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Chrome 4 Now Supports the HTML 5 Web SQL Database API

by Abel Avram on  Feb 18, 2010 8

Google has announced support for the HTML 5 Web SQL Database API, and others are likely to follow soon or have already started on support for this API. In the meantime, the completion of the specification is blocked because all the implementers involved have chosen to use SQLite as underlying database, and multiple independent implementations are required for standardization.

Google Will Stop Supporting Older Browsers

by Abel Avram on  Feb 15, 2010

Google has announced they will stop supporting older and less secure browsers like IE6, Firefox 2.x, Chrome 3 or Safari 2 starting with Google Docs and Google Sites editor from March 1st, 2010.

5 Security Enhancements in Chrome

by Abel Avram on  Feb 04, 2010

Google has added five security enhancements to Chrome in order to make browsing more secure: cross-documents message posting, Strict Transport Security, Origin and X-Frame-Options header fields, and Reflective XSS Filter. Some of these features have already been or are to be implemented by other browsers.

The HTML 5 sandbox Attribute Improves iFrame Security

by Abel Avram on  Jan 28, 2010

The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) is working jointly with W3C on developing the HTML 5 standard, which has been at "Last Call" at WHATWG for the last 3 months. During this time one feature which has changed more significantly is the sandbox attribute of the iframe element. sandbox can be used to isolate untrusted web page content from performing certain operations.

YouTube announces HTML5 demo, but not for FireFox 3.6

by Alex Blewitt on  Jan 21, 2010 1

YouTube announces an HTML5 video beta, which allows playback without resorting to using a Flash plugin. Videos are only available in the H.264 format, which leads to greater performance on some hardware devices, but leaves out the new FireFox 3.6 which only supports the Ogg video format.

IE and Firefox Will Be Using DirectX for Rendering

by Abel Avram on  Nov 25, 2009 3

Both IE and Mozilla teams are currently working on using DirectX/GPU for page rendering while Google is considering it.

A .NET Security Vulnerability Has Affected Firefox

by Abel Avram on  Oct 22, 2009

A security vulnerability that has hit Internet Explorer through .NET has also hit Firefox. The culprit for Firefox, a .NET add-on, has been put on Mozilla’s blocked list.

Firefox 3.5 Is a Worthy Update

by Abel Avram on  Jul 01, 2009 3

A year ago, Mozilla entered the Guinness Book with a little over 8 M Firefox 3 downloads in 24 hours. Today, still in the first day, Firefox 3.5 has an average of about 50 downloads /sec and a total of 3.6 million downloads at July 01 10:30 AM GMT. 3.5 is a worthy update considering the large number of improvements over 3.0 like native video. No need for Flash/Silverlight anymore.

Google Has Open Sourced Page Speed

by Abel Avram on  Jun 05, 2009 3

Google has just open sourced Page Speed, a tool used internally by Google to optimize their web sites, especially the speed web pages are loaded with.

Location-Aware Browsing to become Mainstream?

by Dio Synodinos on  May 23, 2009

With the W3C working on a specification that defines an API for providing scripted access to geographical location information, Mozilla recently announced built-in Geolocation support for Firefox 3.5. This is aligned with an earlier announcement from Opera that also adds support for Geolocation in their browser. Will this make geographically aware applications ubiquitous?

Tasktop 1.3: Support Added for Firefox and Linux

by Ryan Slobojan on  Nov 12, 2008

Tasktop Technologies, the company which created Eclipse Mylyn and leads its development, released Tasktop version 1.3 today. InfoQ interviewed Tasktop CEO and Eclipse Mylyn project lead Mik Kersten to learn more about this release and what changes it brings for end users.

John Resig on TraceMonkey and the future of JavaScript-based RIAs

by Dio Synodinos on  Sep 01, 2008 1

The newly announced TraceMonkey is a trace-based JIT compiler that will be featured in the next release of Firefox and pushes the envelope on JavaScript performance. InfoQ has a Q&A with Mozilla JavaScript Evangelist and jQuery creator John Resig about this exiting development and what it signifies for the future of JavaScript-based RIAs.

Near C Performance for RIAs with Next Generation Mozilla JavaScript Engine

by Dio Synodinos on  Aug 30, 2008 3

The Mozilla Foundation has developed TraceMonkey a trace-based JIT compiler that pushes the envelope on JavaScript performance. With plans to be incorporated it in the 3.1 release of Firefox, it delivers near C performance and promises to ‘leap frog’ RIA development to a new level.

Firefox 3 RC1 Adds Javascript 1.8, Microformat Support and More

by Nick Laiacona on  May 22, 2008

The Mozilla project has released Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). New features in Firefox 3 include support for Javascript 1.8, DOM and HTML changes, microformats support, and an extended Canvass implementation.

What Will it Take to Transition from Desktop-Based Application to Cloud-Based Applications?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Mar 26, 2008 6

Cloud-based applications are everywhere these days (Enterprise, Office Suites, Groupware, Business Intelligence...), while technologies like Google Gears, Mozilla Prizm, Fluid, S3... are creating an environment where it will be hard to know which is which.

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