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Google Chrome 6 Released

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Google released version 6 of their up an coming browser, Chrome.

The biggest feature of almost every Chrome release, is speed.  It’s nice to see browsers focusing on doing their jobs more efficiently (cough cough Microsoft) instead of bloating the software with more unnecessary features.

Some of the features of the new release over previous releases:

  • Various UI tweaks
  • Auto Fill of forms
  • Better Syncing

Chrome has been an exciting browser to use and follow, as it has been growing in leaps and bounds.  Recently Chrome just overtook Safari usage, and is rapidly gaining on IE and Firefox.

Chrome is my current browser of choice.  In the mere 2 years since it’s launch, Chrome has grabbed the position of being the browser to copy.  Through minimalistic design, and significant speed enhancements, Chrome has forced other browsers to become leaner.

To update your software go into “About Google Chrome” and click update (if it hasn’t already).  If you don’t have it, then download Chrome now!

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Facebook to drop IE6 support on IE9 beta day, September 15

Friday, August 27th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

I’ve been quiet for  while, and wanted to start up again with some great news.  Facebook is going to stop IE6 support for chat on the IE9 beta day.

Projects always ask about IE6 support, whether they need it, etc.  Surprisingly IE7 and IE8 support is also an issue, since they don’t support many of the cool toys supported by actual modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox).

I hope IE9 quickly replaces at least the IE7 and IE8 communities.  IE 6 seems here to stay, at least for that last 6-8%.

Some other information from that article:

  • Microsoft will support IE6 until April 2014
  • Google has removes IE6 support in Google Docs, Google Sites, Gmail, Google Calendar and YouTube!
  • Microsoft Office Web Apps doesn’t even support IE6 (how could you when trying to do anything cool)

The article quotes numbers as high as 17% for IE6 usage share, but I haven’t seen those numbers in a long time.  My website enjoys an IE6 user base of 0.5% (in the last month, whereas IE, all versions, was around 19%).  Other larger websites I manage see around 7.7% IE6 usage (with IE, all versions, being an amazing 55% of overall traffic).

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HTML5 – Showcase and Experiments (Apple and Google)

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Apple released their HTML5 Showcase a month or so ago.  It was cool, but the showcase required Safari to view it (not sure if this is a technical limitation, or just marketing making the decision).

I just saw the Google equivalent, Chrome Experiments: Not your mother’s JavaScript … and it’s damn cool.  Most of these (if not all, I haven’t gone through them all yet) are NOT limited to Chrome.  If you can’t run it in your browser (and why NOT) – you can see videos of each of them.

Some of the featured experiments:

  • Sketchpad – We’ve seen this before, showing off the ability to create vector graphics in HTML5 (we’ve linked to this before)
  • Canopy – Impressive fractal zoomer implemented with HTML5
  • Browser Ball – Some interesting animation of an element between windows.
  • Wavy Scrollbars – physics simulation using browser scrollbars.
  • Pong – Pong implemented through browser windows (annoying sound warning)
  • Google Gravity – Physics applied to the Google homepage (demos very nicely physics as well as CSS rotations)
  • Harmony – Sketching app
  • Destructive Video – This is cool, blow apart a playing video (I’ve linked to this before) — notice how the video keeps playing
  • Ball Pool – Another physics demo … rotations, animations, large numbers of objects.

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Flash and HTML5 Video: YouTube’s perspective on the video tag

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

In conversations with designers and developers we have been discussing the pro and cons of using HTML5 video instead of Flash.  Sites that support iPad / iPhone need HTML5 as an option, and recently has been driving project’s to require non Flash video.

YouTube’s API Blog published an article yesterday, Flash and the HTML5 <video> tag, which goes over the major points of the argument from one of the most influential players in the Flash vs. HTML5 market.  It’s important to keep in mind while reading, that YouTube is owned by Google, and is positioned opposite Apple on many issues (this is far from impartial, but the points are applicable anyway).

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Google Webmaster: Site Performance is as important as SEO

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 | Business | 4 Comments

Web developers always say it’s important to speed up a site.  Either cut the size of an image, or minimize requests.

Why should we?  Everyone has a broadband connection and a fast computer.  Why worry about an extra second or two?

First, it’s never just worrying about a second, it’s sometimes worrying about cutting a few milliseconds off a page load.  Eliminating 1 HTTP request.

Fixing site perforamance is just as important as doing proper SEO.  If you do all the SEO work in the world, Google won’t want to index a slow site.

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Help: I upgraded to iOS 4 and lost my contacts!

Monday, June 21st, 2010 | Business | 26 Comments

I just upgraded my iPhone 3GS to iOS 4 (iPhone OS 4) and lost all my contacts.  Initially they were there and all was well, but then they all disappeared.

I even had to enter my voicemail PIN for the first time in years (I have never done this since first setting up my original iPhone years ago).

The fix?  I’m not sure

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Google Caffeine Launched – and how it will affect SEO

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Google has changed their indexing subsystem significantly.

It has now named “Caffeine” and is supposed to be another generation in terms of the quality of the Google index.  The new index service supposedly indexes 50% faster than the old indexing system, and will delivery “fresh” results.

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Chrome 5 is final and released!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

I forgot to post this a few days ago, but I wanted everyone to know — Chrome 5 is here!

Upgrades include:

  • Full Screen Mode
  • Javascript engine (V8) speed boost
  • Bookmark Syncing
  • Automated site translation
  • More HTML5 support (Geolocation, App Cache, Web sockets, etc)
  • Drag and Drop file upload support

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Adobe demos Android Table with Flash (and Air)

Thursday, May 6th, 2010 | Business | 6 Comments

From the article, Adobe Shows Google Android Tablet as Apple iPad Alternative, Adobe has demoed an Android tablet.

Now bloggers have seen it in action, thanks to Adobe, which showed off an Android tablet at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, held May 3 to 6.

The images and videos (and laughs) come courtesy of Zedomax, which scored this scoop, noting the device supports Adobe Systems’ Flash and Air.

Google and Adobe later confirmed that Android would support Flash, the ultimate riposte alliance to Apple’s snubbing of Adobe.

Adobe is obviously trying to bite back at Apple for the many comments about how bad Adobe’s Flash platform is for mobile devices.

Will the table running Flash prove any of Steve Jobs’ ‘Thoughts on Flash’ wrong?

Watch the video:

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Flash confirmed on Android 2.2

Saturday, May 1st, 2010 | Business | 5 Comments

In a blog on the NYTimes site called Google’s Andy Rubin on Everything Android, the author writes on a conversation with Andy Rubin at the Google campus.  Confirms full Flash support for Android 2.2, code-named Froyo.

Open is open and we live by our own implementations.

– Andy Rubin, VP for Engineering at Google

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