Category: Web Browsers

June, 2015 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome – Up, Android Browser, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down

By | July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just like every month, it’s time to reveal the mobile market share data for June from the NetApplications.

After quite a few months of drops, Safari is ready to fight back and is up by 1.99 point, from 39.67% to 41.66%.
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Palemoon To “Dump” Gecko

By | July 13, 2015 | 4 Comments

Palemoon To “Dump” GeckoWhile 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:
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Recent Leak Reveals New Adobe Flash Exploit

By | July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Recent Leak Reveals New Adobe Flash ExploitAnd everyone was vulnerable.

It seems like Flash has more security holes than the Swiss cheese and thanks to a recent leak, every single one of computers running it were vulnerable to a new attack.

The news come after the breach of the “Hacking Team”, an Italian spyware manufacturer, which have had clients (mostly governments) from all over the world. As it turns out, in more than 400 gigabytes of published data, there was a yet unknown Flash vulnerability, which too got revealed and allowed anyone (with some tech knowledge) to exploit computers running Adobe Flash or earlier.
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June, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Up, Internet Explorer – Down

By | July 7, 2015 | 2 Comments

It’s getting hot out there but the web browser news must go on, and today we look at the latest market share data from the NetApplications.
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CyanogenMod Developing Their Own Web Browser

By | July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

CyanogenMod Developing Their Own Web BrowserAnd it’s called “Gello”.

CyanogenMod, the team that has brought you the popular Android ROM, which has since been used not only by the enthusiasts but also OEMs, has posted a teaser video on their Google+ page, indicating that there are working on their own web browser.

If you don’t feel like watching a video (which can’t be embed), here is what was teased: flexible downloader manager, granular privacy controls as well as offline reading mode.
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Emergency Flash Update Is Rolling Out Now

By | June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Emergency Flash Update Is Rolling Out NowAdobe Flash Player

Ah, Adobe Flash, the plugin that every single one of us loves to death, thanks to a never ending streak of security vulnerabilities and all kinds of issues. One might wonder, how many more are there left.

However, while most are routinely fixed and rolled out in batches, earlier this week Adobe was forced to release a critical update to machines running Windows, Mac and Linux as the latest vulnerability is extremely serious and has been already exploited by various hackers worldwide.
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Adobe Flash Player 18 Could Be Less Annoying

By | June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Adobe Flash Player 18 Beta Could Be Less AnnoyingAssuming it’s not bundled with the web browser already.

If you haven’t heard already, Adobe Flash Player 18 will be the first release that might not be as terrible as some expect, mainly because of the one feature: it will no longer require you to restart / close web browser when updating to a newer build, if the web browser vendor has made that possible. Firefox for example will only require you to refresh the web page that has Flash content.

As far as other changes go, the latest build fixes dozens of Microsoft Edge related bugs, brings video texture support for Android, adds audio APIS to Flash Player NPAPI and more.
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23 X Times More Performance: Google, Microsoft, Mozilla & Others Join Forces

By | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

23 X Times More Performance: Google, Microsoft, Mozilla & Others Join ForcesWill co-develop a new binary format.

It’s nice to see tech giants that are usually competing with one another coming together to work on something that will benefit users all over the globe. The most recent example comes from a new announcement, which details the forthcoming partnership between Mozilla, Microsoft, WebKit engineers and others.

What is it all about? As you might know, when it comes to executing JavaScript files, browsers simply download them from a server, compile them using their own JavaScript engine and then execute. How exactly is this a problem? It is not but there is a ton of improvements that developers can make to speed everything up (such as Mozilla’s ASM.JS, Google’s NativeClient or Microsoft’s TypeScript). However, a newly joined “alliance” aims to make a new binary format called WebAssembly, which should merge all vendor’s efforts into a single compilation target.
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Microsoft Details Edge Site Compatibility Improvements

By | June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Microsoft Details Edge Site Compatibility ImprovementsIf you are a web developer, then dealing with multiple web browsers and rendering engines is something that you have been accustomed to. However, sometimes supporting legacy web browser versions might not only slow down your site but also impact other user’s experience (assuming you decide not to implement something because it does not work on the older versions of IE).

In any case, today Microsoft has shared more details about the different implementations that Edge utilizes to render everything properly.

In one example it was shown how using an incorrect charset or malformed refresh equiv (assuming it was a mistake by the developer) will ruin the web site, at least in some way.
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Microsoft Edge Final Release Date & New Features

By | June 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Microsoft Edge Final Release Date & New FeaturesWindows 10 Build 10134 leaks, screenshots below.

Over the weekend, we’ve seen a freshly leaked build of Windows 10, which has revealed at least two new features that were added to Microsoft’s Edge web browser.

The first is a small but welcome UI tweak: a home button in the address bar, which will quickly bring you to the home page of your choice. What if you are a power user and don’t need such thing? The good news is that it can be hidden via settings so everybody wins,

Next feature however is a must for any modern web browser: ability to import favorites from other web browsers.
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