HTML5

Google launches Gmail Offline; Calendar & Docs incoming

Google launches Gmail Offline; Calendar & Docs incoming

Google has announced offline support for Gmail, Calendar and Docs, courtesy of new Chrome Web Store apps that will cache content to your computer. Gmail Offline will be available today, allowing users of Google's free email service to read, reply to, organize and archive their messages without demanding a connection, while Calendar Offline and Docs Offline will roll out over the next week. All are HTML5 apps with various levels of functionality from their online counterparts.

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Adobe Muse promises site building with drag’n’drop simplicity

Adobe Muse promises site building with drag’n’drop simplicity

Adobe has launched its latest web tool intended to democratize establishing an online presence, Muse, which claims to allow complex HTML sites - with HTML5 and CSS support - to be created as easily as if being laid out for print. Currently in beta, Muse borrows UI and layout concepts from Adobe InDesign, with drag-and-drop menus, slideshows and other widgets that require no coding skills to implement.

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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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