Posts Tagged ‘HTML5’

Google Chrome HTML5 Roll-Out Plan

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Here’s a look forward at Google’s plans for handling the transition from Flash to HTML5.

Google revealed yesterday how it plans to make the shift to prioritizing HTML5 over Flash in the company’s Chrome browser. The company announced previously that it will deprioritize Flash content on the web in favor of HTML5 content. The decision left many questions unanswered: will Chrome block all Flash content eventually? What is the time frame for the change? What happens to sites that only support Flash but not HTML5?

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Support Scammers Exploit HMTL5 Bug that Makes Chrome Hang

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Fortunately, the solution for this scam exploit is as simple as Control-Shift-Esc …

Malwarebytes reports that a new tech support scam is being exploited in the wild that targets all recent versions of the Google Chrome browser. The scam exploits a bug in Chrome’s implementation of the history.pushState() method that enables developers to push data “onto the session history stack”. Back in 2014, use of the method caused browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Safari to crash.

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Internet Connection Speed Tests with HTML5

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Here’s a quick overview and comparison of five different services that can be used to test HTML5 connection speed …

It makes sense at time to check the connection speed of an Internet connection. Maybe you just got a new line, upgraded an existing one, or are traveling. Maybe it is just for making sure that you get the advertised connection speed, or making sure that the hotel’s Internet connection is sufficient for pushing that Gigabyte video to YouTube or a company server. Most Internet speed tests up until now used Adobe Flash to power the tests. While that worked, it required Adobe Flash to work at all.

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Google Chrome to Block More Flash Content

Friday, August 12th, 2016

The handwriting is already on the wall, and this move by Google will most like help to hasten the Flash plug-in’s demise.

Flash is a dying technology in its plugin-form, and Google plans to push Flash a bit further to the graveyard by making two Flash-related changes in future versions of Chrome. The first change will block behind the scenes Flash content, which is usually used for page analytics and tracking.

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How to Stop Auto Playing Videos

Friday, May 6th, 2016

In the larger scheme of things, auto-playing videos are generally a rather minor annoyance … but it’s still cool to know how to stop them.

Many sites throughout the Internet play videos automatically when you visit them. This can be video content that is published on the site or in form of advertisement displayed on the site. In the case of advertisement, most sites mute these videos by default but some are pushing it and turn on audio as well. Most web browsers ship with muting functionality to counter these without you having to hunt the tab where the sound is coming from these days, but muting won’t stop the video from playing.

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Flash Replacement Shumway is as Good as Dead

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

It looks like Mozilla’s replacement for Flash is DOA … or at least it’s been sidelined for the time being.

Mozilla started to work on Shumway, an open source Flash environment that did not depend on proprietary software back in 2012. It made sense for Mozilla to work on Shumway at that time, considering that Flash was still the dominant force on the Web, and that Adobe did not cooperate with Mozilla in regards to the integration of Flash in Firefox like it did with Google.

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Facebook Waves Goodbye to Flash Video

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

With both Facebook and Windows dropping Flash, it’s pretty clear that the end of Flash-based video is near.

Facebook announced on December 18, 2015 that it made the decision to switch from a Flash-based video player on Facebook to a HTML5-based media player. The company will use its HTML5 video player “for all Facebook web video surfaces” including videos on news feeds, pages, and in the Facebook embedded video player. Videos embedded directly from other sites, such as YouTube, use the HTML5 video player by default as well on Facebook.

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Vivaldi Browser gets Silent Tabs and Netflix Support in Latest Build

Friday, December 4th, 2015

To be honest, I’ve never actually tried Vivaldi myself because, well because one only needs so many browsers. But that said, the newly added support for Netflix does make me curious.

The latest build of the Vivaldi web browser ships with a bunch of improvements that include support to silence websites in the browser with a simple click, and support for Netflix. The silencing of websites works exactly like it does in other browsers that support the feature already. Vivaldi indicates that sound is playing with an icon that it adds to the tab the site is loaded in.

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Noise Control Brings Tab Audio Indicators and Muting to Firefox

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

So far, this feature is only available as an app in Firefox, but it’s still encouraging to see Firefox catching up with Chrome in the field of audio control. Now if IE would only get on board too …

One of the Chrome features that I like a lot is that the browser displays audio indicators if audio is played in a tab in it. Even better, it offers options to mute that audio with a single click on the tab. Gone are the times where you had to mute the browser’s sound output, go through tabs individually to find the offending page, or even close the browser completely to disable the sound from playing on your system.

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Don’t Expect too much from Windows 10 Build 10041

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

At this point, I think I’ll just wait for the official release of Windows 10 this summer …

If you are running a preview of Windows 10 on a computer system or virtual machine, you may have already noticed that Microsoft pushed out update 10041 of the operating system to all preview systems. The new build is the first after the company made the promise in January to release builds faster from then on out.

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