Better late than never.
Following Google, it looks like Microsoft too has decided to speed up the overall browsing experience and pre-render web results on its own search engine.
Thanks to a newly introduced pre-render tag (which can be used by all web developers) on Internet Explorer 11, the first search result in Bing will be loaded in the background automatically. That just only makes sense, right? According to Microsoft, they designed this technology in a way so it does not waste or bandwidth or affect device’s battery life. We are not sure how they did it but it sounds like voodoo.
Just kill it already.
If you work at one of the organizations that still rely on Windows XP and use Google Chrome, then we have some bad news for you. Today, Google has announced that they are extending Chrome support for Windows XP until at least April 2015.
How is this bad news? Well, it means that as long as companies keep supporting outdated OS, there will be little to no initiate for organizations to finally upgrade.
Good news for all you Windows Phone users out there, in case Internet Explorer is not exactly your cup of tea and waiting for Opera is getting tiresome, then mark the 17th of October in your calendars as this is when Maxthon is coming to Windows Phone.
Unfortunately, there are no more details but the release is only two days away.
Recently, we learned that Google is working on its own cookie alternative and now, it looks like it’s not the only one.
According to AdAge, Microsoft is too developing a similar technology, which would track users across PCs, tablets, smartphones and even Xbox. The replacement itself is basically a device identifier, which means that you could opt in or opt out of such service. Unlike now, where any company can collect data, such technology would make Microsoft directly responsible for your data, be it for better or worse.
In the month of September, Apple’s Safari web browser saw another drop in its numbers, down from 55.46% to 54.19% (1.27 point decrease).
September, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Safari – Up; Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera – Down
Starting with Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser continues to edge higher, up from 57.60% to 57.80% (0.2 point increase).
Claims hundreds of improvements.
Today, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox OS 1.1, which, among various performance improvements (faster application load times and faster scrolling), also includes a bunch of new (and much needed) features.
For example, you can now send and receive MMS messages, save content from the browser; enjoy keyboard improvements (auto correct), see dialer suggestions, import Gmail and Hotmail contacts and more.
Brings more Opera 12 features.
If you are up for a fresh stable build of Opera then today is your lucky day. Announced on Monday, Opera 17 brings some of the key missing features, including:
- Pinned tabs, pretty self-explanatory
- Startup options, which means that you can now choose between continuing where you left off, opening a specific set of page(s) during startup or starting with a start page.
- Custom search engines, a very welcome addition
And it might actually work.
If you’ve been wondering what kind of magic tricks can be self-taught in order to speed up your reading experience, then BeeLine Reader might very well be something worth checking out.
So what is it all about? Basically, once you install the extension and click on a little button that will appear in your bookmarks bar, the text will be reformatted into something like this:
Results are better than expected.
In its first release of statistics on the Acceptable Ads, AdBlock has revealed some interesting numbers that are worth mentioning.
According to a post by Ben Williams, they have rejected over 50% of all whitelist applicants (777) because their ads were not acceptable. In addition to that, they have only accepted 9.5% of all applicants, although the number is misleading due to the fake applications and/or communication breakdowns.