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Google Releases Versions 7.0 and 7.1 of V8 JavaScript Engine

by Dylan Schiemann Follow 10 Followers on  Nov 08, 2018

The recent 7.0 and 7.1 versions of Google's V8 JavaScript engine improve JavaScript memory performance, add key features for WebAssembly, and introduce a few minor language improvements.

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Google Introduces Carlo, a Node.js Web Rendering Surface

by Dylan Schiemann Follow 10 Followers on  Nov 06, 2018

Google announces an early release of Carlo, a Google Labs experiment for creating Node.js applications. Carlo leverages Puppeteer to communicate between Node.js applications and the Chrome web browser.

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Electron 3 Release Increases Stability

by Dylan Schiemann Follow 10 Followers on  Oct 30, 2018

The Electron team recently announced the release of version 3 of Electron. This release includes numerous enhancements and improvements including support for reading massive files, better APIs for managing applications, and logging and performance measurement capabilities.

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Mozilla Firefox 62 Brings Dark Theme on macOS, Variable Fonts and More

by Diogo Carleto Follow 46 Followers on  Sep 21, 2018

Mozilla has released Firefox 62. This version brings variable fonts, automatic dark theme on macOS Mojave, improved scrolling on Android, and more.

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Mozilla Pushes WebXR as New Open Web API for Augmented Reality

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Sep 16, 2018

After adding support for WebVR to Firefox, Mozilla is now working on a new API, called WebXR, to bring mixed reality to the Web. Initially announced last year, WebXR aims to replace WebVR in time and to offer a smooth transition for developers using WebVR.

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Mozilla Firefox Will Block Web Trackers by Default

by Diogo Carleto Follow 46 Followers on  Sep 13, 2018

Mozilla recently announced that Firefox will block web trackers by default in a near future. Mozilla plans to releases a series of features through three key initiatives, including improving page load performance, removing cross-site tracking, and mitigating harmful practices.

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How Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari Works

by Daniel Bryant Follow 798 Followers on  Jun 14, 2018

The latest release of Apple’s web browser, Safari 12, will provide “Intelligent Tracking Prevention” (ITP) 2.0, which aims to reduce the ability of third-parties to track web users via cookies and other methods.

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Privacy and Security a Top Priority in macOS Mojave and Safari 12

by Daniel Bryant Follow 798 Followers on  Jun 12, 2018

At their annual Developer Conference WWDC Apple previewed macOS Mojave, the latest version of the company’s desktop operating system, and Safari 12, the updated web browser. Apple has stated that enhanced privacy and security are a top priority with these releases.

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Firefox Introduces Web Authentication API

by Kevin Ball Follow 3 Followers on  May 15, 2018

With the Firefox 60 release on May 9, Firefox became the first major browser to support the Web Authentication API. This API enables users to avoid text-based passwords for websites and instead uses a local device with a biometric check or private PIN to generate a secure cryptographic identifier. Support for the API is in development for Chrome and Edge, and under consideration for Safari.

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Service Workers Now Supported across All Major Browsers

by Kevin Ball Follow 3 Followers on  May 07, 2018

With the Windows 10 April 2018 Update released on April 30th, and the Safari 11.1 release on March 29, Edge and Safari join Firefox and Chrome in enabling Service Workers by default. Developers can now develop Progressive Web Apps providing offline functionality and expect them to function across all browsers except Internet Explorer and Opera Mini.

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Firefox Releases Facebook Container Extension

by Tim Hodkinson Follow 12 Followers on  May 06, 2018

Firefox has released an extension that it claims will stop the company snooping on users’ non-Facebook web traffic. The Facebook Container extension isolates users' identities to a separate container tab, which makes it harder for Facebook to track other web activity.

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Safari 11.1 in iOS 11.3 Enables Payment Request API

by Kevin Ball Follow 3 Followers on  Apr 10, 2018

In the 11.3 version of iOS, released Thursday, March 29, Apple included version 11.1 of Safari which enables the Payment Request API. This allows web developers to allow users to make payments with saved credit cards and mobile wallets, streamlining payment and checkout flows. With Android already supporting it, the Payment Request API is now available for 98% of the US and UK mobile markets.

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Google Releases Puppeteer 1.0

by Dylan Schiemann Follow 10 Followers on  Jan 27, 2018 1

Puppeteer 1.0 has been released and includes dozens of improvements, including measurement of JavaScript heap and page performance, and code coverage information for JavaScript and CSS.

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With Firefox Version 58, WebAssembly Gets 10X Faster

by Kevin Ball Follow 3 Followers on  Jan 23, 2018 1

With Firefox 58, Mozilla is shipping a 2-tiered compilation system for WebAssembly that they claim allows them to parse and compile WASM code at 30-60 MB/s, or as fast as it comes in over the wire. Benchmarks indicate around a 10X speedup from previous versions of Firefox, and over 10X faster than Chrome.

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W3C Releases HTML 5.2 As Official Recommendation

by Kevin Ball Follow 3 Followers on  Dec 31, 2017

The W3C released the HTML 5.2 update to the HTML specification as an official recommendation on December 14, 2017. This update adds new features like the dialog element, obsoletes old ones like the HTML plugins system, and integrates work from other W3C committees such as support for the Payments Request API and the Presentation API.

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