Following their SHA–1 deprecation plans announced last year, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla detailed recently their timelines to remove support for SHA–1 certificates from their flagship browsers. Researchers at security firm Venafi found however, that 35% of analyzed websites are still using SHA–1 certificates.
Firefox Focus is a new web browser for iOS that blocks many ad and content trackers by default. Along with its minimal, single tab UI, the browser offers privacy and speed.
Blisk is a Chromium-based browser that brings together the performance of Chrome and the developer support found in Firefox Developer Edition.
Angular 2 Dart and Flutter were the most important news mentioned at the recent Dart Developer Summit 2016.
Google has launched Chrome 54, further side lining Flash in the browser by using HTML5 for YouTube embed. The stable release rewrites YouTube Flash embeds, so that when a Flash embed for YouTube is detected, the browser will automatically use HTML5 instead. Google said that the change had been made "to reduce the overall usage of Flash in Chrome."
The goal for the W3C Web payments working group is standardization of the flow, APIs and messages for online payments. These standardizations are meant to be payment method agnostic. On September 15, working drafts for the HTTP API and messages specifications were released for public comment.
The maintainers of the popular Bootstrap framework have announced that they are ending maintenance for Bootstrap v3, the current version. It's been over a year since the first alpha of version 4 was released and the project is still not in beta. To speed along development, Mark Otto (creator of Bootstrap) has decided to end all regular maintenance for version 3.
Mozilla has launched their website security analysis tool. Dubbed Observatory, the tool helps to spread information on best security practices to developers and sys admins in need of guidance.
Shape Security has open sourced a new schemaless binary serialization format called SuperPack.
A new tool for Windows 10 from Microsoft, the Edge Extension Toolkit, aims to make it easier to convert Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge extensions.
Microsoft has demonstrated ChakraCore running on Linux and Mac OS X, and Node.js/ChakraCore on Linux.
Microsoft has open sourced the protocol used by VS Code’s editor to communicate with the various language servers supported.
The Servo browser, built from scratch by Mozilla Research, has matured to the point where nightly builds are available for download. The group hopes to broaden the browser's reach so that they can quickly improve its web compatibility and performance.