Inside the Party Bus: Building a Web App with Multiple Live Video Streams + Interactive Graphics

Hacks - Tue, 2014-04-01 07:17

Gearcloud Labs is exploring the use of open technologies to build new kinds of shared video experiences. Party Bus is a demo app that mixes multiple live video streams together with interactive graphics and synchronized audio. We built it using a combination of node.js, WebSockets, WebRTC, WebGL, and Web Audio. This article shares a few things we learned along the way.

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Opera Software launches Cats by Opera browser project

Opera press releases - Tue, 2014-04-01 05:56
Norwegian browser company introduces the feline-first web browser concept. Read more
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A faster, mobile(r) web with Emoji

Chrome - Tue, 2014-04-01 04:26
Today we’re announcing Google Translate support for Emoji, built directly into Chrome for Android and iOS. You can now read all your favorite web content using efficient and emotive illustrations, instead of cumbersome text. Our translation algorithm interprets not just the definition of the words on a webpage, but also their context, tone and if appropriate, facial expression. It then distills text into articulate, meaningful symbols so you can get more out of every screen. Read more
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Building Better Input Experience for East Asian Users with the IME API in IE11

IE Blog - Mon, 2014-03-31 20:09

During the development of Internet Explorer 11, we proposed and implemented a new set of IME APIs to the Web Applications Working Group for a better input experience for East Asian users. These discussions resulted in changes to the Editor’s Draft of the W3C IME API. Read more

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Opera Developer 22!

Opera desktop team - Mon, 2014-03-31 13:01

Today marks the first release of Opera Developer 22. For this initial developer release our primary focus has been on backend changes to ready ourselves for future improvements in the UI and elsewhere.

Nonetheless, 22 is a major update and includes hundreds of bug fixes, crash fixes and site rendering improvements (see our changelog for the full list).

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The top ten African websites map

Opera press releases - Mon, 2014-03-31 06:59
What are the differences in surfing habits across the African continent? As more and more Africans pick up their mobile phones and head onto the web, patterns in their surfing habits start to emerge. In this State of the Mobile Web report, Opera Software provides an overview of the most popular websites and the mobile devices used to access them, across the whole of Africa. Read more
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Opera 21 Next includes an option to show the full address

Opera desktop team - Fri, 2014-03-28 14:57

Opera 21 moves from the Developer stream to the Next stream.

Most of the changes are under the hood. Opera 21 supports Aura, a hardware-accelerated rendering of the browser. This enables less-taxing user-interface animations and a sleeker, more responsive feel to the whole UI. It also gives us a solid foundation on which to make future UI changes.

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Introducing the getBoxQuads API

Hacks - Thu, 2014-03-27 09:47

Web developers often need to determine where an element has been placed in the page, or more generally, where it is relative to another element. Existing APIs for doing this have significant limitations. Read more

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Little overview of WebKit’s CSS JIT Compiler

Surfing Safari - Wed, 2014-03-26 15:41

When it comes to performance, JavaScript generally gets the headlines. But if you look carefully, web pages are not all JavaScript, the performance of all the other parts also has a dramatic impact on the user experience. Observing only JavaScript gives a single point of view over the complex mosaic that is web performance.

Making CSS faster and more scalable is an area of research in the WebKit project. The DOM and CSS do not always scale very well and it is sadly still common to see missed frames during complex animations.

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Building a persistent Notes app for Firefox OS

Hacks - Wed, 2014-03-26 13:39

In this tutorial we will be building a notes app (like Evernote) from scratch and deploy it to Firefox OS! See a live demo.

A persistent notes app needs a place to store all the notes for a user (so no one else can read it). For this we will use my own backend solution called Sproute. Sproute is a hosted web framework for quickly building dynamic webapps.

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Box model highlighter, Web Console improvements, Firefox OS HUD + more – Firefox Developer Tools Episode 30

Hacks - Tue, 2014-03-25 16:04

Firefox 30 was just uplifted to the Aurora release channel, so let’s take a look at the most important DevTools changes in this release.


One of our most requested features has been to highlight box model regions of elements on the page. We are happy to report that this feature has landed in Firefox 30. One of the great things is that the colors of the box model highlighter match the box model diagram found in the right pane of the inspector more clearly than before.

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Opera Developer 21.0.1432.24

Opera desktop team - Tue, 2014-03-25 11:59

Are you ready for testing the first Opera Developer release of Spring 2014?

We have a couple of crashes and bugs fixed for you today. The release also includes Chromium update version 34.0.1847.76.

You can check full list of fixes in the changelog.

Give it a try and give us a poke by commenting or reporting bugs  :)

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Chrome Experiments, now featuring Chromecast

Chrome - Mon, 2014-03-24 17:04
The launch of the Google Cast SDK and Chromecast means anyone can develop applications that take advantage of the biggest screen in the house—the TV.
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It’s a wrap! “App Basics for FirefoxOS” is out and ready to get you started

Hacks - Mon, 2014-03-24 09:17

A week ago we announced a series of video tutorials around creating HTML5 apps for Firefox OS. Now we released all the videos and you can watch the series in one go.

Photo by Olliver Hallmann

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Better integration for open web apps on Android

Hacks - Thu, 2014-03-20 17:55

Up until now, developing web apps on mobile has been a little tricky.

After spending the time developing your app, getting your users to install it is difficult, especially when the concept of “installing a web app” is not very well defined.

The most popular method is synonymous with adding a shortcut to the homescreen. This is problematic on a number of fronts, not least because the management of web apps – especially around launching, switching between and uninstalling web apps – differs significantly from that of native apps.

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Opera 20.0.1387.82 update

Opera desktop team - Thu, 2014-03-20 08:51

We are rolling out another update for the stable channel of the Opera browser. Inside you can find updated Chromium to version 33.0.1750.154. We also managed to squeeze in one crash fix, so it’s even more stable now.

Have fun browsing!

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RCA to launch Opera-powered Smart TVs in the United States

Opera press releases - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:55
RCA, the renowned TV brand, is revamping its Smart TV portfolio. Today, Opera announces its partnership with ON Corporation, one of RCA's brand licensees, to help bring popular online content, hundreds of TV apps and full internet browsing to cater the increasing OTT demand from a growing number of couch surfers in the United States. These TVs will hit the market later this year through Opera's partnership with ON corporation, whereby Opera will provide its HTML5 technology in the form of the Opera Devices Software Development Kit (SDK) and Opera TV Store application platform later this year. Read more
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jsDelivr – The advanced open source public CDN

Hacks - Wed, 2014-03-19 14:24

This is a guest post by Dmitriy Akulov and his project jsDelivr. – Editor’s note.

As a developer you are probably aware of Google Hosted Libraries. Google offers an easy and fast way to include 12 of the most popular js libraries in your websites.

But what if you are a webmaster and you want take advantage of a fast CDN with other less popular projects too? Or if you are a developer and you want to make your project easier to access and use by other users.

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Chromecast: now casting in 11 more countries

Chrome - Wed, 2014-03-19 00:00
Superheroes, cliff divers, fearless reporters or pop icons—whatever you like to watch, Chromecast makes it easy to bring it from a phone, tablet or laptop to the biggest screen in your house: the TV. Read more
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Introducing the Canvas Debugger in Firefox Developer Tools

Hacks - Tue, 2014-03-18 18:02

The Canvas Debugger is a new tool we’ll be demoing at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. It’s a tool for debugging animation frames rendered on a Canvas element. Whether you’re creating a visualization, animation or debugging a game, this tool will help you understand and optimize your animation loop. It will let you debug either a WebGL or 2D Canvas context.

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