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 another drop in the sea.
Rockmelt, a social web browser that tried to reimagine itself (and failed), is no more. Trying to justify their incompetent approach in marketing and lack of innovation, the company semi-blamed Google and Microsoft while keeping quiet when it came to Firefox.
As it says, “distributing a desktop browser is hard and expensive (especially if you don’t have an operating system or the world’s most trafficked website to promote it)”.
What do web browsers and buying airplane tickets have in common? Cookies. So how do you save cash? Use private browsing mode (also known as incognito mode). One of redditors shared an interesting story on how various companies artificially inflate prices and how can you beat them.
Here’s what he had to say:
When purchasing items on the Internet (especially airline tickets), use incognito mode on your browser.
We use your own cookies against you: raising the price on tickets the more times you check, as you shop around for better deals. That way you’ll think the price is going up or that seats are being actively sold – thus increasing your urgency to buy, and punishing you for trying to get a good deal.
Draws inspiration from Google’s One Pass.
With the impending launch of Firefox OS, it looks like Mozilla is working on a new payment system API, which aims to simply and secure the process.
By modifying Google Wallet’s in-app purchase API, they have built a system where a payment will start and finish in the client but any further processing and notifications happen server side, which means that the payment side does not know about the product that the user has purchased.
After the recent update for PCs, Google has also published a new build of iPhones, iPads and Android handhelds.
So what can you expect from this release? Starting off with tablets, you can now access your tab history by holding back button and in case this isn’t exactly your cup of tea, there is another improvement: a full screen mode, which will be triggered when you scroll down.
With performance improvements.
Good news for all the Chrome users out there, Google has just pushed a new update to its Beta channel, which brings some welcome enhancements.
After the recent Opera release, Mozilla did too publish the final build of Firefox 20. If you haven’t downloaded it already, check the links below as it does include some nice improvements.
As we reported earlier, Firefox 20 finally includes a per window private browsing option so you no longer have to launch a separate session just to do some gift shopping.
In addition to that, users will be able to close hanging plugins, without hanging the browser itself and most importantly, enjoy the new download manager (finally).
Alive and still kicking.
While we wait for the very first build of Opera with Blink, here is something to distract you, at least for a little while.
Hopefully, it’s not made out of cheap plastic.
It seems like a new generation of rendering engines are breeding, which means pretty exciting times ahead, at least for the web browser enthusiasts like ourselves. Developers on the other hand are likely to tremble in fear.
Earlier this week, Mozilla has officially announced a new rendering engine called “Servo”, which (as we wrote back in December) is built using Rust, Mozilla’s own programming language, targeting multi core hardware.