GeneralSecretary writes: Microsoft has pushed out its now Edge browser to replace the much-reviled Internet Explorer. Edge removed a lot of the legacy code of IE and the need to maintain backwards compatibility with it. It is a much more modern browser, implementing much more of HTML 5, ES6, and CSS 3 specs. Microsoft also intends to push out automatic updates frequently. Considering the large install base of Windows, this gives Microsoft a much stronger ability to influence the Web. This article discusses the idea of Microsoft using that influence to make Web Apps take over from Native Apps on mobile, this giving Windows Phone a fighting chance against iOS and Android.
GeneralSecretary writes: "Google is developing an API to allow Web Apps to easily share information with other Web Apps with a unified API. For example there would be a default aPI for sharing things which would work with services like Google+, Twitter, and Facebook using a single predefined API. This is like OLE for the Web."
GeneralSecretary writes: "Ever watch Star Trek and say "Hey, I could build that", well now's your chance. Qualcomm and the X PRIZE Foundation have teamed together to offer ten million US dollars to whomever can invent "a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians", the Tricorder X Prize. Hopefully the Tricorder will join the cell phone, MRI, and tablet computer in the list of Star Trek devices that are now part of our lives."