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.
Lower image quality in a smaller package.
Earlier this year, we posted a handpicked benchmark from Google’s conference, which displayed the advantages of VP9 versus H.264.
Now, the guys at ExtremeTech decided to compare H.265 to H.264 and see what the next generation video is all about. Not only that, but they were kind enough to provide with original PNG images (instead of JPG files that were posted in the article) and here are the results:
Windows 8 users will have to wait.
If you’ve been dying to test drive IE11 but are using Windows 7, then today is your lucky day as Microsoft has just announced the availability of Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview for Win7.
Just like in Windows 8.1, IE11 offers a variety of new capabilities including natively decoded JPG images in real time (using GPU), which means your laptop’s battery will last longer, pages could load faster and you will have more free memory available for other tasks.
Works on PC, Android and iOS.
In one of the most boring events ever, Google has revealed Chromecast, a streaming device for your TV, which allows you to quickly share your content from your PC, tablet or a smartphone.
In case you have some time to burn or are simply interested in the technology, then in two hours Google will be streaming their Android / Nexus announcement event, which is rumored to have a new set of Nexus devices as well as Android 4.3.
How is this browsers related? Well, assuming it’s a new version of Android, you can always expect some browser related changes too. Not to mention that the guy running Android team is also behind Chromium. So, grab your popcorn and sit tight, the event is about to begin.
Earlier this month, Google has released the Final build of Chrome 28 for its Android platform, now it looks like the search giant is rolling a similar update for iOS, which includes at least few useful features.
First in the list is an experimental data compression service, which has been one of the key selling points for Opera. Next is an ability to open links for YouTube, Maps, Google+ and Drive in the app instead of the browser as well as a full screen support (iPad only).
That’s not all though, if you’ve been using a voice search for more than just impressing your grandparents, then you’ll be happy to know that Google made some enhancements in this area too.
Good news for all your Chrome users out there as the search giant has recently pushed a new beta build to its Android channel, which aims to expand the WebRTC support beyond desktop web browsers.
In addition to that, you can expect faster page loading times and as always, stability improvements.
If you thought that Firefox OS for Mozilla was just a mere hobby, then could change your mind as the open source organization has just revealed a super aggressive release schedule, which is miles ahead its competitors, at least in terms of general availability cycles.
From now on, Firefox OS will receive quarterly feature updates and six weekly security updates for the previous two feature releases.
While 1.1.0 update required manual flashing, it remains to be seen whether or not Mozilla will be able to bypass carriers and push updates automatically over the air to all of its users. Otherwise, get ready for the far worse fragmentation than there currently is on Android.
One of the most annoying things about the Metro version of Internet Explorer on a larger screen devices is the always hidden address / tab bar, which you constantly have to trigger with a swipe gesture. Now, it looks like Microsoft has realized how incredibly frustrating this can be and decided to include an option to keep the bar always visible.
No mail reader in sight.
It looks like guys at Opera are busy working on features that did not make it to the final build of Opera 15. Today, they have added a support for Windows jumplists and auto form filler with more to come in the very near future.
According to Sebastian Baberowski, Opera is currently working on bookmarks, Opera Link, tab improvements (such as ability to pin them) as well as themes that should ease the transition pain when migrating from v12 to v16. Thankfully, they promised to release a new build featuring some of these enhancements in “a few weeks”, so stay tuned.