Now here is something for the Friday evening. Recently, Mozilla has released the 18th beta version of its Firefox web browser, which does have some neat improvements, especially when it comes to performance.
So what’s new?
According to Mozilla’s Dave Mandelin, E4X is deprecated and “will be disabled by default for content in Firefox 16, disabled by default for chrome in Firefox 17, and removed in Firefox 18”.
As an alternative, Mozilla suggests using DOMParser / DOMSerializer or a non-native JXON algorithm instead.
And few other features.
As the never ending release cycle continues, Mozilla has released a new beta version of its Firefox web browser for Android.
Thanks to a list of bad sites provided by Google, the following build will now warn users about the potentially harmful websites. In addition to that, you will get search suggestions (over a secure HTTPS connection) when typing.
With social integration and more.
Prior to dropping the 64 bit support, Mozilla has also released the final build of the Firefox 17 web browser.
Focusing on the social aspect, the following build includes a revised Social API and support for Facebook Messenger (see screenshot below). In addition to that, Firefox 17 now has a click to play blocklist, which will protect unsuspecting consumers from running the vulnerable plugin version.
OS X and Linux builds development to continue.
If you’ve been anxiously waiting for the official 64 bit Firefox release for Windows then grab some pills as Mozilla has just announced the plans to halt its development.
Why would they do that? According to Mozilla’s Benjamin Smedberg, they got things to do. As stated in the mozilla.dev.planning discussion board, crashes submitted by those using the 64 bit version of Firefox are treated as a second class citizens and are not actually tagged as a high priority reports. Why? Well, as he says, “because we are working on other things.”.
With Microsoft publishing a developer preview version of Windows 8 back in 2011, it’s time to find out, which (if any) of the web browser companies actually did their homework and optimized the software for the latest OS.
Internet Explorer 10
Google Chrome 23
After a sugar coated promo from the Microsoft, it’s time to put their claims into a test and find out, how good or bad Internet Explorer 10 really is when it comes to gaming and HTML5 performance.
Thankfully, a game developer from Scirra.com did a bunch of tests and let me tell you, the results are pretty ugly. Why? Mostdly due to no WebGL support.
Real Life Scenarios
Hangs the latter.
Just recently, Opera users started reporting an issue, which caused their browser to become unstable while browsing SkyDrive photos. Now, according to Opera’s Hallvord R. M. Steen, the root cause is Microsoft itself.
As stated in the blog post, SkyDrive suffers from a bug, which sends two million NULL characters during every browsing session that results in a 100% CPU usage.
Back in 2007, Mozilla has decided that it does not have to pay taxes for the revenue that comes from Google’s search partnership. Why? Because according to them, 66 million (out of 77 million) dollars were a form of contribution and therefore, should not be taxable.
Unfortunately for them, the US government held a different opinion and as a result, Mozilla had to settle and will be paying a total of $1.5 million.
Better luck next time.