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Firefox Quantum, A Faster Fox in Sheep’s Clothing…

While the browser wars may have died down over recent years Mozilla have recently released version 57 of their Firefox browser and it’s so good they gave their new browser weapon a name, Quantum. While Quantum may still look the same old Firefox, under the skin this is a faster and far more high tech Firefox that is ready to take on Chrome once again.

Mozilla have given the underlying code a complete overhaul for Quantum, but this type of change doesn’t produce a massive speed bump, an evolutionary change generally. The overhaul has improved the multi-threading support, memory usage, display quality and security but the extra speed of Quantum is actually down to a new trick. As ZDNet are reporting this clever idea was developed by Mozilla engineer Honza Bambas and is called ’Tailing’ which prioritizes traffic so that scripts from tracking domains (such as Google) are loaded after the page itself. The tracking scripts are still loaded but after the stuff that we all care about, the content itself.

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The Citadel Demo has been released! HTML 5 and the future of Gaming as demonstrated by Mozilla and Epic…

The future of game and application development is being previewed by Mozilla and Epic. Released to the public this week the Citadel demo encapsulates all of the latest technologies that are making high speed web games and apps possible. While web gaming and apps have achieved a moderate level of notoriety they remain only a curiosity to many.

Making use of HTML5, JavaScript and WebGL the team from Epic and Mozilla used Emscripten to compile the C++ source code into 52 megabytes of JavaScript. The code itself is based on the always impressive Epic Unreal Engine 3 that makes use of WebGL to draw the HTML 5 canvas, producing the impressive visuals.

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Firefox gets Unreal, Epic Port Unreal Engine 3 to asm.js JavaScript…

Mozilla and Epic have teamed up to push browser technology to new levels. Putting Mozilla’s brand new asm.js JavaScript technology to good use by converting Unreal Engine 3 to the new flavour of JavaScript. Free of plug-ins or installation this latest version of Unreal Engine 3 runs natively in Firefox browsers, and it’s fast.

This new version of UE3 came to life during the Game Developers Conference, part proof of concept part technology demonstration this is a major milestone for browser technology, while also being an interesting journey.

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Firefox OdinMonkey and Native Assembly JavaScript, High-speed Java Monkey Business in the Battle of the Browsers…

The Browser Wars reignite this week with the announcement of OdinMonkey for Firefox, a new plug-in that brings high speed native assembly code to JavaScript.

JavaScript, the language behind the internet is going native. In the world of programming there is nothing faster native assembly language, the language that the chips themselves speak. Now Java is leaning to speak assembly thanks to Firefox.

Due for release in June as part of Firefox 22 OdinMonkey and asm.js optimized code may just accelerate Java to near native assembly speeds, while maintaining compatibility and portability, the holy trinity of code.

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