In a recent blog post, Google announced two new features it would be adding to the beta builds of its Chrome 11 Web browser: speech-to-text and hardware accelerated 3D CSS. With the newly included HTML speech-to-input API, developers can enable Web applications to translate voice input into text. “When a web page uses this feature, you simply click on an icon and then speak into your computer’s microphone,” writes Google. “The recorded audio is sent to speech servers for transcription, after which the text is typed out for you.” The company has also added a GPU-accelerated CSS engine. And if you’re looking for a more superficial change, the icon has been updated to look more contemporary, too. More →
As a part of its I/O 2010 keynote, Google has announced a new, open-source video format known as WebM. Based primarily on VP8, the royalty-free format also borrows from Matroska as well and Ogg Vorbis audio. Said to be efficient in its consumption of power and resources, Google is claiming WebM will work wonderfully on phones, tablets, netbooks and other portable devices. As of May 19th, all videos uploaded to YouTube shop in 720p and up will be encoded in WebM. Chrome, Firefox and Opera are the major browsers that will fully support WebM with nightly builds. Apple and Microsoft have not committed to WebM. Major arware partners include ADM, ARM, Broadcom, Freescale, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. Intel look to be the major holdout. Adobe announced it will update Flash with support for VP8.