Chrome 44 Beta Brings ES6 Features, Improved Notifications

by James Chesters on  Jun 03, 2015

Google has released Chrome 44 beta: with updates including new ES6 features and improved notification capabilities. The latest beta release for the OS brings computed property names, allowing expression for property names in object literals and class literals.

Google Introduces Smart Lock for Passwords

by Abel Avram on  Jun 02, 2015

Google has announced at I/O 2015 the Google Identity Platform, a collection of tools and APIs for managing identities and dealing with authentication and authorization across Android, iOS and web applications.

GCM 3.0 Sends Messages to Android, iOS and Chrome

by Abel Avram on  Jun 01, 2015

With GCM 3.0, Google has attempted to simplify the registration process and to make their cloud notification system work similarly on Android, iOS and Chrome. There is a new topic group and a messaging diagnostic tool.

Mozilla Releases Major Update to CSS Animation Inspector in Firefox Developer Edition

by James Chesters on  May 26, 2015

Mozilla has released Firefox Developer Edition 40, with major updates to CSS Animation Inspector. Dave Camp, director of engineering for Firefox, told InfoQ these changes allow developers to see all CSS animations applied to the selected node and any child nodes, with it being common for several Web animations to be combined to get a single effect.

Microsoft: Edge Performs Better than Chrome and Firefox

by Abel Avram on  May 21, 2015

This article outlines some of the performance optimizations done for the Chakra engine and the Octane and Jet Stream benchmark results for Edge, Chrome and Firefox.

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.

A Developer’s View on Microsoft Edge

by Abel Avram on  May 08, 2015 7

Microsoft Edge started as a IE fork but later departed considerably from it in an attempt to break with the past and legacy Internet technologies, removing 200K LoC but adding other 300K. Microsoft says they want “better interoperability with other modern browsers, improved performance, security & reliability, and reduced code complexity.”

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.

Ember Community Votes Overwhelmingly to Drop IE8

by James Chesters on  Apr 28, 2015

Ember.js users have voted overwhelmingly in favour of dropping support for Internet Explorer 8. Ember co-creator Tom Dale said "the vast majority of Ember users" were "comfortable" with giving up IE8 support in Ember 2.0. Dale went on to say that while there was also "enormous support for dropping IE9 support as well" the benefits were not "as strong".

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.

Google Is Going to Make Pointer Events the Main Event Type in Chrome after All

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2015

Google is going to make Pointer Events the main event type in Chrome, joining ranks with Microsoft, Firefox and leaving out Apple.

Internet Explorer's Days Are Numbered

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 19, 2015

Microsoft has been developing their new web browser, codenamed Project Spartan for some time. Now the company has revealed that the name Internet Explorer is also going to be replaced-- both in name and in substance.

Google Proposes StrongMode and SoundScript, Boosting V8 Performance

by David Iffland on  Mar 11, 2015

Google's Chrome team has proposed two extensions to JavaScript in a move to boost the performance of their V8 JavaScript Engine. StrongMode will limit the JavaScript language to only allow parts with guaranteed performance. SoundScript will add user-facing types to JavaScript, not at compile-time, but at run-time in the browser.

Firefox Developer Edition Brings 64-bit Windows Builds

by James Chesters on  Mar 10, 2015

64-bit builds for Firefox Developer Edition are now available for the first time on Windows. Plans for the builds were announced back in November 2014, when Mozilla first released details of their developer edition browser. Firefox Developer Edition 38 also brings fresh support for Ruby, with CSS Ruby enabled by default, and support of HTML5 ruby tags.

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