Chrome 54 for Mac is out, replaces old Flash-based YouTube embeds with HTML5 player

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2016

Google stopped using Adobe Flash for YouTube’s desktop video player back in January 2016, replacing it with an HTML5 counterpart that doesn’t require any special browser plug-in to function.

Last evening saw the release of Chrome 54 for Mac, Windows and Linux which continues on Google’s mission to ditch Flash in favor of HTML5: the new version replaces old Flash-based YouTube embeds on websites with HTML5. Read More


How to delete a contact group from iCloud

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 6, 2016

Contact groups can be useful, but as your list of contacts changes over time, you may outgrow the need for some you already have, or develop a need to make more. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can delete a contact group from

Spring-cleaning your contact group list helps reduce clutter in the Contacts app and makes it easier to find the contacts you want right when you need them. Read More


Pay what you want for the Mobile-First Developers Bundle

By iDB Deals on Jun 9, 2015

Take charge of your career, learn new skills or expand your current knowledge with the comprehensive Mobile First Developer Bundle. Bought separately, these courses would cost thousands, but we’re able to bring them to you at a massive discount. As for price? There isn’t one – you can pay what you want with iDownloadBlog. Read More


OS X Yosemite adds HTML5 video support for Netflix

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2014

During the OS X Yosemite portion of its WWDC keynote yesterday, Apple announced a handful of improvements for Safari. Among them was HTML5 video support for Netflix, which according to Apple, will add an extra two hours of video watching on a single battery charge.

Netflix confirmed the news today, saying that its engineers have been “working closely with Apple” to allow Safari to use the Premium Video Extensions. This enables browsers play streaming videos without the need for overweight plug-in programs like Microsoft’s Silverlight… Read More


Good deal: name your own price on this ‘learn to code’ bundle

By Cody Lee on Feb 19, 2014

I don’t know about you, but when I hear stories about app developers becoming near-overnight millionaires, it makes me want to get into the business. Unfortunately, I know very little about programming, and even less about programming for iOS.

That can be changed, though, by taking some educational courses on the subject. And wouldn’t you know it, our friends over at deal site Stack Social are running one of their infamous ‘name your own price’ promos on a set of 8 online coding courses… Read More


Gartner: more than half of mobile apps will be HTML5/native hybrids by 2016

By Ed Sutherland on Feb 4, 2013

A convergence of mobile trends is setting the stage for a day when more than half of the applications will support both HTML5 and native iOS/Android environments. That’s the word from research giant Gartner, who predicts companies must support multiple platforms as well as native features, such as mapping, cameras and location-based services. Additionally, the researcher forecasts brand-name smartphone makers could be pushed out of the low-cost market as countries such as China and India produce home-grown alternatives priced as low as $50… Read More


Apple reportedly acquires web app firm Particle

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2012

It’s been a busy year for Apple acquisitions. The company has picked up Chomp, an app discovery startup, AuthenTec, who makes NFC chips and smart sensors, and there was even talk of it buying The Fancy.

Well it looks like we might be able to add another one to that list. Reports are coming in tonight that Apple has acquired Particle, a San Francisco-based creative consulting firm that specializes in HTML5 web apps… Read More


NYT introduces news web app for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2012

The New York Times today announced a new web app to read news, optimized for Apple’s iPad and written using common HTML5 web technologies. The paper cautiously deems the app “an experiment” of sorts, though it looks and feels superb. The web-based software reminds us a lot of the Fortune 500+  and Financial Times web apps.

There’s no denying these have effectively set the stage for what a decent web-based magazine / newspaper experience should be like. NYT’s web app requires a subscription to with tablet access and is available free of charge to home delivery subscribers who link their account for digital access… Read More


Sun is an awesome new weather web app for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 20, 2012

Developers are doing some downright amazing things with HTML5 as a late, and Sun is just the latest example of the ongoing trend.

First noted by 9to5 Mac, Sun is an HTML5 based web app for weather forecasts. It can handle up to 4 different cities at once, including a city based on your current location.

For fans of Clear — the popular task app for the iPhone, you’ll feel immediately at home with Sun, because it too relies on simple gestures for navigation.

Needless to say, I came away mighty impressed with Sun. I’ve always said that one way to tell a good web app is if you can’t tell it’s a web app. With Sun, you’d be hard pressed to do so… Read More


iTether returns as an HTML5 app [update]

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2012

Late last year, a new application surfaced in the App Store called iTether. The software allowed you to share your iPhone’s 3G data connection with your Mac or PC using a USB cable.

But the app wasn’t even around for 48 hours before Apple pulled the plug on it. The company likely got pressured into removing it by carriers who didn’t like subscribers getting unlimited data tethering for free.

But today, iTether makes its triumphant return… Read More


Should Apple be worried about HTML5 apps?

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2012

Apple’s handset has been seemingly unstoppable as of late. The company sold more than 37 million iPhones last quarter, making it the top smartphone manufacturer in the world over the three month period.

But what is it about the iPhone that makes it so popular? What sets it apart from the competition? Is it the sleek hardware? Is it the polished operating system? Sure. These are both big factors. But a lot of folks will tell you that it’s all about the apps… Read More


Clear to-do app gets the HTML5 treatment, try it for free

By Cody Lee on Feb 22, 2012

Realmac Software’s Clear to do application has gotten an enormous amount of media attention over the past few weeks. One publication said that Clear’s innovative, gesture-based UI “had the potential to change how we use our devices.”

But if you haven’t had the chance to try the app out, then it may be hard for you to see what all of the fuss is about. Luckily, developer Evan You has created an HTML5 replica of the Clear application so folks can give it a free test drive… Read More


Grooveshark Back on the iPhone With HTML5 Web App

By Alex Heath on Jan 13, 2012

Popular music service Grooveshark has made its way back to the iPhone, thanks to the company’s new HTML web app. Grooveshark fans will be happy to hear that you can now access the free service on iOS devices without the jailbreak app.

Apple originally pulled Grooveshark from the App Store because of its questionably-illegal nature, and then app then showed up in Cydia for jailbreakers. Grooveshark has now abandoned Flash for a mobile-friendly HTML5 web app that all iOS users can enjoy. Read More


Magic Land Island is First Facebook Game to Take Advantage of Project Spartan

By Oliver Haslam on Oct 11, 2011

Facebook’s infamous Project Spartan, the company’s HTML5 app store, went live yesterday as part of the update to the Facebook mobile web site, iPhone app and new iPad app. As part of that silent release – no fanfare, no CEO on a stage, no sweaty Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook gaming giant “wooga” launched the new platform’s first game, Magic Land Island.

While the game itself is mildly interesting, it’s the technology aspect that is worth noting, and wooga’s CTO, Philipp Moeser, seems particularly excited about the possibilities afforded by mobile HTML5 applications… Read More


And So it Begins: Apple TV Gets its First Jailbreak Game

By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2011

Ever since Apple released the $99 Apple TV 2 with AirPlay compatibility last year, fans have been holding vigilant for an App Store on the set-top box. Applications would mean games on a larger screen, and AirPlay would mean iDevices could join in on the fun.

But after nearly 12 months of waiting, Cupertino has yet to make an announcement regarding 3rd-party application support. Just as jailbreaking paved the way for the iPhone, it’s also slowly unlocking the Apple TV’s potential… Read More


appMobi Lets Developers Code HTML 5 Apps for Submitting to the App Store

By Oliver Haslam on Aug 8, 2011

Google’s Chrome web-based app store received a new entry this week, and believe it or not, it does have a link to the world of iOS.

The newly released appMobi is a web app designed to help developers to code HTML 5 web apps, but it also packs a sucker punch that we didn’t see coming. If after writing your HTML 5 app, you decide you’d like to submit it as a native iOS app to Apple’s App Store, then appMobi will let you do that, too… Read More


New for iPad Design Rolling Out this Week

By Cody Lee on Aug 3, 2011

Folks who prefer browsing with the iPad instead of using a native Twitter client will be happy to hear that the social networking giant is updating the site to be more compatible with Apple’s tablet.

Up until now, navigating Twitter’s website from the iPad was unpleasant. You had the choice to view the site in desktop mode, or an upscaled mobile view — neither one is very tablet-friendly. But that’s all going to change during the next 7 days… Read More


Facebook’s Project Spartan to Hit iOS Within the Next Month

By Cody Lee on Jul 6, 2011

Facebook went live with the media this morning from their Palo Alto headquarters to make good on Mark Zuckerberg’s promise last week that his company would be making some “awesome” announcements. Though Skype-integrated video chat looks cool, iDB feels that the best has yet to come.

Remember that little Facebook endeavor we told you about a few weeks ago code-named Project Spartan? The HTML5-coded platform is nearing completion and could be available to the masses as early as the end of the month…  Read More


Google Swiffy Will Convert Flash Files to iPhone-Friendly HTML 5

By Guest Author on Jun 28, 2011

Google unveiled a new tool for developers today called Swiffy — a simple converter that takes .SWF Flash files and transforms them into iPhone-friendly HTML5 code. It’s the latest experimental application to hit Google Labs, and while it works best with simple Flash animations, its results are rather impressive.

Anyone can use Swiffy by simply visiting There you can upload an SWF file and quickly convert it into HTML5… Read More


Adobe Announces “Wallaby”, Converts Flash To HTML5

By Guest Author on Mar 8, 2011

One of the major features iOS lacks is Adobe Flash support. While Apple had decided to take a completely different path using HTML5, Flash still (for now), dominates internet content.

But that isn’t keeping Adobe away. Late last night, Adobe announced a new prototype software for iOS devices, codenamed, “Wallaby”. “Wallaby” is a new Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool which doesn’t do much yet. Wallaby currently only converts typical banner ads to HTML5, noted Adobe…  Read More

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