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All posts tagged "Internet Explorer"

  • 11 of the most viral hoaxes in internet history

    The internet is good for a lot of things. Perhaps most importantly though, it has fundamentally changed the way we access information. Nowhere has this been more visible than in the media space. Journalists now have access to more data and can more easily check facts than at any other time in history. In the race to be first with a story though, those facts can sometimes go missing. Even when the online press doesn't get involved though, there's still ample for an online lie to get halfway around the world before the truth's even had a chance to...

  • Microsoft: IE sucks… less

    The latest marketing ad for Internet Explorer is refreshingly honest. Rather than making big, bold claims about the browser it lists the marginal bits of progress it's made. In the ad, the company takes a gentle dig at it fiercest critics as well as itself. The subject of the ad is an extreme IE hating troll. He's got "that cartoon" up in his room, you know the one that shows Firefox and Chrome slugging it out while Internet Explorer sits around eating glue. He's even got an "I 'recycle bin' coffee cup". The ad sees him engage in...

  • Online store starts taxing Internet Explorer 7 users

    It's about time someone took a stand against archaic browsers. Online gadget store Kogan decided enough was enough, and has started taxing customers who use Internet Explorer 7. According to the store's official blog, visitors who use the "antique browser" to navigate the shop will be taxed 6.8% on all their purchases. They'll also be met with a delightful pop up box, approved by the international authority on all things web, the "Department of Internet Justice", warning them to upgrade to Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera, or face the penalties. Why the tax? Well, the developers spent so much time...

  • Why Microsoft blocking third-party browsers is no cause for panic

    Go to most boardrooms today and you’ll see less and less people with laptops and more people using tablets and smartphones. As Android and iOS have firmly cemented themselves into the on-the-move computing via tablets and smartphones, Microsoft is yet to make its cautious leap into the fray. While Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system still dominates in laptop sales, the truth is that more people are looking to tablets for running around. Enter Windows 8. Microsoft has already partnered with Nokia to introduce its smartphone OS to the world, and while the launch has arguably been a bit of a flop, all...

  • The unstoppable rise of Google Chrome

    Earlier this year I reported that Chrome was destined to become the default web browser for Ubuntu. At that time, Chrome still had a fair way to catch up to Firefox's userbase. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Internet Explorer was holding out strong as the preferred browser on the internet. These stats are changing fast. This month, StatCounter suggests that Chrome has finally stolen second place from Firefox if viewed on a global scale. Chrome usage has been growing steadily throughout the year, while Firefox usage has seen a gradual decline since around midway through this year. Internet Explorer has also seen...

  • The cutting edge: Look to the future, but don’t get lost in it

    One of the keys to success in the fast paced world of technology and internet culture is keeping your eyes on the horizon. It’s always about what’s on the up, what the next big thing is. It’s not enough to know what’s happening now; it’s all about what’s happening tomorrow. With the internet’s information machine distributing everything almost instantly around the world, no one wants to be the slightest bit late in hearing the buzz. It is obviously important to follow future trends. But looking in any one direction can have its drawbacks. The future may be important to bear...

  • The browser wars: The decline of Internet Explorer, rise of Chrome

    The browser wars may come to a head at the end of 2012, according to a projection by Memeburn. Using data from reputable analytics company StatCounter, Memeburn analysed the current and future growth rates of the web's three main web browsers excluding Safari, namely Internet Explorer, Chrome and FireFox. StatCounter is a free service and has been in business for more than 10 years, reporting on over 10 billion page loads per month, collected from three million websites. The global statistics service provides many useful stats on browser version, screen resolution, operating system and mobile browser data. By projecting the...

  • The rise of Firefox: Introducing Firefox4

    The web browser. That simple software application that traverses URIs presented as web pages, images, video or any other content and renders it all neatly inside a compact window may often be taken for granted by the online community who demand 24 hour access. The rapid succession of mobile browsing into the internet sphere, along with savvy mobile and desktop applications that have capitalised on the user experience -- has but added to the indulgence. The term 'browser' is now somewhat saturated in terms of its definition. But this was not always so. A quick history lesson: In the days preceding the great browser...

  • Microsoft reveals final version of IE9

    Microsoft's latest version of the Internet Explorer web browsing software is free, it's online and of course, it has been released to counter the challenges posed by competitors Firefox and Google Chrome. "IE9 has just released around the world," a booming voice told a cheering crowd on Monday in Texas, where a launch bash was thrown to celebrate the arrival of the new browser. Internet Explorer 9 or IE9 as it may become popularly...

  • Should we be designing for legacy browsers?

    Web designers have been on the frontlines of the browser-war battlefields for some time now, dodging the shells of legacy browsers exploding all over carefully-crafted pages. Even the design of a simple page would require the designer to have an arsenal of hacks and tricks to ensure cross-browser compatibility. But is it time for the designers and developers to stop fighting the good fight and move the industry forward by refusing to design for legacy browsers? Certainly with the advent of Internet Explorer (IE) 7, some great strides were taken towards a more compatible infrastructure in terms of how designs...

  • Five great under-the-radar Drupal Modules you need to know about

    I’ve seen a few blog posts and screencasts over the past few weeks about Drupal’s ever-growing list of modules. Most notably, Matt Petrowsky’s outstanding screencast “Top Drupal Modules” at www.gotdrupal.com. While useful to those new to Drupal, they all seem to focus on the modules that all Drupal developers know about, or should know about at least. I use modules like Admin Menu, Views, CCK and the Date modules as often as I breathe air, so I thought I’d go through my module repository and find those really useful, yet relatively unknown modules that can beef up a Drupal implementation,...

  • Google Chrome first impressions: Fast, clean & not evil

    Downloaded it a few minutes ago and gave it a test run. Noticed a few minor rendering glitches here and there on some sites, probably due to non-standard coding -- but most sites looked perfect. It's a basic browser with only core functionality, which I guess focuses on what needs to be done best: Browsing. Some will find the lack of features an issue. Others will like the clean, minimalist look geared...

  • Help Firefox set a world record

    Firefox is a brilliant browser. It's also fast. I discarded Internet Explorer (IE) about two years ago. It wasn't an ideological decision, I wasn't trying to make a point... it's just that Firefox is a better browser. I still have IE7 on my laptop, but use it only for testing purposes. I find it slow when it browses and hangs longer when you load it. Compared to Firefox, Internet Explorer is just,...

  • Will Facebook eventually replace the Windows & Mac desktop?

    Had the privilege to meet up with Saul Klein, E-commerce VP at Skype and founder of the Open Coffee club, who was in the country yesterday. While chatting to him about the local online scene together with my colleague, Vincent Maher, we got talking about Facebook and other niche social networks. We articulated a thought that I've been mulling over for a while now -- and that is: Facebook is increasingly resembling an...

  • The Search Wars: Can the Wikipedia boss take on Google?

    Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia boss, has now detailed how he plans to take on Google, the search behemoth. Google is so good and so powerful, you get the feeling that competitors are at a bit of a loss on how exactly to take the search giant on. Even Microsoft, which has never run away from a fight, appears to be at a loss. During the Browser Wars of the 90s, Microsoft famously destroyed...