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.

New Firefox for Android promises quicker browsing and HTML5 support

Mozilla has released its new Firefox 14 for Android and promises a variety of new things, including new HTML5 capabilities and the quickest web browsing for Android to date.

For developers, the new browser will allow enhanced creation of rich web apps and websites based on the HTML5 standards, as well as CSS and Java.

Flash is also supported on Firefox 14, which is an interesting decision because of Flash’s general allergy to mobile devices;...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, Java.

LG and Philips’ Smart TV pact promotes app development

LG, in association with TP Vision – who controls the Philips brand – has announced the Smart TV Alliance scheme, which hopes to create a common HTML-based standard for connected TV apps.

The companies jointly announced a “non-proprietary ecosystem for application developers to create attractive, platform-independent services”, aligned with Smart TV Alliance’s mission...

By James Bourne, 21 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Platforms.

Using “Donut Hole” caching in HTML5 offline apps

HTML Offline Applications allow you to create applications that work independent of an internet connection using technologies native to the web browser. Pages included in an offline application (by being listed in the application manifest) are served from the application cache whether or not a connection to the internet is present.

In the event that a user is viewing a...

By Craig Shoemaker, 19 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Languages, Testing.

PhoneGap follow-through — the URL vs. mobile app download debate

A few months back (shoot, it was actually last year!) I talked about PhoneGap and how it is stepping in as a good solution for cross-platform HTML5 frustration. Since then, I get asked a couple of times a week about PhoneGap, its industry perception, and effectiveness.

I have to report that PhoneGap is still very much the 900-pound gorilla of enterprise mobile app dev, providing a smart option for developers...

By Jim Casey, 08 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, HTML5, Industry.