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Chrome 55 uses up to 50% less RAM, arrives in December

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Google is promising some radical improvements in RAM usage of its upcoming Chrome 55 browser, that will feature an improved JavaScript engine that is more efficient on RAM consumption.




With countless JavaScript-based websites, the RAM usage being lowered is only a great thing for people like me who have 20-25 tabs open in Chrome at once. Google has said that according to their research using Chrome 55 with websites like The New York Times, Reddit and YouTube using 50% less RAM on average than Chrome 53.


Google won't be releasing Chrome 55 until December 6, but there will be pre-release code released earlier if you want to try it between now and then.

Here are some facts about Google for their 18th birthday

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Sep 28, 2016 12:53 am

Google is celebrating its 18th birthday today (feeling old yet?) with an appropriate Google Doodle full of balloons. Google's birthday varied during the years, but September 27th is its official birthday since 2006.




Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University, California. Their goal was to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful". 18 years ago Google's headquarters was in the garage of Susan Wojcicki, Larry's and Sergey's friend, and today Google is situated in Mountain View with over 57,000 employees.


In the 18 years of existence, Google has become one of the biggest companies in the world and our daily lives are unimaginable without it.

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Opera's built-in VPN goes public

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Sep 20, 2016 7:01 pm

Two months after the news Opera's browser business would be sold to Chinese firms, the company's eponymous browser now offers a built-in virtual private network (VPN) service. Available in beta form since April, it goes public today, making it the first major browser to do so.




VPNs allow one greater privacy and security while granting access to region restricted content. Opera cites surveys where users who declined to use one typically did so to avoid difficulty and subscription fees, so it appears their aim is to eliminate both barriers.

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Mozilla experimenting with Wayback Machine integration

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 10:04 pm

Mozilla is experimenting with integrating the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine into its Firefox browser. What this means is anytime you hit a dead page, the browser will automatically detect it and offer up a link to an archived version. At least, in theory: the feature (dubbed "No More 404s") is in the early stages and doesn't always detect pages and sometimes there is no archived version available.




If you want to try out No More 404s, install the Firefox Test Pilot add-on and find the new feature through that. Alternately, you can try out an add-on like Resurrect Pages.

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Firefox 48 update means less freezing, awesome bar gets more awesome

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 10:37 pm

After extensive planning and development, multi-process Firefox (aka Electrolysis or e10s) is here with Firefox 48. The jist of it is this: web content and browser interface processes are now separate, so if a page is hogging resources, your tabs, buttons, and menus will no longer lock up.




E10s is rolling out slowly; to check if it's enabled for you, type about:support into the address bar and check the line that says 'Multiprocess Windows.' If it says '1/1 (Enabled by default', you're good to go.


The awesome bar also gets significantly more useful with the 48 release: many more suggestions, each showing more information now show up when you begin to type in the bar.

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WTF: Microsoft Edge is the only browser to playback Netflix at 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jul 18, 2016 1:18 am

Microsoft has claimed that its Edge browser is the only one out of the four big browsers on the market that can handle 1080p playback of Netflix content, and according to PCWorld, the claims are true.




The three other browsers - Chrome, Firefox, and Opera - are all capped at 720p. Using the "secret Netflix menus" (press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+D) will display the resolution and bitrate of the Netflix content on your PC, and Microsoft is right - the others are capped at 720p while Edge ramps up to 1080p. The Windows 10 Netflix app renders Netflix at 1080p as well.


Considering that the PC is one of the most powerful platforms in the world, it's a strange thing to see that the PC doesn't support 1080p playback of Netflix, let alone 4K playback. Le sigh.

Next Firefox release will make crashes, slowdowns a non-issue

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jun 8, 2016 8:31 pm

Firefox will soon see what Mozilla developer Asa Dotzler calls "the largest [change] we've ever shipped": the public release of Electrolysis (aka E10S).




A fundamental design change, E10S splits Firefox into two separate processes: one for interface, and one for content. The benefit for the user is if there are any stability issues (slowdowns due to resource hogging, freezing, crashing, etc.), you'll still be able to use your tabs, buttons, and menus as normal.


E10S has been in beta for a long while now and Dotzler says it's finally nearing public release; the current plan is to launch it publicly on August 2. Only one percent of users will receive it immediately, but assuming all goes well, it will then gradually roll out to the other half in the weeks that follow.

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For first time, Firefox beats Edge, Explorer in browser share

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: May 18, 2016 6:37 pm

For the first time, Mozilla's Firefox browser has beaten out the one-two punch of Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer in market share. Web analytics company StatCounter reviewed data from three million sites and determined Firefox sat at 15.6% as of April, a hair ahead of Edge and IE at 15.5%.




Firefox usage has been on the decline recently, but Microsoft's browsers are falling faster. In the case of the latter, the story hasn't changed: most believe the company has to deliver the still in beta extension support to better compete with its rivals.

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Opera now features free, unlimited in-browser VPN

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 10:06 pm

No more fussing with paid virtual private network (VPN) services to get your US Netflix or access blocked websites: Opera now builds one directly into its desktop browser.



The company says the new feature is a response to the demand for the service (24% of internet users have tried or are currently using a VPN), as well as a desire to offer something new for the web. No doubt much of that 24% will try out the new Opera and maybe even stick with it, if only as a secondary browser for the express purpose of accessing geographically restricted content.

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Mozilla's next browser is built on Chrome technology, for now

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 5:19 pm

After struggling in recent years against the dominant Google, Mozilla has decided to give in somewhat and dedicate a six-person team to develop a radically different browser. The shocking part: Tofino, as it's called, is using an outside project Electron, which in turn is built on the Chromium foundation (which powers Chrome). With this move, Mozilla joins a long list of companies that have adopted Chromium, most recognizably Samsung and Opera.




Mark Mayo, senior vice president of the Firefox project says internal resistance to the shift has been vehement, to the point he's surprised the project got off the ground at all. No doubt it helps that the long-term plan is to adapt the company's proprietary Gecko technology and so replace Electron and Chromium, according to Mozilla engineer Kyle Huey.


Chrome accounts for 47 percent of browser usage; Safari sits at 13 percent, and Firefox at 9 percent, according to StatCounter.