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.
Here comes another win for the consumers and overall healthier world wide web.
Starting from September 1, 2015, Google Chrome will start pausing all Flash ads by default, which means that advertisers will finally be forced to switch to HTML5 or other technologies. The good news for Google’s customers however is that Adwords ads are already automatically converted to the HTML5 by the default, so there is not much you need to do at this point.
Not only will this move help consumers with the overall web experience (less exploits, for example) but could also improve the overall battery life for those that browse sites full of such ads.
Different hardware shows different results.
Now here is a pretty interesting test that was done by the guys at CNET, benchmarking the latest stable versions of Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
What is interesting however is the fact that they tested them on two different laptops: Dell XPS 13, which costs $1,299 and includes the latest Intel Core i5 CPU as well as the entry level Surface 3 for $499 with Intel Atom processor.
At least for some of its users.
Back in the day, people would complain and complain about background audio and browsers inability to identify the tab that is responsible for this very headache. Deemed as hard or impossible to fix at first by pretty much every company, it was later solved by Google and then other vendors.
Now, the very same team is aiming to fix a yet another but slightly less annoying inconvenience: media auto playing the background tabs.
If you were to open a YouTube video in the background tab in both latest dev and stable builds, the dev one will not play the media until tab comes into focus. Interestingly enough, the resources will still be pre-loaded.
Instead of focusing on making browser better, Chris switches to the politics.
Recently, a series of anonymous comments were posted on reddit that caught attention of the Mozilla CEO itself, Chris Beard.
Posted by the user aioyama, it made some pretty what people consider “disrespectful” statements, including Mozilla’s former employees:
“Frankly everyone was glad to see the back of Christie Koehler. She was batshit insane and permanently offended at everything. When she and the rest of her blue-haired nose-pierced asshole feminists are gone, the tech industry will breathe a sigh of relief.”
As well as
But prepare to wait.
In an effort to catch up with its competitors, Mozilla has announced plans to adopt a new extension API, called WebExtensions, which basically means that add-ons created for Google Chrome or Opera web browsers will be compatible with the upcoming Firefox 42 release, with minimal changes required before submitting to the store.
In addition to that, Mozilla will also disable unsigned and unreviewed extensions from running inside the web browser.
Lastly, Electrolysis, a multi process Firefox, which is long overdue is still planned and should be enabled by default in Firefox 43, which is still miles away.
As I’ve been using Vivaldi browser more and more, there have been some things that annoyed me and for which I though there was never a setting (with the exception of sidebar).
In any case, today I’d like to share with you 4 tips that (at least in my eyes) make browsing experience much better.
Transforming it from this
July, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Safari, Opera – Up, Internet Explorer, Firefox – Down
With Microsoft releasing Windows 10, it will be interesting to see when will Microsoft Edge overtake Opera, Safari and other web browsers. However, before that happens, it’s time to do (probably) the last market share report where Edge still belongs to the “Other” category.
First (as always) is Internet Explorer, which is down from 54% to 53.47% (0.53 point decrease).
July, 2015 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up, Android Browser, Opera Mini – Down
As we are close to the end of the summer, it’s time to find out whether there have been any significant changes in the browser market share trends for the month of July.
Kicking things of with Safari, Apple’s browser is up again and is now close to the March, 2015 levels, from 41.66% to 42.44% (0.78 point increase).
Which changes your default search provider from Bing and adds native Windows 10skin support.
Good news for everyone rocking Firefox and Windows 10 as the latest final release (v40) brings a full support for the latest operating system from Microsoft.
What does that mean? Bigger and bolder design elements and overall streamlined feel that matches the overall look and style of Windows 10. In addition to that, Firefox 40 will reset your Windows 10 taskbar’s search bar from Bing to the search engine of your choice.
It’s slow, buggy and unusable.
For the last week or so, I’ve been using Microsoft Edge as my daily driver just to see how exactly does it compare against Vivaldi, Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera, and yes, I do have all browsers installed on my machine and use them every single day.
At first I was super excited but as the minutes went by, soon I realized that Edge is pretty much a Beta product with more holes than Swiss cheese.