September, 2011: Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari Share Up; Internet Explorer – Down

By | October 11, 2011 | 14 Comments

September, 2011: Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari Share Up; Internet Explorer - Down

It is October already and there’s no time to waste. So, let’s dive into the latest browsers market share results and explore those changes.

Just a couple more months and Internet Explorer will break the 50% market share barrier, this time it lost 0.62 point, down from 51.59% to 50.97%.
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Weekly Browsers Recap, October 10th

By | October 10, 2011 | 2 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, October 10th

Chrome Desktop Sharing Feature Coming Soon

By | October 10, 2011 | 9 Comments

Called Chrome Remote Desktop, the new feature is in beta testing and lets you connect any two computers that have a Chrome browser, including Windows, Linux, Mac, and Chromebooks. The app can access all data on a remote computer and requires the person sharing access to their computer to give a code to the person who will tap into it remotely. That authentication must be done every time access is granted.

The company released the new cross platform extension for its Chrome browser on Friday.
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Mozilla To Prompt Firefox 3.6 Users To Upgrade

By | October 10, 2011 | 5 Comments

Mozilla To Prompt Firefox 3.6 Users To UpgradeMozilla said it will begin to send Firefox 3.6 users an offer that urges them to get on the rapid release train.

It would be the first time it has offered what it calls an “advertised update” or a “major update” to people still running 2010′s Firefox 3.6.

According to Mozilla, the offer does not hint at an impending retirement of the older version.
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Opera 12 To Bring Ragnarök, GPU Accelerated Graphics

By | October 7, 2011 | 57 Comments

Opera 12 Brings Ragnarök, GPU Accelerated GraphicsDownload pre-alpha now.

The latest weekly build of Opera 12 web browser has few significant changes that are worth mentioning.

First of all, it now includes Ragnarök, Opera’s HTML5 parser engine (you can read more about it here), secondly, improved CSS3 gradient support and lastly, support for CSS3 radial gradients.

There is one more thing that is not yet mentioned. Remember when we said that opera:gpu shows a blank screen page? It now brings the following (when running on Windows 7 with ATI Radeon HD 5670 (DirectX 11) graphics card):
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Is This Opera Mini? No, Chuck Testa

By | October 6, 2011 | 6 Comments

Is This Opera Mini? No, Chuck TestaAccording to the latest TrendMicro report, malware creators have found a new toy to play with: Opera Mini.

A Russian web site that loads for mobile users only and looks similar to the Opera.com home page now offers a piece of malware, disguised as OperaMini.jar

Upon visit, a user is notified about the new update that should be downloaded, which, when installed, will start sending text messages to premium numbers.
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Ask Maxthon Team Anything

By | October 6, 2011 | 19 Comments

Ask Maxthon Team AnythingGood news,

We will be interviewing the Maxthon web browser team shortly and would like to hear some of the feedback from our readers.

So, post your (respectful) questions in the comments section below and the ones with most likes will be sent for the Maxthon folks to answer.

Update: Questions have been sent, thank you for participating!

Mozilla Urges Users To Disable McAfee Plugin

By | October 5, 2011 | 10 Comments

Firefox Urges Users To Disable McAfee PluginScriptScan ships with McAfee’s VirusScan antivirus program. It’s designed to keep Web surfers safe by scanning for any malicious scripting code that might be running in the browser. According to Mozilla, however, it has an unintended side effect: It can cause Firefox to crash…a lot.

Mozilla said that the extension “causes a high volume of crashes,” and is “strongly encouraging” users to disable the software. The warning applies to all users of version 14.4.0 and below of the plugin.
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New Data Center For America

By | October 4, 2011 | 2 Comments

New Data Center For AmericaOpera Software has announced that it will be opening a new data center for Americans to better serve almost 130 million Opera Mini users. Why? Apparently serious hardware is needed to accommodate the close to 80 billion web pages, or 11.4 petabytes, served through Opera Mini each month. Users of Opera Turbo will surely benefit as well.

What Opera Software evidently intends to do with this new data center is provide American users with even faster browsing. In addition to that, the new data center, located at the Fortress Colocation Centers, follows Opera Software’s commitment to the environment, for it uses 80% renewable energy. Sounds great for American users!

Silent Updates Coming To Firefox After All

By | October 4, 2011 | 4 Comments

Silent Updates Coming To Firefox After AllA year after it pulled the plug on silent updates in Firefox 4, Mozilla said it will debut most of the behind-the-scenes feature by early next year. Assuming Mozilla pulls off silent upgrading this time around, it would make Firefox only the second browser to take that route. Google’s Chrome has been the poster boy for automatic updates that remove the user from the equation and can’t be switched off.
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