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Firefox’s New Download Interface, How To Restore The Old

If you have been following the recent development of the Firefox web browser, and in particular Mozilla’s plans with the next upcoming versions, you know that there will be lots of – good – change coming to the browser. From excellent features like click to play, a new Firefox design, a Metro version for Windows 8, Silent Updates, and many cool features for Firefox 13 (which not all may make it into that version).

April 19, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Chrome Browser for Android gets New Features, Languages

The Android OS version of Google's Chrome browser is now available in a host of new languages and has gained several new features, but it remains in beta testing and is afflicted with a variety of bugs. First released in February for tablets and phones that run the 4.0 version of Android, also called Ice Cream Sandwich, Chrome for Android now has its user interface in 31 additional languages and is available in all countries with access to Google Play, which was previously known as the Android Market.

April 18, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google's New Chrome OS: Back to the Future

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has little love for the new generation of desktop interfaces, such as Windows 8 Metro. They use a smartphone/tablet like metaphor in which each application takes up the entire screen. So, why did he bought all these 20-inch and larger displays? Google, in the latest developer release of its Linux and cloud-based Chrome OS, has reversed this trend. This developer Chrome OS update adds a taskbar and support for multiple windows to its light-weight, desktop operating system.

April 11, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

HTML5 Roundup: Mozilla Demos Standards-Based Video Chat in Firefox

Mozilla recently published a demo of standards-based video chat in an experimental build of Firefox. The functionality is built with the Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) standard, which aims to support streaming audio and video communication on the Web without relying on plugins. The WebRTC standard is currently in the draft stage, but it has been endorsed by most of the major browser vendors. Some initial components are already available in several browsers.

April 9, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Chrome Web Store Gets Trending, Offline Filters

As a webmaster who is always looking for the latest and greatest, Caschy has to admit that he dislike the Chrome web store. The core reason for this is that it does not allow him to sort by new extensions, or updated extensions. When you open it, you always see the same old extensions and apps at the top, with little room for changing what is displayed on the page. While it is possible to sort by popular, recommended and rating, it does not change the fact that you won’t see a lot of new extensions at the top of those pages.

April 5, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Mozilla Shows off a Metro Style Firefox Prototype for Windows 8

Mozilla has moved one step closer to its goal of delivering a  “Metro style enabled browser.” In a status update earlier yesterday, Mozilla’s Brian R. Bondy announced that his team had produced a “working Firefox Windows 8 Metro prototype”: As of last week, we have a working browser in Metro. It currently looks and feels the same as the Android browser. You can navigate the web, create tabs, bookmark pages, build history, retain cache, adjust preferences, and more.

April 3, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Microsoft's IE Reclaims Lost Ground in Browser Battle

Microsoft's Internet Explorer regained some of the browser usage it's lost in recent years, holding Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari at bay in March. IE rose from 52.8 percent of worldwide browser usage in February to 53.8 percent in March, a relatively large monthly jump in the statistics.

April 2, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Faster Graphics for older PCs in Chrome 18

Google Chrome 18 brings two methods of improved graphics support to both newer and older computers. Released yesterday, Google Chrome 18 stable for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame improves both WebGL and Canvas2D.

March 29, 2012 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Opera Mini 7 for Android

Opera ports its WebGL hardware acceleration from Opera Mobile to the Android version of Opera Mini 7, which first debuted last month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Opera Mini 7 for Android improves the lightweight browser's compressed browsing feature called Turbo with hardware acceleration, and expands the Speed Dial landing page beyond nine Web sites.

March 28, 2012 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Safari 5.1.5 Update Improves 32-bit Stability

Following closely after the release of Safari 5.1.4, Apple released version 5.1.5 of its Web browser to address difficulties a number of users have had opening the program in 32-bit mode. Apple's latest hardware and software support has been for 64-bit code, but in order to support older plug-ins and for other compatibility reasons Apple includes a 32-bit binary for its Safari Web browser.

March 27, 2012 Author: Lubov Cholakova