The desire to move way from Flash and other plugins for Web content is quite apparent, and has taken a further step with last week's release of Firefox 3.6. In response to the progress in HTML5 development, sites like YouTube and Vimeo have released HTML5 versions of their media implementations. Despite this, the instructions for enabling the beta implementation of HTML5 on YouTube are not the clearest.… Read more
Google has released its "stable" version of Chrome 4.0, an incarnation under development for months that brings extensions to customize Chrome features and a host of technologies for more powerful Web programming.
However, the new version is available only for Windows. The Mac OS X and Linux versions of Chrome arrived in beta more than a year after the Windows version, and there's still catching up to do.
Though this release is called version 4.0, Google de-emphasizes such numbers, calling them mere "milestones" on the way to a better browser. The software updates itself by default, keeping people on the latest version.
Chrome is the first browser from a Web powerhouse. It hasn't dethroned Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Mozilla's Firefox, but Chrome has passed Apple's Safari in usage by one measure.
Extensions are a major browser feature, letting people add new abilities without burdening all users who might not be interested. Extensions are a major competitive advantage of Mozilla's Firefox, which calls them add-ons and has thousands available for download. … Read more
A disagreement between Google and Mozilla is making a once-obscure debate into a real issue for those who watch Web video or host it on their own sites.
Last week, Google's YouTube announced early support for HTML5 video, which can be built directly into Web pages and viewed with browsers without relying on a plug-in such as Adobe Systems' Flash, Microsoft's Silverlight, or Apple's QuickTime. Another Web video site, Vimeo, followed suit.
Native video on a Web page sounds nice, and many Web companies support the effort broadly. But there's one big devil in its detail: … Read more
It's HTML5 week in video land, and the latest entrant is Vimeo. Less than a day after competitor YouTube announced that it would begin rolling out an HTML5 video player to videos on its site, Vimeo is doing the same.
Beginning Thursday, the site will be offering its users the option to play videos without the need for Adobe Flash--a plug-in that was previously required to watch videos on its online player. The new option to switch to the HTML5 player will appear as a link below each video. The site will then remember a user's preference from … Read more
HTML5 video is the Web standard that allows users of most modern-day browsers to play hosted videos in their browser without having to rely on Adobe's Flash player.
In order to use the new feature, users will need to opt in to the HTML5 program on TestTube, which is where the company houses a number of other experimental features.
The only browsers that are currently supported include Google Chrome, Apple's … Read more
In general, most New Year's resolutions tend to last as long as the NFL playoffs. But those who enter the year working for the world's most ambitious technology company won't have that luxury.
Google enters its 12th year as an information and financial powerhouse, holding claim to perhaps the most enviable position on the Internet and worming its way into all sorts of businesses that Internet companies have traditionally avoided. The company shows little sign of slowing down its innovation engine, but as a result of that pace faces competitive threats like never before from other giants … Read more
The groups responsible for standardizing the language used to build Web sites have begun tackling technology to provide a direct interface to Webcams.
The World Wide Web Consortium has begun work on the HTML Device addition to the Hypertext Markup Language specification. "The device element represents a device selector, to allow the user to give the page access to a device, for example a video camera," according to a December 11 draft of the specification.
The move marks another step expansion of the scope of the Web standard. Advocates are trying to make it a foundation not just … Read more
After more than five years as a publicly available test version, Gmail shed its beta label in July. Now one feature key to the Net giant's cloud-computing aspirations, offline access to Gmail, also has grown up less than a year after its debut.
"Offline Gmail is graduating from Labs and becoming a regular part of Gmail," Google programmer Aaron Whyte announced the change Monday in a blog post.
Offline Gmail support, which relies on a Google browser plug-in called Gears, lets people read, search, organize, and compose e-mail even when there's no Net connection; sent messages … Read more
More and more of our computing happens through applications and Web sites out in the network. It's in the "cloud" to use the current trendy lingo.
One consequence is that we're starting to look at our clients differently. That's because they're increasingly a sort of window into the cloud rather than devices that run a lot of application-specific code and store a lot of application-specific data locally. Clients can therefore be "thinner," which is to say loaded with less software and less tailored to the needs and wants of a given user. … Read more