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.
New Zealand is first on the list.
After refusing to create Firefox for iOS in the first place and them giving in to the pressure, Mozilla has finally announced the limited availability of Firefox for Apple’s devices.
Interestingly enough, the first preview is only available for the consumers in New Zealand with more countries said to be added later this year. We are not entirely sure why did Mozilla choose NZ (although we can guess), but the open source organization said that now their goal is to simply collect feedback and use it to shape up the overall development of Firefox for iOS.
When browsing Gmail.
Remember when days when pretty much every browser maker reported the improvements they have made to the performance on monthly basis? Then everyone got quiet and worked mostly on new features and such.
Well, today you can relive the glory days as Google has just announced the awesome optimizations they made for Google Chrome 45. By aggressively cleaning the unused memory, web sites now consume around 10% less memory and when it comes to heavy applications (like Gmail), the difference is even more noticeable.
Will join other web browsers.
Now here is something that will make at least few people happy. If you have been following the user voice page for Microsoft Edge, then a request (wuth over 3,000 votes) for native WebM support has likely crossed your field of vision at least once.
Submitted almost a year ago, it has been left unnoticed by Microsoft up until now as just yesterday the software giant has announced that they have finally started working on the native WebM implementation.
Still not visible on the chart.
With more than 75 million of PCs running Windows 10, it looks like Microsoft Edge has finally received enough users to surpass at least one of the top 5 web browsers.
Will work for other, Chromium based web browsers too.
If you are running the latest preview build of the Windows 10 then I am pretty certain that Vivaldi x84-64 is not working for you and you have no idea why. It’s just sitting there, in the task manager and does nothing. You might have already tried reinstalling browser, deleting sessions or even the entire profile but will not help.
The reason? Windows 10 recently changed the way it handles memory and it broke the unauthorized Google hack that saved the search giant a whooping $9,995 (that’s how much it costs to get the tools for the 64 bit systems from Microsoft).
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.