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.
This is the world we live in.
When it comes to the first world browser problems, there are certainly more important things to talk about than ditching plugins, abandoning flash, and so on…
Just recently, Google revealed a new and open source web compression algorithm called Brotli, which is around 25% than Zopfli, a now previous generation algo from the very same company. Now what happened next is pretty ridiculous. Due to the nature of this name, files compressed with Brotli would have had a file extension .bro, but that is no longer the case as it will be changed to .br. Why?
Math and more math.
Few days ago, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 has now been installed on more than 110 million PCs. Naturally, that made us wonder: how many of those people have tried Microsoft Edge and most Importantly, how many of them actually kept using it.
While there are tons of different metrics we could use to determine the number of real Edge users, such as: active Opera Desktop Users (from their quarterly reports, 55 million in July) vs. Opera / Edge market share (1.36% and 2.40% respectively), which would give us an indication that ~97 million use Microsoft Edge, we have decided to go the other way and compare Windows 10 market share vs. Edge market share.
September, 2015 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Android Browser – Up, Safari, Internet Explorer – Down
Another month, another report.
For an undisclosed amount of cash.
AdBlock, the extension that has over 40 million active users, has been acquired by the anonymous company that was asked not to be named. Following the deal, AdBlock will begin using the Acceptable Ads List that is controlled by the AdBlock Plus, for his reason alone, many speculate that the buyer was Eyeo GmbH, the company behind AdBlock Plus.
However, AdBlock Plus has since denied the rumor.
Earlier this year, we have learned about some of the upcoming Microsoft Edge features, like tab previews and such. Now, it looks like the recently leaked build of Windows 10 has pretty much confirmed all that and even more.
The latest version, which could be released to the Windows 10 Insiders next week (after the Windows hardware event), includes the following Edge improvements:
- Tab previews / thumbnails
- Dockable F12 Developer Tools
- Ability to open folder where the file has been downloaded
- New icon for web notes
A death by the thousand sites.
BBC, one of the major content providers in the world, has announced its plans to fully ditch Adobe’s Flash in its iPlayer and replace it with none other than the HTML5.
As of this week, there is now a new opt-in beta program, which invites pretty much everyone to try the new iPlayer, which features a much more mobile and desktop friendly user interface and MPEG-DASH streaming standard.
According to BBC, the HTML5 player will be gaining feature parity with the Flash player in the coming months. Oh, but before you start your celebration dance, keep in mind that these browsers won’t be able to join the Beta program:
No extensions support in sight.
Even though Microsoft has promised to bring extensions support later this year, it looks like the recently leaked Windows 10 build still lacks one of the most widely requested and pretty much critical feature for today’s modern web browsers.
So what exactly was revealed? The ability to synchronize your bookmarks (yay, although it’s switched by default) and a proper mouse support, which means that you will finally be able to open links in a new window by simply clicking the scroll wheel.
One of the great things about Mozilla and their releases is the fact that they choose to publish both PC and Mobile builds at the same time and Firefox 42 Beta is no exception.
So what exactly is new in this version?
- The private browsing with tracking protection will now block various web elements that could lead to your tracking.
- Scrollable tabs for panels navigation
It’s time to enhance your privacy.
Recently, Mozilla has published the beta version of Firefox 42 web browser, which includes some very welcome changes and new features.
One of which will inform about the annoying tab that is playing music and allow you to mute it.
However, as far as the privacy enhancements go (the main point of Firefox 42), it now protects users from the third party tracking when using Private Browsing mode. In addition to that, there is a Control Center for Private Browsing, where you can control site settings and security in one place.