HTML 5

Facebook Instant Games puts PAC-MAN and more in Messenger

Facebook Instant Games puts PAC-MAN and more in Messenger

Facebook is taking gaming out of apps and consoles and baking it right into the News Feed and Messenger, bringing classics like PAC-MAN and more to the social network. Dubbed Facebook Instant Games, the titles require no installation, instead being built with HTML5. That means, not only will they play directly in the Facebook or Messenger app on your phone, or in the browser on your desktop, they're also cross-platform too.

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Google Chrome to completely phase out Flash by Q4 2016. Almost.

Google Chrome to completely phase out Flash by Q4 2016. Almost.

Once and briefly the darling of interactive Web content creators, Flash has fallen by the wayside and has become more of a liability than a feature. Even Adobe has taken steps to de-emphasize Flash content in its own tools, while still keeping backwards compatibility a thing. In its stead is HTML5, which covers almost everything Flash can do, especially videos. To hasten Flash's demise from the Web, Google will disable Flash by default in its Chrome Web browser before the year ends. That said, it will still actually ship Flash even then, just in case.

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Amazon Appstore opens up monetization for HTML5 apps

Amazon Appstore opens up monetization for HTML5 apps

Although not as hot a topic as it was a few years back, web apps, particularly those written with HTML5, have become more or less an established category, especially on mobile devices. Recognizing that fact, Amazon has finally allowed HTML5 developers to make their web apps available for a price on Amazon Appstore.

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DRM coming to HTML 5 with W3C approval

DRM coming to HTML 5 with W3C approval

The music industry, Hollywood movie studios and other companies who create content are always out for more DRM to be added at every turn. These content creators are always concerned with people getting access to their content without paying for it and this fear led to a massive uprising in the amount of DRM we all have to deal with. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced that it's moving forward with plans to add DRM to HTML 5.

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Mozilla launches Phase 2 of Phones for Apps, calls for ports to Firefox OS

Mozilla launches Phase 2 of Phones for Apps, calls for ports to Firefox OS

Mozilla has just announced the next stage of its program to bring developers and apps into their fledgling Firefox OS platform. However, this time around, they are not asking for new apps but are instead looking for ports of existing HTML 5 apps in exchange for a Firefox OS phone.

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Flipboard magazines hit the web with new “Big Ideas” category

Flipboard magazines hit the web with new “Big Ideas” category

You might remember back in May when Flipboard introduced custom magazines that allowed users to curate different kinds of content into one magazine and share it with the world. That feature as now hit the web, allowing users to read these custom-curated magazines from any browser on any device with an internet connection.

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Mozilla trading Firefox OS phones for HTML5 apps

Mozilla trading Firefox OS phones for HTML5 apps

Firefox OS Developer Preview handsets have been available on a limited basis up until this point. Most notably, retailer Geeksphone had quickly run through some inventory back in April. As of today however, it looks like Mozilla is going to be giving some away for free. Or more to the point, Mozilla has launched the 'Phones for Apps for Firefox OS' initiative.

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Adobe says no more Flash on Android

Adobe says no more Flash on Android

This week marks a significant change for Android users. Last November Adobe announced that it would stop the development of Flash for mobile devices. As of yesterday, Adobe disabled new installs of Flash on Android devices. Things aren't looking good for Flash as a whole with support for Android over, iOS having never embraced Flash, and Microsoft offering only limited Flash support for Windows 8.

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Apple TV Hacked To Play HTML 5 Games

Apple TV Hacked To Play HTML 5 Games

The Apple TV was just recently updated with support for Vimeo and TV show streaming, suggesting that Apple still has many plans for this supposed "hobby" of a product. With the upcoming iOS 5 and the iCloud, it's likely that Apple TV may tap into these for more functionality later this fall. But for those less patient, you can hack your Apple TV for now to access HTML 5 apps and games.

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Google Swiffy Transforms Flash Into HTML 5

Google Swiffy Transforms Flash Into HTML 5

Google Labs released an experimental web app today called Swiffy that lets developers convert Adobe Flash SWF files to HTML 5. Apple is well known for not supporting Flash in favor of HTML 5, which has made Flash content inaccessible to iOS users. This move by Google is a bit surprising since the search giant has a deal with Adobe to support Flash and even offer the plugin preloaded with its Chrome OS.

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Windows SkyDrive Drops Silverlight For HTML 5

Windows SkyDrive Drops Silverlight For HTML 5

Microsoft released an update today for its cloud platform called the SkyDrive and has finally dropped Microsoft's proprietary Silverlight from the system, opting for a cross-platform compatible HTML 5. Silverlight required users to download a browser plugin in order to work and thankfully the company realized it needed to transition away from it to stay competitive. Over the last few months, it's been slowly expelling Silverlight from its platforms.

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Google Apps To Stop Supporting Old Browsers

Google Apps To Stop Supporting Old Browsers

If you regularly use Google Docs, Google Calendar, or Gmail then you had better keep your browsers up to date. Google today announced that its Google Apps will no longer support older browsers starting August 1. A big reason for this is Google Apps' need for HTML 5 support.

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