Weekly browser newsAt Brand Thunder, we love the world of browsers, which is why we love every bit of news we see about the latest developments in the browser world.

And with so much competition between the Big Three (Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer) – though Apple’s Safari browser is making major improvements of its own – users are always being treated to a bevy of updates and new features.

That means browser news is always flowing. These huge companies are investing plenty of time and money into making their browsers the prime choice, so keeping up on what’s going on is certainly worth your while.

With that in mind, here is the latest browser news for Chrome, Firefox, IE and Safari:

Google Chrome News

– Music lovers – at least those who use iTunes – will like one of the latest developments in Chrome. Users know that Chrome is already able to access local media files – including video, music and images – but the mediaGalleries API will soon add one’s iTunes to that list as well.

Browser-based access to an iTunes library is pretty cool, but it could also spur some new extensions that allow for a standalone music player.

– Procrastinators will love/hate this news: Google is adding another experimental Chrome game called Cube Slam, which will take advantage of WebRTC technology.

– Chrome for iOS is getting an upgrade: iPhone and iPad users will now have improved voice search and voice recognition.

Firefox News

If you are feeling particularly unsettled over the revelations regarding the NSA’s online monitoring, then you’ll be happy to know that Mozilla, Firefox’s parent company, has joined more than 80 other organizations in demanding that the government reveal more information regarding its tracking programs.

– In case you are someone who is on the fence about which browser to commit to, here are seven reasons to switch to Firefox, from ReadWrite.

Internet Explorer News

Take it for what you will, but a Microsoft-funded study has determined that Internet Explorer (surprise!) consumes the least amount of electricity when running on both desktop and notebook computers.

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems conducted the study, installing Chrome, Firefox and IE on six new notebooks and four desktops running Windows 8.

Here is how the center made its conclusion:

“We then measured the average power draw over one-second intervals for a six-minute period with each of the individual browsers open, for each of the ten most-visited websites in the U.S. In addition, we also measured power draw for both the Flash and HTML5 versions of an online video, as well as the Fishbowl HTML5 benchmark.”

If you are having trouble believing this study, you aren’t alone. The Inquirer would like to dispute that claim as well.

Safari News

– In the attempt to keep pace with the Big Three, Apple unveiled a slew of new Safari features at its WWDC event this week. Those new features include:

  • Social browsing via shared links (sharing links with people you follow on Twitter)
  • A new top sites homepage interface
  • A sidebar with a reading list
  • “App Naps,” which results in lower-power consumption when Safari is not in the foreground
  • iCloud Keychain, a secure feature for everything from website logins and credit card numbers to Wi-Fi network passwords and other account information

– Safari for iOS 7 is also undergoing a number of changes, including a default full-screen view, a new tab view (with fewer restrictions on the tabs themselves), a smart search box, iCloud Keychain and more.

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