The future is now.
If you’ve already downloaded the latest nightly build of Firefox 27 then there’s one additional feature that you can explore. While not enabled by default, Mozilla has included its Adobe Flash Player replacement called “Shumway”, which uses the magical powers of HTML5 to render SWF content without native code assistance.
While it’s still pretty much unusable at this point, you can still enable it by heading to about:config, looking for “shumway.disabled” and setting it to false and disabling Flash in Tools > Add-ons.
Just in time for the weekend.
If Chrome 30 already feels old to you then you’ll be happy to learn about the recently released Google Chrome 31 Beta for Android.
Among various bug fixes and all that jazz, you might notice a refreshed New Tab page with integrated search bar that that is also said to load faster. In addition to that, Google has introduced application shortcuts, allowing you to pin various websites web sites to your home screen.
As long as it supports WebGL.
Hover, a capture the flag game from the 90s era is coming back. Thanks to Dan Church (who approached IE Team), you’ll be able to relive your memories and have some casual fun. The goal is simple: capture more flags than your AI opponents. You may also collect various power ups that will help throughout the game.
Ironically, it won’t work on Internet Explorer 10 or lower, since it requires WebGL and Microsoft was too stubborn to include it in the previous versions of IE.
Now here’s a reason for you to start celebrating weekend earlier, at least if you are a web developer and still care about IE6.
According to the latest data from NetApplications, Internet Explorer’s 6 market share is now sitting at the 4.76% mark. And as you will see from our upcoming report, IE’s market share is now the highest it has ever been this year: 57.79%.
Good news for all your Linux users out there. Recently, Maxthon has announced that their web browser will be coming to Linux. If you haven’t heard about Maxthon before, it’s basically a mix of Opera 12 and Google Chrome: Speed Dial, RSS Reader and Cloud Synch.
The bad news? There is no timeframe although they referred to the release as the “begin[ning of] a new journey”. I guess we’ll find out soon.
A non restricted version of Mozilla’s TestSwarm.
Recently, Microsoft has introduced a pretty cool (and open source) tool called BrowserSwarm, which will use the magical powers of cloud to test your code on Internet Explorer, Google, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.
Software over hardware?
It looks like Mozilla wants to get into the screen mirroring game. As see in the blurry photo posted by a claimed insider, Mark Finkle, the open source organization appears to have developed some sort of mirroring technology that (among other Android devices) works between a Roku box and Nexus 4.
Better privacy control as long as you trust Google.
If you haven’t heard about the AdID before, it’s because there is no such thing yet. However, according to USAToday, Google is working on an anonymous identifier (AdID), which would eventually replace everyone’s beloved cookies.
As stated in the article, AdID would allow ad companies to target various web browser users but there are certain guidelines that would give consumers more control over their privacy, which does sound good on a paper.
Now here’s a non-news story for you.
If you are using Google Analytics and IE8, then you’re going to have a bad time as the search giant has recently announced its plans to drop the support for Microsoft’s web browser by the end of 2013.
As it says in the blog post, Google has “decided to do this to both accelerate the pace at which we can innovate new product features, and to facilitate adoption of newer web technologies in the design of the Google Analytics product.”
Plugin-less web browsers is the future.
Introduced in late 90s with Netscape Navigator 2.0, Netscape Plug-in API (NPAPI) has transformed web browsers in ways that were hard to imagine. More than 20 years later, it looks like NPAPI now does more harm than good, which is why Google has recently announced it plans to get rid of the old dog.
According to Google Chrome security engineer, Justin Schuh, “NPAPI’s 90s-era architecture has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity.” and it’s hard to argue with him.