Chrome Called Out By FTC Over Do Not Track

By | April 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

Chrome Called Out By FTC Over Do Not TrackGoogle was singled out by Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Liebowitz this week due to not yet having detailed any plans for integrating the Do Not Track feature. What this particular privacy feature does is let consumers opt out of online tracking by Web sites and advertisers, Google belonging to both of these categories.

Apple just announced they’re going to put it in their Safari browser. So that gives you Apple, Microsoft and Mozilla. Really the only holdout — the only company that hasn’t evolved as much as we would like on this — is Google.

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Microsoft Starts Bug Warnings For Third Parties

By | April 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

Microsoft Starts Bug Warnings For Third PartiesThree security advisories were released for rival browsers by Microsoft today, two of which for Chrome and one for Opera. Said bugs were spotted by researchers at Microsoft and brought to the attention of the security teams in charge of Opera and Chrome. Opera patched the bug in October of 2010 while Google fixed the vulnerabilities last September and December.

According to Mike Reavey, the director of the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), the change is part of an expansion of the vulnerability disclosure policy launched by Microsoft the previous summer. These advisories were the first to be issued by Microsoft for vulnerabilities found in third party software. Other advisories will follow as necessary.
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Opera: Disable Auto Image Fit to Screen / Pictures Resizing

By | April 20, 2011 | 6 Comments

Opera: Disable Auto Image Fit to Screen / Pictures ResizingIf you are not a fan of an automatic image fit to the window that was introduced in Opera 11.10, then don’t worry, there is a way to turn it off.

Unfortunately, you can’t do that via Opera Preferences or opera:config. However, there is an extension to solve your problem.

- Install Image Autosizer extension.
- Menu (Alt) > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
- Find Image Autosizer and click on the gear icon > Preferences.
- Seek for the gray bar that is titled “Advanced” and click on it.
- View modes > When image is larger than window: Enable default and Original (see picture below).
- Save changes.
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Safari to Receive “Do Not Track” Feature

By | April 19, 2011 | 2 Comments

Safari to Receive "Do Not Track" FeatureIf the Wall Street Journal reports are to be believed, then the upcoming version of Apple’s Safari web browser (that comes with Mac OS X Lion) will include an option for users to disable tracking via cookies.

The recent Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4 releases already include “Do Not Track” functionality and with Safari soon to follow, Google Chrome and Opera are the only browsers that leave their users behind.

Hopefully, this will change soon.

Maxthon Theme for Firefox 4

By | April 19, 2011 | 3 Comments

Maxthon Theme for Firefox 4Much in the same spirit as the Google Chrome Theme for Firefox 4 post, I have chosen to present this Maxthon theme for the very same web browser.

MX3 harnesses all the buttons and colors you would normally find in Maxthon itself. The official Maxthon blog took a rather cynical approach to describing it.

The theme is available from here. Enjoy!

Block Visitors That Block Ads?

By | April 19, 2011 | 18 Comments

Block Visitors That Block Ads

As webmasters try to do their best to achieve the profit targets they desire, thanks to ad blockers in pretty much every web browser, it’s not as easy as some might think.

Well, it looks like at least one web site has found a so called “solution”: block visitors that bring no revenue.

See the picture above? That’s what happens when you visit dollarade.com partners web site and have NoScript/AdBlock installed.

While it does not look like a good idea to me, I am not the one paying that site’s server bills.

Google Chrome Theme for Firefox 4

By | April 19, 2011 | 1 Comment

Google Chrome Theme for Firefox 4

If you prefer Firefox functionality but want Google Chrome look, then here is something for you.

FXChrome is a simple, Google Chrome like theme for Firefox 4.

There is not much left to say other than: click here and check it out.

Be sure to check the installation instructions.

Via: FirefoxFacts

Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, April 18th

By | April 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, April 18th

FavBrowser.com

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Google Chrome Has 120 Million Users

By | April 18, 2011 | 5 Comments

Google Chrome Has 120 Million UsersBack in December, Google has announced that Google Chrome has more than 120 million active users, which is good.

However, during the Q1 2011 earnings call, company has stated that Google Chrome sees about 30% growth every quarter and now has 120 million active users.

Confused yet? Turns out, 120 million active users milestone that was hit in December was not using DAU (Daily Active Users) metric. Instead, it relied on more “generic” active users calculations.

Makes you wonder what parameters do other web browser companies use to count their users…

Opera 11.10 Final Bugs

By | April 15, 2011 | 38 Comments

After playing with Opera 11.10 for a few days I wanted to show you some of the most annoying bugs.

- Zoom Picture > Save (CTRL+Click) > Picture Scroll Feature Turns Itself On
- Payoneer.com Broken Menus
- Scroll Bar Appears in Some Text Select Fields
- Speed Dial Reloads After Restart

Since the “close button bug” is already reported, it was not included in the video.

Just like with the few previous major new builds, I believe that this release is rushed and shouldn’t have been labeled as the “Final” in the first place. But then again, maybe those things do not happen to other users and 11.10 is in fact as solid as rock.

UPDATE:

Tiffany Brown from Opera Software was kind enough to explain pretty much all the mentioned bugs.

Speed Dial Reload bug:

I think what you’re seeing with Speed Dial has to do with changes we have made to that feature. It *appears* to reload, but doesn’t actually fetch new content unless you (or the site’s developers) have actually enabled automatic refreshing.

Payoneer

The issue is related to how Opera 11.10 is calculating the offset on that page. The fix is to use clientHeight if it is larger than offsetHeight. I will reach out to Payoneer’s development team. Sometimes things change between versions. Opera 11.10 reports offsetHeight correctly, but somehow the menu script on their site is not recognizing that.