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The New HTML 5

There is a new innovation created which is the HTML 5 which is the new edition of the Hypertext Markup Language operation for producing Website pages. The operation has long been sleeping on the technological world for quite some time now, but there are developers who persevere to make it once again relive the life it once had with the use of new features ranging from built-in video going to the 2D graphics.

But the set back that comes along with it is that there are only few people who know how to operate the program presented by the HTML 5 because of its complexity. That is why it is not a shock to the industry that when the product is set to sail, the marketing buddies will step in with appealing packaging system to make it deceivingly comprehensible.

Features

In the case of Apple, it was presented as an HTML demo page. There have been a lot of available pages before and there might be a lot more to come along the way, but only certain users indulging in the technological industry are at the level of Apple’s marketing force. The demo of Apple’s HTML 5 gives stunning iPods, attention grabbing typographic technology, expanded shifting of photos and other perks that you can acquire.

Borrowing Apple’s marketing appears to be astounding to the developers who literally spent years of hard work struggling to uphold HTML 5.

The Controversy

The programmers of Apple with the WebKit browser engine scheme that lies beneath Safari have been among the alliance of HTML 5, but Apple industry was not that loyal after all. Apple’s website blocked several browsers with the succeeding statement that says that customers will have to download Safari in order to view the demo. And that the demo was especially made with the most recent Web operations supported by Safari that would only take several minutes.

It doesn’t really imply on the system that other browsers available don’t support HTML, but it is quite certain that the strategy embedded was at the side of Safari.

It is not strange that Apple took this kind of path to raise its products because they have long been that way but it surely tapped unfavorable reactions and critiques.

Apple’s Disapproval

According to a complaint by the Mozilla evangelist who is Christopher Blizzard, the message shown by the Apple regarding uploading Safari before allowing you to stream the demo shows a pretentious act being browser friendly but intently blocking other browser accessible to the clients.

It is certain that the website is uplifting Safari. But upon looking beyond the meaning of the act, it implies that Apple is showing off different features, not to compare how well other browsers perform and be compatible. The thing that Apple is preventing to happen is for their demo to look awful and be struck with non-compliant browsers. The more a company manipulates the field of their expertise, the easier to climb up the ladder of making immense profits. And Apple is certainly knowledgeable about it.

Google Chrome 5 Releases Stable Version

For the average Windows user, the news of release of Google Chrome 5 is not a big thing. For Mac and Linux users however, this news is impressive enough to warrant a cruise to Google Chrome’s download page. After all, its claim of monumental browsing speeds and new features is just begging for trial.

After months of adjustments and bug fixing, Google Chrome 5 has gone stable. In its new form, Chrome 5 boasts of having bench marked speed boost, browser synchronization between computers, a more polished bookmark manager, more extensions and HTML5 support. Although this new version does not support Adobe Flash, Chrome promises to integrate this into later versions. Judging by the speed that Chrome developers work on improvements, this might not take long at all.

Speed tests

To mark unprecedented leaps in terms of browser speed, Chrome developers took it upon themselves to showcase their success through a Youtube video. The video features how Chrome’s speed fairs against a potato gun, lightning and the speed of sound. The effort was creative but not that impressive. It would have been probably more impressive was if the browsing speed of Chrome broke the space-time continuum; that would have been some unparalleled speed!

In terms of humanly possible comparative tests, Chrome’s bench marked tests shows an improvement of more than 200% compared to its very first beta on 2008. Chrome is able to load pages instantly by using Webkit open source rendering engine. .

Since Chrome opted for the clean look, some features that most users are used to are missing. Bookmarks can only be opened by pressing Ctrl+Shift+B. When the bookmarks’ window pops up, you have to click Organize to create a new one. Or you can right click at any folder or the list pane of bookmarks itself to add a page. When it comes to bookmarking in Chrome, speed is not really apparent.

A tab is not just a tab

What sets Chrome apart from the regular run of the mill browsers is its GUI. Instead of a toolbar, Chrome has tabs giving it a more clean and uncluttered look. Tabs can be dragged away from the main window, which automatically opens them as a separate window. They can also be pinned by dragging the tab to the extreme left. These tabs can’t be accidentally closed unless a user closes the whole window itself or right clicks and chooses the close tab option. You can change the order of the tabs by simply dragging and releasing the tab to a chosen area of the window.

The improvements on the tabs have also boosted Chrome’s speed. Its Omnibox doubles as the URL area, wherein users can type the URL page directly and as a search bar. Whilst in other browsers a mistyped address would prompt the “page not found” warning, in Chrome it automatically searches for suggestions that are close to the entered page. Users can also type keywords to search for.

When opening a tab, the most visited sites are displayed. At the bottom of these shortcuts are the recently closed tabs. This feature particularly comes in handy when a tab is accidentally closed.

Chrome handles its tabs separately. It means when one tab in a window crashes, the other tabs in the window are not affected.

Chrome is also the only browser of its kind which can automatically translate pages for you without needing extra installations or extensions.

Extensions

Plug-ins, add-ons or in Chrome-speak, extensions make every user’s browser unique. Each extension speaks of a user’s particular need for his browsing experience. Adding extensions in Chrome opens up a new tab in its window. From there, the user can click on the “get more extensions” link to go to the page, which lists a plethora of extensions. The gallery showcases a list of extensions that can be sorted according to “most popular”, “most recent”, “most rated”, and “featured”.

In Chrome 5, the Incognito or the private browsing mode allows users to choose what extensions to run while browsing. It’s only reasonable that users would still want those extensions even if they are incognito.

HTML5 Capabilities

Although Chrome is still developing support for Adobe Flash, its HTML5 integration allows video playback by using video and audio tags even without the support of additional plug-ins from third parties.

Probably the most interesting integrations come from products developed by Google itself. Gmail for example allow dragging and dropping from your file explorer to your Gmail window for attaching files. Google map’s Geolocation API also utilizes HTML5.

Synchronization

IF you’re planning to migrate to Chrome, it’s very easy to sync your browser preferences. Everything including bookmarks is imported to the Chrome GUI. Imports also include languages, themes, homepage and even your preset zoom.

Bottom Line

Most users used to Firefox’s versatility in personalizing a web browser will get a hard time getting used to Chrome’s complexity. However, if you want something that truly lives up to its claims of speed and stability, Chrome is your best bet.

If you’re already using the beta version, it should auto update. If you’re interest is piqued, download the latest version and try for yourself.

Ultimately, users are judges when it comes to a product’s real relevance to their needs. Some products might work for others, while some might just disappoint and fail in living up to their proclaimed “leaps” in terms of features and services.

Apple is slapped with litigation over iTunes Store, Safari and Mac OS X

There are quite a number of suits that have been filed against Apple and some of them are really curious ones. These suits have named several other companies like Amazon, Microsoft and the like as co-defendendants. Most of these suits are against three of Apples products namely iTunes, Safari and Mac OS X.

The first suit has been filed in a Texas federal district court and states that Apples’ iTune Store infringes on the patent of online music downloads. There is another suit on similar lines that states that Safari, DVD Player, Front Row and Mac OS X has also infringed on several patents which deal with the lengths of the text and data.

The first lawsuit has been filed in Eastern District of Texas by Sharing Sound LLC. They have the patent to a right for the distribution of music products over the internet. However, their claim is that Apple has a provision to download the songs using a unique identifier which links the file to a particular buyer.

What Sharing Sound has to say is that Apple iTunes have infringed upon this particular patent. ITunes on their part access the iTune stores from a custom built WebKit that is built using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. They are no longer using DRM but yet it has information in the file about the original purchases made and this includes Apple ID.

The other companies such as Sony, Microsoft, Rhapsody, Napster and Brilliant Digital Media have also been named in the lawsuit. If you think that Amazon has been left out of the lawsuit then that is not the case. Sharing Sound has also filed a similar kind of patent suit against companies like Netflix, Wal-Mart, Barnes and Nobles and GameStop. The suit is slightly different than the one filed against Apple as it does not include the unique key in the downloaded files. In case Sharing Sound was to win this lawsuit then it will certainly have worldwide ripple effect on the digital music distribution system for the next ten years at least. Although looking at the patent, it is too broad based to be actually put into force.

Looking at another lawsuit that has been filed in Western Texas by Monkey Media which states that some of the features of Mac OS X and Safari are the same as the company’s patent. The founder of MonkeyMedia, Eric Gould is the inventor of these three inventions. These patents deal with different kinds of pieces of data that are displayed using the user control. As the user gets to adjust the smaller pieces of data, only the most important ones are shown.

The MonkeyMedia press release claims that Safari’s RSS feed has features that infringe this particular patent of theirs about the amount of data to be controlled and shown. The lawsuit claims a similar thing for Mac OS X too.

These lawsuits are not really clear about what parts infringe the patents. If this were to be the case then this kind of lawsuit could apply to every DVD player, music downloaded and editing software.

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