What Is HTTP/2?

Have you heard? HTTP/2 is finally finished. That means that pretty soon webpages will load faster; connections will last longer; servers will respond to requests with more content. What's not to like! But hold on a sec: What the heck is HTTP/2, again? » 2/18/15 1:55pm 2/18/15 1:55pm

New Video Standard Will Allow 8K Laptop Screens

If you think your 4K laptop drips with graphical power, remember that all things are relative—and a new video standard will allow laptops to make use of 8K screens. » 2/10/15 6:30am 2/10/15 6:30am

Nest and Friends Are Giving the Internet of Things a Fresh Start

A consortium of companies just announced a new wireless networking protocol for the home called Thread. It's designed to help build low-power, wireless mesh networks so that devices can seamlessly connect to form a true internet of things. In a way, Thread promises to create little mini internet for your home. » 7/15/14 12:42pm 7/15/14 12:42pm

Why We Can't All Just Settle on One Stupid Standard

Standards, formats, protocols. There are thousands of them! Probably! I've never counted, I've always been too buys slamming my head against a wall. But you know what? Even the road to gadget compatibility hell is paved with good intentions. Right before it's repaved with terrible, pigheaded greed. [xkcd] » 7/20/11 10:00am 7/20/11 10:00am

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! » 1/18/11 5:00pm 1/18/11 5:00pm

iPads and iPhones To Get MIDI Support With iOS 4.2

What a pleasant surprise! The fellows over at Create Digital Music have discovered that iOS 4.2 will allow iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches to support MIDI devices over both USB (via camera connection kit) and Wi-Fi. » 11/04/10 3:50pm 11/04/10 3:50pm

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. » 11/04/10 1:18pm 11/04/10 1:18pm

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! » 10/17/10 11:00am 10/17/10 11:00am

It's Time To Make Standardized Ratings For Gadgets

Earlier today, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed off stickers that would give car buyers standardized info on a particular model's fuel economy and environmental impact. Gadgets should have standardized ratings, too. » 8/30/10 6:00pm 8/30/10 6:00pm

H.264 Will Be Royalty Free For Internet Video Forever, Kinda, Mozilla…

MPEG LA, the group that licenses the h.264 video codec, has extended its royalty-free use (for free internet video) from 2016 until, well, forever. Update: Kinda. But Mozilla thinks the better part of forever could belong to Google's WebM format. » 8/27/10 9:11am 8/27/10 9:11am

Qi Wireless Charging Standard Finalized

The Wireless Power Consortium has finalized 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… » 7/26/10 2:36pm 7/26/10 2:36pm

Opera Finds Flash Unappetizing For Web Video

Speaking to TechRadar, Opera product analyst Phillip Grønvold conceded that Flash is essential to today's web and will be for the foreseeable future. But for internet video, he says, there are alternatives that won't make your laptop a stove top. » 5/06/10 5:20pm 5/06/10 5:20pm

Giz Explains: Why HTML5 Isn't Going to Save the Internet

The beardier parts of the web-o-sphere have been abuzz about HTML5, the next version of the language that powers our internet. Will it revolutionize web apps? Will it kill Flash video? Will it fix our gimpy iPads? Yes... and no. » 2/03/10 11:00am 2/03/10 11:00am

America Finally Has a Mobile DTV Standard

After plenty of half-hearted attempts at mobile video from wireless carriers and Qualcomm, the ATSC has defined a standard that should, at long last, bring live streaming video to our phones. About time we got a DMB equivalent. » 10/16/09 3:23pm 10/16/09 3:23pm

Apple's Got a New Video Format: iFrame

The most interesting about the iMovie update that dropped yesterday is that "improves compatibility" with camcorders using the iFrame video format. The iFrame video format, you say? Why yes, it's a new video format from Apple. » 10/13/09 5:50pm 10/13/09 5:50pm

mSATA: It's Like SATA But Smaller

You've heard of SATA. It's the technology used for the majority of today's hard drives and people generally like it. But SATA wasn't designed for tiny portables. That's why the guys behind SATA are introducing mini-SATA, or mSATA for short. » 9/21/09 5:00pm 9/21/09 5:00pm

Apple's Mini DisplayPort Will Be Official Part of DisplayPort 1.2…

Apple's shrunken version of DisplayPort will officially become part of the DisplayPort 1.2 spec, meaning there's a better-than-ever chance we'll actually see it in gadgets and computers from other people. Death to proprietary ports! [MacRumors] » 1/14/09 10:00am 1/14/09 10:00am

Film Industry Wants to Set a Standard For 3D Viewing at Home

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the folks behind such innovations as the color bar test pattern, want to codify a standard for watching 3D content in home theaters. They're casting the net wide to include all possible sources and displays, from over-the-air broadcast to DVDs and Blu-ray. Ars… » 7/22/08 11:45am 7/22/08 11:45am