OS X: WebKit Outeperforms Chromium in JavaScript Benchmark

By | August 19, 2009 | 4 Comments

Ars Technica reports that the latest build of WebKit has outperformed Chromium by more than 15% in SunSpider benchmark.

They have also tested Safari 4.0.3, Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1, Firefox 3.5.2, Camino 2.0 Beta 3 and Opera 10 Beta 3 web browsers.

OS X: WebKit Outeperforms Chromium in JavaScript Benchmark
Lower is better

Mozilla Execs Want Changes to Microsoft’s ‘Ballot Screen’ Proposal

By | August 18, 2009 | 19 Comments

Computer World writes:

Mozilla executives today began a concerted campaign to prod European Union (EU) antitrust regulators to demand more from Microsoft than the browser “ballot screen” Windows will offer users later this year.

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NSS Security Test: More Details Emerge

By | August 18, 2009 | 11 Comments

NSS Security Test: More Details EmergeHere are some more details from Ars Tecnica, which should clarify Microsoft and NSS Labs “sponsorship” deal.

In terms of sponsorship of the reports, “this stuff is expensive to do right, and we need to monetize it somehow,” Moy told Ars. “We invited Google, Mozilla, Apple, Opera to participate, but they didn’t even bother to respond, except for Opera, which stated they “don’t really focus on malware.”

Also, readers have noticed that Firefox 3.5 was not included in those tests, here is a reason (as from .pdf).

We would have liked to have been able to test Firefox 3.5 which was released on June 30, 2009, and attempted to test it alongside the other browsers. However, serious instability where the browser repeatedly crashed (a widely reported issue) along with poor results prevented its inclusion for the sake of fairness.

For NSS Security Test results, see the following page.

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Maxthon Tests Tear-off Feature

By | August 18, 2009 | 5 Comments

Guys who develop Maxthon web browser are working on a new feature which would allow users to detach videos from the rest of the page.

Maxthon Video Tear-off

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Weekly Browsers Recap, August 17th

By | August 17, 2009 | 1 Comment

Weekly Browsers Recap, August 17th

Google Chrome OS Screenshots

By | August 15, 2009 | 6 Comments

Mashable has posted possible screenshots of the upcoming Google Chrome OS.

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Chrome 4 in the Works

By | August 14, 2009 | 8 Comments

Chrome 4.0 Screenshots
Picture Source: cNET

Although Chrome 3.0 is still in Beta, Google engineers have already started to work on Chrome 4.0 web browsers and revealed first pre-alpha builds.

As Anthony LaForge explained: We’ve officially bumped Chromium to 4.0.x to reflect our code freeze point for 3.0. There is still a bit of work that needs to be done for 3.0 in terms of stability and fixes, and to that end we will be pulling changes into the 195 branch (what will become the stable release).

Chrome 4.0 does not bring any significant changes yet, when compared to the latest 3.0 Beta snapshot.

You can download latest builds from the following page.

Via FM_Peacekeeper (Twitter)

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Opera Chief Warns on Equal Access to Windows Services

By | August 14, 2009 | 25 Comments

Opera Software: We Want Access to Windows UpdateThe Register writes:

Microsoft might be closer to a compromise with browser rival regarding Internet Explorer on Windows, but access to key online services for PCs could be the next hurdle.

Opera Software chief executive told The Reg he welcomed Microsoft’s offer last month to give European PC users a choice of browsers on Windows, but he warned of “problems” if rival browsers don’t get equal access to crucial sites that help keep users’ PCs secure and updated.

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Security: Internet Explorer is King of the Hill, According to NSS Labs

By | August 14, 2009 | 7 Comments

Security: Internet Explorer is King of the Hill, According to NSS LabsBack in March, NSS Labs has revealed shocking statistics which suggested that Internet Explorer 8 had best effectiveness results against malware.

As of today, Neowin reports that NSS Labs has yet again tested all web browsers to find out which one has best built-in protection against phishing.

Tested web browsers:

Safari 4
Chrome 2
Internet Explorer 8
Firefox 3
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Boom! Netscape Founder to Rejoin Browser Wars with RockMelt

By | August 14, 2009 | 9 Comments

Netscape Founder to Rejoin Browser Wars with RockMeltMarc Andreessen, founder of Netscape Communications has formed a startup called RockMelt which is supposed to develop a brand new web browser.

One interesting aspect is site’s privacy policy (now removed); it has suggested that users could use Facebook ID to log into RockMelt. Do they, or do they not develop a social web browser, remains unclear. Continue Reading