Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 24th Feb 2009 14:55 UTC
Apple Apple released the Safari 4 Beta today. Features: Tabs on top. "Top Sites" 'Speed Dial' feature. "Smart" address/search fields. HTML5 Canvas. HTML5 Audio/Video (though no Ogg). Acid 3. CSS Animation/Gradients/Masks/Reflection. CSS Web Fonts. New "Nitro" Javascript engine - "Up to 4 times faster than Firefox 3.1". 'Native' look and native font rendering on Windows Vista/XP. I can think of only one thing: "Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station!"
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If MPEG4/h264 wasn't patent riddled to high heaven, we would have had a stadardised video format long ago. Thanks to the infinate wisdom of politicians and their enablers we now have a industry fragmented along political lines and each organisation or company thinking its beneficial to screw other companies in the process.

There are solutions out there, too bad the concern by organisations is short term profit at the expense of long term innovation and new business opportunities.

Agreed. Totally.

Patents, inter-operability and access-for-all are concepts that don't really mix at all well. Open unencumbered standards are far, far better for everybody.

Vorbis for music, speex for speech, and FLAC when quality is required but compression is not, and Theora for "videolets" and Dirac for higher-quality video would seem to be the best options for avoiding all kinds of patent issues.

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