Google’s latest Chrome Experiment makes internet browsing a never ending maze game. The experiment transforms your favorite desktop website into a 3D maze that you can play with your smartphone, and it’s spectacularly addicting. To begin, just go to Chrome.com/maze and sync your phone to explore your 3D web.
Adobe is restructuring its business, giving up on trying to create flash for mobile devices, and instead focusing on digital media and marketing. As part of the restructuring, Adobe will lay off 750 full time employees in North America and Europe. According to a press release, the company is planning to invest in the company’s Creative Suite software, tablet-based touch apps and cloud-based software delivery, as well as more of a focus on HTML 5.
Shantanu Narayen, Adobe president and CEO, stated: “Our mission is to produce the world’s content and maximize the impact of that content. Adobe is doubling down in the Digital Media and Digital Marketing categories, markets rich with opportunities for innovation and growth.”
Last month Amazon announced that the Kindle Fire will support HTML 5 content, which was a win for Adobe. The tool helps publishers create multimedia content and with Amazon firing on all cylinders to promote the Kindle Fire, publishers are likely to explore more enhanced options in eBooks and digital magazines.
The browser based reading app Ibis Reader got a fun new feature last week.
If you’re using Ibis in a web browser (but not the mobile interface), you can drag one or more Epub files onto the browser window and upload them. You don’t need to open a file menu or any special dialog box. Just drag the files.
The feature doesn’t work in all browsers, unfortunately; it only works in the later generations of web browser that have support for HTML5 code. This might be a relatively minor feature, but it still enhances the user experience and that’s what is important.
Every so often I like to highlight something clever that you can do with HTML5. This one is particularly interesting because it uses an ability that you might not know you had. This drag and drop is already used in gMail. Did you know that? I did, and I have to say that it really makes it easier to upload files.
HTML5 is more than the fancy brand that companies like to throw around (Kobo, Kindle). There’s all sorts of interesting nooks-and-crannies with code that will eventually make web browsing a lot more interesting.