Category: Google Chrome
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Ah, the era of NPAPI (Netscape Plugin API) and the joy and pain that it has brought to everyone. Now, it looks like Google has finally took a much needed step to get rid of it, which means that from now on, Java, Silverlight and other plugins from the 90s era won’t work by default as the API is off.
But wait, haven’t we heard that before? You are right, back in 2013, the search giant has revealed this very initiative as well as the full roadmap.
March, 2015 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Safari, Android Browser, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
After reviewing the desktop numbers, let’s go ahead and switch to the desktop.
March, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Up; Internet Explorer – Down
Another month, another report.
As Microsoft continues to work on the Project Spartan, Internet Explorer’s market share keeps sliding down, this time by 0.84 point, from 57.38% to 56.54%.
Thanks to Microsoft.
Even though Microsoft and Google are always fighting these weird battles (at least when it comes to the Internet drama, from Scroogled campaigns to Windows Phone users blocking), it looks like the search giant has seen the light and will be implementing some of the Microsoft technologies.
The technology we’re talking about is Pointer Events API, which is already used in the Internet Explorer, Opera and Firefox.
Despite obvious benefits such as improved scrolling due to a combination of touch and mouse events into a single set, Google has resisted the change and focused on improving their own APIs instead. However, the pressure from the developers did change their mind
Sneaky ad injecting extensions is a no go.
Good news for users and bad for developers, thanks to a recent crackdown by Google, the search giant has identified and removed a total of 192 Google Chrome extensions that have been injecting ads to millions of users.
As it turns out, more than 5% of all people that have visited Google sites have had at least one ad injector installed and all in all, it has affected a total of 14 million users.
Even though April Fool’s is not yet over, it looks like only Google from all the browser companieshave decided to put some effort (unless you count unrelated announcements like MS DOS for Windows Phone, etc) and announce a couple new products for the liar’s day.
First is ChromeSelfie, which integrates camera right into Chrome for a quick and easy way to take and share selfies with your friends or just pretty much anyone on the internet.
And then there is Chromebook self-browsing feature, which eliminates you from the browsing experience and leave it all to the computer, according to Google, you can write a blog post, plan your summer vacation and so on, all thanks to the self-browsing.
Low end notebooks are coming back.
Thanks to the competition from Google, it looks like those looking for a super affordable laptop will soon have another choice: a $149 Windows 10 notebook.
According to Digitimes, Microsoft is working with OEM’s to launch two 11.6 inch products, one laptop for education, which should net for around $179 (made by Elitegroup Computer Systems) while another one is aimed towards regular consumer and should cost around $149 (made by 3 Nod). Report also states that botch machines will be powered by Intel’s Bay Trail-T platform.
A total of $442,000 paid in bounties to all contestants.
Well, it seems like no one was safe in this year’s Pwn2Own hacking competition as all 4 major web browsers have failed to protect the users.
The star of this contest however was Jung Hoon Lee (lokihardt) who has managed to reap $225,000 in rewards, breaking through Chrome’s security with a buffer overflow (which earned him $110,000) and then exploiting Microsoft’s Internet Explorer ($65,000 in rewards), followed by Apple’s Safari ($50,000 in rewards).
That should be enough to improve his life for good.
Keeps the high price tag.
Not so long ago one of the spokesman at Google revealed that the search giant was working on a new version of Chromebook Pixel, which is due soon.
Well, the curtains have finally been lifted and here is what you will get:
February, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari – Down
It’s time to do the desktop.
As Microsoft continues to work on Spartan, it’s predecessor is in a downtrend as last month Internet Explorer’s market share decreased again (by 0.8 point this time), down from 58.18% to 57.38%