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Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 First Preview

Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 First Preview

Only about a month after launching Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft surprised attendees today at the MIX 2011 developer conference in Las Vegas with a Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 10. This new version focuses on improvements in HTML 5 and CSS3 feature support.

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Mozilla’s Wall of Shame Shames the Shameful

Mozilla’s Wall of Shame Shames the Shameful

Behold, the Firefox Wall of Shame. Actually they're calling it the Slow Performing Add-ons… list, I suppose. Either way, the following add-ons are likely to NOT be happy with this situation. The reason Firefox has created this list is to essentially make the slowest functioning groups feel so terrible about themselves that they either amp up their developing to create a better experience - or of course, hang themselves in shame.

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WebSockets, Faster, Cheaper Protocol

WebSockets, Faster, Cheaper Protocol

WebSockets is a new protocol that allows for real-time communication. It piggybacks along a regular HTTP request and opens up a bidirectional data link. Every time we open up a broswer we innundate our networks with HTTP requests. Most of us don't even notice we're opening these kind of requests. Even if it's a transparent window through to the internet, most of us don't even realize that we're spending most of our time on the browser, transmitting every little piece of date through port 80.

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iPad 2 Browser Benchmarks

iPad 2 Browser Benchmarks

The iPad 2, Steve Jobs took to the stage to tell us, offers twice the performance of the original iPad and 9x the graphics performance, thanks to its dual-core 1GHz Apple A5 processor. Still, what does that mean for daily use? Considering most people spend their time on tablets browsing, we ran some side-by-side SunSpider benchmarking on Apple's old and new iPads to see how the new model shaped up. Check out the results after the cut.

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Firefox 4 To Be Final Major Update, Quicker Chrome-Like Updates Ahead

Firefox 4 To Be Final Major Update, Quicker Chrome-Like Updates Ahead

Mozilla will change the way they update their browser after the release of Firefox 4 and will take on a more Chrome-like release model. Mozilla has been releasing only major updates over the last six years while Google's Chrome has already hit version 9 after only two years. With this final major release, Mozilla plans to do smaller, quicker releases as soon as new features are available rather than holding them back for a larger update.

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Firefox “Do Not Track” header detailed for online privacy

Firefox “Do Not Track” header detailed for online privacy

Mozilla's Global Privacy and Public Policy Leader, Alex Fowler, has detailed the upcoming Do Not Track functionality headed to Firefox. As Mozilla envisages it, the system "allows users to set a browser preference that will broadcast their desire to opt-out of third party, advertising-based tracking by transmitting a Do Not Track HTTP header with every click or page view in Firefox."

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Use Firefox? Time to Block that Skype Toolbar

Use Firefox? Time to Block that Skype Toolbar

Word from Mozilla is that one of the top crashers of Mozilla Firefox 3.6.13 (current version) is the Skype toolbar. This toolbar works with Firefox to detect phone numbers in webpages, turning them into clickable buttons. This extension is bundled with Skype and is clicked to be installed by default whenever someone downloads or updates Skype. Now Mozilla has found that over the past week this toolbar has been responsible for almost 40,000 crashes of Firefox. That's a lot.

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