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Stay informed about changes and upgrades in all the most popular Web browsers; including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, and more. Read news and advice about important browser upgrades and features.


Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Shim uses node.js to test sites on multiple browsers

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Testing

Shim was developed within the Boston Globe’s media lab as a way to study how Web sites look on various devices and browsers. A laptop intercepts all wifi traffic – this is redirected to a custom node.js server – which inserts a javascript, or “shim,” at the head of each web page that is visited. Read the rest…

Posted by jvaughan at 11:01 pm
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3.1 rating from 219 votes

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

IE9 Chakra JavaScript Team Hosting a Q&A Session Tomorrow

Category: Browsers, IE, Microsoft

The IE9 team announced that they’ll be hosting an open Q&A session via Twitter where developers can ask questions to the Chakra engineers about the new JavaScript engine. In conjunction with the release of Platform Preview 7, we wanted to give the community the opportunity to ask questions of some of our IE and Chakra Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 2:56 pm
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2.8 rating from 6 votes

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

YUI 3.2.0 preview release 1 – touch events support, transitions and browser-specific loading

Category: Browsers, CSS, JavaScript, Library, YUI

Over at the the YUI blog the team just announced the preview release of YUI 3.2.0. YUI3 now has some interesting new features that the team wants you to try and tell them if they work out for you. The changes to the already very powerful library are quite ambitious: Touch event support for mobile Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 1:34 pm
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3.6 rating from 7 votes

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Firefox 4 with lots of speed improvements and inline SVG

Category: Browsers

Mozilla went to London, England yesterday night to give a workshop about Mozilla Add-Ons and show some of the cool new stuff coming in Firefox 4. Probably the most impressive thing (next to the new Add-Ons Builder based on Bespin) was the upcoming Features of Firefox 4: HTML5 Video display Painting with Canvas Image manipulation Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 10:26 am
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2.3 rating from 4 votes

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The death of the pixel as we know it; The new DPI web

Category: Browsers

The Web used to be so simple. Browser request goes to server, where you do some work, and return some HTML. Then we got Ajax and finally web apps could have some semblance of UI responsiveness. Now we have richer HTML5 technologies to change expectations of our users once again. The Web is getting some Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:17 am
29 Comments

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4.3 rating from 3 votes

Monday, June 28th, 2010

IE9: Big leap forward, and how we can help the Microsoft momentum

Category: Browsers, IE

Microsoft continues to impress with its developer preview releases for IE9. They went from a laggard in both performance and Web standards, to regrouping and doing some fantastic work in both regards. The honourable PPK has detailed the leap forward with CSS (in between watching his Dutch team do well in the World Cup. Not Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:35 pm
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4 rating from 2 votes

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

IE9 supports Canvas…. hardware accelerated!

Category: Browsers, Canvas, IE

Huge news. My canvas crusade is done. IE9 is supporting canvas, and it is hardware accelerated, in the third preview release: With the third platform preview, we introduce support for the HTML5 Canvas element. As you know our approach for standards support is informed both by developer feedback and real word usage patterns today, along Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:54 pm
25 Comments

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3.3 rating from 3 votes

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

HTML5Rocks.com: Google DevRel shares the love

Category: Browsers, CSS, HTML

The Chrome and HTML DevRel team at Google have released a new portal, HTML5 Rocks, that packages together some of the great resources available on HTML5 and the renaissance of browsers. Whether it be references on what you can do, to readiness to shims to get use features now. Beyond the resources, there is the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:14 pm
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3.5 rating from 2 votes

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Studying perceived performance of Firefox and Chrome

Category: Browsers, Usability

“A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.” said the cowboy John Wayne. Mozilla’s new intern with the same name knows that Mozilla needs to do… and it needs to do performance. It isn’t just about JavaScript performance though, the battle for the hearts and minds is perceived performance. This is a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:21 am
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1.7 rating from 3 votes

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Google Chrome Frame Gets Beta Love

Category: Browsers, Google

*thump*. That is the sound of Google Chrome Frame getting a beta tag on it with a new version that comes up to Chrome 5 levels: Instead of adding new bells and whistles, we’ve fixed more than 200 bugs to make integration with Internet Explorer seamless while improving security, stability, and performance. For example, we’ve Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:24 pm
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3.7 rating from 3 votes

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Safari 5: Features, Performance, Standards

Category: Browsers, WebKit

Safari 5 got out of the gate a touch early as the PR team shot their new release out before anything else was out there: “Safari continues to lead the pack in performance, innovation and standards support,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Safari now runs on over 200 million Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:15 pm
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2 rating from 2 votes

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Apple HTML5 microsite touts standards, but only works on Safari

Category: Apple, Browsers

Apple has a new microsite touting HTML5 standards, yet when you hit the site in a browser other than Safari and try to run a sample you get: Erm. Hmm. Faruk has it right: The point isn’t that all of the examples should work in all browsers, but that it most of them actually do…. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:22 am
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2.3 rating from 3 votes

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Detecting extensions in the browser and beyond

Category: Browsers

Daniel Buchner of Jetpack has a post on Indexing and Auto-Detecting Browser Extensions on the Web. He discusses how search engines themselves could show interesting information on extensions: Now search engines could go back to being app stores ;) Beyond that, the browser itself could be told about a related extension. Others have talked about Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:46 am
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3.7 rating from 3 votes

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Firefox 4: HTML5 and Native JSON Store

Category: Browsers, Firefox

Mike Beltzner, Director of Firefox and all-round top chap, gave an open presentation on what is coming in Firefox 4: The full video is also available which goes into detail on the main themes of the next release of Firefox (3.7 is dead, long live 4!) Fast: making Firefox super-duper fast Powerful: enabling new open, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:06 am
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2.7 rating from 3 votes

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

New IE9 Preview: Performance, Hardware Acceleration, and Acid3

Category: Browsers, IE

At MIX, Microsoft showed that they are back in the browser game with a preview of IE9 “platform” (platform seems to mean ‘haven’t got it together as a real browser yet, but we wanted to get it to you guys ASAP’). Today, they updated the preview as they said they would (claiming they will do Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:06 am
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1.5 rating from 2 votes

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Chrome is doing 0 to 60 faster than ever… and IE is down below 60

Category: Browsers

Some good news in the land of browsers. Firstly, the Chrome team has released a new beta that features impressive performance numbers to go along with HTML5 features that have all been baking in the developer channel. First we have the performance. It is cool that they only compare with themselves: Seeing V8 get faster Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:41 pm
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2 rating from 2 votes