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.
In an interesting turn of events, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox OS 2.5, not only for the FfOS devices (as one might expect) but also for the developers on Android. Yes, this means that you can play with the latest OS build and test it as regular Android app. For obvious reasons, it requires downloading it directly from Mozilla rather than the Play Store.
As far as the feature set goes, you can now install Firefox OS add-ons, enjoy the private browsing experience and ability to pin web sites to your home screen as apps.
Today, Opera Software has announced their Q3, 2015 financial results and here are some of the higlights:
- Revenue was $149.4 million in 3Q15, up from $138.8 million in 3Q14, an increase of 8%. On a constant currency basis, revenue growth was 17% in 3Q15 vs. 3Q14.
- Adjusted EBITDA* (excluding one-time costs) of $27.5 million, down 19% versus 3Q14
- Operating Cash Flow of $20.1 million versus $18.2 million in 3Q14
- Free Cash Flow** of $15.4 million versus $12.9 million in 3Q14
- Desktop users reached 56 million by the end of 3Q15, up 10% versus the end of 3Q14
As well as Windows Vista and the older versions of Mac OS X.
We are not exactly sure for how many more years will we keep writing about Windows XP, but the good news: there will soon be one less topic to talk about: Google Chrome abandoning the decade old OS.
Yesterday, the search giant has announced (again) that they will be dropping the support for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 on April, 2016. However, the browser will still work on these platforms and the only thing that you won’t be receiving is security fixes.
Now here is a milestone for you.
Eleven years ago, Mozilla has released Firefox 1.0, which later became one of the most popular web browsers in the world. Fast forward to now and Firefox is sitting at the version 42, with more features than ever but far less excitement than 4-5 years ago.
In any case, we wish Firefox a very happy birthday and hoping to see some fresh innovations (and not Chrome copying), which might lead to the legendary browser’s come back.
If you haven’t heard already, the Wall Street Journal has recently posted a rumor that for the last 2 years, Google has been actively working to merge Chrome OS into Android. However, the company has always denied such rumors, all the way back since 2013.
According to the article, Google will reveal its single operating system sometime in 2017, with early show off expected next year. Oh, and yes, the search giant has again denied the rumor, although this time they simply stated that Google does not plan to kill the Chrome OS, instead of simply saying: no, we are not merging Chrome OS into Android.
After numerous builds (over 50) and release candidates, the team behind classic Opera web browser has just pushed the very first beta of Vivaldi.
While there are many new features and improvements, the most important fix, at least for Windows 10 users, is the actual ability to run the web browser without relying on command line tricks.
As far as usability features go, there are just too many of them!
For example, technical preview 4 alone brought startup options, UI zoom, task manager, pinned tabs, color schemes and more.
Want to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge? Good luck with that!
When it comes to changing your default search provider from Bing to Google or vice versa, pretty much every web browser offers an easy way to do so, all but the Microsoft Edge.
As it turns out, Microsoft has made it as hard as possible to get rid of the Bing. So how exactly do you do that in Edge?
If you open Advanced Settings, and pick the “Change search engine” option, the only search engine that will be there is Bing, not only that but you won’t even be able to add any other provider.
Just recently, the software giant did something they have never done before, released new Windows 10 insider preview builds for both PC and mobile.
So why exactly are these build a worth trying? Well, at least on the mobile side, Edge no longer feels like a pre-alpha piece of software, which is not saying much but still. It does feel way smoother than before and brings the following new features:
- Ability to change the default search engine to Google, at least for some of the users and here we are still stick with Bing and there is no way to do so. Yes, advanced settings are broken.
- Overall performance and usability improvements.
- Much improved UI for easier and faster access.
- Search suggestions now use much more screen real estate, which is good.
- Data sync across different devices although it seems to be broken as well.
Good news! Norwegian browser maker has recently released the final version of Opera 33, which includes some neat changes that should and will improve the overall browsing experience.
The first change you’ll probably notice is the new logo and branding but as far as other changes go, it will now better match the overall OS X El Capitain’s transparent look and proprietary audio and video codecs support on Linux platform.
Anything else? Yes! Somewhat reduced Chromium memory use (which has been happening since Opera 15), and Opera Turbo improvements.
And it’s called Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS).
Earlier this month, Mozilla has launched the open source support program, which aims to support the said software.
As revealed in a blog post, Mozilla will be giving away as much $1,000,000 to help the community. The goal? It’s pretty simple, identify up to 10 projects and fund them by December 12th. Although there is no way to apply yet, feel free to bookmark the following page, in case you do see yourself receiving some of the Google’s Search cash.