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Helping NASA and JPL bring the surface of Mars to your browser

October 19th, 2017

On August 6, 2012, the Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Ever since, it’s been searching for evidence that Mars has ever been suitable for life. It’s also been photographing the Martian terrain in great detail. Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab use these photos to create a 3D model of Mars. It’s a one-of-a-kind scientific…

Delivering better government services at lower costs with Chrome

October 19th, 2017

Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Vijay Badal, Director of Application Services of DOTComm. Founded in 2003, DOTComm provides centralized IT support and consulting for 70 government agencies in the city of Omaha and Douglas County, NE. DOTComm uses Chrome browser and G Suite to improve employee productivity and mobility and cut IT costs. At…

Google Home Mini has arrived—here’s what you can do with it

October 19th, 2017

A few weeks ago we unveiled Google Home Mini, the newest addition to the Google Home family. About the size of a donut, it has all the smarts of the Google Assistant and gives you hands-free help in any room of your house. Starting today, you can grab it online from the Google Store or…

Time Ontology in OWL is a W3C Recommendation

October 19th, 2017

The Spatial Data on the Web Working Group has published a W3C Recommendation of the Time Ontology in OWL specification. The ontology provides a vocabulary for expressing facts about topological (ordering) relations among instants and intervals, together with information about durations, and about temporal position including date-time information. Time positions and durations may be expressed…

Semantic Sensor Network Ontology is a W3C Recommendation

October 19th, 2017

The Spatial Data on the Web Working Group has published a W3C Recommendation of the Semantic Sensor Network Ontology. The specification defines an ontology for describing sensors and their observations, the involved procedures, the studied features of interest, the samples used to do so, and the observed properties, as well as actuators. SSN follows a…

From paw prints to a digital footprint: a tailor shop attracts new customers

October 19th, 2017

A chubby French Bulldog keeps watch in front of a vintage-looking tailor shop in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Meet Bruno, the face of Village Tailor and Cleaners. Vince, the shop’s owner, immigrated to the U.S. from Italy when he was just 18 years old, establishing Village Tailor in 1977. Today, his family-run business has…

W3C Invites Implementations of Remote Playback API

October 19th, 2017

The Second Screen Working Group invites implementations of the Remote Playback API Candidate Recommendation. The specification defines an API extending the HTMLMediaElement interface of HTML that enables controlling remote playback of media from a web page.

W3C Invites Implementations of Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)

October 19th, 2017

The Tracking Protection Working Group invites implementations of an updated Candidate Recommendation of Tracking Preference Expression (DNT). This specification defines the DNT request header field as an HTTP mechanism for expressing a user’s preference regarding tracking, an HTML DOM property to make that expression readable by scripts, and APIs that allow scripts to register exceptions granted…

W3C Invites Implementations of CSS Flexible Box Layout Module Level 1

October 19th, 2017

The CSS Working Group invites implementations of an updated Candidate Recommendation of CSS Flexible Box Layout Module Level 1. The specification describes a CSS box model optimized for user interface design. In the flex layout model, the children of a flex container can be laid out in any direction, and can “flex” their sizes, either growing…

WordPress 4.9 Beta 3

October 19th, 2017

WordPress 4.9 Beta 3 is now available! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.9, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip)….