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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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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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HTML5 May Just Have Won the Internet

HTML5 May Just Have Won the Internet

Take a bit of notice and remember last spring when the talk of the town was the fact that Apple was pushing for HTML5 to be the standard for video on the web. Opposite what? Adobe's flash player. Where a year ago basically everything you saw as far as video was based in flash, now the standard has all but completely switched over to HTML5 - to a point.

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YouTube Leanback and Mobile HTML5 sites launch [Video]

YouTube Leanback and Mobile HTML5 sites launch [Video]

YouTube's Leanback lounge-friendly UI has launched, with a new HDTV-friendly UI and default settings that automatically play videos full-screen and in as high definition as is available.  Meanwhile, for somewhat smaller displays, the new YouTube Mobile site has been rolled out, complete with HTML5 video support for compatibility with a broader number of mobile devices.

Video demo after the cut

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