What is Particle and why did Apple buy it?

Why would Apple acquire a company with a handful of web designers when it has plenty of its own already? The answer could lie in Particle’s specialty, which appears to be looking at new ways of displaying content on a variety of devices using HTML5.

Dolphin Browser proves it’s ready for an HTML5 future

No mobile browser has passed through the first two hurdles in the Ringmark test, a tool created by Facebook that checks for a wide range of HTML5 support. That is, no mobile browser until now. The most recent beta of Dolphin Browser for Android just did.

4 out of 5 videos are encoded in H.264

A full 80 percent of videos are encoded in H.264, according to new data from MeFeedia. The latest figures show just how far the industry has come in adopting the H.264 video format as the de facto standard for video encoding.

Will 1B HTML5 phones change the mobile app economy?

Research firm Strategy Analytics predicts sales of one billion HTML5 phones in 2013, compared to 336 million this year. The idea of mobile apps relying heavily on HTML5 — as far-fetched as it may seem — is desirable. Why? Application lock-in essentially becomes an issue of the past.

How to demo Windows Phone on your iPhone or Android

As it hopes to build smartphone market share, Microsoft has created a new HTML5 site that allows smartphone owners to interactively demo the Windows Phone operating system. The site works on Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android platforms and illustrates the fresh and intuitive Windows Phone interface.

Project Spartan isn’t anti-Apple — it’s pro-Facebook

Many recent headlines have been devoted to Facebook’s focus on HTML5, and specifically on an internal HTML5-based project at the company dubbed “Project Spartan.” But Facebook’s investment in HTML5 is nothing new — and it’s certainly nothing that the company has been secretive about.

Facebook Hired Ondrejka to Help Web Games Evolve

Nobody really knew why Facebook hired former Second Life CTO Cory Ondrejka in a surprise deal last year. But now it has become apparent: He’s using his experiences building the virtual world to try to take web-based games to the next level.

The Truth Behind HTML5’s New Logo Fiasco

The controversial decision by the World Wide Web Consortium to create a new — and potentially confusing — brand identity for HTML5 doesn’t tell us much about the future of technology, but it does expose the weaknesses that motivate the web’s ruling body.

Netflix Embraces HTML5 Video, But Not the Apple Way

Netflix is all for HTML5 video, but it doesn’t want to simply reinvent the wheel and push forward with its own flavor of browser-based video delivery technologies. The company said today that it’s instead getting involved in standards bodies to resolve remaining obstacles across all platforms.

Netflix Gearing Up to Push HTML5 Video

Netflix has adopted HTML5 for its user experience in reaching connected devices, but has shied away from standards-based video playback, citing concerns about lack of content security. But a job posting suggests it might soon be building tools and pushing standards for HTML5 video playback.

HTML5 Transfers Application Power from Server to Browser

However much CSS3 matters to Adobe and to the legions of web designers, it’s not an industry-transforming technology. For that, you have to look at the other parts of HTML5 standards that deal with data storage and persistence, specifically: HTML5 webSQL, local storage and cache manifests.

Akamai Simplifies iOS Streaming With Its HD Network

Akamai is set to announce new capabilities making it easier for companies to deliver video to the iPhone or iPad. With its new “in the network” video packaging, content providers will be able to serve up video to multiple Apple devices without changing their existing workflow.

BBC Hiring Technologist to Help Steer HTML5 Standardization

The BBC recently warned that the HTML5 standardization process is at risk of being hijacked by companies pushing proprietary implementations of the web standard. Now it is responding by hiring a “senior technologist” to represent the broadcaster in discussions with the W3C and other standards bodies.

Do Problems in the Publishing Industry Have a Technical Solution?

Experts from the tech, business and creative sides of the publishing industry gathered today for a broad discussion of disintermediation as part of our GigaOM Pro Bunker Series. Two key conflicts between attendees were apparent to me, one on the platform side and one on marketing.

BBC: HTML5 ‘Starting to Sail Off-Course’

Erik Huggers, director of Future Media & Technology at the BBC, cautions that HTML5 is not yet ready for primetime, and that certain companies — like Apple — could undermine the open nature of the standard by pushing an agenda through their own proprietary implementations.

PlayOn Uses HTML5 to Bring Hulu and Netflix to the iPhone

PlayOn has rolled out a new HTML5-based web app that will allow users to watch movies and TV shows on the iPhone and iPod Touch. By integrating with its desktop software, users will be able to watch previously unavailable web video content like Netflix and Hulu.

Do We Need An Apple App Store For Web Apps?

Is there room in the world for an Apple-like mobile software store comprised of web apps? One person thinks so and just launched an iPhone app to gather up web-based applications, making it easier for both consumers and developers to find and sell Internet wares.

New YouTube Embeds Work on the iPad

YouTube is experimenting with a new form of embeds that will play on an iPad right within a web page, making it unnecessary to launch the iPad YouTube app every time you want to watch a video. However, the new format isn’t ready for prime time.

AOL Mobile Goes HTML5, Picks Android Over iPhone for New App

Longtime Internet pioneer, AOL (s aol) today matures its mobile platform with a two new applications for Android handsets and an HTML5 version of the AOL Mobile website for smartphones. It’s no surprise that AOL is looking to support smartphones, but picking Android over iPhone is.

Ex-Apple Javascript Guru: HTML5 and Native Apps Can Live Together

Charles Jolley, who until very recently worked as JavaScript Frameworks Manager at MobileMe, left to work full time on his open-source framework, SproutCore. His new company’s premise is that the future of HTML5 and native apps will be closely entwined as content goes mobile.

Viewers More Likely to Stick Around for HTML5 Video Than Flash

According to new data from MeFeedia, viewers watched about 25 percent more HTML5 video than Flash-based video. More importantly, HTML5 video viewers were much less likely to abandon a video, with a 70 percent lower bounce rate when compared to video delivered in Adobe Flash.

App Creep and the Case for the Mobile Browser

App stores are so successful that some are arguing that native apps are the way we will experience the web on mobile devices. As more and more companies offer services on the mobile web, I believe the mobile browser will play a bigger role.

mDialog Tackles HTML5 Video Security

mDialog is offering video publishers a new content security feature for HTML5 video delivery that could convince hold-outs to embrace video publishing on the iPad. The new feature works by leveraging Apple’s HTTP adaptive bit rate streaming, applying AES-128 encryption to individual video segments.

MeFeedia: Let Us Handle Your HTML5 Analytics

MeFeedia is making an offer to publishers that want to track videos delivered via HTML5: let us handle your analytics for free. With the rollout of its new analytics suite for HTML5 video, MeFeedia customers can now track engagement metrics across a number of mobile devices.

Netflix: No Plans for HTML5 Video

Don’t expect Netflix to start supporting HTML5 video playback anytime soon, according to cloud architect Adrian Cockcroft. Without a good way to protect the streaming video available through its Watch Instantly service, the company won’t be able to make content available using the nascent web standard.

Hulu: HTML5 Isn’t Ready for Prime Time

Hulu made a bunch of updates to its video player today, making it bigger, adding adaptive bitrate streaming, improving content recommendations and enabling users to receive more personalized ads. But there’s one thing that Hulu won’t be adding any time soon: support for HTML5.

Apple May Be Gunning for Open Source Codecs

The latest indication that Apple is trying to strong-arm publishers to adopt HTML5 and H.264 came today, as Steve Jobs reportedly claimed by email that a patent pool was being assembled to “go after” Ogg Theora and other open source codecs.