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.
Yesterday, Opera Software have announced its plans to show a new version of Opera Mini in the MWC 2015 conference for both Windows Phone and Android.
Well, while we wait for the official press renders and other gooes, guys at WMPU have managed to get their hands on a new Opera Mini build for Windows Phone, that is (finally) not frustrating to use.
According to Opera, it was redesigned from the ground up to alligh with Microsot‘s Metro UI, in addition to that, it is said to be fast and fluid, unlike the Beta version of Opera Mini, which is just awful.
If you’ve been using Opera Mini on Windows Mobile and now have downloaded the “latest” build on Windows Phone, then there shouldn’t be UI learning experience as it’s exactly the same as it has been five years ago.
Well, things could take a turn for the better as Opera will unveil two new builds for both Android and Windows Phone that are set to look more native to the OS itself.
In a newly published post, the IE Team has revealed the steps they took to modernize its rendering engine (aka split it from the original Trident).
That‘s why Spartan is said to be more compatible than IE has ever been, especially due to a new web approach. Instead of analyzing the top 9000 sites that are responsible for around 88% of all web traffic (like Microsoft did in the past), they actually got to the root cause of compatibility issues and looked for patterns of trillions of urls instead.
Recently, Microsoft has announced a couple new things, first of all, their Pointer Events model has now been accepted by W3C and became a recommended standard, which means that other browser vendors should be implementing it in the near future, hopefully.
In addition to that, there have been changes in the new rendering engine that is set to power Spartan. Due to the double tap issue (where a browser must pause for 300ms to see if there will be another one (assuming users want to zoom)), there comes a delay. While there are many workarounds (even for IE10), they are not ideal.
Shows that it was not abandoned.
If for some reason you are considering a pretty expensive Chromebook Pixel then hold your horses, at least for now. Why? Well, as you might have guessed from the title, during Google’s Teamwork 2015 event, Renne Niemi who is a director of Android & Chrome has confirmed that the search giant is indeed committed to the hardware and a new Chromebook Pixel will be revealed really soon.
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Apple tops the OS chart.
In the recently published study by GFI, which took a database of vulnerabilities that were published in 2014 and created a chart that makes sense, it looks like Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer still has a long way to go until it‘s no longer the most vulnerable web browser out there.
As you can see in the chart below, the top application by vulnerabilities reported in 2014 was indeed Internet Explorer (242), followed by Google Chrome (124) and Firefox (117).
Back in 2012, Mozilla has announced a new and open source project called “Shumway”, which had a goal to replace Adobe’s Flash player with a web native runtime implementation of the SWF file format. Basically, it’s a HTML5 based tech that does not require native code to render SWF files.
Now, it looks like the project has passed a significant milestone as the latest nightly builds of Firefox for Windows and Mac include Shumway by default.
If you have bought a Lenovo laptop this or last year and haven’t heard yet, one of the most successful PC makers has been caught installing adware on a number of machines with reports starting from mid-2014.
Basically, a software called Superfish is injecting third party ads on Google searches. Not only that, it also injects its own certificate, allowing to snoop on secure connections and decrypt them. Just take a look at this screenshot:
Shows that they do listen to the community.
And boy did we have to wait.
Back in 1999, the IETF and W3C have finalized the HTTP/1.1 protocol and now, 16 years later, it looks like the IETF HTTP Working Group has finally announced the work on HTTP/2 is now complete and it’s on the way to be published as a standard.
Why is HTTP/2 such a big deal? Well, as you might expect from 16 years of progress, it does bring faster page load times, longer lived connections, ability to deliver tons of requests at the same time thanks to the multiplexing feature, which means that the rest of the page load won’t be blocked by some of the heavier items.