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.
Another stone in the garden.
Recently, we have reported about the changes in Microsoft’s IE for Modern UI blacklists where only specific sites won’t run Flash by default.
Well, it looks like HBO.com, one of the best known content providers around, is one of such sites that won’t run on Windows RT. As it turns out, IE10 for Windows 8 blacklist has 3 sites: briggs-riley.com, webassign.net and webinato.com while the RT version includes a total of 12, HBO and Twit being two of them.
However, while Twit.tv will work on their HTML5 based site, users browsing HBO on Windows RT will see the following message:
Includes benchmarking capabilities too.
As you might know, we love HTML5 games and all kinds of crazy demos and in case you haven’t upgraded to Windows 8 yet, which has a spectacular Minesweeper client, here is a cross platform option for you.
What if you aren’t into games at all? Well, assuming that you are a librarian who is building a list of all known web browser tests for the future generations to come, here is another addition for you, straight from the Microsoft itself. After you run the test, it will measure how long will it take for your web browser to solve the minesweeper board, that’s as simple as it gets.
Now here is something to get you excited.
According to the latest discovery by enthusiast François Beaufort, the search giant has added a new feature reference in the latest build of Chromium, which allows users to enable Google Now if they have access to the server data.
While the following feature is not yet publicly available nor is finished, it’s pretty clear where we are heading and we can’t wait to test it out. On a downside, Google Now integration will be coming to Chrome OS and the Windows version of Google Chrome only.
Following the recent IE10 launch for Windows 7, the software giant has also uploaded a new, bland and boring video, which tries too hard to duplicate the previous few ad’s success.
In any case, if you feel all touchy inside, check it out. You might like it.
Time to go back to IE?
Now here is something you won’t hear that often. Despite the common hate for Adobe’s Flash and Oracle’s Java plugins, it looks like they are not the major offenders when it comes to the actual number of vulnerabilities.
According to the latest report by security firm Secunia, Google Chrome, Firefox and iTunes are responsible for the majority of Windows security issues. As it turns out, 86% of all Windows vulnerabilities in 2012 (up from 78% last year) come from non-Microsoft applications and here is the actual list (vulnerabilities – product name):
Sleipnir, an interestingly different web browser for the Mac OS X, has been recently bumped to the version 4.1, which brings an interesting take on your frequently visited sites.
What is it all about? Sleipnir team implemented a new search function called “Portal Field”, which allows users to find pages they want to open by typing just 4 characters. While it sounds like a minor tweak, PF will also prioritize your bookmarks and highlight them in a displayed list (along with suggestions). Furthermore, when suggestions are already open, Sleipnir will take your to that tab to avoid increasing unnecessary tabs.
Watch out for blisters.
Now here’s something to be grateful for. With the launch of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 and RT, the “Immersive” version of Microsoft’s web browser never ran flash content by default. Well, things are about to change as the software giant has since changed its mind and with the recently pushed update, IE10 will have flash content enabled by default.
According to Microsoft, “the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life. With this update, the curated Compatibility View (CV) list blocks Flash content in the small number of sites that are still incompatible with the Windows experience for touch or that depend on other plug-ins.”
Shatters your dreams.
If you’ve been hoping to see Firefox on iPhone or iPad then we have some bad news for you, according to Mozilla, the open source organization currently has no plans to create a Firefox version for iOS, at least until Apple changes its policy.
Currently, iOS developers are forced to use Apple’s UIWebView component and they have no access to a far superior, Nitro rendering engine, therefore, Mozilla sees no point to release a peace of software that is limited in an artificial way..
February, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Up; Google Chrome – Down
If yesterday’s mobile browsers data is not exactly your cup of tea then we have another solution for you and it’s all about the desktop. As you might have guessed from the title, February was a pretty interesting month indeed.
February, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Android, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Chrome – Down
It’s that time of the month again where we take a look at the latest market share trends for the mobile web browsers.