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.
Just ahead of the Windows 10 launch, which is happening on July 29th, Microsoft has updated their Skype client on Outlook.com, which enables (for the first time) to take audio and video calls using Microsoft Edge web browser.
However, the good news does not end there. In addition to the audio and video call functionality, Edge users can now also mute Skype alerts and notifications on the Outlook.com web site. While these features are far from game changing, one has to wonder what exactly is Microsoft cooking or are close to finishing, considering that the original Windows 10 launch date was supposed to be October.
We are not exactly sure what is going on with either Microsoft or Opera but it looks like Opera Mini has disappeared again from the Windows Phone store, for a third time this year.
The good news? Opera Software is aware of the issue and are working with Microsoft to fix it.
Personally, we’d love to know exactly why this keeps happening.
Details are now published online.
Now here is something that does not exactly help the “buggy and old” IE public perception. Back in November and earlier this year in January, Microsoft was notified about the 4 security vulnerabilities that affect both Internet Explorer for desktop as well as smartphones and never bothered to fix them.
In fact, the software giant has now stated that they failed to do so because “there were no attacks reported”, hence they did not bother to do so, not to mention that Internet Explorer will also be replaced with Microsoft Edge later this year.
Coming in November.
Recently, Mozilla has ditched its low end phones approach and committed to new releases every 6 months. Now, the open source organization has revealer more details about the next major release: Firefox OS 2.5, promising for it to be the “most customizable, secure, locally relevant and empowering Firefox OS experience yet”.
As announced in the blog post, the upcoming build allow users to view and customize the source, making it super easy to add or remove any changes you want (see the video below).
In addition to that, Firefox OS will also support Firefox like extension mechanism, which will enable to add or remove user interface features or enhance phone capabilities.
With the upcoming Windows 10 release, Microsoft has started releasing waves of marketing videos that aim to familiarize people with the new operating system and get them to upgrade (for free).
One of such videos is all about the true Internet Explorer killer, Edge. What is it all about? New features and marketing fluff as some of these advertised things have excited for quite some now, such as the reading mode. As far as the video rundown goes, it also talks about the Cortana integration, which we are yet to see if it will be available to everyone worldwide. Anything else? Yes, but it has been known for ages: Reading lists, inking support and so on.
Will ship in September, 2015.
If you are a web developer, then Font Awesome or other symbol fonts should sound familiar to you, especially of some of your visitors have complained about the troubled icons. As for everyone else, here is a neat new feature that should ensure better compatibility and web site rendering.
Have you ever seen small rectangles instead of icons? If so, then you are one the affected people and starting with Firefox 41, the issue should be fixed once and for all as updated browser will downloading web page fonts despite the setting.
Mozilla must be kicking themselves in the foot.
Back in May, Chris Beard, the CEO of Mozilla, has announced plans to drop the $25 version of Firefox OS and overhaul the overall plans for the mobile operating system.
Shortly afterwards, a couple of execs have left the company, including the president, Li Gong, who have since formed a new startup codenamed “Gone Fishing”, to create a new mobile solution, which is partially based on the Firefox OS itself. Since then, more than 40 former Mozilla employees have also joined the company as well as people from other sources.
Now, it looks like the very same startup (Acadine Techologies), has received a $100 million investment from China’s Tsinghua Unigroup, with a goal to create a better mobile operating system called H5OS, which is set to target tablets, smartphones and wearable devices.
If the previous Vivaldi release was still to raw for you then here comes the fourth technical preview, which promises to bring a boatload of bug fixes as well as new features.
Among new features there are also new ways to customize it, with developers claiming that you can have more than 155 million unique user interface combinations, including: start page customizations, UI zoom, more Speed Dial options, Light as well as Dark user interface and a new mode with no UI at all (Ctrl+F11).
In addition to that, there is a new settings menu, gestures with a touchpad (using alt key), tab switching with mouse wheel, welcome performance improvements, better bookmark management, and much more.
With the announcement of Windows 10 RTM, the software giant has also revealed more details about some of the OS specifics and their software.
One of such mentions was about Microsoft Edge, which has also been promoted to the stable build. If you were reading FavBrowser for quite some time, then you should remember that we also published early Edge benchmarks where it dominated everyone (including Google Chrome) on their own benchmarks.
In case you are wondering if these claims are still valid then good news, as Microsoft has now shared that Edge is still #1 on WebKit’s Sunspider, Google’s Octane and Apple’s JetStream benchmarks. By how much exactly?
June, 2015 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome – Up, Android Browser, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
Just like every month, it’s time to reveal the mobile market share data for June from the NetApplications.
After quite a few months of drops, Safari is ready to fight back and is up by 1.99 point, from 39.67% to 41.66%.