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Friday, June 4th, 2010

Apple HTML5 microsite touts standards, but only works on Safari

Category: Apple, Browsers

Apple has a new microsite touting HTML5 standards, yet when you hit the site in a browser other than Safari and try to run a sample you get: Erm. Hmm. Faruk has it right: The point isn’t that all of the examples should work in all browsers, but that it most of them actually do…. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:22 am

2.2 rating from 6 votes

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Apple isn’t developing a Flash alternative named Gianduia

Category: Apple

Apple Insider has a strong headline: Apple developing Flash alternative named Gianduia that gets you clicking. You quickly learn that Gianduia is: Not like Flash at all (e.g. not a plugin that brings a new development model to a rectangle in a browser) Old news (shown “last summer at WOWODC (World of WebObjects Developer Conference)”) Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:22 am

2.8 rating from 8 votes

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

AdLib: PastryKit for the tablet?

Category: Apple

We heard a little about PastryKit, a cool library from Apple that makes great iPhone apps using the Web. Now we see the mysterious AdLib which seems to be similar but gives you goodness on the iPad instead. Jim Hoskins checked it out: Curiosity got the best of me, so I loaded the page in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:24 pm

3.5 rating from 2 votes

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Web Developers preparing for iPad

Category: Apple

I am sure that a fair few of you have your iPad order honing in from China (I got a WiFi one and use Mobile Hotspot when I need to use the carrier networks. Some fun deals right now ;). As the Quake demo shows, you can do a lot with the Web, and we Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:28 am

3.6 rating from 21 votes

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Safari self replicates itself…. for fun

Category: Apple, Fun

Inspired by the CSS Opera Logo (that works in a few browsers if you fix the -vendor-* CSS-ness) we now have Safari in Safari. Being a web developer who works on a Mac, I’ve noticed that Apple’s implementation of CSS3 to Webkit and Safari always felt like they were extending OS X GUI elements to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:22 am

3.2 rating from 28 votes

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Mouseovers on Touch Devices

Category: Apple, Editorial, Flash, iPhone

Most of the thinking on iPad’s exclusion of Flash has been focused on battery life, performance, stability, or control of the application market, but here’s a Flash developer who’s thinking differently. Morgan Adams argues it’s all about the mouseover, and he raises a point that is just as relevant to rich Javascript apps. Many (if Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 2:35 am

3.4 rating from 26 votes

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

A Titanium Tablet?

Category: Appcelerator, Apple

Appcelerator has published an interesting study on the Apple Tablet. You know, the iPhone OS based one that we will Steve will show us on Wednesday. The study asks some interesting questions revolving around the development side of the tablet. Are developers going to develop for it? What are they looking for? What are they Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:01 am

3.2 rating from 10 votes

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

TuneKit: The Web SDK to code up iTunes extras

Category: Apple, JavaScript

< View plain text > javascript = function (){ var t = bookletController.buildPlaylist(appData.songs);; if (window.iTunes.platform == "Windows" || window.iTunes.platform == "Mac" || window.iTunes.platform == "Emulator") { TKNavigationController.sharedNavigation.pushController(visualizerController); What’s that? The code from above is something you would see in an iTunes Extras experience. When Ben showed me a (admittedly poor) Star Trek iTunes Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:32 am

3.6 rating from 15 votes

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Apple goes live with HTML5 video

Category: Apple, Showcase, Video

Apple has a fair amount of video on their site, and now you will find it displayed via <video> As always, it looks very nice indeed. The video controls look very much like the new Quicktime X: All via the code: Of course, for all the deets on video, check out brother Mark.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:52 am

3.3 rating from 72 votes

Friday, March 27th, 2009

JSTalk: AppleScript without the weird language

Category: Apple, JavaScript

Gus Mueller has announced JSTalk, an alternative to AppleScript that uses JavaScript and the JSCocoa bridge, and an Objective-J-like language alternative to hide the ugly_methods_when_needed. Here is Gus: JSTalk’s goal can described like this: JSTalk is to AppleScript, what Cocoa is to Carbon. I know, I know. It’s a lofty, crazy goal. But someone has Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:16 am
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4.2 rating from 33 votes

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Apple’s CSS and SVG work starts to make it to W3C

Category: Apple, CSS, Standards, SVG, W3C

On Friday, the SVG and CSS working groups of the W3C published the first working drafts of Apple’s proposed graphics and styling extensions: The CSS and SVG Working Groups delivered today five new specifications for public review, aimed at enabling more compelling content creation with open Web technologies. The five drafts are: SVG Transforms 1.0, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:04 am

4.3 rating from 27 votes

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Safari 4: New look, but what about the engine

Category: Apple, Browsers, WebKit

Great news for Web developers and users, Safari 4 has a public beta, and it comes with some nice features such as: tabs on top and top sites (a la Chrome), full page zoom, history view, and ARIA Support. The Twitter thumbnail is interesting But, what about the engine? Here are some of the features Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:45 pm

4.3 rating from 61 votes

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

WebKit Nightly now updates itself

Category: Apple, Browsers

I had an Automator script that would go out and grab WebKit nightlies for me. NightShift does the deed for you on the Mac. But, no more. WebKit joins Firefox, Chrome, and other browsers in auto updating channels of development. Great stuff. Now we can live on the edge, and report bugs as they occur. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:27 am

4.2 rating from 17 votes

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Technical Details Behind

Category: Apple, Canvas

As soon as I heard about the new site launched yesterday, I knew I wanted to know more about how it was made. is a web-based way to share and collaborate over your iWork documents. I searched around the blogosphere seeing if anyone knew any technical details, but didn’t find anything, so I Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 6:30 am

4 rating from 23 votes

Monday, January 5th, 2009

SandboxSafari: Keeping the Safari nice and tame

Category: Apple

Robert Tomsick has been playing with Sandboxed Safari, a project that aims to let you use the Leopard sandbox feature with the browser, via a little launcher: When Leopard was released, one of its big selling points was its “sandbox” feature. This garnered a fair bit of attention, as sandboxing is a fairly new feature Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:27 am
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3.8 rating from 12 votes

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Cappuccino 0.6 Released

Category: Apple, Framework, JavaScript

The Cappucinno team has a new release, 0.6 that include: New language addition to Objective-J: The @accessors keyword to eliminate the boiler plate code of writing setters and getters. Read more about it here. Support for more classes like CPTimer. Performance improvements all around, but especially in Objective-J thanks to a major rewrite of the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:06 am
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3.4 rating from 24 votes

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