Category: Web Browsers
Other web browser vendors to get jealous.
Good news for all the Google Chrome users, IBM’s John J. Barton, the core developer of Firebug, will be joining Google’s Chrome team to work on its next generation Web dev tools.
What made him to take such decision? According to John, working on the next gen Firebug is not practical as browsers change too fast for the size of its team to keep up and shift from desktop to mobile requires additional development time. Furthermore, he could not obtain another year of support from IBM to continue the contributions.
Baidu, China’s largest search engine has launched the Beta version of its own web browser, which was in development for quite some time, as reported earlier by FavBrowser.
Codenamed FlyFlow, Baidu Browser uses the WebKit rendering engine that seems to be a number one choice for many web browser developers these days.
Furthermore, FlyFlow has over 30,000 available applications for its users to choose from, ranging from online games to videos.
- Debugging Web Workers in IE10
- Introducing BrowserID: A better way to sign in
- How to Stop Website Tracking in Firefox
- Mozilla Challenges Google: Open Source Chrome Isn’t Good Enough
- 5 Chrome Extensions That Improve Google+
- Google Chrome Beta and Stable Channel Update
- Google Chrome Dev Channel Update
- Chrome OS Stable Channel Update
- Opera Mini 6.1 updated for Android
- Opera Mini 6.1 silent update for S60
- Opera Tech Break: Speed Dial extensions
- Opera Tips & Tricks: Background and foreground tabs
Internet Explorer 9 scores 99-100%.
NSS Labs, an independent network testing facility, has tested 5 most popular web browsers against the socially engineered malware, resulting in more controversy and flame wars all over the Internet.
Although some claim that results are sponsored by Microsoft, Rick Moy, the president of NSS Labs, said that while Microsoft did hire them to benchmark various web browsers few years ago, it was only to improve Internet Explorer’s security. However, after seeing some positive numbers, it was only then sent to the marketing department to do their thing.
Tested web browsers
Version: 18.104.22.168 Beta 1.
There is a new build of Adobe Flash Player floating around at adobe.labs.com, which brings one important feature: a native 64 bit support. All we have to do now is wait for companies other than Microsoft to release an official 64 bit build of their web browser.
However, this is not the only improvement.
With the release of Firefox 5 and Opera 11.50, TomsHardware took 5 most popular web browsers and compared them against each other.
Internet Explorer 9
Google Chrome 12
What are the results? Let’s check them out.
Recently, an application called Windows 8 UX Pack 2.0 was released, designed to make your OS look like Windows 8.
If you are as excited as some people are, then downloading it is a no brainer. However, be warned:
After installing and uninstalling the software (did not work for me), I have noticed that it has hijacked my web browsers settings with no warning. Not just Microsoft’s Internet Explorer’s, but also Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera’s (Chrome was not touched).
Readies for a heavy marketing.
RockMelt, the social web browser, which is yet to become a success, has received a $30 million funding from the new investors.
LA Times reports that the new investors, Accel Partners and Khosla Ventures, have teamed up with Andreessen Horowitz to lead a round of funding.
What makes it interesting is the fact that two of the RockMelt investors, Marc Andreessen and Jim Breyer, are already on the board of Facebook, creating a stronger bond between companies.
As far as the investment goes, RockMelt’s co-founder said that the money will be used to expand the 40 person team, push some new features and spread the word.
As of today, RockMelt has now raised a total of $40 million in funding.
As Internet Explorer is heading towards the 49% market share mark and Firefox continues its downtrend, we see interesting times are approaching indeed, but as for now, let’s focus on what had happened over the course of June.
No surprises here, Internet Explorer has lost some of its market share again, down from 54.27% to 53.68% (0.59 point decrease).
And how to fix them. Part 1.
Although the web browser user interface keeps evolving, it looks like from time to time some random programmer (who has no design experience) decides to implement a feature and mess things up. And you know what the worst part is? It looks “fine” to him/her and change is approved by management who has no design experience as well. Or at least it looks this way.