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  • Web 3.0 - Cult or Culture?

    In a recent article by Jonathan Strickland for HowStuffWorks the author addresses Web 3.0. This "long anticipated and disruptive new technology" is supposed to increase the possibilities of users and providers. But what exactly is the Web 3.0?

  • IE10 Platform Preview 2 Available

    The IE team has announced Second Platform Preview for IE10. The Preview showcases new IE features like Positioned Floats, HTML5 SandBox, HTML5 Forms, setImmediate API, Page Visibility API, Async Scripts and more. It uses the same HTML5 engine seen in the recent Windows 8 demos.

  • World IPv6 Day: Conclusions

    World IPv6 Day proved to be a success. Major service providers and websites are ready for IPv6, but some experience response times lower than when using IPv4. Experts draw attention to a possible security flaw in IPv6 implementations.

  • World IPv6 Day Has Started

    June 8th 2011 is World IPv6 day, where many large internet organisations such as Google and YouTube, and social networks like Facebook have IPv6 enabled their sites for at least the next 24 hours. If you have an IPv6 connection, then when you visit these sites you'll be going over the IPv6 network instead of the IPv4 network.

  • WebP’s Adoption Remains Unclear Despite New Improvements

    Google has enhanced WebP, their open source image compressing format with higher image quality, progressive decoding, reduced pixelation along edges, and JNI support. Alpha channel support will be added soon, along with more speed improvements. The format is currently supported only by Google and Opera.

  • Jeremy Keith on the Design Principles of HTML5

    "Embrace HTML5" was held in Shanghai last week. Jeremy Keith, the author of "DOM Scripting" and “HTML5 for Web Designers”, presented a speech on the design principles of HTML5. He also introduced the history of HTML and answered some questions from the audience.

  • Microsoft IE 9 Released

    Microsoft released IE9, its flagship internet browser, at the SxSW conference yesterday. This brings IE into closer alignment with current web browsers, as it introduces some level of HTML5 support and achieves a 95% pass rate on the Acid 3 tests.

  • Final IPv4 Blocks Allocated

    APNIC have requested two IPv4/8 address blocks, resulting in the final five IPv4/8 address blocks being distributed as per RIPE-436. IANA has no more IPv4 addresses to distribute, and the major RIRs will likely run out of IPv4 addresses before the end of this year. IPv6 is the only way out of this predicament.

  • World IPv6 Day

    The Internet Society has called for a World IPv6 Day on 8th June 2011 to promote the use of IPv6 by major organisations such as Google, Facebook and Akami. With IPv4 blocks expected to run out in the next week, the timing for the announcement could not be better.

  • Google Chrome Drops H264 Support

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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]

    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.