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.

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RIM Buys Torch Mobile, Package Includes Iris Browser

By | August 24, 2009 | 1 Comment

Last week RIM has announced upcoming full Flash and Silverlight support for BlackBerry devices. To speed everything up, they have acquired a company specializing in WebKit based solutions: Torch Mobile.

One of the company’s key products is WebKit based, mobile web browser called “Iris Browser” (free), which supports touch screen control, widget rendering engine, advanced HTML, CSS support and more.

The Iris Browser is currently available for Windows Mobile and QTopia platforms.

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Cats and Firefox Support

By | August 24, 2009 | 1 Comment

Cats ButterWhat do cats and Firefox support (support.mozilla.com) have in common? Apparently, feedback suggests that almost 50% of users arrived to support page by a mistake. Who are those to blame? Cats, of course!

Here are some comments written by people, who’ve accidentally visited support page (as from blog.mozilla.com)

“actually the cat walked on the keyboard”

“bent over to pick something up and accidentally leaned on the f1 key”

“Cat jumped onto laptop”

“CHILD GOT A HOLD OF THE KEYBOARD AND STARTED PUSHING BUTTONS.”

“finger too big. finger hit f1 by mistake. stupid bigfinger.” Continue Reading

Weekly Browsers Recap, August 24th

By | August 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, August 24th

Thanks to Chrome, Nox and Opera for links.

Google Chrome 64 bit (x64)

By | August 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

Good news for Linux users. After quite a few changes, 64 bit version of Google Chrome (Chromium) 4 has been released for Ubuntu operating system.

You may download the latest build here and use the following instructions to compile it.

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Yahoo! Recommends Internet Explorer 8

By | August 21, 2009 | 4 Comments

Yahoo Interent Explorer 8

Back in August 2008, Yahoo recommended users to get Firefox 3 web browser. However, things do change as TechCrunch reports that Yahoo started to promote Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8.

As it ways said: “Apparently, Yahoo recommends browsers based on what their latest business alliances are”.

RIM Plans Full Flash and Silverlight Support

By | August 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

RIM Plans Full Flash and Silverlight SupportAccording to Boy Genius, RIM is planning to integrate full Flash and Silverlight support into their BlackBerry web browser.

Although there is no official ETA, you should not expect it up until next summer.

OS X: WebKit Outeperforms Chromium in JavaScript Benchmark

By | August 19, 2009 | 4 Comments

Ars Technica reports that the latest build of WebKit has outperformed Chromium by more than 15% in SunSpider benchmark.

They have also tested Safari 4.0.3, Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1, Firefox 3.5.2, Camino 2.0 Beta 3 and Opera 10 Beta 3 web browsers.

OS X: WebKit Outeperforms Chromium in JavaScript Benchmark
Lower is better

Mozilla Execs Want Changes to Microsoft’s ‘Ballot Screen’ Proposal

By | August 18, 2009 | 19 Comments

Computer World writes:

Mozilla executives today began a concerted campaign to prod European Union (EU) antitrust regulators to demand more from Microsoft than the browser “ballot screen” Windows will offer users later this year.

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NSS Security Test: More Details Emerge

By | August 18, 2009 | 11 Comments

NSS Security Test: More Details EmergeHere are some more details from Ars Tecnica, which should clarify Microsoft and NSS Labs “sponsorship” deal.

In terms of sponsorship of the reports, “this stuff is expensive to do right, and we need to monetize it somehow,” Moy told Ars. “We invited Google, Mozilla, Apple, Opera to participate, but they didn’t even bother to respond, except for Opera, which stated they “don’t really focus on malware.”

Also, readers have noticed that Firefox 3.5 was not included in those tests, here is a reason (as from .pdf).

We would have liked to have been able to test Firefox 3.5 which was released on June 30, 2009, and attempted to test it alongside the other browsers. However, serious instability where the browser repeatedly crashed (a widely reported issue) along with poor results prevented its inclusion for the sake of fairness.

For NSS Security Test results, see the following page.

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Maxthon Tests Tear-off Feature

By | August 18, 2009 | 5 Comments

Guys who develop Maxthon web browser are working on a new feature which would allow users to detach videos from the rest of the page.

Maxthon Video Tear-off

What does that mean? Continue Reading