Brave Browser Promises to Defend Users’ Privacy

Brave Software, helmed by Brendan Eich, who cofounded Mozilla and created the JavaScript programming language, on Tuesday released the 0.7 developer version of its Brave browser. Brave is an open source project that promises to block Internet greed and ugliness, while improving speed and protecting privacy. Basically, it blocks ads containing tracking pixels and cookies.

Chrome Browser to Blaze With Brotli

Google Chrome users will get faster Web access soon through the Brotli open source compression algorithm, which has been rolled out to the M49 release of Chrome. That’s in Canary — which is designed for devs — so it’s not clear when Brotli will surface in the browser. It gives 20 to 26 percent higher compression ratios over its Zopfli algorithm and provides faster page loads, the company said.

Firefox 22: Look Ma, No Plug-ins!

Firefox 22, launched by the Mozilla Foundation on Tuesday, supports voice calling, video chat and peer-to-peer file sharing through the browser without plug-ins, thanks to full support for the WebRTC application programming interface. Firefox and Google Chrome support WebRTC, but currently Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Apple’s Safari browser do not.

Firefox 15 Goes on a Memory Diet

Better management of memory and updates highlight the latest release of the Mozilla Foundation’s Web browser, Firefox 15. Firefox’s development team has steadily improved the browser’s memory management over recent months, but with this release of the program, it’s targeting a major contributor to the software’s piggish memory ways: add-on applications.