Mozilla CTO: Firefox in neck and neck race

Eariler this month, I spoke with Brendan Eich, CTO of Mozilla and creator of JavaScript. We discussed the development process for the open-source Firefox browser, the status of Firefox mobile, and new competition.

Eich maintained that increasing competition from Google and Apple, as well as Microsoft, is good for developers and users. It also helps that the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation garnered $75 million in revenue, mostly from its search partnership with Google, which ironically just launched Chrome, a competitor to Firefox. With $33 million in expenses last year, it appears the Mozilla team is well funded to continue development at … Read more

Safari 3.2 includes antiphishing tools

Without fanfare, Apple has apparently added antiphishing to its Safari 3.2 release.

The new version of Safari, which was largely a security update and released last week, includes a new configuration option saying: "Warn when visiting a fraudulent website". It is configured to be on by default. So far, Apple is not talking about the enhancement, nor is there any documentation on the Safari site.

CNET tested the updated Safari 3.2 for Windows on various newly reported phish sites listed on DSLreports and PhishTank, and found none produced a warning. It could be that the phish … Read more

Apple updates Safari with 11 security fixes

On Thursday, Apple released Safari 3.2. Although the update affects both Mac and Windows users, many of the Mac updates were provided in Apple's October update for Mac OS X users. The update includes eight fixes specific to Safari and three specific to Webkit.

Safari 3.2 is available via the Apple Software Update application, the Apple Software Downloads page, or Apple's Safari download site.

Safari-1 This patch affects Safari users on Windows XP or Vista. This update addresses multiple vulnerabilities in zlib 1.2.2 detailed within CVE-2005-2096. Apple credits Robbie Joosten of bioinformatics@school, and … Read more

Searching for Apple's search ambitions

There's little doubt that Apple has thousands of engineers working on all kinds of crazy stuff down in Cupertino, Calif., but are they really planning to take on Google?

That's the theory sort of advanced by TechCrunch on Thursday, with a post titled "Is Apple building a search engine?" Michael Arrington cites "multiple (if thin)" reports that Apple is working on developing its own search technology, presumably to get around using Google as the default search engine in the Safari browser.

The report, however, debunks itself, noting that Apple has not been hiring search … Read more

Prizefight: Battle of the browsers

You thought you had the browser face-off signed and sealed until Google introduced its fleet-footed Chrome browser. Has it been enough to change the game?

With help from CNET's Seth Rosenblatt and's Josh Lowensohn, CNET's Brian Tong takes Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome through a rigorous four-round contest--to determine which contender makes all-around champ.

Sorry, Opera, looks like you're sitting this one out.

Safari Bookbag - Your Library on Your iPhone

Safari Books Online has announced Safari Bookbag, a free App for the iPhone that allows you access to downloading chapters or full books in PDF format from your Safari Books Online library.

Users of the Safari Books Online service can sync their iPhone with the "My Downloads" library from their Safari account. Once downloaded onto your iPhone you tap the title of the book to open it. Books can be downloaded to your iPhone whenever an internet connection is present. They will be stored in and available within the Bookbag App.

More information about Safari Books Online can … Read more

Yahoo plug-in gives brains to browser search

Yahoo has released a plug-in called Inquisitor that gives some new horsepower to the search box in Internet Explorer (download), Firefox (download), and Safari (download).

Inquisitor is designed to help people get to information faster, according to a Yahoo Search Blog posting Wednesday. It suggests search terms as people start typing, showing an updated list of possible Web sites below the search box. The results are individualized too: it spotlights Web pages a person has already visited and customizes search results according to previous searches.

In addition, on Internet Explorer, Inquisitor can help retrieve sites a person has bookmarked.

Inquisitor got its start on Apple's Safari, … Read more

Newer Chrome, Firefox show speed improvements

Correction 12:00 p.m. PDT: This report has been updated to reflect Firefox performance with the TraceMonkey JavaScript engine enabled, in which case Firefox is fastest at the SunSpider test.

With new beta versions out for Firefox and Google Chrome, I thought I'd see how things have changed when it comes to testing the speed of JavaScript, the programming language that powers many cutting-edge Web applications such as Gmail and Google Docs. The answer: both browsers made big strides, but Firefox still beats Chrome on one widely-used performance test.

When Chrome was released, I ran Google's JavaScript speed testRead more

SugarCRM finds its way to Safari

I was really pleased to see SugarCRM announce that its latest release (5.1) now fully supports the Apple Safari browser. When my company first started using SugarCRM I was still using Safari, but SugarCRM worked poorly in Safari. With 5.1, Mac users should have a better experience.

Of course, SugarCRM works great on Firefox, so it's not as if Mac users have been crippled from getting the most from SugarCRM. But this makes SugarCRM that much sweeter. (I see that my IT administrator upgraded us to 5.1 this morning, so I'll give it a spin … Read more

Step aside, Chrome, for Squirrelfish Extreme

Just about every browser out there now is trying to grab the crown for fastest performance for running JavaScript, the programming language that powers many increasingly sophisticated Web-based applications. The latest development is from the programmers behind Apple's Safari.

Mozilla bragged earlier this month about TraceMonkey, a new JavaScript engine due to ship in Firefox 3.1 near the end of 2008. Next came Google's Chrome, a leading feature of which is the performance of its V8 JavaScript engine. Now the WebKit programmers, whose open-source code is used in Apple's Safari browser and the Konqueror browser of … Read more