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Opera MAMA Reports Web Standard Usage

Opera has announced the Metadata Analysis and Mining Application (MAMA), a search engine for web developers looking for backend analytics. Basically, the reports are regular search results, but with the focus on things like the number of <font> tags used on the web, or the shocking fact that less than 5% of websites pass the W3C’s validation test.

The wealth of data was culled from 3,509,180 URLs over 3,011,668 domains. All of this data will help you win geek bar fights over internet trivia questions like:

Q: What is the most popular web server on the internet?

A: Apache. Apache serves about 50.76 percent over 2,011,088 domains (67.72 percent). IIS: 35.84 percent over 769,375 domains (25.91 percent).

Q: How many web developers are good enough to write code that passes W3C validation?

A: 145,009 out of 3,509,180 URLs passed validation — only 4.13 percent.

Q: Which country uses Ajax the least?

A: Japan showed the least usage of XMLHttpRequest, while Norway (Opera’s home country) exhibited the highest usage rates at 10.1 percent.

Otherwise, this is a great source of data to help drive standards forward. In many ways, standards bodies were moving on blindly and adding cool features as they are developed. Perhaps with the plethora of data Opera provides on the web, decisions can be made on practical numbers.

The capability to run searches of your own isn’t available to users, but the key findings report is available on Opera’s developer’s site. The reports include many of the most popular questions.

Luckily for us, Opera has offered to run some reports for Webmonkey.

So you tell us: What questions you have for the MAMA oracle? We’ll send them to Opera and post them later. Leave your questions in comments.

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First Look: Google Chrome Screenshot Tour

Google Chrome, the new browser announced Tuesday, is available for download at www.google.com/chrome. The beta release is Windows-only right now. Here are some screenshots:

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This shot above is what you’ll see whenever you open a new tab after running the browser for a few minutes. Each of your most visited pages shows up in its own tab, complete with a thumbnail. You also get a search box and a list of your recent bookmarks. Also, notice the tabs appear above the address bar, not below. Bookmarks, options and other controls are out of the way. As a result, the interface is stunningly — and refreshingly — simple.

chrome running youtubeNo problems playing back video content in Flash. We tested Vimeo, YouTube and Google Video.

chrome running gmailAjax-powered web apps are ridiculously fast in Chrome. The secret is Chrome’s unique rendering model and it’s new V8 JavaScript engine. Check out Webmonkey’s in-depth look at the new browser for details about this. Not surprisingly, Gmail is more responsive here than in other browsers. Other Google office apps like calendar and docs were faster to update, as well.

dragging and droppingHere’s another real world example: the drag-and-drop Ajax interface in Yahoo Sports. No hiccups, smooth sailing.

Under the hoodA peek at Chrome’s advanced settings show features like SSL certificate management, an option to use DNS pre-fetching to load pages faster and pop-up blocking. There’s also the option to auto-correct commonly mistyped URLs, one way to prevent a user from accidentally interacting with a bogus site.

Under the hoodMore settings here. You can set tabs to open at start-up, and even pick from a list of your most-visited sites.

Under the hoodChrome’s password manager lets you toggle the “Remember this password?” feature. Also, you can delete certain passwords from the browser’s memory after the fact, or have it show you a password in case you’ve forgotten one.

What are you experiences with Chrome? Anything else you’d like to see us test? Let us know in the comments.

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Firefox 3 Wins Guinness Record for Most Downloads

Mozilla announced downloads of Firefox 3 were enough to secure the world record for the most instances of software downloaded in one day.

The announcement Wednesday arrived roughly two weeks after the record was attempted while Guinness officials counted downloads and eliminated duplicates.

According to Mozilla’s marketing site SpreadFirefox.com, 8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3 in a 24 hour period starting 18:16 UTC June 17, 2008 and concluding at the same time on June 18, 2008.

Mozilla’s goal was to beat the number of first-day downloads of Firefox 2, which was 1.6 million downloads. The “sky is the limit” number was 5 million.

The world record is a first for record keeper Guinness. With 8 million plus, Firefox sets the bar high for any company daring enough to try and compete for the title. What a clever little marketing stunt, eh?

The number brings the tally of Firefox 2 and 3 users up to 180 million users in more than 230 countries. Firefox is second in overall internet usage to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which holds its lead of up to 70% of browser market share according to Net Applications.

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Android Comes to Life: Mobile OS Sneak Peek

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Webmonkey got an extended look at some of the newest features of the latest Google Android mobile phone software stack today.

Video of yesterday’s keynote and high-res screenshots follow plenty of buzz surrounding the phone software. Fire marshalls even prohibited entry to some of the overflowing Android sessions held after the keynote.

Android is set for release in the second half of 2008. Specs for the device used in the demo (manufacturer is unkown):

* UMTS handset

* Qualcomm processor “running at 381,” according to Rubin

* 128 MB RAM

* 256 flash memory

* OpenGL hardware acceleration was turned on for the demo, but it’s not required to use the animation-rich UI

Video of the Keynote, given by Google vice president Vic Gondotra, is available on YouTube. The Android walkthrough by Google engineering director Steve Horowitz starts at 21:07.

Google promises YouTube videos of Google I/O Android sessions after the conference ends today. Until then, you can find shaky handheld videos taken by conference attendees on YouTube.

The screenshots below give sneak peeks of the version shown during the keynote yesterday.

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A pic of Android’s homescreen

Android Browser

Android’s browser works on the Webkit rendering engine — the same engine as Safari. Double tap the screen and the browser will magnify a portion of the screen.

Android Street View

Horowitz demonstrated the ability to automatically change direction based on the position of the device

Android Alarm Clock

Cute Android logos mark the time

Android Maps

Google Maps as seen through the system

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Dude, Where’s My Add-On? Check The Firefox 3 Compatibility Chart

If you’re eager to jump on the Firefox 3 bandwagon, but are waiting for support for your favorite add-on, head over to Mozilla product manager Alex Polvi’s threedom list and scan for the compatibility status of your favorite extension for the browser.

The chart lists the browser’s add-ons, sorted by popularity and color-coded to address their readiness for Firefox 3. The good news is that the chart tells us 48.06% of the top 95% of browser add-ons are already claiming Firefox 3.0+ compatibility. Fully compatible add-ons include the Java scripting tool Java Console, Adblock Plus and Flashblock.

The web scripting tool Greasemonkey and the Web Developer extensions aren’t quite as ready, claiming compatibility with early Firefox 3 beta versions only. Web development tool Firebug‘s status bar is purple, which means there is a version available that supports Firefox 3, although it takes a bit of digging to find.

The top distinguishing attraction of the Firefox web browser is its extensible framework which allows users to add popular third-party applications, or add-ons, by download. Mozilla’s Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1, released last week, gives third-party developers a stable version of Firefox which allows them to test their add-ons against the browser before final release. While developers toil to get up to speed with Firefox’s new features, those of us who are already “testing ” the new version get to watch the metaphorical pot boil.

Lifehacker has already noted that Firefox 3 packs several features which threaten to make add-ons like offline browsing tool Google Gears and downloading agent DownThemAll obsolete.

You can browse all Firefox extensions at Mozilla’s Firefox Add-Ons site. And if you haven’t already, you can download the latest Firefox Release Candidate and give it a whirl.