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Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla Urge Site Operators to Replace SHA–1 Certificates

by on  Nov 20, 2016

Following their SHA–1 deprecation plans announced last year, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla detailed recently their timelines to remove support for SHA–1 certificates from their flagship browsers. Researchers at security firm Venafi found however, that 35% of analyzed websites are still using SHA–1 certificates.

Firefox Focus, a Private Web Browser for iOS

by on  Nov 18, 2016

Firefox Focus is a new web browser for iOS that blocks many ad and content trackers by default. Along with its minimal, single tab UI, the browser offers privacy and speed.

Firefox 50 Extends Benefits of Electrolysis

by on  Nov 16, 2016

Mozilla has released Firefox 50. The latest update increases the benefits to users from multiple content processes, and fixes a dozen high impact security vulnerabilities. Among the improvements in Firefox's latest release is further access to Electrolysis, Mozilla's functionality for rendering and executing web-related content in background processes.

WebAssembly Browser Preview Asks Community for Feedback

by on  Nov 10, 2016

The upcoming WebAssembly technology has reached the browser preview stage where major browser vendors have released a stable and compatible version of the language. They are now asking the community to use it and provide feedback.

Blisk, A New Browser for Developers

by on  Nov 08, 2016

Blisk is a Chromium-based browser that brings together the performance of Chrome and the developer support found in Firefox Developer Edition.

Angular 1.X Usage Banned in Firefox Extensions

by on  Oct 24, 2016

A developer found out the hard way that they had built their Firefox browser extension on banned technology. Angular 1.X has been banned for use in Firefox extensions as long as a security vulnerability exists in the way Angular interacts with the extension and the displayed web page.

Chrome 54 Kills YouTube Flash Embeds

by on  Oct 17, 2016

Google has launched Chrome 54, further side lining Flash in the browser by using HTML5 for YouTube embed. The stable release rewrites YouTube Flash embeds, so that when a Flash embed for YouTube is detected, the browser will automatically use HTML5 instead. Google said that the change had been made "to reduce the overall usage of Flash in Chrome."

Profiling and Optimizing V8 Memory Consumption

by on  Oct 10, 2016

For the last few months, the V8 team has focused on reducing the memory consumed by the V8 engine, including work on the new Ignition interpreter, and improvements to V8’s parser and compilers. A key enabler of this process was profiling V8 memory usage using specific tools against a benchmark, as explained by V8 engineers Ulan Degenbaev, Michael Lippautz, Hannes Payer, and Toon Verwaest.

Mozilla Discontinue Support for Firefox Hello [Interview]

by on  Sep 15, 2016

Mozilla has discontinued and removed Firefox Hello from its flagship browser. InfoQ talked to Nick Nguyen, VP of Firefox, about the decision to stop supporting the WebRTC experiment.

V8's New JavaScript Interpreter Improves Memory Consumption

by on  Aug 25, 2016 1

Google's V8 JavaScript engine has a new interpreter, called Ignition, that hopes to reduce the compiler's memory consumption and reduce complexity. Chrome 53 will start using Ignition on Android devices with 512 MB of RAM or less.

Google's Chrome 53 Beta Brings Shadow DOM V1

by on  Aug 16, 2016

Google's Chrome 53 Beta brings support for Shadow DOM V1, as well as the PaymentRequest API. A significant improvement from the earlier V0 version, among the V1 upgrades are deprecation of multiple shadow roots, and a closed shadow root where a closed mode is designed to disallow any access to a node in a closed shadow root from an outside world.

Microsoft Edge Extension Toolkit Aims to Bring Chrome Extensions to Edge

by on  Aug 13, 2016

A new tool for Windows 10 from Microsoft, the Edge Extension Toolkit, aims to make it easier to convert Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge extensions.

Microsoft Edge Get Extensions, Better JavaScript in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

by on  Aug 04, 2016

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update includes the latest version of Microsoft's Edge web browser. The newest version supports extensions and Windows Hello, and includes a number of HTML5 and JavaScript features.

Mozilla's Servo Browser Now Available Nightly

by on  Jul 07, 2016

The Servo browser, built from scratch by Mozilla Research, has matured to the point where nightly builds are available for download. The group hopes to broaden the browser's reach so that they can quickly improve its web compatibility and performance.

Microsoft Boasts Power Efficiency of Edge

by on  Jun 21, 2016

Microsoft boasts that users of its Edge web browser see improved battery performance over other browsers. In addition, the new Windows 10 Anniversary Edition will bring even greater battery efficiency improvements in the browser.

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