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WebGL 1.0 spec finalized, everyone but Microsoft supports it

The Khronos Group has finally put its stamp on the WebGL 1.0 spec, and that's good news for those of you running Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, and any other up-to-date WebKit browsers. If you're an Internet Explorer user, however, you're still not invited to the party. Microsoft, with IE9 only being available for Windows Vista and 7, is perfectly content with IE9's DirectX-based hardware...

Mac OS X Lion to include updated version of Safari with WebKit2

After originally reporting on the introduction of WebKit2 back in April 2010, it looks like it will finally be rolled out with OS X Lion, in a new version of the Safari Web browser. WebKit2, rather than being a whole new rendering engine, is a layer around WebKit that adds more stability, security and speed -- not entirely unlike the Google Chrome sandbox, which is also strapped onto a version...

Hands-on with RockMelt, the underwhelming Chrome 6-based Facebook-connected Web browser

The day you've all been dreading has finally come: RockMelt, a Web browser that forces you to log into Facebook, is here. Lee covered its release earlier today, but now I'm going to give you my hands-on impressions Looking through the accompanying gallery is by far the best way to understand what RockMelt is, but read on if you want my opinions. RockMelt is, for all intents and purposes,...

Adobe Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool now in demo stage

Adobe engineer Rik Cabanier put on an extremely interesting tech demo earlier this week, showing off a Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool called "Wallaby," that would allow Flash developers to reuse many elements of their Flash projects -- including graphics, masks, and animations -- in an HTML file. The tool will also tell you which elements can't be converted, like animated masks, filters and...

Boxee eyes HTML5 goodness, ditches Gecko for WebKit

Boxee, everyone's favorite open-source underdog in the emerging entertainment-center-in-a-box market, has been using Gecko for its on-board browser for years now. That's all about to change, according to Boxee's Lead Apps Developer Rob Spectre, who told GigaOM that the team was looking to make good use of HTML5, and saw a shift to WebKit as the best way to get there. Boxee users should expect to...

AdBlock for Google Chrome now stops ads before they download

If you've made the switch from Firefox to Chrome and count AdBlock among your must-have extensions, there's one gripe you probably had. Unlike its Firefox or Safari cousins, AdBlock for Chrome wasn't actually able to prevent ads from downloading. As developer Mike Gundlach told The Reg, " We've been having to hide the ads after downloading them or add CSS rules that say 'don't show these ads'...

Hands on with Skyfire, the 'rich media' (i.e. Flash video) Android Web browser

A lot has been said about the Skyfire mobile Web browser -- and apparently over half a million people have downloaded it! -- but is it actually any good? Sure it offers Flash video playback, but with a built-in YouTube app that ships with almost every new smartphone, is it really necessary to install a separate browser just to watch videos? While 500,000 downloads isn't indicative of 500,000...

Adobe brings HTML5 and CSS3 to Dreamweaver with a welcome extension pack

Dreamweaver fans ought to be pretty happy about this one: Adobe released an extension pack on Tuesday that brings extensive HTML5 and CSS3 functionality to Dreamweaver CS5. The pack is available as a free download from Adobe Labs, and installs with zero hassle since it just uses the CS5 Extension Manager. Adobe warns up front that this is just meant to provide initial support for the new...

Ubuntu Netbook Edition dropping Firefox for Chromium?

Firefox has been a Ubuntu default app for ages, but there's a chance that it might not be around come version 10.10 -- at least on the Netbook Edition of Canonical's OS. Developers are currently examining other options -- specifically Chromium and Midori. As Ubuntu HQ points out, there are currently several issues that would need to be addressed should Chromium be handed the default browsing...

Apple WebKit undergoes major overhaul to bring Chrome-like per-tab processes, and more

WebKit, the rendering engine used by both Chrome and Safari, is currently undergoing major redevelopment in order to support per-tab processes and out-of-process plug-ins by default. In one smooth move, Apple will be able to bring Chrome-like speed and security to its Safari browser. Don't be fooled by its rather grand-sounding name of "WebKit2," however. This is more of an update than an...

Internet Explorer 9, developer preview -- speed, graphics and HTML5 demos within

The IE9 platform preview has just been released. If you've downloaded it, you can now run a bunch of tests on the 'Test Drive' site to see just how fast and neat the new browser is. Incidentally, IE9 doesn't seem to work on Windows XP -- gasp! Will the final version work with XP...? Looking at the HTML5 tests, Opera has some serious competition for HTML5 support. In the keynote, Microsoft...

Firefox pulls a Dr Frankenstein and bolts on WebKit JavaScript engine to speed things up

After we reported that Mozilla is working on a new, faster scripting engine -- JägerMonkey -- it has now come to light that Apple's WebKit project and its JavaScript native code generator JSCore will be the 'secret sauce' that speeds things up. Firefox already has strong code optimization in its current JavaScript engine (TraceMonkey), but in terms of actual code generation Adobe's nanojit...

BlackBerry shows off its new WebKit-based browser

Mobile browsers have come a long way in the past few years. The days of stripped down WAP pages that make the web look like it did in 1994 are all but gone. Now you can use an iPhone, Android handset, or Windows Mobile device to view full web pages much the same way you would use a desktop browser. Sure, some content (most noticeable Adobe Flash) is hit or miss. But for the most part, mobile...

Extensions and bookmark sync finally come to Chrome Beta for Mac

Big news today for Mac users who love Google's Chrome browser. The latest beta version of the browser includes two important features we've already seen in developer builds and in the Windows version of Chrome: extensions and bookmark syncing. If you've been holding off on trying Chrome until it supported extensions, now's the time to jump in. Folks running previous beta versions should be...

Lunascape's crazy triple-engine browser updates to version 6

For web developers, the idea behind Lunascape makes a lot of sense - a single browser with all three major rendering engines built-in. It's also a great browser if you just have a hard time making decisions. Lunascape has recently been updated to version 6, and the new version includes even greater multi-browser functionality. In addition to being able to install native Lunascape plugins, you...