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All eyes are on Microsoft as it gets ready to release Windows 10, the next generation operating system that's such a significant upgrade, the Redmond outfit decided to skip right over Windows 9. Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 10, though it's not just about the OS as a whole. There are subplots at play, like whether or not Microsoft's new Edge browser will rule the web the way Internet Explorer once did.For the first time in forever, Internet Explorer's desktop browser share is below 55 percent, having fallen from 55.15 percent at the May to 54 percent at the end of June, according to Net... Read more...
Imagine being able to run Mozilla's Firefox browser on Apple's iOS platform for mobile devices. That's been a pipe dream of many for the longest time, though never say never. Mozilla seems to be ending a standoff with Apple and reportedly plans to release a browser for iOS that will offer a "Firefox-like experience."Mozilla has long refused to release a version of Firefox for iOS due to Apple disallowing the company to use its own web engine. If Firefox were to ever come to iOS, one of the sides would have to budge, and that's what Mozilla did back in December when it announced that it was testing... Read more...
Google on Wednesday announced that it will actively block Windows and Mac users from installing extensions to the Chrome browser that are not found in the Chrome Web Store. It's the same policy that's been in place for Windows users since May of last year, though Google didn't enforce it for the developer version of Chrome. Now it will, as increasingly complex malware is becoming too big of a problem. "We originally did not enforce this policy on the Windows developer channel in order to allow developers to opt out. Unfortunately, we’ve since observed malicious software forcing users into the developer... Read more...
At its ongoing Build conference, Microsoft has given us the long-awaited final name for its Project Spartan Web browser: Microsoft Edge. It's simple, and it might seem familiar: EdgeHTML is the name of the rendering engine the browser will be using. I don't think Edge has as much "zing" as Spartan does, but, it could be a lot worse. While Microsoft Edge looks no different than Project Spartan, Microsoft has continued to do a great job of showing it off: While the interface might look the same, there was one thing announced that I'd consider to be huge: plugins created for either Chrome or Firefox... Read more...
It's not too often that Chrome browser updates are particularly notable these days since Google uses a rapid release cycle that sees frequent upgrades. But every once in awhile there's an update that brings something interesting to the table rather than mostly bug fixes. Case in point, Google this week promoted Chrome 42 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and with the numerical update comes support for the Push API and Notifications API.When used in conjunction with one another, these APIs allow websites to send notifications to Chrome even after closing out the site in question.... Read more...
Looking to change things up on your Android device? You can try the brand-spanking-new version of Opera Software's Opera Mini mobile browser, available free of charge from Google Play. Even if you've used Opera Mini on your handset or tablet before, the new version with its "dramatically redesigned interface" will offer a different experience. Opera was shooting for a native Android look and feel with its revamped mobile browser. You'll find goodies like a simplified menu, an overhauled Speed Dial, private browsing mode so you shop birthday gifts on the down low (because that's what we use private... Read more...
Several months ago, BitTorrent posed the question, "What if more of the web worked the web BitTorrent does?" To answer that question, the BitTorrent team created Project Maelstrom, a specialized web browser that fetches content from a distributed web rather than centralized servers. It started off as an invite-only affair, but is now available to test run in beta form. What BitTorrent's trying to do here is fundamentally change the web for the sake of openness. Rather than host websites and online content on centralized servers, BitTorrent envisions a web where websites are chopped up into chunks... Read more...
IT'S HERE! After months of waiting, Microsoft has finally rolled out a preview build with the new Spartan Web browser baked-in. Was it worth the wait? Well, that depends entirely on whether or not you were actually anticipating it. For some, it will be another browser they'll ignore, and admittedly, even after I played around with it for a bit, I'll go back to my trusty Chrome (well, it's almost hard to call it 'trusty' nowadays.)As surprising as it might sound, there's actually not too much to talk about at this point, because we already learned about all of the features packed into... Read more...
We had a feeling Nintendo would take notice of developer Roystan Ross's recreation of the first level of Super Mario 64, which he made playable in a browser window. Sure enough, after attracting widespread media attention, Nintendo's legal team sent a takedown notice to Cloudfare, the company that was previously hosting the remake. Ross didn't have any nefarious intentions when he built the level. Instead, it was supposed to serve as a proof of concept demo for his "Super Character Controller" platform that he made from scratch using Unity. He tested the demo with controllers for the Xbox One and... Read more...
Nintendo's past is filled with memorable Mario games, one of those being Super Mario 64, a classic 3D platform title that was released a year shy of two decades ago for the Nintendo 64. You've probably long retired that console, perhaps flipping it on eBay along with your collection of games so you could fund a newer system. Ah, but if you're feeling nostalgic, you can relive some those memories right in your browser. Developer Roystan Ross took it upon himself to recreate the first level of the game, which you can now play online or through a browser. Why? We say 'Why not!?', though the real reason... Read more...
It's always fun to see which security flaws get exploited at Pwn2Own, and this year's event has proven to be no exception. In fact, it could be considered to be one of the most exciting events to date, with JungHoon Lee exploiting three major browsers, and securing a record $110,000 payout for one of the flaws. Starting the day off, JungHoon (aka: lokihardt) breached a time-of-check to time-of-use vulnerability in the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer, breaking out of the sandbox via a privileged JavaScript injection, allowing him to execute medium-integrity code. This flaw netted JungHoon $65,000.... Read more...
You can't look back and examine the history of Windows without also taking into account Internet Explorer, the browser that first debuted as a part of the "Plus! for Windows 95" add-on package nearly 20 years ago. By some counts, it's still the most used browser today, though beginning with Windows 10, Microsoft will introduce Windows users to a brand new browser.We've already seen IE's successor in action under its codename Project Spartan. It's not yet finished, nor will Project Spartan be the final name when Windows 10 ships to consumers later this year -- Microsoft is still trying to figure... Read more...
Mozilla shocked the world (and especially Google) when it opted to end its longstanding relationship with Google as the default search provider for its Firefox browser, and instead inked a five-year deal with Yahoo to take its place. But while it was bold move for Mozilla, it's one that made complete sense for Yahoo, which is now reaping the rewards of its new relationship. As a result of the deal, Yahoo's U.S. search share is higher than it's been in five years, according to data provided by StatCounter. As of December 2014, Google took a dominant 75.2 percent share of search in the U.S., followed... Read more...
Who says you'll have to settle for second-best when trying to compute on a smartwatch? Samsung's Gear S watch now has its first full browser en route courtesy of Opera. The company has announced that it'll bring Opera Mini, a data-saving browser, to the Tizen-based Gear S. The browser isn't just a straight port, either. It'll include a handful of touch-friendly features that'll make smartwatch interactions more seamless -- for example, the website shortcuts on Opera Mini’s Speed Dial appear as large buttons, enabling Gear S users to reach their favorite sites in a single tap. To zoom, double-tap... Read more...
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