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Firefox Quantum is Out, and You Should Get It

Fair warning, macOS and iOS users, you’re going to be a little mad at Apple for this, but I’ll wait until the end to explain why. Firefox Quantum has been in beta for a few months now, and I finally decided to take it for a spin about a week before release. Currently, I’m putting together a browser comparison, one that will show real world performance, benchmark performance, memory usage, and battery life impact, on both my 2010 MacBook Pro (representing older hardware) and the 2015 MacBook Pro I have from work (new hardware) but that’s going to take some time. Perhaps before you read that, you’ll want to try out Mozilla’s latest and greatest browser for yourself.

Firefox Quantum was designed to be a modern browser, made to meet current expectations of what a browser should be and take us to the future, a complete revamp of Firefox and the web browser itself. After using it for about a week now, I love it, and, as such, I’m once again pissed at Apple.

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Safari 11 Really is the Fastest Mac Browser

The Ares-6 JavaScript Benchmark. Lower is better.

Safari 11 will be released with macOS High Sierra this year. If your primary concern when browsing the web is doing so quickly, you’re going to want to pay attention. While many Mac users have switched to Chrome or Firefox, either for speed or their extensions, the extreme speed of Safari in High Sierra could bring users back to the browser. Apple claimed the new browser would be the fastest Mac browser available, but Macworld wasn’t willing to accept that as fact without testing it first. They ran a number of browser benchmark tests meant to test the speed of the browsers in a number of ways, including JavaScript performance, HTML5 performance, graphics, speed of user interface interactions, and many more web features using a generalized test. Safari crushed the competition in every test they threw at the browser but one, taking second place in an HTML5 test. Head over to Macworld to read their whole writeup and check out the benchmark scores for yourself. 
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iOS Browser Benchmarks

There are many different ways to compare browsers. You could decide based on it’s raw performance, it’s effects on battery life, its third party plugins, its feature set, syncing between desktop and mobile versions, built-in VPN features, ad blocking, or even the cuteness of its mascot (Firefox has them all beaten there, seen below). In this post, I take a look at six popular iOS browsers, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, iCab, and Dolphin, I used the Jetstream and Motionmark benchmarks from browserbench.org. Each browser was tested on the 9.7″ iPad Pro with no other applications running in the background, with sleep turned off, and with the device plugged in. The Jetstream benchmark checked JavaScript capabilities. JavaScript is the scripting language that powers much of the web. The other benchmark, Motionmark, measures graphical capabilities. Though the best browser isn’t necessarily the fastest, and while these benchmarks cannot offer a perfect measure of performance, they do give us a good idea. Surprisingly, a few browsers made giant leaps in performance, while others are just as slow as ever. 
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Brave is a browser that could save the web, but it’s from an awful person.

I consider writing on this blog to be a hobby, but I do put hours of work every day into it. In a way, it’s become my second job. I research articles whenever I get a chance, write on the train to and from work, and my time at home is dominated by writing. I place ads on the site, and I make about $1-$3 a month off of them. You read that right. Ads just aren’t that profitable on the web anymore, and I’m not the only one who’s noticed. Newspapers and popular technology blogs have had to tailor their news to what gets the most clicks, rather than what the public needs to hear. They limit their hard hitting journalism as to not offend their largest advertisers, and spend more time writing articles about “10 ways you could be killing your pets,” “5 reasons to eat avocado for every meal,” or other such Buzzfeed-style lists. People don’t think journalists should be doing their work for fun, they don’t think journalists should need to survive off of ramen, whiskey, and cigarettes, but what’s the alternative? You could disable your ad blocker, but then you’re open to intrusive ads, possibly in the way of the content you came to the site to read, and you have to deal with the privacy-violating tracking many of those ads employ. Sure, some large papers offer reasonable subscriptions, but you probably don’t limit your news to one site. Due to bias in reporting the same story, you may have to read the same story from multiple publications to get a clear idea of what’s happening in the world. So, while a simple $5/month subscription to the New York Times may be fair, when you add in subscriptions to the Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, NY Post, Chicago Tribune, and others, you’re suddenly left with spending over $30/month for news, and it’s not even going to all the small sites you read, like NPR, BBC News, Engadget, The Verge, and Leaf&Core, so the issue remains: how do you support journalism without going bankrupt? 

That’s where the Brave browser comes in. 
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