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Apple's HTML5 tech demos

What you see if you try to run Apple's tech demos in a browser other than Safari
Apple showcases seven tech demos to promote HTML5

Apple is continuing is full assault on Adobe's Flash technology. The company's latest efforts center around seven tech demos which showcase that HTML5 can perform many of the same tasks as Adobe Flash.

Apple prefaces the tech demos by stating:

Every new Apple mobile device and every new Mac — along with the latest version of Apple’s Safari web browser — supports web standards including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. These web standards are open, reliable, highly secure, and efficient. They allow web designers and developers to create advanced graphics, typography, animations, and transitions. Standards aren’t add-ons to the web. They are the web. And you can start using them today.

The tech demos include video and audio playback, photo sideshows (which are often done with Flash on news websites), transitional effects for pictures, a 360 degree view of an iPod touch, and a virtual reality tour of the flagship NYC Apple Store.

Interestingly, even though Apple is promoting an open web with HTML5 and declares that Adobe Flash doesn't always present a consistent or stable experience for users, Apple's own tech demos won't even work unless you download Safari and install it on your computer.

Safari comes pre-installed on every Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad -- hence the demos work on these devices -- but Apple has left other HTML5-capable browsers like Google Chrome out of the tech demo fun (see image on the right).

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RE: Chrome
By sebmel on 6/4/2010 5:48:53 PM , Rating: 3
Firstly, when Google released these products it assured the public that it would not aggregate information from all its various products. It then changed its privacy policy and started doing just that.

Secondly, as far as Gmail goes, Google explain that they intend to data-mine but they never have openly and clearly admitted that they will store your emails in perpetuity on their back-up servers. They also permanently store those of people who reply to Gmail customers... without permission. After 180 days in the U.S., email messages lose their status as a protected communication under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and become just another database record.

Thirdly, this issue goes beyond Google to the fact that the US has no data privacy act. As data-mining companies become more sophisticated it becomes ever more important that privacy for US citizens is protects.

Fourthly, there is the problem of international clients of US businesses. Europeans enjoy tight privacy laws but Google appears to be ignoring that, as shown by their response to the recently revealed fact that they collected private wifi data while photographing streets for Google maps... Google described it as a glitch only for it to turn out to have been done deliberately. Google is resisting the demands of several countries legal systems to turn over the data so those governments can ascertain exactly what Google did and sue them.

Fifthly, certain technologies are being used to deny the public privacy that their action clearly show they wish to have. DoubleClick, a Google company, is serving tracker cookies with no express permission from the public. Many members of the public do not know that they are being monitored by DoubleClick... many do not even know if its existence. Other companies are hiding tracker software in apps, as Steve Jobs recently discovered when a data-mining company announced the existence of a new iPhone and tablet device. Flash has been used to re-identify and re-serve unique ID tracker cookies to people who have cleared their browsers of them expressly to prevent continuity of tracking. Google, itself, is currently aggregating data under IP addresses so that , even if you choose to delete, or not accept their cookies, you cannot avoid their tracking you.

Google is at the heart of this behaviour and it is unfortunate for Americans that the writers of their constitution could not possibly have foreseen these events to protect them from these sorts of abuses. I have absolutely no doubt that the founding fathers, who saw to it that US citizens were protected both from Church and State tyranny, would not have taken this intelligence gathering so lightly.

" We are moving to a Google that knows more about you."
— Google CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking to financial analysts, February 9, 2005

RE: Chrome
By sebmel on 6/4/2010 6:10:18 PM , Rating: 1
That Google private wifi data collecting scandal:

Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has dubbed the incident possibly "the largest privacy breach in history across Western democracies".

I how Americans start demanding some privacy soon, otherwise Google will continue using its location in the US like scam artists use the Ukraine.

RE: Chrome
By sebmel on 6/4/2010 6:22:58 PM , Rating: 2
To see Firefox performance change browser ID to Safari and try this link:

RE: Chrome
By sebmel on 6/4/2010 8:00:58 PM , Rating: 1
That should have read:

The Google private wifi data collecting scandal:

Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has dubbed the incident possibly "the largest privacy breach in history across Western democracies".

I hope Americans start demanding some privacy soon, otherwise Google will continue using its location in the US like scam artists use the Ukraine. Google is currently ignoring European and Antipodean data privacy acts and disrespecting the national sovereignty of several countries by claiming that private data illegally gained, illegally spirited out of those countries, and now residing in California is no longer those nations' property and will not be returned.

RE: Chrome
By spazze on 6/5/2010 8:52:40 AM , Rating: 2
I know I wouldn't even consider getting a new phone contract w/o the Australian Communication Minister's ok. I mean Australia is the land of internet freedom right? And Politician quotes are always factual and on point.

If you information is not PRIVATE because you are too lazy to change the settings, then don't expect someone NOT to peek at it. I mean, you can't complain that your house got burgled when you took all the doors off of it and replaced them with curtains that say " Stay Out -- Please"

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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