Posts Tagged ‘extensions’

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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Firefox 3.6 Gets More Stable

November 19, 2009

The latest build of Firefox 3.6 introduces some interesting changes made in the name of making the browser more stable, without compromising its versatility through extensions.

The new addition to Firefox has been called “component directory lockdown” by the folks at Mozilla, who have posted an update to the Firefox blog about the new feature. The whole point of component directory lockdown is that it eliminates as much as possible the crashes that seem to come hand in hand with having a heap of extensions running alongside your browser and, in their own words, “we’ll also be giving you greater control over the code that runs in your browser.”

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Google Adds Chrome Theme Support

August 5, 2009

Google has added support for themes to its Chome browser, though for now they’re only available to people using the most recent developers’ build of Google’s stripped down web browser.

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If you’ve been keeping your Chrome up to date, then you can give the new themes a lash by hitting this link and then just choosing one of the designs you like (please… not “Glow”) and hitting the “Apply theme” button below it. For now there are only about thirty themes available, but we’d be surprised if there wasn’t some move movement on that front in the run up to an official announcement from Google.

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Microsoft Claims Third Parties Sap IE8 Speed

July 23, 2009

According to a new post on the Internet Explorer blog, issues some users may have had with Microsoft’s latest web browser’s speed aren’t due to any faults in the browser itself, but with the way third party applications communicate with it.

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One of the biggest sections in the post deals with browser add-ons and the impact that they have on simple things like the amount of time it’ll take for you to open a new tab in an already running instance of Internet Explorer 8. While there’s an emphasis on all add-ons not necessarily being evil, there is a noticeably anti-add-on vibe throughout the post.

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