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Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5 - Week of September 30, 2012


Some of the biggest news around HTML5 this week actually came from a hardware manufacturer.  Intermec, the makers of ruggedized and industrial grade mobile barcode scanners, RFID readers and smartphones has released a browser for Windows Mobile devices that supports HTML5.  That is very interesting for the millions of companies running Intermec/PSION ruggedized devices.  Theoretically it will greatly extend the kinds of mobile apps that owners of ruggedized devices running old OSs can utilize.

On a related note, Intermec finalized its acquisition of PSION this week as well, so I would anticipate that PSION devices would also have this HTML5 browser capability soon, if not now.

Now for the news...

Intermec has announced a new HTML5-capable browser “allowing for the development of OS agnostic web applications that can run on iOS, Android and select Intermec rugged mobile computers”.  For details on the browser from Intermec, go to http://www.intermec.com/products/html5/index.aspx.  Read Original Content

ISC has unveiled a solution, touchgeo, to enable mobile data collection for enterprises on an open HTML5 codebase that can be modified by developers to accomplish line-of-business data collection needs in the field.  Read Original Content

Another opinion on Facebook’s HTML5 issues, this article titled Facebook's HTML5 Dilemma, ExplainedRead Original Content

StreamingMedia.com presents a video tutorial from Doceo Publishing’s Jan Ozer on “How to Encode Video for HTML5”.   Read Original Content

PC World ran three Windows browsers - Google Chrome 21, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, and Mozilla Firefox 15 – through a number of tests, including how they handle HTML5 and JavaScript code.  Read Original Content

The W3C has announced its plan to finalize HTML5 in 2014.  Read Original Content

Google and Cirque du Soleil have collaborated to create Movi.Kanti.Revo, an interactive performance for tablets and some smartphones.  The show is built entirely in HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.  ReadOriginal Content

Developer Todd Motto has created HTML5 Blank, a WordPress theme for developers.  Read OriginalContent

Native, HTML5 and Hybrid Mobile Apps: Mobile War, is an article from mobility vendor Unvired that delves into the mobile apps battle and explores the benefits and limitations of each option.  ReadOriginal Content

Mike Shema urges developers when adopting HTML5 to keep in mind that “the browser is a hostile place”.  The features of HTML5 may help keep data safer within the browser, but developers must be aware of the need to keep data safe once it travels through the wild realms of servers and databases.  Read Original Content

Adobe has launched a new Web development suite called Edge Tools and Services.  Adobe's goal is to “advance what's possible with HTML5 and associated technologies that have become instrumental to the modern Web." The suite includes the original Edge (renamed Edge Animate), Edge Inspect, Edge Code, two font-related tools and PhoneGap Build.  Read Original Content

Analyst group Gartner advises business to prepare now for HTML5 to avoid being at a disadvantage with regard to competitors who are moving forward with new technologies.  Gartner predicts that HTML5 will have a significant effect on web design in about three years and organizations must start preparing now.  Read Original Content

A recent survey of Appcelerator Titanium developers revealed that 72.4 percent of respondents were neutral to disappointed with HTML5’s performance and 83.4 percent with HTML5’s monetization.  Positive responses came regarding HTML5’s cross-development capabilities and immediate updates.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC (Social, MOBILE, Analytics and Cloud), Cognizant
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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.