Category: Web Browsers

Microsoft Tweaks Browser Ballot Screen

By | March 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

Microsoft Tweaks Browser Ballot ScreenAs ballot screen was pushed at the beginning of March, various users started noticing anomalies behind random browser order.

For some reason, it would favor Google Chrome, increasing its chances to be first, second or third in the list.

As a result, Microsoft has tweaked random order algorithm, which solved this issue. Unfortunately, no more details were provided.

“We can confirm that we made a change to the random icon order algorithm in the browser choice screen for Europe. We are confident the algorithm change will be an improvement. As always, we are grateful for the feedback we get from developers, and we thank those who commented on the topic and suggested changes,” said Microsoft’s Kevin Kutz.

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Next Firefox JavaScript Engine to Use WebKit

By | March 5, 2010 | 10 Comments

According to hacks.mozilla.org, the upcoming Firefox JavaScript engine (codenamed JägerMonkey) will be using some of the WebKit code snippets to speed things up.

Although JägerMonkey is still in early stages, engine is already 18% faster than its predecessor (thanks to WebKit). Furthermore, ETA is not yet announced.

As for codename, Jäger is a German word that means “hunter”, go figure.

Thanks to mabdul and Nox for the news tip.

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Opera Downloads Triples, Ballot Screen to “Blame”?

By | March 4, 2010 | 18 Comments

Opera Downloads Triples, Ballot Screen to According to Rolf Assev, Opera’s chief strategy officer, desktop browser downloads has tripled in some of the countries, since the launch of ballot screen.

Although Opera 10.50 Final was released at the time of ballot screen debut (1 day difference), he added: “We compared the downloads against previous launches, such as Opera 10.0, 10.10 and 9.5, and the tripling is above what we would normally expect with a new version launch”.

Waiting for download numbers…

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Weekly Browsers Recap, March 1st

By | March 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, March 1st

Thanks to mabdul and Nox for links.

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Steam Replaces Internet Explorer with WebKit

By | February 26, 2010 | 3 Comments

Steam Replaces Internet Explorer with WebKit
Steam, one of the most popular content delivery platforms is ditching Internet Explorer rendering engine in favor of Webkit.

“We swapped out the Internet Explorer rendering engine with WebKit, which gives us a bunch of size, stability and performance benefits,” John Cook, Director of Steam Development at Valve said.

Who’s next?

If you would like to try a new version of Steam (beta), please visit the following page.

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Weekly Browsers Recap, February 22nd

By | February 22, 2010 | 3 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, February 22nd

Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks, mabdul and Nox for links.

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Pwn2Own: Internet Explorer 8, 7 vs. Firefox 3 vs. Chrome 4 vs. Safari 4

By | February 18, 2010 | 21 Comments

Pwn2Own: Internet Explorer 8 vs. Firefox 3 vs. Chrome 4 vs. Safari 4In the upcoming Pwn2Own contest, hackers will be trying to “pwn” Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Apple Safari web browsers. Competition will be active for three days, with a total cash prize pool of $40 000, where each target is worth $10 000.

Contestants will be trying to exploit:

Day 1
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7 Continue Reading

RIM Introduces Webkit Browser

By | February 16, 2010 | 8 Comments

RIM Introduces Webkit Browser
Last year, Research in Motion has acquired mobile web browser maker Torch Mobile, which used WebKit rendering engine for its product(s).

Following that acquisition, today RIM has demonstrated an early build of WebKit based browser for BlackBerry phones. Continue Reading

Weekly Browsers Recap, February 15th

By | February 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, February 15th

Thanks to Mabdul for links.

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Kids Friendly Internet Explorer 8

By | February 9, 2010 | 5 Comments

Kids Friendly Internet Explorer 8In association with the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 8 for children.

The most important tool in this version is CEOP Button, which behavior is similar to web slices. Once it is clicked, youngster can report inappropriate site or even seek out for help for the given topics: cyberbullying, viruses, harmful content, hacking, mobile problems, and sexual behavior.

In addition, there is also a special search add-on, which shall filter harmful content and do not expose it to your children.

Download.

Picture Source: ArsTechnica.

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