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.
Surfy 5.3 and Opera Mini 0.9.0.6.
Today is a good day for those wanting to update their mobile web browser as recently not one but two companies have released new versions with some changes.
First in the list is Opera Mini, which (unfortunately) did not provide with any changelog.
Surfy on the other hand now includes Cortana (voice search) for Simplified Chinese, It also works with custom search engines so you can say something along the lines of “Surfy, search for YouTube kangaroo videos” and it will perform a YouTube video search.
Including all EU states.
Remember Opera Max, the data compression product for Android that was introduced back in early 2014 and the one that was never heard of again?
Well, good news! The guys at Opera Software have decided to roll out Opera Max to even more countries and is now available in the following:
Back in April, everyone was talking about “that Heartbleed thing”, now, it looks like the search giant has found a new exploit in the now 18 year’s old SSL 3.0 protocol, which is still supported in a lot of web browser and can also be used as a fallback in case newer protocols fail to connect.
How to fix it? Well, the server administrators could disable SSL 3.0 completely but that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. As far as other solutions go, Google says that it can’t be fixed and there are no reasonable workarounds.
On a slightly positive note, it was discovered (and not fully revealed) by Google so no one knows how widespread it exactly is. So here you have it folks, an exploit that can’t be fixed.
Humble Mozilla Bundle
Who knew that one day you will see Mozilla sponsoring the Humble Bundle campaign. If you are not aware about such concept, basically, a player decides how much he or she wants to pay for the games (you can even buy a bundle for $1 or so), then pays and plays them.
Now with improved New Tab page.
If you are rocking the latest build of Windows 8.1 then behold as there is a new feature that was just added: a Bing search bar in the new tab page, just above the pinned sites.
The bad news? In case you installed Windows 10 Developer Preview, you won’t get the update, at least for now.
Now here’s something pretty neat: the very first beta version of Google Chrome 39 that comes in both x86 and x86-64 flavors (for Mac users), which means that the search giant continues to invest into the “newer” technologies.
Although not as exciting, there are also a bunch of new app and extension APIs as well as (now expected) stability and performance improvements.
September, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
It’s that time of the month again when we take a look at the desktop market share numbers for the month of September.
Kicking things off with Internet Explorer, we’ve seen a small (0.09 point) decrease, from 58.46% to 58.37%
September, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Android Browser – Up; Safari, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
Another month, another report.
As always, we start with Apple’s Safari, which (after a small bump) continues its downtrend, this time its market share has decreased by 0.44 point, from 45.07% to 44.63%.
Good news for all your Chrome users out there, the search giant has just published build 38.0.2125.101 to the stable channel.
While there are no significant new features among a bunch of new extension APIs and performance / stability improvements, it marks for a pretty important release due to a lot of security related fixes (w whopping 159). In fact, Google has paid a total of $23,000 in bounties, which is a lot!