Archive for August, 2009

Weekly Browsers Recap, August 31st

By | August 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, August 31st

Thanks to Trygve Lie for links.

Maxthon CEO Discusses Product Development in Interview with Tencent

By | August 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Maxthon CEO Discusses Product Development in Interview with Tencent“On 26 August, Maxthon CEO Jeff Chen was interviewed on the online show “New Product Manger” by Tencent to share his thoughts and experiences on product development. Below is an abstract of the interview:”

“Q: What kind of product do you think users would accept?
Jeff: It is important to provide choices and options so users can achieve what they want. A product must meet the needs of users.

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How Did EU/MS Case Affected Opera Desktop Users Growth?

By | August 28, 2009 | 67 Comments

How Did EU/MS Case Affected Opera Desktop Users Growth?Earlier today Opera Software has posted their Q2 2009 financial results which are pretty good.

However, with campaigns such as “Boycott Opera”, it is interesting to check on how EU and Microsoft case has affected Opera Desktop short term user growth.

Q1, 2009 – ~40 million use Opera for PCs
Q2, 2009 – 40 million use Opera for PCs

As you can see, Opera Software has not reported Q1 vs. Q2 desktop user growth (which was 13% in 1Q vs. 4Q08), which leads to speculation that case indeed, affected PC web browser.

Of course, this could also happen due to new competitor’s products, and things might get better with Opera 10 release (set for September 1st).

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Opera Software Q2 2009 Financial Results

By | August 28, 2009 | 1 Comment

Opera Software Q1 2009 Financial ResultsToday Opera Software has revealed Q2 2009 financial results.

Some of the highlights:
Desktop users grew by 65% in 2Q vs 2Q08
29.1 million monthly users of Opera Mini in July 2009 (up 145% vs July 2008), which generated over 12 billion viewed pages (up over 223% vs July 2008)

Revenue (millions):
MNOK 172.4 (+53% vs 2Q08) Continue Reading

Speed Up Firefox by Vacuuming SQLite Database

By | August 27, 2009 | 4 Comments

Speed Up Firefox by Vacuuming SQLite DatabaseJeremy Orem has posted an interesting tip on how to speed up Firefox web browser.

All you have to do is paste the following command (as single line) to your console bar (can be accessed via tools > error console):

Components.classes["@mozilla.org/browser/nav-history-service;1"].getService
(Components.interfaces.nsPIPlacesDatabase).DBConnection.executeSimpleSQL(“VACUUM”);

And hit enter (user interface might freeze for a moment).

As he says, it will vacuum Firefox’s sqllite database which will lead to better browser performance.

Via FirefoxFacts

YouTube Video Lags in Firefox?

By | August 26, 2009 | 11 Comments

YouTube Video Lags in Firefox?If you are experiencing video jumpiness while watching videos in Firefox web browser, then here is a possible solution (as from LifeHacker):

“The quick fix for this problem, at least for my own sake, is to increase the time between each of the saves performed by session restore. By opening about:config in your Firefox address bar, then typing browser.sessionstore.interval in the filter box, you’ll see a value of 10000, which is in milliseconds. (Meaning your session is saved every 10 seconds.) I changed this to 300000, or every 5 minutes, as I don’t have the urgent need for tab restoration. If you feel like being more on the safe side, try increasing it to something a bit lower, say 120000, or every 2 minutes.”

Opera 10 RC Released

By | August 25, 2009 | 47 Comments

Opera 10 RC ReleasedAfter 3 beta releases, Opera 10 has finally reached release candidate development stage. Although this is not a final version yet, it should be quite stable and might be ready for general use.

Opera 10 Final is set for September 1st release.

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Changelog

RIM Buys Torch Mobile, Package Includes Iris Browser

By | August 24, 2009 | 1 Comment

Last week RIM has announced upcoming full Flash and Silverlight support for BlackBerry devices. To speed everything up, they have acquired a company specializing in WebKit based solutions: Torch Mobile.

One of the company’s key products is WebKit based, mobile web browser called “Iris Browser” (free), which supports touch screen control, widget rendering engine, advanced HTML, CSS support and more.

The Iris Browser is currently available for Windows Mobile and QTopia platforms.

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Cats and Firefox Support

By | August 24, 2009 | 1 Comment

Cats ButterWhat do cats and Firefox support (support.mozilla.com) have in common? Apparently, feedback suggests that almost 50% of users arrived to support page by a mistake. Who are those to blame? Cats, of course!

Here are some comments written by people, who’ve accidentally visited support page (as from blog.mozilla.com)

“actually the cat walked on the keyboard”

“bent over to pick something up and accidentally leaned on the f1 key”

“Cat jumped onto laptop”

“CHILD GOT A HOLD OF THE KEYBOARD AND STARTED PUSHING BUTTONS.”

“finger too big. finger hit f1 by mistake. stupid bigfinger.” Continue Reading

Weekly Browsers Recap, August 24th

By | August 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, August 24th

Thanks to Chrome, Nox and Opera for links.