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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.


Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Let Firefox open the doors for you

Category: Browsers, Mozilla

I remember when Dan Mills showed a first prototype of having the browser help you login. I have long wanted to login to the browser itself, and then have it handle my passwords etc. I use 1Password to do some of this, but I still have to click on buttons to do the login. The Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:11 am
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1 rating from 1 votes

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Steve’s call to improve browser caching

Category: Browsers

Steve Souders was at the Mozilla Web caching summit that we posted on recently. At the event he lead the charge on the default size of the cache, and has written up a call to improve browser caching. He created a browser survey form to capture information on the size of peoples cache, and this Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:43 am
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1 rating from 1 votes

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Put your own tests up on BrowserScope

Category: Browsers, Testing

Lindsey Simon has got a powerful update to BrowserScope, the community-driven tool to test and profile browsers. The new feature is exciting as it truly delivers the “community-driven” piece at scale: you can now add your own tests to the corpus, TestSwarm style. Now, the two are very different of course as TestSwarm is about Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:00 am
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4.3 rating from 9 votes

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Drag and drop file uploads in Gmail using just the specs

Category: Browsers, JavaScript

Gmail started off with the awful input type=”file” “add more” typical solution that we all know and love. Then they added the ability to select multiple files via Flash…. and now they allow the ability to drag and drop files right onto the message compose using HTML5 standards. Want to do it too? Check out Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:17 pm
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4.4 rating from 34 votes

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Mobile Browsers: Increased innovation?

Category: Browsers, Mobile

Opera Mini made it into the Apple Store yesterday. People weren’t sure if it would make it in (as it duplicates functionality from Apple) but it did. This is good news. From playing with it myself, I feel a little like @gruber but what is more interesting to me is that there is room for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:32 am
10 Comments

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3.8 rating from 13 votes

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Getting Users to Upgrade Their Browsers

Category: Browsers

How quickly do users actually upgrade their browsers? It’s a question that seems to come up frequently and is definitely on the minds of developers who want to know when they’ll be able to leverage the best features for their apps. Overall, I think the major browser makers try to share important usage information but Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 11:13 am
23 Comments

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4.8 rating from 24 votes

WebKit 2: Baking split process model into the renderer

Category: Browsers, WebKit

Anders Carlsson and Sam Weinig announced that Apple has been working on “WebKit2” for awhile, and it bakes in a split process model a la Chrome: This is a heads-up that we will shortly start landing patches for a new WebKit framework that we at Apple have been working on for a while. We currently Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:58 am
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4.8 rating from 22 votes

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Mozilla Web Caching Summit

Category: Browsers, Mozilla, Performance

As part of their on-going efforts to engage directly with the web developer community, Mozilla hosted a Web Caching Summit earlier this week to discuss how the web platform could better meet the needs of developers. In attendance were developers who work on Facebook, Google Search, Microsoft Office Live, Twitter, Yahoo, SproutCore, and Palm webOS. Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:39 am
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4.4 rating from 11 votes

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

jQuery one-line plugin to crash IE6

Category: Browsers, JavaScript

Malicious code that targets browsers has quite some history and it gets bizarre when you see just how easy it can be to crash a certain browser. If you remember, an input type of “crash” used to kill IE6. Now there is an interesting one line jQuery plugin to crash IE6 available: < View plain Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 9:23 am
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3.5 rating from 28 votes

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Firefox gets hardware acceleration in early stage

Category: Browsers, Performance

Bass Schouten is a cool name, and the Mozillan has presented Direct2D hardware acceleration. You have to grab Firefox nightly, do the about:config / gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled game, but then you get to see it in action. IE9 showed off how they will support hardware rendering, and I am sure we will see more at MIX, but Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:25 am
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4.4 rating from 28 votes

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Opera 10.50 out for Mac, impressive performance and more

Category: Browsers

The Opera team has released 10.50 for Mac and along with it some impressive performance numbers: Stabilization Improvements: You will find that this build is much more stable than the pre-alpha build. More polished user interface: The whole UI is more polished now. We’re still not done yet, and expect more polishes and improvements in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:27 pm
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4.6 rating from 39 votes

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Steve’s Browser Performance Wishlist

Category: Browsers, Performance

Steve Souders has put together a browser performance wishlist that answers the question “What are the most important changes browsers could make to improve performance?” download scripts without blocking SCRIPT attributes resource packages border-radius cache redirects link prefetch Web Timing spec remote JS debugging Web Sockets History anchor ping progressive XHR stylesheet & inline JS Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:12 am
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4.1 rating from 27 votes

Monday, February 1st, 2010

fullscreen API coming to browsers near you?

Category: Browsers

What can you do if you want to enable a fullscreen experience on the Web? You can’t. Or, use Flash. Some claim that you shouldn’t offer this ability as it is a security liability. Someone can put a fullscreen view that tricks the user into giving it information. However, as much as I think user Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:26 am
18 Comments

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3.2 rating from 30 votes

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Canvas Benchmark

Category: Browsers, Canvas, Performance

The Freeciv.net crew has benchmarked a path in their canvas game. It is one data point, and tests more than just Canvas itself because a lot of code is running in the game. Thus, it ends up testing the union of a particular JavaScript path and the rendering of the canvas. Here are the results: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:09 am
23 Comments

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4 rating from 30 votes

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Adobe BrowserLab Update: More browsers, more features

Category: Adobe, Browsers

Adobe BrowserLab (formerly Meer Meer) has been updated today with new browsers and features: New Browser Support: Adding Internet Explorer 8, Chrome 3.0, Safari 4 and Firefox 3.5 to the current list of supported browsers; Rulers and Guides: Providing users more precision with rulers on the X and Y axes, as well as movable guides; Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:30 am
4 Comments

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3.1 rating from 19 votes

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Chrome Extensions and webOS Applications look quite similar

Category: Browsers

Reposted from my personal blog “If you squint, Chrome Extensions and webOS applications look similar” — a wise friend Having now written webOS applications and Chrome Extensions I have been struck by how similar they are, and could be. It may seem weird to see similarity in a browser extension mechanism and a mobile application Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:00 am
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2.9 rating from 21 votes