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Vivaldi: A New Browser Created by Former Opera Developers

by Abel Avram on  Jan 27, 2015 3

A team of former Opera developers along with their ex-CEO Jon von Tetzchner have created a new browser called Vivaldi.

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.

jQuery Takes Over the Pointer Events Polyfill from Google

by Abel Avram on  Dec 30, 2014 1

The Chromium team announced back in August that Google is no longer working on implementing Pointer Events in Chrome in order to focus on Touch Events. Now they have given control to the Pointer Events polyfill library to jQuery which is hoping to “drive developer adoption of this unified event system” and eventually see “all browsers implement this standard natively.”

What is the Web?

by Mark Little on  Dec 07, 2014 2

Mark Nottingham, chair of the HTTP Working Group, asks the question What is the Web? As he mentions, this simple question has some complex and perhaps unexpected answers depending upon your perspective. A common approach would be to say that it has to be rooted in the Web browser, but that has some interesting consequences, not all of which are useful for non-browser stakeholders.

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.

Chrome 39 Brings Beacon API and ES6 Generators

by James Chesters on  Nov 25, 2014

Google's Chrome team has released the stable version of Chrome 39: with updates including the Web Application Manifest specification, Beacon API, and support for ES6 generators.

Microsoft, Adobe Release Critical Security Updates

by James Chesters on  Nov 18, 2014

Microsoft has released secruity improvements to Internet Explorer, fixing a vulnerablity that could allow an attacker to take control of a user's system. But according to Robert Freeman, manager of IBM X-Force Research, the issue was reported to Microsoft with a working proof-of-concept back in May 2014 -- and the issue is far older.

Lovefield: An SQL-like Query Engine by Google

by Abel Avram on  Nov 18, 2014

Lovefield is a JavaScript library providing an SQL-like query engine to web developers who want the benefits of a relational database.

Mozilla Quiet Ahead of Firefox Developer Edition Launch

by David Iffland on  Nov 08, 2014 1

Last week, Mozilla hinted at Firefox Developer Edition, a version made "by developers, for developers." This special version is part of a celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the release of Firefox 1.0. But, in the days preceding the release, the company has gone uncharacteristically quiet.

Bootstrap 4 Will Drop IE8 Support

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Nov 06, 2014

Bootstrap 3.3.0 was announced last week, along with a set of upcoming changes in Boostrap 4 alpha. One of the biggest changes coming soon is removal of support for IE8.

WHATWG Is Standardizing Web Streams

by Abel Avram on  Oct 31, 2014

After gestating for more than a year on GitHub, the project Streams has now been adopted by WHATWG in an effort to standardize a web streaming API. The project is led by Domenic Denicola, the man that started the work on Promises, currently part of the upcoming ECMAScript 6.

Chrome 38 Supports Art Direction through the picture Element

by Abel Avram on  Oct 16, 2014

Google has added support for the element in the recently released Chrome 38, enabling developers to specify multiple image sources based on various media queries.

Microsoft's JavaScript Engine Learns New Tricks For Windows 10

by David Iffland on  Oct 15, 2014

The Internet Explorer team at Microsoft recently detailed changes to the JavaScript engine coming in Windows 10. A significant change is the addition of a second tier in the Just-in-Time (JIT) compiler to reduce startup time.

New for Internet Explorer: HTTP/2 Support

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 03, 2014

As part of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Internet Explorer will offer HTTP/2 support, performance improvements to the Chakra JavaScript engine, and a top-level domains parsing algorithm based on publicsuffix.org.

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