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Microsoft Boasts Power Efficiency of Edge

by David Iffland on  Jun 21, 2016

Microsoft boasts that users of its Edge web browser see improved battery performance over other browsers. In addition, the new Windows 10 Anniversary Edition will bring even greater battery efficiency improvements in the browser.

Apple's Safari 10 Pretends Flash Doesn't Exist

by David Iffland on  Jun 16, 2016

Apple has announced that the next version of Safari will block Flash and other legacy plug-ins by default. The browser will trick websites into thinking that Flash isn't available resulting in a user prompt to install Flash.

Long-awaited jQuery 3.0 Brings Slim Build

by James Chesters on  Jun 15, 2016

The jQuery team has unveiled the long-awaited 3.0 release, bringing a new slimmed-down option as well as major new features, improvements, and bug fixes.

Gluon Announces Full Java 9 Mobile Initiative

by Victor Grazi on  Jun 10, 2016 2

Gluon is making Java 9 development available to iOS and Android developers in the form of their Gluon VM project, a full Java 9 native port.

HyperDev Spins Up New Web Apps with No Effort

by David Iffland on  Jun 09, 2016

Fog Creek Software has released a new web-based tool to create a new web app, live on the internet, without any of the chores normally associated with creating a new app. Called HyperDev, it allows for collaborative front- and back-end development using Node.js.

Atom 1.9 Beta Brings Better Performance, Drag and Drop Tab Layout, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 08, 2016

Version 1.9 beta of GitHub’s Atom text editor has been announced, along with Atom 1.8. Atom 1.9 beta sports a completed redesign of its buffer display layers, drag and drop layout management for tabs, and an upgraded Electron.

Google Chrome 51 Arrives with Intersection Observers, and Credential Management APIs

by James Chesters on  Jun 07, 2016

Google has launched Chrome 51, bringing with it intersection observers, passive event listeners and the credential management APIs -- as well as many security fixes.

Macros Return to Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 06, 2016 2

Writing macros to automate tasks was a popular feature in older versions of Visual Studio. Since Visual Studio 2012, macros have not been available but now a new extension promises to provide macros to users of Visual Studio 2013 & 2015.

Jibo Releases SDK Aiming to Bring Robotics into Homes

by Sergio De Simone on  May 27, 2016

IndieGogo startup Jibo has announced an SDK for developing applications, a.k.a. skills, for its “social robot” for the home, which will target entertainment, education, and IoT integration.

WebKit, V8, and Edge Improve JavaScript Implementations

by David Iffland on  May 19, 2016

WebKit, V8, and Microsoft Edge have each gotten a little closer to supporting the full ES2015 (ES6) spec and beyond. WebKit was the first browser engine to reach 100% on the Kangax Compatibility Table while V8 and Edge each added more features to their implementations.

Flash Gets Sidelined in Google Chrome Proposal

by James Chesters on  May 17, 2016 1

Google have revealed plans to sideline Flash in their Chrome browser. In the draft proposal "HTML5 by Default" Chrome's technical program manager says "Later this year we plan to change how Chromium hints to websites about the presence of Flash Player. If a site offers an HTML5 experience, this change will make that the primary experience."

Angular CLI Helps Spin Up Angular 2 Projects and Components

by David Iffland on  May 14, 2016 1

The Angular Command Line Interface (CLI) provides a number of useful commands to help Angular 2 developers quickly spin up an app. At ng-conf 2016 Mike Brocchi walked developers through the basic features of the tool and showed off some advanced routing setup.

GitHub Announces Electron 1.0, Devtron and Unlimited Private Repositories

by Abel Avram on  May 11, 2016

GitHub has announced the Electron 1.0 milestone and a new pricing model including unlimited private repositories for paid plans.

Angular Mobile Toolkit Tries to Make Web Apps Feel Native

by David Iffland on  May 10, 2016 3

A new part of Angular 2, the Angular Mobile Toolkit, brings together tools and techniques to help developers make their web apps feel more native. In a session at ng-conf 2016, Jeff Cross and Alex Rickabaugh showed how to use three of these techniques to build a "progress web app".

NativeScript 2.0 Release Brings Mobile App Development with Angular 2

by James Chesters on  May 10, 2016 2

NativeScript 2.0 has been released, integrating with AngularJS 2.0 to allow developers to write native mobile applications for iOS and Android. The release brings developers "an unprecedented code reuse story between [their] web and native mobile app," Valio Stoychev says.

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