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.
June, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Up, Internet Explorer – Down
It’s getting hot out there but the web browser news must go on, and today we look at the latest market share data from the NetApplications.
Includes other changes.
If you are using Opera to watch Netflix then here is something to brighten up your day. According to the recent blog post, Opera 32 will finally support Netflix properly, thanks to the Widevine plug-in, which should be automatically installed when you visit the Netflix website.
As far as other (and broader audience) changes go, previous Opera developer release has also introduced the bookmarks tree view, allowing you to easily organize and manage bookmarks in any way you like.
One more time.
After pretty much abandoning the Silverlight development, then not supporting it on mobile or Metro version of Internet Explorer, it looks like the software giant has finally put the last nail into the Flash alternative’s coffin. One has to wonder if there is any empty space left for it anyway.
What do we mean by that? As it turns out, Microsoft Edge will not support Silverlight, as simple as that. The news come from the Microsoft itself, who stated that this is due to a removal of ActiveX.
Release date: September 22, 2015.
If you have installed and enabled the Adblock Plus extension on Firefox, then we have some great news: the upcoming Firefox 41 release will use less memory than ever before.
As it turns out, just by enabling Adblock Plus, users see an additional 60-70 MB increase to the memory usage. In addition to that, it adds an additional 4 megabytes per iframe, which means that in very rare cases (such as loading Techruch and rolling over all their social buttons for every story), Firefox memory usage becomes pretty insane:
Firefox (default): 194 MB
Firefox with AdBlock Plus: 417 MB
And it’s called “Gello”.
CyanogenMod, the team that has brought you the popular Android ROM, which has since been used not only by the enthusiasts but also OEMs, has posted a teaser video on their Google+ page, indicating that there are working on their own web browser.
If you don’t feel like watching a video (which can’t be embed), here is what was teased: flexible downloader manager, granular privacy controls as well as offline reading mode.
RIP: Spartan branding.
Yesterday, Microsoft has released a new developer preview build (10158) for the PC, which includes a lot of new Edge feature and improvements. However, even though we have reported some of them (thanks to the leaks), here is the complete and official list on the changes that have been made since the most recent official release.
So what exactly is new and available for the immediate testing?
Here we go again…
Back in the day, Internet Explorer on Windows was the only web browser that had a native 64-bit build, then other vendors followed, including Mozilla, which was hinting at the upcoming 64 bit builds for the general availability too. However, then they changed their mind and the development has slowed down.
Fast forward to 2014 (or fast backward) and after pretty much everyone had a native 64 bit build, the open source organization has again promised to bring the now necessary x86-64 architecture support on Windows to Firefox.
Adobe Flash Player 184.108.40.206.
Ah, Adobe Flash, the plugin that every single one of us loves to death, thanks to a never ending streak of security vulnerabilities and all kinds of issues. One might wonder, how many more are there left.
However, while most are routinely fixed and rolled out in batches, earlier this week Adobe was forced to release a critical update to machines running Windows, Mac and Linux as the latest vulnerability is extremely serious and has been already exploited by various hackers worldwide.
Includes one of the most requested changes ever.
Recently, we have reported about some of the changes that have been made to the Microsoft Edge web browser for the desktop and now we have prepared a (slightly smaller) list of new features and improvements that were noticed in the most recent Windows 10 Mobile builds.
First in the list is Edge’s ability to download files in the background and according to some rumors, the download progress might even be visible in the notification center.
Then there is a new option allowing to set Edge to either Mobile or the Desktop user agent.
Assuming it’s not bundled with the web browser already.
If you haven’t heard already, Adobe Flash Player 18 will be the first release that might not be as terrible as some expect, mainly because of the one feature: it will no longer require you to restart / close web browser when updating to a newer build, if the web browser vendor has made that possible. Firefox for example will only require you to refresh the web page that has Flash content.
As far as other changes go, the latest build fixes dozens of Microsoft Edge related bugs, brings video texture support for Android, adds audio APIS to Flash Player NPAPI and more.