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ChromeLite: experience the ASCII Web of yesteryear

Have you ever wondered what the Web was like before the Mosaic Web browser? If you were born in the last 20-odd years, or you only discovered your inner geek recently, did you miss out on monochrome monitors and the dial-up BBS era? Well, here's your chance to get a sneak peek at history: grab the ChromeLite extension and marvel as the entire Web is transformed into ASCII characters. Now,...

Maxthon browser for Android now available -- and it's good

Android users already have a number of capable mobile browsers to choose from: Dolphin HD and Mini, Opera Mobile, Firefox, Skyfire, and even the stock browser are all quite good. Now there's a new challenger: Maxthon. The Chinese makers of the popular-even-though-most-of-the-west-has-never-heard-of-it desktop browser has released a version for Android, and it's a very nice app. Out of the box,...

Opera 11 final brings add-on support, tab stacks, and big-time performance gains

Less than two days ago, the first Opera 11 release candidate appeared. After a frenzy of developer activity to patch any remaining bugs -- and two more RC builds in the next 20 hours -- Opera has released version 11. Perhaps the single biggest addition to Opera 11 is extension support. With Download Squad favorites like LastPass now starting to appear, and with the process to port extensions...

Google declares Chrome ready for enterprise duty

IT administrators tend to be a fickle bunch, and with good reason. When you're supporting a vital service that can determine whether or not your entire business can operate properly, you tend to be very cautious when it comes to changing out a key component. A key component like a Web browser, for example -- say, Internet Explorer 6, which is still a force to be reckoned with in the enterprise. ...

5 perfect computery Christmas gifts for your mother, father or family elder

Let's be honest: if you're reading Download Squad, you're in the 99th percentile when it comes to computer technology. You probably know how to touch type, or send a file across the world at the speed of light, and in all likelihood you own one of the big three video game consoles. Like all things that you've grown up with and come to rely on, though, you don't realize just how lucky you are to...

3-way hardware accelerated browser rematch: Internet Explorer 9 finally on top (video)

Earlier this year, in June, I ran the first of my side-by-side deathmatches to try and work out which, if any, of the browsers is truly the hardware accelerated king. As it turned out, Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9 were pretty equally balanced. Just two months later, in August, Chrome had stolen the top spot and sent Firefox 4, in a fit of tears, to the bottom of the heap. In the last five...

Hands-on with RockMelt, the underwhelming Chrome 6-based Facebook-connected Web browser

The day you've all been dreading has finally come: RockMelt, a Web browser that forces you to log into Facebook, is here. Lee covered its release earlier today, but now I'm going to give you my hands-on impressions Looking through the accompanying gallery is by far the best way to understand what RockMelt is, but read on if you want my opinions. RockMelt is, for all intents and purposes,...

Skyfire browser brings Flash video to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

After a rigorous review process lasting more than a month, Skyfire will become available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch from Thursday. Skyfire's main trick is the transcoding of Flash video into HTML5 video, which iOS supports. There's a video of it in action after the break. Skyfire for iOS -- assuming it's functionally identical to the Android version that we reviewed in July -- is also a...

The new Internet craze: splitting hairs over fractional Web browser market share changes

In recent months you may have noticed a surge of posts by popular, authoritative tech sites on the topic of Web browser market shares. They all take roughly the same format: a bold title about how one browser is losing ground, a graph with almost-straight lines that neither educates or enlightens, and to finish, an impossibly ludicrous prediction about what we can expect next month. This is not...

evercookie: the one cookie that you... just... can't... DELETE!

Limping and dripping from the maws of incorrigible security bod Samy Kamkar comes evercookie. As the name suggests, deleting an evercookie isn't easy -- in fact, once you've taken a nibble, that's it: you can't delete it. Of course, no benevolent person would ever use evercookie -- you'd have to be a nefarious money-grabbing megalomaniac! -- but the sheer number of clever hacks, cheap tricks...

Support Details gives you system details instantly

I really enjoy what have come to be known as single-serving sites. These are sites that do only one specific thing, but the best of them do that thing exceedingly well. My new favorite site of this kind is Support Details. The URL is super easy to remember (supportdetails.com), and when you pay the site a visit, it lists a bunch of details about your computer that you can include when making a...

Firefox 4.0 beta 1 released, get it while it's hot!

Stop the press! Firefox 4.0 beta 1 has just been released. Download it now! Spread the word! Hammer a nail in Hitler's coffin! If you've been using the bleeding-edge 3.7 alpha builds, you won't notice much difference -- but if you've been holding off, waiting for things to firm up a little, now's the time to hop on! The most significant change (other than OMG SHINY WINDOWS 7 AERO UI!!!1) is...

Internet Explorer 9 destroys Chrome 6 in HTML5 speed test (video)

I think the video speaks for itself! If you can't watch the video: IE9 is some orders of magnitude faster than Chrome when it comes to hardware-accelerated canvas rendering. In some other initial benchmarks, IE9 is about 30% slower than Chrome 6 in the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark -- and about 10% faster than Firefox 3.7. I also tested FishIE with Opera and Firefox -- and believe it...

Getting the most out of Google Docs with Chrome extensions

I'm sure most of you have used Google Docs in one form or another. You might've shared a document with a friend or collaboratively planned your trip expenses in a shared spreadsheet -- maybe you've even used the new 'public sharing' feature for more nefarious purposes! Even if you're looking forward to Microsoft's Office Web Apps, the point remains: we're doing more and more processing in the...

The life-changing list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows users

There is always at least two ways of doing something on a Windows PC. If you've learnt by doing, rather than from a book, you probably only know one way. Watch your mother use a word processor one day -- I bet she uses File > Save rather than hitting Ctrl+S. What about you? Do you know your shortcuts? Keyboard shortcuts are by far and away the best way to a) speed up your work flow and b)...