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Humble Bundle teams with Mozilla to offer browser-based bundle

10/15, 6:53pm

Effort supports builds on Mozilla's July launch of browser ready commercial games

Mozilla and Humble Bundle have teamed up to bring gamers something a little different. A new discount gaming bundle was posted yesterday that gives buyers eight games that are playable in WebGL-compatible browsers. The DRM-free games are full ports of indie games, being powered by Mozilla's asm.js JavaScript subset.

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Comcast serving injected JavaScript ads through public Wi-Fi hotspots

09/08, 4:48pm

Provider stating that ads placed as a courtesy, reminiscent of BitTorrent throttling issue

It appears that Comcast has decided to serve advertisements to people that connect their devices to the more than 3.5 million public Wi-Fi hotspots spread throughout the United States. Ars Technica discovered that the Internet service provider (ISP) has been injecting JavaScript advertisements into websites using the Xfinity Wi-Fi services by altering the data stream when webpages are called.

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Uber closes Javascript hack exposing driver review of passengers

07/28, 9:40am

Review score of customers by Uber drivers pulled from view

Cab-hailing service Uber has patched a hole which allowed passengers to find out their average score based on reviews from Uber drivers. A Javascript hack which surfaced over the weekend polled Uber servers for the passenger score, giving a response between 1.0 and 5.0, though Uber has been quick to close the loophole in order to protect its driver review system.

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Apple to improve JavaScript in Safari, challenge SpiderMonkey

05/12, 10:55pm

Improvements in WebKit's Nitro JavaScript engine could appear in OS X 10.10

According to reports from testers, the recently-updated beta of Safari contains within it an accelerated version of Webkit's "Nitro" JavaScript engine that could surpass current efforts in rival browsers, once fully developed. The new upgrades to Nitro, dubbed "FTLJIT," are not enabled by default in the OS X version of WebKit at present, but can be enabled through the command line, and offer substantial speed benefits.

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Google details Chrome beta JavaScript performance improvement

02/14, 11:24am

Beta browser uses concurrent compilation to avoid JavaScript latency issues

Chrome users could see an extra boost in performance, thanks to the way the most recent Chrome Beta handles JavaScript. The company detailed how beta version 33 uses "concurrent compilation" to speed up the JavaScript functions of a web page by compiling it into native machine code while it is still running, in an effort to reduce latency in the browser.

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Briefly: Adobe announces Snap.svg, Keynote Remote app now free

10/23, 3:40pm

Adobe announces new open source JavaScript library, offering intuitive API

Adobe announced today a new, free open-source JavaScript library on GitHub, entitled Snap.svg. Intended for Web designers and developers working with Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), Snap.svg has an intuitive API for animating and manipulating SVG content. Snap.svg offers masking, clipping, patterns, full gradients and groups to produce more engaging content, and promotes creating easily maintainable code. the JavaScript library works with existing SVG, as well as with software that requires support for responsive graphics, such asEdge Animate, Adobe Flash Pro CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, and more.

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Apple details security fixes in OS X 10.8.5, Safari 5.1.10

09/12, 11:28pm

Updated Safari for 10.6, Security Update for Snow Leopard and Lion

In addition to the latest update to OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), Apple on Thursday also updated Snow Leopard's Safari 5.1 for a flaw that fixes a potential security hole in JavaScript. The problem, identified by Certified Secure and Vitaliy Toropov working with HP's Zero Day Initiative, could lead to unexpected quits or arbitrary code execution in Safari when visiting a maliciously-crafted website. The company also issued security updates for Snow Leopard (10.6) and Lion (10.7), with security fixes for Mountain Lion included in the 10.8.5 update.

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New 'ransom' malware exploits JavaScript flaw to plague OS X users

07/15, 11:59pm

Until XProtect updated, only cure is to reset browser

A new bit of "ransomware" that has long been a plague to Windows users has been "ported" to work on Mac browsers, taking advantage of a flaw in JavaScript (not to be confused with Java) to prevent it from being easily dismissed or gotten rid of. The exploit takes advantage of the "restore from crash" to keep bothering the user, and scares them into thinking they must surrender payment information in order to "unlock" their browser and use it normally again, often under threat of persecution. There is a relatively easy fix, though inconvenient.

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Report: iOS 6 Safari has JavaScript flaw in App Banners

12/21, 8:18pm

Turns JavaScript back on even if user preference set to disabled

The Safari browser in iOS 6 has a flaw in its handling of JavaScript that, while not presenting any serious problems thus far, could evolve into a potentially security and privacy issue if not corrected soon, reports AppleInsider. Users who have turned JavaScript off for security or other reasons on their iOS device will see it turned back on -- without notification -- if the user visits any site that uses Smart App Banners, a feature of iOS 6 that requires JavaScript to work. The flaw has so far been found in all builds and versions of iOS 6, including the in-testing v6.1 beta, though Apple has now been informed of the issue.

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A6 in iPhone 5 breaks smartphone record in Javascript tests

09/20, 2:55am

Other iOS products see modest improvement under iOS 6

Enthusiast site Anandtech has taken Apple's new iPhone 5 through its paces and found a dramatic jump in JavaScript performance that is certain to be helping the latest version of Mobile Safari test "twice as fast" as the previous model. Other iOS device owners report that some of the improvement comes from iOS 6, though not to the levels seen with the A6 dual-core processor. The iPhone 5 broke the record handily for smartphones using the SunSpider JavaScript benchmarking tool, bringing in a score below 1,000 for the first time.

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Google reveals Octane, adds to JavaScript benchmark suite

08/22, 12:16am

New tests designed to better meter JavaScript performance

Google's Chrome team has developed and released a new set of JavaScript benchmarks. Titled Octane, the new suite "aims to measure a browser’s performance when running the complex and demanding web applications that users interact with daily." The new test group keeps the previous eight tests in the V8 suite, and adds five more, allowing for a better translation of real-world JavaScript performance to metered testing data.

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Apple revises WebKit JavaScript handling, sees speed gains

03/02, 1:15am

Will benefit all WebKit-based browsers over time

A recent hire in Apple's WebKit development team has come up with a new Low-Level Interpreter (LLInt) that can do much more processing of JavaScript code in WebKit's JavaScriptCore before handing it off to the Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler or bytecode virtual machine, realizing a speed gain of over 200 percent compared to the current model. The "triple-tier" approach will result in more fluid animations and faster programatic web applications, widgets and more.

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Serious XSS vulnerability found in Skype for iOS

09/20, 7:25pm

Users' address books could be copied

A security researcher going by "Phil P" and running the Superevr security blog has found a serious scripting vulnerability in the chat messaging feature of Skype versions 3.01 and earlier for the iPhone and iPod Touch that could execute malicious Javascript code without the user being fully aware, giving the attacker access to file contents of any file that the Skype app would have access to -- such as a user's address book.

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Yahoo WebPlayer aims to simplify media embedding

08/04, 2:50pm

Player supports multiple formats

Yahoo has introduced the first beta for its WebPlayer, a web-based media player that aims to simplify video embedding. The utility, which is written in HTML and JavaScript, enables users to enhance their websites with a variety of video and audio media formats, including MP3s, WMA files or content from Internet sources such as YouTube and Yahoo's movie trailers.

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Adobe shows preview of HTML5 design tool Edge

08/01, 4:45am

May compete with its own Flash Professional

Adobe Labs has unveiled a public preview release of Adobe Edge, the company's own take on HTML5 animation and interaction design. The free download is available now for both Mac and Windows platforms, but should be considered pre-beta software. The tool in some senses competes with Adobe's own Flash Professional, allowing web designers to create motion and interactive elements using standards such as HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3.

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Devs criticize Windows 8's reliance on HTML5, JavaScript

06/13, 7:25pm

Windows update expected to shift coding standards

Developers have criticized Microsoft after a recent Windows 8 preview video hinted that the upcoming version of the company's desktop OS would drop support for many familiar development standards. Windows Experience VP Julie Larson-Green showed off an example of an immersive application that utilizes the "new developer platform," which is based on HTML5 and JavaScript rather than the traditional languages that serve as the backbone of current Windows editions.

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RIM urges users to disable JavaScript in light of exploit

03/17, 12:45pm

RIM tells OS 6 users to turn off JavaScript

A recent zero-day BlackBerry 6 hack at the Pwn2Own convention has prompted RIM to add a knowledge base article that will help users secure their phones. The approach is blunt and calls on users to turn off JavaScript for the browser until RIM develops a more permanent fix. Older versions aren't known to be affected.

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Web apps on iOS 4.3 take mysterious performance hit

03/15, 6:45pm

Is it a bug, an early omission, or a conspiracy?

Testing by developers and The Register has revealed that iOS 4.3 makes changes to the way "web apps" run that significantly impacts their performance compared to fully-native apps or apps run within the MobileSafari browser. In part, this is due to the presence of the new Nitro JavaScript engine, which significantly enhances performance -- but at present only works inside Safari. Other factors that hurt the performance of non-Safari web apps, however, have some wondering if Apple is deliberately deprecating the format to promote its own App Store.

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Firefox 4 Android beta brings Sync, speed improvements

02/02, 7:55pm

Beta available for Android and Maemo devices

Mozilla has released a public beta of its Firefox 4 mobile browser for Maemo- and Android-based handsets. The latest version boasts faster startup, page load times and responsiveness while performing basic actions such as panning and zooming. Compared to the stock Android browser, Firefox 4's JavaScript benchmark performance is said to be three times faster on Kraken, twice as fast on SunSpider and slightly quicker on V8.

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Apple intros iAd Producer utility for creating ads

12/20, 5:50pm

Tool available as a free download

Apple has introduced a new developer utility, iAd Producer, that will allow users to create content for the company's advertising platform. The Mac app integrates a visual editor that provides a graphic representation of the ad layout and structure, including the HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript elements on individual pages.

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Crankshaft for Chrome gives dramatic leap to JavaScript

12/07, 3:50pm

Google outs Crankshaft for V8 to boost JavaScript

Google on Tuesday announced a new compilation infrastructure for V8, the JavaSript engine in Google Chrome. Called Crankshaft, it is said to more than double the speed of JavaScript apps in most cases, such as when loading web pages and applications created with complex JavaScript. Benchmark tests reveal that Richards, DeltaBlue and Crypto get the most benefits.

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Mozilla pushes Firefox 4 final back to early 2011

10/28, 10:05am

Mozilla revises Firefox 4 release schedule

Mozilla has revised its release schedule for Firefox 4 due to the longer than estimated work on improving the software. As such the final release candidate is now due to arrive in early 2011, while the next beta build, r8, is now due to arrive on November 12. The final software will ship shortly after the final release candidate.

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Elements+ add-on reaches 3.0, supports Elements 9.0

10/11, 6:45pm

Seamlessly unlocks over 150 hidden features

Developer Andrei Doubrovski updated his add-on for advanced users of Adobe Photoshop Elements, Elements+, to version 3.0 with support for the recently-released PE v9 for Mac. Elements+ reveals many undocumented features and functions in Elements, including actions, paths and color channels among others. The new version sports a customizable interface allowing features to be accessed in dedicated dialog boxes, as well as many new tools and effects.

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Aqua Data Studio updated to v9, adds Netezza support

10/04, 7:05pm

New AquaScript, open APIs add customization

Aquafold today updated its flagship product Aqua Data Studio, a universal database query and administration program, to version 9.0. The major upgrade includes two user-requested features, AquaScript and Open APIs, allowing users new methods to automate repetitive tasks and making it easier to customize the program.

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MeeGo outruns Android 2.2 in JavaScript tests

07/08, 9:50pm

Platform brings 50% improvement in tests

The Aava MeeGo development platform allegedly outpaces Android 2.2 in JavaScript tests. Carrypad was able to complete the SunSpider series of test operations in 4215ms on the MeeGo prototype, an improvement of approximately 1.5 seconds over a Nexus One running Android 2.2 and less than half the time it takes an iPhone 4 to finish the series.

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Developer uncovers iPad's AdLib web-based app framework

04/07, 5:55pm

Framework mimics native apps using HTML, CSS

Apple has apparently created a new web-based framework for the iPad, potentially allowing developers to create web apps using HTML, CSS and JavaScript code. Done21 developer Jim Hoskins allegedly uncovered the framework, known as AdLib, while exploring the iPad User Guide, which opens in Safari but mimics functionality typically reserved for native apps.

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Microsoft to focus heavily on HTML5 for IE9

03/04, 5:35pm

IE9 to be more modern, with HTML5 support, more

Internet Explorer 9 may get a beta release with a heavy HTML5 emphasis at Microsoft's MIX 2010 developer conference in mid-March, according to escaped details. Hinting that IE9 will have comprehensive support for HTML5 is a scheduled briefing at MIX 2010 titled "HTML5 Now: The Future of Web Markup Today." Opera Software’s Molly Holzschlag will present the party and has said to expect Microsoft to bring browser storage and other HTML5 features.

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Opera 10.5 beta adds private browsing, new widgets

02/25, 4:35pm

Browser integrates faster JavaScript engine

Opera on Thursday released a beta version of Opera 10.5 for Mac, following right behind the Windows version announced earlier in the week. The browser is said to integrate an improved JavaScript engine for faster page loads, while the interface now takes advantage of additional Cocoa elements. A unified tool-bar and private browsing tabs have been added, along with support for Growl notifications and multi-touch gestures.

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Flux 2 adds new JavaScript capabilities

02/25, 2:50pm

Google hosted APIs integrated

The Escapers has announced that its web design application, Flux 2, has been updated with several new features. Users can now take advantage of Google-hosted JavaScript files directly from the software interface, without installing packages or downloading .js files. The Page Attributes sheet currently offers the jQuery and MooTools APIs, with additional content to be added in the near future.

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WebGL brings 3D graphics to browsers without using plug-ins

09/14, 4:25pm

Khronos Group preparing new standard for 2010

Developers working with Khronos Group are currently testing a new standard, WebGL, that aims to bring hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to a wide range of browsers without requiring a dedicated plug-in. The system is based on the Canvas element within HTML5, but adds the ability for OpenGL functionality to be accessible using JavaScript.

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iTunes LP, iTunes Extras tap into new JavaScript framework

09/14, 3:30pm

Could be aimed at support Apple TV functions

The LP and Extras features introduced in iTunes 9 are built around new JavaScript framework, probing is said to show. Called TuneKit, the standard is not only aimed at supporting interactive bonus media, but handling it without the need for plug-ins such as Flash, typically used to deal with animations. TuneKit is otherwise paired mainly with HTML and CSS code.

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Taco HTML Edit 2.5 adds Component Library

08/26, 3:20pm

Taco HTML Edit 2.5 ships

The latest release of Taco Software's HTML and PHP editor, Taco HTML Edit 2.5, features a new Component Library. The library is comprised of 20 customizable items, which can be inserted into an HTML document; widgets include slideshows, pie charts, scrollable tables, date and time info and tabbed content. The components typically require Safari 3, Firefox 3 or Internet Explorer 7, and use HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

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BBEdit 9.0 adds Projects, better programming support

08/28, 3:50pm

BBEdit 9.0 released

Bare Bones has released v9.0 of BBEdit, its text and code editing software. The key addition to the software is said to be the addition of Projects, which replace file groups, and allow users to directly create, delete and rename files and folders. The contents of Projects can be searched, as well as processed through text factories.

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Safari bests Firefox, IE at JavaScript rendering

06/20, 7:40pm

Safari beats Firefox, IE

Webkit's earlier reported adoption of the SquirrelFish JavaScript interpreter is paying off, as Safari takes the lead in browser rendering speeds. Zimbra writes that Apple's web browser led the pack ahead of Firefox and Internet Explorer, with the Yahoo-owned messaging company declaring Safari "Winner of the Browser Wars." The tests were performed using several incarnations of all browsers as they viewed Zibra's AJAX web-client, and recorded using OpenQA Selenium.

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Apps: Logo Design Studio Pro, Composer FX

06/20, 5:20pm

Graph Paper Maker

  • Logo Design Studio Pro 1.8 ($60) logo design software brings together a full vector editor with pre-designed conceptual logo templates and objects. The new update to Logo Design Studio Pro now includes increased support for SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) files; over 1300 pre-designed SVG objects that anyone can fully edit; a new browser that allows you to preview each SVG object in a variety of categories, and the latest version of the Sparkle framework.
  • Composer FX Movie 1.7.6 ($20) video effects processor application with over 400 special effects filters. Harnesses the power of Mac OS X 10.5’s Quartz Composer for adding visual effects to your movies. Acts as a companion program for iMovie 08.  Composer FX Movies includes: Comic Book, Hearts, 3D Video Wall, Plasma, Glass, Sky, Aquarium, Snow, TV, Pencil and many more. [Download - 14.2MB]

  • Graph Paper Maker 2.0 ($20) lets you create your own custom sheets of graph paper. It is ideal for students, teachers, engineers, scientists, researchers, businessmen, and others who need to create specialized sheets of graph paper. The latest release of Graph Paper Maker adds options to create custom sheets of Cornell Notes paper, as well as custom designed grids of dots and crosses. [Download - 1.4MB]

  • MediaRich Media Server 3.8.6 automatically produces image, sound and video assets automatically enabling the multi-channel delivery of all media assets to websites, wireless and devices. Added features include expanded support with the optional Audio/Video module of HD and Broadcast formats, including MXF, MPEG2, MPEG2 Transport Stream, and many more. In addition, scalable hot-folder support is included utilizing the power of MediaScript, MediaRich's flexible media manipulation scripting language based on ECMA JavaScript. [Download - form]

  • Text Up and Text Up Pro (free-30 Euros) TextUp is free. It creates subtitles which build up from the bottom of the screen as you type in a way which is needed for standard subtitling. It also features 'Outline', 'Drop Shadow' and 'Box'. It's a easy to use 'one stop' generator for most of the subtitling issues. TextUp Pro additionally includes 'Line wrapping' which will fit the text automatically into a given title safe area. So copy/paste text from a script or using an external application to import titles (like our TitleExchange) will make the workflow even easier. TextUp Pro also adds vertical alignment options, you get 'TextCenter' and 'TextDown' as well.[Download - 1MB]

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Apple adopts SproutCore web framework

06/16, 11:35am

Apple SproutCore debut

Apple formally adopted a new web design framework at the end of last week's WWDC conference, accounts say. Although the session was guarded with high security and a non-disclosure agreement, information has reportedly emerged on Apple's announced development for SproutCore, an existing, open-source JavaScript framework based on Cocoa. The technology addresses deficiencies in exploiting JavaScript, which is often used only for launching simple behaviors such as animations.

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