January, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Opera Mini, Android – Down
As the “New Year” passes by, it’s time to take a look at the mobile market share data for January, 2013, which includes one new player: Internet Explorer.
No ETA yet.
In an effort to make maximize Firefox’s security, Mozilla has announced its plan to block all 3rd party plugins from loading by default with one exception being the latest version of Adobe Flash.
This includes Microsoft’s Silverlight and Adobe’s Acrobat Reader, even if they run the latest version of a said plugin. Ironically, Flash is known to be far less secure than the Silverlight so it looks like Mozilla is choosing popularity over security.
Two weeks after releasing the very first Opera 12.13 snapshot, Norwegian browser maker has just announced the final build of Opera 12.13.
Although it does not bring any mind blowing changes, you will get a new standalone update checker, which is said to improve the overall reliability of the auto update mechanism. In addition to that, Opera 12.13 patches 4 security vulnerabilities, so unless you like holes in your software, it should be a no-brainer download.
The joys of installing everything.
If for one reason or another your browser’s new tab page screen has suddenly changed, there is a high probability that it was just hijacked by the 3rd party extension(s) such as: good-search, conduit, searching4all and similar names.
Fortunately, not all is lost yet and you can claim it back by following these simple steps:
As more and more developers optimize their apps for the HD resolution displays, SurfCube 3D did too receive an update, bumping its version number to v4.5.
If you can get around the awkward interface, SurfCube 3D will offer you a couple of features that are currently missing in the mobile version of Internet Explorer 10, such as: orientation lock and ability to open links in the background. However, we are pretty confident that the developer is mostly targeting WP7 users as they lack some of the more important features like bandwidth saver mode and a proper tab management.
Prior the Data Privacy Day (January 28th), Microsoft has conducted a study whose goal was to learn more about people’s online privacy perceptions. As it turns out, 45% of all the respondents felt like they had little to no control over their personal information with only 10% saying that know how to protect their online privacy.
Well, in an effort to educate the average consumer (who will never visit nor know about such initiative anyway), Microsoft has launched a new portal, which aims to demonstrate how the software giant uses various tools (such as IE’s DNT header) to protect you from the “evil corporations”.
Now here is an interesting take on Internet Explorer market share and its effects on a murder rate in the US.
As revealed by the anonymous researchers on the Internet (you know, the kind you can always trust), the less share IE had, the happier everyone was, which makes sense in the days of Internet Explorer 6.
Is this the beginning of a major trend?
It looks like things are about to get wild and crazy out there as yet another OEM is joining the Chromebook family.
No Opera in sight.
Now here is a shocker, after seeing tons of bland and idiotic ads from Microsoft (mostly promoting Windows 7, Vista and the likes), it looks like the software giant can actually produce a couple of decent ones in markets where they are failing and/or haven’t established their foothold yet.
The latest example comes from Microsoft’s ad agency for the IE Team, which produced the ad so good that it kind of makes you wanna use their product (that in case you are using something else right now).