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.
Despite the fact that Skype already installs a third party add-on that allows you to call directly from the web browser, it looks like Internet Explorer will have this ability out of the box and best of all? It’s not just limited to Skype.
According to the leaked documents, phone numbers within web pages will appear as links and open a dialing app, which can be configured in “Default Programs” window.
Boasts 300 million global users.
It looks like we won’t see Firefox or Chrome on Windows Phone anytime soon so here is something that has slipped under our radar: UC Browser 3.0.
Although it does not bring any user interface changes like Dolphin (not like there is something wrong with it anyway), there are still a couple of new things that might get you interested.
80 million installs and counting.
Good news for all you Dolphin users out there, guys at Mobotap Inc. have just revealed the 10th version of its Android web browser, which, unlike Chrome or Firefox releases, is a major one.
So what’s new in this build? Starting with design, Dolphin Browser has received a user interface overhaul, focusing on ease of use and quick access to various features (such as swiping to reveal browser menu, tab lists and so on). In addition to that, you can now pin web apps to your home screen and there are over 200 of them, from Facebook to Twitter.
Ad free, at least for now.
Remember Rockmelt, a social web browser that was canned and then turned into a news aggregator? Well, half year after introducing the iOS version, guys at Rockmelt team have finally released the Android specific app, which targets bigger screens.
If the only reason for not using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was a lack of official AdBlock extension, then we got some great news for you.
Guys at AdBlock have just released the very first build of its highly popular add-on that will work with IE8 and above. Unfortunately, due to platform limitations, it’s for x86 instruction set only and the add-on must be running a desktop version of Internet Explorer, so no more Metro for you.
Back in 2012, Microsoft has started working on Pointer Events, a new web standard (which is already marked as a Candidate Recommendation by W3C) that would allow web sites to accept inputs from quite a few different sources, such as a touchscreen and pen, has now gained even more traction.
Just before year’s end, Microsoft released a patch that brought Pointer Events specifications to all WebKit web browsers, followed by Blink patch earlier this year.
January 2014 is the date.
Back in 2009, Google launched Chrome Frame, a plug-in that aimed to modernize the older versions of Internet Explorer by bringing WebKit capabilities to Microsoft’s platform, although they weren’t particularly happy about that.
The good news? Thanks to competition, web browsers (especially IE) got so much better over the last few years and as a result, Google is retiring Chrome frame.
If you would like to relive the excitement of Chrome Frame, check the video below:
Forgets that there is no point of using it.
Now here is something that will probably won’t be updated in quite some time (if ever): a final version of Opera Mail for Windows and Mac (sorry, Linux users).
Basically, it’s just Opera 12.x Mail released as a separate client. Why would you even want to use this instead of Opera for Desktop? We don’t really know but someone from Opera must, otherwise, why release it at all?
Anyway, if for one reason or another you have switched to Mail, let us know why.
Shows how far behind Apple really is.
Recently, Apple has revealed the seventh version of its Safari web browser, that (like Internet Explorer) gets rarely updated, so it should be a pretty big deal, at least for them.
What kind of crazy features did they add this time? Unfortunately, most of these are just catching up with competition, for example:
Well, now you know why Google and Microsoft are so eager for you to signup when using their services and what they do with that data.
Fortunately, organizations like Mozilla, Reddit, DuckDuckGo and many more have a better idea and care about your privacy. Thanks to the recently leaked data about PRISM, these companies are asking the Congress to end NSA surveillance.