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Chrome Drops Support for H.264 Video

Chrome Drops Support for H.264 Video | browsers | Scoop.it
Google has announced that it will drop support for the H.264 codec in Google Chrome
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2010 Trend Watch Update: Web Browser Privacy

At the beginning of this year, a dozen important trends in technology
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Mozilla Accidentally Puts 44000 Account Details Online

Mozilla Accidentally Puts 44000 Account Details Online | browsers | Scoop.it
Open source company Mozilla, better known for its Firefox browser, accidentally exposed 44,000 inactive user accounts belonging ...
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Google Chrome a revolutionary web browser or is it ?

Google Chrome a revolutionary web browser or is it ? | browsers | Scoop.it
Google Chrome is a stand-alone web browser and therefore has to compete with browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari. Fact is without Google Chrome, Silverlight would have a far larger chance of success. Now however with the V8 JavaScript engine Google can make sure that JavaScript is just as fast as .Net code in the browser
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Browsers don't matter? Look at the longer view

Browsers don't matter? Look at the longer view | browsers | Scoop.it
I love my apps!
I have an iPad and a Droid. I used to have an iPhone (before I decided I wanted my phone to also be able to ...
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IE9 Tracking Protection: Privacy Or Security?

IE9 Tracking Protection: Privacy Or Security? | browsers | Scoop.it
The first release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) scheduled for first quarter next year will feature an opt-in 'tracking ...
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new firefox 4 betas for desktop and mobile

Firefox 4 is getting really close. Help us finished it faster by using the latest betas and giving feedback.

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Opera 11 Final Version Download

Opera 11 Final Version Download | browsers | Scoop.it
Opera has released a final version of desktop web browser Opera 11 for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. The final version Opera web browser will be download from the opera site and it will play nice with extensions, as well as browser add-ons made thanks to Opera application programming interfaces (APIs) and web standards such as HTML5 and JavaScript. You can also download the Add-ons from the http://addons.labs.opera.com/
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Google Chrome: Tips and Tricks

Google Chrome: Tips and Tricks | browsers | Scoop.it
Google Chrome has seen extensive growth in the mere two years it has been around and has quickly become the preferred browser.
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Chrome Puts a Dent in IE’s 2010 Browser Market Share

Chrome Puts a Dent in IE’s 2010 Browser Market Share | browsers | Scoop.it
In 2010 Internet Explorer suffered some strong attacks to its hegemony in the Web browser market.
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Opera touts touch-enabled browser for tablets

Norwegian browser maker Opera has followed up its success in the desktop and smartphone markets by announcing the first public touch-enabled browser for tablets
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SurfCube gives Windows Phone 7 the 3D browser it needed so desperately

Boss of the Year Entry Form Now that we've thrown 'em off the trail, use the form below to get in touch with the people at ...
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In the Browser Game, Open Source Players Continue to Define the Pace

In the Browser Game, Open Source Players Continue to Define the Pace | browsers | Scoop.it
In the Browser Game, Open Source Players Continue to Define the Pace by Sam Dean - Dec. 15, 2010Comments (0) As 2010 draws to a ...
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Browser Speed Tests: The Latest Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safarion a Mac [Performance Tests]

Browser Speed Tests: The Latest Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safarion a Mac [Performance Tests] | browsers | Scoop.it
Many readers have asked us to replicate our browser speed tests on a Mac, to see the difference in platforms and performance. So we snagged a new MacBook Pro when nobody was looking and tested the latest browsers on it.While this is a pretty good match to the tests we just finished on Windows, we're adding in a Firefox 4 pre-release build and the final version of Opera 10.6which, all told, probably isn't that different from the beta, given the short time distance between them. We used the same browser testing parameters we're regularly using for Windows browsers, with a few exceptions.
In the case of cold and warm starts, and nine-tab loading, I could not find an equivalent of my favorite Windows timer, made by Rob Keir, that can stay on top of any window and be activated by a custom keyboard shortcut. If you know of such a Mac timer app with those features, by all meanstell us in the comments or by email. Instead, then, I had to rely on the Ultimate Stopwatch app for Android, made by Richard Hyndman. I used one finger to tap the "O" key to launch items with Command+O, while simultaneously tapping the timer app on my Nexus One, and tried my best to be consistent.
As for the testing platform, it's a MacBook Pro, bought the day of the latest hardware "refresh," with the specs shown at left here. It was kept plugged in for the tests, and running on a LAN cord for page loading measurements.
One other quick thing I'm doing different this time aroundI'm sharing my data. So if you wanted to see my actual testing results in numbersto check my math, craft your own much more stylish graphs, or what have youyou can view them at this Google Docs spreadsheet.
Now, onto the good graph-y stuff! Click any of the images below for a larger, wider view.
Boot-Up and Warm LoadingWinner: Safari 5!
It's not all that surprising that Apple's software engineers would have the best shot at getting fast start-ups and smooth integration down pat. What is surprising, though, are all the other results. Compared to the Windows results, everything's almost invertedChrome takes longer to start up, and Chrome beats out Firefox.

Tab LoadingWinner: Chrome!
I'd have expected Safari 5 to fare better at loading multiple tabs on a Mac than on Windows, but, alas. It did actually load the tabs after a while, though, as compared to a freeze-out on Windows. Chrome continues to be the savviest at tab loadingthough there's no Internet Explorer 8 here to weird out the results.

JavaScriptWinner: Opera 10.6!
I don't entirely trust this result, or, at least, question whether it's the Dromaeo test we're using, or Opera's JavaScript coders, or a little of both. Opera 10.6 jumps from an also-ran in beta form to a miles-ahead winner in final formunless it's just far, far faster on a Mac. This is, of course, just one test of certain benchmarks, and not a full picture. Still, beyond Opera's weird jump, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox performed at about par with their Windows counterparts.

DOM/CSSWinner (By a Nose): Safari 5!
Safari and Opera trade places in Mac testing, while Chrome keeps pace with second place.

Memory Use (Without Extensions)Winner: Safari 5!
One big caveat in this test is that Chrome's developers note that the browser "seriously over-reports memory usage"it's a bug report they link right from the about:memory page we're using to fairly measure multi-process memory usage. That said, I don't think Chrome was going to knock down the far-and-away efficiency of Safari, or probably even catch up to Firefox in second place.

Memory Use (With Extensions)Winner: Firefox 3.6.6!
We would have liked to test out a similar set of extensions on Firefox 4's pre-released, but even after using a don't-worry-about-compatibility tweak, our test build refused to let us try three of the five extensions in our testing guidelines. So we stuck with what we could text, and Firefox again performed well with five representative add-ons loaded. Many of our commenters will note that Firefox seems to leak memory over timewe're brainstorming a testing process that would fairly catch this. Suggestions? Drop them in the comments.


There you have itour first batch of Mac-based browser results. As noted above, you can see the raw data for yourself, if you'd like. Come up with better graphs than ourselves? Have a suggestion for better Mac testing tools? We're all ears in the comments.
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Browsers like RockMelt and Flock are Harmful to the Web

Browsers like RockMelt and Flock are Harmful to the Web | browsers | Scoop.it
I recently received a beta invite for the new RockMelt Web browser, which is funded by Andreessen Horowitz, of Marc ...
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How is Firefox different from other browsers

How is Firefox different from other browsers | browsers | Scoop.it
As always on this blog, this article does not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.


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A gameboy in your browser

A gameboy in your browser | browsers | Scoop.it
An independent developer has published a multi-part series showing the innards of a homebrew GameBoy emulator--one that runs in JavaScript inside a browser window.
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