Tag: Web Browsers

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Mozilla Announces Developer Preview Phones for Firefox OS

This year is shaping up to be a big one in the mobile space. iOS and Android are still going strong, Windows Phone 8 is set to make a big push, and BlackBerry OS 10 devices will make their way onto carriers in the near future. We even caught a glimpse of Canonical’s Ubuntu Phone OS. It begs the question: will the market be receptive to even more mobile OS options?

Mozilla seems to think so, as today it outed two developer phones for its Firefox OS — the Keon model and the Peak model. Both will run a preview of Firefox OS, and Mozilla hopes both will be available sometime in February.

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Chartbeat’s “Percent Of The Internet” Provides Real Time Browser Market Share Data

Chartbeat, a web service that provides real time web analytics for many large websites has launched a really cool new website called Percent of the Internet. The website is powered by Chartbeat data across the websites who use their analytics software and it provides users with real time browser and operating system market share data.

Simply click on the icon of the data you want such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or even Mac OS X, and you will be presented with real time stats. You can even see the sample size used to get the information at the bottom of the page. It’s really cool.

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Microsoft’s New IE 10 Ad Hopes to Turn IE Haters Into IE Lovers

Have you seen the latest Internet Exploder, I mean, Internet Explorer 10 advertisement? If not, you need to check it out (video above). The video features an “Internet troll,” trolling blogs, Twitter, and Facebook saying that IE sucks, to which, the Internet Explorer social accounts reply back and troll the troll. It’s quite amusing and fun to watch.

This is a really well done commercial. Instead of showing how flashy IE 10 is (and it is much better in my experience), it’s almost issuing an apology for how bad previous versions of Internet Explorer actually were and in doing so promises better things to come. In fact, the commercials ends on a statement, “Progress. Comebacks come in many shapes and sizes.”

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Mozilla Integrates Social Into Firefox

Mozilla just announced its first set of social integration into Firefox in a partnership with Facebook. Over the last few months Mozilla has been building the Social API – a way to allow you to plug your favorite social sites into Firefox – and they are now ready to release their first Social API test with Facebook Messenger for Firefox.

The release, which is available today, is still in beta, but can be obtained by downloading the latest Firefox Beta build. Once you have the latest Firefox Beta installed, then visit Facebook like you normally would and when Facebook prompts you about Firefox integration, click install. If you no longer want to use the social integration features, Firefox makes it just as easy to remove, and of course, if you decline the initial offer nothing will be installed.

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SkyFire Approved: Flash Coming to the iPhone and iPad.

According to CNN, SkyFire has been approved by Apple and will be in the App Store Thursday morning at 9AM EST.  The app will sell for $2.99.  SkyFire is a mobile web browser which has become known for its ability to play video embedded on web sites with Adobe’s Flash technology.  However, since Flash still isn’t supported on the iPhone, the company invented a clever way for their browser  to play Flash video on the iPhone and iPad.

SkyFire created a cloud technology which allows the browser to translate Flash videos in real-time to the Apple approved HTML5 standard which means they adhere to all of Apple’s video and browser guidelines.  SkyFire sure looks impressive (as you can see in the video demo above), their technology enables the browser to compress video data by about 75 percent on average.  This type of compression makes it easier to stream videos without buffering and also saves battery life.

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Internet Explorer 9 Ad Campaign Asks Reddit Users For Feedback

Microsoft really needs Internet Explorer 9 to be a hit amongst web users.  In an effort to improve IE 9, which is currently in beta and available for download Microsoft is trying a new approach to gather some (perhaps brutally) honest feedback.  In their latest ad campaign, Microsoft has reached out to the Reddit team to post a story on their blog about the upcoming release of IE 9 requesting them to ask users for feedback on the product.

While it’s not uncommon for companies to use social media as part of their advertising campaigns, it is uncommon to let the social media site manage the campaign for you.  According to the Reddit blog, “Microsoft is getting ready to release Internet Explorer 9, and they reached out to us because they genuinely want to start a dialog with the reddit community. In fact, they’ve taken the unprecedented step of putting the reddit team in charge of this entire campaign.

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Safari 5: What’s New?

On Monday, Apple brought Christmas to geeks early this year by announcing the iPhone 4. However, we got a small present a few hours after the WWDC 2010 Keynote when Apple officially announced the 5th version of their Safari browser. Now, if you are an avid Safari user, you should definitely upgrade to the latest version. If you have drifted away from Safari, this update is definitely worth the time to try out.

One of the first things I noticed about Safari 5 is that is much more snappy than the previous version. Another thumbs up for a lot of people is that it brings back the loading bar rather than having that grey load progress indicator in the corner of the address bar. On top of that, Bookmarks and Top Sites work so much more smoothly than they did in Safari 4. For those of you that are developers out there, you will probably enjoy that HTML5 and CSS3 support has dramatically gotten better since Safari 4 with new features such as Geolocation and AJAX History. Another big leap is finally allowing extensions! Developers can join now the new Safari Developer Program for absolutely free and start making some awesome extensions.

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Internet Explorer: A Burden to Web Designers

The use of Internet Explorer by Internet users has always been a burden on the web design community. With the expansion of Web 2.0 technologies such as feature rich CSS based designs and JavaScript ran websites, this browser that controls nearly half the market share for web browsers can no longer be ignored. While Microsoft has taken steps to address the inabilities of Internet Explorer to follow standards, it still makes it difficult for experienced designers to make a feature rich website while also removing or restricting some features as a result of the browser’s failure to stay in touch with the expanding Internet.

As a web designer and developer myself, I have seen first hand the browser’s inefficiencies up close while attempting to develop websites with technologies that were only thought up in the past several years. Currently, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which is the main standards organization for the Internet has the drafts for the next version of CSS, CSS 3.0, in works.

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