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Four short links: 8 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 8, 2013

mozpay — a JavaScript API inspired by but modified for things like multiple payment providers and carrier billing. When a web app invokes navigator.mozPay() in Firefox OS, the device shows a secure window with a concise UI. After authenticating, …

Math typesetting

By Adam Hyde
November 26, 2012

Typesetting math in HTML was for a long time one of those ‘I can’t believe that hasn’t been solved by now!’ issues. It seemed a bit wrong – wasn’t the Internet more or less invented by math geeks? Did they give …

Four short links: 30 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 30, 2011

Firefox for Android -- faster than stock browser, apparently. Amazon CloudPlayer Needs No Licenses (Ars Technica) -- that's what Amazon claim, anyway. Because users upload the files (rather than accessing a central single copy of the ripped music), Amazon think they need no license. If this holds, expect Google and Amazon to follow suit. Ten Lessons from Github's First...

Bringing open government to courts

By Alex Howard
September 6, 2010

An interview with Princeton computer scientist Harlan Yu is a reminder that the state of open government in the American court system is both further advanced and more muddled than the public realizes.

Four short links: 18 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 18, 2010

Newspaper Club Launches (BBC) -- the uses it has been put to make for good reading: Among the Newspaper Club's first clients were the BBC, Wired UK and Penguin used it to debut a preview of the fifth chapter of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, written by Eoin Colfer. Machine Learning Algorithm with a Capital A --...

The importance of ubiquity

By Scott Barnes
October 23, 2009

I've spent a few years studying the behavioral pattern associated with ubiquity, and I'm surprised at what I've learned along the way. Here right now, I'm going to unload my findings, and it's up to you to keep an open...

Google Chrome - growing up too fast?

By Damien Stolarz
July 9, 2009

These poor web browsers are always saddled with unreasonable expectations. Seems like the moment a new web browser is born, it's proud parents and family tell it "someday you'll grow up to unseat Microsoft..."

Firefox 3.0.2 Fixes Three Mac Specific Issues

By Todd Ogasawara
September 24, 2008

Firefox 3.0.2 is out and had three Mac-specific fixes.

Turbo-charging JavaScript - Trace Trees and V8

Turbo-charging JavaScript - Trace Trees and V8
By Kurt Cagle
September 21, 2008

Persistence, performance, rich APIs and increasing broadband connectivity are all likely to make a huge difference for this latest generation of browsers, and the quantum improvement of JavaScript capabilities due to Trace Trees and precompiled JavaScript will likely play a major part in that evolution.

Seeking Ubiquity

By Kurt Cagle
September 9, 2008

The command line is perhaps the most fundamental of all user interfaces - at a terminal, a prompt character appears that you can type in a command with zero or more arguments, then press the Return key to evaluate that command. As an interface it has some serious limitations - there are typically few indications about what specifically can be typed into that interface, or the action that will ensue once you do enter the line, but for programmers in particular, the command line is also the foundation on which every other user interface ultimately rests.

Simplifying your Firefox life with Chrome

By Martin Kelley
September 9, 2008

The big secret about the Google Chrome browser is that it's faster in some tests, slower than other. But guess what? As I wrote in my first review, few of us are going to notice any difference. The best part...

C++ for RIA?

By Richard Monson-Haefel
August 21, 2008

Qt is a powerful and surprisingly pervasive fit client technology that could become the next RIA solution for C++ programmers.

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