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Researchers claim that phone batteries do help spy on you

Researchers claim that phone batteries do help spy on you

There might be some credence to worries that your smartphone batteries can undermine your privacy after all. But not as ludicrous as the NFC antenna mistaken for a spying contraption. This new theory has the backing of French and Belgian researchers. But before you throw out that battery, be aware that it isn't the battery itself that is doing the potential spying. It is merely an unwilling accomplice for less than conscientious websites that might be trying to identify your device, whether you like it or not. And you probably don't.

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Twitch begins migration to HTML5, dropping Flash

Twitch begins migration to HTML5, dropping Flash

Game broadcasting service Twitch has announced via its blog that it's officially migrating to HTML5 for its videos, and in turn phasing out the Adobe Flash format. The company, owned by Amazon, says not everyone will see the changes as once, as they're rollout the changes to accounts gradually. Once those changes start appearing, users will find the web-based video player has HTML5 and JavaScript-powered controls, instead of the Flash-based ones we're used to.

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YouTube now supports 60fps live gameplay streaming

YouTube now supports 60fps live gameplay streaming

Gamers who enjoy viewing high quality gameplay footage on YouTube will be pleased to hear the video site is now supporting 60 frames-per-second for live streaming. It was only last October when YouTube began offing 60fps playback of videos that had been uploaded, allowing Call of Duty fans to watch buttery smooth footage. To make the jump to including gameplay being live streamed in only seven months is quite impressive.

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YouTube matures, uses HTML5 video by default

YouTube matures, uses HTML5 video by default

Further driving the obsolescence of technology like Flash, Google is announcing that YouTube will default to using HTML5 video by default, at least on the most recent versions of major browsers. While it might take some time before the web is truly rid of Flash, it is a brave move forward especially for a service that is absolutely reliant on the smooth and flawless delivery of multimedia content. It also shows how much the web has grown up to replace the benefits once provided only by the likes of Flash.

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Netflix uses HTML5 in Safari on OS X Yosemite

Netflix uses HTML5 in Safari on OS X Yosemite

If you’re one to watch Netflix on Safari, you’re about tot get a more streamlined experience. Netflix today announced that they’ve worked closely with Apple to bring HTML5 streaming to OS X Yosemite. There is no longe a need for the Silverlight plugin used in former (current, really) iterations of Safari.

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Infamous Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game reborn in HTML5

Infamous Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game reborn in HTML5

Classic text-based adventure game "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", based on the hit Douglas Adams book, has been rebuilt by the BBC and given a new lease of life online for anybody to play. The game - first released in 1984 for the Apple II among other computers - was known for being difficult to play and dated to a time before graphics and sound, but still managed to sell around 350,000 copies in its year of launch. Now, thanks to the BBC, its been relaunched online.

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XboxIE and Sonyfied bring HTML5 games to Xbox One and PS4

XboxIE and Sonyfied bring HTML5 games to Xbox One and PS4

This month a couple of services have popped up for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 - collections of games that can be played for free, crafted with HTML5 for play inside a next-gen gaming console's web browser. After tracking down the creator of the slightly more popular of the two, XboxIE, we found that he just released a PlayStation 4 iteration going by the name Sonyfied. Both sites now serve a modest number of games from some rather big names - Pac Man, Cut the Rope, and Bejeweled amongst them. It was when Xbox official Larry Hyrb, aka Major Nelson spoke about it on Twitter that things really started to fire up.

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Google Web Designer targets easy HTML5 animation (and Tumblr will love it)

Google Web Designer targets easy HTML5 animation (and Tumblr will love it)

Google has launched Google Web Designer, a new beta app for creating animated online content such as adverts or other moving graphics, all in HTML5. The Windows and Mac app aims to streamline the post-Flash online world with the option of code or graphical animation creation, for those of differing comfort levels with CSS and JavaScript. Although Google intends it to be of primary use to advertisers, the software may well follow GIFs in becoming the platform-to-have for eager Tumblr users and other social addicts.

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YouTube app has Google and Microsoft throwing punches over HTML5

YouTube app has Google and Microsoft throwing punches over HTML5

User of the Windows Phone mobile operating system glad that the Microsoft-made YouTube app was reinstated recently with approval by Google will be disappointed this afternoon: it's gone again. Now the two companies are tossing punches online, releasing statements in kind over the reasons for their continued dispute. It would appear that the whole mess comes down to one coding issue: HTML5.

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