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Testing shows Internet Explorer is most efficient with power usage

While Internet Explorer may not be winning any awards for being the most feature-filled or quickest browser around, it is winning accolade from one user for giving his aging desktop replacement notebook the best battery life. User Ciprian Adrian Rusen put IE9, IE10, Chrome 18, Firefox 11 and Opera 11.62 to the test and found that both IEs lasted longer.

 

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His machine is a two and a half year old HP Pavilion dv7 2185dx with a 2GHz Core 2 Quad Q9000, a Radeon HD 4650 and 6GB of DDR2 RAM. Not exactly a power friendly configuration! Many like to use Chrome for its minimalist design--I'm using it right now--but it is pretty clear that it likes to use power in exchange for its snappiness.

 

Chrome was 126% faster than IE10 but yielded only 85 minutes of run time whereas IE10 ran for 108 minutes. However, since IE10 had to be ran on Windows 8, some of these power savings could be attributed to Windows 8. Microsoft has been touting that Windows 8 is more energy efficient. If you're going for battery life, it looks like the best choice is IE10.

 

Ruse noted that there isn't a parallel between performance and longevity: "Peacekeeper runs its tests in a loop until the battery dies. The browsers which lasted longer went through more test loops, not fewer. For example, Chrome went through 17 iterations while Internet Explorer went through 23. The tests do not take less or more depending on the browser."

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 19.0.1084.9 Dev

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 19.0.1084.9 Dev.

 

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The Dev channel has been updated to 19.0.1084.9 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame. This build contains following updates:

 

Updated V8 - 3.9.24.7

Fixed issues: 120519, 120978, 120430, 120193

 

Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

 

You can read more about Google Chrome releases, and download them, here.

Download of the Day: Firefox 12.0 Beta 3

Our Download of the Day is Firefox 12.0 Beta 3.

 

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New stuff in Firefox 12.0 Beta 3 includes:

 

  • Performance Enhancements: Faster startup time on Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • Firefox Sync: Bookmarks and passwords now sync instantly
  • Enhanced Font Rendering: Fonts are rendered clear and sharp

 

Optimized Memory Use:

 

  • Improved memory management: For many users, memory use is reduced by 30 percent or more, responsiveness is enhanced
  • The JavaScript garbage collector runs frequently to free up more memory when Firefox is idle

 

On top of that, we have new platform features and developer tools:

 

Telemetry: Users can opt-in for automatic memory usage, performance testing and reporting to help improve future versions Firefox

Web timing spec: Measure performance characteristics of websites as users experience them

Azure Direct2D for Canvas: Canvas-based animations on the Web are dramatically faster

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Firefox for Windows 8 is taking form

Windows 8 is coming, its kind of like the monster under your bed, you know its there, you're trying to prepare for it and one day, it's going to get you. Windows 8 is going to do the same, it's going to captivate so many more people, with its blend of powerful full-featured OS, but also touch-screen friendly. Mozilla has been getting cuddly with Windows 8 and its Metro interface, and now we have a tease of Firefox for Windows 8.

 

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It looks quite basic at the moment, I really thought the user interface would be well on its way, but hey, it's early days yet. Mozilla only announced the development of a Metro-style Firefox back in February, so it'll be a while before the foundation is properly set and things are locked into place.

 

Firefox for Windows 8 is based on the Fennec XUL code, and the project's already started intergrating with the live tile flavor of Windows 8, implementing HTML file input controls, snap for managing multiple running apps, in addition to search and share contacts. We should expect a beta release in the coming months, and the full release close to the launch of Windows 8 itself.

Internet Explorer gets some loving, gains back market share mildly

We have reported previously about how Chrome passed Internet Explorer in market share for a couple of days, but it seems as though Microsoft has turned the browser around and gained some market share back. The results from Net applications regarding March usage show an increase in Internet Explorers use with a matching decrease in FireFox and Chrome.

 

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IE's usage share climbed from 51.9% to 53.8% whereas FireFox went from 21.8% to 20.6% and Chrome from 19.1% to 18.6%. Safari saw a microscopic jump in usage, amounting to about 0.1% increase ending at 5.07%. It's clear that Internet Explorer is still down from where it used to be, but Microsoft has done some good things from IE8 to IE9.

 

However, once you jump ship to another browser, it's near impossible to go back. It is worth it to check out Internet Explorer, however, because it seems as though it has done a lot of things right. Tell me, which browser do you use?

Download of the Day: Google Chrome 18

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 18.

 

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Google have just pushed the finished version of Google Chrome 18 onto the Internet, which brings hardware graphics improvements to HTML5's Canvas for 2D, and should make certain websites faster. Acceleration works on both Mac, and Windows, but not Linux at the moment.

 

You can get Chrome 18 for Windows, Mac and Linux, here.

Opera release Mini 7 for Android, also proud that they now have 160 million monthly Opera Mini users

Opera Software have launched their latest Android-based web browser, Opera Mini 7 for Android, after they previewed the browser at this years Mobile World Congress. This is perfect timing, as just weeks ago Android's 'robot' browser had overtaken Opera to stake claim to the top mobile Web browser for the first time.

 

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The new release should help propel Opera into some new, uncharted territory as they're already able to brag they have an insane 160 million monthly Opera Mini users now, which is up from the already-great 140 million back in November of 2011.

 

The company also released Opera Mobile 12 for Android recently, which is more of a full-fledged mobile web browser compared to the cut-down Mini. Opera Mini uses the company's proprietary server compression technology to compress content before it gets to your phone, where it renders the websites on Opera's servers before hitting your phone.

Download of the Day: Firefox 12.0 Beta 2

Our Download of the Day is Firefox 12.0 Beta 2.

 

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The absolute latest from Mozilla Firefox.

 

Firefox, the award-winning web browser, is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life.

 

Firefox empowers you to accomplish your online activities faster, more safely and efficiently than any other browser, period. Built with Tab browsing, popup blocking and a number of other seamless innovations, Firefox stands out ahead.

 

The wait is over. Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser.

 

Beta Channel:

 

Experience cutting edge features but with more stability

Provide feedback to help refine and polish what will be in the final release

 

What's New:

 

Performance Enhancements: Faster startup time on Mac, Windows, and Linux

Optimized Memory Use:

Improved memory management: For many users, memory use is reduced by 30 percent or more, responsiveness is enhanced

The JavaScript garbage collector runs frequently to free up more memory when Firefox is idle

Firefox Sync: Bookmarks and passwords now sync instantly

Enhanced Font Rendering: Fonts are rendered clear and sharp

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Microsoft pokes fun at self, calls Internet Explorer browser you love to hate

It's no secret that Internet Explorer (Internet Exploder, as it's called by many) has been losing market share, mainly to FireFox and especially Chrome. We reported that Chrome overtook Internet Explorer, as far as market share was concerned, for a single day. It's not long before Chrome stays steadily in front of Internet Explorer. And Microsoft will have none of it.

 

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Microsoft has launched a new marketing campaign to try and win back users and market share. "The Browser You Love to Hate" is the name of the new marketing campaign which focuses on making fun of previous versions of Internet Explorer to try removing Internet Explorer 9 far, far away from the previous versions. It's just the latest in what has become a somewhat apologetic marketing campaign. Check out the website for humorous and quirky pictures, social media testimonials, and videos like the one below.

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Chrome beats IE for short time, work week comes, loses top spot

Yes, a historic milestone took place over the past week. According to StatCounter, for one day, March 18, Chrome had 32.71 percent of traffic to IE's 32.5 percent. The lead was in no way huge, but it was there and that is a major event. Some curious graphs regarding the stats leading up to this have been released. Take a look below:

 

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As you can see by the above graph, every weekend there was a significant drop in the usage of Internet Explorer and an equally significant increase in the usage of Chrome. What this shows then, is that many people are forced to use Internet Explorer at work who really don't want to. Because of this, Internet Explorer and Chrome appear to be in a dead heat when the playing field is leveled, such as on the weekends when few are working.

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