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Dead browser walking: Microsoft launches official IE6 extinction coutdown

Web developers and savvy computer users aren't the only people waiting for Internet Explorer 6 to curl up and die -- Microsoft is getting antsy, too. To help keep tabs on the aging browser's impending demise, the company has launched IE6 Countdown -- a global map which shows curent IE6 install levels. Forward-thinking, progressive Scandinavia leads the way, with all its nations reporting les...

Data from CIA shows massive Internet Explorer gain, and largest Firefox loss ever

The CIA has released new figures for the number of Internet-connected users around the world. Developing countries like India, China and Brazil have gained hundreds of millions of new netizens, helping Internet Explorer post its first market share gain since July 2010. It now sits at 56.77% of the market, up 0.77%. Firefox, which has always relied on its stronghold of Europe, has seen its la...

Chinese government launches Panguso, all your search are belong to us

Not content with by far the largest cellular network in the world, state-owned China Mobile has joined forces with the state-owned Xinhua News Agency to create the state-owned search engine Panguso. Their new offering pits itself against the current incumbent, Baidu, which has 75% of the search market in China. The idea is that Xinhua, which is one of the world's largest news agencies, will ...

Google Chrome beta update brings faster JavaScript, GPU acceleration, Web app backgrounding

Google's Chrome beta update brings with it a slew of goodies for the adventurous users who prefer slightly more cutting-edge features over tried-and-true stability. Version 10.0.648.82 hit the beta channel earlier today, and it affected just about every piece of the browser, from the settings interface to the rendering engine. First and foremost, the already-impressive V8 "Crankshaft" JavaScri...

Ask DLS: What's your primary Web browser?

Competition is a good thing, and the browser arena has been a fierce arena for years now. There are at least four "major" browsers each vying for your attention, along with lots of smaller spin-offs (SRWare Iron or Flock, anyone?). While the browser usage charts we share from time to time show overall browser usage amongst the Web at large, Download Squad readers are not exactly the average bu...

SeaMonkey 2.1 beta 2 introduces Sync, DoNotTrack, Personas and more

The SeaMonkey all-in-one Internet application suite is making steady progress to a 2.1 release, with beta 2 rolling off the presses yesterday. While they insist that the 2.1 beta 2 update is still 'intended for testers only,' it comes packing a fair few additions to the SeaMonkey armory bringing it more inline with current Firefox implementations. Here's what's changed since 2.1 beta 1: The n...

Last blocks of IPv4 addresses allocated, exhaustion now imminent

This is just a quick note to say that, in a ceremonial event in Miami, the last five blocks of IPv4 addresses have now been handed out by IANA, a part of ICANN. Each of the five regional registries -- North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia -- now have only a few million IP addresses to allocate. IP address exhaustion will hit Asia first. With 24 million IP addresses used by APNIC...

Netflix grades ISPs on HD streaming performance, Charter and Comcast get top marks

Netflix has released some numbers ranking various internet service providers based on how well they deliver Netflix HD video streams. The chart ranks the ISPs based on the sustained bitrate they deliver for a long HD movie, and the results are quite fascinating. Charter and Comcast top the list, with averages of 2,500-2,600 kbps. At the bottom of the list is Clearwire, an ISP majority-owned by Sp...

Egypt blocks Internet access, BlackBerry and SMS as civil unrest continues

As civil unrest stretches across the country, Egypt has gone dark. The Egyptian government seems to have enforced a blanket Internet shutdown at the ISP level, in what is an unprecedented maneuver that has forced the country offline. If that wasn't enough SMS and BlackBerry services seem to be affected too, and there's even rumors of landlines and cellphone services being cut off. It's certain...

IP addresses are about to run out. Will the world end?

According to one IPv6 provider, we are now just days away from the IPv4 ARPAgeddon, or IPocalypse [not to be confused with the iPocalypse]. With IPv4 providing only 4.3 billion addresses, we all knew that the end of the reckless and fancy-free Internet era was coming -- we just didn't know when. The death knell has started to ring. Asia is on its knees plaintively pleading for its fix of IP add...

Adobe initiative to let you easily clear 'Flash cookies' from your Mozilla or Google Web browser

In a strong, head-held-high missive, Adobe has detailed a new initiative to bring Flash local storage clearing to Web browser UIs. The new API, NPAPI ClearSiteData will let Firefox and Chrome users clear Flash's Local Shared Objects, or 'Flash cookies,' in the same way that you currently clear cookies and temporary Internet files. LSOs are very commonly used throughout the Web, but unlike conve...

World IPv6 Day, June 8th 2011 -- 24-hours of global IPv6 testing

As well all know, the world is running out of IPv4 addresses. Whether you believe that's a major problem or not, the fact is we're going to run out -- and then what? IPv6 is set to take over, but convincing ISPs, hosts and backhaulers to implement the 128-bit protocol has been an uphill battle for years, and still only 0.2% of Internet users currently connect via the next-generation protocol to t...

Drupal 7 launches with friendlier UI and simpler installation

In the world of open source content management systems, it's easy to forget that there's another big player aside from WordPress: Drupal. With Drupal powering 1% of all the websites in the world, including such high profile sites as WhiteHouse.gov, it should probably show up on your radar if you're looking for a solid CMS. Some of the quirks that have always been associated with Drupal have bee...

exfm music discovery extension for Chrome adds recommendations and infinite scroll

exfm, previously known as ExtensionFM, is an extension for Google Chrome which allows you to build a library of all the music you discover while surfing the net. You can then listen to the songs you discover from within exfm itself (instead of re-visiting websites) and share your finds on social networks. Version 2.0.4 of the extension has been made available in the Chrome Web Store, and this ...

Facebook now the most-visited website in the world

You hear that, Mr Google? That is the sound of inevitability. Hitwise has just released two sets of data for 2010: the top 10 most-searched terms, and the top 10 most-visited websites. Rather unsurprisingly, Facebook is at the top of both charts. It leads the most-visited chart by some way, too: almost 9% of all Internet visits in the U.S. were to Facebook, while Google only accounted for 7.2%....