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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

How Gmail’s Drag and Drop from the Desktop Works

Category: Google

The CSS Ninja details how Gmail’s drag and drop from the desktop works; when you drag a file from the desktop into Gmail the file will automatically start uploading. The CSS Ninja recreated the code in a demo (source code [zip]). The code works in Firefox and Chrome. On Firefox the File API is used Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 6:00 am

2.7 rating from 3 votes

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Chrome Frame is out of Beta!

Category: Chrome, Google, IE

Big news: Chrome Frame is now stable and out of beta! Today, we’re very happy to take the Beta tag off of Google Chrome Frame and promote it to the Stable channel. This stable channel release provides our most polished version of Google Chrome Frame to date, allowing users to access modern web technologies like Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 2:47 pm

3.1 rating from 9 votes

Friday, August 27th, 2010

It’s Gmail: The Game!

Category: Fun, Games, Google

TechCrunch reports on a Googler, Paul Truong, who created an HTML5-based game for Gmail called Galactic Inbox using his 20% time: When you start it up, a little Gmail logo envelope guy pops out of a “20% Projects Lab” and starts flying. Essentially, he’s a spaceship and can shoot objects coming his way. It’s simple, Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:00 am
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3.4 rating from 7 votes

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

How to Drag Out Files Like Gmail

Category: Google, JavaScript

Ryan Seddon, aka the CSS Ninja, has a nice blog post up where he reverse engineers the new feature in Gmail where you can drag attachments from an email on to your desktop. Note that the feature only currently works in Chrome. Ryan begins with the following code: < View plain text > javascript var Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 6:00 am

3.5 rating from 13 votes

Monday, August 16th, 2010

HTML5Rocks Gets Awesomer

Category: Announcements, Google

Version 2 of HTML5Rocks is hot off the presses! We think HTML5 will make your work more engaging and create a faster, more responsive experience for your users, so we’re happy to add today a slew of new content to If you want to not only get up to speed, but understand the browser differences Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:45 am
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2.3 rating from 3 votes

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Google Chrome Frame Gets Beta Love

Category: Browsers, Google

*thump*. That is the sound of Google Chrome Frame getting a beta tag on it with a new version that comes up to Chrome 5 levels: Instead of adding new bells and whistles, we’ve fixed more than 200 bugs to make integration with Internet Explorer seamless while improving security, stability, and performance. For example, we’ve Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:24 pm

3.7 rating from 3 votes

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Google I/O Sessions for Web Devs

Category: Google

The Google I/O sessions are now live. I/O was a big event this year, and the press liked to focus on the splashy double headed keynotes (day 1: go web!, day 2: go Android :/). The bulk of the real content from Google engineers was very solid indeed, and there are gems for Web developers Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:17 am

4 rating from 1 votes

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

What can we do with a Web Store, and even an Open Web Store?

Category: Google, Mozilla

We have been thinking about the app store models for awhile, and how they port to the Web. With the Chrome Web Store we can take a look at a concrete example and think about how it could potentially grow? Mozilla just came out with a post that aims to start a discussion about what Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:49 pm
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3 rating from 5 votes

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

2010: Web Fonts Are Here and Ready to Use

Category: Announcements, Font, Framework, Google, Typography

There’s an old saying: “It took me ten years to be an overnight success.” We’ve been waiting for web fonts for at least a decade, and 2010 will finally be the year that web fonts go mainstream. This is in no small part to the work both Typekit and Google have been doing. Today they Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 1:12 pm

2.5 rating from 2 votes

Chrome Web Store? I want an Open Web Store

Category: Chrome, Google

The Chrome Web Store was shown off at the Google I/O keynote (streaming live) today along with the other great news of open codecs, great new tools, and more. I found myself torn about this one. For one, it seems tied into Chrome itself. The problem that Sundar stated (developers needing a good channel; users Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:04 pm

2.3 rating from 3 votes

WebM: The On2 codec is here, with support from Google, Mozilla, and Opera

Category: Google, Video

The WebM project is dedicated to developing a high-quality, open video format for the web that is freely available to everyone. The WebM launch is supported by Mozilla, Opera, Google and more than forty other publishers, software and hardware vendors. WebM is an open, royalty-free, media file format designed for the web. WebM defines the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:46 am

4 rating from 1 votes

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Native Client now comes with an actual SDK

Category: Google

A year after the initial Native Client release we have a more polished Native Client SDK for developers. The Native Client SDK preview, in contrast, includes just the basics you need to get started writing an app in minutes: a GCC-based compiler for creating x86-32 or x86-64 binaries from C or C++ source code, ports Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:12 pm

2 rating from 2 votes

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Great win for WebGL and standards; O3D becomes JS library

Category: Google, JavaScript, Toolkit, Utility, WebGL

This is fantastic news. A lot of people were claiming that O3D was going to beat WebGL because of performance. Then the O3D team showed that the two could be complimentary, and they have taken the next step on that journey. As of today, O3D will stop being a plugin, and will become a JS Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:56 pm

2.7 rating from 3 votes

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Telling robots about your crawl-able Ajax apps

Category: Ajax, Google

Weston Ruter wants to talk to the search robots out there and tell them about the URL format for crawling Ajax apps. Google came out with a spec for doing this with hash bang URLs such as:!portfolio/interactive/. What if we could tell Google and others something like: < View plain text > HTML <meta Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:37 am

3.3 rating from 51 votes

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Chrome Embeds Flash!

Category: Adobe, Flash, Google, Mozilla

For some time now, Adobe has been working with platform vendors to include the Flash plug-in pre-loaded. We’ve seen this ages ago in Windows, and more recently with Adobe’s efforts in the Open Screen Project. Now, there’s news of something a little bit different. In our second Google-y post of the week, there’s the news Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:00 am

3.1 rating from 45 votes

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

A Google-y Post: ANGLE, Native Client and Skipfish

Category: Google

It was a busy day for Google news for web developers, in very different areas. ANGLE This is exciting. On the Chromium blog Henry Bridge announced a new open source project called ANGLE which is implementing OpenGL ES 2.0 on top of Microsoft Direct3D APIs for Windows folk. This is a big deal as you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:54 am

3.6 rating from 24 votes