Google’s latest ‘Chrome experiment’ is Cube Slam, a two-player online game which incorporates video chat. As well as being a massive potential distraction, it’s also a neat demonstration of the WebRTC standard being used for real-time communication in an HTML5 environment.
The web becomes more and more capable each day, finding ways to replace what you do on your desktop. In the very near future you’ll talk to your web apps, enjoy complex animation without the drain of Flash, and maybe even plug in your guitar. These features and more already exist, and they’re coming to the broad internet this year.
Internet Explorer remains a widely-used browser, but testing for compatibility can be a pain if you’re on a non-Windows machine or prefer to stay inside another browser. The recently-launched modern.IE site helps test sites for IE compatibility, letting you enter any site address and receive suggestions on how to ensure it renders in IE.
Having already spoken at several locations around the country during his Australian tour, Sir Tim Berners-Lee gave the final keynote at Linux.conf.au this morning. What are his thoughts on open platforms, operating systems choice, HTML5 DRM and the <blink> tag?
Virgin Australia shifted its back-end systems over the weekend, migrating from Navitaire to Sabre in a shift that was always expected to cause disruption to customers. As expected, the process has experienced the occasional glitch and lots of elements of the site aren’t working right now. Those bugs will surely get ironed out over time, but there’s one element that seems messy for Virgin’s longer-term strategy — the new online check-in system defaults to using Flash.
Check out this beautiful new Facebook photo gallery visualiser that’s built entirely out of native HTML5 elements, mainly using the Canvas tag. Using web-native technologies like Canvas and HTML5 Video/Audio elements, the seamless experience blurs the lines between what’s pre-recorded and what’s being generated live.
Programming is a massive part of my working life. Regardless of what I’m doing on my PC, in the back of my mind, I’ll be thinking of a program or script that could make whatever I’m doing easier. Any repetitive task that requires a series of similar actions is immediately broken down by the little decompiler in my brain and translated into pseudo-code, ready for input into my language of choice. Recently, I decide to convert one of my programs into a Chrome extension, mainly to familiarise myself with the process. Despite my efforts, however, I failed miserably.