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It's been a long time since webpages consisted of simple text. Today's webpages are far more complex with audio, video, fancy graphics, JavaScript, and everything else that goes into making an enticing portal. Browser makers have done an overall good job of keeping up with the times, but researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) say they've come up with a way to turbo charge page load times by 34 percent. Their framework for faster load times is called "Polaris," not to be confused with AMD's forthcoming GPU architecture (they're two completely separate things). What MIT has done is developed a method of mapping out the elements that comprise a webpage... Read more...
Assuming you were already born, do you remember what you were doing 25 years ago? Tim Berners-Lee, a name you've likely heard many times before, was busy inventing the world wide web some two and a half decades ago. These days he's the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the web's continued development, and a lobbyist for a sort of bill of rights for freedom of speech on the Internet. Berners-Lee couldn't have envisioned how big and instrumental the Internet could become to our daily lives, nor could he have predicted the level of government spying that takes place online. Most of us couldn't, right up until former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward... Read more...
Not everyone needs to be a geek or even particularly tech savvy, though the latter is a trait that will certainly come in handy time and again. We get it, we all have different interests and what not. At the same time, we're a little taken aback by a new survey indicating that around 1 in 10 Americans (11 percent) think HTML is an STD. Like syphilis. In case anyone reading this is among the 11 percent, HTML is not a sexually transmitted disease. HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a programming language used to make websites, and while it can incite anger, rage, and frustration (just like any programming language), it's not something you can catch after an ill advised one night stand, even if... Read more...
As the World Wide Web rounds the quarter-century mark, the Pew Research Internet Project conducted a survey on trends surrounding the Web, what it’s made possible, and what sort of adoption it enjoys. It’s perhaps no surprise that Internet use has skyrocketed among American adults since the mid-1990s; Pew has those numbers pegged as 15% adoption in 1995 and 87% in 2014. (What is notable is that 13% of adults still don’t use the Internet.) Source: Pew Research Center Of further interest is that there’s economic disparity among active Internet users. In households earning more than $75,000, use of the Web is at “near saturation”, which means that there’s... Read more...
If you've been around the internet for as long as we have, you'll probably relate to something: this place is getting noisy, and nosier by the day.  It has become practically impossible to keep up with what's going on each day on the 'net, even if you're trying solely to focus on a specific area of interest. There's simply too much going on, too much conversation, and too many social channels to keep track of. Which is why Slashdot's CmdrTaco (Rob Malda) is introducing Trove. Trove has been around since 2010, but it's being re-invented this week as a new news curation tool. Specifically, it's a "social news app bringing you the best stories picked by people who share your interests." Each... 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...
Leave it to Google's Chrome team to keep the smiles coming, even from a web browser. Chrome itself seems to be updated on a near-nightly basis, with patches and performance tweaks being the norm. That said, a slew of new features have cropped up over the past few months, and the latest Chrome beta includes yet another that sounds almost too good to be true. While sites that auto-play audio have dropped dramatically, they still exist. The latest Chrome beta adds an obvious visual cue up in the tab bar so that you can glance up and see immediately which site is to blame for that screeching coming from your speakers. In addition, the beta adds visual tab bar cues for sites that are using your webcam... Read more...
Cookies are the most popular way of tracking Internet users today, but by this time next year, they could be old news. We already know that Google is planning to replace cookies with something else, and there's chatter that Apple and Facebook will follow suit as well. Now we've learned that Microsoft is looking beyond cookies, too. Microsoft's engineers are said to be developing technology that would make it possible to track users across multiple Windows-based platforms, including desktop PCs, tablets, and smartphones, as well as its Xbox console and various services, such as Internet Explorer and Bing. "We agree that going beyond the cookie is important. Our priority will be to find ways to... Read more...
There aren't too many software sectors that are changing, tweaking, and innovating as fast as the browser sector. Mozilla's Firefox is fighting for mindshare and marketshare against the likes of Safari, Internet Explorer and Google's Chrome, and given that the true future of the Web is likely on the mobile, it's hardly a surprise to see a lot of new changes coming to Firefox's mobile counterpart. The beta build of Firefox 25 has been announced, and it's going to be quite an improvement once it hits the masses. The major add is a Guest Browsing mode, which will allow you to hand your smartphone to a friend and let them hit the 'net without fear of them logging in via any of your account passwords.... Read more...
A web browser, getting smarter? That's what happening with Google's Chrome, as Chrome 29 hits the public portal today. While we knew these changes were en route due to the beta release a couple of weeks back, the masses will now be facing a smarter omnibox. For those unaware, that's the URL Address bar; in Chrome, you can just start typing anything, and if it's not a URL, it'll become a Google Search. Starting today, all Chrome users will see improvements up there, including suggestions based on the recency of websites you visited. Mac users will also receive support for rich notifications, so you can keep up with what’s happening within your apps and extensions. If you've gone crazy over... Read more...
Not sure if you've noticed, but the browser space has been on fire of late. Mozilla's development team has clearly been working overtime, as Firefox 23 has just gone official today in non-beta form. For starters, you may notice that the Firefox ball logo looks a little different, and that's by design. The team has gently overhauled the look, bringing with a more modern motif. Beyond that, one of the key additions is mixed content blocking, which (when enabled), protects users from "man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdroppers on HTTPS pages." There's also a new options panel for Web Developer Toolbox, new social share functionality and most everything else is tweaked from Firefox 22 to ensure... Read more...
For those who aren't very interested in testing the waters with beta software, Google has just added v28 of Chrome to the all-important Stable Channel. The Stable channel has been updated to 28.0.1500.71 for Windows, Macintosh and Chrome Frame platforms, bringing a number of security fixes and features. Starting today Chrome users on Windows will see their browser updated to include richer notifications, while Mac is coming soon. If you've used items like Growl on the Mac, this won't be any real shock, but for people on stock systems, seeing these notifications will likely be a pleasant surprise. There's even a built-in notification center that houses items that you may have missed while away,... Read more...
Years ago, DRM was finally kicked out of the digital music scene. And consumers rejoiced heartily. But DRM is still a major, major factor across the entire spectrum of digital content -- be it UltraViolet for movies, or DRM filters embedded onto Blu-ray Discs, and most things in between. Now, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which is responsible for coming together and putting forth Web standards, has published a draft for Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). What's that, you ask? It's a structure that'll allow DRM content to be displayed in the browser, without plug-ins like Flash or Silverlight being required. In other words, it's a major step forward. Yes, DRM is still there, but this could... Read more...
Rockmelt. Ever heard of it? If you were paying attention a couple of years ago, that name may sound familiar, but otherwise -- the answer is likely "no." The company stormed onto the scene with an attempt to launch a Web browser that focused first on social. And it promptly went nowhere. Now, the company is updating us all on the Rockmelt desktop browser. It's essentially killing the idea, and instead suggesting that interested parties try out Rockmelt For Web. The company has said that "distributing a desktop browser is hard and expensive (especially if you don’t have an operating system or the world’s most trafficked website to promote it)," and no the approach is different. The... Read more...
There’s no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that’s designed to “supercharge” a game’s code to deliver near-native performance, and now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. “With this port, developers will soon be able to explore limitless possibilities when it comes to porting their popular gaming titles to the Web,” reads a Mozilla blog post. BananaBread Demo Screenshot - OpenGL-based... Read more...
Google Wallet was no doubt a crazy initiative. It takes a hugely ambitious company to pull off something of that scope and scale, and it's no surprise that Google rose to the challenge. But gaining traction in a market place that isn't quite as innovative has proven to be tough. A world without credit cards is surely in the cards, but how soon? Google is hoping that Wallet makes it sooner than some may expect, but it won't happen without ubiquity. And now, Wallet is not only coming to the Galaxy S III on MetroPCS, but also to the web. A subtle change on Google's Wallet website points out that a web version of Wallet is coming soon, but it says little more beyond that. The implications could be... Read more...
Research dating back to the 1960s ultimately gave birth to the Internet, which at a glance doesn't seem to have much in common with ants. Look closely, however, and you'll discover certain parallels between today's vast network of interconnected computers and the underground tunnels of those social insects that belong to the family Formicidae. That's the conclusion reached by two Standford researchers who discovered that a species of harvester ants determine how many foragers to send out of the nest in similar fashion to the way Internet protocols examine how much bandwidth is available for transferring data. They're calling it the "anternet." Balaji Prabhakar, a professor of computer science... Read more...
There's iMessage for iOS and Mac users, and there's BBM for BlackBerry users. What about Android, you say? Well, for those users, there's MightyText. The company actually began as Texty, and has been in a Chrome beta state for the past few months. Now, however, they're launching to the world, and including support for pretty much all major browsers. Here's how it works: you install the MightyText app on your Android 2.2+ phone, and then you visit the company's website to install the plug-in for your browser. Once you sync the two up, you can then use any web browser to send and receive text messages, through your Android phone number. So, in a way, it's an easy way to reply and create text messages... Read more...
Another video chatting tool? Yep. As if Skype, Facetime and the other alternatives weren't enough, now one of the guys that had a hand in Facebook's development is launching a new video chatting platform that taps right into that network. Airtime is the project of Napster creator Shawn Fanning and tech overlord Sean Parker. On a simple level, the site launches a web-based video chat, which then taps into your Facebook friends in order to find folks to chat with. It's a little like Chatroulette, or it can be. You can load up your friend list and then select people from there to video / voice chat with, but if you're feeling crazy, you can just select a friend from a broader network and anonymously... Read more...
Is there any stopping the cloud? Well, perhaps, if mobile data tiers continue to get smaller and smaller, making it harder and harder to actually log on and grab files from there while on the go. But negativity aside, LG is hoping to put its own stamp on the sector with the launch of the LG Cloud beta. It's a service that'll start up on May 1, "with the aim of providing seamless connectivity and streaming access to all digital content across various electronic devices." LG's saying that its version is different from the rest, enabling users to manage and consume content on three screens: Android smartphones, PCs and smart TVs (including but not limited to CINEMA 3D models) without a separate... Read more...
In the wide, wild world of Android, if the stock Web browser isn't doing anything for you, there's always alternates. And now, there's another. Opera has just released Opera Mini 7 for Android, in its final version no less. What's new? Well, browsing is faster thanks to improved hardware acceleration, and there's also as many Speed Dial buttons as you’ll ever want. Add all the sites you want to see right from the moment you start up your browser. And of course, those watching their data usage will love the compression technology, which cut sup to 90% of the original data. It's free, as always, and is available to download today.... Read more...
Firefox definitely has a ton of competition these days, but there's no question that the browser has largely taken the world by storm. It's up there with IE, Safari and Chrome, and it's one of the most flexible platforms available for those who just love add-ins with their browser. Mozilla, the parent company, knows as much, and this week they are opening up an avenue for developers to submit Web apps at Mobile World Congress. By building on open Web technologies like HTML5 and Mozilla-proposed APIs, the Mozilla Marketplace will enable developers to write one app that runs across devices and platforms. As part of Mozilla's mission to keep the Web open and put people in control of their Web experience,... Read more...
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