29 Sep

Computerworld – Chrome poised to take No. 2 browser spot from Firefox

Google’s Chrome is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser, according to one Web statistics firm.

Data provided by StatCounter, an Irish company that tracks browser usage using the free analytics tools it offers websites, shows that Chrome will pass Firefox to take the No. 2 spot behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) no later than December.

As of Wednesday, Chrome’s global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox’s stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%.

The climb of Chrome during 2011 has been astonishing: It has gained eight percentage point since January 2011, representing a 50% increase.

via Computerworld – Chrome poised to take No. 2 browser spot from Firefox. Can’t say I’m that shocked Google has been doing really awesome work with Chrome.

26 Sep

PCMag – Google Patches Flash Zero Day Bug, Jumps the Gun on Adobe Again

Google has developed a bad habit with respect to patching vulnerabilities in the integrated version of Adobe Flash in their Chrome for Windows browser: They release and announce the updates before Adobe does. They have done it several times in the last year or so and today they did it again. "The Beta and Stable channels have been updated to 14.0.835.186 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame."

This creates a situation in which Adobe has a zero day bug with increased severity. It’s likely that they aren’t ready to release their own patches, yet 3rd parties could look at the Chrome update and potentially examine it in order to determine what it is patching. From that they could construct an exploit.

via PCMag – Google Patches Flash Zero Day Bug, Jumps the Gun on Adobe Again. The bad habit isn’t Google patching security holes it’s Adobe not patching them first.

02 Jun

Official Gmail Blog – Our plans to support modern browsers across Google Apps

For this reason, soon Google Apps will only support modern browsers. Beginning August 1st, we’ll support the current and prior major release of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version is released, we’ll begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.

As of August 1st, we will discontinue support for the following browsers and their predecessors: Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari 3. In these older browsers you may have trouble using certain features in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs and Google Sites, and eventually these apps may stop working entirely.

via Official Gmail Blog – Our plans to support modern browsers across Google Apps. Wouldn’t that be amazing if this is start of all web applications/sites being able to only support this same list of browsers. I still know of companies that are required to support IE6. What is any company still doing keeping it’s employees on IE6?

10 Mar

PhobosLab – The State of HTML5 Audio

When I started to work on my JavaScript Game Engine back in October 2009, the biggest problems I encountered were with the new HTML5 Audio Element. The Canvas Element already worked nicely in all browsers that supported it at the time, albeit some were a little slow.

Now, in 2011, the rendering performance for Canvas has been improved dramatically, audio however is still broken in large parts. I think it is time for a change in tone. Be warned, there’s some profanity ahead because HTML5 Audio is still that fucked up.

via PhobosLab – The State of HTML5 Audio. I especially enjoy the specific complaints directed at Apple and Microsoft for only supporting MP3.

22 Feb

TechCrunch – Yahoo Engineer Complains About Lack Of Innovation At Yahoo

Right now Flickr video does support HTML5, but apparently only if it detects you have an iPad. And while the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and even IE9 are compatible with HTML5 (which does not require you to install a plugin to view video), people who want to watch Flickr videos without having to download Flash are out of luck. It’s enough to make a Technical Yahoo! go to Vimeo!

via TechCrunch – Yahoo Engineer Complains About Lack Of Innovation At Yahoo. What cruddy work Yahoo.

07 Dec

Google Chrome OS

Chrome notebooks are built and optimized for the web, where you already spend most of your computing time. So you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers.

via Google Chrome OS. It is actually real and almost ready to launch. Some of the coolness already coming out: sign up to trial one of their notebooks and Google Chrome OS will be encrypted by default.