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.
Now here is an interesting piece of news for all the tech (aka Flash hating) enthusiasts out there.
Unless you have been disconnected from the Internet for the last week or so, then the Hacking Team / Adobe Flash exploit leaks should be pretty known to you. Now, according to various reports, people are starting to see Flash disabled by default with the following pop-up displayed at the top of the page:
Firefox has prevent the unsafe plugin “Adobe Flash” from running on www.domain.com.
While press screams doom and gloom for Firefox, here’s a real explanation.
Not so long time ago developers behind Palemoon, a web browser based on Firefox’s Gecko rendering engine, have announced that they will be switching away from Mozilla’s to their own rendering engine called Goanna.
Now, before you start thinking about the PR disaster for Mozilla, it does not take rocket science to figure out that nothing actually changes. How so? Here’s a story in 60 seconds or less:
Shows no substantial changes yet, as expected.
As we all await for the promised Firefox build for Windows 10, Mozilla has published their very first concept on what could the first release look like.
If you were expecting any major changes then be prepared for a disappointment as it’s pretty similar to the native Windows 8 skin, at least for now.
Could you have guessed which one is which?
And everyone was vulnerable.
It seems like Flash has more security holes than the Swiss cheese and thanks to a recent leak, every single one of computers running it were vulnerable to a new attack.
The news come after the breach of the “Hacking Team”, an Italian spyware manufacturer, which have had clients (mostly governments) from all over the world. As it turns out, in more than 400 gigabytes of published data, there was a yet unknown Flash vulnerability, which too got revealed and allowed anyone (with some tech knowledge) to exploit computers running Adobe Flash 126.96.36.199 or earlier.
Promises to ship fixes to users in minutes.
With Microsoft finishing Windows 10 later this week and releasing it globally at the end of this month, it looks like Mozilla is too working hard on a Windows 10 specific version of Firefox, which (according to them) is coming out soon.
What is more interesting however is the fact that the company has decided to abandon its “18-week development” plan and instead, focus on shortening the time it takes for new Firefox features to reach the users. On a message board, Mozilla’s Dave Camp has stated that “today [code deployment] isn’t done on an 18-week cycle. We think there are big wins to be had in shortening the time that new features reaches users. Critical fixes should ship to users in minutes, not days.”
June, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Up, Internet Explorer – Down
It’s getting hot out there but the web browser news must go on, and today we look at the latest market share data from the NetApplications.
Includes other changes.
If you are using Opera to watch Netflix then here is something to brighten up your day. According to the recent blog post, Opera 32 will finally support Netflix properly, thanks to the Widevine plug-in, which should be automatically installed when you visit the Netflix website.
As far as other (and broader audience) changes go, previous Opera developer release has also introduced the bookmarks tree view, allowing you to easily organize and manage bookmarks in any way you like.
One more time.
After pretty much abandoning the Silverlight development, then not supporting it on mobile or Metro version of Internet Explorer, it looks like the software giant has finally put the last nail into the Flash alternative’s coffin. One has to wonder if there is any empty space left for it anyway.
What do we mean by that? As it turns out, Microsoft Edge will not support Silverlight, as simple as that. The news come from the Microsoft itself, who stated that this is due to a removal of ActiveX.
Release date: September 22, 2015.
If you have installed and enabled the Adblock Plus extension on Firefox, then we have some great news: the upcoming Firefox 41 release will use less memory than ever before.
As it turns out, just by enabling Adblock Plus, users see an additional 60-70 MB increase to the memory usage. In addition to that, it adds an additional 4 megabytes per iframe, which means that in very rare cases (such as loading Techruch and rolling over all their social buttons for every story), Firefox memory usage becomes pretty insane:
Firefox (default): 194 MB
Firefox with AdBlock Plus: 417 MB
And it’s called “Gello”.
CyanogenMod, the team that has brought you the popular Android ROM, which has since been used not only by the enthusiasts but also OEMs, has posted a teaser video on their Google+ page, indicating that there are working on their own web browser.
If you don’t feel like watching a video (which can’t be embed), here is what was teased: flexible downloader manager, granular privacy controls as well as offline reading mode.