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Mozilla and Samsung collaborate on Servo, a brand new web browser engine

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Mozilla has announced that it has been working with Samsung to create a brand new next generation web browser engine. Called the Servo, the new engine is designed from the grounds-up to take advantage of the new mobile hardware with multi-core, heterogenous computing architectures.

Servo is written using Rust, a new safe systems language developed by Mozilla. Rust has been development for several years now and is said to be rapidly approaching stability. Also, like C++, it is said to have efficient high-level, multi-paradigm abstractions, and offers precise control over hardware resources. Read more »

Mozilla announces Firefox 20 for desktops, updates its Android app to support more devices

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A new version of the popular Firefox browser, has been official launched by Mozilla. The latest release comes with new privacy options and a redesigned download manager.

Mozilla Firefox 20 comes with enhancements to private browsing, which allow you to open a new private browsing window without changing or closing the current session. The update also lets you to open multiple email accounts simultaneously in private window. The all new download manager allows you to keep an eye on current downloads and view the files in the same window. Read more »

BlackBerry 10 will take over your smartphone’s screen in a bid to keep its maker relevant

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BlackBerry is set to employ an aggressive attempt to gain traction in today’s ultra-competitive market. The Canadian company’s latest BlackBerry 10 OS will briefly take over the display of your iPhone or Android handset in a series of full screen ads.

Developed by advertising giants BBDO and Razorfish, the ads will showcase some of BlackBerry 10′s key features as if the OS runs directly on your smartphone. Read more »

Tojan virus injects ads in OS X browsers, pretend Facebook ads on Windows

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A new trojan virus by the name of Trojan.Yontoo.1 has been discovered and has been confirmed to be harmful to both OS X and Windows machines. The virus prompts you to install an adware plugin on Mac, which injects unwanted ads into Safari, Firefox and Chrome.

Symantec also found the Yontoo virus to be effective on Windows machines targeting pretty much every version of the Microsoft OS, except for Windows 8. The virus issues ads on Windows which pretend to be coming from Facebook. Read more »

Google uses Family Guy video to advertise the Chrome browser

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Google has released a funny commercial about the Chrome web browser and its sync capabilities. It used two of the Family Guy characters to promote them.

Even though Chrome and its features are not shown but just hinted in the ad, it’s right on the spot. Read more »

Google Now will make its way to Chrome and Chrome OS

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Chromium enthusiast Francois Beaufort has pointed out a flag for the open source Chromium browser that hints at the addition of a Google Now component.

While the actual Google Now server is not yet enabled, the functionality is there and will undoubtedly be heading to the Chrome browser for Windows as well as Chrome OS, as both of those get their source code from the Chromium Project. Read more »

Updated Chrome for Android beta brings password and autofill sync, data compression

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Google has updated the beta version of Chrome for Android with some useful new features. v26.0.1410.26 now comes with password and autofill sync, which as you can tell, syncs your passwords and autofill information from the desktop version of the Chrome browser with your phone and vice-versa. This feature, however, only works with Chrome 26 for desktop for now, which is still in beta.

But another hidden new feature is the ability to compress web page data, Opera Mini style. We talked about this feature a couple of days ago but back then it involved a convoluted procedure to enable. Although it’s still not as easy as just going to the Settings and enabling it, you can still enable it without having to use the Android SDK. Read more »

Opera releases beta version of new WebKit based browser for Android, we go hands-on

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A few weeks ago, we heard that Opera was planning on switching over the open source WebKit engine to power its mobile browser on the Android platform, instead of the Presto engine it is currently using. WebKit is the same engine that powers browsers such as Safari, Chrome and the stock Android browser.

Opera has now released a beta version of a new browser for Android that uses this WebKit engine. We decided to give it a try and see how it compares against Chrome. Read more »

Opera Turbo-like functionality spotted in Chrome for Android

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You may be familiar with the Opera Turbo functionality, first seen in the Opera Mobile web browser, that compressed some of the data on a web page, such as images using proxy servers and then sent that to your client, thereby reducing the data consumption on your device. This functionality was later adopted in the desktop version of Opera as well.

Turns out, Google is working on incorporating something similar on the Android version of the Chrome browser. In fact, they already have; it’s just not enabled yet. Read more »

Chrome for Android update brings improved scrolling performance, background audio playback

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Google has updated the Android version of Chrome with several new features. Now at version 25.0.1364.123, the latest update concentrates mostly on improving the performance, with some useful new additions.

The list of improvements in this update includes improved scrolling performance, increased responsiveness to pinch-to-zooming and the latest version of the V8 javascript engine, which results in faster interactive pages. Read more »

Google Chrome 26 beta now available, comes with improved spell checking feature

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Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers available (and for a good reason). The beta version of its upcoming release is now available and the pre-release comes with an improved spell checking feature.

Google Chrome’s dictionaries have been refreshed and the dictionary now includes added support for Korean, Tamil and Albanian languages. Read more »

Internet Explorer 10 goes live for Windows 7 users, available in 95 languages

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Microsoft has officially released the final version of the latest Internet Explorer to Windows 7 users. The Internet Explorer 10 is available in 95 languages and Windows 7 users will all get the update to the latest version of IE automatically in the upcoming days but eager users are able to download it manually.

Internet Explorer 10, which is already available on Windows 8, comes with improved JavaScript performance for the Windows 7 machines. Read more »

Firefox 19 released, brings built-in PDF reader

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Mozilla has released version 19 of the popular Firefox web browser. The biggest change in this update is the inclusion of a PDF reader, such as the one in Chrome. This means you no longer have to rely on something like the Adobe Reader to be able to view PDF files within the browser.

Above is what the new PDF viewer looks like. You have various options such as zoom settings and the ability to print or download the file. On the left, you can also view the pages within the file in thumbnail or list view. Read more »

Opera acquires Skyfire Labs for $155 million

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Opera has announced that it has acquired Skyfire Labs, the company that made the Skyfire browser for mobile, for $155 million. The acquisition will allow Opera access to Skyfire’s Rocket Optimizer Software.

Rocket Optimizer works by compressing multimedia content such as images and videos on web pages on Skyfire’s servers and then sending them to the device, thus considerably reducing the bandwidth requirement on your device and the strain on mobile networks. This is similar to the way Opera Mini browser works, but Rocket Optimizer can also work with videos, something no other browser can. Read more »

Opera demonstrates upcoming ‘Ice’ browser for tablets

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Opera is currently working on a brand new version of a mobile browser designed specifically for tablets. Currently known only as ‘Ice’, this new browser uses a gesture-based interface quite common on apps these days and is the first Opera browser to use the WebKit engine.

As you can see in the video below, ‘Ice’ allows you to save web pages on the homescreen for quick access. It then loads these sites as you’d load a native app. The fact that it uses the WebKit engine means that it works quite well with Google’s services, such as Google Maps. Read more »