Aura, aura, aura.
Good news, the latest “Next” build of Opera 21 now includes a support for Aura, a hardware accelerated rendering for things like browser menus, buttons, dialogs, etc. Basically, Aura is the UI stack developed by Google that utilizes GPU whenever possible, increases performance and yes, Chrome has it too.
As far as major changes go that’s pretty much it for the Opera 21 Next, with one more feature being an ability to show the full URL in the address bar when advanced settings are enabled.
Now here’s some drama to kick start your week.
According to the Wall Street Journal, three out of six Mozilla board members have stepped down before the new CEO announcement has been made public.
First in the list is a former Mozilla CEO, John Lilly, followed by another former CEO Gary Kovacs and CEO of online education startup Shmoop, Ellen Siminoff.
Can it be true?
With the recent reveal of Office or iPad and Android, it looks like there is a new (and absolutely crazy) rumor in town (which comes from unverified source via Twitter): Microsoft is porting Internet Explorer for Android.
While at first glance it does not seem realistic, one might wonder if the software giant has decided to spread even more of their services across different platforms rather than making them MS exclusive, which was the case with Xbox Live Games (some of them are now on iOS and Android), Office, etc.
Another day, another CEO for Mozilla.
Back in August 2005, he became a CTO of Mozilla and has been doing some management ever since. What about his vision? Well, as it turns out, he doesn’t see Firefox as a top priority project, instead it is Firefox OS, yes, a mobile operating system that is yet to gain any traction is what Mozilla will be focusing on from now on. Either he is crazy, highly ambitious or both.
As Microsoft is set to unveil a new version of Windows Phone later next week (April 4th), it looks like the search giant itself is now in early stages of planning / developing a Google Chrome browser for WP.
Since late 2012 there was a request for Google to “Port Chrome to Windows Phone 8 aka WP8” with little to no updates, up until now.
Just a mere 14 hours ago, a request was re-opened with the following message: dxie [Chromium team member] is going to own this now for investigation.
With revamped look.
After months (or years) of waiting, Mozilla is finally ready to deliver the revamped UI that is set to debut with Firefox 29 Final, unless something goes terribly wrong.
Basically, it’s the same look that we all have been expecting for quite some time now so there is nothing new or ground breaking (see screenshot below).
Recently, Mozilla has announced their plans to abandon Firefox for Metro due to an insufficient amount of beta testers (thousands), which is a pretty low number compared to Firefox for desktop where we are talking millions.
Now, a former Mozilla developer, Brian Bondy, is arguing that its Microsoft strict guidelines and a messy default browser setup process that are partly responsible for the project failure.
His arguments are new nothing new or earth shattering but still something to consider while sipping coffee or tea in early Sunday morning.
It looks like this year’s Pwn2Own hacking contest was pretty eventful and all web browsers got their asses kicked.
On the first day, a team from France has successfully hacked Internet Explorer 11, Firefox and Adobe Flash Player. The very same research firm also managed to find a vulnerability in Google Chrome, which affects both WebKit and Blink rendering engines.
Next day Sebastian Apelt and Andreas Schmidt have demonstrated a browser based exploit against Microsoft’s web browser, followed by a Chinese team that managed to bypass Safari’s sandbox and run remote code execution through it.
Always better than nothing.
If you are in a mood for a quickie then here is a minor update for your Opera web browser, which, besides some “under the good changes” includes the following fixes:
- Empty tab manager thumbnails
- Passwords sometimes not stored
- Speaker phone always turned on
- Common crash when playing video on specific sites
- Issue with loading spinner after a session restore