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.
If you’ve ever used Android and then switched to iPhone or Windows Phone, then droid’s touch responsiveness and scrolling performance is not something you will ever miss or dream about experiencing again.
Now, it looks like Google has managed to pull something neat out of its magic hat as the latest beta version of Google Chrome for Android offers significant responsiveness improvements. According to the latest report, a 300ms delay that takes place every time someone taps a portion of the screen has been since removed, which was demonstrated in the video below.
With much improved security.
The world breathes easier as Mozilla has recently pushed Firefox 26 to the stable channel and it includes one important change: Java plugins are now disabled by default, yay! And speaking about security, Firefox’s password manager now also supports script generated password fields.
As far as other important changes go, there aren’t many. So here’s a complete Firefox 26 Final Changelog:
Basic and useless.
Despite the fact that main Firefox competitors (Internet Explorer 8 and Google Chrome) have implemented multi-process strategies long time ago, it looks like Mozilla was unable to figure out a right way to do so, or the priorities were not set right.
Now, according to the recent post by Mozilla’s Bill McCloskey, they have reached a point where users can try the very first Firefox Nightly multi process build. However, it’s so basic right now (one process for browser window and one process for all the tabs (instead of one per tab)) that it’s pretty sad, considering the fact that it’s been 4 years since Mozilla announced Electrolysis project.
No Linux version yet.
When build numbers mean very little these days, here comes the 20th version of Opera web browser and thankfully, it does bring some goodies, at least for the enthusiast market.
So what exactly has changed? First in the list is ability to drag tabs into the bookmarks bar, as well as improved drag and drop between Speed Dial and Bookmarks Bar. As far as other changes, you can expect some theme loading performance improvements and a bug fix that caused blurry scaled stash screenshots.
Now here‘s something interactive to kickstart your workday. To celebrate the release of a new hobbit movie, guys at Google went ahead and created an interactive version of the Middle Earth (don‘t get too excited, not all of it), which aims to demonstrate how well Chrome works with both touch and a keyboard.
Now here’s something for all the enthusiastic Opera users out there. Norwegian browser maker has just published the “Next” build of Opera 19, which gives a glimpse on what to expect from the final version.
So what’s new and different? First in the list is “Bookmarks Bar”, followed by custom themes but most importantly, guys at Opera have added a couple of neat features that will be appreciated by the power users:
Here come the hybrid apps.
It looks like Microsoft and Apple are not the only ones that think about the unification. According to the latest report, Google is working on a toolkit, which will help developers to create Chrome apps for their own Android platform as well as iOS.
The main difference between Android and Chrome apps is that later are built for the web by default and Google is using Apache Cordova (a core of PhoneGap) to accomplish their goals.
November, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari – Up; Firefox, Opera – Down
Still being the king of the hill, Internet Explorer managed to increase its market share again, from 58.22% to 58.36% (0.14 point jump).
November, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Opera Mini – Down
Another month, another report.
Starting with Safari, Apple’s web browser has seen a small dip in its numbers, from 55.88% to 55.61% (0.27 point decrease).