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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Firefox Brand Used To Cover Spyware

By | May 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

Firefox Brand Used To Cover SpywareMozilla isn’t too happy about it.

According to a report by Citizen Lab, Gamma International, a UK based firm that produces surveillance software (FinFisher), is tricking people into installing their spyware on their machines, which is later masked as Firefox.exe.

As noted in the Mozilla’s blog post, “when a user examines the installed spyware on his/her machine by viewing its properties, Gamma misrepresents its program as “Firefox.exe” and includes the properties associated with Firefox along with a version number and copyright and trademark claims attributed to “Firefox and Mozilla Developers.”
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HTML5: Epic Citadel On Unreal Engine 3

By | May 6, 2013 | 3 Comments

After Mozilla’s partnership announcement with Epic Games earlier this year, both companies have finally demonstrated the capabilities of HTML5 and JavaScript in a new video, which shows a web version of “Epic Citadel” demo that does not require any plugins to run.

The best part? According to the video, it took them only 3 days to do so, thanks to asm.js and Emscripten, which first appeared in Firefox 22 Alpha.

Chrome Office Viewer Now Available

By | May 3, 2013 | 2 Comments

Chrome Office Viewer Now AvailableWindows and Mac only.

In case you are one of those rare individuals who does not use Microsoft Office, then Google has got you covered.

Thanks to a newly released “Chrome Office Viewer” extension, you can now view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files in your web browser, no Office required.

Sounds good? Give it a go.

SunSpider 1.0 Released

By | May 2, 2013 | 10 Comments

SunSpider 1.0 ReleasedBack in 2007, WebKit team has released SunSpider 0.9, a JavaScript benchmark that since became the golden standard when it comes to browser tests. Six years later we finally got a much needed update (excluding 0.91) and it’s a decent one.

So what ground breaking features can you expect from the 1.0 release? None. Instead, developers focused on addressing various issues, such as with power management where delay between tests has been completely eliminated. In addition to that, they have added validation checks that “force the JavaScript engine to execute the test in full”.
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Internet Explorer 11 Developer Tools Hands On (Video)

By | May 2, 2013 | 2 Comments

If you’ve been keen on learning more details about the IE’s updated developer tools, here is a short hands on video, which should give you a far better impression than yesterday’s screenshot. Starts at around 3:30.
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New Windows 8 Leak Hints At Updated IE11 Developer Tools

By | May 1, 2013 | 5 Comments

New Windows 8 Leak Hints At Updated IE11 Developer ToolsIt looks like Microsoft needs to hire a set of new plumbers as Windows 8 details (and builds) are constantly leaked to the net.

The latest one, Windows 8 Build 9385, among other things includes an updated version of Internet Explorer 11, which hints at a new user interface for developer tools.

Windows 8.1 build 9385 also includes improved developer tools for IE11, with a new interface for accessing debugging and other options.
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Trond Werner Hansen Responds To Opera’s Claims

By | April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Trond Werner Hansen Responds To Opera's ClaimsOffers the other side of the coin.

Yesterday, Opera revealed that they are suing one of its ex-employees, Trond Werner Hansen, who allegedly leaked trade secrets to Mozilla. Now, the man himself has decided to provide further details and explain the reason behind the case.

According to Hansen, after leaving Opera in 2006 he had an idea about developing a striped down version of a web browser, which would not only be an open source project but also have a unified search and address field as well as provide contributions to a green cause. As it turns out, Google had a similar idea too as they released Chrome few years later.
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Opera Sues Its Ex-Employee For $3.4 Million

By | April 29, 2013 | 20 Comments

Opera Sues Its Ex-Employee For $3.4 MillionClaims he took trade secrets to Mozilla.

Now here is a new drama for you. Apparently, Opera Software is suing one of its visionary ex-employees, Trond Werner Hansen, who joined the company in 1999 and worked till 2006, then left shortly after only to join for another year from 2009 to 2010.

Why visionary? According to the claims, he was behind a lot of innovations that everyone loves, including tabbed browsing, speed dial, mouse gesture and integrated search.
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Firefox’s Usage Stats (Telemetry) Are Not Anonymous

By | April 26, 2013 | 4 Comments

Firefox’s Usage Stats (Telemetry) Are Not AnonymousYour personal information will be shared with 3rd parties.

We won’t blame you if you never read Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and other “useless” information. However, there is one guy who did so and as it turns out, Mozilla’s telemetry data policy got some disturbing details.

In fact, the open source organization states that their policy is to “make Personal Information, such as your name and email address, and Potentially Personal Information, such as the URL of the site you last visited, only available to its employees, contractors, and selected contributors who signed confidentiality agreements that prohibit them from using or disclosing such information other than for approved Mozilla purposes.”
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Tips: Disable Firefox’s Telemetry Data

By | April 26, 2013 | 5 Comments

Tips: Disable Firefox's Telemetry DataIf you are concerned about your privacy after reading Mozilla’s statements, here is a simple tip to disable all telemetry data collecting. Go to:

Settings > Advanced
Click on the “Data Choices” tab
Uncheck the “Enable Telemetry” box

That’s it, as simple as that.