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Mozilla Firefox for Mac review

Mozilla Firefox for Mac is a Web browsing alternative that offers a full range of features to let you peruse your favorite sites with ease. This program offers all of the functionality you'd expect from a Web browser through a clean and familiar interface.

Pros

Site optimization: If you're looking for an alternative to Safari on your Mac, you may find that some sites load more quickly and function better through Firefox. Especially if you have trouble with certain sites you visit a lot in Safari or another browser, it may be worth it to try out Firefox … Read more

Opera Coast review

Opera Coast is an alternative Web browser for your iOS device that features an innovative interface as well as some handy add-ons. With this app, you can access all of your favorite sites quickly by creating tiles for them, as well as browse the Internet the same way you always have.

Pros

Cool interface: When you first open this app, you'll see a few pages of tiles representing popular Web sites like YouTube, ESPN, Wikipedia, The Weather Channel, and more. You can add your own favorites to these, as well, so you can access them with one tap on … Read more

Opera Browser for Android review

Opera Browser for Android does a fine job of bringing the Opera browser's advantages to your Android device. The browser is smaller and lighter than the big-name browser's Android apps, yet it still delivers comparable and even superior performance with lots of useful and even unique features. Opera Browser for Android is the browser's full-featured Android browser; a mini-browser is also available.

Pros

Off-Road mode: This unique feature reduces data needs when the network slows down, or you want to save data.

Speed Dial: Opera's Speed Dial start page puts all your favorite sites in one … Read more

RoboForm review

RoboForm is far more than a form-filling and password-managing browser add-on; this inexpensive shareware is one of the most useful browser enhancements we've encountered. RoboForm saves and enters log-in data and passwords, as well as your address, contact data, or any form fields you're always entering the hard way in Web sites and Windows programs. It also manages bookmarks, downloads, notes, and much more. RoboForm costs just under $10 with a free 30-day trial.

Pros

Everywhere or Desktop: You can install RoboForm to save data only on your main PC, or you can create an online account that … Read more

FREE Private Incognito Browser review

FREE Private Incognito Browser lets you browse the Web from your mobile device without having to worry about your information being stored. This app works just like any other browser, except that it doesn't store your log-ins, and all history and cookies are discarded each time you close it.

This app has an intuitive interface that looks like most other Web browsers. When you open it, there's a large search box in the middle of the screen, and you can also type a URL or search term into the box at the top of the screen. The browser … Read more

Mozilla Firefox 29 review

Mozilla's latest browser, Firefox 29, features the new Australis design, which adjusts the user interface, modernizing the look of tabs, menu layout, and toolbar. However, the new design also brings the pain of change: Users will have to adapt to rearrangements of core features.

Pros

New design: Firefox's new design is a bit Chrome-like, presenting menu options as large icons, similar to Chrome apps. The tabs have been cleaned up and look curvier and sleeker. Subtle animations make the Firefox experience slightly more interactive. For example, bookmarking a site triggers an animation of a star dropping into the … Read more

Google speeds WebP image format, brings animation support to Chrome

Google has built a new version of its WebP software into Chrome to let browsers display its image format 25 percent faster, the company said Friday.

The better performance new libwebp 0.4.0 is part of Google's general effort to speed up the Web, and the new software also uses less memory and fixes an issue that had blocked Google from supporting animated WebP images. The updated WebP support is built into the version of Chrome that's currently in beta.

Animated GIF images, popular on sites such as Tumblr and Imgur, are the last remaining holdout for … Read more

Firefox's massive overhaul moves to beta

Barring unforeseen events, big changes for Mozilla Firefox will be airborne in about six weeks.

Thursday's update moves Firefox 29 to beta, the final testing grounds where Mozilla can make stability and feature changes to the overhaul before it pushes it out to the public at large.

The new version of Firefox comes with a new interface, an easier way to customize Firefox, and an upgraded Firefox Sync that requires all current users to create new accounts and resynchronize their browsers, in exchange for getting simple user accounts with their end-to-end encryption. The new interface gives the browser a … Read more

Programmer crowdfunds work to improve Chrome image support

How much does it mean to you to have good-looking images when using Chrome on your Retina-display MacBook or your high-resolution Android phone?

Programmer Yoav Weiss hopes Internet users' collective answer is at least $10,000. He's launched a crowdfunding effort to sponsor his development of the "picture" element in Chrome, a new feature that's instrumental to the idea of responsive images on the Web.

"Yeah, we're running a crowdfunding campaign to add a feature to an engine," Weiss said on Twitter on Thursday. "Never done before, but hey, we're here … Read more

Khronos finishes WebCL 1.0 to let Web apps tap into GPU

WebGL has been a strong success, bringing hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser. Now the standards group behind it hopes to let Web apps get even more use out of the graphics chip by releasing version 1.0 of an interface called WebCL.

At this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the Khronos Group standards body announced the ratification and release of WebCL 1.0. WebCL lets programmers run general-purpose tasks on a device's graphics processing unit (GPU) or on a multicore central processing unit (CPU), the main brain in computers and mobile devices.

Just as WebGL … Read more