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.
Mozilla 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.”
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.
Windows 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.
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.
It 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.
Offers 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.
Claims 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.
Your personal information will be shared with 3rd parties.
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.”
If 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.