Category: Google Chrome
Recently, an application called Windows 8 UX Pack 2.0 was released, designed to make your OS look like Windows 8.
If you are as excited as some people are, then downloading it is a no brainer. However, be warned:
After installing and uninstalling the software (did not work for me), I have noticed that it has hijacked my web browsers settings with no warning. Not just Microsoft’s Internet Explorer’s, but also Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera’s (Chrome was not touched).
As Internet Explorer is heading towards the 49% market share mark and Firefox continues its downtrend, we see interesting times are approaching indeed, but as for now, let’s focus on what had happened over the course of June.
No surprises here, Internet Explorer has lost some of its market share again, down from 54.27% to 53.68% (0.59 point decrease).
Even though the plus.google.com service is not yet publicly available and some people feel like the guy above, it does not stop developers from jumping into the Google+ boat early.
One of such people has already created a Google Chrome extension (Facebook Friend Exporter), which will export your Facebook contact data to Google Contacts or CSV.
What should be noted is this: according to the developer, as of the 5th of July, Facebook is working hard to prevent you from exporting your friends data and has already removed their emails from your profile.
However, the guy behind Facebook Friend Exporter is already working on a new version that is set to use the different approach to bypass Facebook trickery.
And how to fix them. Part 1.
Although the web browser user interface keeps evolving, it looks like from time to time some random programmer (who has no design experience) decides to implement a feature and mess things up. And you know what the worst part is? It looks “fine” to him/her and change is approved by management who has no design experience as well. Or at least it looks this way.
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In the week after the arrival of Firefox 5, Firefox 4′s market share dropped by more than half, going from 16% to 7.2% according to analytics company StatCounter. During the same period, Firefox 5′s share of the market rose form 0.50% to 10%, signifying that the new version took on the decline of Firefox 4 and more.
By comparison, Chrome’s most recent upgrade made Firefox’s gains seem less dramatic. With the release of Chrome 12, Chrome 11′s share plummeted from 17% to 2.7% in the first seven days, a drop of approximately 84% in usage. Chrome 12′s market share, on the other hand, jolted up from 0.70% to 15.5% in the same time frame.
The following web browsers were tested:
Internet Explorer 10 (Platform Preview 2)
Internet Explorer 9
Google Chrome 13 (13.0.782.41)
Google Chrome 12 (12.0.742.112)
Safari 5.0.5 (7533.21.1)
Thanks to the continuous security improvements, the latest dev version of Google Chrome now blocks insecure scripts.
If the web site is secured via HTTPS protocol, Google’s web browser will also check whether or not the specific parts of the code (such as scripts, external CSS, etc.) also use HTTPS to deliver data.
In case they do not, Google Chrome will notify the user and offer to either block the insecure script or load it anyway.
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