Firefox 5 First Look

By | February 17, 2011 | 8 Comments

Even though the Final version of Firefox 4 has not yet been released, Mozilla team is already working on a new UI functionality for the upcoming Firefox 5 (targeted this year) browser.

One of the few new features is tab coloring by favicon (which for some users might be a headache (if can’t be disabled)).
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Firefox 4 RC1 Coming Next Week

By | February 17, 2011 | 4 Comments

Firefox 4 RC1 Coming Next WeekIt looks like the development of Firefox 4 is doing well as Mozilla now plans to release the RC build of an open-source web browser later next week on February 25th.

However, don’t forget Beta 12 which should be landing shortly.

As for the Final version, it is targeted for the March release.

Majority Of Web Browsers Are Unpatched

By | February 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

Majority of Web Browsers Are UnpatchedWolfgang Kandek, CTO of security risk and compliance management provider Qualys, revealed that approximately 80% of web browsers are susceptible to exploits of bugs that have already been patched. Kandek attributed this mostly to Windows, saying “All the different patching mechanisms are confusing, a bit of this and some of that.”

As discovered by BrowserCheck (which scans Windows, Mac and Linux machines for vulnerable browsers along with browser plug-ins), Oracle’s Java was the most probable plug-in to be outdated for the second year in a row, comprising a total of 40% scanned systems. Adobe’s Reader and Apple’s QuickTime were second and third, taking up 32% and 25% respectively.

Proposed solutions include:

  • Microsoft taking charge of patching crucial third party plug-ins via single updater.
  • Moving to HTML5, so browsers would no longer require various audio and video processing plug-ins.

Opera Mini for iPad

By | February 17, 2011 | 2 Comments

Here is a video sneak peak of the upcoming Opera Mini version for the iPad.

Thanks, max1c!

Introducing Google Chrome Web Search Blocklist Extension

By | February 16, 2011 | 4 Comments

Google, always out to improve their search engine to allow for maximum efficiency, has released the Personal Blocklist extension for Google Chrome which allows users to block certain sites from showing up in their search results.

Introducing Google Chrome Web Search Blocklist Extension
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Windows Phone Internet Explorer 9 Mobile vs. Safari

By | February 16, 2011 | 2 Comments

Hardware acceleration supported.

Thanks, RamaSubbu SK!

IE9 RC: 2 Million Downloads

By | February 16, 2011 | 5 Comments

IE9 RC: 2 Million DownloadsEven though the release candidate build of Internet Explorer 9 has been just recently released, it has already been downloaded more than 2 million times.

Although Windows Update offered IE9 Beta users to download the updated build, Microsoft has pointed out that every single one of those downloads were user-initiated downloads.

Director of Firefox Leaves Mozilla

By | February 15, 2011 | 4 Comments

Director of Firefox Leaves MozillaMike Beltzner, Mozilla’s Director if Firefox will be leaving company right after Firefox 4 Final release.

For around six years (sine Firefox 1.5), he has been leading development of the open-source browser and assures everyone that this wasn’t really an easy decision to make.

It’s not a choice I made lightly, I can assure you. I’m incredibly eager to see how Mozilla continues to evolve, shifting its strategy to the new world in which the Web is not just alive and thriving, but evolving and transforming daily

As for the future, Mike is planning to join Dug as product strategist.

Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, February 14th

By | February 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, February 14th

FavBrowser.com

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Opera 11.10 Coming

By | February 14, 2011 | 18 Comments

Opera 11.10 ComingAccording to Opera Desktop Team blog post, the upcoming 11.10 web browser version code name is Barracuda.

Although not much information was given, it was revealed that one of the popular Opera features will be “taken to the next level” and that the very first snapshot is coming in the near future.