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.
Meet a new kind of “web browser”.
Now here’s an interesting take on web browsers. If you own the iPad or iPhone feel free to check an interesting new app called Wildcard, which aims to replace your typical web page with fancy cards.
Think of it as an alternative RSS Reade, which deconstructs pages into a more streamlined user experience (see the screenshot below).
If you are kind of a gestures guy (or a girl) then behold as a new Surfy update will bring some joy to your life.
Starting with Surfy 5.5, you will now be able to swipe between tabs, as simple as that. In addition to that, there is a new context menu, which can be activated by long pressing on the top title section of the tab, allowing you to swipe the tab away without using the X button.
Forms a new privacy initiative called Polaris.
In an effort to protect its user’s privacy, Mozilla has announced a new strategic initiative with the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the Tor Project, which they hope will support and advise Polaris projects that should benefit everyone.
As a result, two new experiments have been announced as well (under Polaris belt), focusing on anti-censorship technology, cross site tracking protection and anonymity. In addition to that, Mozilla will also start hosting Tor middle relays, which will make the whole Tor network more responsive.
$240 in value.
It’s that time of the year again when companies push all kinds of crazy and convenient deals into the wild.
The latest one comes from Google, where the search giant is now offering a 1TB storage for two years with every Chromebook purchase, even if it costs as low as $199.
If the following deal got your attention, hurry up as it will only last till January 1st, 2015.
Meet its new sugar daddy.
After 10 years of partnership (and ~$300 million / year) it looks like Mozilla and Google have decided to part ways.
In a new deal announced yesterday, the open source organization has announced a 5 year search deal where Yahoo! will be the default search provider for Firefox (and yes, you can always switch it back to Google).
The restructuring continues.
If you still own a Nokia classic phone, such as: Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Asha or Nokia X, then here’s an announcement for you:
In the first half of 2015, Nokia Store will be replaced with Opera Mobile Store, which simply means that users will now be redirected to a new destination.
What if you are a developer? According to Opera Software, they will be working closely with Microsoft to developer a clear path on how developers can republish their apps.
Now here’s something if you are paranoid about your privacy. The recently released Surfy 5.4 now includes a pretty neat option, which allows you to protect your web browser data. Despite the fact that it already has an in-private browsing mode, developers have decided to go an extra mile and include a passcode box. As a result, when you launch Surfy 5.4, users will be required to type in the password, same happens if you leave your phone inactive for a few minutes.
In addition to this new feature, there are also various bug fixes, performance improvements and support for Kannada language, which even Windows Phone itself does not support.
BrowserStack, a paid service with over 25,000 customers (including eBay, Adobe and other giants) that allows you to test your web sites on more than 700 different web browser configurations, has been compromised.
The customers has since received the following email:
BlackBerry and Windows Phone get no “love” at all.
Following the 10th birthday and search deal negotiations with Google, Mozilla is using the momentum to blast Google and Apple mobile operating systems for their lack of openness.
According to Mozilla’s chief technology officer, Andreas Gal, both dominant OS’es lack transparency as users are not informed on what happens with their data.
Sugar daddy contracts.
Back in 2011, Google and Mozilla extended their partnership (where Firefox will set Google as a default search engine) and now it looks like the agreement is nearing the expiration date.
The good news? Both sides are already talking and the money should continue flowing (unless something terrible happens).