It's HTML5 week in video land, and the latest entrant is Vimeo. Less than a day after competitor YouTube announced that it would begin rolling out an HTML5 video player to videos on its site, Vimeo is doing the same.
Beginning Thursday, the site will be offering its users the option to play videos without the need for Adobe Flash--a plug-in that was previously required to watch videos on its online player. The new option to switch to the HTML5 player will appear as a link below each video. The site will then remember a user's preference from … Read more
HTML5 video is the Web standard that allows users of most modern-day browsers to play hosted videos in their browser without having to rely on Adobe's Flash player.
In order to use the new feature, users will need to opt in to the HTML5 program on TestTube, which is where the company houses a number of other experimental features.
The only browsers that are currently supported include Google Chrome, Apple's … Read more
Danet Studio is a suite of tools for creating, editing, and viewing XPS and other types of documents. Although we were initially impressed by the number of features the program offers, in the end we were put off by its functional problems.
The program's interface is nice enough, with a main screen that contains buttons for launching all of the software's different utilities. These include a creator, viewer, reader, merger, player, and puzzle. Some of these were functional, if not particularly impressive; the viewer and reader, for example, did an adequate job of displaying flow and fixed documents. … Read more
In a new sign of Microsoft's ambitions to make Internet Explorer more competitive with rival browsers, the company said Tuesday it's joining a group overseeing a graphics format that offers some advantages for today's Web.
Specifically, Microsoft signed up for the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group, part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari, Opera Software's Opera, and Google's Chrome all support the SVG format along with a different variety of graphics called Canvas 2D.
"We recognize that vector graphics are an important component of the next-generation … Read more
In general, most New Year's resolutions tend to last as long as the NFL playoffs. But those who enter the year working for the world's most ambitious technology company won't have that luxury.
Google enters its 12th year as an information and financial powerhouse, holding claim to perhaps the most enviable position on the Internet and worming its way into all sorts of businesses that Internet companies have traditionally avoided. The company shows little sign of slowing down its innovation engine, but as a result of that pace faces competitive threats like never before from other giants … Read more
The groups responsible for standardizing the language used to build Web sites have begun tackling technology to provide a direct interface to Webcams.
The World Wide Web Consortium has begun work on the HTML Device addition to the Hypertext Markup Language specification. "The device element represents a device selector, to allow the user to give the page access to a device, for example a video camera," according to a December 11 draft of the specification.
The move marks another step expansion of the scope of the Web standard. Advocates are trying to make it a foundation not just … Read more
After more than five years as a publicly available test version, Gmail shed its beta label in July. Now one feature key to the Net giant's cloud-computing aspirations, offline access to Gmail, also has grown up less than a year after its debut.
"Offline Gmail is graduating from Labs and becoming a regular part of Gmail," Google programmer Aaron Whyte announced the change Monday in a blog post.
Offline Gmail support, which relies on a Google browser plug-in called Gears, lets people read, search, organize, and compose e-mail even when there's no Net connection; sent messages … Read more
More and more of our computing happens through applications and Web sites out in the network. It's in the "cloud" to use the current trendy lingo.
One consequence is that we're starting to look at our clients differently. That's because they're increasingly a sort of window into the cloud rather than devices that run a lot of application-specific code and store a lot of application-specific data locally. Clients can therefore be "thinner," which is to say loaded with less software and less tailored to the needs and wants of a given user. … Read more
Yahoo and Google have released their top search terms of the year and--no surprise--it's full of pop culture icons and references, which makes Natali mad. Also making people mad is the new Microsoft black screen of death, which Microsoft still doesn't see. Also, YouTube wants back into the TV business, but this time the aim to do it legally and charge you.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1116
Yahoo and Google year in review – this depresses me every year http://yearinreview.yahoo.com/ http://digital.venturebeat.com/2009/11/30/yahoos-2009-searches-topped-by-michael-jackson-and-twilight-not-twitter/ … Read more