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'URL Hunter' Browser Game Lets You Pursue Prey in Your Address Bar

'URL Hunter' is thoroughly modern, in that the coding to create it (namely HTML5) didn't exist until recently. But its design is positively archaic. You control the letter 'O' as it prowls your address bar in search of 'a's to kill. You use the left and right arrows to move and the space bar to attack. Check it out here....

Interactive, Musical Subway Map 'Conductor' Lets You Strum Train Tracks

Alexander Chen's Conductor, which is hosted at MTA.me, is an animated map of the NYC subway. Fed with departure data from the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City, Conductor traces the train routes before your eyes. But it's just as fun to listen to as it is to watch: As trains pass each other, they produce plucked notes, and you can strum them yourself to make beautiful train track...

Ex-Googler's 'Disconnect' Extension Disables Third-Party Data Tracking

The evolution of Web browsing and digital commerce makes it more difficult than ever to maintain privacy online. For all the beautiful perks offered by HTML5, we have to deal with ugly facts like the Evercookie. So, it's heartening to think that some of the people responsible for these advances are offering technology that fights back. Three weeks ago, a former Google employee named Brian...

Google Zeitgeist 2010: Chatroulette and iPad Lead the Year in Search

Every year Google blesses us with Zeitgeist, a roundup of what the world was searching for during the last 12 months. This year's big searches included the World Cup, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the earthquake in Haiti. The iPad and Chatroulette, though were the most popular queries. Check out the year in review video after the break, and explore the Zeitgeist data here using Google's...

Booki.sh: An HTML5-Powered E-Reader for Everybody

The new HTML5-powered 'Booki.sh' e-reading app is entirely Web-based and, unlike Kindle, Nook or even Blio, can be viewed in any modern browser, regardless of platform. This means that PCs, Macs, Linux, Android, iOS and BlackBerry can all view content through Booki.sh. The app takes advantage of HTML5's rarely used offline storage to let you read without a wireless connection. As you can see in...

'Canvas Rider' Lets You Ditch the 'Line Rider' Sled for a Bike

 You might've played 'Line Rider' back in 2006, when it blew up as one of that year's biggest hits on the Web. In 'Canvas Rider,' the latest hat-tip to the original (and influenced by 'Free Rider 2'), the species-vague protagonist (whose name is, in fact, Bosh) is replaced by a hat-wearing stick figure who rides a bike instead of the classic sled. Whereas 'Line Rider' ran on Flash, 'Canvas...

Google Logo Celebrates Birthday with Bouncing Balls

Google is approaching the end of its pre-teen years. Today, the world's largest search company (which isn't really a search company anymore) turns 12. And, as with most holidays and special occasions, Google has swapped out its standby homepage logo for a celebratory variation. Whereas most festive swaps (Pac-Man's birthday excluded) are simply images, today's page is decorated with a Google logo...

Arcade Fire and Google Team Up for HTML5-Powered 'The Wilderness Downtown'

For a band whose lyrics pine so heavily for a technologically simple past, Arcade Fire has really pushed themselves into the forefront of Internet marketing with the announcement of their third feature length album, 'The Suburbs.' First, the Canadian septet drafted a handwritten postcard to their fans announcing their upcoming single, scanned it and uploaded the missive for the blogosphere to...

Gmail Saves the Universe in 'Galactic Inbox'

Here's a cute little timewaster for Gmail fans: 'Galactic Inbox.' The premise is simple: You control a mighty winged Gmail envelope tasked with disposing an onslaught of baddies, including cans of what we presume are a major brand of luncheon meat. You blast your way until you meet the boss, a birdcage with spiked balls for arms holding other Gmail envelopes hostage. Your goal, obviously, is to...

Ask Steve: Jobs the Advice Columnist, 'Pac-Man' in HTML5

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. 'Ask Steve' reimagines everyone's favorite turtlenecked CEO as a Dear Abby daily newspaper columnist. [From: Me & Her] HTML5 experiments that pushthe limits of...

Adobe to Reveal Plans for Flash 3D, Hezbollah Condemns Firing of CNN Tweeter

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Next fall, Adobe may be further distancing itself from HTML5, as an Adobe blog has claimed that the company will reveal details concerning a "Flash Player 3D" at October's Max 2010 conference. [From: Mashable] Hezbollah has come to the defense of fired CNN editor Octavia Nasr, saying that the Twitter-provoked incident represents...

YouTube Launches Leanback, New HTML5 Mobile Site Gets Better Quality

Big changes are afoot at YouTube, on both desktop and mobile fronts. The video sharing site finally launched its new TV-friendly 'Leanback' Web interface yesterday, just a month after parent Google announced its own highly touted GoogleTV platform. Leanback [Ed. Note: Does this make anyone else wanna 'Do the Rock Away?'] lets users navigate feeds, recommendations, searches and categories, by...

Firefox 4 Beta Gets Speed Boost and Crash Protection

Yesterday, Mozilla finally took Firefox to the 4.0 level with the release of its Firefox 4 Beta 1 browser. As Mozilla explains on its blog, the revamped version features a new add-on manager, hardware-accelerated HD video capabilities, tighter privacy options and stronger crash protection in order to provide what it calls "uninterrupted browsing" capabilities. (If a window or tab freezes, the...

Apple's New Safari 5 Adds Extensions, Safari Reader and More Speed

Much of the attention at yesterday's WWDC 2010 keynote may have focused on the new iPhone 4, but Apple also quietly unveiled another less glamorous update yesterday: the new Safari 5. As many predicted, the latest version of the Web browser will feature Safari Reader, and, as Engadget reports, claims to run JavaScript 30-percent faster than Safari 4, twice as fast as Firefox 3.6 and 3-percent...

The Personal Computing Life in the '80s, HTML5's Many Talents

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Jason Kottke uncovered a fascinating 1982 report from The Atlantic on the early days (and revelations) of personal computing. [From: The Atlantic via: Kottke] With...