A death by the thousand sites.
BBC, one of the major content providers in the world, has announced its plans to fully ditch Adobe’s Flash in its iPlayer and replace it with none other than the HTML5.
As of this week, there is now a new opt-in beta program, which invites pretty much everyone to try the new iPlayer, which features a much more mobile and desktop friendly user interface and MPEG-DASH streaming standard.
According to BBC, the HTML5 player will be gaining feature parity with the Flash player in the coming months. Oh, but before you start your celebration dance, keep in mind that these browsers won’t be able to join the Beta program:
No extensions support in sight.
Even though Microsoft has promised to bring extensions support later this year, it looks like the recently leaked Windows 10 build still lacks one of the most widely requested and pretty much critical feature for today’s modern web browsers.
So what exactly was revealed? The ability to synchronize your bookmarks (yay, although it’s switched by default) and a proper mouse support, which means that you will finally be able to open links in a new window by simply clicking the scroll wheel.
One of the great things about Mozilla and their releases is the fact that they choose to publish both PC and Mobile builds at the same time and Firefox 42 Beta is no exception.
So what exactly is new in this version?
- The private browsing with tracking protection will now block various web elements that could lead to your tracking.
- Scrollable tabs for panels navigation
It’s time to enhance your privacy.
Recently, Mozilla has published the beta version of Firefox 42 web browser, which includes some very welcome changes and new features.
One of which will inform about the annoying tab that is playing music and allow you to mute it.
However, as far as the privacy enhancements go (the main point of Firefox 42), it now protects users from the third party tracking when using Private Browsing mode. In addition to that, there is a Control Center for Private Browsing, where you can control site settings and security in one place.
Opera Coast For iPhone and iPad Updated
Complements the iOS9.
Following the introduction of a new logo, Opera Software has also released a brand new version of Opera Coast, which helps users to discover the awesome side of the web.
So what has changed? First (and most importantly), you can now change the default search engine to one of the following:
Goes from Opera Software to Opera.
In case you missed, yesterday, Norwegian browser maker has announced its new logo and slogan. As you can see in the video above (or below), it brought back the 3D effect, which was missing since Microsoft went all in with the flat UI and influenced other companies as well.
Here is a pretty meaningless video, which (I guess) should inspire you:
And few other bits.
In the world where everyone wants to move away from the plug-ins, it looks like developers behind Microsoft Edge feel the same way.
As detailed in the recent Skype Blog post, Microsoft’s web browser now supports ORTC API, which enables features like scalable video coding and simulcast. Therefore, users soon won’t have to install any Skype plug-ins and will be able to make video or voice calls without any effort.
While the is no exact ETA (as it’s software after all), the software giant did say that Skype for Web will be coming later this year.
Now here’s something pretty awesome (see the video below).
While nVidia was not busy manipulating benchmarks, it looks like they have managed to create a pretty awesome Chrome extension, which allows you to play PC games on your web browser. Not just any PC games, all PC games, including NES, SNES and more.
How? The streaming technology.
Now here is an interesting prediction that could become true before we enter into the 2016. We have been doing browser market share reports for more than 8 years’ now and it looks like the most recent data from NetApplications indicates that Google Chrome could soon overtake Safari and become the #1 web browser.
Assuming the trend continues (with a minor bump for Safari’s market share due to the new hardware release), we are looking at the November – December timeframe.
You are the product.
If you are on Windows 8 or 10 and for some reason decided not to use Security Essentials / Windows Defender and have switched to AVG anti-virus instead, then good news for advertisers: they now have your browsing and search history as well meta data, your ISP and apps that are installed on your computer.