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Oh, brother. Okay, we won't jump to conclusions and be immediately skeptical, but there's just something strange about how quickly the industry is latching onto 3D without any real proof that it'll work in more than just the cinema. Of course, when power house companies like Sony and NVIDIA get behind something, it leaves little choice for everyone else. They either follow suit or get left behind, in most cases. Now, Adobe is expected to introduce full 3D support in their next version of Flash. Yes, 3D Flash. One has to wonder if the Nexus One, which runs Flash fairly well, will ever be able to... Read more...
According to figures from StatCounter, Google's Chrome Internet browser has unseated Apple Safari for the first time and has become the third most used Internet browser in the United States. Considering the Chrome browser is less than two years old, this is quite the feat. As StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen said, "This is quite a coup for Google as they have gone from zero to almost 10 percent of the US market in under two years." In the U.S., Chrome now holds 8.97 percent market share compared to Safari's 8.88 percent. Microsoft's ever-popular Internet Explorer still dominates the Internet browser... Read more...
My, how the mighty have fallen. It wasn't long ago that Internet Explorer simply dominated the Internet. Everyone used it be default, and no other browser came close in terms of market share. IE was so powerful that the European Union banded together and forced Microsoft to insert a Browser Selection Screen on all new copies of Windows 7, and we wouldn't be surprised if other nations followed suit.Since then, a number of worthy competitors have not only hit the market, but gained serious steam. Mozilla's Firefox has become a huge player, and Google's Chrome has grown faster than pretty much any... Read more...
Opera Software released an Android version of its popular Opera Mini 5 beta web browser. According to Opera, the mobile browser compresses data by up to 90%, making pages load more quickly. In order to achieve this boost in speed, the browser is actually a proxy-based browser that connects to Opera's servers. These servers compress the data remotely and then push the compressed results to the phone. Opera Mini 5 beta delivers a desktop-like Web browsing experience. Some of the browser's features include Speed Dialing, tabbed browsing, bookmarks, and a password manager. The Speed Dial feature makes... Read more...
RIM's BlackBerry line of smartphones has been popular among business users for years, but if there's one complaint many users have it's that the Web browser is lagging in functionality in comparison to the full-fledged browsers available on other smartphones such as the iPhone. Now, we're beginning to see hope that a new browser for the BlackBerry platform will be coming soon. Ever since RIM purchased Torch Mobile in August of 2009, many people suspected that a WebKit-powered BlackBerry browser was in the works. Although RIM hasn't specified when the new browser will be available, it is showing... Read more...
At first glance, we suspected this was some sort of joke. But no, this is real. Very real. Opera, which is a smaller, up-and-coming browser company, has just announced their full intention to introduce Opera Mini for...the iPhone. Yeah, the iPhone. The phone that Apple has total and absolute control over, and it plans on submitting it to the App Store which Apple also controls with an iron fist.To date, Apple has been pretty clear about app rejections. If you submit something that simulates something that Apple already enables the iPhone to do itself, then it will be rejected. As in, if you submit... Read more...
Adobe has tried a number of things in its attempt to get Apple to break down enough barriers so the company can get Flash ported on to the iPhone and so far, nothing has worked. In Adobe's latest attempt, the company is spelling it out to you, the user, as to why you can't get Flash on your favorite handset. Previously, when you visited the Flash plug-in download page from the iPhone, you would see a message that informed you no version was available for the platform you were using. Now, the page reads: Apple restricts use of technologies required by products like Flash Player. Until Apple eliminates... Read more...
One billion. That's the amount of dollars that the Cash For Clunkers program devoured in just a week. That's also the amount of dollars you likely wish you had. And believe it or not, that's the amount of times Mozilla's Firefox browser has been downloaded since its inception in 2004. Just as July drew to a close, the one billionth download of what's likely the web's most soaring browser in terms of popularity took place. As we detailed in our review of Safari 4, Firefox holds a special place in the hearts of Web browsers (people, not software) because of the massive library of add-ons and plug-ins... Read more...
In early June, Apple released what is arguably its most significant upgrade to Safari yet: Safari 4. In typical Apple fashion, the company was quick to deem it the "world's fastest and most innovative browser." Today, we're setting out to find if that bold claim is indeed true, and we'll be breaking down the features and performance profile of it--along with its fiercest competitors--on both the Mac and PC side. Safari 4 - HotHardware homepage; Click To EnlargeOne of the nicer things about Safari 4 is that Apple has made it available for both Windows (XP and Vista) as well as its own OS X operating... Read more...
Mozilla announced a major update to its popular Firefox browser. Firefox 3.5 features performance improvements, privacy enhancements, support for new Web standards, and greater customization options. According to Mozilla, Firefox 3.5 is the best performing browser it has ever released. This latest version is more than two times faster than Firefox 3 and ten times faster than Firefox 2 on complex websites. Some of this performance increase comes as a result of the powerful new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine, which delivers excellent performance with today’s complex Web applications. Firefox 3.5 also... Read more...
As Apple continues to encroach over on the PC side, the company has announced its newest piece of multi-platform software: Safari 4. Hailed as the planet's "fastest and most innovative web browser," Safari 4 escaped its beta form this week at WWDC 2009, and yes, it's available now to download for Mac and PC systems.Built on the Nitro engine, which handles JavaScript up to 4.5 times faster than Safari 3, Safari 4 also adds Top Sites, Full History Search, HTML 5 support and Cover Flow. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, had this to say: "The successful... Read more...
Google recently updated its Chrome browser in order to fix a major security problem. The problem affects the mainstream stable version of Chrome and is fixed in the new version 1.0.154.59.  Chrome is built to automatically update itself, so users should receive this update without having to do anything. The update will require the software to be restarted before it takes effect. Should you need to manually force the download, you can do so by clicking the wrench icon in the upper right corner of the browser, selecting About Google Chrome, and clicking Update Now. The security problem was originally... Read more...
If you’ve tried Microsoft’s latest browser—Internet Explorer 8—and haven’t been impressed, or if you simply haven’t felt the need to give it a spin, you’re not alone. Even though IE8 offers a significant speed increase, better web compliance, and a handful of other new features, the browser hasn’t been received with the warm welcome that Microsoft would have liked. In fact, Net Applications claims IE8 makes up only about 4% of the browser market share. IE7 still holds the largest share. To help force users to give the new browser a try, Microsoft plans to put IE8 in the Automatic Update queue.... Read more...
Opera is bypassing handset manufacturers and going straight to U.S. wireless carries in an attempt to further the distribution of its popular mobile web browser. The move isn’t completely new for Opera Software. In fact, Opera currently has license agreements with European carriers Vodafone and T-Mobile. Through these agreements, the Opera browser is placed on the carrier’s mobile phones. An Opera spokesperson revealed Opera’s plans to announce several U.S. carrier deals at the upcoming CTIA Wireless conference next month. The spokesperson didn’t reveal the names of specific carriers, but considering... Read more...
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