Category: Upcoming

New Data Center For America

By | October 4, 2011 | 2 Comments

New Data Center For AmericaOpera Software has announced that it will be opening a new data center for Americans to better serve almost 130 million Opera Mini users. Why? Apparently serious hardware is needed to accommodate the close to 80 billion web pages, or 11.4 petabytes, served through Opera Mini each month. Users of Opera Turbo will surely benefit as well.

What Opera Software evidently intends to do with this new data center is provide American users with even faster browsing. In addition to that, the new data center, located at the Fortress Colocation Centers, follows Opera Software’s commitment to the environment, for it uses 80% renewable energy. Sounds great for American users!

Silent Updates Coming To Firefox After All

By | October 4, 2011 | 4 Comments

Silent Updates Coming To Firefox After AllA year after it pulled the plug on silent updates in Firefox 4, Mozilla said it will debut most of the behind-the-scenes feature by early next year. Assuming Mozilla pulls off silent upgrading this time around, it would make Firefox only the second browser to take that route. Google’s Chrome has been the poster boy for automatic updates that remove the user from the equation and can’t be switched off.
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Weekly Browsers Recap, October 3rd

By | October 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, October 3rd

[Thanks, Ichan, RamaSubbu SK, Shane Bundy]

Opera Prepares For The Hardware Accelerated WebGL Release

By | October 3, 2011 | 23 Comments

WebGL: iOS RAGE

A long time ago, Opera has released an experimental browser build that supports everyone’s loved hardware acceleration.

However, ever since then, there was little to no talk regarding estimated release date of the public build.
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Chrome To Take Second Place From Firefox Soon

By | September 29, 2011 | 34 Comments

Data provided by StatCounter, a company that tracks browser usage using the free analytics tools it offers websites, shows that Chrome will pass Firefox to take second place right behind Internet Explorer (IE) no later than December.
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Amazon’s New Silk Redefines Browser Tech

By | September 29, 2011 | 11 Comments

Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet recently launched in New York. What’s more interesting to us is that the company also showed off a bit of potentially radical software technology as well, namely the new browser for the Fire, called Silk.
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RockMelt Beta 4 Coming Soon, New Reading Experience

By | September 26, 2011 | 5 Comments

RockMelt Beta 4 is to be released sometime in the next few weeks and will bring with it several new features, one of which being called Social Reading.
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Consumers Can Go For Fewer Firefox Releases

By | September 26, 2011 | 5 Comments

Consumers Can Go For Fewer Firefox ReleasesUsers and developers cited a number of reasons why consumers might want to use the less frequent Extended Support Release (ESR) builds that were announced recently. These include problems with extensions unable to keep up with the six week cadence, and a desire for fewer updates on machines they support for family and friends.

The ESR Firefox may also be just “good enough” for many users, one Mozilla developer argued.

The reason I expect a lot of users to switch to these ESR builds is not because they want extensions to work or because of any one issue that we can fix in the future. It’s simply because Firefox works ‘good enough’ right now and they don’t want to have to deal with change. – Cheng Wang on the mozilla.planning.dev discussion group

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Mozilla Suggests Slower Firefox Release Pace For Enterprises

By | September 23, 2011 | 7 Comments

Mozilla Suggests Slower Firefox Release Pace For EnterprisesRemember how Mozilla rejected the faster Firefox release schedule (it was posted yesterday)? Well, here’s a new proposal and it goes like this: the Firefox release pace for enterprises is to be significantly slowed down. This should make corporate IT quite a bit happier.

If the proposal is adopted, Mozilla will deliver a new version of Firefox to enterprises every 30 weeks. That is five times slower than to consumers. During each 30 week stretch, Mozilla would issue only security updates for the browser. In addition, each enterprise edition would be supported for an additional 12 weeks after the release of its successor, assuring companies 42 weeks of support for each version. Continue Reading

Mozilla Rejects Faster Firefox Release Schedule

By | September 22, 2011 | 10 Comments

Mozilla Rejects Faster Firefox Release ScheduleA pitch to accelerate Firefox’s rapid release schedule even further i.e. shipping a new version every five weeks, was rejected by Mozilla. The proposal, made by Mozilla engineering manager Josh Aas last week, would have cut weeks from the current scheme.

Moving to a five week cycle would mean a fix going into mozilla central would get to users three weeks faster. That’s a big deal. It’s an upgrade in responsiveness that we can’t afford to pass on if we can pull it off. - Josh Aas, Mozilla engineering manager, on the mozilla.dev.planning forum

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