Category archives for: Linux/Unix

Oracle Reveals Plans to Deprecate Java Browser Plug-In

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In part because of the pressure exerted by browser developers, Java curator Oracle has announced that it is going to deprecate the Java browser plug-in. The initiative will start with the forthcoming JDK 9, with removal from the Oracle JDK and Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in future releases. The company notes in the announcement heralding […]

Chrome Browser to Get a Boost in Compression from Brotli Algorithm

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Google is about to make its Chrome browser much faster. The company is ready to use a new compression algorithm called Brotli, according to Google engineer Ilya Grigorik. Brotli can compress web sites in a way that makes them up to 26% smaller than Chrome’s current algorithm, called Zopfli. Smaller web sites take less time […]

Futuremark Drops a Holiday Beta of 3DMark – Includes VRMark


Futuremark gives Steam owners of 3DMark early access to an entertainment-only version of VRMark in the Holiday Beta. Today, 3DMark made a rather cool announcement – it opened up the beta for the 2016 3DMark update. It may be called the “Holiday Beta,” but it will be open until the update comes out. The best […]

Khronos Group Delays Vulkan, While Waiting on Legal Review


The Khronos group announced that it would not be making its end-of-year target to have Vulkan wrapped up. Originally, the Khronos group aimed to have its new Vulkan API wrapped up and released by the end of the year. Alas, that target will not be met. The group informed us that the Vulkan API’s specification […]

Crytek Releases Last Cryengine Update Of The Year


Crytek has today that it has released the last version of the Cryengine for the year. The company has added some new features, fixed a host of bugs and extended further support for VR developers working with Oculus’s platform. Cryengine 3.8.6 will be the final public release of the engine for the year, and Crytek […]

Firefox Sports New Tracking Protection for Private Browsing


Firefox now comes built-in with tracking protection currently offered by no other browser, including Chrome, Edge or Safari. The tracking protection is available for all platforms on which Firefox exists, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Android. Firefox is usually considered the most privacy-sensitive browser out there because of its open source roots and […]

Chrome 47 Beta Brings Cooperative Multitasking, Android Splash Screens, Flexible Notifications


Google released Chrome 47 for the beta channel with support for cooperative multitasking, splash screens for sites that are added to the home screen, and more flexible desktop notification management, as well as some security patches. Cooperative Multitasking Android had a problem with lag and stuttering for many years, which was mostly fixed in Android […]

Twitter Unifies iPhone and iPad App UIs

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Twitter said it is bridging the gap between its iPhone and iPad applications so users have the same experience no matter which device they pick up. The iPhone and iPad apps were originally developed separately, according to Twitter. This meant the iPad app often lagged behind the iPhone app in terms of features and capabilities. […]

Google Brings Spotlight Stories to iOS


Google has ported its Spotlight Stories app to the iPhone and iPad. Google Spotlight Stories began life on the Motorola Moto X as a 360-degree animated story. The app includes 2D/3D animations that take advantage of the iPhone’s sensors to allow users to interact with them. At the moment, the stories are view-only; people can’t […]

Mozilla Blocking Flash Player by Default in Firefox Browser


Mozilla is blocking Adobe Flash from being run in the Firefox browser following a series of serious security flaws in the software. As of the most recent update all versions of Flash identified with a vulnerability have been blocked by default in order to keep the browser secure, Firefox support head Mark Schmidt advised on […]

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