While it was missing the skydiving antics of last year’s event, Google’s I/O keynote last week wasn’t short on product launches. In between the splashy updates to Google Maps, Search, Android and everything else Google announced, the company also briefly talked about Web Components for a few minutes. While Google’s Sundar Pichai noted that it’s still early days for… → Read More
When it comes to consumer apps, the debate over HTML5 vs. native has seen native win a couple of key rounds recently, with a number of high-profile tech companies eschewing the open standard because of performance issues. However, when it comes to enterprise services, it looks like we may hear a different tune. Gizmox, which operates a platform that helps enterprises create new and translate… → Read More
I’m all for open source and freely sharing code, but there are also occasions when it’s necessary to hide some of the mechanics behind a web-based application. That’s where JScrambler comes in, a Portuguese startup that’s launching version 3 of its service today. JScrambler 3 allows developers to obfuscate their source code for mobile and desktop web apps so it’s… → Read More
Premium video extensions in HTML5 are opening the door for Netflix to embrace a more standards-based format for video playback, but it’s doing so cautiously. The reason for Netflix’s use of Silverlight in the first place is due to its need to provide DRM and ensure that its users aren’t copying its content or displaying it in places where they’re not authorized to. → Read More
Vyclone, a service for creating collaborative videos of events and locations launched its iOS app for last summer. Just about a week ago, the company launched its Android app and today, it is also launching a web-based experience that focuses less on taking videos than on editing them in the browser. To do so, the service partnered with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team, though the editor… → Read More
Mozilla’s Firefox OS will soon be making its debut on devices sold around the world, but until then Mozilla is still working to get developers crafting web apps that will run nicely on Firefox hardware. To that end, Mozilla has seen fit to provide developers with an early preview of its updated Firefox OS simulator and all the new functionality baked into it. → Read More
Google’s Super Sync Sports Chrome Experiment is what happens when you put modern web technology, smartphones and a love of 80s sports games into one rather wacky package where cupcakes race moose heads for virtual gold. The new game, which Google announced this morning, runs in your desktop browser, but you use your smartphone or tablet as the game controller to make your avatars run, cycle… → Read More
According to a new survey commissioned by Telerik’s Kendo UI, the majority of developers now prefer to work with HTML5 instead of native apps for their cross-platform development. Half of the 5,000 developers surveyed in the company’s 2013 Global Developer Survey also said that they developed apps using HTML5 in 2012 and 90% of them plan to do so in 2013. Only 15% of developers said… → Read More
Intel will not be left out of the party when it comes to being central in the mobile app ecosystem. The company today acquired a set of HTML5 development tools, originally created by appMobi and used by some 150,000 developers, and has hired staff from appMobi that worked on the product to continue to maintain it. appMobi, meanwhile, is going to forge ahead as a standalone company, focused on the… → Read More
Crocodoc allows you to upload your PDFs, Word and PowerPoint documents and convert them into HTML5 so you can easily embed them on your own sites. The company, which has converted over 60 million documents since and signed up the likes of Dropbox, LinkedIn, Yammer and SAP as customers since its launch in 2010, just announced the launch of its new HTML5 document converter with a revamped conversion… → Read More
For a while now, Google has regularly worked with well-known brands like Cirque du Solei and others to launch advanced web-based experiences optimized for its Chrome browser. Today is Disney’s turn. Google, in collaboration with UNIT9 and Disney, just launchedFind Your Way to Oz, a new Chrome experiment based on Disney’s upcoming movie Oz The Great and Powerful. The experience, Google writes… → Read More
Microsoft just announced a number of updates to its SkyDrive cloud storage service. SkyDrive users can now, for example, get a better overview of who they shared documents with and who currently has access to a file. In addition, SkyDrive now features some improvements for users on touch devices (including, of course, Windows 8) and improved drag-and-drop support for all users. → Read More
We’ve been writing about HTML5 for quite a while, but, until today, the actual HTML5 specs and standards were still moving targets. Now, however, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced that the specifications for HTML5 and Canvas 2D are finally feature complete. This, the W3C notes, means that developers now have a stable target “for implementation and planning.” → Read More
Jilion, the company behind the cloud-based HTML5 video player SublimeVideo, is today announcing SublimeVideo Horizon, a new video application framework for video publishers and brands. This framework allows SublimeVideo’s customers to create their own player interface, with the colors, fonts, features and buttons they prefer, while also allowing them to integrate with popular sites like YouTube… → Read More
Polar Mobile, a pioneer in creating publishing apps for top media brands back when the move from print and web to mobile was still a novel concept, today opened up the next stage in its content delivery strategy for publishers everywhere. Originally debuted in closed beta with a few select publishers back in October, Polar is now throwing open the gates to its MediaEverywhere cross-platform… → Read More
A new study today from NPD DisplaySearch shows the progress of smart and connected TVs in recent years and during Q2 2012. Connected TVs did well are doing well around the world, with shares growing rapidly in key emerging markets. Growth is at a relative standstill in North America, however, as access to free, premium content via the web and through open standards remains a roadblock. → Read More
Netbiscuits, the mobile development platform that has worked with the likes of eBay, Google, Coca-Cola and 15,000 other developers on their mobile web services, is ramping up its game as smartphone usage continues to accelerate worldwide. The company today is announcing that it has raised $27 million in a Series C round. This also marks the first time that Netbiscuits, which says it hosts over… → Read More
It looks like Apple acquired Justin Timberlake-backed web apps company Particle last month — maker of social video service robo.to, and a design UI/UX and HTML5 web app consultancy whose clients include Google, Motorola, Sony and Zynga. CNET called the acquisition today, citing “sources with knowledge of the deal”. There’s no word on the acquisition price. → Read More
Last month as part of our TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield Coverage, we wrote about Famo.us, the company behind a forthcoming HTML5 framework that its developers claim will make it easier to build HTML5 apps that perform as well as native apps. Now the company is revealing more information about how it works and what it can be used for. → Read More
The New York Times this morning announced a new HTML5 web app for iPad, rounding out their lineup of web and tablet products for digital subscribers. The Times is soliciting feedback from its users about the app and its features, which suggests that it’s looking at this as a way to experiment with a non-native delivery method, but isn’t quite sure about how consumers will respond. → Read More
Editor’s note: This guest post was written by Mike Shema, director of engineering at Qualys, a leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions. Mike is also author of the recently published book “Hacking Web Apps: Detecting and Preventing Web Application Security Problems.” Contact him here.
HTML5 reinvigorates a technology that’s been driving web content for more than 20… → Read More
At its I/O developer conference earlier this year, Google showed off an upcoming browser-based collaboration with Cirque du Soleil that was meant to bring some of Cirque’s imagination to the browser. This experiment, Movi.Kanti.Revo, is now available online and it’s quite a trip. The experience makes full use of HTML5 and other moden web technologies and uses your webcam (or accelerometer) to… → Read More
The rise of native apps as the primary medium for mobile content is a trend that shows no signs of slowing down at the moment — if anything, it’s growing, with smartphone-wielding consumers in the U.S. recently tipping to using more native apps than mobile web sites for their information/games/video fixes. But that also belies a secondary trend: support and functionality for HTML5, the markup… → Read More
Atari is turning 40 this year and with the help of Microsoft and the HTML5 specialists at gskinner.com, it is now bringing eight of its most popular classic games to the browser. The games are optimized for Internet Explorer 10 and touch controls, but also work well on any other modern browser. To do so, as Microsoft’s general manager for Internet Explorer Ryan Gavin told me yesterday, Atari’s new… → Read More
There’s no shortage of HTML5 games (or developers for that matter) out there, but most of them don’t offer much competition for more graphically-intensive, engrossing native games.
“You can run StarCraft on your PC, but the best game you can in your browser is, like, FarmVille,” SpinPunch co-founder Ian Tien told me. While he’s quick to note that there’s nothing wrong with tilling… → Read More
Wix.com, a Java and HTML5 publishing platform, announced today that users have built over one million sites using their HTML5 tools since March. Wix, which began offering Flash tools in 2008, did not launch its HTML5 builder, which is still in beta, until late March.
Director of Communications Eric Mason tells us that most Wix users only make one website, meaning they have had nearly one… → Read More
HTML5 game engine Playcraft Labs officially launched today. The engine had been in a soft, beta launch since May. Founder and CEO Martin Wells, who started his first game company when he was 16, describes Playcraft as a toolbox for game designers, especially ones who want to accelerate how fast they develop a game.
Wells came up with the idea when he was looking to design web games and… → Read More
Facebook has revealed that its HTML5 site has twice as many users as its iOS and Android apps combined. But that’s actually a problem, because Apple and Google’s mobile browsers don’t support photo uploads or high-performance animation for HTML5 — features that a crucial to getting Facebook mobile site users sharing more and convincing app developers to port to HTML5 where Facebook can tax… → Read More