Another month, another CEO.
It seems like Mozilla has been replacing CEOs more often than some people replace their socks and today the open source organization has announced “the chosen one”: Chris Beard.
Who is he? Mr. Chris Beard first joined Mozilla back in 2004 so he does know a thing or two about the company. Earlier this year he re-joined the company as the member of the Board of Directors and the interim CEO.
Another good day for Android users.
If Chrome is not exactly your cup of tea then rejoice, as here comes a new version of Firefox for Android and this is what’s new:
You can now customize your home screen pages, re-order them, chose the default ones, hide them and so on. Additionally, a browser will no longer have to be restarted when switching between different languages although it’s not like people do that very often anyway. For developers, there is a new set of APIs and you can learn more about them here.
Brings one neat feature.
Following the desktop release, here comes one for your handhelds and it does look pretty good. Thanks to the recent improvements, you will no longer have to sign in on Google web sites again (gMail, Maps, Search), which is a very welcome step.
In addition to that, the latest Chrome build now also includes glimpses of Googles’ Material Design language (see screenshots here), which will roll out to all products in the coming months.
Say hello to BoringSSL.
After the recent Heartbleed bug paranoia, it looks like Google took a pretty significant step to minimize such risks in the future. According to the report, the search giant is replacing OpenSSL with its own BoringSSL (yes, they did call it like that) in an effort to streamline security patches and improve overall user security.
Grab it while it’s hot.
Today, a bunch of folks from Norway have released the final version of Opera 23 where the addition of the heart icon (where it will now take two instead of one click to add sites to Speed Dial or bookmakrs) is touted as the most significant new feature.
When it comes to other changes, startup time will be faster for Opera Turbo users with slower connection, insecure content will no longer load on HTTP pages, also, a support for Pepper plugins and better user experience during plugin freeze.
With DirectWrite (Windows only) support and more.
It seems like there was a while since a decent Chrome update, which actually brought useful features, at least up until now as the latest Beta version does deliver.
First in the list is DirectWrite support, which is Microsoft’s latest text layout and glyph rendering API introduced in Windows 7. Thanks to this, text will no longer look like from the Windows XP era (see the picture below).
Talk about priorities.
A battery draining bug that was first reported back in 2010 is now being investigated by Google, according to the reports.
The issue stems from a poorly set system clock tick rate (1.000ms) while Microsoft themselves recommend developers to use (15.625ms). So what does that mean? It means that the processor is being woken up far more frequently that it should be, affecting battery usage by as much as 25%.
Starts testing mozjpeg 2.0.
When it comes to standard JPEG compression, it’s not exactly all sunshine and rainbows, in fact, most of the times the pictures look rather bad.
Well, things might change for the better soon, at least for Facebook pictures as the company has just announced its plans to test Mozilla’s mozjpeg 2.0 format. In addition to that, the social giant has also donated $60,000 in an effort to fund the development of said format and mozjpeg 3.0.
Consumer is the winner.
Even though Chromebooks prices aren’t that big of a deal anyway (unless you are buying Chromebook Pixel), it looks like you might be able to get one even cheaper in the future.
Recently, MediaTek made some code contributions to the Chromium OS and tested an entry level ARM Cortex A7 processor, which is a big step down compared to the already inexpensive, Samsung Cortex A14/A7 SoC.