Alliance for Open Media will deliver next-generation media formats

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The web is based on a collection of standards which even Apple knows must be open in order to thrive. Several high-profile technology companies have formed a new alliance to create the next-generation of media streaming formats. 

Heavyweights including Netflix, Google, Amazon, Intel, Mozilla, Cisco, Microsoft, and more have partnered for the 'Alliance for Open Media' which hopes...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, HTML5, Industry, Windows.

Mozilla Webmaker addresses local content shortage

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The web is vast, but it doesn't yet represent everyone. Mozilla is on a mission to change this underrepresentation of some communities with the launch of their 'Webmaker' tool which aims to address "the lack of local content in mobile-first markets." 

Developed after extensive research (PDF) into how people use technology in emerging...

By Ryan Daws, 18 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, Mobile.

Opinion: Why the “Native vs. Web” contest doesn’t really exist

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Web developers have suffered from debilitating cases of “app envy” by believing that GUI components traditionally used on native platforms represent the ideal, when instead they ought to be secure in the strengths of the web platform whilst honestly facing the challenges.

The truth is that “native vs. web” is a false dichotomy - the correct path to...

By Nate Cavanaugh, 16 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Design, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Languages.

Respoke PaaS adds scalable WebRTC to your apps

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Digium, a firm which specialises in telephony software, has announced the launch of its 'Respoke' platform which enables developers to add WebRTC to their applications. The PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) began as a virtual startup within the company, but has now been released for anyone to add powerful communication features.

WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is a specification drafted by the W3C to allow direct...

By Ryan Daws, 24 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: API, HTML5, PaaS, Platforms.

Ubuntu's first smartphone takes on Windows Phone

Ubuntu, the world's most popular Linux distro, is bringing its open-source expertise to mobile with the launch of its first smartphone. The device will be hitting the European market next week as the 'Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition' for €169.90, and is manufactured by Spain-based BQ.

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, attempted to break the smartphone market once before with the 'Ubuntu Edge' but failed its $32 million crowdfunding campaign. At the time, Canonical...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, HTML5, Platforms.

As HTML5 grows, security risks become a bigger issue


As the combination of JavaScript and HTML5 become the defacto software standard for building websites, enterprise-ready solutions or mobile applications, it’s surprising to discover that 99% of the code used and delivered as production-ready code is literally open, and running naked through the woods.

The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), as of October 2014 officially approved HTML5 as a complete industry standard. But the adoption process started a...

By Carlos Goncalves, 23 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: HTML5, Languages, Security.

Microsoft aims for Chrome extension support in 'Spartan'

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A successor to Internet Explorer is on the horizon, and it has been drumming-up quite a bit of interest over the past few months. 'Spartan' is said to debut alongside Windows 10's consumer-focused event tomorrow, but we've heard some intriguing reports as to what to expect from Microsoft's new web browser...

Google's Chrome is the most widely-used browser in the world, and as such features...

By Ryan Daws, 20 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Platforms, Windows.

Responsive Web & Mobile Apps: How to approach your digital roadmap

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The details of a company's digital roadmap can seem daunting; what to do, and when to do it can seem like a never ending list of possibilities, but really all it comes down to is what do the customers need and what does the business need?

Answering these questions within the context of "now, next and later" helps to demystify the roadmap no matter how large the organisation or ambitious the...

By Karl Loudon, 20 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Design, HTML5, Testing.

HTML5 is ready for primetime, says W3C

Steve Jobs famously put his weight behind HTML5 as the successor to Flash, and declared war on the latter saying "we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open" in regards to Adobe's proprietary standard. Although support for HTML5 is available in most web browsers and operating systems, the standard itself had been considered incomplete - until today.

Now the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a recommendation of HTML5 which...

By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Industry.

The HTML5 journey: A basic tutorial to HTML5

I’ve always liked web development (from a gaming perspective), but not to the same extent as I have good old solid native development with C++. The main reason being “JavaScript”.

To be honest, I did JavaScript years and years ago and it terrified me, I couldn’t get used to not having pointers and variables that have a set type amongst other things. The main problem however for me has always been speed, if I want to make a game I want to provide a good interactive experience without...

By Mat Hopwood, 30 July 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Languages.

Firefox OS 2.0 wants to set iOS and Android ablaze

Everyone loves an underdog, but when it comes to your mobile OS unless you want to spend your days looking at the competitions’ full app stores – your choice comes between iOS, Android, and the fast-rising Windows Phone

Mozilla launched the first iteration of their plucky Firefox OS last year to little fanfare and a fair bit of confusion from consumers. Why was a web browser launching an OS? What can it do different from current beloved platforms?


By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Platforms.

Chromecast and Android TV: Is there a world where both co-exist?

Google’s last play into the television market was the aptly-named, Google TV. Remember it? Not many will because it wasn’t what you could call a runaway success. Such a failure in fact that it was pulled completely and brushed under the rug.

But the company isn’t ready to give up the living room to Apple, Microsoft, Roku, or the many other companies vying to take over the biggest screen in our homes – and understandably so.

First up is

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, HTML5, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Why native app performance still beats HTML5

According to Forrester research, native mobile apps outperform their HTML5 counterparts.

HTML5 apps are a one size fits all approach where just one set of code is created for every platform. Native apps are designed specifically for a certain operating system. One of the major points of differentiation in the performance of each type of app is load speeds. Serdar Yegulalp of InfoWorld writes:

By Mike Brown, 11 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Testing.

“Project Siena” lets you program, without programming

Whilst Windows 8’s latest iteration is finally catching up to Vista; applications built specifically for its “Modern UI” are still sparse – despite recent heavyweights including Facebook, Flipboard, and Foursquare all jumping on board.

To help alleviate this problem, and get non-programmers building basic applications in minutes, Microsoft has released “

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Platforms, Windows.

Ever wanted to mirror Android apps on a huge touchscreen?

Google’s “Open Project” allows you to sling your Android screen onto a connected touchscreen, simply, and easily.

You may be thinking this somewhat mimics the functionality offered by the (awesome) Chromecast; only instead trying to create an industry standard without another device.

To get started is easy; run the webpage on the computer attached to your screen; scan the QR code on your smartphone; then all your content is ready on the display for your engagement! It’s as easy as...

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, HTML5, Industry, Testing.

Advantages of CMS development platforms like WordPress and Joomla

Today's internet has become the target of business owners searching to promote their products and services around the world.

The development of appealing business websites is a cost effective strategy for online marketing and is being adopted by many business professionals today, in order to reach out to maximum audience in the world; more precisely, online users.

Therefore, in order to have a strong, competitive online presence, businesses are striving to develop well-designed and up-to-date websites that provide latest...

By Adira Palmer, 23 September 2013, 3 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Platforms.

Google, Microsoft – why can’t you just be friends?

Once again, Microsoft’s YouTube app for Windows Phone has been blocked – but I’m sure you’re aware of that by now.

The real question is why can’t the two giants play nicely? After all, their strategies are very different, and the only people they’re harming is their users.

First let’s take a look at the individual approaches both businesses take.

Google pushes its open policy - after all - the company benefits from having its presence on as many platforms as possible....

By Ryan Daws, 16 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

UK’s lead mobile development firm launches The Responsive Website Company

Your favourite publication may not be responsive yet – watch this space - but the inevitability is any website worth their two cents will be utilising responsive designs over the next few years.

Clifton-based The Responsive Website Company is priming itself to be at the forefront of development.

TRW is a sister company of mobile development firm Mubaloo. As the UK’s leader of this field; the company has already proven its worth.

Featuring clients including Channel 4, Sky, Samsung, Lovefilm, NHS,...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise, HTML5, Industry, Testing.

Google graces Chrome 29 with WebRTC, releases Maps SDK 1.4 for iOS

Google, will you guys take a day off already?  The web services company has released updates to a couple of its products containing some fairly significant, potentially game-changing additions.

First up is the much-loved Chrome browser, now at version 29.

As of recently, the desktop release of the browser started sharing the same version as its “Chrome Beta” mobile counterpart found on Android.

Whilst still keeping some device-specific features, much of the underlying technology remains the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms, Testing, Windows.