February, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Up; Google Chrome – Down
If yesterday’s mobile browsers data is not exactly your cup of tea then we have another solution for you and it’s all about the desktop. As you might have guessed from the title, February was a pretty interesting month indeed.
No one cared about Safari.
With the Pwn2Own hacking contest coming to an end, it was revealed that every major web browser was hacked.
Google Chrome exploit allowed for a full breakout from its invincible sandbox resulting in a $100,000 reward, while both Firefox and Internet Explorer were exploited by a security firm VUPEN, resulting in a total of $160,000 in bounty payments ($60,000 and $100,000 respectively).
What about Safari? As it turns out, no one even pre-registered for Apple’s web browser this year despite the $75,000 prize.
Will block third party cookies by default.
Now here is something that will make a lot of ad agencies mad and users happy. According to the latest report by Web Policy, starting with Firefox 22, it will block all third party cookies by default, which is what Safari did for quite some time now.
So what does that mean? Third party cookies will no longer work and you won’t be tracked, unless you have previously visited the original advertiser’s web site before that.
Now here is a quick tip for you: if you are excited about the upcoming Firefox OS or simply have some time to burn, head over to the following link for a live blog from TheVerge, which is about to begin.
Not a fan of their blogging style? No problem, Engadget is covering event as well.
First alpha release is here.
If you have a Windows 8 tablet or giant Perceptive Pixel display, then your day is just about to get better. After spending almost a year on the project, Mozilla has just announced the availability of the very first nightly Firefox build for Microsoft’s Windows 8 Modern UI or whatever they decide to call it tomorrow.
For both, PC and Android.
Now here is a double treat for all you Firefox users out there. Instead of a PC release alone, Mozilla has decided to go for an extra mile and publish the final Firefox 19 builds on all the platforms, including Android.
So what’s new? As reported earlier, Firefox 19 for the PC includes a built in PDF reader, startup performance improvements as well as new web standards support.
Now here is an issue you haven’t heard about: as it turns out, both Firefox and Opera (to a lesser extent) are “leaking” your sensitive data, at least according to some reports.
The issue appears to be related to Speed Dial, which generates thumbnails of your favorite or most frequently visited web pages. As web browser takes a screenshot of the site, it does little to protect user’s privacy, especially when data is served over the SSL connection.
With experimental H.264/AAC/MP3 support.
Now here is a nice update for you. It looks like just recently, Mozilla was debating whether or not to continue supporting the H.264 codec. Now, the open source organization has pushed a new batch of Firefox nightly builds that will make at least some of its users happy. Why? Well, it has enabled a support for playing H.264/AAC in MP4 and MP3 audio files in HTML5 video and audio tags by default on Windows machines.
Well, it’s that time of the month again and as you might have guessed from the title, 2013 could be a year of major changes. That’s what Obama has promised, right?