Topic / Internet Explorer

Chinese Newspaper: Uncensored Internet “attempt to impose” values

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A Chinese Newspaper has written a critical editorial about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her speech about the freedom to access information on the Internet. The newspaper, the Global Times, labelled her speech as a “disguised attempt to impose its values on other cultures in the name of democracy”. “The online freedom of unrestricted access is, thus, only one-way traffic, contrary to the spirit of democracy and calculated to […]

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 […]

ActiveX control exploit could allow attacker to gain control of computer

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Microsoft has released a security advisory about a new vulnerability that could allow a remote user to gain access and control a user’s computer if the user visits a malicious website with code that exploits the new security hole using Internet Explorer (typical). The flaw is found within the Microsoft Video ActiveX Control, and is limited to Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The control connects to Microsoft DirectShow filters […]

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 […]

Microsoft called out for its lies on Internet Explorer 8

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Since Microsoft is trying to regain some of its market share after losing more and more of it to rivals Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome, it is no surprise that Microsoft would be looking to entice people back to their browser – and that’s what they have done, by debunking the “myths” of IE8. Too bad they got it so wrong. Out of all four myths presented […]

Microsoft competitors join in EU antitrust case over Internet Explorer

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The European Commission (EC) has granted a request from the European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) to be a third-party participant in its case against Microsoft’s practises over its bundling of Internet Explorer with the Windows operating system. The ECIS, however, has members who are competitors to Microsoft in its different fronts; including Adobe, Corel, IBM, Nokia, Oracle, RealNetworks, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and more importantly, Opera – who asked […]

Mozilla to join EU fight against Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

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The European Commission has granted Mozilla, the owners of the second-most popular browser in the world, the right to join its case against Microsoft after the Commission charged Microsoft over distorting the market for web browsers after bundling Internet Explorer with its Windows operating system. If the charges go all the way, Microsoft could be paying a huge fine – like it did for a previous case with Windows Media […]

IE drops in market share; IE, Chrome, Safari rise

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Internet Explorer continues its drop in the browser war, but still is retains the number one placing, with 67.55 percent of the total market share, according to Net Applications – down from December’s 68.15%, and it looks likes a continuing trend. Firefox, Safari and Chrome continues to grow, while Opera lost 0.01 percent. Firefox was up 21.53 percent, from December’s 21.34 percent; while Safari grew from 7.93 percent to 8.29 […]

Internet Explorer losing ground – continues to fall below 70 percent

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New data from Net Applications have shown that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the dominant browser around the web, is continuing to drop below 70 percent, to have a market share of 68.15% for the month of December, down from a 69.77% from November. Firefox’s market share increased to 21 percent, while Safari continues to grown to capture a share of nearly 8 percent. Opera, however, has the same market share it […]

Browsers fail password security tests – Chrome and Safari worse than Firefox, IE

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A report by Chapin Information Services (CIS) has said Google’s Chrome and Apple Safari performed the worst, failing all but two of the 21 tests performed. However, effectively, all the browsers did not get a passing grade, with only Firefox and Opera managed to 7 out of the 21 tests, or 1/3 of the tests; and Internet Explorer managed to pass 5 tests. Chrome’s password managed failed three tests which […]

Microsoft confirms new bug affects every version of Internet Explorer

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Microsoft has confirmed that a new bug in Internet Explorer 7 also affects all versions, including the predecessor IE6 and the IE8 Beta 2, of the internet browser, and has recommend that you disable the Oledb32.dll file to stay safe from the exploit which hackers have now been known to have exploited. The exploit affects all browsers that are being used on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003 or Server […]

IE falls below 70 percent in Nov. 2008, Firefox 21%

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According to Net Applications, Internet Explorer has fallen from October’s figure of 71.27 percent to 69.77 percent, while Firefox managed to gain from October’s 19.97 percent to have a percentage of 20.78 percent for November – managing to break the 20% margin. Meanwhile, Opera and Chrome still battle for fourth place, while Safari still continues to be in third place. After Google launched the Chrome browser (which is based on […]

Rumour Mill : If IE8 gets a "porn mode", would you switch?

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Is porn the best way to get Internet Explorer to regain that market share loss from Mozilla’s Firefox? No, we aren’t kidding… Rumours have that Microsoft could be adding "Private browsing" – also known as "porn mode" – to Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2. This was one of the features during the development in Firefox 3, however ended up being pulled – and Safari has already had the feature in […]

IE8 coming in August…

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Microsoft has finally announced a second beta version of its next version of its internet browser, Internet Explorer 8. IE Beta 2 will target ordinary web users, and will come out will all the features that will be there when the full, completed version is out – though some may contain bugs. It has also pledged to deliver more updates to versions of Internet Explorer, after the Firefox browser (owned […]