Mobile application development platforms (MADP) and mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) offerings have simplified mobile app development for enterprises. New code-free systems promise to extend these capabilities beyond developers into the line of business.
Apple is the latest browser maker to ditch plugins for Netflix playback. The move is controversial with opponents of DRM.
Google Chrome(s goog) users on Android should keep their eyes peeled for the newest update, which is rolling out Wednesday. Chrome version…
Mozilla’s holiday game contest puts the emphasis on HTML5 development.
Google’s strategy to take over the computing world through its Chrome browser takes another step forward: New Chromium code supports drag-and-drop support for Chrome apps to the Windows Taskbar.
Polar Mobile is rolling out its HTML5-based MediaEverywhere content distribution system with The Hockey News and Canadian Living. The tool allows publishers to build custom websites and native apps in quick and cost-effective way.
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.
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.
People led the way for Time Inc. with full-access authentication for digital subscriptions. Now it’s the first to launch a mobile site with responsive design, a new ad format and the same content as People.com.
Zeewe TV is using HTML5 instead of native apps to bring mobile video to audiences in Brazil and other parts of Latin America. The company would love to do the same in the U.S., but hasn’t secured deals with mobile carriers here yet.
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.
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.
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.
It seems so simple, so obvious: mobile developers of the world, unite behind the web and finally achieve platform independence! It turns out…
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.
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 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 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 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.
Google Android is handily beating both Apple and Microsoft in the race to control the smartphone market. Yet, each company is responding to this threat in very different way, but with the same weapon: the open standards of HTML5.
Last week, I went to the Future of Web Apps conference in London. As a non-developer, what I found most exciting about the event was that it offered me some insight into how our web apps will change thanks to new technologies, like HTML5 and CSS3.
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 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.
The Arcade Fire’s new album release has been accompanied by relatively new uses of web video; today, thanks to some help from Google’s Chrome, the band’s track We Used to Wait gets an all-HTML5 “musical experience made specifically for the browser.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
According to a new report released today by DoNanza, — a search engine that aggregates project postings from online freelance jobs markets — demand for HTML5 skills is soaring, noting a whopping 474 percent increase in demand for HTML5 in Q2 this year.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
A lot of our readers were skeptical when some very early — but very impressive — iPad video viewership data was released…
YouTube has announced that it is going to implement a lot of changes to its UI in the coming months, a process…