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.
Meet its new sugar daddy.
After 10 years of partnership (and ~$300 million / year) it looks like Mozilla and Google have decided to part ways.
In a new deal announced yesterday, the open source organization has announced a 5 year search deal where Yahoo! will be the default search provider for Firefox (and yes, you can always switch it back to Google).
The restructuring continues.
If you still own a Nokia classic phone, such as: Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Asha or Nokia X, then here’s an announcement for you:
In the first half of 2015, Nokia Store will be replaced with Opera Mobile Store, which simply means that users will now be redirected to a new destination.
What if you are a developer? According to Opera Software, they will be working closely with Microsoft to developer a clear path on how developers can republish their apps.
Now here’s something if you are paranoid about your privacy. The recently released Surfy 5.4 now includes a pretty neat option, which allows you to protect your web browser data. Despite the fact that it already has an in-private browsing mode, developers have decided to go an extra mile and include a passcode box. As a result, when you launch Surfy 5.4, users will be required to type in the password, same happens if you leave your phone inactive for a few minutes.
In addition to this new feature, there are also various bug fixes, performance improvements and support for Kannada language, which even Windows Phone itself does not support.
BrowserStack, a paid service with over 25,000 customers (including eBay, Adobe and other giants) that allows you to test your web sites on more than 700 different web browser configurations, has been compromised.
The customers has since received the following email:
BlackBerry and Windows Phone get no “love” at all.
Following the 10th birthday and search deal negotiations with Google, Mozilla is using the momentum to blast Google and Apple mobile operating systems for their lack of openness.
According to Mozilla’s chief technology officer, Andreas Gal, both dominant OS’es lack transparency as users are not informed on what happens with their data.
Sugar daddy contracts.
Back in 2011, Google and Mozilla extended their partnership (where Firefox will set Google as a default search engine) and now it looks like the agreement is nearing the expiration date.
The good news? Both sides are already talking and the money should continue flowing (unless something terrible happens).
And other neat features.
If you‘ve already downloaded today‘s Windows 10 Technical Preview (Build 9879) then you should note the recent additions to the Internet Explorer 11, which will likely be rebranded to IE12 in the coming months.
So what has changed? First and most important: Edge (must be enabled separately), a new document mode, where the software giant has worked hard to introduce an interoperable UA string and avoid the IE-only content.
On November 9, 2004, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox 1.0 web browser, which at that time brought pop up blocking, add-ons, online fraud protection and more. Back then, even Google promoted it and lured people away from then everyone’s hated Internet Explorer.
Now, ten years later, the open source organization is celebrating 10 years of Firefox, which is currently sitting at the build 33.1 (stable).
October, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari – Up; Firefox, Opera – Down
Starting with the Internet Explorer, it looks like Microsoft’s web browser is in the consolidation range, now up by 0.12 point, from 58.37% to 58.49%.
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Apple’s Safari, its market share grew by 0.41 point, from 44.63% to 45.04%.