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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If developer builds is not exactly your cup of tea then you’d be happy to know that Opera has recently released the final version of Opera 16, which (among various bug fixes and performance improvements) includes a couple of nice features to play with.
First in the list is a support for Geolocation API, allowing web sites to track your location if required. In addition to that, opera:flags option is now back, so are jump lists and most importantly, the form auto-filler (yay!).
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If you are up for some bug hunting or just want to use the latest and (likely) the greatest builds, then Firefox Nightly for Android is a good candidate to consider, especially after the recent UI update, which, according to Lucas Rocha, the UI engineer at Mozilla, is “the biggest UI change in Firefox for Android” since 2012.
Starting with Firefox 26, Awesomescreen (a place where your bookmarks and history show up when you tap on the URL bar) and Start Page will be merged together, as a result, all your data (such as history, bookmarks, most viewed sites, etc.) are now aggregated in one place.
Here comes another batch of releases from Google for both Android and the PC.
Starting with Chrome 30, users will be able to search by image faster, simply right click on it (or long press if using Android) and the option will appear. While you can always just go to images.google.com, not many people are aware of this feature, which is pretty awesome when you need the biggest version of the image or simply trying to identify the original source and/or the “actress” (yes, it works with GIFs too).
Here’s how it looks like:
Nothing for iOS yet.
Now here’s a trend that seems to have originated from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer: simultaneous browser releases for both PC and mobile platforms.
Recently, Google has pushed Chrome 29 to its stable channel and here’s what’s new: For the PC version, you will see suggestion improvements that will be based on the recently visited web sites. In addition that that, Google has added an option to reset your browser settings to default (without losing important data) and rich notifications for the Mac users.
And hide watched videos.
Following the recent YouTube Subscriptions Page redesign (which is a complete mess), here’s something to make it useful again. Not only will you be able to navigate efficiently but get watched videos functionality back.
Safari 6 hides its face in shame.
It’s been a while since the last browser test and when the latest versions from all vendors are already pretty fast, why not measure something useful instead?
Well, that’s what guys from Sauce Labs did. They took a bunch of web browsers and looked at their error rate. The results? Take a look for yourself.
If you’ve been following Firefox OS for a while and want to know how exactly it’s doing in the pre-market then we have some good and not so good news for you.
The good news: ZTE Open, a Firefox OS phone (with 512MB storage, 1 GHZ SoC and 256MB RAM) has been listed on eBay for $80 and has since sold out over the weekend. What about the not so good part? Turns out, there were only around 1000 phones for the US and another 1000 for the UK market, whick makes it a mere 2000 sales. But hey, it’s a start.
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Despite rebooting its mobile platform and focusing on Android and iOS, it looks like Windows Phone users weren’t forgotten.
Guys at WPHub have inquired Opera Software about the possibility of Opera Mini / Mobile for WP and got the following answer:
We are aware that a lot of Windows phone users like you would like to have an Opera browser on their phones. The engineering team at Opera has this on their list.We will announce it as soon as it is ready
First it was Chrome, then Firefox. Now, it looks like Opera too has decided to update their logo and boy does it look familiar.
Considering that Opera 15 is a fresh start for the company, we’d prefer something fresh yet recognizable. Maybe something like these: