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Google's plan to limit developers' access to the Chrome API browser extensions, commonly used to perform ad blocking, and push them to use a new API sparked a developer firestorm. In response, Google engineers altered their plans slightly to try to address a number of developer concerns.
Google engineers recently proposed changes to the Chrome browser that would limit developers' access to an API that browser extensions commonly use to perform ad blocking. Specifically, Google plans to deprecate parts of the webRequest API that provide for the ability to block ads.
This week at Google I/O, Software Engineer Deepti Gandluri presented a session titled “WebAssembly for Developers.” In this session she presented new features for WebAssembly which have already been implemented in the current version of the Chrome Web browser.
Facebook has announced that a new isInputPending API it created is included in Chrome 74, the latest version of Google's popular Chrome browser, as an origin trial. The social networking giant created the isInputPending API to address the problem of browser queueing time delays.
Abusive sites are exploiting the FileSystem API to detect whether a user is browsing in incognito mode in Chrome. Normal browsing supports the FileSystem API and Incognito mode does not support the API. Google has proposed supporting the FileSystem API in incognito mode while maintaining privacy.
Microsoft is moving to an open source development strategy for its Edge web browser. Not only will further development rely on contributions from open source developers, Microsoft will start contributing to the core codebase that was created by Google, and continues to be the core of Google Chrome.
Google has added a new AR API, the WebXR Hit Test API, to Chrome Canary, the version of Chrome where it tests bleeding edge, experimental functionality. The API is designed to "[help] immersive web code place objects in the real world" and provides a single API that performs a raycast.
WebAPI Manager is a new browser extension for the Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers that allows users to limit website access to Web APIs, such as Service Workers, some of which are rarely used and can be employed for more nefarious purposes, including fingerprinting and direct attacks.
Google released Chrome 42 this week and it includes an exciting addition for developers, push notifications. It also eliminates support for a legacy plugin API.
The New SDK by Dynamsoft will allow a connection to TWAIN scanners to support document scanning modules within HTML5-based browsers without old plugins.
Most people usually take notes that they hope will eventually prove useful in some way by using either some type of mobile computing device or a piece of paper. Unfortunately, much of that information never makes it into a document, especially if it’s on a paper that can easily get lost.
HTML5 and its APIs have gone a long way toward making Web applications compete with native applications. A key area in which HTML5 has seen the maximum attention from developers has been in its support for media technologies. Developers have used HTML5 audio and video APIs in tremendously innovative ways. However, it has not been an easy ride, with developers complaining about the lack of support for complex audio and video functions.