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HTML5 and the future of the Web

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There's been a lot of talk lately about the future of the Web. For instance, Wired had a cover story a couple months back proclaiming "The Web is Dead." And when I was at BlogWorld last month in Vegas, one of the main topics was how blogs are going to survive "In a world, where browsers are no longer..."

If anything is going to save the browser and the Web, it's going to be HTML5, and other improvements to the current HTML. HTML, if you don't know, stands for hypertext markup language and is the main set of tags we use to create Web pages and display information on a Web browser. But the standard we're using right now doesn't allow for cool things like video and animation without plugins like Flash, etc. That's why you can't watch Flash on your iPhone or iPad, because it's not part of the browser.

HTML5, which is coming to a browser near you very soon, has tags for animation, video and all sorts of cool interactive components that will blow your mind. The best example out there right now is an interactive music video by Arcade Fire called "The Wilderness Downtown." Our own Allison Keene mentioned this in a post last month, but it really deserves its own spotlight—it's that amazing.

The idea here is that you can help make the video by entering in your childhood snail mail address (or any other address you'd like). If Google maps has enough information/pics from your address, the HTML5 code will build the environment using several browsers of varying sizes and shapes. It's really amazing and something you MUST see to believe. If you don't have Chrome, you should install it first, because it makes the whole thing run much more smoothly.

Who knows what the future of the Web holds. But if HTML5 has anything to say about it, browsers will be around for a lot longer than the app kingdom hopes.

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ABBA Is Going on Tour—As Holograms
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Missed your chance to watch ABBA perform live at the peak of their popularity? You’re in luck: Fans will soon be able to see the group in concert in all their chart-topping, 1970s glory—or rather, they’ll be able to see their holograms. As Mashable reports, a virtual version of the Swedish pop band is getting ready to go on tour.

ABBA split up in 1982, and the band hasn't been on tour since. (Though they did get together for a surprise reunion performance in 2016.) All four members of ABBA are still alive, but apparently not up for reentering the concert circuit when they can earn money on a holographic tour from the comfort of their homes.

The musicians of ABBA have already had the necessary measurements taken to bring their digital selves to life. The final holograms will resemble the band in the late 1970s, with their images projected in front of physical performers. Part of the show will be played live, but the main vocals will be lifted from original ABBA records and recordings of their 1977 Australian tour.

ABBA won’t be the first musical act to perform via hologram. Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, and Dean Martin have all been revived using the technology, but this may be one of the first times computerized avatars are standing in for big-name performers who are still around. ABBA super-fans will find out if “SOS” still sounds as catchy from the mouths of holograms when the tour launches in 2019.

[h/t Mashable]

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This VR Headset Promises a Movie-Viewing Experience That Rivals Theaters
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Movies in 2017 are typically viewed one of two ways: on a big screen in the theater or from the comfort of your home. A new VR headset called Cinera claims to combine the best of both experiences. As Mashable reports, the device, currently seeking support on Kickstarter, lets viewers enjoy theater-quality home entertainment without so much as lifting their heads, let alone a finger.

Unlike other VR headsets on the market, Cinera is designed primarily for watching movies and TV shows rather than playing video games. Inside there are two screens—one for each eye—which create a 3D, IMAX-like effect. According to the product’s Kickstarter page, the picture resolution is eight times that of an iPhone and three times that of a professional theater screen. And because Cinera is all about enjoying theater-quality media in the comfort of a home setting, it includes one vital feature most VR headsets don’t have: an adjustable arm that holds up the hardware so your head doesn’t have to.

With less than a week to go in the campaign, Cinera has already surpassed its $50,000 funding goal at least five times over. Cinephiles looking for a different type of VR experience can reserve their headset for a pledge of $450 with shipments set to go out in November.

[h/t Mashable]

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