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’s a pretty unexpected move.
Recently, Opera Software and Microsoft have announced a new partnership where Opera will become the default web browser on the software giant’s latest Android phone family: Nokia X.
“Our companies have enjoyed a long history together, and this represents a huge step forward for both of the companies,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “We have worked closely with the Microsoft Devices Group on this project, to make sure the users of Nokia X affordable smartphones can have the best web browsing experience right out of the box.”
The deal is expected to close in Q3 2014.
Today, Opera Software has announced the acquisition of AdColony, the mobile video advertising platform for a total of $75 million and potential earn out payments of up to $275 million so the total transaction value might be as high as $350 million over the next 2 years.
The deal is set to strengthen Opera’s mobile advertising business with a combined audience reach of 700 million consumers.
Dubbed as “Rethink IE program”.
It appears like Microsoft’s marketing efforts got bit too extreme. Thanks to the recently published email by Uncrunched that they have received, we have learned that the software giant’s hired agency is contacting the media, asking them to write about the Internet Explorer.
How is this a bad thing? Well, it’s not about just writing about the IE since journalists are offered “compensations” or even prizes to do so aka “sponsored posts”.
Chasing another market.
Back in January, Mozilla has announced a partnership with Panasonic to bring Firefox OS into the living room. Now, according to the recent report by Gigaom, the open source organization is developing a streaming stick to compete with Google’s Chromecast, and yes it runs Firefox OS.
It’s all about the comment section.
If you thought that Mozilla only does PC software then you are wrong, thanks to the recent funding by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for journalism, the open source organization along with New York Times and Washington Post have received a $3.89 million grant to create a new online community platform, which would be later offered at no charge to others.
Now with Pepper Flash.
Good news, a new Developer Preview release has just hit the channel and is now available for you to download.
One of the most important changes in this build is the inclusion of the Pepper Flash, a much more stable version of Flash where each plugin is sandboxed. For it to work though you will have to download the new Adobe Flash Beta.
Here comes a pretty nice update for all your Opera users out there.
With today’s release, Norwegian browser maker has included a couple of new features, such as:
- Improved Tab Management: You can now close tabs by simply swiping them up or restore them by pressing the menu button in the tab UI.
- Better File Download: Finally, users will be able to resume paused or failed downloads.
- Discovery Mode Tweaks: Now you can use swipe right and move to the next article.
Now here’s something unexpected.
Today, Microsoft has announced the availability of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, which aims to bring even more transparency and reveal developer features that were just finished or are about to be.
With today’s IE Dev release (for Windows 7 and 8.1), the software giant demonstrated the support for GamePad API, allowing you to control web games (assuming they have implemented this feature) with the Xbox controller.
Something special for the 2014 World Cup fans.
If you can’t live without the all the juicy details about currently ongoing World Cup then the latest UC Browser updated is something you’ll be grateful for.
So how exactly does the new 3.6 version do that? According to the changelog, Speed Dial will now give users access to the latest scores, stats, photos, videos and more from the World Cup. In addition to that, you can now save files directly to your SD card, which is a nice bonus for those that are not into football.