Recently, Mozilla has announced a new project called “mozjpeg’”, which aims to improve the overall compression of JPEG images, hence also enhancing web page load times.
So what they did so far was to take a fork of libjpeg-turbo (a JPEG image codec that uses SIMD instructions (MMX, SSE2, NEON) to accelerate baseline JPEG compression and decompression) and combine it with ‘jpgcrush’, which, according to Mozilla, reduced the overall sample size of 1500 JPEG images from Wikipedia by 10%.
February, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
It looks like February is pretty much identical to January, at least in terms of growth.
Somewhat consolidating, Internet Explorer has lost a tiny fraction of market share, down from 58.21% to 58.19% (0.02 point decrease).
Which makes it a rate of £100 an hour.
If you feel extra lazy today and can’t be bothered to install Firefox, then Dell’s installation service is here to rescue you. As it turns out, this is exactly what the tech giant is offering on newly purchased Dell kits.
Now, the story doesn’t end here, upon learning about such practices, Mozilla has started consulting with “legal teams” as this goes against their software distribution policy.
Today, Microsoft has published an article about Internet Explorer’s reading mode, which, just as you might expect, focuses on the required content delivery and its readability.
In order to achieve that, the software giant has designed a new font called Sitka and according to Microsoft, it’s “the first typeface family designed with scientific legibility studies integrated directly into the design process”.
February, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Safari, Apple’s web browser saw a decrease in its market share numbers, down from 54.97% to 53.52% (1.45 decrease).
Do you remember Microsoft’s IllumiRoom project (see video above)? Then you’ll be happy to know that this very same concept has been applied to the web browsing.
Basically, it’s a 3D Browser that displays data across multiple surfaces in your room (adapting to them too) and allowing you to interact using natural user input.
Even though we’ve already reported a majority of the upcoming Internet Explorer 11 Mobile features, it looks like guys at UnleashThePhones have got their hands on the device running one of the WP 8.1 builds.
As you can see in the video above, there’s a setting to remember passwords, adjust reading view font size, a stop / refresh button inside the address bar and more.
Expected in the coming months,
During MWC 2014 conference, Mozilla has announced a number of changes that are coming to its Firefox OS, which are mostly user experience oriented.
For those that want to have the smoothest experience possible, the open source organization rewrote the part of the software that controls panning and scrolling when touch (your finger) is involved. Result? Much more fluid and responsive navigation.
Competes with AVG Family Safety browser.
Even though Windows Phone is a pretty safe and secure OS already, there’s something extra, in case you enjoy browsing shady web sites and need one more layer of protection.
During MWC 2014 Event, Kaspersky has announced Safe Browser, which protects users from malicious and phishing web sites, so yes, just a basic browser with a filter, as simple as that.
Now here’s something pretty awesome.
During MWC 2014 conference, Mozilla has announced a deal with Spreadtrum (a fabless semiconductor), which should bring Firefox OS phone to the masses and emerging markets.
How so? Well, as you might have guessed from the title, one of such devices would only cost $25, thanks to the SC6821 chipset.