Posts Tagged ‘chrome’

Chrome Creeps Forward in Browser War

February 2, 2010

It seems that the neverending browser war is now seeing Google’s Chrome inch forward, for the second month in a row, though this time it seems to be pinching its users from both Microsoft and Mozilla.

Last time we heard any real news from the browser stakes, it was that Firefox had, however temporarily, managed to claw itself to the top of the pile when it came to the most users on a single version of any one browser, while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer userbase was sploit between IE6, IE7 and the newer IE8. Still, there has been other news of interest, not least of which the fact that Google’s Chrome has been performing quite well, at least according to statistics from Net Applications.

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Google Working on Tablet PC?

February 2, 2010

It seems that the tablet rumour-mill hasn’t quite given up the ghost with Apple’s announcement. The latest rumour, with some fairly strong evidence from Google’s own staff…

Well.. everything looks nice as concept art ;)

According to TechCrunch reports, it seems that some concept shots were posted to Google’s Chromium page, detailing a little of what we might expect to see from a Google tablet if and when the company decides to roll one out. While there have been plenty of people quick to point out that Google doesn’t actually own Chromium (since it’s all open sourced) it’s worth noting that the concept art was posted by Google’s Chrome designer, Glen Murphy.

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Google Toolbar Tracks When “Disabled”

January 26, 2010

It seems that Google’s toolbar tracks even those users who specifically disable the toolbar, a step many take to ensure that they’re not being tracked.

Google’s “Do No Evil” commandment is being stretched a little if word from security expert Ben Edelman is true. According to an incredibly detailed posting on Edelman’s own blog about the topic, it seems as though users who decide that they’d rather not have their browsing habits tracked by Google, and then specifically go on to disable the Google Toolbar, are often still being tracked.

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Mozilla Drops Firefox 3.7

January 18, 2010

Mozilla has removed the build of its Firefox browser labelled version 3.7 from its schedule of upcoming releases, moving instead to a slightly different update model.

Mozilla had initially planned to release Firefox 3.6 and 3.7 within about six months of one another, but it now, according to an interview with MacWorld, seems that the company is to move away from the kind of updates its well known for and into a bundle of minor updates instead. Indeed, the new model would see no new major releases until the company pushes out Firefox 4.0.

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Google Netbook Stats Leak

December 29, 2009

With Google’s upcoming entry to the operating system market due for launch soon, and with many already tinkering with it on netbooks, the specifications of Google’s own rumoured netbook have apparently been leaked.

Rumours that Google was to build its own netbook gained some traction with the announcement of a Google-branded phone in the form of the Nexus One, which is built by HTC, but with plenty of input from Google. Word that a netbook could follow a similar model came earlier this month, with some going so far as to say that Google would launch its own netbook when Chrome OS launched officially.

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Firefox 3.5 World’s Most Used Browser

December 21, 2009

It seems that Firefox’s persistent nagging of users to update to the latest version has resulted in it passing out the various flavours of Internet Explorer. There are now more users on Firefox 3.5 than any other web browser.

It might seem a strange situation, given the fact that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer commands such a massive share of the market, but it seems that the Internet Explorer user base is fractured, being split as it is across IE6, EI7 and IE8 for various reasons. Still, we imagine the folks over at Firefox will be pleased to hear that it’s managed to pip Internet Explorer for the browser Christmas number one.

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Google Pushes Chrome to Apple Users

December 18, 2009

Google has started pushing Chrome to Mac users in a big way, going so far as to post an ad for the new service on the main Google page itself if you’re viewing it from an Apple machine.

Google’s browser may well have taken an awfully long time to find its way to Apple’s Mac OSX, but now that it’s there it seems that the search giant is doing everything in its power to get users to move from Safari, Firefox and Opera Mac over to the light-weight Chrome browser. Indeed, this news comes after word was released earlier this week that Chrome had just managed to outpace Safari in terms of browser saturation.

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Google Sees Ad-Blockers as Resource

December 16, 2009

Google has said during a browser-centric conference in California that it doesn’t see anything to fear from browser extensions that block web-based advertising. Indeed, the search giant sees those users as something of a resource.

According to the Register, Google believes that users who move to block advertising will help to keep companies more reasonable about their advertising. The idea is fairly simple, with Google saying that,

“It’s unlikely that ad blockers will get to the level where they imperil the advertising market, because if advertising is so annoying that a large segment of the population want to block it, then advertising needs to get less annoying.”

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Google Chrome Passes Out Safari

December 16, 2009

Google’s web browser, Chrome, has today passed out Apple’s default browser for Mac OS X, Safari, in terms of global browser use. This puts Google Chrome in third place on the “big five” browsers.

The news comes from Cnet that Chrome has managed to spoil the Safari party; interestingly enough, Chrome managed to edge out Apple’s browser in the same month as it was released for Mac. This means that Apple users who might normally have been using Safari may well have switched over to Google’s browser on the release of the official beta.

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IE Users More Likely to Click Ads

December 11, 2009

It seems as though users of Microsoft’s web browser, Internet Explorer, are significantly more likely to click on ads than users of pretty much any other browser you could care to name.

Word comes via TechCrunch of a study undertaken by Chikita, which analysed results from a series of different browsers and operating systems. The fairly interesting result is that users who browse the web from Internet Explorer are, on average, around 40% more likely to click on advertisements than Firefox users, and that gap only gets wider when it comes to Safari and Chrome users who seem far less likely altogether to click on ads.

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