standards

The Future Of The Internet Has A (Kickass) Logo

To help prod along our slow, inexorable march towards the HTML5 web standard, and because everything today needs branding, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has unveiled a snazzy new HTML5 logo. The biggest surprise? It’s pretty controversial!


Google Chrome Drops H.264 Support, Even Though It Still Loves Flash

Oh wow. Google’s dropping support for h.264 video in Chrome, because, they say, they’re only going to support “open codec technologies”:


iPads And iPhones To Get MIDI Support With IOS 4.2

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Apple Foregoing USB 3.0 For Light Peak In Early 2011?

CNET reports that Intel’s Light Peak, a high-speed connection standard capable of transferring data at 10 gigabits per second, will be arriving sooner than expected: sometime in the first half of 2011. And Apple’s poised to be an early adopter.


Researchers Claim They've Created The Perfect 3D Human Ear Model

Researchers at the National Physics Laboratory in the U.K. have modeled what they believe to be the perfect human ear. It will replace the “flawed” one created by the International Electrotechnical Commission in 1990. Perfect headphones for everyone!


It's Time To Make Standardised Ratings For Gadgets

Earlier today, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed off stickers that would give car buyers in the US standardised info on a particular model’s fuel economy and environmental impact. Gadgets should have standardised ratings, too.


H.264 Will Be Royalty-Free, Mozilla Still Doesn't Care

MPEG LA, the group who who licenses the h.264 video codec, has extended its royalty-free use (for free internet video) from 2016 until, well, forever. But Mozilla thinks that the better part of forever could belong to Google’s WebM format.


WiMAX 2 Standard Scheduled For Final Approval This November

WiMAX isn’t even remotely ubiquitous in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped progress on its successor, the aptly named WiMAX 2.


Qi Wireless Charging Standard Finalised

The Wireless Power Consortium has finalised the Qi standard meant for low power devices. It’s good for gadgets up to 5 watts. And the goal is for the standard to be interoperable between chargers and gadgets from different makers. That’s the sort of openness that doesn’t always happen when standards are too vague, so I’m glad to see the right intent. [Wireless Power Consortium via Engadget]


Bye Bye, HDMI! There's A New A/V Cable Standard In Town

A group of consumer electronics manufacturers got together and finalised the specifications of a new A/V cable standard. It’s called HDBaseT and is based on standard CAT5e/6 – meaning we should wind up paying less for our home theatre wiring.