Tag Archive for ‘Chrome’

Opera Browser Sold to a Chinese Consortium for $600 Million ➝

I was a huge fan of Opera in the mid-2000s, but I probably haven’t touched the browser in over five years. I’m not surprised they had to sell — the writing’s been on the wall for a while. There just isn’t much room for them when Chrome and Firefox make up nearly 90% of the market.

Why I’m Not Crazy for Making Safari My Default Browser ➝

Matt Birchler:

I don’t think that Safari is the best browser for everyone, and I don’t think Chrome is the only other game in town either. Some people love Opera, while others are getting excited for Vivaldi, and Firefox still has its supporters. But there is a mass of people who scoff at those who use anything besides Chrome, and I wanted to explain why some of us use it over the Goliath in the room. Chrome is great, but so is Safari.

Matt makes some great points in this piece, but I think he missed one of the biggest reasons for using Safari instead of Chrome — significantly better battery life. I can understand why it was omitted from his list, though, his primary home computer is a Mac mini.

Google Will Soon Shame All Websites That Are Unencrypted ➝

I don’t like the idea of Google encouraging all web developers to use encrypted protocols. I can understand this line of thinking for websites which feature user profiles and private communication — where the information transferred actually has a reason to be encrypted. But why should simple content sites be shamed into adding unnecessary complexity?

Chrome Will Begin Pausing Flash Ads by Default ➝

Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch:

According to a new post on Google+, the company says that, starting on September 1st, Chrome will begin to pause many Flash ads by default in order to improve performance for its users. This change was first announced in June, and initially rolled out to the beta version of the Chrome desktop web browser.

Ad blocking features, just like pop-up blockers, will eventually become ubiquitous in web browsers. There’s no point in fighting it, it’s time to find other ways to monetize.

How to Switch to DuckDuckGo

I’ve been using DuckDuckGo as my default search engine for several months and haven’t looked back. It has !Bangs, an incredible attitude towards privacy, and a ton of other great features. DuckDuckGo offers a better search experience without all the creepiness that comes with using the alternative. If you spend just a few days using it full time, I’m certain you’ll be happy with it.

And, the best way to give it a try is by making it the default search engine in your browser of choice. Below, I’ve detailed the steps necessary for switching to DuckDuckGo in iOS, Safari, Google Chrome, and Firefox. If you have any questions or comments regarding the guide, don’t hesitate to contact me.

iOS

DuckDuckGo iOS

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Safari
  3. Tap Search Engine
  4. Choose DuckDuckGo

Safari

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  1. Open Safari Preferences
  2. Click on the Search tab
  3. Choose DuckDuckGo from the Search Engine options

Google Chrome

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Chrome Manage Search Engines

DuckDuckGo Default Chrome

  1. Visit DuckDuckGo.com
  2. Right click in the search box
  3. Choose Add as Search Engine
  4. Change Keyword to “ddg.gg” and click OK
  5. Open Chrome Preferences
  6. Under Search, click Manage Search Engines
  7. Find DuckDuckGo under Other Search Engines
  8. Click Make default

Firefox

Firefox DuckDuckGo

  1. Click the hamburger button and choose Preferences
  2. Open the Search tab
  3. Choose DuckDuckGo from the Default Search Engine drop down menu

Chrome is Still a Threat to Your MacBook’s Battery ➝

During the Verge’s testing of the recently released MacBook they found drastic differences in battery life when using Google Chrome instead of Safari. In the test —which cycles through webpages with screen brightness at 65% until the battery dies — the MacBook managed to last 13 hours and 18 minutes while using Safari but only lasted 9 hours and 45 minutes with Chrome. That’s over three and a half  hours difference.

Vlad Savov doesn’t go into the reasons for this large of a discrepancy, aside from his mention of Apple’s ability to optimize Safari better using their advanced knowledge of hardware and operating system changes. But, could this be due to Chrome having Flash built-in and Apple’s decision to remove it from the default OS X installation?

Google Chrome Built for OS X Lion Will Take Time ➝

It’s not as if Google didn’t know Lion was coming — it’s been in beta for five months. Why isn’t it done yet?

Simple Questions Regarding Chrome’s Dropping of H.264 ➝

John Gruber has published a list of simple questions regarding the removal of H.264 support from Chrome. My favorite of the questions:

Do you expect companies like Netflix, Amazon, Vimeo, Major League Baseball, and anyone else who currently streams H.264 to dual-encode all of their video using WebM? If not, how will Chrome users watch this content other than by resorting to Flash Player’s support for H.264 playback?

This is obviously an effort to push Google’s WebM codec. But, does Google expect WebM to succeed when Internet Explorer supports H.264 and H.264 alone? Remember, IE accounts for over 30% of browser market share.