Firefox 3.5 Out – Javascript faster than Safari 4.0?

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Technology | Posted on 30-06-2009-05-2008

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Firefox 3.5 was released today! I use both Safari and Firefox regularly. I downloaded the newest version of Firefox today, and I was quite surprised to see it beat out Safari in javascript performance! I ran the sunspider javascript test on both browsers, and to my surprise, it beat Safari! Safari finished the test in 1349.6ms. Firefox finished the test in 1304.8ms. Very impressive, Mozilla! Unfortunately, Firefox does still choke on the Acid3 test. In any case, it’s great to see these browser wars produce the fastest and most efficient web browsers we have ever seen, that is, of course, unless you’re using Opera (bleh), which we took a look at a couple weeks ago… I’m happy to see Firefox perform so well – go download it now!

Opera Unite First Hands On – Web Reinvented?

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Misc, Technology | Posted on 16-06-2009-05-2008

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Does the internet feel different this morning? Apparently it should. Today Opera took the wraps off its newest web browser, Opera Unite. For those not familiar with Opera, it is a web browser that has recently made its name with the increase in popularity of Opera Mobile / Mini. Opera is also the engine powering the Nintendo Wii and DSi web browsers. While their client software for mobile devices and game consoles has gained popularity, their desktop browser seems to have fallen off the map a bit. Apple’s Safari is fast as ever, Firefox continues to get better, and even IE isn’t half bad anymore. Throw Google Chrome into the mix, and the browser market may be too crowded for Opera. Click on to find out!

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