Category: Internet Explorer
Yesterday, Adobe has released a Beta version of Flash Player 10.2 bringing some nice enhancements, including: hardware acceleration support.
Stage Video hardware acceleration
A new method for video playback in Flash Player will allow developers to leverage complete hardware acceleration of the video rendering pipeline, enabling best-in-class playback performance. Stage Video can dramatically decrease processor usage and enables higher frame rates, reduced memory usage, and greater pixel fidelity and quality.
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:
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.
• Microsoft Caught Cheating in the Sunspider Benchmark
Oh boy, here we go again.
Oh boy, here we go again.
If rumors are proved to be true, then Internet Explorer 9 has got some dirty tricks up its sleeve and they were just debunked.
To put it simply: Microsoft may be cheating in the Sunspider benchmark.
Mozilla’s engineer Rob Sayre was testing different web browsers until he noticed something odd.
Screams for more performance.
Although it’s been a mere three weeks since the last IE9 Platform Preview release, Microsoft has recently released a yet another build that is Platform Preview 7.
According to the IE Team, since the release of Internet Explorer 9 Beta, it has already generated more than 13 million downloads and proved to be a huge success.
As far as this release goes, Platform Preview 7 continues its bug fixing marathon and real world performance improvements. Therefore, SunSpider benchmark results have improved as well.
As always, no UI for you.
Or so it seems.
According to the “Dirty Dozen” applications list (which is basically a collection/report of the most discovered software flaws that require security updates), when it comes to vulnerabilities, Google Chrome is the no. 1 application to get.
Furthermore, same report claims that Internet Explorer has far less security flaws than Safari or Firefox web browsers.
Well, that did not take long.
Yesterday, a new app called Browser+ ($0.99) was included into the Windows Phone marketplace.
Basically, it’s a modified Internet Explorer Mobile shell with the enhanced functionality:
Private (incognito) mode
On the downside, it does not yet support landscape mode.