mozilla wants to provide a consistent, cross-platform, web-based API for mobile app developers by allowing developers to create applications in HTML5 rather than This isn't some far-off pipe dream, either: Mozilla has already begun hiring several full-time engineers to work on WebAPI, and plans on finishing the APIs nevessary to "provide a basic HTML5 phone experience" within three to six months, with a... Read more...
Microsoft's initial declaration that Windows 8 would run on ARM CPUs and early product demonstrations earned the nascent OS a great deal of attention. Since then, however, the company has remained largely silent on the features and capabilities of the new operating system, even as questions regarding the OS's support for legacy software, its UI, and Microsoft's preferred development frameworks all began to mount. The company has launched a new blog that's meant to provide additional details, but its still holding its cards close. Windows 8, according to Steven Sinofsky, "reimagines Windows." The author assures readers that Microsoft is fully committed to supporting the software and experience... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 was supposed to reverse Microsoft's declining market share, prove that the company was capable of designing a product that could stand against the best Android and Apple had to offer, and re-establish the company as a major player in the smartphone space. Despite generally positive reviews, WP7 has failed to improve Redmond's mobile fortunes; the company's share of the mobile market fell significantly in Q2 2011. The latest comScore data indicates that the total US smartphone market grew eight percent in the second quarter for a total of 78.5M smartphone owners. Despite this, Microsoft's piece of the pie shrank by nearly 23 percent. The graph below shows the changes in standing... Read more...
With HTML5 grabbing a massive amount of support right out of the gate (and Flash still not being supported on the world's hottest selling tablet), there was speculation that Adobe would jump onto something new in time. Now, the company is unveiling an early preview of a new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool. It's called Adobe Edge, and is described as a new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool that allows web designers to bring animation, similar to that created in Flash Professional. Because of rapid changes around HTML5, the company is adopting an open development methodology for Adobe Edge and is releasing the software on the Adobe Labs site much earlier than normal in the... Read more...
The past 18 months have seen a significant evolution in browser graphics. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera have all added support for such standards as OpenCL, HTML5, and Direct2D acceleration. (HTML5 isn't a graphics standard, strictly speaking, but it allows the browser to handle certain activities that once required Flash plugins). Support for WebGL, a browser-friendly derivative of OpenGL, has been added to Firefox and Safari (with Chrome and Opera versions under development). Microsoft, however, has announced it won't be including WebGL support, claiming that the standard is far too insecure to be safely deployed. As it turns out, the software giant has good reason to be concerned. Ever... Read more...
Google has decided to renege on its promise to support both H.264 and open source codecs in its Chrome browser, dropping support for the former and vowing to completely back the latter. This change will take place in the next couple of months, the search giant said in Chromium blog post. "We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles," Google said. "To that end, we are changing Chrome’s <video> HTML5 support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM... Read more...
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