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.
For Windows Phone, Android and iOS (limited functionality).
Now here is something interesting to kickstart your day. In Russia, a country where Opera is especially loved, Norwegian company is launching an unlimited music service.
Priced at 150 rubles per month ($4.75), Windows Phone and Android users will be able to stream and download music from a selection of over 2 million tracks (Russian and non-Russian) while the iPhone and iPad users will be limited to streaming service only. Why? Limited iOS functionality and restrictions are blamed.
Security patch only.
With the IE10 Release Preview hitting Windows 7 users, it looks like Microsoft has issued an update for its Internet Explorer 9 users too.
As with previous IE9 patches, the following build fixes one security vulnerability (rated critical), which would allow remote code execution and potentially harm the PC. That’s pretty much it as far as the changelog goes.
If Opera Mobile is not exactly your cup of tea then there is another option to consider: Opera Mini.
Just recently, Norwegian browser maker has released a small update, which aims to improve the overall user experience. So what’s new? The following build improves NFC support, connection stability as well as offers various stabilization fixes and page layout enhancements. Grab it now.
Opera Mini 7.5.1 for Android
After a sugar coated promo from the Microsoft, it’s time to put their claims into a test and find out, how good or bad Internet Explorer 10 really is when it comes to gaming and HTML5 performance.
Thankfully, a game developer from Scirra.com did a bunch of tests and let me tell you, the results are pretty ugly. Why? Mostdly due to no WebGL support.
Real Life Scenarios
Turns out to be pretty cool, actually.
Well, here is something warm and fuzzy for a cold autumn evening: a new promotional video from the Microsoft. While it fails to beat the stunning IE9 ad, it’s miles ahead of average web browser ads (with latest example being Opera’s horrible attempt to promote
gears extensions). Focusing on the touch experience, the video material bashes iPad and various Android web browsers, claiming that they are not actually “touch optimized” and are somewhat laggy.
Confused? Just hit that play button.
Months and months of waiting have finally paid off as Microsoft has just announced the availability of the Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7.
As stated earlier, this is a preview and not the final build, leaving a bitter taste for some of the Windows 7 users.
And if you are that eager to play with the final version of IE10, there is still a Windows upgrade offer (29 EUR or 39 USD), giving you an instant access to everyone’s bellowed web browser.
Hangs the latter.
Just recently, Opera users started reporting an issue, which caused their browser to become unstable while browsing SkyDrive photos. Now, according to Opera’s Hallvord R. M. Steen, the root cause is Microsoft itself.
As stated in the blog post, SkyDrive suffers from a bug, which sends two million NULL characters during every browsing session that results in a 100% CPU usage.
Makes you want more.
Interestingly enough, it has some neat ideas, such as: dynamically updated live tiles (see video below for a cheesy demo) with news from Opera’s portal, speed dial thumbnbails that match those of WP8 start screen and more.
The latest stable build is here.
Catching up with the competition, the search giant has released the final version of the Google Chrome 23 web browser. As promised earlier, the following build includes a widely requested, Do Not Track feature.
However, most importantly, for all the tablet and laptop users out there, Google did a lot of work to optimize the overall browser efficiency. The result? You can now surf the web up to 25% longer than with its predecessors, thanks to the GPU accelerated video decoding.
Back in 2007, Mozilla has decided that it does not have to pay taxes for the revenue that comes from Google’s search partnership. Why? Because according to them, 66 million (out of 77 million) dollars were a form of contribution and therefore, should not be taxable.
Unfortunately for them, the US government held a different opinion and as a result, Mozilla had to settle and will be paying a total of $1.5 million.
Better luck next time.