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An introduction to the Web Bluetooth API

March 2nd, 2016

Introduction There is an explosion of electronic devices nowadays, and with many of them, it’s possible to interact with them via Bluetooth Low Energy, or BLE. However, installing a separate app for interacting with every single bluetooth gadget is impractical. What if we could communicate with them through a web browser? The Web Bluetooth API…

The New Start Page: Working With the Theme Overlay

February 15th, 2016

From Opera 36 onwards, the start page will have a brand new look. It introduces various design improvements, right from the placement of key icons, to the sizes of the speed dial tiles. As part of this, it also introduces a translucent gray overlay on themes. Previously the title text for speed dial tiles was…

Opera 35 released

February 2nd, 2016

Opera 35 (based on Chromium 48) for Mac, Windows, Linux and Android is out! To find out what’s new for users, see our Desktop and Mobile blogs. Here’s what it means for web developers. ES6: more well-known symbols Two more well-known symbols have been implemented: Symbol.isConcatSpreadable points to a boolean value that indicates if an…

Building Offline Sites with ServiceWorkers and UpUp

January 19th, 2016

We are living in an increasingly mobile world. We rely on our phones to keep us connected wherever we go, and to provide us with the information we need to get through our day. But connectivity hasn’t quite caught up with our dependence on it yet. Every day we find ourselves without a working internet…

CSSConf.asia & JSConf.asia

January 7th, 2016

In November 2015, my colleague Mathieu and I visited Singapore to attend CSSConf.asia and JSConf.asia. Here’s a summary of our presentations. Making real-time audio-visual demos At JSConf.asia, Mathieu spoke about creative coding, bringing the demoscene to the web, and crazy JavaScript optimization tricks. He then proceeded to code an audio-visual demo from scratch, live on…

Opera 34 released

December 8th, 2015

Opera 34 (based on Chromium 47) for Mac, Windows, and Linux is out! To find out what’s new for users, see our Desktop and Mobile blogs. Here’s what it means for web developers. Array.prototype.includes ES2016 (previously known as “ES7”) features a new array method named includes that determines whether an array includes a given element….

Microsoft Edge’s JavaScript engine to go open-source

December 5th, 2015

Today at JSConf US Last Call in Florida, we announced that we will open-source the core components of Chakra as ChakraCore, which will include all the key components of the JavaScript engine powering Microsoft Edge. We expect to open the ChakraCore repository on GitHub next month. Gaurav Seth on stage at JSConf US Last Call…

Continuing to make it easier for Enterprise customers to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 — and Windows 10

November 23rd, 2015

Helping our Enterprise customers stay up-to-date with the latest version of the browser is a top priority for Microsoft. This is particularly important for Windows 7 customers who should upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 by January 12, 2016 to continue receiving security updates and technical support. We understand many customers have web apps and services…

Progressive Web Apps Are the Future

November 19th, 2015

The two-day Chrome Dev Summit at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View is a wrap! Vadim and I had a great time attending the summit, and this year, I even had the pleasure to share the stage with Alex Russell (thank you!) to speak about Progressive Web Apps, and specifically web manifests, which we’ve recently shipped…

Protecting Microsoft Edge against binary injection

November 17th, 2015

In May, we announced that Microsoft Edge was saying goodbye to binary extensibility models such as ActiveX and Browser Helper Objects. This change made browsing in Windows faster, more secure, and more stable than ever, while paving the way for better interoperability with other browsers and modern extension models. Those improvements are at risk, however,…

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