Final Bow for Flash estimated in 2 years
With recent acceptance from Adobe with Creative Suite 2016 parting ways with Adobe Flash, more and more signs point to the final bow (goodbye) to flash in next 2 years. Per a report from Encoding.com, as referenced in The Verge article (http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/27/10840480/flash-dead-in-two-years-webm), Flash makes up only 6% of multimedia for mobile and Web today, down from 14% in 2014. The article points out some interesting observations of what is actually replacing Flash today, with what appears to be a final battle between the royalty-free codec WebM (http://www.webmproject.org/) commonly found in HTML5 and H.264 with its eventual successor H.265 to support 4K video.
Firefox Introduces Push Notifications for Desktop
A feature that has been around for a while now in Chrome and Safari, Firefox now has jumped on the Push Notification bandwagon. Push notifications with desktop browsers brings the benefit of content providers push information to the user without requiring them to have their site open in the tabs. If you are an active user of Chrome for instance and use Gmail/Facebook, you might have noticed popup notices in the bottom of your screen, these are push notifications (of course, if you allowed such services). Why is this important? This opens new possibilities in ecommerce for example. Cart Abandonment results in large potential revenue losses. Instead of sending a traditional email which results in loss of valuable time, we can now push a notice to a customer to complete their order in a timely fashion.
Read More here:
- Chrome and Firefox uses W3C Push API – https://www.w3.org/TR/push-api/
- Safari uses its own API – https://developer.apple.com/notifications/safari-push-notifications/
Support in Microsoft Edge browser is still classified as “under consideration”
Chrome for iOS Supercharged
Chrome Desktop Enhanced Security
Chrome v48 (for Desktop), released yesterday, has a new security panel in the browser’s DevTools (F12). This will help clarify content origin, certificate validity and other items related to your browsing safety. Read more here – http://blog.chromium.org/2016/01/introducing-security-panel-in-devtools.html
Visual Studio helps port iOS apps to UWP (Universal Windows Platform, aka Windows 10 App)
Microsoft has a feature in Visual Studio that helps developers port existing iOS app code to the UWP to help close the app gap between Windows 10 mobile platform and well-established iOS. To support this effort, Microsoft has been releasing a series of articles, all of which is introduced here – http://www.winbeta.org/news/ios-developers-get-introduced-to-visual-studios-for-developing-universal-windows-10-apps.