Shareaholic – a Simple Way to Share Web Pages

shareaholic-iconThe name of this web browser addon tells you who it helps. If you are addicted to sharing cool links or awesome images in Twitter, Facebook or any other social web service, Shareaholic could help.

I tried it out, and it’s helped my sharing output already. Shareaholic supports sending content to over 100 different services.

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It’s easy to install and use. Just point your web browser to the Shareaholic home page, and install the plugin. They support Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari, Opera, Flock and Songbird.

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Once installed, you’ll be prompted to customize it, so that it shows only the services that you use. Clicking on he Shareaholic icon in your browser will bring up the sharing menu.

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You might have noticed from the image above, that you can assign keyboard shortcut keys for each service. You can also use it to shorten long URLs. That’s really handy. I also like the simple posts it creates.

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If you need more details, watch this video about Shareaholic.

If you have a sharing habit, Shareaholic is an addon you need to try. It’s a lot easier than going through a twelve step program to cure your addiction.

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Note: We previously wrote about Shareaholic almost a year ago. You may also want to check out a similar addon called AddToAny.


Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Caught Cheating in the SunSpider Benchmark?

Internet-Explorer-9-Cheats-Benchmark SunSpider is one of the commonly used artificial JavaScript benchmarks for measuring the efficiency of a browser’s JavaScript engine. With Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft managed to pull off significant improvements, and leap frogged Firefox (which has already fired back with JagerMonkey) in the SunSpider benchmark. However, it appears that Microsoft might have resorted to cheating to achieve its considerable gains.

Rob Sayre, Mozilla’s Platform Engineer, was the first one to notice that something is fishy. He documented his observations in a bug report, and published it on his blog. The revelation was soon picked up the tech crowd at Hacker News, who further delved into the matter to dig up some compelling proof. It appears that Internet Explorer 9 is employing some optimizations that are specific to the math-cordic test on SunSpider. While it’s not illegal to come up with clever optimizations that improve performance, it’s important that they are applicable to a wide range of cases. Unfortunately in this case, even simple modifications to the benchmark code, like setting return to true, has been found to significantly alter the results returned by Internet Explorer 9.

It’s possible that this is just the result of an unreliable and narrow implementation of dead code optimization. However, if Internet Explorer is specifically targeting the SunSpider benchmark to work around its tests, then that is a probably a case of cheating.

(Image taken from www.ietestdrive.com)

Update: Rob Sayre has penned a new blog-post, in which he makes it pretty clear that he believes that Internet Explorer 9 is targeting the SunSpider benchmark.

StatCounter Reports Internet Explorer Market Share is Dripping Below 50%

Internet Explorer may make a comeback with its latest version 9, which blasts off other browsers in canvas and HTML5 performance but it is still facing the aftereffect of a drip in the user base that started long ago. After providing years of crappy browsing experience and lagging performance, IE is finally ready to change things but its timing is too wrong as people have already started abandoning IE.

StatCounter reports say,

Microsoft IE fell to 49.87% in September followed by Firefox with 31.5%. Google’s Chrome continues to increase market share at an impressive rate and has more than tripled from 3.69% in September 2009 to 11.54% in September this year.

The recent awareness of people about web browsers and an increasing larger section of computer savvy people opting for web SaaS instead of desktop software have led us to become choosy about the web-browser we use.

While Gmail is accessed best using Google Chrome, most government and banking services work best with Firefox and Internet Explorer. In the midst of this, people are becoming aware about using alternatives and are amazed at the level of improvement they can come across using them.

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Download IE9 Beta

As I had posted earlier, Internet Explorer 9 is now available for downloads at BeautyOfTheWeb.com. The latest Microsoft browser which has already received rave reviews is ready for downloads.

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IE9 Beta downloads are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. To download it just head over to http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ and click on the Download Now button.

IE9 has full integration and also supports . I will do a full review of IE9 as soon once I spend some time with so stay tuned for that.

IE9 Will Launch On BeautyOfTheWeb.com

Internet Explorer 9 LogoMicrosoft has been hiding IE9 from users and enthusiasts alike, shrouding it in secrecy like Apple does before a product is launched. This definitely puts Microsoft in a very tight situation since it cannot fail like it has done with IE7 and IE8.

The motto of IE9 is Beauty of The Web, and we definitely want to see it to believe it, considering that IE has always been a pain in the posterior for developers and designers alike.

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To be really truthful, I do not care about IE9 unless it does something better than , or . The time IE8 takes to open a tab would allow me to open and browse between 4-8 tabs on any of these browsers. Yes I have timed it, IE is that slow.

Unless IE9 does things that are drastically different, don’t keep your hopes high on it. I would definitely want to see a better browser, though I am not sure if I would see something better than I have already seen that will compel me to switch.

Microsoft has been losing browser market share consistently for past few years, and it does not help Microsoft that they are not doing enough or doing it quickly in the market they once ruled. It does not matter how many new feature IE9 adds, it has to be compelling enough for people to switch.

If you are waiting for IE9, mark your dates at September 15, 2010 and bookmark http://www.beautyoftheweb.com.

Instant Weather Reports with ForecastFox

weather A few months ago, I told you about the fresh looking Google Chrome extension called Aniweather. It gives you a quick weather report and five day forecast, simply by clicking an icon in your web browser.

After reading a post from the Madras Geek, I decided to try out another instant weather tool called ForecastFox. It gives me the same types of weather info, but it offers just a little bit more. You can use ForecastFox in both the Firefox and Chrome web browsers.

In Firefox, you’ll get a new toolbar in the status section at the bottom of the browser. When you hover over each icon, you’ll get different reports.

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In the Chrome browser, the ForecastFox icon is at top right of the browser.

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Here’s what the weather reports look like in Chrome:

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When you click on the map, you will be directed to the AccuWeather website to see the maps there.

To see the details of each day’s forecast, you can click on the day in the left sidebar.

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ForecastFox offers the forecast for more days than Aniweather (shown below), however the Aniweather pop-up is much nicer looking, and it’s information comes from weather.com.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

The ForecastFox addon/extension is excellent for keeping me up to date on weather. It stays out of the way and does it’s job with no visible hit to my system performance. It deserves a thumbs up.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Hardware Accelerated Browsing Experience: Chrome 7 vs. Firefox 4 vs. Internet Explorer 9

GPU accelerated browsing experience is the big new feature that all the major browsers are gunning for. The latest builds of Firefox, Chrome, Safari as well as Internet Explorer have this feature enabled. In fact, Opera is the only major browser without hardware acceleration support. Nevertheless, even Opera has hinted that this is something they definitely intend on doing. I won’t be surprised if we soon see a weekly build with hardware accelerated Vega (Opera’s graphics rendering engine).

In the meantime, Sebastian Anthony from DownloadSquad has recreated his earlier Aquarium test to compare the rendering performance of all the three hardware accelerated browsers. Here is the video:

Not surprisingly, Chrome came out on top. Internet Explorer also performed quite well. However, Firefox turned out to be 30% slower. Nevertheless, the bleeding edge speed offered by Chrome came at a cost. It was the most system resource intensive browser. In fact, system resources consumed turned out to have a direct correlation with the rendering speed. The question is, what is more important? Are you willing to opt for a heavier browser, if it provides more speed? Don’t forget to share your opinion with us.

Internet Explorer 9 User Interface Screenshot Leaked

Microsoft is preparing to unveil Internet Explorer 9 in September, however, there have been several IE9 screenshots which have been leaked in the past few weeks.

A new Microsoft IE9 user interface screenshot was reportedly posted on Microsoft Russia’s press site, this was spotted by Mary-Jo Foley of ZDNet.

IE9 User Interface Leaked Screenshot

As you can see from the screenshot above, IE9 sports a very minimal interface with only few buttons on the top bar and icons for home, favorites and settings on the right hand top corner. According to Mary, IE9 may also support web applications, where users can easily open any website without having to open Internet Explorer.

IE9 may also have a support for tear-off tabs which is present in , , and Safari where users can drag a tab out of the current window to create a new Window.

Hopefully, in the next few weeks we would be able to end speculation on what IE9 is going to turn out like and see the actual browser in action. Oh well there are just 3 weeks left before the unveiling on September 15th.

Hide Who To Follow Suggestions On Twitter

recently launched a new feature called "Who to Follow" where they display a list of suggestions of people you should be following on Twitter based on certain algorithms. Though this feature could be handy once in a while, it is always in your face whenever you visit the twitter web interface.

Twitter Who To Follow Suggestions List

Now the problem here is that Twitter does not provide users with an option to disable the suggestions list, and you will have to either use a browser extension or script to disable the "Who to follow" suggestions box on the Twitter web interface.

users have a choice with two different which will allow you to disable/hide or move the "Who To Follow" suggestions box. The Hide Twitter suggestions extension completely removes the suggestions box, whereas the Hide Twitter suggestions PLUS extension will move the box to the bottom of the sidebar so that it is not in your face every time.

If you are a , or Internet Explorer you can use a user style to hide the "Who to Follow" suggestions box in Twitter. To do that, open this link in the browser you are using and choose the options provided to you. If you are using Firefox or Internet Explorer you might need to install additional software or add-ons for your respective browser in order to use the User Style.

That’s it, till Twitter provides a way to disable the "Who To Follow" suggestions, you could use this trick to hide it from your web interface.

Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome Leak Sensitive User Information to Websites

Black-Hat-Conference Most of us don’t think twice before saving sensitive information in our browser’s auto-fill database. After all, browsers are desktop applications that reside on our system. So, any data we store in our browser should remain private, right? Wrong.

Jeremiah Grossman, CTO of White Hat Security, has managed to uncover security holes in each of the major browsers that can be exploited by booby trapped websites to gain access to sensitive information.

“Right at the moment a Safari user visits a website, even if they’ve never been there before or entered any personal information, a malicious website can uncover their first name, last name, work place, city, state, and email address”, revealed Grossman in a blog post. According to the proof of concept demonstrated by him, it is possible to fool Safari (v4 and v5) into giving up stored form auto-fill information without user intervention using JavaScript. Apple, which was notified about this vulnerability back in June, has yet to respond.

Internet Explorer 6 and 7 can also be exploited in a similar fashion. However, Internet Explorer 8 appears to be safe for the moment. If you are using the any of the affected browsers, it’s highly recommended that you disable the in-built AutoFill functionality for the time being.

The Register is also reporting that Grossman has discovered critical XSS (cross-site scripting) vulnerabilities in Firefox and Chrome, which can be exploited to gain access to stored website passwords. Grossman is expected to reveal more at the Black Hat Security Conference, which is going to be held next week.