Back in April of 2010, Apple has announced a new version of WebKit framework which is essentially called WebKit2
Well, it looks like the upcoming Mac OS X Lion release will feature an improved Safari web browser that finally utilizes Webkit2.
One of the main framework goals is to utilize a split process model, so the web content would be placed into a separate process. As a result, bad plugin, tab etc. won’t crash the whole web browser.
This behavior is very similar to Chrome’s; however, as split process module is directly integrated into WebKit2 framework, other clients will be able to use it as well.
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Hardware acceleration is great if you are running Vista or Windows 7 machines. However, when it comes to XP or other operating systems, you won’t be able to experience the very best of it.
What’s the solution?
Joe Drew, the developer of Firefox web browser is considering writing a hardware accelerated backend to canvas, possibly in collaboration with other browser maker (you are welcome to join).
As he said:
Asa Dotzler, the Director of Community Development at Mozilla Corp. has raised a fair question:
Why do I have these plug-ins in Firefox? I don’t think I ever asked for any of them
There are quite a few plug-ins that make little to no sense, for example:
Why would Firefox ever need a Google or RockMelt Update? Furthermore, why is it okay to install all this malware for the big guys like Apple or Google?
P.S. They are enabled by default.
Good news everyone, soon, you will be able to use Internet Explorer 6 on your Mac OS X!
On a more serious note, ie4mac is a soon to be released application that allows you to use IE6, IE7, IE8 and even IE9 web browser on your Mac.
According to the authors, you are invited to join the private beta test. All you have to do is enter your email in the following page.
Might make Opera jealous.
With all the “problems” that plagued Skyfire for the iOS launch, the numbers are in.
According to the MobileCrunch post, a company behind mobile web browser Skyfire has sold more than 300 000 copies for their first weekend.
If we do the math:
300,000++ * $2.99 = ~$900,000
Now, Skyfire will obviously not receive all that cash, as Apple wants their cut as well (30%, if no exclusive deals were made).
That still leaves the company with more than 600,000 USD to spend on candies and chocolate.
According to the blog post, it far exceeded their initial expectations and was too much for the servers to handle.
When can you expect it to re-appear?
As soon as they increase the capacity of servers. No ETA yet.
Well, what do you know; Apple has just approved the Skyfire mobile browser for the iOS.
According to CNNMoney.com, it shall be available on Thursday and is priced at $2.99.
Is it any good? Well, the main selling point is this: Skyfire has a built in Flash video to HTML5 converter. Therefore, iPhone, iPod or iPad users will be able to enjoy Flash content. However, don’t get to excited as it won’t convert games or other non-video related content.