While press screams doom and gloom for Firefox, here’s a real explanation.
Not so long time ago developers behind Palemoon, a web browser based on Firefox’s Gecko rendering engine, have announced that they will be switching away from Mozilla’s to their own rendering engine called Goanna.
Now, before you start thinking about the PR disaster for Mozilla, it does not take rocket science to figure out that nothing actually changes. How so? Here’s a story in 60 seconds or less:
From mobile to desktop.
It looks like the success of UC Browser on handheld devices has allowed developers to invest and create the desktop version of the very same browser as well.
Available for Windows, it comes in two flavors: Global and Indian and features many of the features that you would expect: Cloud Sync, Speed Dial, Themes and so on. And yes, it’s another Chromium web browser.
On a downside, the install is pretty sneaky as the advanced options icon is sort of hidden, not to mention “Set as default browser” option, which is set by default and tries to trick you when you open UC Browser for the very first time with this:
If you are wondering how exactly the new search engine deal (where Yahoo! replaced Google as a default search engine in Firefox) has affected the trends in the industry, just take a look at the new data from Net Applications.
According to the new stats, Yahoo! has managed to [almost] triple its market share, up from 3.52% to 9.31% (5.79 points increase).
App becomes “Mini Web Browser”
If you’re wondering how tight Microsoft quality / fake apps control in the market place is then look no further than at the fake Opera Mini app, which was available for anyone to download for around 6 months.
April, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini – Up; Safari, Android Browser, Internet Explorer – Down
It’s the middle of May as we dig into the previous month’s mobile market share data.
Kicking things off with Safari, Apple’s web browser has seen a decrease of 2.14 points, from 53.91% to 51.77%.
Results are better than expected.
In its first release of statistics on the Acceptable Ads, AdBlock has revealed some interesting numbers that are worth mentioning.
According to a post by Ben Williams, they have rejected over 50% of all whitelist applicants (777) because their ads were not acceptable. In addition to that, they have only accepted 9.5% of all applicants, although the number is misleading due to the fake applications and/or communication breakdowns.
It’s finally happening, the day we’ve been all waiting for…
Remember the days when you went to your friend’s house to fix the computer only to see dozens of weird toolbars blocking the view? So does Yahoo.
Yesterday, the Internet giant has revealed a new version of its toolbar (for the US), which allows users to quickly access all the Yahoo services as well as connect other social networks, such as Facebook and Thumblr.
It seems like the release of PirateBrowser has made quite a splash in the tech community.
According to the recent report, the anti-censorship browser by ThePirateBay has been downloaded over 100,000 times and that’s just in the last 72 hours.
For those interested in the PirateBrowser, it should be noted that it only combats censorship and does not actually make the Internet experience fully anonymous.
No innovation, move along.
If you are using an ISP that blocks things that shouldn’t be blocked in the first place, then PirateBrowser might very well be one of the web browsers to consider.
What is PirateBrowser anyway? Basically, it’s nothing more than just a bundle (Firefox 23 and a Tor client), although The Pirate Bay also said to have included some proxy configuration to speed things up. That’s pretty much it. Also, at least for now it’s Windows only, with Mac and Linux versions coming later.