As an alternative to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox once reigned supreme. Over the past couple of years, however, Google Chrome has risen to claim its spot. Firefox had become more bloated, slower and less innovative. Someone at Mozilla finally realized that, however, and they have been working hard to increase Firefox’s speed, slim down the interface and be more proactive with its innovative development. Moreover, as far as Linux web browsing is concern, I now believe Firefox to be more effective for my uses than Chrome.
I spent most of January sick, and I am not entirely sure that it is completely gone. Still, I feel well enough to write again, and there are a few hot topics that I would like to address.
1. Ubuntu Phones – Early this year, Canonical announced plans to develop an Ubuntu phone operating system. This goes beyond simply running an Ubuntu interface over Android. This is a completely new OS. As you probably know, Mozilla is also developing a Firefox mobile OS. So, the question many may ask is: Is there truly room for another mobile OS?
Web traffic continues to increase daily. With almost 250 million American users alone, plus quickly expanding Internet accessibility in foreign countries, a huge target market exists for any website. Whether for a business, a hobby, a professional resume, or anything else, the Internet has resources to help. However, one of the biggest hurdles is giving your webpage something unique. The first step is to have unique content that can be updated regularly and retains an audience. The second step is to format that information in a way that people can quickly and easily read and navigate.
I was doing a Google search for HTML 5 video, and an ad came up for Netflix jobs. I hardly ever click on ads, but I was curious to see what the connection was. Sure enough, Netflix has a job opening for:
Senior Software Engineer – HTML5 Video Standards
One would assume that means Netflix is at least flirting with the idea of streaming its video using HTML5 technology. Then again, we all know what assuming makes us.
Since Google announced that it is dropping the H.264 codec from its browser, we have seen just about every possible reaction, from praise to contempt. None, however, were more amusing than Microsoft’s response, which likened Google’s abandoning H.264 to a country abandoning the English language.
Those hardware manufacturers who rushed to push out Android-based tablets should have just waited. At CES this week, Google unveiled Honeycomb, their latest Android version that is particularly designed for devices “with large screens”, and by large, they mean tablet size.
Yesterday, Google once again impressed its captive audience at the Google Chrome live event. Google is making the Chrome browser faster, easier to use, and more integrated with the user’s system with each new release.
Among the new features will be hardware acceleration that will allow Chrome to tap into the GPU, something that will certainly come in handy when YouTube is streaming all of their HTML5 video content in HD. But the possibilities certainly do not end there. Anything online, including games, could leverage the power of a GPU integrated browser.