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 the Web Bluetooth.
Recently, Google has pushed a new Chrome Dev build, which bumps the version number to 48.0.2564.8 and brings at least one interesting new feature.
What are we talking about? The search giant has started working on implementing Web Bluetooth (currently available on Chrome OS and Chrome Dev for Android, with PC support to follow soon), which allows you to pass the “messages” to devices back and forth without them being connected to the Internet and all based on their capabilities.
Hopefully, Microsoft will deliver.
Yes, Microsoft Edge is still in early stages of development, at least as far as usability features go and with the extensions support coming early next year, guys at WC have decided to compile a list of some of the most requested features that should be implemented in the next builds, hopefully.
And in case you are not using Edge, this feature request list should give you an idea, whether or not the browser is for you:
Now here’s something bit out of the blue.
As it turns out, back in 2013, Google was sued by Alfonso Cioffi and three other co-inventors, who claimed that all versions of Google Chrome as well as Google Nexus series and Chromebook laptop PCs infringed their anti-malware patents (which were issued in 2012, “system and method for protecting a computer system from malicious software” (U.S. Patent Nos. RE43,529, RE,43103, RE43,500, and RE43,528)).
While the case got thrown out in December (mostly because Alfonso Cioffi and Allen Frank Rozman agreed that it will be impossible to win on the court’s interpretation of the patents), the things has since changed, as it seems as the case was recently revived by the Federal Circuit, which means that Google will have to go back to court and continue fighting these claims.
Tab grouping and heave themes are the first to go.
As a part of Mozilla’s “Great or Dead” strategy, the open source organization has announced that they will be removing some of the rarely used Firefox features.
What are these features? First is tab grouping (aka Panorama), which was introduced with Firefox 4 and allowed users to organize related tabs into groups, and switch between them when needed. As explained by Firefox’ director of programming engineering, “Very few people chose to use it, so we are retiring it because the work required to maintain it is disproportionate to its popularity.”
With the release of Windows 10 Mobile “RTM” (which is more of a Beta than the Final version of a mobile OS), guys at Rewritable have decided to test three web browsers performance: Edge (Build 10586.11), Google Chrome 46 and Firefox 42.
To keep the benchmark as fair as possible, Lumia 640 and Motorola Moto G 4G were used, as both of these share same specs:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Part of their “new product experiences”.
As Yahoo! struggles to gain any momentum with the consumer products and/or services growth, it looks like the company has decided to test the waters using another approach: squeeze as much value from user as possible.
According to multiple reports by its users, Yahoo Mail has stopped working because AdBlock Plus was installed on their systems, asking to disable (and restricting mail access) before continuing.
With muted tabs and more.
Yesterday, Opera Software has pushed an update to its developer platform (build 35.0.2052.0), which brings some neat new features.
First and most important, is the ability to mute the annoying tab or if desired, the whole web browser (see the screenshot below).
Recently, Microsoft has released the very first major update for Windows 10, and with it came EdgeHTML 13, an update to Edge’s rendering engine.
So what exactly is new and improved?
Compared to IE11 and EdgeHTML 12, the latest upgrade bumps the HTML5Test score to 458 (versus 336 and 402 respectively), and with features like asm,js already enabled by default, Edge is now the highest scoring desktop browser in the Kangax ES6 compatibility table.
Recently, at the Tokyo PacSec conference, Chinese researched has discovered and successfully exploited Google’s Project Fi Nexus 6 device running the latest version of Android (6.0 Marshmallow). As a result, he was able to install fake app into the phone that could theoretically be used to take the device control away from the user. In a demo example, he installed a simple BMX bike game, just to show what’s possible.
As noted by the PacSec member, Dragos Ruiu, it was a “one-shot exploit” which “did everything in one go instead of chaining multiple vulnerabilities”.
Yes, the wait is over.
Long time ago, when Firefox was still a pretty dominant web browser, Mozilla said that they see no point to release a half-baked version of Firefox for iOS that uses WebKit rather than Gecko. Fast forward to now and the open source organization is singing another song.
The result? Firefox for iOS is finally here and can be downloaded by anyone on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Yes, it uses WebKit, which makes it more of a FireFaux web browser, but Mozilla still hopes to get at least some of the users with key selling points like data sync between Firefox Desktop and Mobile, intuitive tab management, Private Browsing and flexible search.