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.
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In the world where everyone wants to move away from the plug-ins, it looks like developers behind Microsoft Edge feel the same way.
As detailed in the recent Skype Blog post, Microsoft’s web browser now supports ORTC API, which enables features like scalable video coding and simulcast. Therefore, users soon won’t have to install any Skype plug-ins and will be able to make video or voice calls without any effort.
While the is no exact ETA (as it’s software after all), the software giant did say that Skype for Web will be coming later this year.
Now here’s something pretty awesome (see the video below).
While nVidia was not busy manipulating benchmarks, it looks like they have managed to create a pretty awesome Chrome extension, which allows you to play PC games on your web browser. Not just any PC games, all PC games, including NES, SNES and more.
How? The streaming technology.
Now here is an interesting prediction that could become true before we enter into the 2016. We have been doing browser market share reports for more than 8 years’ now and it looks like the most recent data from NetApplications indicates that Google Chrome could soon overtake Safari and become the #1 web browser.
Assuming the trend continues (with a minor bump for Safari’s market share due to the new hardware release), we are looking at the November – December timeframe.
You are the product.
If you are on Windows 8 or 10 and for some reason decided not to use Security Essentials / Windows Defender and have switched to AVG anti-virus instead, then good news for advertisers: they now have your browsing and search history as well meta data, your ISP and apps that are installed on your computer.
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Today, Microsoft’s Edge team has hosted another AMA on Twitter, resulting in some new (yet expect) information.
For example: a long time ago the software giant has confirmed that Xbox One will receive Windows 10 later this year and unsurprisingly, today they have also confirmed that Microsoft Edge will be included as well.
When asked about extensions, it was revealed that it is a priority for Microsoft and that they are still working on it, no ETA yet though.
Recently, Business Insider has posted an article, which includes a bunch of browsers market share data from 2008 all the way to 2015.
While it looks cool and interesting, we have decided to go one step further and blend all these images into a simple animation, giving you a better look on how exactly did the browsers battled for the dominance since 2008 and how was Internet Explorer (and then Firefox) overtaken by Google Chrome.
Hopefully, extensions are not far away too.
As we all wait for the next Windows 10 Insider Preview, during Ignire keynote at New Zealand, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has accidentally revealed one of the upcoming Edge features: tab previews.
How exactly did this happen? During the event, Joe was simply demoing Cortana and the way it enhances your searches when he accidentally moved mouse on one of the tabs, resulting in a thumbnail preview picture. While ignoring at first, Belfiore later did state that “there’s one other thing in the Edge browser that I mistakenly revealed as I was doing this [showcasing Cortana on Edge] is a small feature we have not shown anyone yet but is coming to our Insider builds really soon and that is this tab preview feature,”
Windows Phone version should be coming soon.
Some time ago, Norwegian browser maker has launched a new version of Opera Mini for iOS and now it looks like the very same technology has made it into the Android release as well.
What are we talking about? The ability to chose whether you want more data savings (extreme mode) or better sites compatibility (high data savings mode).
Might be bit too late.
After announcing AdBlock Browser some time ago, it looks like it has finally been released (prior the Apple’s event) on iPads, iPhones and iPods.
However, with the release of iOS 9, its main selling point is no longer that great as the latest Safari version supports content blocking extensions.
As far as AdBlock Browser itself goes, just like with extensions, you can whitelist particular sites to keep web owners from becoming homeless. In addition to that, it claims to save data and up to 20% of battery life when you block tracking cookies and social media sharing buttons.
Does not appear to be as bad as one might think.
Bugzilla, a bug tracker that is used by Mozilla, Webkit, FreeBSD, the Linux kernel, Apache and many other vendors, has been recently compromised.
As detailed in the blog post, the attacker broke into one of the accounts and gained access to the security sensitive data. Mozilla also believes that the newly acquired information then was used to attack Firefox users. On a positive note, it looks like the vulnerability that he or she reportedly exploited has already been patched at the end of August.