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.
Spicing things up.
Now here’s an interesting turn of events. While everyone thought that Satay Nadalle was pretty much affirmative for the next CEO, SiliconAngle reports that there is another, external, candidate: Sundar Pichai, Google’s SVP of Chrome and Apps.
He has joined Google in 2004 and has worked on projects Chrome OS, Google Chrome and Google Drive. According to Dave Vellante, the chief analyst at Wikibon, “Microsoft could really move the ball down the field with Sundar Pichai in creating a new open operating system model for cloud, mobile, and social. The market has been looking for a CEO who can balance the role of leading the enterprise transformation while keeping that consumer momentum with xBox and reboot mobile. Pichai is the total package of technology leadership and business acumen.”
Still not available worldwide.
If you are one of the lucky ones to be living in the US then good news, Opera Max, a data saving app for your Android phone, has been just updated.
While it doesn’t bring any groundbreaking changes, there are a couple of tweaks that will certainly help along the way. First in the list is ability to disable Opera Max icon in the notification drawer, next is a support for iPv6 as well as an option to view the app that has the highest savings rate.
IE is no longer a requirement.
Now here’s something pretty awesome. Recently, Microsoft has created a new website called PlayBoxie, which allows PS4 and Xbox One owners to play various HTML5 games using a controller.
While PlayBoxie already includes a handful of games, the software giant is said to be contacting more game developers and asking them to include controller support.
With the crypto currencies all over the news, what could be better than turning Google Chrome into a BitCoin wallet? Because that’s exactly what a new extension (with a pretty obvious name, “BitCoin Wallet”) does. What do we mean by that?
Makes browsing less annoying.
Good news for all you Opera users out there, Norwegian browser maker has recently released a new version of Opera for Android, which brings some useful fixes. Oh, and there is one new feature too, allowing you to delete an entry in history view by long pressing on an item.
Here’s a full list:
Makes Chrome users vulnerable to a mic hack.
Following the recent reports about malicious extensions, it looks like Chrome users are yet to catch a breath. According to the recent report, Google has failed to fix a 4 month old exploit, which allows attackers to turn Chrome into a listening device (after users have given a permission to access the microphone for voice recognition purposes).
Since Chrome doesn’t ask for permissions to access your microphone in the future, Annyang, the guy who found the vulnerability, said that hidden banners or pop-ups can too be used as a way to spy on you, even when the browser was closed.
“Add to Feedly” and “Tweet this Page”.
Following the recent outrage that some companies are sneaking malware serving code into Google Chrome extensions that are updated silently, the search giant took some steps and removed at least two of them.
So how exactly did this happen? Well, according to Amit Agrawal, the guy behind “Add to Feedly” extension said that an unknown company has acquired his extension and inserted the malicious code afterwards.
Starting with the low end.
It looks like the open source organization is pretty serious about its Firefox OS efforts, according to Asa Dotzler, the upcoming tablet (InFocus New Tab F1) will feature a quad core ARM SoC, 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 10.1 inch IPS screen at 1280×800 resolution.
If you always wanted to try Firefox OS but never had a good enough reason (or finances) to justify the purchase then Geeksphone Revolution might be something you are interested in.
Thanks to a clever design, Revolution runs both Firefox OS and Android, where former acts a safety blanket (assuming you don’t like FOS). In addition to that, it’s not a low end phone and has a 4.7 inch IPS qHD display as well as Intel Atom Z2560 dual core processor.
And this is how it looks:
Bring it on.
What has been suspected for quite some time now has just became a reality. If you download the latest Canary build of Google Chrome and enable the “chrome://flags/#enable-google-now” flag, then you are up for a nice surprise.
Once turned on, Google Now integrates itself into the Chrome’s notification center and will pull information related to events, weather, travel, etc. The search giant also states that commute traffic will be supposed as well.