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.
And other changes.
Today, Norwegian browser maker has released the very first Opera 32 build (Developer Preview) and it includes at least one interesting new feature: animated themes.
So what animated themes do is impose a looped video instead of a static background, which is displayed in Speed Dial, Bookmarks, Discover and pretty much every other page. However, while it does sound and look cool, animated backgrounds are really distracting and it’s probably not something that you will continue using. Here is a video demo for you:
Will co-develop a new binary format.
It’s nice to see tech giants that are usually competing with one another coming together to work on something that will benefit users all over the globe. The most recent example comes from a new announcement, which details the forthcoming partnership between Mozilla, Microsoft, WebKit engineers and others.
If you are a web developer, then dealing with multiple web browsers and rendering engines is something that you have been accustomed to. However, sometimes supporting legacy web browser versions might not only slow down your site but also impact other user’s experience (assuming you decide not to implement something because it does not work on the older versions of IE).
In any case, today Microsoft has shared more details about the different implementations that Edge utilizes to render everything properly.
In one example it was shown how using an incorrect charset or malformed refresh equiv (assuming it was a mistake by the developer) will ruin the web site, at least in some way.
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After Opera 30 was recently released to the stable channel, here comes the next contender: Opera 31 Beta, which aims to refine rather than to change the overall browsing experience.
As a result, Opera 31 features a lot of under the hood changes, with the promise to speed up web browser on slower computers (and hard drives). For example: the multiple reads and writes of the same data during web browser start have been eliminated, improving both speed and efficiency. In addition to that, guys at Opera Software have implemented a DLL preloading technique, which too should reduce the time it takes to access the hard drive.
Welcomes back the old one.
Earlier this year, Google has revealed a new bookmark manager for Google Chrome, which wasn’t exactly something that many seemed to enjoy, with complains pouring about the confusing user interface and user experience.
Now, it looks like the search giant has decided to save its users from the frustration and bring back the “classic” bookmarks manager from the previous Chrome versions. While the ETA was not revealed it is supposedly coming “soon” and in case you did find the “improved” bookmark manager enjoyable, you will still be able to use it with this new extension.
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If you prefer stability over features and always upgrade to stable builds only then here’s a nice treat for you: a final release of Opera 30, with many new features and improvements.
So what exactly should you try?
- A tab cycler, which allows you to quickly switch between different tabs (can be triggered by clicking a downward arrow at the top right corner).
- Sidebar extensions. Despite the fact that Windows 8 pretty much failed utilizing apps as “sidebar” helpers” (we are talking about the snap view), especially when it was a fixed size solution only, it looks like Opera has borrowed the idea and is trying to make it useful.
Could become the universal app.
Recently, Norwegian browser maker has ditched the Beta tag for its Opera Mini build on Windows Phone. Now, it looks like the company is also planing to release a build for Windows 10.
When exactly? The only time frame that they provided was “later this year” and it is unknown whether or not it will be ready before Windows 10 hits the streets.
Will pay you $10,000+ for mind boggling exploits.
If you want to get rich quick and have some deep understanding on how web browsers work and more importantly, how to exploit them, then good news as Mozilla has just announced that they too will be paying money for discovering various security vulnerabilities.
As a result, updated Client Bug Bounty Program will reward anyone if they create or report a:
In a world where a lot of people want to have thin devices with a great battery life, it looks like Google has decided that it too want to contribute, but this time with software rather than hardware tweaks.
According to the announcement, the latest Beta version of Google Chrome will now “intelligently” pause Flash content that it will think is not necessary. For example: if you are browsing a page with heavy content, Chrome will pause Flash content on the sidebar but will still allow you to watch a video, play video game or do other activities that are central to the visited page.
As a result, laptop owners could see an improvement in battery life although here is a better solution for you: uninstall Flash.
Windows 10 Build 10134 leaks, screenshots below.
Over the weekend, we’ve seen a freshly leaked build of Windows 10, which has revealed at least two new features that were added to Microsoft’s Edge web browser.
The first is a small but welcome UI tweak: a home button in the address bar, which will quickly bring you to the home page of your choice. What if you are a power user and don’t need such thing? The good news is that it can be hidden via settings so everybody wins,
Next feature however is a must for any modern web browser: ability to import favorites from other web browsers.