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Google tries jump-starting 3D Web with O3D

An open-source browser plug-in gives games and other Web applications the ability to take advantage of a computer's graphics chip.

By April 21, 2009


Google's dilemma: A faster but fragmented Web?

A powerful new Google+ photo app embodies a sticky situation facing Web developers: embrace the Native Client tech for high-performance Web apps and risk sites that only work for Chrome users.

By September 24, 2013


Chrome kingpin Pichai promises Android upgrades

In a Q&A, Chrome leader Sundar Pichai promises the Android version will improve "by leaps and bounds" and says the browser will make Google money directly.

By February 20, 2012


Google's post-JavaScript Web plan raises hackles

With its Dart language, Google hopes to overcome problems with the widely used JavaScript. But some dislike Google's secretive development style.

By September 13, 2011


WebGL 1.0 is done. Where's Microsoft?

The Khronos Group has released its technology for hardware-accelerated 3D graphics on the Web. Now allies have to coax Microsoft to support it.

By March 3, 2011


Battle lines drawn for 3D on the Web

Two major efforts are under way to bring 3D graphics to the Web: Flash and WebGL. It's not clear which, if either, will prevail--but Microsoft holds the swing vote.

By November 29, 2010


Google testing higher-quality video chat in Gmail

Google has released an updated version of its video chatting service found in Gmail, iGoogle, and Orkut, that's bigger and better-looking than the one that came before it.

By September 17, 2010


Adobe: Flash to take 3D graphics plunge

Game developers will hear in October about a new dimension coming to Flash Player, challenging native 3D interfaces and WebGL.

By July 8, 2010


Google scraps plug-in, refashions 3D Web plan

Google's O3D plug-in is officially over. Instead, the company is rebuilding it as a higher-level add-on to the WebGL effort for 3D Web graphics.

By May 7, 2010


Mozilla prepares coders for Firefox 4 features

Web developers, brace yourselves for Firefox 4 features. One in particular, IndexedDB, gives Web applications new data storage abilities.

By May 28, 2010