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.

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Microsoft Edge Will Support Firefox And Chrome Extensions

By | May 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

Microsoft Edge Will Support Firefox And Chrome ExtensionsNot coming anytime soon though.

Good news for all the potential Edge users and extensions developers out there. During Microsoft Build 2015 conference, the software giant has revealed that their upcoming browser will support both Firefox and Google Chrome extensions.

Although it’s not yet certain how exactly will the users will be able to install add-ons and whether or not developers will have to make deep adjustments, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore did show Reddit Enhancement Suite, which was ported from the Google’s Chrome version.
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Project Spartan Becomes Microsoft Edge, New Icon + Video

By | April 30, 2015 | 2 Comments

Project Spartan Becomes Microsoft Edge, New Icon + VideoIt’s official.

Yesterday, during its annual developers conference (Build 2015), Microsoft has revealed that (unfortunately) they won’t name Internet Explorer successor Spartan. Instead the team has decided to call the new browser under its rendering engine name: Microsoft Edge.

In addition to that, the new icon has been revealed and boy does it look familiar…

Lastly, a promo video has been posted so here it is:
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Watch Build 2015 Here (Live Stream)

By | April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Watch Build 2015 Here (Live Stream)And take a look at the list of Spartan related sessions.

If you are eager to find out what’s new in Project Spartan (as well as in other, Microsoft related products), then good news, the software giant will be streaming its Build 2015 conference live and you can watch it here!

When does it start? In 8 hours, and the timer is also available on the very same page so you will know the exact time in your country.

As far as specific, Spartan sessions go:
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Opera For Android Becomes Pretty Awesome

By | April 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

Opera For Android Becomes Pretty AwesomeNow here is a pretty fantastic update for anyone that is running Opera on their Android phones or tablets and as it turns out, not only did it add new features, but also removed one of them: Opera Mini server side compression.

The good news? It was replaced with Opera Turbo, a much better and more compatible version of the site compression technology.

In addition to that, Opera for Android now also supports tab sync across all other Opera instances, meaning that you will always be able to continue reading or browsing the web without thinking what device to use.
And last but definitely not least? Automatic text wrap (yay)!
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Spartan For Phones UI Is Not Final

By | April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Spartan For Phones UI Is Not FinalIf you have been one of those people who complained about the Spartan for Phones UI changes compared to Internet Explorer Mobile then good news, during the Q&A session, Microsoft engineers have confirmed that this is indeed not a final revision.

So what exactly is wrong with the UI? Well, mostly it’s one thing: the URL bar is on top, making it pretty much impossible to use a larger phone with one hand, a pretty serious flaw if you ask us.

While it’s not exactly a news that should be cheered upon, at least it gives some hope, which is better than nothing.
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Yahoo: Our Search Market Volume Reached A 5 Year High

By | April 24, 2015 | 2 Comments

Yahoo: Our Search Market Volume Reached A 5 Year HighThe keyword here is “reached” not “is at”.

If you want to learn more on how exactly did the new deal (where Yahoo! became a default search engine on Firefox) affected one of the news leaders in the US then look no further than at the recently published financial results by Yahoo!

According to the report, its search volume has reached “a five-year high” with them saying that “the partnership between Yahoo and Mozilla was key to this volume increase”.
However, while Yahoo! search volume did reach a peak, it was unable to sustain it as according to the latest market share data, last month alone the company lost 0.2 points of the US market share, down from 13% to 12.8%
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Spartan Beats Chrome In Google’s Own Playground

By | April 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

Spartan Beats Chrome In Google's Own PlaygroundShows its true potential.

Remember the days when one browser developer would create a new benchmark, which (of course) would favor their own web browser and make it appear faster? Then another developer would join and the story continues…

However, now with Project Spartan, it looks like Microsoft’s web browser has surpasses Google Chrome in none other than Octane 2.0 benchmark.
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Microsoft Adopts Google’s Bounty Strategy

By | April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Microsoft Adopts Google’s Bounty StrategyGet your debuggers going.

It looks like Microsoft has finally decided to borrow one of the Google’s ideas: rewards for finding serious web browser bugs.

While the rewards program is not exactly new in the software giant campus, those who wanted to do some serious debugging for the Project Spartan will finally be rewarded the right way: up to $15,000 for a security vulnerability.

The bad news? The clock is ticking and this is not exactly a campaign for a lifetime. Instead, the Project Spartan Bug Bounty will end on June 22, 2015.
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Google Chrome For IOS Gets Spartan Like Features

By | April 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

Google Chrome For IOS Gets Spartan Like FeaturesAnd other awesome tweaks.

One of the cool things that Project Spartan has brought to the table is Cortana (Bing) integration into the URL bar, which allows users to quickly check weather and get other data without entering any web page.

Well, it looks like those using iOS devices can now achieve the very same thing, all thanks to the new Google Chrome update. We are talking about weather, stock data and event math equations.
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New Opera Mini For Android Is Here

By | April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

New Opera Mini For Android Is HereIncludes refreshed user interface.

If you are rocking a phone with Android 2.3 or higher then here’s a neat gift for you: a new and improved version of Opera Mini.
And the main selling feature for this release? A redesigned user interface with the Android like native look and feel.

What if you are using a phone with Android 2.2 or older os build? Well, the good news is that you can still grab a classic Opera Mini from here. The bad news? It will no longer be updated.
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