The W3C Web Payments Working Group announced that the Payment Request API is now being implemented in all major browsers including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and WebKit. The Group also announced that the Payment Request API and Payment Method Identifiers have advanced to Candidate Recommendation Status.
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This week Google announced support of three new APIs in it's upcoming beta release of Chrome 61. These APIs, integrated from existing W3C standards, include the Payment Request API for making payment checkouts easier, the Web Share API for implementing native sharing capabilities and the WebUSB API.
If you've ever used CodePen to prototype your own web apps or to closely inspect and fork someone else's code, then you know that one thing CodePen can't do is hide the API keys of any APIs that your app consumes in the process of doing whatever your app does. But now, there's a workaround.
It appears that Apple may be working on adding service workers support to WebKit. The WebKit Feature Status webpage has recently been changed from "Under Consideration" to "In Development." This change may be an indication that Apple will eventually support Progressive web apps (PWAs).
Mozilla is experimenting with three new features for its Firefox browser through the Firefox Test Pilot Program. The three features; Send, Notes, and Voice Fill; enable encrypted file sharing with auto-deletion, a notepad within the browser's sidebar, and a Speech to Text engine.
Google recently announced that it will support the W3C Web Budget API in Chrome 60. The API allows developers to run certain background operations without the knowledge of the user. The first operation supported by Google is silent push, but the W3C specification includes many more operations.
WebKit open source Web browser engine has announced that it now has a full WebAssembly implementation. WebAssembly is a new portable format used for compilation to the Web. Now that WebKit has a full wasm implementation, the Safari browser should also soon support the format.
Google has announced that the company is ending support for Portable Native Client (PNaCl) in favor of WebAssembly, a new portable format used for compilation to the Web. In the first quarter of 2018, PNaCl support will end everywhere except for inside Chrome Apps and Extensions.