Microsoft has announced support for HTML5 and the H.264 encoding format in IE9, the next version of its web browser, becoming the latest company to throw its weight behind H.264-based HTML video playback, following YouTube and Vimeo. Using HTML5, publishers will be able to serve video directly into a range of modern browsers without an external plugin like Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight.
While H.264 is slowly becoming the default encoding format for video on the web, it isn’t yet supported by Firefox.
The recommendations include at least one Internet access device for every student and educator, R&D into the use of gaming, simulations, and virtual worlds for instruction and assessment, encouragement of cloud computing for school districts, and the use of Creative Commons and Open Education licenses.
Evan Williams, Twitter’s CEO, has announced the @anywhere platform, which will allow site owners to integrate Twitter information and features directly into their sites.
So a blog with @anywhere integration will allow a user to hover over the blogger’s name to pop up a Twitter box where the user could see if he or she was following the blogger, follow them if not, and even tweet the blogger directly from the site. This link gives the twitterfeed search results on @anywhere
SecondBar adds a customizable menu bar to your second, third, or tenth monitor, letting you keep your focus on one screen at a time. It has all the features of OS X’s built-in menu bar, along with being drag-able. The app is still in its early development stage, but it seems stable enough for regular use at the moment, and more features appear in the works.