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Gmail web app updated: Pull-to-Refresh and Retina Display icons

Gmail web app updated: Pull-to-Refresh and Retina Display icons

Google's legal team might be busy blaming Apple for all that is wrong in the patent world, but the Gmail team is far more interested in giving iPhone 4 users a better email experience. In the latest update to the Gmail web-app, the company has added two of the most-requested features: pull-to-refresh support and high-res icons to suit the iPhone's Retina Display.

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Adobe Edge HTML5 app could eat Flash from the inside

Adobe Edge HTML5 app could eat Flash from the inside

The latest Flash rival has arrived, and bizarrely it's from Adobe itself. The company has launched Adobe Edge, currently in pre-beta, blending HTML5, JavaScript, CSS and more to create online animations and interactive gadgets. Described as building on the HTML5 output already present in Creative Suite 5.5, Edge creates HTML5-based content that will work not only in desktop browsers but in mobile browsers such as those found on Apple's iOS-based iPhone and iPad.

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Mozilla Boot to Gecko will use Android to beat Android (and iOS, too)

Mozilla Boot to Gecko will use Android to beat Android (and iOS, too)

Mozilla has announced plans to develop a new mobile OS, Boot to Gecko (B2G), which will leverage web-based HTML5 apps on top of a spartan Android foundation. B2G, so the fledgling project page suggests, will "displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development" or, in other words, mean that developers might not have to code separate apps for iOS, Android and other platforms and instead can create a single web-app.

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Google Alexander Calder doodle demos HTML5 Canvas

Google Alexander Calder doodle demos HTML5 Canvas

Google's homepage doodles have evolved from mere images to interactive games, toys and gadgets that take advantage of the latest in browser technology, and today's is no different. Marking the 113th birthday of artist Alexander Calder, best known for his carefully balanced "objects" mobiles, the doodle uses complex physics simulations to react to being moved around with your mouse or, if you're viewing it on a device with accelerometers, your physical movement.

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Facebook Project Spartan leaks again: Google, not Apple, the key enemy?

Facebook Project Spartan leaks again: Google, not Apple, the key enemy?

Facebook's "awesome" announcement is set to be revealed in just a few hours time, but according to reports it won't be the so-called Project Spartan intended to take on Apple's iOS app dominance. In-browser Skype video calls are likely to be the big unveil this week, it's believed, with TechCrunch's sources suggesting the Spartan charge won't be made until sometime between July 15 (when Facebook is apparently pushing developers to be complete by) and August 1. However, those sources are also sharing some tidbits to further whet our appetites - and raise questions over just who Facebook's target really is, Apple or Google.

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Facebook’s Project Spartan: An HTML5 Trojan Horse for Apple

Facebook’s Project Spartan: An HTML5 Trojan Horse for Apple

Deep in the Facebook bunker, socially-networked software engineers are cackling evilly about the downfall of Apple's App Store. It's probably not quite like that in reality, but I find the somewhat dry world of tech often benefits from a dash of B-movie style melodrama. If ever anything deserved an ironic chuckle, though, it's the thought that the Cupertino-backed HTML5 could end up - at the hands of Facebook and their "Project Spartan" - presenting the biggest challenge to Apple's mobile software dominance to date. You have to ask yourself, does the world really need another app store, and why am I leaning toward saying yes?

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Facebook Project Spartan tipped to push browser-based apps to topple App Store

Facebook Project Spartan tipped to push browser-based apps to topple App Store

Facebook is reportedly looking to loosen Apple's grip on mobile app distribution - by creating software intended for iOS devices. However, rather than releasing software through the App Store, Facebook is supposedly readying "Project Spartan", a push for browser-based apps and services. According to TechCrunch's sources, Project Spartan will wrap Facebook social networking around HTML5 apps from big names like game developer Zynga and the Huffington Post, all in the browser.

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Google Shows Off Trippy WebGL Project

Google Shows Off Trippy WebGL Project

The major focus of today's Google I/O keynote was obviously Chrome along with the official pricing and dates of the Samsung and Acer Chromebooks. But that didn't stop Google from a small tangent into the future possibilities of javascript, HTML 5, and WebGL.

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Adobe Wallaby Flash to HTML tool released

Adobe Wallaby Flash to HTML tool released

Adobe has released the first beta of its experimental Flash to HTML conversion tool, Adobe Wallaby. Gobbling up Flash animations and artwork and spitting out a mixture of HTML, CSS, SVG and JavaScript, Wallaby is the first public release of the Flash-to-HTML5 app demonstrated at MAX 2010 last year.

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Disney grabs Rocket Pack HTML5 game engine specialists [Video]

Disney grabs Rocket Pack HTML5 game engine specialists [Video]

Disney has snapped up game engine developer Rocket Pack, whose plugin-free browser-based HTML5 system allows for easy coding with just JavaScript and CSS. According to TechCrunch the terms of the deal have not been made public, though Rocket Pack are believed to have been scooped for between $10m and $20m; Disney's interest likely stems from the potential flexibility in creating cross-platform, install-free games that don't need App Store approval to be distributed.

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BlackBerry PlayBook simulator updated with browser: Flash & HTML5 Video/Audio

BlackBerry PlayBook simulator updated with browser: Flash & HTML5 Video/Audio

RIM has pushed out an updated version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS simulator, complete with a fully embedded BlackBerry browser so that would-be PlayBook devs can test out their web-apps, Flash 10.1 and general site performance. In addition to the Adobe support, the PlayBook will also handle HTML5 Video and Audio (though the simulator doesn't have the full range of codecs that the final hardware will).

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Adobe Demos Flash-to-HTML5 Conversion Tool at MAX2010

Adobe Demos Flash-to-HTML5 Conversion Tool at MAX2010

Today Adobe either stunned the world! Or proved many of its citizens right in thinking they'd eventually make a move on HTML5 in the following way - a simple conversion tool. The announcement of such a tool took place at Adobe MAX 2010 which took place October 23-27, 2010, in Los Angeles California. This is a big convention where speakers speak and creators talk to each other and everyone learns about all the fabulous stuff Adobe has up their sleeves. Take a peek at the video of the announcement by engineer Rik Cabanier below.

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