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Briefly: XCOM sale, MacPaint and Mario on browsers

10/11, 1:00am

Classic programs re-created in HTML5 for web play

In unrelated developments, two recent "recreations" of former Mac and Nintendo classics have made their way into "web app" versions, bringing back familiar software for those of a certain age, providing a "living" demonstration of "old-school" programs and games and at the same time offering a showcase for the growing flexibility of web technologies. The year-old "CloudPaint," a tribute to the Macintosh's original graphics program MacPaint, has recently been updated with five levels of "undo" -- and another site offers a fully-playable HTML5 version of Super Mario. Both are available for use free of charge.

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Briefly: Google Drive apps update, Google Web Designer released

10/01, 5:32am

Google refines Drive apps with new icons, smaller toolbars

Google has updated its Google Drive online apps with a refreshed user interface. Google Docs, Drawings, Sheets, Slides, and Forms now include a colorful icon that returns users to Drive itself, while the toolbar section at the top has been made smaller, allowing more of the screen to be taken up by the files being worked on, and seemingly brings it closer in visual style to installable office suites.

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HTML5 flaw lets browsers fill hard drives with junk data

03/04, 6:15pm

Firefox, older 32-bit browsers may avoid worst effects

On the heels of more problems with browser plug-ins such as Java and Flash, a newly-discovered flaw in HTML5 -- used throughout the web and a fundamental part of all modern browsers -- can be used maliciously to fill hard drives to capacity with junk data. The exploit can be demonstrated on a website set up to document the flaw, called Filldisk. All browsers are susceptible to it -- though Mozilla's Firefox features a hard cap of 5MB of such data and thus mitigates the effect, while some older 32-bit browsers may crash rather than fill up the drive.

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Hands on: Alcatel One Touch Fire with Firefox OS

02/24, 4:34pm

One of first phones with Firefox OS

Mozilla was one of the first companies to hold a Mobile World Congress press conference, where the developer focused on its Firefox OS for mobile devices. Electronista had a chance to try out Alcatel's One Touch Fire, one of the first production devices to embrace the platform. The handset is clearly an entry-level smartphone, seated in a market suited for the fledgling OS.

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Touch-based Ubuntu OS for phones announced

01/02, 3:56pm

Popular Linux distro moves to smartphones

As was hinted yesterday, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth announced today the pending release of a new, touch-enabled version of Ubuntu targeted at smartphones. Ubuntu for phones brings its own gesture-driven interface to the smartphone sector, with personalized graphics, integrated search, and support for native and HTML5 apps. Shuttleworth showed off the new operating system in a virtual keynote on YouTube, one in which he sought to position Ubuntu as a way of unifying the user experience across the numerous form factors that define modern computing.

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Adobe deploys new Edge tools, services

09/24, 9:25pm

Package mix of new, updated, renamed tools

At Adobe's Create the Web event in San Francisco today, Adobe unveiled its newly-renamed Edge suite of JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3 tools and services. Amongst the new offering are Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Edge Inspect, and Adobe PhoneGap Build. Adobe has also given users a preview of Adobe Edge Code with the new release.

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Firefox OS Marketplace shown off in new pictures

09/03, 10:12pm

Minimalist style with mostly free apps so far

The first mobile units running Mozilla's forthcoming Firefox OS aren't scheduled to debut until early next year, but images of the app marketplace for the mobile OS have leaked to the Internet. Engadget has acquired shots of the Firefox Marketplace, which is still in development; images that show a largely minimalist design that seems to show more focus on categorization and quick app discovery than do Apple or Google's app marketplace offerings. For now, the Marketplace appears to be largely populated by free apps, but that may change depending on how successful Mozilla and its partners are in gaining market share once their devices launch.

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Adobe updates HTML5, web animation programs

08/21, 10:04am

Edge gets name change, Muse adds contact forms

Adobe has announced updates to two of its lesser-known programs, both of which are aimed at web designers. Adobe Muse, its HTML5-based WYSIWYG website creation program, now features built-in support for contact forms among other changes. Meanwhile, the web animation program Edge has been changed to Edge Animate and updated to Preview 7.

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Microsoft proposes web standard for Skype without plug-ins

08/06, 6:17pm

First step towards in-browser Skype video without plug-ins

Microsoft has officially announced its proposal to bring realtime communication in browsers, without relying on plug-ins. The W3C WebRTC working group received the "Customizable, Ubiquitous Real Time Communication over the Web" (CU-RTC-Web) proposal from the software giant, as the first step toward establishing a standard that would be essential to creating a browser-based version of Skype.

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Telefónica shows Firefox OS phone prototype

07/06, 4:50pm

Firefox OS said to run similar apps faster than Android

Telefónica has been showing off a prototype phone running Mozilla's recently revealed Firefox OS for smartphones. The Spanish telecom gave TechWeekEurope UK a peek at the prototype device, saying that it's well positioned to make an impact in the mobile sector among developing markets.

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Mozilla reveals Firefox OS partners, first units in 2013

07/02, 1:05pm

Sprint, Telefonica, ZTE, Alcatel on board for HTML5 phones

In a post today on The Mozilla Blog, Mozilla confirmed that next year will see the launch of a number of phones powered by its Firefox operating system. The new operating system, built on Mozilla's "Boot to Gecko project," will run HTML5 apps and is aimed at furthering the development of that standard while providing a low-cost operating system for smartphones aimed at developing markets. The browser maker has teamed with a number of telecoms, including Sprint, Smart, and Telefica, as well as device manufacturers Alcatel and ZTE.

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Google picks up webOS Enyo team, Open webOS still on track

05/25, 5:33am

Google picks more former webOS team members

Google is said to have hired the core employees of the webOS Enyo HTML 5 development project team. According to The Verge, the team members were hired individually by Google, but will regroup as a team when they start work with the search giant. Enyo is an HTML5-based application framework for webOS and plays an integral part in HP’s plans to open-source the mobile OS. HP has since issued as statement saying that the staff departures will not impact its planned late 2012 release schedule for Open webOS.

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Flickr revamps uploader with HTML5, faster photo transfers

04/25, 2:40pm

Flickr Uploadr goes HTML5 for web images

Flickr revamped the web version of its Uploadr tool on Wednesday. The new version has switched to HTML5 with a more natural drag-and-drop interface to load photos. Making the switch now lets Flickr show thumbnails, like the native desktop and mobile apps, as well as reorder images, tag friends, and otherwise handle most tasks that would have needed to wait until afterwards.

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Adobe puts CS6, Creative Cloud up for pre-order

04/23, 1:00am

Adobe CS6 ships within 30 days

Adobe began the week early with official launch details of Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud. The collection of professional tools are available for pre-order as of Monday and should ship within 30 days.

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Microsoft seeking developers for HTML5-based Skype

04/16, 12:20pm

Job advert from Microsoft tells of Skype for web

Microsoft appears to be considering a new version of Skype for web browsers, based on a job advert posted online. The Microsoft Careers website shows listings for developers based in London and Prague to help create a project named as “Skype for Browsers” based on HTML5.

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Google Play Music adds HTML5 audio, replacing Flash

04/10, 12:00am

Also adds star ratings and Chrome enhancement

Google has updated its Google Play (formerly Android Market) Music subsection with some new, "experimental" controls that include a toggle for using HTML5 rather than Flash for desktops, along with the replacement of the "thumbs up/down" rating system with a five-star rating, the iTunes standard. For Chrome users, the service can now provide desktop notifications. The changes mark the continuation of efforts to improve the service, which officially launched in November.

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Firefox may soon add HTML5-based video chat

04/09, 3:15pm

Firefox nightlies to support WebRTC for video chat

Mozilla is gearing up to allow a plugin-free approach to video chat in upcoming versions of Firefox. A demo at the IETF 83 conference caught by TechCrunch showed off the implementation of WebRTC, an HTML5 component that will allow two-way voice, video, and file swaps. As shown, it would sign in with Mozilla's Social API.

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Google Chrome 18 final arrives with graphics speedups

03/28, 6:45pm

Google Chrome 18 reaches stable level

Google on Wednesday posted the finished version of Chrome 18. The stable version now brings hardware graphics speedups to HTML5's Canvas for 2D and is potentially much faster for certain websites. Acceleration works on both Macs and Windows PCs, but not Linux so far.

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Deezer music service launches offline listening mode

03/20, 1:10pm

Deezer starts letting subscribers download music

Paris-based streaming music service Deezer has just announced the launch of an offline listening mode, letting users download their music through their browser. Thus far, only Chrome is supported, though work on other browsers is underway. Unlike competitor Spotify's caching mode, a desktop app isn't needed as it's using HTML5's built-in support for offline web apps.

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Jolicloud Me hits beta for HTML5, Android and iOS

03/19, 8:15pm

Jolicloud Me now open to some users

Jolicloud acted on its pivot into a cloud service with the formal start of a semi-public beta of Jolicloud Me. The invitation-only option gives users a common place for their media and has unique options for finding content, such as where it's located. Users can organize content from disparate sources into individual collections.

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Google+ mobile web interface revamp mimics native apps

03/12, 5:50pm

Updates look and feel of browser-based app

Google has redesigned the mobile web version of its Google+ social networking service. The latest release provides a crisper, less cluttered look to its browser-based offering. The company claims that the new interface is much closer to the native apps running on Android, iOS, and Blackberry 7 devices.

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Google wants united mobile, social gaming by 2013

03/07, 9:15am

Google Plus may unify games on mobile and web

Google+ group product manager Punit Soni gave a presentation at the Game Developers Conference on Tuesday that promised a completely unified game platform from his company. He expected "by next year" to see Android, Chrome Web Store, Chrome Native Client, and Google+ games to all be unified. He didn't explain how this would happen, VentureBeat said, although it's implied that Google+ would emphasize HTML5 games on mobile, not just the desktop, and wouldn't be locked into Android alone.

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Adobe releases Adobe Shadow, updates Adobe Edge

03/07, 1:10am

Tools aim to ease workflow for web designers

Adobe has released two new tools for web developers and designers, a new version of it's HTML5 animation tool Adobe Edge and an all-new tool for quickly previewing web designs on desktop, notebook and mobile devices called Adobe Shadow. The company will be showcasing these and other tools for HTML5 web development and mobile solutions at SXSW Interactive and all-day training camps being held this weekend in Austin, Texas.

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Benches still show iOS 3X faster than Android in HTML5

03/05, 8:15pm

Apple still uncontested in mobile HTML5 benchmarks

Apple still has an unambiguous lead over Google in HTML5 performance on the mobile web, app development tool maker Spaceport.io found in a head-on benchmark test. iOS devices were typically about three times faster than their Android equivalents. Even Android 4.0's flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, was still about 42 percent slower than the iPhone 4S despite newly optimized HTML5 code and a theoretically faster 1.2GHz clock speed.

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Hands on: Mozilla's Boot 2 Gecko OS [U]

02/27, 2:55pm

Project finally nearing completion

(Update: Telefonica details) Mozilla is finally showing off its Boot 2 Gecko operating system that is completely based on web standards. The company brought Samsung's Galaxy S II to Mobile World Congress, however the Android OS was stripped away to allow the device to boot Gecko and run apps based on HTML5, JavaScript and CSS.

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Google, Microsoft, Netflix want encrypted HTML5 media spec

02/23, 4:20pm

HTML5 may get pseudo DRM with proposal

Google, Microsoft, and Netflix have put forward a proposal that could add a level of copy protection to HTML5 audio and video. Encrypted Media Extensions would let apps on the web and elsewhere use keys to control who has access to a given media stream. It would allow any format that would work in HTML5 as long as the format itself can support some kind of key or bit.

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Mozilla to begin accepting developer submissions at MWC

02/22, 4:25pm

Mozilla Marketplace to use HTML5, custom API apps

Mozilla revealed on Wednesday that it will begin accepting web app submissions at MWC next week. The web apps will be based on HTML5 and some Mozilla-proposed APIs, and work in both the company's Firefox browser as well as platforms that support HTML5. Mozilla promises to give developers easy development, direct user feedback, and allow for flexible billing

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Adobe roadmap for desktop Flash shows GPU boost, 2013 revamp

02/22, 12:45pm

Adobe to focus on speed first for Flash

Adobe on Wednesday published a roadmap (PDF) giving a peek at the long-term future of Flash. Having dropped the mobile version, it's now focusing on games and video on the desktop and now agrees that HTML5 and other web standards are more suited for animation. Accordingly, the imminent 11.2 update would improve hardware graphics acceleration, multi-core video processing, and support for right clicks when using mice.

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Mozilla shows off Boot2Gecko mobile framework

02/16, 6:20pm

Parts could find their way into competing browsers

Last July, Mozilla acknowledged that it was planning to build a mobile operating system. Today, the non-profit development organization that created the Firefox browser and Thunderbird email system provided an initial view of what that foundation, named Boot2Gecko (BTG), will look like. Mozilla is promising to demo it at the upcoming Mobile World Congress later this month.

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Windows 8 on ARM won't support Flash, other plugins

02/10, 9:55pm

Windows 8 on ARM to require HTML5 for advanced web

Microsoft's Windows leader Steven Sinofsky picked an interview this week to reveal that Windows 8 on ARM wouldn't support plugins. He explained to AllThingsD that Internet Explorer on these chips, even in the regular desktop, wouldn't run Flash or any similar browser add-ins. Mobile devices were moving away from Flash as a whole, he said.

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Facebook: CEO to take Jobs-like $1 salary, mobile a risk

02/01, 6:40pm

Facebook shows Apple influence in IPO filing

The SEC filing behind Facebook's long-expected IPO has seen company founder Mark Zuckerberg take an Apple cue in his pay. The CEO earlier this month requested that, as of the start of 2013, his base pay be cut from as much as $500,000 in 2011 to just $1, much like Apple co-creator Steve Jobs. Zuckerberg is known to have taken advice from Jobs and considered his success an aspirational goal.

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Firefox 10 reaches Android

02/01, 6:20pm

As expected, doesn't support flash

Mozilla has released the latest mobile version of its browser for Android devices. Firefox 10 is now available for download (free, Android Market). As expected, the new version offers enhanced HTML5 support, but doesn't support Flash.

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SoundCloud next to drop Flash for HTML5

01/26, 3:50pm

Seamless viewing expanded to iOS devices

SoundCloud has dropped Flash in favor of HTML5. The cloud-based social sound sharing service has added a widget which lets subscribers across multiple platforms leverage the app. Previously, while most Android users were fine, iPad and iPhone users were at a loss when they came across a song or sound sample using Adobe's plugin.

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Intel pays RealNetworks $120m for patents, video codecs

01/26, 10:00am

Intel makes key deal for RealNetworks video

Intel and RealNetworks made a crucial deal for video technology on Thursday. The semiconductor firm has paid $120 million to get a "significant" 190 of RealNetworks' patents. In exchange, Intel has agreed to team with RealNetworks to co-develop the latter's signature video codecs and will take on seven codec developers from its partner in the process.

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Audiobooks.com tries $25 unlimited subscription plan

01/24, 3:25pm

Audiobooks takes Netflix, Spotify cues

Audiobooks.com is hoping to shake up the e-book field by trying a business model similar to Netflix or Spotify just for its namesake audiobooks. A $25 flat rate gives access to the full catalog of 11,000 audiobooks, many of which are from major publishers. Like with other such services, continued access depends on a sustained plan, but it's potentially more economic for those who read two or more books every month.

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Grooveshark launches pure HTML5 web app, faces threats

01/13, 9:00pm

We player does end run around pulled apps

Rogue music service Grooveshark is attempting to do an end-run around apps that have been pulled from both the iOS App Store and the Android Market by posting a "web app" version of the player in pure HTML5, which should work with most smartphones and tablets as well as most web browsers. In a blog post, the company says it is trying to "reach as many mobile music listeners as we can" but already faces lawsuits from all of the major labels, who accuse the company of illegally misusing rights to the music.

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Microsoft 'kills' IE6 use in the US, celebrates with cake

01/03, 3:55pm

Microsoft cheers end to IE6 use

Microsoft's hopes that Internet Explorer 6 would die were partly validated after the company's Roger Capriotti noted that the decade-old browser had been reduced to irrelevance in the US. Working from data at NetApplications, he declared IE6 over as it made up just 0.9 percent of all American web traffic. The US was late, having been preceded by parts of Europe and Scandinavia, but was coming at the same time as the Czech Republic, Mexico, the Philippines, and others were also dropping below one percent.

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Over 300m now use Facebook in mobile, most on iOS or Android

12/29, 2:10pm

Analyst breaks down Facebook mobile surge

A new study of Facebook use by Enders Analysis' Benedict Evans has shown that 300 million Facebook users out of the total 800 million, or about 38 percent, are using the social network through mobile apps at least once a month. The figure is dominated by Android and iOS, which combined are about two thirds of the entire share at 204.8 million. Although 70 percent of BlackBerry owners use the Facebook app, it has half as many monthly users as Android, at 48.3 million.

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Mozilla posts Firefox 9 for Android with new tablet UI

12/21, 10:25pm

Release follows Firefox 9 desktop editions

Just days after Firefox 9 arrived for Mac, Windows and Linux, Mozilla has released the equivalent edition for Android devices. The revamped browser brings significant changes to the user interface for tablets, placing each tab as a thumbnail on the left edge of the screen while the open window is still displayed in full on the right.

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BBC News replaces Flash with HTML5 for mobile site

12/20, 6:45pm

Video content now available all platforms

On the heels of a study that shows that 80 percent of all web video is now available in HTML5 players for the benefit of mobile users, one of the world's largest news-gathering operations, the BBC, has formally adopted the standard for videos on the regular and mobile versions of its news website, ensuring that videos on the site play on both iOS and Android devices as well as modern browsers across all platforms.

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Gmail on web adds Scribbles for Android, iOS, PlayBook

12/19, 10:50pm

Gmail Scribbles goes to web and earlier

Google updated Gmail on the web to bring to mobile web users some of the features that it introduced in the Gmail iOS app just a few days ago. Those on a modern mobile web browser, such as Android 3.1, iOS 4, the BlackBerry PlayBook, or later versions of each can hand-draw Scribbles, or notes or sketches, to accompany their e-mail. It primarily relies on HTML5 to provide native features and supports colors as well as different brush types.

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Firefox 9 final launches with Lion hooks, speedy JavaScript

12/19, 8:05pm

Type inference brings faster JavaScript

Mozilla has posted the final version of Firefox 9 for Windows, Mac and Linux machines, following five weeks of testing in the beta channel. As expected, the release brings type-inference support that is said to significantly improve JavaScript load time for complex pages, along with expanded support for HTML5 and CSS standards.

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Adobe updates mobile Flash 11 one last time for Android 4.0

12/15, 6:25pm

Adobe posts last real Flash 11 mobile update

Adobe posted its last significant update to Flash 11 on Android (Market). The update is primarily to provide support with Android 4.0 phones like the Galaxy Nexus. Speed-ups and bug fixes are also part of the fix, Adobe said.

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Microsoft starts Internet Explorer auto-updates to boost web

12/15, 11:00am

Internet Explorer to auto-upgrade soon

Microsoft GM Ryan Gavin told Windows users that the company would start auto-updating Internet Explorer. Beginning with Australia and Brazil in January, anyone using Windows XP or later with automatic updates turned on will go to the most recent version of the browser available for the OS without prompting. More countries would come in line over time.

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Amazon HTML5 Kindle format may already be in graphic novels

12/14, 7:30pm

New e-book format already in hands of publishers

Amazon may be beta testing its new Kindle e-book format with selected publishers. The new format, referred to by Amazon as Kindle Format 8 (KF8), provides support for HTML5-based content. The Digital Reader, which revealed the testing, also reports that a number of graphic novels may already be available in the format and readable by the new Kindle Fire.

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Last.fm gets exploration through HTML5-based Discover

12/14, 5:55pm

IE9 site features pinning and JumpLists

Microsoft has partnered with Internet music service Last.fm to create a website optimized for Internet Explorer 9. The Discover site leverages the browser's inbuilt functionality to provide pinning and JumpList features. Also, by building upon an HTML5 foundation, the companies claim the web-based service will have the look and feel of a native Windows app.

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TeleNav preps HTML5-based, truly free turn-by-turn GPS

12/14, 1:00pm

TeleNav goes to web and free model

TeleNav on Wednesday gave a preview of a major rethink of its GPS business. The company has developed an HTML5-based web app that provides turn-by-turn GPS on iPhones, Windows Phone, or any device that supports the modern web standard. Many of the features of native apps will remain, including voice guidance, fully animated maps, points of interest, and automatic redirection.

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Twitter revamps web, mobile apps with in-stream content

12/08, 1:15pm

Twitter overhauls web, TweetDeck, Android, iOS UIs

Twitter on Thursday unveiled a new redesign sweeping across its entire platform. It now has a simpler design that in many cases shows content or conversations directly in the updates themselves, eliminating the need for the pop-out section on the web. A new tab menu is consistent across the web as well as desktop and mobile apps to avoid any jarring differences for those who switch often.

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Opera 11.60 launches with new HTML5 engine, e-mail

12/06, 7:30pm

New version promises better UI, faster access

Opera has released a milestone upgrade for the Windows version of its browser. Release 11.60 incorporates several enhancements to the user interface and improves performance (free, Windows). Key among these are a new email client, quicker access to favorite sites, improved Web compatibility, and faster, more secure connectivity.

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YouTube takes new Cosmic Panda interface live

12/01, 5:25pm

YouTube UI revamp goes live

YouTube took public its Cosmic Panda web remake. The homepage look is designed to focus more on channels, such as its original content, as well as existing subscriptions. It's now also possible to link YouTube to Google+ or Facebook to improve sharing.

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