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.
If you are still delaying the (likely inevitable) Windows 10 upgrade until it becomes slightly more stable, then here is something that might make you feel better: web browser performance benchmarks on the three most popular operating systems (at least in the US): Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.
Guys at TechSpot did a review and to sum up the non browser parts, Windows 10 performed slightly better when it came to gaming, booted slower and overall offered no significant advantages (or disadvantages) compared to its predecessors.
Grab it now.
As web browsers become increasingly complex with more features added (as well as APIs) every month or so, creative people find new ways to exploit them.
The latest example comes from the built in PDF viewer in Firefox, which was hacked, allowing attackers to browse through your local files and upload them to the remote servers if needed. In addition to that, once the script was executed, it removed itself from the system, making it harder to detect by the consumers.
Remember the time when Opera was full of ads and you had to pay money to remove them? Apparently, the folks behind Surfy web browser were still relying on the paid browser module, which reminds us of the 90s.
Well, things are about to become normal again as Surfy us finally free as opposed to the previous price of $1.99.
In startup speed.
Today, Norwegian browser maker has released the final version of Opera 31, which (among other things) brings a pretty neat, 70% start up boost compared to the previous versions, with most gains being on the computes with slower hard drivers so those rocking SSDs should not see that much of a difference, although everything opens pretty much instantly anyway so…
As far as other features go, Discover feature has been redesigned and now includes a much better layout. On a side note, we would love to see the statistics on how many % of Opera users actually use this feature.
Coming sometime in the future.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp has released a web version of its popular messaging client, which enabled Google Chrome users to chat on the web, with Firefox, Opera and Safari users joining the party slightly later. Unfortunately for Internet Explorer or Edge users, their browsers were never compatible.
Well, things are about to change as Microsoft Program Managers have confirmed that the companies are talking (and likely) working on a solution, which will finally enable Edge users (and there are not too many of them yet) to enjoy WhatsApp online web platform.
Now here is an interesting piece of drama before the weekend begins. As you might know, Microsoft has started pushing Windows 10 to all the user’s around the globe. However, it looks like Mozilla is not particularly happy with the way software giant is handling updates.
In an open letter, Mozilla’s CEO, Chris Beard said that “the Windows 10 upgrade experience strips users of their choice by effectively overriding existing user preferences for the Web browser and other apps” and that they have tried to work things out but it did not result in any meaningful progress. And this is why they have decided to go public. In addition to that, he claims that it is now much harder for people to use the third party apps and change the default.
On a slow news day.
Today, one of the most popular web browsers for Windows Phone has received a minor update, bumping the version number to 5.18.3.
The latest build brings bug fixes for the HTML5 games that were not installing properly.
As far as Surfy features go, it includes passcode protection, desktop like tabs, data savings, voice search, YouTube downloader, searchable history and more.
Just like a lot of you, we have received a Windows 10 update notification on our machines today, and as a result, I took an opportunity to provide you with ten screenshots of the final version of Microsoft Edge.
Below you will find the awesome dark theme, site annotations, download manager (which lacks “Save target as”), customizable start page (with or without rss feeds) and more.
There is even a setting to stop using Adobe Flash.
August 11th is the date.
While Microsoft has user voice page, it looks like Mozilla is trying different approach with a new program called “Idea Town”, which will allow Firefox users to test new browser features and give feedback.
As stated in the GitHub page, “Idea Town is an opt-in platform for Firefox that facilitates controlled tests of new, high-visibility products in the general release channel. Idea Town will allow us to make informed and user-tested product decisions quickly and without compromising user privacy or experience.”