Google Chrome Drops H264 Support

by Alex Blewitt on  Jan 11, 2011 5

The Google Chrome team have announced that they will remove H264 support from the HTML5's video tag in Chrome in the next couple of months. Opinions are polarised as to the effect this will have on HTML5 video adoption.

Allegations of a Backdoor in OpenBSD Are Not Confirmed

by Abel Avram on  Dec 23, 2010

Some allegations regarding backdoors implemented at FBI’s request in OpenBSD’s IPsec stack were made earlier this month. After auditing the code, Theo de Raadt, the founder of OpenBSD, has concluded that there are no such threats in the open source operating system.

HTML5 Labs–A Website for Prototyping New Web Technologies

by Abel Avram on  Dec 22, 2010 3

Microsoft has decided not to include emerging web technologies still under development in IE9, providing instead HTML5 Labs, a website for testing prototype technologies such as IndexedDB and WebSockets.

Google WebP - Creating Smaller Images for Faster Pages

by Abel Avram on  Oct 01, 2010 5

Google wants to shrink images transferred over the Internet by proposing a new lossy format called WebP. They claim they have achieved 39% reduction in image byte size leading to speedier page load.

H.264 to Remain Free for Internet Video

by Alex Blewitt on  Aug 27, 2010 5

The MPEG LA, who hold the patent pool on the MPEG H.264 video format, have recently extended their pledge for free web-based video to last for the lifetime of the license. In a Press Release (pdf) yesterday, they confirmed the continuation of the free license, which had been due to expire in December 2015. But what does this mean for HTML5 browsers?

Google Wants a New Widely-Adopted Video Standard Based on the VP8 Codec [Updated]

by Abel Avram on  May 20, 2010

Google has open-sourced WebM, a royalty free media file format for compressing and encoding video. While this is good news for many industry players which have shown their support for the new standard, some of the questions which have been raised so far have included concerns around licensing and code quality.

Microsoft Tips the Scale in Favor of HTML 5 and H.264

by Abel Avram on  Apr 30, 2010 1

Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager for Internet Explorer at Microsoft, has announced that IE9 will use only the H.264 standard to play HTML 5 video. Microsoft seems to have become very committed to HTML 5, while Flash loses even more ground. The announcement came the same day Steve Jobs detailed why Apple does not accept Flash on iPhone and iPad.

Doing WebGL Rendering on Windows with ANGLE

by Abel Avram on  Mar 25, 2010

Google uses WebGL to natively render 3D graphics inside Chrome. The problem is that WebGL relies on OpenGL 2.0, and not all Windows systems have its drivers installed. The ANGLE (Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine) project is intended as a thin layer between WebGL and DirectX, enabling Chrome to do 3D on any Windows system.

Debate: Is the Internet Splintering in Pieces?

by Abel Avram on  Feb 18, 2010 1

The Internet has been considered the medium that unites people all over the world facilitating communication, exchange of ideas and easing the access to information. Some consider that the Internet is departing from its original purpose due to the proliferation of devices which make porting of documents to various platforms difficult.

HTML5, H.264 and Flash roundup

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 05, 2010 1

Last week, InfoQ published a piece on YouTube offering HTML5 beta for its videos, in H.264 format. Shortly thereafter, Vimeo announced an HTML5 beta as well, also using H.264 as the video codec. However, Mozilla has come out against using H.264, whilst the recent iPad launch has focussed on the H.264 hardware decoding. Has Flash finally met its match?

ECMAScript 5 released

by Alex Blewitt on  Dec 09, 2009

ECMAScript 5 was released this week (pdf), generally known as JavaScript, bringing advances to the basic libraries whilst introducing stricter runtime modes to aid with identifying and removing common coding errors., A DNS Number for Faster Browsing

by Abel Avram on  Dec 04, 2009 6

Google is offering two DNS servers for public use, namely and, in an attempt to further speed up browsing.

Google Works on a Protocol Intended to Replace HTTP

by Abel Avram on  Nov 13, 2009 11

Google proposes SPDY, a new application protocol running on top of SSL, a protocol to replace HTTP which is considered to introduce latencies. They have already created a prototype with a web server and an enhanced Chrome browser that supposedly loads web pages twice as fast.

Intalio acquires Webtide, makers of Jetty

by Alex Blewitt on  Sep 02, 2009

Intalio, Inc., the Enterprise Cloud Company, announced the acquisition of Webtide, the team behind the Jetty open source Java application server. Jetty is currently used on millions of web servers, and powers products such as Cisco SESM, Google AppEngine, Google GWT, HP OpenView, IBM Tivoli NetView, Oracle WebLogic Business Connect, Sybase EAServer, and Yahoo! Zimbra.

Google Calls for a Joint Effort to Speed Up the Internet

by Abel Avram on  Jun 24, 2009

After open sourcing Page Speed a few weeks ago, Google has launched a web site in an attempt to find ways and push the speed up process of the entire Internet. Google shares research data, web site speed optimization tutorials, recorded presentations, links to lots of performance optimization tools, and a discussion group inviting everyone to share ideas on how to make the web faster.

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