According to TNW, Internet Explorer is the only modern web browser (Opera was not tested due to temporary issue with the test page) that is not affected by the recently found memory leak.
Once the site is back online, users can reproduce the bug by following these steps:
- Request an image from a server.
- Image result contains “Cache-Control: no-store”.
- Display the image.
Instead of freeing allocated memory, none of the tested web browsers did that. Here are his tests results:
Safari 5: Failed
Firefox 4.x: Failed
IE 7/8/9: Passed
As THB said, No-Store attribute was created so browsers would not store image on the local disk. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Furthermore, it looks like the issue is not OS related and was confirmed by both Windows and Linux users.
So here you have it folks, today Microsoft has a good reason to smile about.
If you are looking for a great way to boost your productivity by blocking certain sites and the specific time of the day, then Google Chrome or Firefox are the browsers to user.
LeechBlock is a Firefox extension which allows you to block up to six time-wasting web sites at different times of the day or limit the time you surf them.
StayFocusd is a Google Chrome extension which will enable you not only to block various web pages, but also restrict the amount of time you use them.
Works with all web browsers.
Not interested in going through all Angry Birds levels, one by one? Worry no more; there is a solution for that.
To unlock all levels, type the following code in the address bar
In today’s Google I/O keynote, it was revealed that Google Chrome now has 160 million active users. That’s twice as many users as reported last May (70 million)!
Furthermore, the company has promised major web browser improvements in the upcoming few months, such as: more developer APIs, speech support and more.
The latest Beta Channel build of Google Chrome (12.0.742.30 that is) has been released a couple of days ago and it’s worth checking out.
- The hardware accelerated 3D CSS support has been finalized and is now available in the following version.
- As reported earlier, by issuing warnings, Google Chrome now protects users from malicious file downloads
- More privacy control! Thanks to co-operation with Adobe, you can now delete Flash Local Shared Objects (LSO’s) directly from the Google’s Chrome settings page.
- Improved screen reader support, thanks to preliminary support for JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver and other popular screen readers.
- Google Gears plug-in is now removed from the web browser.
That’s it for now.
As Google begins its biggest off-line TV campaign called “the Web is what you make of it”, here comes another ad for you to check out.
Sheriff Woody is gay.
Last evening, Google has aired a new commercial on TV which promotes Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” project and Chrome web browser, obviously. Pretty neat, if you ask us.
Check it out.
How many new major builds of Google Chrome browser can be pushed in one year? A lot.
If the Chromium development calendar is to be believed, then we should see the following versions later this year:
Google Chrome 13 – (Chromium on May 30, 2011)
Google Chrome 14 – (Chromium on July 25, 2011)
Google Chrome 15 – (Chromium on September 5, 2011)
Google Chrome 16 – (Chromium on October 17, 2011)
So here you have it, a plenty of releases this year with Google Chrome 13 just around the corner.
Java and security vulnerabilities go together like bread and butter and fortunately for some users, it is now blocked in Google Chrome.
In case web page tries to access Java plug-in, the following message will be displayed:
“The Java plug-in needs your permission to run.”
After such popup, user can select whether he or she wants to run plug-in this time only or whitelist site all together.
For those who would like to disable protection, all you have to do is add –always-authorize-plugins command line flag.
Good news, nonetheless.
If you prefer Firefox functionality but want Google Chrome look, then here is something for you.
FXChrome is a simple, Google Chrome like theme for Firefox 4.
There is not much left to say other than: click here and check it out.
Be sure to check the installation instructions.
Back in December, Google has announced that Google Chrome has more than 120 million active users, which is good.
However, during the Q1 2011 earnings call, company has stated that Google Chrome sees about 30% growth every quarter and now has 120 million active users.
Confused yet? Turns out, 120 million active users milestone that was hit in December was not using DAU (Daily Active Users) metric. Instead, it relied on more “generic” active users calculations.
Makes you wonder what parameters do other web browser companies use to count their users…
One of our readers, Shane Bundy, has noticed an interesting new feature that is planned for the future Google Chrome versions: scrolling tabs.
If you are not familiar with the scrolling tabs feature, see the picture above. It’s that arrow in the right corner which will appear after way too many tabs were opened and they no longer fit on your screen.
Hopefully, it can be disabled as well.
Even though Google already offers a variety of protection tools for its users (from Safe Browsing API to Sandbox), it does not stop here.
According to the Chromium Blog, Google is announcing a new feature that will protect users against suspicious downloads.
When hosted file URL matches the one of malicious websites (from Google’s Safe Browsing API), the following warning will be displayed:
When is it coming?
According to source, such feature is expected in the next stable release of Google Chrome and as of today, will check Windows executable downloads only.
Some time ago, TomsHardware has published a nice list of benchmark results for the top 5 web browsers. Unfortunately, they did not test the final version of Firefox 4.
Well, this is no longer the case as the most recent tests now include the following:
Internet Explorer 9
Google Chrome 10
Have you ever wondered what the Web was like before the Mosaic Web browser? If you were born in the last 20-odd years, or you only discovered your inner geek recently, did you miss out on monochrome monitors and the dial-up BBS era? Well, here's your chance to get a sneak peek at history: grab the ChromeLite extension and marvel as the entire Web is transformed into ASCII characters.
ChromeLite was actually made by Google as an April Fools' joke -- and indeed, an annoying 'you can uninstall this!' message appears at the top of every page -- but we're kind of hoping that Google, or another developer, takes ChromeLite and turns it into a real ASCII browsing extension with configurable settings. If anything, it will provide an easy way to save bandwidth and CPU time.
Now here is a new benchmark for you to talk about: power consumption.
Turns out, Microsoft optimized Internet Explorer 9 not only for the performance but also for your wallet and productivity.
According to IE Blog, when it comes to power consumption, IE9 and Firefox 4 are the browsers to die for.
Want some good news? Just by using Internet Explorer 9 over Opera 11 you can have an extra hour of the battery life on your laptop!
What do you think about the results? For even more details, visit the original post.
TomsHardware has posted a nice benchmark and compared some of the most popular web browsers. Unfortunately, Firefox 4 was not included.
Google Chrome 10.0.648.134
Internet Explorer 9
Opera 11.01 (build 1190) 51
Safari 5.04 (7533.20.27)
Page Load Times
With the release of Firefox 4 and IE9 Final, Google has also made some changes and pushed a Google Chrome 11 build (11.0.696.16) to the beta channel.
What’s so great about this build?
It now includes the speech to text capabilities (see demo page), thanks to HTML5 speech input API.
Google Chrome 11 now also supports a GPU accelerated 3D CSS which will make at least some developers happy.