Topic / Internet Browsers

The problems with <video> and <audio>, and conundrum Firefox faces

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Firefox on Android – and it'll soon come with H.264 support (Image: Mozilla EU/Flickr (Creative Commons)) In recent days, the tech community has been buzzing around about the fact that Mozilla has decided to relent on its open web stance and will implement H.264 on mobile devices and – although unconfirmed – speculation hints that it will soon be included in the desktop version. But why is this such a [...]

Chrome OVERTAKES Firefox for second place, IE still falling

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An early Christmas gift, perhaps? November statistics from analytical firm StatCounter shows that Google’s Chrome browser can now claim it is the second-most used browser in the world, topping previous second-place Firefox in a very, very small margin. Chrome now owns 25.69% of the worldwide market – a jump from 13.35 percent last year, and 4.66 percent of the market in 2009. Firefox, however, now takes 25.23 percent of market [...]

Firefox 6 ahead of schedule, hits your updates box next week

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Despite Firefox 5 being made official to download in June, Mozilla has already started releasing what appears to be a final version of Firefox 6 through its FTP servers – but you wouldn’t have known that unless you did some digging into its servers. But why jumping from version 5 to version 6? Well, before, Mozilla would have labelled this version 5.1, but now that is considered being to slow [...]

Study claiming IE had lowest IQ was a hoax

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Image: mr. throk/Flickr (Creative Commons) Despite being highly reported all over the place, including the BBC and CNN, the study claiming that Internet Explorer users had the lowest IQ out of all browsers has been deemed to be a hoax. Yes, so all you Opera users, turns out you’re not that smart. Nor were you, Internet Explorer users who happened to use the Google Chrome frame. Damn it. According to [...]

Mozilla Firefox 5 released

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Just a few months after the release of Firefox 4, the team at Mozilla have pushed out Mozilla Firefox 5. The update doesn’t bring any UI improvements but it does feature some behind the scenes improvements for example Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance and as well improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas. You can check out the full Release Notes here.

Flock is dead, wants you to move on by April 26

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Remember Flock? The browser that previously was simply a skinned Firefox with social networking add-ons attached? No? Well, it’s kind of too late to try it out now, as Flock has decided to axe its browser, and wants its users to go to other web browsers by April 26, as support will be discontinued. The browser, albeit based of Firefox initially before switching to be based off Google Chrome, was [...]

Mozilla pushes out Firefox 4 – copies Chrome in more ways than one

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After Internet Explorer 9 got some good press for its revamp look, Mozilla – not wanting Microsoft get all the good goss – has officially launched their new version of Firefox, version 4.0. And it’s kind of obvious where Firefox got their new UI inspiration from – rival Chrome. While it’s obvious that it looks copied, it does mean a new shift for 4.0. The new UI see tabs now [...]

Microsoft pushes users to (finally) stop using IE6

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It’s time. Microsoft has now started a brand new push to finally get rid of the scourge known as Internet Explorer with a brand new website to promote the killing off of the once-most popular browser in the entire world (back in the year 2001).

Internet Explorer falls below 50 percent in browser market

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Microsoft’s dominance of the web may be coming to an end sometime soon, with new statistics from Stat Counter coming out that highlight that Microsoft’s massive share is now less than half of the entire market. While Internet Explorer still reigns supreme, the browser only holds 49.87 percent, while rival Firefox holds 31.5 percent – steady from last month. However, the big success story is Google’s Chrome browser, increasing tremendously [...]

Firefox 4 Beta 1 released for download

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Well, took them long enough. Mozilla has released the first beta of Firefox 4, the upcoming update to the second-most popular browser. As you can tell, it is a substantial redesign to the user interface, taking on what Google Chrome (and now Opera) has done by moving the tabs at the top. Other improvements is a new Add-Ons manager and improvements on how HD video is played using HTML5.

Chrome tops Safari as Internet Explorer, Firefox shares drop

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It the end of the month, and May sees Google Chrome topping Apple’s Safari in total market share with a 7.04 percent stake, compared to Safari’s 4.77 percent stake in the browser market share war for third place again, according to NetApplications. However, what makes it interesting is that it is Internet Explorer and Firefox that has dropped, while Chrome, Safari and Opera has gained when compared to last month. [...]

New IE8 ad shows customers giving Microsoft personal details

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Boxers or briefs. No seriously. Microsoft’s new advertising campaign for its browser, Internet Explorer 8, has appeared on US television with a simple concept – how many people can it dupe into giving private information. This, apparently, was to highlight how vulnerable your personal information is and to focus on the security aspects of the latest version of IE. (Well, the latter might be a bit questionable, as the study [...]

Microsoft add-on leaves Firefox users exposed to critical hole

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A Microsoft add-on that was installed silently into Mozilla Firefox last February has now made Firefox, deemed to be one of the safer alternatives for Windows computers, open to an attack. The security hole also leaves Internet Explorer open to the same attack. The threat, according to its Security Research and Defence blog, is a “browse-and-get-owned” attack, with a user being lured to open a malicious website and exploits the [...]

IE to support HTML5 media tags <audio> and <video>

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Microsoft has a long history of being non-compliant with web standards. For example, it took until Internet Explorer 7 to support many of the CSS attributes that were commonly supported by rivals Firefox and Safari. However, as speculation that Microsoft may not support new tags from the new HTML5 standard, looks like we were wrong. In a shock to many, Program Manager for IE, Adrian Bateman, said that the next [...]

Browser squabbles force W3C to drop codec requirements in HTML5

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The latest revision to the code that makes up the entire Web is set to drop codec requirements that would set specific formats (codecs) on video and audio files that could allow people to distribute multimedia easier as browsers fight over which format should be the standard. The main five browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera) have not been able to agree on the specific format that all [...]