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Ogg Theora: 3 – H.264: 3

With the revelation that Internet Explorer 9 will support HTML5 video the score is tied. Opera and Mozilla are pushing for Ogg Theora. Safari and Internet Explorer will support H.264 and finally Chrome supports both.

Microsoft intends to ship Internet Explorer 7 with Windows Phone 7

Today Microsoft released the SDK for Windows Phone 7. It includes an emulator with a build of Internet Explorer. The useragent reported by the emulator is Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows Phone OS 7.0; Trident/3.1; IEMobile/7.0). I’ve also ran the CSS selector test and the HTML5 test and both report the same numbers as the desktop […]

Opera Mini for the iPhone

Opera announced that they ported their Opera Mini browser to the iPhone and will be submitting it to the App Store. It isn’t the first third-party browser for the iPhone but all others were based on the standard Webkit component that is available in the SDK. Opera Mini is unique in this regard because it […]

95% of statistics are completely made up

After Vimeo announced that they would be support the H.264 codec for the HTML5 video beta test, Silvia Pfeiffer published a completely ridiculous article in which she claims that Ogg Theora is a better choice because it has a reach of 95% while H.264 only has 25%. Given that only roughly 30% of all browsers […]

Adobe AIR 2.0 scores 90/100 on the Acid3 test

Which is pretty good considering Adobe does not support SVG and at least 6 of the failed test are related to SVG.

Firefox gets a brand new HTML5 parser

As of tomorrow the new HTML5 parser will be available in nightly builds: If you are still comfortable with testing, download a trunk nightly build tomorrow, run it, navigate to about:config and flip the preference named html5.enable to true. This makes Gecko use the HTML5 parser when loading pages into the content area and when setting innerHTML. […] There is also another […]

Microsoft started work on IE 9 and is planning to give web developers what they want

According to Dean Hachamovitch in the announcement on IE Blog: Our focus is providing rich capabilities – the ones that most developers want to use – in an interoperable way.  Developers want more capabilities in the browser to build great apps and experiences; they want them to work in an interoperable way so they don’t […]

Adobe released the first beta of AIR 2.0

Adobe AIR 2.0 includes an updated version of the Webkit rendering engine which should add support for some HTML5 elements and CSS transforms, transitions and animations. I did a quick check to see what is supported and noticed the following: Present: CSS Animations CSS Transitions CSS 2D Transforms CSS Gradients CSS Masks CSS Reflections HTML5 […]

Apple introduces new Macs… but more importantly, it now uses HTML5 video on their website

Yesterday Apple introduced a new range of iMacs, Mac minis and a new Macbook. They look all great, but the first thing I noticed when looking at the product pages on the Apple website is the new video player. Previously Apple used an embedded QuickTime video player which was controlled using HTML and JavaScript. The […]

Picasa 3.5 with face recognition and improved geotagging

We’re happy to announce the launch of Picasa 3.5, the latest release of Picasa photo management software. If you don’t want to wait until we autoupdate everyone to Picasa 3.5, you can download it at picasa.google.com. A couple of years ago I wrote an article with detailed instruction on how to geotag photos using Picasa and […]

Google brings Chrome’s renderer to IE

Today, we’re releasing an early version of Google Chrome Frame, an open source plug-in that brings HTML5 and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer. We’re building Google Chrome Frame to help web developers deliver faster, richer applications like Google Wave. Recent JavaScript performance improvements and the emergence of HTML5 have enabled web applications to do things […]

The ultimate Mac OS X 10.6 review

It’s almost a tradition. Whenever Apple releases a new version of its operating system, John Siracusa of Ars Technica writes a review. Not just a review, but a staggering 32 pages of detailed information. It’s a must read for anybody interested in the technical details behind the marketing speak.

Opera 10 is here

Despite an impressive list of supported standards, I can help but feel a bit disappointed. Notably absent are support for HTML5 video and some popular CSS3 properties such as border-radius and box-shadow. Anyway, get it at Opera.com

Google reveals Chrome 3.0

I’m still trying to find out what exactly changed in standards support, but the fact that the latest beta supports the video capabilities of HTML 5 is pretty good news.

MediatankController for iPhone 0.3

I’ve just released an updated version of my iPhone webapp. If you own a Popcorn Hour or another networked media tank you can copy the app on the hard disk of your media player and use your iPhone to browse, play files and control the media player.