Meet the Web Bluetooth.
Recently, Google has pushed a new Chrome Dev build, which bumps the version number to 48.0.2564.8 and brings at least one interesting new feature.
What are we talking about? The search giant has started working on implementing Web Bluetooth (currently available on Chrome OS and Chrome Dev for Android, with PC support to follow soon), which allows you to pass the “messages” to devices back and forth without them being connected to the Internet and all based on their capabilities.
Yes, the wait is over.
Long time ago, when Firefox was still a pretty dominant web browser, Mozilla said that they see no point to release a half-baked version of Firefox for iOS that uses WebKit rather than Gecko. Fast forward to now and the open source organization is singing another song.
The result? Firefox for iOS is finally here and can be downloaded by anyone on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Yes, it uses WebKit, which makes it more of a FireFaux web browser, but Mozilla still hopes to get at least some of the users with key selling points like data sync between Firefox Desktop and Mobile, intuitive tab management, Private Browsing and flexible search.
Goes from Opera Software to Opera.
In case you missed, yesterday, Norwegian browser maker has announced its new logo and slogan. As you can see in the video above (or below), it brought back the 3D effect, which was missing since Microsoft went all in with the flat UI and influenced other companies as well.
Here is a pretty meaningless video, which (I guess) should inspire you:
Now here’s something pretty awesome (see the video below).
While nVidia was not busy manipulating benchmarks, it looks like they have managed to create a pretty awesome Chrome extension, which allows you to play PC games on your web browser. Not just any PC games, all PC games, including NES, SNES and more.
How? The streaming technology.
When browsing Gmail.
Remember when days when pretty much every browser maker reported the improvements they have made to the performance on monthly basis? Then everyone got quiet and worked mostly on new features and such.
Well, today you can relive the glory days as Google has just announced the awesome optimizations they made for Google Chrome 45. By aggressively cleaning the unused memory, web sites now consume around 10% less memory and when it comes to heavy applications (like Gmail), the difference is even more noticeable.
Coming in November.
Recently, Mozilla has ditched its low end phones approach and committed to new releases every 6 months. Now, the open source organization has revealer more details about the next major release: Firefox OS 2.5, promising for it to be the “most customizable, secure, locally relevant and empowering Firefox OS experience yet”.
As announced in the blog post, the upcoming build allow users to view and customize the source, making it super easy to add or remove any changes you want (see the video below).
In addition to that, Firefox OS will also support Firefox like extension mechanism, which will enable to add or remove user interface features or enhance phone capabilities.
With the upcoming Windows 10 release, Microsoft has started releasing waves of marketing videos that aim to familiarize people with the new operating system and get them to upgrade (for free).
One of such videos is all about the true Internet Explorer killer, Edge. What is it all about? New features and marketing fluff as some of these advertised things have excited for quite some now, such as the reading mode. As far as the video rundown goes, it also talks about the Cortana integration, which we are yet to see if it will be available to everyone worldwide. Anything else? Yes, but it has been known for ages: Reading lists, inking support and so on.
RIP: Spartan branding.
Yesterday, Microsoft has released a new developer preview build (10158) for the PC, which includes a lot of new Edge feature and improvements. However, even though we have reported some of them (thanks to the leaks), here is the complete and official list on the changes that have been made since the most recent official release.
So what exactly is new and available for the immediate testing?
And other changes.
Today, Norwegian browser maker has released the very first Opera 32 build (Developer Preview) and it includes at least one interesting new feature: animated themes.
So what animated themes do is impose a looped video instead of a static background, which is displayed in Speed Dial, Bookmarks, Discover and pretty much every other page. However, while it does sound and look cool, animated backgrounds are really distracting and it’s probably not something that you will continue using. Here is a video demo for you:
Russian language knowledge is not required.
If you’ve had hard time falling asleep because the “what does the browser rap sound like?” question kept running through your head then good news, it has finally been answered by Fl1cker, a Russian rapper who decided to write some lyrics about Opera Coast.
Check it out: