Posts Tagged ‘browser’

Mozilla Servo Browser Builds for Windows Released

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

There’s only a demo version at this point, but it does provide an interesting peek at Mozilla’s upcoming lightweight browser.

Mozilla just released the first build of the Servo browser engine Developer Preview for Microsoft’s Windows operating system. The organization released builds of Servo for Linux and Mac in July 2016, and has added Windows to the list just now in April 2017. Windows users may head over to the official Servo download page to grab the installer. All that is required then is to run the installer to install the Servo preview — called Servo Tech Demo — on a Windows machine.

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Let the Browser Battery Wars Begin

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

As more and more people switch to browsing the internet via portable devices, it’s no surprise that the browser companies are now focusing their development and marketing strategies on battery life.

Remember the time when browser developers focused on JavaScript speed? This started with the release of Google Chrome, and Google’s initial focus on speed. While that certainly helped, especially since organizations and companies like Mozilla or Opera had to improve their engines as well to provide users with a similar experience, it put other features such as customization or control on the backburner.

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Iridium: Privacy-Focused Chromium-Based Browser

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Iridium has been around for a little while now, but its market share remains relatively small in spite of its useful, privacy-related features.

Iridium is a privacy-focused modification of the Chromium web browser by members of the Open Source Business Alliance. Chromium is the open source basis for Google Chrome and other browsers such as Opera or Vivaldi. While it ships with less things Google integrated in the browser than Google Chrome, there is still room for improvement privacy-wise.

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How to Handle Lots of Browser Tabs

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Here are a few handy tab management tricks that you may be, (or may not be,) already aware of …

Browser tabs are a useful feature supported by all modern desktop browsers. They enable you to open multiple web pages and applications at the same time in a single browser window. Most browsers seem to be optimized for low to medium numbers of tabs, and companies are using different means when certain thresholds are crossed to deal with tab overload. Mozilla Firefox and Firefox-based browsers add scroll icons to the tab bar for instance, while Google Chrome squeezes icons more and more until they don’t even reveal the site’s favicon let alone any titleĀ  anymore.

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How to Troubleshoot Microsoft Edge Hangs

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Unfortunately, the solution for this type of problem with Edge is neither simple nor convenient … but it works.

The new Windows 10 web browser Microsoft Edge is rather bare bones when it comes to tools that it provides you for troubleshooting issues you experience in the browser. Yesterday for instance, I ran into an issue that would prevent a page from loading at all. Edge would hang, and since the tab was already open in the browser, closing and opening it again would not do a thing about it. Whenever Edge opened, the browser would hang and I could do nothing as controls such as closing tabs or the settings were not working.

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Browser Editions Overview

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

I knew that there were a lot of companies out there that make browsers, but a couple of these are news to me.

The browser editions overview lists companies that produce web browsers, the different versions of these browsers, supported operating systems, and download links for each. Most companies that work on web browsers, be it Mozilla with Firefox or Google with Chrome, offer multiple editions of said browser to the community. Most of the time, a stable version is offered and then one or multiple beta or development versions.

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Microsoft’s Proof-of-Concept JavaScript Browser is Built using HTML, JavaScript and CSS

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

While Microsoft’s JavasScript Browser might not be practical for most users (yet,) it’s definitely an interesting experiment and also provides a peek at one of many directions in which browsers might be heading in the future.

Surprise, surprise. Microsoft released a new web browser yesterday that is not Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. The Windows Store page of the JavaScript Browser went live yesterday evening. The new browser is compatible with the company’s Windows 10 operating system which means that Windows 8.x users won’t find it listed in Store when they search for it.

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How to Save All Open Tabs Quickly in your Browser of Choice

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Here’s a nice trick that will save you some time when you fire up your PC every morning …

You have several options if you want to save all open tabs in your browser of choice so that you can access them at a later point in time. Most browsers support session restore for instance which, when enabled, reloads all tabs open the last time you used the browser. While that works well most of the time, it can have disastrous consequences if it does not as you may lose access to all or some of the sites.

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My Last Search Reveals What You Searched for on the Internet

Friday, July 10th, 2015

If I want to see what I’ve been searching for lately, all I have to do is turn off AdBlock and then go to a news site and see what sort of ads they’re feeding me.

My Last Search is a free portable program for the Windows operating system that retrieves and displays the search history of popular browsers on the system. My Last Search may be useful if you want to get a quick overview of searches conducted on a system running Windows, either done by yourself or by other users on the system. The program supports several popular web browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer, and several search engines and other Internet sites.

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Why it Pays to Read the Privacy Policy Before You Sign Up for a Service

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

This is especially true when signing up for “free” services and programs. Those free services and programs are usually designed to make money in one form or another; whether it’s selling your data or borrowing your bandwidth.

I browse the Firefox add-on store regularly to find out what is new and updated. Discovered the add-on Zapyo in the store which promises “Internet without restrictions”. It is not only available for Firefox but for all major browsers including Chrome and Internet Explorer. The service is not offering VPN-like functionality but acts as a proxy for users so that blocked or restricted contents can be accessed (so that traffic flows through their servers).

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