HTML5, Reviving the “Dead Web” {1}

by Jongwoo Y
Technology revolving around users and the internet has been constantly evolving over the past twenty years. It has finally gone through the crux of personal computers and evolved into the focus of the development of mobile applications found on many mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android. This trend has left the normal “web” in a state of danger as developers focus more on applications, which hide data from the web while taking select information from it (Lohr, 2012). Due to these circumstances, the web has been left in a state in which it is not being constantly updated as it’s mobile application counter-parts. Tim Berners Lee, the “father” of the internet, was recently quoted in december saying “The web as we know it is in danger, the web can be broken down into fragmented islands (Lohr, 2012).” With this statement, Lee is able to explain the dire situation that the web is in; however, with the push of HTML5 technology, the web may still be able to bounce back. Popular internet browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer have recently implemented HTML5 technology while Google’s Chrome has been the posterchild for HTML5 browser technology for ages now. Apple’s Safari browser has actually taken it a step forward and nearly replaced it’s flash functionality by embracing HTML5’s media player capabilities. Jeffrey Jaffe chief executive of ┬áthe World Web Consortium, states that HTML5 is the “next big step of progress” for the internet. HTML5 will be able to allow browsers to run more apps with it’s rich technology and also help with the development of mobile applications due to it’s easier to code technology. Another thing that HTML5 will help is to get news organizations out to their customers in a more profitable fashion, without Apple as a middleman. Many web based developers have high expectations for the changes that HTML5 will bring and hope that it can revive the relatively dead “web”. read more...

A Better Firefox. {1}

by Mike Y
The Mozilla foundation release Firefox 9 on December 22, 2011. The web browser runs up to 36% percent faster than version 8. A small part of the user interface for Mac OS X 10.7 was changed while it stayed the same for Windows. It also patched 6 vulnerabilities. Firefox 12 is set to be released some time in April of 2012. read more...

Chrome’s New Gaming Technology {1}

by Abubaker D
My article is talking about Google Chrome’s new features. Apparently, Chrome has announced that some new games would run only in Chrome 14 that uses the browser’s Native Client capability. Google added a new Chrome-only feature that allows the browser to run applications programmed in hardcore languages like C and C++ as opposed to the simpler Javascript web programming language. Programs written in C and C++ are compiled for use only on a specific platform, such as Windows or Mac OS X, so game developers have typically used these for maximum responsiveness and hardware compatibility. A list of game companies acquired the technology saying that it’s more powerful than JavaScript and runs applications faster. These game companies believe that the future of gaming sits with Chrome’s technology, that is Native Client. In the article, they were also presenting other companies that argued that JavaScript is the future and has improved immensely over the past few years. They said that companies shouldn’t return to native code which seems like a backwards step. read more...