Chrome grabs #3 spot in U.S. browser usage, ousts Safari

By on June 28, 2010 at 8:41 AM.

Chrome grabs #3 spot in U.S. browser usage, ousts Safari

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For the first time since the browser’s inception, Google’s Chrome has overtaken Apple’s Safari in percentage of U.S. market share. Web analytics company StatCounter reports Chrome grabbed 8.97% of U.S. market share while Safari had 8.88% for the week beginning on June 21st. For some time now, Chrome (~ 9% globally) has bested Safari (~ 4% globally); however, as we’re sure Google will tell you, it is nice to win on your home turf. We’ve got the full press release queued up for you after the break.   More →

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Apple releases Safari 5 into the wild

By on June 7, 2010 at 6:44 PM.

Apple releases Safari 5 into the wild

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Hot on the heels of 2010′s WWDC keynote, Apple has announced an update to its Safari web browser. The code update, simply titled Safari 5, boasts, “a 30 percent performance increase over Safari 4,” according to the company’s press release. At time of publishing, Apple had yet to update their official Safari page (www.apple.com/safari) with the updated download information, but we’ve got the full PR Newswire release for you after the bounce. More →

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Safari 5 to debut at WWDC?

By on June 6, 2010 at 6:34 AM.

Safari 5 to debut at WWDC?

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According to French blog MacGeneration, Apple will unveil Safari 5 during Monday’s WWDC 2010 keynote. Not much is known about Safari 5, but according to a changelog that MacGeneration was able to get a hold of, the major new features brought forward will be Safari Reader, a 25% bump in JavaScript performance, option to make Bing the default search engine, 12+ new HTML5 features, developer tools, and hardware acceleration for Windows. There are also lot of enhancements alleged to be apart of the update, but for those we’ll have to ask you to hit the jump.

[Via TUAW] More →

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Jan. '10 Browser Market Share: Google Chrome at 5%, IE and Firefox still dominate

By on February 1, 2010 at 4:19 PM.

Jan. '10 Browser Market Share: Google Chrome at 5%, IE and Firefox still dominate

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Browser market share data for January 2010 has hit the streets, and it looks like Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari have gained a little — and we do mean a little — ground. Chrome posted a 5.2% hold of market share in January, up from 4.6% in December of 2009. Apple’s Safari came in with a 4.51% share, up from 4.46% the previous month. Firefox and Internet Explorer both lost a tiny bit of ground in January; IE 62.2% which is down from 62.69%, Firefox 24.41% down from 24.62%. Opera was lumped into “other” on our chart, but registered 2.38% of the browser pie. Per usual, IE and FF still dominate the browser landscape with over 86% of market share. Anyone out there switch browsers recently? If so, which browser did you move to?

[Via ZDNet] More →

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Google Chrome Beta becomes official for Mac

By on December 9, 2009 at 9:12 AM.

Google Chrome Beta becomes official for Mac

Is Safari beginning to eat away at your patience? Firefox for Mac crashing and burning every time you’re in the middle of some important task? Well, you might want to give Google Chrome for Mac a shot now that it’s officially available for download. announced yesterday, it promises a lot of speed and efficiency, and if you’re a fan of all things Google, your digital life will be complete. Of course, it’s still in beta so it might be pretty rough around the edges and extensions are pretty limited, but these things will be smoothed out over time. It’s also only available for OS X 10.5 or later. Hit the jump for a video demonstration of the new browser. More →

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Opera 9.7 Beta now available for Windows Mobile devices

By on June 8, 2009 at 7:45 AM.

Opera 9.7 Beta now available for Windows Mobile devices

As Opera continues to chip away at its competition and gain mobile market share, you can bet it’s not resting on any laurels. The software company has just released its 9.7 Beta version for Windows Mobile and promises to render pages faster and with better compression. The new version also includes Opera Widgets manager. Do note that this is still in beta and will have some issues:

  • Opera Turbo in Opera Mobile is still a preview-feature;
    • Downloads don’t work while Opera Turbo is enabled.
    • Some settings (such as toggle on/off images) do not apply when Opera Turbo is enabled.
  • On older WM 5.0 Devices with 480×800 resolution, switching between portrait and landscape may cause display errors. This is due to lack of support for this resolution in early versions of Microsoft’s driver.
  • Some input method editors are known not to work well with Opera because they do not comply with Microsoft’s SIP and/or IME standard. When such an editor is detected by Opera, Opera will use a known (default) input method instead. An exception is EzInput v1.5, where the phone keypad and compact QUERTY, ABC mode doesn’t work, but the rest of the modes work fine. We recommend upgrading to EzInput v2.0 to avoid this.
  • Only support for FlashLite 3.x. No Flash plugin included.

Still, it looks like a fine upgrade and a great direction for Opera mobile, especially with the new widgets manager. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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