With the onslaught of app stores saturating the digital market, developers are discovering that they’ll have to become more creative about distributing their finished product across various platforms. Enter HTML 5. The new standard markup language for making websites--and a formidable replacement for Adobe’s Flash--is now being used by developers to create one piece of code that works seamlessly across multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, Facebook, and the web. One company in particular, gaming startup Goko, is using this technology to transport a popular board game into an environment where friends using different mobile devices, in different parts of the world, can all play one another.
You know the drill: Head to the Mozilla.org website and get downloading! But this may be the last time you need to manually refresh Firefox, thanks to version 15 adding the ability to download stealth updates in the background.
Adobe is getting ready to roll out a number of significant updates for Creative Cloud subscribers, starting with this week's update to Adobe Muse, which adds built-in support for contact forms as well as Japanese availability.
If you've heard the rumors about Apple retail laying off staff and wondered if the end was nigh, fear not! The whole thing was apparently just a misunderstanding, with Cupertino tinkering around a bit with retail staffer's schedules and causing some unintended mayhem. And hey, look at this: The company's retail VP has even 'fessed up to the mistake. That and much more can be found in our news recap for this terrific Thursday, August 16, 2012.
We all love Safari for iOS, but that doesn’t mean we can’t check out the competition from time to time. There are a fair number of options available in the App Store--many for free and most for less than a buck--all promising performance to rival Apple’s bundled browser.
Oh, Mozilla -- just when we start to get comfortable with a new version of your Firefox web browser, you come along and yank the rug out from under us with an even newer edition. In keeping with the company’s new fast track development, Firefox 11 is now available for your downloading pleasure.
Tethering has had something of a checkered history on the iPhone, having been unofficially available in more than one Trojan horse that’s slipped past the App Store gates as well as via jailbreak apps. Now the folks at Tether have figured out a way to circumvent the App Store entirely with a new HTML5-based app.
HTML5 animation is definitely on the up. While Flash is still common for animated banners and the like on the web, there are disadvantages. You can’t view them on iOS for a start. And recently, Adobe announced it would be ceasing development of Flash on mobile platforms and putting its efforts into HTML5.
Thank goodness Flash is going bye-bye. After all, HTML5 does everything Flash can do without the additional bloat, and it actually works on iOS devices thanks to Apple's stamp of approval. While most of these sites look great on your desktop and iPad, only a some of them are really practical for regular iPhone use. And even then, there's often a more useful app equivalent. So, we've picked the five best HTML5 sites that you'll actually want to add to your homescreen.
Struggling to get through this mid-week “hump day” and coast into the weekend? Well, how about a gaggle of app-related news to get you all excited -- that’s exactly what we have for you today! Distraction-free web browsing dukes it out with Readability going free while Evernote Clearly adds the capability to Chrome, aTV Flash (black) hits version 1.0 and there are new iOS app updates for AIM, Camera+ and Gmail ready to be downloaded. Without further ado, here’s all the app news for Wednesday, November 16, 2011.