Atari and Microsoft’s HTML5-fuelled retro gaming for IE

API will also be made available for third party devs to submit games

Atari, the type of company which will garner nostalgia-soaked affection or complete indifference dependent on your age, has teamed up with Microsoft to release a series of classic games for Internet Explorer which utilises HTML5.

The two companies have aligned with developer Grant Skinner, whose site proclaims “our site is simple because we are very busy building cool stuff for our fantastic clients”, to release an Atari Arcade...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, HTML5.

Facebook bins HTML5 and goes native for its iOS app

Facebook’s iOS app has been completely rehauled, going native instead of the original scaled up HTML5 to ensure a quicker app experience for users.

But as another story about Facebook targeting the mobile arena breaks – is this the right decision?

“One of the biggest advantages we’ve gained from building on native iOS has been the ability to make the app fast,” says Facebook developer Jonathan Dann in an engineers’ blog post.

User experience (UX) appears to be the most...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Facebook, HTML5, iOS, Languages.

Forrester report proposes continued HTML5 adoption

Industry at ‘inflection point’ as HTML5 ‘fast becoming de facto standard’

A report from market researchers Forrester has implored companies to embrace the current Web standards – in other words, bring HTML5 in and leave the likes of Flash to go.

The report by Peter Sheldon, entitled ‘The coming of HTML5’, notes that “the tide is turning”, citing companies such as Apple, Best Buy and Rue La La who are beginning to embrace HTML5.

Apple’s adoption perhaps isn’t...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5.

W3C tells their side of the story: the future of HTML5

Following the supposed ‘split’ between the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) over their visions for HTML5, the W3C has made strides in reinforcing their canonical specification.

The W3C has appointed four editors for their spec, aiding the consortium in their quest to develop a stable standard for HTML5 by 2014.

The editors in question cover a wide range of the spectrum:

  • Travis Leithead and Erika Doyle Navara from Microsoft;
  • Ted O’Connor, an Apple employee;
  • Silvia Pfeiffer,...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Industry.

Brightcove acquires encoding platform Zencoder

Online video platform Brightcove has bought cloud-based video service Zencoder, alongside posting healthy second quarter revenues.

Brightcove, who are platinum sponsors for Apps World in October, will hope to utilise Zencoder’s Video.js, an open source HTML5 video player which has gained impressive market share in a short space of time compared to previous legacy systems running on Adobe Flash.

According to Zencoder, the cloud encoders will...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, HTML5.

WHATWG and W3C split over HTML5 spec: worrying for devs?

The two primary organisations focusing on the development of HTML5, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG), have gone their separate ways and decided to officially pursue the open web standard in different methods.

The WHATWG is working on the evolving “living standard” for HTML5, while the W3C continues to work at recreating static “snapshots” of the standard.

The organisations announced their partnership

By James Bourne, 23 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: HTML5, Industry.

The history of HTML5 [infographic]

Wix, the website building tool, has recently announced that over a million HTML5 websites have been created on their platform in the first three months.

The builder is being utilised most in the US and Brazil, according to Wix analysis, with users from those countries more likely to optimise SEO settings and provide content-rich sites.

“HTML5 was a buzzword to describe the ‘future’ of the web”, said Wix CEO Avishai Abrahami,...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5.

AT&T brings out HTML5-ready Watson API

Telecoms giant AT&T has officially released the free application programming interface (API) for its Watson-powered speech program which will allow users to access their apps via voice control.

The intuitive text-to-speech software development kit (SDK) will be available for both native and HTML5 apps and is designed to wade through any accent or dialect to recognise what is being said – a previously complex problem.

Among the solutions the API will aim to provide are:

  • A voicemail-to-text service which is trained on a “massive”...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, iOS.

Bye bye Boot to Gecko, here comes Firefox OS

Mozilla has announced that their long awaited operating system, now called Firefox OS, will be rolled out in early 2013 and will fully utilise HTML5 as the standard.

For those asking “great, but what’s happening with Boot to Gecko?” the new OS with the distinctly less sexy name is simply a rebranding of the Boot to Gecko project, with no clear difference in features.

In terms of fully utilising the open Web standard, this will include everything being an HTML5 application, including games,...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry.

Brightcove announces free HTML5 content app platform

The online video platform Brightcove has announced its free App Cloud Core platform, an open source software development kit (SDK) with HTML5 compatibility.

In their keynote session at the Play 2012 global customer conference Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire said, “The whole platform is open. We believe there are millions of web developers who should be unleashed into the app economy and we want to help them do that”.

The platform has vastly...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Cloud, Development Tools, HTML5.