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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, October 29th, 2008

Yahoo! BrowserPlus Released

Category: Browsers, Yahoo!

Yahoo! has had a big day with a lot of Open platform releases (OpenSocial, YAP, etc) and to add to that they have released Yahoo! BrowserPlus version 2.1.6, which is important as it opens up the BrowserPlus platform for anyone to use. It features: Google Chrome and IE 6 support Smaller 2mb installation End user Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:56 am
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4 rating from 13 votes

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

CSS Expressions are no more in IE 8 standards mode

Category: Browsers, IE

< View plain text > css div.title { background-color: expression( (new Date()).getHours()%2 ? "#B8D4FF" : "#F08A00" ); } The CSS expressions of old will no longer work in IE 8. Whenever a feature goes away in IE, Ajax hackers get worried, as many hacks rely on quirks or proprietary features of the browser. Why did Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:32 am
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4 rating from 26 votes

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Greasemonkey, Chrome Edition

Category: Browsers, Chrome, Plugins

Chromium gained an important patch over the weekend, with the introduction of Greasemonkey support. The patch came from none other than Aaron Boodman, creator of the original Firefox add-on, and also a Google employee. For now, it’s just a patch and it’s not yet clear if and when it will be part of the official Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:09 pm
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4 rating from 30 votes

Fennec (Mobile Firefox) Alpha 1 Released

Category: Browsers, Mobile

Mark Finkle has announced the first alpha release of Mozilla’s mobile web browser, Fennec. While there was some discussion in recent days of progress on a Windows Mobile version, this release runs on the Nokia N800 and N810 only. However, Mozilla has also provided an emulator for folks to run Fennec on their desktop machine Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:46 am
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4 rating from 23 votes

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Google Chrome History Issue

Category: Browsers, Google

Amongst the reactions to Google’s release of Chrome was the developer’s howl of pain at the thought of another major browser on which to do compatibility testing. Google’s generally asserts that Safari compatibility results should be the same as Chrome’s, but Nathan Hammond stumbled across a divergence that he finds troubling and which Google shows Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:00 am
8 Comments

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3.8 rating from 31 votes

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Non-Euclidean Browser UI

Category: Browsers, UI

The video above by Ron Brinkmann is his mockup of a non-euclidean browser UI which looks a touch like the magnifying glass tool on the iPhone, and aims to give you your data in a readable way, while still showing the larger context: The reason why I think an interface like this can be superior Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:16 am
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2.7 rating from 42 votes

Firefox 3.1 beta: Geolocation, @font-face, Video and Audio, XHR++, and TraceMonkey

Category: Browsers, Firefox

Isn’t it great that a browser point release these days adds so many features? We are starting to see this from Firefox, Opera, WebKit and others, and it is exciting! The Firefox 3.1 beta 1 release has a slew of features that developers have been craving: Geolocation The labs team got Geode out there, and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
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4.6 rating from 30 votes

Friday, October 10th, 2008

IE8 and Standards

Category: Browsers, IE

Anne van Kesteren of Opera Software has updated his post on IE 8 to cover beta 2: XDomainRequest: Microsoft unfortunately continues with XDomainRequest rather than making changes to XMLHttpRequest as other browsers are doing and as is being standardized by the W3C Web Apps Working Group. (Disclaimer: I am the editor of XMLHttpRequest Level 2.) Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:26 am
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2.4 rating from 35 votes

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

IE 8 beta 2 Ajax features

Category: Browsers, IE

Sunava Dutta has detailed the enhancements made to IE 8 beta 2 for Ajax developers including XDR, XDM/postMessage, DOM Storage, offline detection, and more. A lot of great stuff! XDomainRequest (XDR) This is an object built from the ground up to make client-side cross-domain calls secure and easy. To reduce the chances of inadvertent cross Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:53 am
6 Comments

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3.2 rating from 54 votes

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Mecca: A new social browser

Category: Browsers

Mecca is a new browser by the prolific Todd Ditchendorf of Fluid fame. It is currently in the works, and features: Open Plug-in Architecture Built-in Userscripting Userstyles ÜberView for Plug-in Split Views Global Keyboard Shortcut Single-Window Browsing Mode BrowsaBrowsa Plug-in for Sidebars Session Restore Full-Screen Mode Customizable Shortcuts Integrated Gears-loading (InputManager) Hidden “Closed” Windows Thumbnail Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:56 am
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2.3 rating from 25 votes

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

HTML 5: Ian Hickson showing you features in browsers today!

Category: Browsers, HTML, Standards

Ian Hickson gave a great presentation at Google where he just sat down, opened up Emacs, and started to build demos on the fly that use HTML 5 features. His goal was to use browsers available today (albeit nightlies and such for some of them) to show progress…. so no future tense! You can watch Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:25 am
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4.1 rating from 19 votes

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

input type=camera to give us a simple way to integrate to Webcams

Category: Browsers, Component, Firefox, HTML, Mozilla

There are a substantial number of iPhone apps that tie into the builtin native components such as the camera. Brad Lassey has been hacking on Fennec (the Mozilla mobile browser) as well as Firefox itself to integrate with camera phones and Webcams alike: I wrapped a video tag, image and a few buttons in xbl Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:13 am
9 Comments

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2.3 rating from 80 votes

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Ex DOM Storage gives us hope for IE 6+

Category: Browsers, IE

Toru Yamaguchi has built a very cool shim, ExDOMStorage, which implements the HTML 5 DOM Storage API for IE 6 and 7. It does so by strapping in the functionality via an HTC behaviour: < View plain text > javascript (function() {    if (window["localStorage"] && window["sessionStorage"])      return;      with({ nodeSet: document.getElementsByTagName("script"), Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:38 am
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3.2 rating from 31 votes

Friday, September 19th, 2008

DNS Presolving with Google Chrome

Category: Browsers

One of the nice performance features in Google Chrome is the DNS pre-resolving technique that asynchronously does DNS lookups to seed the cache, at appropriate times. For example, based on links in a page, search suggestions, your favourite end points at startup. The article goes into the details, and this is a long running discussion. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:21 am
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3.5 rating from 11 votes

Monday, September 15th, 2008

CSS Transforms: First WebKit, now Gecko too!

Category: Browsers, CSS

We discussed the WebKit CSS transforms that allow you to scale, transform, skew, and do matrix work through simple CSS. Mozilla has stepped up and Keith Schwarz posted on CSS transform support in Firefox thanks to the new -moz-transform: < View plain text > css -moz-transform: translate(100px, 200px); /* Move right 100 pixels, down 200 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:55 am
7 Comments

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3.9 rating from 29 votes

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

UA Profiler: Automatically testing browser features

Category: Browsers, Testing

“Steve, have you done a performance analysis on Google Chrome?” Steve Souders did one better. Rather than just running some tests, he wrote a UA Profiler that allowed him to point a browser and let it roll through the tests: UA Profiler looks at browser characteristics that make pages load faster, such as downloading scripts Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:07 am
7 Comments

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3.5 rating from 37 votes