If you have bought a Lenovo laptop this or last year and haven’t heard yet, one of the most successful PC makers has been caught installing adware on a number of machines with reports starting from mid-2014.
Basically, a software called Superfish is injecting third party ads on Google searches. Not only that, it also injects its own certificate, allowing to snoop on secure connections and decrypt them. Just take a look at this screenshot:
Shows that they do listen to the community.
And boy did we have to wait.
Back in 1999, the IETF and W3C have finalized the HTTP/1.1 protocol and now, 16 years later, it looks like the IETF HTTP Working Group has finally announced the work on HTTP/2 is now complete and it’s on the way to be published as a standard.
Why is HTTP/2 such a big deal? Well, as you might expect from 16 years of progress, it does bring faster page load times, longer lived connections, ability to deliver tons of requests at the same time thanks to the multiplexing feature, which means that the rest of the page load won’t be blocked by some of the heavier items.
Version 29.0.1773.0 Developer Preview.
When it comes to changes, visual ones are usually more exciting than the minor new feature ones. And today we have a new release from Opera, which includes the former. The history page was updated to match the overall Opera style, which also means an inclusion of the navigation bar.
In addition to that, you will be able to access your history much faster now as all internal pages (such as Bookmarks, Speed Dial and Discover) now include a button for a quick access.
Joins Google and Amazon.
It looks like Microsoft is one of many big names that are now too paying the company behind everyone’s beloved AdBlock Plus extension.
According to the report by Financial Times, the Bing Ads will now be unblocked by default all thanks to the recently struck deal, which includes an undisclosed amount of money.
The software giant has also confirmed the change with the following statement:
If you have not installed Windows 10 on your PC and still want to play with Microsoft’s new rendering engine (Edge) then here’s another option: grab a preview build of Windows Phone 10, which was just released.
However, in case you are wondering whether or not this build includes Spartan, it does not. Instead, just like in Windows 10, Internet Explorer is still a default web browser but with a new engine. On a positive note, IE will be replaced with Spartan in future builds.
In an effort to protects its users and reduce the number of malicious add-ons, the open source organization has announced its plans to enforce extension signing, which means that starting from Q2, 2015, developers will have to get a signature verification from Mozilla. The extension signing warnings will first appear on Firefox 39.
With tab sync.
Following the release of Opera 28 Beta, which brings bookmark sync (as well as Mac specific improvements like smaller install packages), Norwegian browser maker has just published the first developer preview build of Opera 29.
As one might guess, the next browser build continues the work on synchronization and now allows you to open the recent tabs from other computers.
January, 2015 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Safari, Android Browser, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
After finding out the desktop market share numbers, let’s do the desktop!
Despite record iPhone sales, Safari continues to go the opposite direction, down from 43.76% to 43.20% (0.56 point decrease).
If you haven’t experienced or tested the Spartan yet (and by that we mean IE’s new rendering engine) then here’s something that I am sure a lot are curious about: a set of tests that compare Spartan versus other web browsers, including IE.
Thanks to guys at AnandTech, that’s exactly what they did with Windows 10 build 9926 running on Core i7-860.
Here are the results: