Despite their popularity, both Firefox and Chrome have reputations as resource hogs that chew up big chunks of your RAM. In the case of Firefox, some of this is unfair — parent Mozilla says part of the problem is that many users are running older machines without a lot of memory in the first place. To help those folks, the developers are working on a new feature called “performance” that will let you fine-tune the browser if you’re running a PC that’s less than state-of-the-art.
Firefox plays better than most browsers with third-party add-ons, but as the developers have pointed out before, some of those can slow your machine significantly.
You no longer have to stick to your computer to try the cutting edge version of Google’s web browser.
The company has started offering Chrome Canary for Android, giving you a taste of new mobile browsing features before the beta crowd gets its turn.
Security has been in the news since Edward Snowden; before actually, just not as prominently. Now, in recent weeks, the headlines have focused on Apple over its iPhone dispute with the FBI, a saga that seems to have come to an end recently.
That is not, however, the only security that needs to be part of our daily lives. Web browsers represent yet another problem and most are working to add layers of protection for customers. Today the Mozilla foundation announces “we’re adding features to Firefox for iOS to protect your security”. What does this entail?
Opera on Thursday announced that new version of its desktop browser will have ad blocking built in.
Users can block ads in other browsers, but only through add-on programs called “extensions.” With ad blocking built in, Opera’s Web engine can perform the task better than extensions.
“People care about speed in a Web browser, so when you’re developing a browser you always have to think about speed,” said Krystian Kolondra, senior vice president for global engineering at Opera.
A growing number of major players in the tech industry are now in support for blocking ads. Apple offers this kind of feature in Safari on iOS, ASUS bundles AdBlock Plus on its mobile devices, while Three, a major UK carrier, blocks ads at the network level. And, as of today, Opera Software is also a member of this group.
Opera Software just announced that its desktop browser — which is available on Windows, OS X and Linux — will come with a built-in ad-blocker, which is a first for a major browser. The feature can be tested now in the Developer channel version of Opera and, once it is deemed ready for prime time, it will make its way to the public version of the browser.
If you’ve wanted websites to push notifications whenever there’s a big update, you’ve typically had to use a browser like Chrome or Safari. As of today, though, there’s a third option: Mozilla has released Firefox 44, which brings push notifications to all desktop users.
Grant a site permission and you’ll get a heads-up whenever there’s an important story or alert, whether or not a given site is open. It’s arguably an overdue feature, but it’s hard to knock having more choice.
Although for some phone users, it can seem like there is an endless stream of updates that need to be added to every application under the sun, some users stay so up-to-date that they actually like to get an early look at some of the upcoming patches for their device. Take the new beta release for Chrome, #47, which adds a number of updates for smartphone users, as well as a couple of extras for those on desktop, too.
The first major update is the addition of new splash screens for Chrome-based web applications, which allows developers to show something meaningful to the user while the app is loading.