Tag: web browser

Check out “Diary of a Geek” on Google Play!

The “Diary of a Geek” blog finally has its android app listed on Google Play, Android’s digital application distribution platform. Diary of a Geek is the definitive source and final word for news as it affects Nigerians with especial focus on gadgets and technology news. The blog attracts readers with both business and consumer focus Read More

Portable Apps (Revisited)

We discussed about Portable Apps on this blog a while back and we highlighted a few of its advantages as; – You have all your softwares with you at all times, installed on any regular flash drive. – Ability to bypass administrative level restriction. Use your regular softwares on any PC anytime, anywhere. – Reduce Read More

Host Website on your Local Computer with Opera Unite

Opera is probably the most successful browser on the mobile platform. The same can not be said of desktops. However there is just one more reason why you may consider giving Opera a try on your computers. Below is a write up i stumbled upon on Clifonf5 a few months back. I have reproduced it Read More

Jailbreaking Is Not Illegal !

According to wikipaedia, IOS jailbreaking, or simply jailbreaking, is the process of removing the limitations imposed by Apple on devices running the iOS operating system, which was known as “iPhone OS” prior to iOS 4.0. Such devices include iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and recently Apple TV. Jailbreaking allows users to gain full access (or root Read More

Finally, The Ultimate Blogging iPad App?

So much has been said about the absence of a functional app for blogging on the iPad. Probably the most talked about blogging app on the IOS platform is WordPress, developed by the folks that developed WordPress itself. One begins to wonder exactly why the app seems unfinished, especially the fact that one needs to Read More

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon today unveiled a new storage service called Amazon Cloud Drive that gives you 5 GB of free online storage space to store your documents, photos, music and other files securely in the cloud. All you need is a free Amazon.com account to upload your files which you can then access from anywhere using a Read More

Download Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo for Faster Than Ever Speed

Mozilla has released Firefox 4 beta for Android and Maemo devices, and the web browser is fast on the new Linux platforms. This release is the fastest performing Firefox 4 Beta for mobile yet. You will notice faster start-up, page load times and responsiveness to panning and zooming. The Firefox Mobile Add-ons Gallery also offers Read More

Push Email – Revisited

Love it or hate it, the Blackberry has indeed become the device of choice for a lot of mobile enthusiasts, especially those who want to conduct business on the move.  Another category of users are those, who more out of peer pressure than anything else, find themselves clutching one, not considering the fact that they Read More

Browser Wars

Web browsers have been around for over two decades. With the introduction of the NCSA mosaic web browser in 1993, web browsers as we know them today, came into existence. Netscape Navigator was introduced in 1994 as a free for personal use only and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 1.0 in 1995. Both were influenced by the Mosaic web browser. These two companies later engaged in what was known as the first browser war with Netscape falling from its peak of about 90% of web usage in 1995 to its eventual defeat and acquisition by AOL in 1998. In 2006, it fell to an all time low of less than 1%. It was eventually discontinued in 2008. Microsoft’s victory was aided in part by the huge resource at its disposal used in developing the Internet Explorer and the fact that it had Internet Explorer 4 integrated into Microsoft Windows Operating System by default.

It’s been a long time since 1998 and a lot of improvements and enhancements have been made to web browsers. There are many browsers available on the web today, estimated at about 100. Expectedly, most of these browsers are based on, at least, one of  the notable LAYOUT ENGINES or RENDERING ENGINES. Basically, layout engines are softwares that determines how web pages are displayed. The top layout engines are;

– TRIDENT (Used by Microsoft Internet Explorer, Lunascape, Avant, Bento, Enigma, Maxthon, etc)
– GECKO (Used by Seamonkey, Iceape, K-Meleon, Firefox, Lunascape, Flock, Iceweasel, etc)
– WEBKIT (Used by Chrome, Safari, Lunascape)
– PRESTO (Used by Opera, Internet Channel, Nintendo DS Browser)
– KHTML (Konqueror) Read More