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.
Opera’s Q3 2014 financial results are in.
If you are wondering how exactly is Opera Desktop doing after ditching the old rendering engine and having some time to “make the things right” then we have some pretty bleak news.
According to the latest report, the monthly desktop users figure has shown absolutely no growth in the last 5 quarters, in addition to that, the revenue has been declining quarter over quarter (while 3Q13 vs. 3Q14 show identical income).
15 years since the last update.
A very long time ago (December 24th, 1999), the World Wide Web Consortium has published the finalized specs of HTML 4.01 (HTML 4 has been standardised in 1997). Now, 15 years later, the very same organization has finally W3C Recommendation for HTML5, which means it’s a final version.
And other features.
If more social features is what you’ve been waiting for then smile because this is exactly what you will get with the latest Opera 26 Beta build. Thanks to a new share icon, you can now share your awesome sites with all kinds of people, even if they don’t use Opera.
However, that’s not the only new thing. There is also a way to import bookmarks and settings from other web browsers (Opera 12.x included, although for some reason it did not work and gave an error). Also, a built in print preview and better OS X Yosemite integration!
But is it worth the investment?
In the effort to expand its Firefox OS platform, it looks like Mozilla is looking to ports the very same software to Raspberry PI, a small single board computer that can be bought for as low as $25.
According to the open source organization, there will also be a 2015 FX OS Challenge where developers will be able show what have they been working on, more details to follow. As far as the development phases go, no specific timelines and all we have is a 2015 date.
If you’ve just bought the recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ then today is your lucky day as Norwegian browser maker has just released a new Opera Coast update, which now supports both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. Also, iOS 8 users will now be able to check the latest news in the notification center if you decide to use the Opera Coast widget.
What about other Apple device users and/or improvements?
The web app icons have been redesigned to give you a more beautiful look and feel. In addition to that, you can now open Opera Coast links from another web browser and even share pages to other apps.
USB is the only requirement.
If you are one of those individuals that are really sensitive about their data then here is a pretty awesome solution from Google.
Starting with Google Chrome 38, users will be able to identify themselves with a FIDO U2F Security Key (available for $5.99 or $17.99, whichever you prefer (products taken from Google’s help page)), and it works on all the platforms: Windows, Mac OS, Linux and ChromeOS, no drivers required.
Now here’s something pretty great that could warm you up on a cold night. Well, not really but opening a New Tab page on Google Chrome will certainly be a much more interesting routine.
Thanks to the “Earth View from Google Maps” extension, you will see some pretty spectacular views every time a New Tab page is opened.
Here are some of the examples:
With a new Firefox Hello WebRTC client.
Here comes a new Firefox Beta build from Mozilla and this time it’s coming with a new Firefox Hello real time communication client, which will now allow you to call your friends or your colleagues even if they don’t have the same video chat service. In addition to that, there is no need to create an account, just hit the chat bubble button and you are done.
In addition to that, there are a bunch of HTML5 and developer improvements but as far as really important changes go, see the following list:
Surfy 5.3 and Opera Mini 0.9.0.6.
Today is a good day for those wanting to update their mobile web browser as recently not one but two companies have released new versions with some changes.
First in the list is Opera Mini, which (unfortunately) did not provide with any changelog.
Surfy on the other hand now includes Cortana (voice search) for Simplified Chinese, It also works with custom search engines so you can say something along the lines of “Surfy, search for YouTube kangaroo videos” and it will perform a YouTube video search.
Including all EU states.
Remember Opera Max, the data compression product for Android that was introduced back in early 2014 and the one that was never heard of again?
Well, good news! The guys at Opera Software have decided to roll out Opera Max to even more countries and is now available in the following: