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Hunger Games: Microsoft and Lionsgate push limits of HTML5 with new site

Is this a glimpse of the future? Lionsgate this morning released a new website that promotes the next “Hunger Games” movie using HTML5 and responsive design to provide a customized experience that works across desktop computers, tablets and smartphones. The “Hunger Games Explorer,” as it’s called, is the film studio’s latest partnership with Microsoft’s Internet… Read More

David Bluhm, co-founder of Z2, speaks at the GeekWire Summit last year. (© Karen Ducey 2012)

Why this mobile gaming vet says HTML5 is not the future

The promise of HTML5 has captivated mobile developers for a long time now. But the debate still rages: Should devs spend their time and energy tinkering with HTML5 or moving forward with native apps? Depending upon who you ask that question, you’ll likely get a very different answer.  Mobile gaming veteran David Bluhm – whose Seattle… Read More

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Redmond’s .NET Developer Association considers break, cites ‘malaise’ in community

The board of the 14-year-old .NET Developer Association in Redmond sent a message to its members last night proposing a six-month break in activities to figure out how to revitalize the group — citing a general lack of interest from members, sponsors and speakers, even from Microsoft. The timing is notable. Coincidentally, Microsoft is preparing… Read More

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Amazon touts better design, graphics in new Kindle format

Amazon.com has released new details on the next generation of its Kindle e-book format — dubbed Kindle Format 8 — saying it adds more support for HTML5, the latest version of the underlying language of the web. The move will broaden an approach already being used in the company’s upcoming Kindle Fire tablet. “As showcased on… Read More

Microsoft's Ben Lower, right, RIM's Morgan Belford and PinchZoom's Brian Fling

Mobile Web vs. Native Apps

One of the big debates in the development world right now is whether mobile phone users will access games, books, music, news and other content via mobile browsers or through the application ecosystem pioneered by Apple and now a major link in the chain of Android and Windows Phone 7. Certainly, there’s a lot of… Read More