Archive for the ‘Browsers’ Category
  • Oh the horror: Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 get delayed.
    by Mike
    Posted December 28th, 2009 at 11:51 am
    I thought the holidays were supposed to be happy times? If you're a Mozilla/Firefox, this certainly won't be the case as Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 have gotten fresh "delayed" stickers slapped across their faces. Bugs and other under the hood hoopala is no doubt the root cause. (What else would it be?) Unfortunately, a late 2009 release for 3.6 has now become "Q1 2010" with Firefox 4 looking even more disappointing -- "late 2010/early 2011". Dear god. I'm all for quality, double and triple chec...
  • Firefox 4 design gets updated. Possibilities ensue…
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 10:48 am
    If you had to pick a favorite browser, which one would it be: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera.....Internet Explorer? Apparently the answer to that question is increasingly becoming Firefox. Over the last several quarters, Firefox has been gaining ground on the old giant (IE) so much so that according to recent reports, Firefox now commends more marketshare than IE7 -- no small feat. Naturally, a browser that is growing larger by the day would obviously attract some attention concerning a fresh...
  • Safari looses the bronze to Chrome.
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 2:05 pm
    According to Microsoft, Chrome is nothing more than a "rounding error". Though as we continually watch Internet Explorers grip on the internet slip further and further down the totem pole (thank god) we can easily pass such comments off as comments made out of fear and uncertainty. It doesn't matter how Microsoft feels however as Google Chrome has officially moved from #4 to #3 in the browser world, unseating Apple' Safari. On my Mac I used to use Safari as my main browser as it was crazy ...
  • Fennec (Firefox Mobile) to drop for N900 by end of ‘09. Windows Mobile and Android versions in 2010.
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    If you were beginning to lose hope in Fennec, Mozilla's venture into the mobile browser world, have I got a juicy treat for you. Like many of you out there, I was beginning to feel as if Fennec was months upon months away from an actual release. Such long spans of time are torturous for us "gotta have it now" folks. At least one small niche group of users will soon be able to start rocking an official Mozilla Fennec web browser. Thanks can be sent to Jay Sullivan, Mozilla´s Vice President o...
  • Chrome to have 500+ extensions by weekend. Chrome for Mac gaining extension support as well.
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 6:41 am
    Are you an plugin person? Users of Firefox no doubt know about and/or use one or many of the countless plugins available for Mozilla's mobile crawler. Everything from easily finding torrents to listing email messages in the browser title bar can be had with these browser add-ons. On the Google/Chrome side, end users have been clamoring for plugins ("extensions" on Google's side) since the browsers release a little over a year ago. As is customary, Google has been working at break neck pace, ...
  • Skyfire upgraded. Mobile web one step closer to desktop parent.
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 12:48 pm
    Being on the mobile web just a few short years ago meant navigating extremely rudimentary WAP web pages and dealing with painfully slow load times. That is if you could even get a site to properly/completely load on your device. Thankfully technology doesn't sit still and in fact runs a breakneck speed. In today's world, we have browsers such as Mobile Safari, Mobile Chrome, SkyFire, and Opera mini to name a few. While all of the mobile browsers listed (and several unlisted) are all good in ...
  • Bolt Browser can finally take the reigns from the decrepit BlackBerry browser with 1.6 update.
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 11:22 am
    Some will be quick to point out that I don't use a BlackBerry anymore. So how could I possibly know as to the actual real world amazingness the Bolt BlackBerry browser provides? I have a wife who is a devout CrackBerry user. 'Nough said. One of the biggest complaints of BlackBerry users everywhere is the browser. With Bolt 1.6 comes the revelation that finally we can distance ourselves from the coding nightmare that is the BB Browser. Even though OS 4.3.2 5.0 promises a greatly improved br...
  • Google Chrome for Mac within days…maybe even hours….
    by Mike
    Posted December 3rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm
    The few Mac users out there actually waiting for the official beta won't have much longer to wait. The evidence is in the "Mac Chrome Status Page" -- or what was the Status page. It has since been revamped and now displays "Mac OS X Roadmap". The weeks and weeks of waiting will soon be coming to a close. I guess those last 8 bugs that were keeping Chrome in that developer stage weren't so bad after all. (Or the devs never slept, ate, and wore diapers....) Of course, also seeing verbiage th...
  • Opera Mini 5 beta 2 now available!
    by Mike
    Posted December 2nd, 2009 at 7:10 am
    Using a mobile device to browse the web was nothing short of an excruciating experience not too long ago. In fact, before the iPhone came along, it out right sucked. That is unless you had some flavor of Opera Mini running on your phone. The beauty of this browser was that the main rendering was done on Opera Mini's servers wit the resulting content arriving at your phone being roughly 10% of the original size cutting loading time and increasing browsing speed greatly. Opera Mini 5 ushered i...
  • Chrome for Mac to come in a tad underweight…
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 8:24 am
    I can't wait for Google Chrome on Mac. Almost since day 1, it replaced Firefox as my main Windows browser and over the last couple of weeks each build release has inched closer and closer to perfection. Granted, I use perfection loosely, merely using it to describe a "finished", stable product. While we can expect a Chrome 4 for Mac of some sort in the next couple of weeks, it will be far from perfect, finished, or full featured. Features such as bookmark manager, mutli-touch gestures, gears...
  • Chrome OS revealed!
    by Mike
    Posted November 19th, 2009 at 2:05 pm
    Google junkies and all around simpletons with curiosity bouncing off the charts in regards to Google's Chrome OS can finally have some visual treats to munch on. Taking a quick glance above, you can see that it's a lot like the Chrome browser. To some that's good, to others it's bad. It's highly effective though. After going through several different live blog events, the ease at which you switch between browser tabs and applications tabs really does blend the whole desktop/cloud line. But ...
  • IE 9 details getting loosed at PDC. Actual browser, not so much.
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm
    We'll just start off this post asking one question: How do you like Internet Explorer? Hell, I'm feeling generous, all current versions are up for debate -- 6, 7, and 8. With that aside, today at the Professional Developers Conference, Chief Architect Ray Ozzie revealed a few concessions that the next gen Microsoft browser is in fact in the works. He didn't however highlight any feature in particular. For that we'll have to wait until tomorrow's keynote. Also, before you get all hot and...
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