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Firefox 38 Released, Adds Support for DRM

by David Iffland on  May 13, 2015

Version 38 of Mozilla Firefox has been released, adding new HTML5 features and support for DRM-protected content on Windows.

New F12 Developer Tools for the New Microsoft Edge

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft's new web browser, Edge, comes with new F12 developer tools built in TypeScript.

Chrome 42 Disables NPAPI and Related Plug-ins: Java, Unity, Silverlight

by Abel Avram on  Apr 15, 2015 5

As outlined in the NPAPI Deprecation Guide, Chrome 42, which was due this month and was recently released to the stable channel, has disabled support for the Netscape Plug-in API. The reason is that NPAPI “has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity” and the intent was first announced in 2013.

Firefox 37 Brings Native Playback of HTML5 Video

by James Chesters on  Apr 13, 2015

Mozilla has released Firefox 37, bringing native playback of HTML5 video for Windows, and many security changes.

Flipboard Pushing Boundaries With Its Web Version Release

by João Paulo Marques on  Mar 04, 2015

Recently, Flipboard has released the web version of its social-network aggregation magazine-format reader. This release aims to bring to the browser the same reading experience users have on Flipboard native applications. To accomplish it, the team responsible for the development had to push boundaries in web technologies to match its native apps counterparts.

Microsoft Shares Details on Spartan Rendering Engine

by David Iffland on  Mar 03, 2015

Microsoft has provided new information on the reasoning behind the switch to a brand new rendering engine for Project Spartan, the web browser shipping with Windows 10. The new engine is a fork of Trident and eliminates swathes of code that have been in place for 20 years.

Microsoft Open Sources TouchDevelop Containing 160K LoC

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2015 1

Microsoft has open source their research project TouchDevelop, which contains about 160K lines of code mostly written in TypeScript.

Twitter Unveils Digits Login for Web

by João Paulo Marques on  Feb 11, 2015 1

Twitter has officially released Digits Login for Web, the latest interaction of Digits that extends the SMS-based login system to mobile app's sites powered by Digits.

YouTube Switches to HTML5 Video Player

by David Iffland on  Jan 29, 2015 1

After many years of working on HTML5 support, YouTube has decided to use their HTML5 video player as the default for modern browsers, using the old Flash-based player only for legacy browsers. Using MPEG-DASH and W3C Media Source Extensions, YouTube can use Adaptive Bitrate streaming to reduce buffering and improve initial playback speed.

The Current Status of Browser-based Virtual Reality in HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2015

The SFHTML5 group recently had a meeting discussing HTML5 technologies for creating virtual reality experiences – WebGL, WebVR, Three.js, GLAM –, and the current development status for implementing support for them in Firefox and Chrome. The idea is to bring the entire web into the VR experience.

DevExpress on the Future of WinForms and Silverlight

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 29, 2014

You can tell a lot about the future of a UI toolkit by how the third party control vendors are treating it. Since their revenue is based around correctly predicting what developers are going to be using in the near future, they spend a lot of time and effort researching the topic. In this report, we’ll be looking at DevExpress and their treatment of WinForms and Silverlight.

Supersonic Framework Touts Native Performance for Android and iOS Hybrid Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 12, 2014

AppGyver has announced Supersonic, a new framework to build hybrid mobile apps on Android and iOS that promises to provide "real native performance," says AppGyver, thanks to a novel approach to designing hybrid apps. Supersonic is also integrated with Steroids, an impressive cross-platform IDE for hybrid apps.

ZURB Releases a Framework for Creating Responsive Apps

by Abel Avram on  Dec 09, 2014

ZURB, a web design company and creator of Foundation (for Sites), has announced and open sourced another framework called Foundation for Apps (FA). FA provides HTML5/JavaScript tools for creating responsive web applications for desktop and mobile devices.

Service Workers Promise to Make Web Apps Feel Native

by David Iffland on  Dec 03, 2014

The service worker browser feature holds promise for developers looking to make their web apps feel more like native apps. Running in the background and without user interaction, service workers enable advanced scenarios such as offline functionality, cache, background sync, geofencing, and push notifications.

Firefox 34 Brings SSLv3 Security Fix, New HTML5 Implementations

by James Chesters on  Dec 03, 2014

Mozilla has this week released Firefox 34, with notable features including SSLv3 disabled by default, WebIDE, and the implementation of ECMAScript 6 WeakSet.

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