Author Archive: Vygantas
Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.
Aims to block even more malware.
Back in 2013, Google has announced a Safe Browsing filter, which improves user experience by automatically blocking malicious downloads. Now, the search giant has announced additional steps to combat deceptive software.
Starting next week, Google Chrome will also protect users from programs that are disguised as a helpful download, for example: the ones that change your home page or adjust other web browser settings.
If you’ve been wanting to move the Firefox user interface to the bottom of the window, then the following add-on is here to save you.
As the name implies (Bottom UI), it allows you to push all the control buttons to the bottom, or even auto hide if needed. There is also an option to enable custom window control buttons on a selected location in cases when the standard control buttons are not accessible.
Ultron is the name.
In case you’ve missed Microsoft’s IE team AMA (ask me anything) on reddit (with over 8000 comments), then here is at least one interesting fact from the page.
According to comments, the software giant is considered renaming Internet Explorer to Ultron but the lawyers said no. Then they added:
“It’s been suggested internally; I remember a particularly long email thread where numerous people were passionately debating it. Plenty of ideas get kicked around about how we can separate ourselves from negative perceptions that no longer reflect our product today.”
Yes, proper bookmarks indeed.
Now here’s something a lot of people have been waiting for: a new Opera release, which finally delivers “the old school” bookmark manager.
While the fact that guys at Opera have been working on BM was somewhat known, this is the first build where it’s enabled by default.
I know you’re pretty excited to test it out so enough chit chat, see the download links below.
Offers various alternatives.
During Chrome OS announcement, former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, just laughed at Google. Now, it looks like the software giant is getting more and more aggressive towards Chromebooks, with the latest tactic being a new section in its store.
What is it all about? Basically, it matches Chromebooks against Windows machines on the similar price level, such as Dell Inspiron 15 ($249), ASUS X551MAV ($249), Acer Aspire E 15 ES1 ($249).
For better or worse.
Despite the fact that IE8 is 5 years old, it is still used by more than 20% of all desktop users worldwide (as it still remains the most popular web browser in the world).
However, thanks to the recent changes to supported Windows configurations, the software giant will finally stop supporting Internet Explorer 8 with the change set to take place in early 2016, a long way to go indeed.
Good bye, ActiveX.
In an effort to improve the overall browser security and reduce user frustration, the software giant has announced that it will start blocking outdated ActiveX controls starting August 12, 2014.
According to Microsoft, “Java exploits represented 84.6% to 98.5% of exploit kit-related detections each month in 2013” and “to help avoid this situation with ActiveX controls, an update to Internet Explorer on August 12, 2014 will introduce a new security feature, called out-of-date ActiveX control blocking.”
It’s almost the middle of August so it’s time to dive into the desktop market share numbers and as always, we start with the Internet Explorer, which is no longer in an uptrend, now down by 0.37 point, from 58.38% to 58.01%.
Promises great battery life.
Today, Google and Acer have announced what they call “a new type” of Chromebook, which focuses on one thing only: battery life.
Thanks to the NVidia’s Tegra K1 processor, newly revealed Acer Chromebook 13 is said to have a battery life of up to 13 hours, a pretty decent number indeed.
Receives welcome improvements.
If for some reason Opera Mini is all you need then behold, a new update has arrived and here’s what you can expect:
- Text wrap and zoom options have been re-enabled and they can be accessed via Advanced Settings
- A Done button in the data menu, allowing for a faster navigation
- Improved various UI elements