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.
Already out of stock.
Now here is something that will make Mozilla’s Firefox OS fans happy. According to the recent report, the open source organization sold out all their phones in just a few hours.
Although Geeksphone manufactured a total of 10,000 FOS phones (mostly for Mozilla employees and other partners), only 1,000 of them were shipped, which caused the supply issues. Interestingly enough, Geeksphone founder and CEO Javier Aguera said that they were surprised at the quick reaction and the number of people who were trying to buy a Firefox OS phone.
Be careful about the fonts.
Now here is a small Opera Mini update that will keep you happy for a while: 7.5.2. While not bringing any significant changes, the following release offers some page layout improvements as well as various stabilization fixes.
However, there are a couple more changes that are receiving a lot of negative feedback (at least in the comment section here and here). Due to font improvements for high resolution devices and font calculation method, people report that the text is now too small so please keep that in mind before upgrading.
May 13th is the day.
Chances are, if you are reading this blog, then IE6 or IE7 are not exactly your browsers of choice. However, in case you are using Twitter and Internet Explorer 6 or 7 (shame on you), then we have some bad news to tell.
Starting from next month, TFW (Twitter for Websites) widgets-js library will no longer initialize the Follow button, Tweet button, embedded Tweets and timelines on Internet Explorer 6. In addition to that, Web Intents Events will stop supporting both IE6 and IE7 while factory functions for the creation of widgets are going to return false to any callback made by Internet Explorer 6.
Now here is something for the Firefox web developers. If you’ve been looking for an easy tool to quickly parse the color scheme of the web site that suits your taste (from images and CSS), then “Rainbow Color Tools” is the add-on you’ve been waiting for.
In addition to that, you can also use RCT as a color picker and save them for the later use.
Seeing that today is a slow news today we’ve decided to dig around the web and see what kind of glittery magic you can find there. As it turns out, Mozilla has recently did the IAMA session on reddit, which can be found on the following page.
Interestingly enough, the open source organization has revealed that they are re-evaluating Electrolysis (e10s), the multi-process architecture that they canned back in 2011. What was the point of it (other than process isolation)? Offer better UI responsiveness, stability and performance on multi-core machines.
If you’ve been waiting for something more specific than “sometime in 2013”, then we have some good news for you. As learned in AllThingsD conference “D: Dive Into Mobile”, first Firefox OS smartphones will be launching in June in the following regions: Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, Portugal and Poland.
If your country is not in the list, chances are you will have to wait till the end of 2013, unless you are from the US, in that case don’t expect any Firefox OS smartphones this year at all.
Just another drop in the sea.
Rockmelt, a social web browser that tried to reimagine itself (and failed), is no more. Trying to justify their incompetent approach in marketing and lack of innovation, the company semi-blamed Google and Microsoft while keeping quiet when it came to Firefox.
As it says, “distributing a desktop browser is hard and expensive (especially if you don’t have an operating system or the world’s most trafficked website to promote it)”.
What do web browsers and buying airplane tickets have in common? Cookies. So how do you save cash? Use private browsing mode (also known as incognito mode). One of redditors shared an interesting story on how various companies artificially inflate prices and how can you beat them.
Here’s what he had to say:
When purchasing items on the Internet (especially airline tickets), use incognito mode on your browser.
We use your own cookies against you: raising the price on tickets the more times you check, as you shop around for better deals. That way you’ll think the price is going up or that seats are being actively sold – thus increasing your urgency to buy, and punishing you for trying to get a good deal.
Draws inspiration from Google’s One Pass.
With the impending launch of Firefox OS, it looks like Mozilla is working on a new payment system API, which aims to simply and secure the process.
By modifying Google Wallet’s in-app purchase API, they have built a system where a payment will start and finish in the client but any further processing and notifications happen server side, which means that the payment side does not know about the product that the user has purchased.