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.
Just a drop in the sea.
Back in 2012, Google was caught tracking Safari users through a loophole, which caused some stir in the community. Now, it looks like the search giant’s actions were not left unpunished.
According to the recent report, Google will have to pay $17 million to settle, which is less than a pocketchange for the company. While they did not admit doing anything wrong, search giant’s spokesman said that they have “taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which collected no personal information, from Apple’s browsers.”
With near final Australis UI.
If you’ve been eager to see the progress of long promised Australis UI then the latest Firefox UX Nightly might very well solve that.
In case you haven’t heard about Australis, check the video below. Basically, it’s Mozilla’s vision of streamlined and simplified user interface, which removes clutter and focuses on the details.
The wait is over.
If the developer preview of Opera 19 is not something you are interested in then worry no more as Norwegian software Company has just released the final version of Opera 18.
So what kind of goodies can you expect from this build?
First of all, you can now drag tabs between windows or just drag them out and create new ones. Second of all, by right clicking on a search field and selecting the “Create Search Engine” option, you can now add new search engines and assign desired keywords.
Just be careful about your data.
Today, Opera has released the very first developer build of Opera 19, which finally includes one of the widely requested features: data sync. There are two things you need to know first though:
1) Data sync must be enabled via flags: opera://flags/#sync
2) Keep a local backup of all your data, it’s an experimental feature after all
Makes all the difference in the world.
Now here is something useful that will soon come to Chrome for iOS: Autofill. Introduced earlier this year on Android, this feature allows you to complete online forms using info pulled from other devices you’ve signed into.
What about those running Chrome on Android? The good news is that is just got even better, according to Google, it offers “some improvements to Autofill to further streamline online forms”, such as taking info from your Google Wallet and making checkout process as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Different CEO, different ideas.
While companies like Nokia are gaining popularity in the US due to their $80-99 no contract phone(s) (Lumia 520, 521), it looks like Mozilla has decided to take a different route and focus on developing markets.
Even though Mozilla’s previous CEO, Gary Kovacs, has confirmed that Firefox OS phones will be coming to US (Sprint network) in 2014, this appears to be no longer a case. According to Mitchell Baker, the open source organization has no more plans to launch phones in the US.
If you’ve been wanting to pick one of the HP Chromebooks later this month then don’t hold your breath. Why? Turns out, they were removed from the Best Buy and Amazon stores because of a number of user complaints about the overheating chargers that cause the damage.
In the meantime, HP advised not to use the original chargers that came with a product and rely on micro USB chargers instead.
It looks like there are some changes inside the Internet Explorer team.
According to the latest IEBlog post, Joe Belfiore will be replacing Dean Hachamovitch, the vice president for Internet Explorer, who will be joining a new team inside Microsoft.
If you haven’t heard about Joe Belfiore before, he’s a Microsoft veteran (been there over 20 years) and has contributed a lot, for example: Joe created the Windows 95 start menu, taskbar, is responsible for the Windows Phone / IE3-IE4 user experience and more.
Focuses on the use of encryption on the Web.
With never ending news about spying, Internet freedom and such, Mark Nottingham, the web infrastructure developer and the chairman of W3C group, has listed a couple of proposals that relate to the HTTP 2.0 protocol.
Most importantly, if everything goes as planned, HTTP 2.0 will only be used with https:// URIs, thus enhancing the overall security. Not only that but it looks like the web browser makers are the ones pushing for more use of encryption and support the idea, which is a good sign.
Delivers what others couldn’t.
After weeks and weeks of waiting, Google has recently released the very first Beta build of Chrome 32, which brings one of the widely requested (and promised features): noisy tab indicator.
What does that mean? It means that you can finally kill the annoying tab without having to go through all of them, just look at the indicator (see screenshot below) and you are good to go.