Stating that “NPAPI’s 90s-era architecture has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity”, Google intends to remove the Netscape Plug-in API. This is the plug-in technology used host application runtimes such as Silverlight, Java, and Unity. They are beginning the process in January by disabling all plugins not a small whitelist.
Opera will release new versions of their browser for mobile and desktop based on WebKit. They are also going to integrate Chromium.
Google has released PageSpeed Insights 2.0 with an interface redesign, extensions for Chrome and Firefox, automatic page optimizations with an online service or via SDK, an API, support for mobile devices and more analysis rules.
Yahoo! have released a search plugin Axis which allows clients to search for web content with graphical previews rendered on the server. Unfortunately, they also leaked their private Chrome signing key with the Chrome extension. Read on for more.
The Jetty project recently announced that Jetty now has SPDY support. InfoQ caught up with Greg Wilkins and Simone Bordet to find out more about the protocol, and what advantages it may bring.
Historically, Mozilla has rejected the use of non-open codecs (such as H.264), a subject that has been covered before on InfoQ. The main reason is ideological; H.264 is covered by patents and licensed by the MPEG-LA. Could this stance be softening, with the proposal to allow platform-provided codecs for video support?
The first binaries of Dartium, Chrome with a built-in Dart VM, are now available for download. Dartium has the beginnings of debugging support in Dev Tools. Meanwhile, a lot of documentation resources have become available both from Google and outside.
Joel Webber, co-creator of the Google Web Toolkit, held the session Angry Birds on HTML5 at GOTO Aarhus 2011, recorded and published by InfoQ. We interviewed Webber to find out more details on porting the popular game Angry Birds to Google Chrome and HTML 5.
Are you spending hours writing custom code to integrate with various third party service providers from your web application? Google's Chrome team is working on a master API for moving the onus from the developer to the user through analogous late run-time binding mechanisms used by the Intents system on the Android OS.
Debuggers in mobile web browsers are anemic at best. InfoQ takes a look at existing workarounds and tools like Weinre and JSConsole, as well as the upcoming changes in mobile browsers that will bring full debugging support. Also: the two mobile browsers that already live in the future and ship remote debugging support.
jQuery Mobile has reached the Beta 1 milestone with support for all major browsers and mobile OSes. A final release is expected by the end of the summer.
During the second day keynote at Google I/O, there where several important announcements regarding the Chrome Browser, Web Store and Chromebook. This post from InfoQ’s correspondent at the conference summarizes those new developments.
Google has made Page Speed available online, enhancing it for analyzing web pages targeted at smartphones.
After last week's announcement that the Chrome team was dropping support for H264, Mike Jazayeri has posted a more detailed explanation of the rationale behind the decision. Others, like the Free Software Foundation, have added their support to the decision.