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 one of the very few people who lives in India and are eyeing Mozilla’s Firefox OS phone then good news, as the open source organization in collaboration with Intex (India’s phone maker) has launched the Cloud FX, an alternative to the “dumb” phone.
The Cloud FX has a 3.5 inch, 320 x 480 resolution screen, 2 mpx camera and a 1 GHz processor, in addition to that, it supports two SIM cards, a feature that Indian market demands.
App becomes “Mini Web Browser”
If you’re wondering how tight Microsoft quality / fake apps control in the market place is then look no further than at the fake Opera Mini app, which was available for anyone to download for around 6 months.
Becomes even more awesome.
With the Windows 8.1 August update (which was supposed to be a much bigger deal and bring the new (aka old school) start menu, the software giant has also included the new F12 developer tools for Internet Explorer 11.
What’s new? Surprisingly, a lot, you can expect new icons and notifications, various console changes (with accurate autocomplete and more), improved in DOM explorer (now there’s a color picker, color wheel, eye dropper, etc.), debugger changes and so much more.
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.”