Due to the ignorance, stupidity or both, Mozilla has decided to abandon the 64 bit version of Firefox for Windows and focus on 32 it builds. Now, it looks like they have changed their tune as Win64 nightly channel will not be completely abandoned.
On a downside, since win64 and win32 builds are not separated, Mozilla has decided to sit back and do nothing (as in “disable crash reports for the x86-64 builds”) instead of solving the underlying issue, at least for now.
With a new tab page.
It looks like Google continues to aggressively promote its services. Starting with Google Chrome 25 Dev, users will have an opportunity to see the upcoming tag page, which puts Google search right at your face. While disabled by default, it can be turned on by typing chrome://flags in the address bar and enabling “Enable Instant extended API”.
So what exactly does it do?
With both platforms fighting for the third position in the mobile operating system wars, guys from the GadgetMasters made a brief comparison of Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 web browsers.
If you don’t feel like watching the video, BB10 won in pretty much everything, including the HTML5 test as it scored 485 points compared to Internet Explorer’s 320.
Nothing too exciting.
With releasing the very first update for its WP8 platform (Build 8.0.10211.204), Microsoft has also included a couple of minor new features for the IE10.
First in the list is an ability to delete specific sites from your web browsing history. Lastly, Internet Explorer 10 users can now prevent pictures from downloading automatically, which will surely help them to squeeze more days out of their data plan.
If you are curious to learn about other changes, see the following post.
Hey, the year is not over yet as here comes what will probably be the last stable Opera 12 update in 2012.
Bringing the usual stability and performance improvements, the following build also includes a total of 3 security fixes, including a patch for the malformed GIFs.
As far as other tweaks go, there is nothing else worth mentioning.
Christmas arrives early.
Now here is something to get done before the end of this year. According to the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C), they have just finalized and published the specifications for Canvas 2D and HTML5. While that does not make them W3C standards just yet, there won’t be any more additions meaning that such specs are now feature complete so developers know exactly what to except and avoid the headaches in the future.
However, you will have to wait till the year 2014 because that’s when W3C plans to finalize the HTML5 standard.
What better way to end the year than to remember and remind you about the company’s progress in 2012.
This is exactly what Mozilla did and when you combine everything together, it does look impressive. For example: did you know that Firefox got over 100 new features in less than 12 months? How about close to 20,000 enhancements?
Well, you are about to.
With audio fixes.
While the majority of news this week were mostly about Firefox and Mozilla, it’s time to end that with the news from Google Chrome.
Turns out, the search giant has just release an update for the iOS platform, which fixes one of the widely reported announces: inability to play audio files when web browser is minimized. Well, things are about to change as the latest build does just that: allows you to play audio while running in the background.
Aimed at the multi core machines.
Year after year we keep hearing about the new ways and techniques to enhance the overall browser performance. However, while such tweaks are always welcome, the majority of them fall in the line of evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes.
For better or worse, the upcoming Firefox 18 release will no longer support distracting themes.
As of now, the current theme implementation requires loading massive images (300 x 200px for headers and 3000 x 100px for footers), resulting in slower startup times. Not only that but when you start animating data, things get even worse. Therefore, Mozilla has come up with a solution: disable animated themes and crop images during startup that match the screen resolution.