SAN FRANCISCO--You think porn drives technology? Think again. Games are what's driving online innovation--just ask Google, which is embracing them as fast as it can.At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) held in San Francisco's Moscone Center today, Google showed off advances in its Native Client (NaCl) and Pepper technology for Chrome that it hopes will drive more interest from developers and gamers alike in browser-based gaming. Google is also integrating NaCl games with Google+ to give the nascent social network something to play with. The company unveiled a handful of NaCl-powered games last December, and now it'… Read more
Editor's note: This is a guest post by Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz, whose bio is below. CNET invited him to write about Yahoo's new approach to mobile development.
The much-hyped HTML5 Web standard is often positioned as the alternative to native application development. However, the reality is that WC3's HTML5 alone is not enough at this pivotal time in Web history. Which is why at Yahoo we're determined to return to our tech-first roots and help the Web evolve by pioneering the next application platform.
And guess what? It's more than HTML5.
We believe the answer is … Read more
The mobile technology landscape is incredibly confusing. There are numerous choices, ranging from new HTML5 technologies, native app development methods, and all sorts of content management systems.
At CBS Interactive, we have numerous mobile solutions, including native apps for CBS.com, CNET, and "60 Minutes," along with mobile-optimized Web sites for GameFaqs and global properties like ZDnet.
At first blush, it seems problematic that various properties have picked completely different architectures for mobile delivery. A technologist's initial inclination is to have everyone run a consistent architecture across all of our properties. Yet it actually makes sense to … Read more
Startup Unity Technologies released version 3.5 of its video game engine that now includes support for Google's Native Client browser-boosting software.
Unity's software is a cross-platform tool that lets game programmers reach a wide range of devices--everything from iPhones to Windows to browsers. Cross-platform tools are only worth it if they reach a broad number of platforms, though, so it's important to expand, and the company has been working on Unity 3.5 for months.
Native Client is Google software built into Chrome that lets programmers run lightly modified C or C++ software directly in the … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Family notes are a time-honored tradition. "We're out of milk." "Don't forget to walk the dog." "Your mother called, but I didn't pick up. Call her back."
There's no need for pencil and paper, chalkboards, or sticky notes when you have Native Union's Play video memo pad.
The small gadget has a magnetic back so it can stick to your refrigerator, car, washing machine, or anything else made out of metal.
There are only three buttons: play, record, and delete. Record a video memo and a small light blinks to let the next person know to check it.
The Play has a 2.4-inch LCD and 0.3-megapixel camera. Those specs won't blow you away, but high-tech isn't the point here. It's about simplicity. You don't need HD when you're just reminding the kids to clean their rooms.… Read more
Big changes are arriving in the developer's build of Firefox for Android in a bid to make it more appealing, while the significantly more popular desktop version is getting several noteworthy but smaller changes, the company announced at the end of 2011.
Available for download now, the first versions of Firefox 11 Aurora for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android came out just after the stable build of the browser updated to version 9. The Android update is again the more notable release, as the new native Android interface reaches a wider audience. For the first time, the browser also … Read more
Until the release of iOS 5, third-party apps were the only way to get an Emoji keyboard on your iOS device.
With the release of iOS 5, Apple included a native Emoji keyboard, eliminating the need for yet another app to be installed on your device.
If you currently have an Emoji app installed on your iDevice and you are running iOS 5, you can go ahead and uninstall the app right now. You should already be familiar with the process to enable an Emoji keyboard. If you aren't sure how to enable it, don't worry, that's what we're here for, just follow the steps below. … Read more
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Google's new technology to secure the Web and make browsers significantly more powerful got its first public demo tonight at the company's headquarters south of San Francisco after three years under wraps.
Calling it Native Client, Google says that integrating technology into Chrome is essential for the future of Web browsers.
To show that Native Client is road-ready, the company used its event to announce several new Chrome-only versions of games known for their rich and processor-intensive graphics, available immediately. It also revealed that the browser currently has more than 200 million users worldwide.
The … Read more
Native Client has taken only baby steps in its first three years of existence, but Google evidently is hoping its browser-boosting technology will take larger strides soon.
The company has sent out invitations to a Native Client event on the evening of December 8 at Google's Mountain View, Calif., offices, where "we plan to share some news about Native Client," show some demos, and share some wine.
Native Client, aka NaCl, lets Web-based software run natively on x86 processors--and therefore run more quickly than traditional Web apps. That's what Office and Photoshop do, too, of course, … Read more
According to sources speaking with TechCrunch columnist MG Seigler, Google has indeed been working on, and even submitted, a native app for Gmail. And oh yeah, it's pretty cool.
Despite Google's pretty great UI for Web-based Gmail on iOS, the native app has been a unicorn of sorts in the iOS community since the announcement that third-party apps could be written for the iPhone and subsequently the iPad. Seigler writes:"At first, the talk was that Apple wasn't going to allow another mail app on their device. Then it was that Google was simply focusing on … Read more