Firefox 27 deepens its social integration

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Firefox 27 deepens its social integration

Firefox 27 deepens its social integration

Posted: 04 Feb 2014 10:30 AM PST

On Tuesday Mozilla announced the public release of Firefox 27 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. For this release, Mozilla adds more stacks to its social APIs to bring new partners like Delicious onboard.

Delicious is a built-in tool that lets users save and organize saved content from the Web, which can now be natively accessed via the Firefox sidebar.

Web developers are now given the ability to use the new specification "all: unset" in their style tags. Prior to the addition of the unset keyword, many developers popularized the use of reset style sheets that individually set all properties to a default value. The CSS keyword "unset" will help drastically reduce the chances of unintended styling from newly added browser-specific Web properties. Popular CSS reset tools like Meyerweb currently maintain their updates by manually adding new browser properties t... [Read more]


Facebook file-sharing app Pipe shifting from Flash to WebRTC

Posted: 04 Feb 2014 07:26 AM PST

Pipe lets Facebook users send files to each other with a drag-and-drop interface. Behind the scenes, the app now uses the WebRTC standard to establish a peer-to-peer connection for file transfers up to 1GB as long as both parties are online.

(Credit: Pipe)

Pipe just launched a new version of its Facebook file-sharing app, illustrating that the shift away from Adobe Systems' Flash Player to Web standards is getting steadily easier.

The new Pipe app uses a newer standard called WebRTC for real-time communications on the Web, the company said Monday. That standard got its start for Skype-like video and audio chats, but it's got a data-sharing ability too. The brains of the new app run in JavaScript, the universal language of Web programming, with a boost from the AngularJS project that makes JavaScript more manageable.

Pipe lets people send files as large as 1GB to each other when sender and recipient are both online -- a peer-to-peer connection that Pipe merely facilitates. If the recipient is offline, Pipe has to store the file for a time, and the limit is 250MB. (Pipe will hold the file for three days before deleting it.) Previously, Pipe had a maximum size of 100MB.

The company plans a premium service later with larger files and longer-term storage... [Read more]



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