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.
Reestablishes the trust.
Recently, Maxthon was accused of cheating its score in the HTML5Test but, as it turns out, it’s not all doom and gloom for the Chinese company.
As explained in their official blog post, they simply released a build that (partially) supports Web GL, ‘Get user media’ and ‘Subtitles’ attributes too quickly and that, as a result, caused quite a backlash.
Is it really that much better?
Thankfully, we have found a neat presentation made by Will Chan and Roberto Peon and to be fair, results surprised us, in a good way, of course.
SPDY vs. HTTP
Follows Google Chrome and Firefox.
If you’ve been craving for the Opera release that supports SPDY, you are up for a nice treat as this is exactly what has happened.
Although it’s not yet integrated into their weekly builds, it’s still better than nothing and offers a sneak peak of what could possibly become a part of the upcoming Opera 12.50 release.
Click here to learn more about SPDY and download the mentioned Opera Labs build.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this]
Just when Facebook decided to replace Google Chrome and recommend Opera instead, it looks like Blogger did the opposite.
As first noticed by Bob Leggitt on June 27th, not only have they ditched the support for Opera but will also keep you asking to download Google Chrome over and over again. Ed Bott, one of the ZDNet editors has summed it up like this, “This is how monopolies work. If you use Opera to create or edit posts on Google’s Blogger network, you’ll see a nagging message. And you’ll keep seeing those nags until you switch to Chrome.”
Continues with its fish codenames.
Now here is something to be excited about: the next release of the Opera web browser, codenamed “Marlin”.
Just today, Norwegian browser maker has revealed the very first build of Opera 12.50, which is still in the alpha/pre-alpha state. However, it does not mean that there are no new features for you to play with and although we expect to see more in the next few months, here is what you will see as of now:
Thinks that they can outsmart everyone else.
When you start bundling crap with your web browser, you know that there is something fundamentally wrong with your priorities. So, what do you do when you have already lost your dignity and suck at pretty much everything you do? You cheat, obviously.
After claiming that Maxthon scores a total of 467 points in the HTML5Test, Niels Leenheer has found out that this is not exactly the case. In fact, they enabled features that do not actually work, just to boost the meaningless score.
Well, here is an interesting turn of events, a somewhat inverted market share data.
Instead of focusing on the user experience and eliminating the useless 2 year release cycle, IE team has decided to fire more ads instead. Certainly, even great ads have their limits and as shown above, Internet Explorer continues to lose its market share, down from 54.05% to 54.02% (0.03 point decrease).
A little bit of everything.
We are not sure how many hundreds or thousands of different web browsers there are that use the WebKit rendering engine, but here is something slightly different: Torch.
So what’s so cool about it? Well, it builds on the foundation of the Chromium web browser and includes a couple of new features, such as:
With the release of Opera 12, Norwegian browser maker has included a much needed, “Do Not Track”, feature, which, although can be ignored by some sites, can be enabled via:
- Preferences > Advanced
- Open “Security” tab and check “Ask websites not to track me”
Hit OK and enjoy the artificial feeling of better privacy.
Build 20.0.1132.47 Stable.
Following quite a few Google Chrome related reports, the search giant has also announced the availability of the Google Chrome 20 web browser.
As this is Chrome after all, don’t expect a lot of new features. However, starting from the v20 builds, users will notice some minor UI improvements, such as: a wider new tab button and according to some reports, the whole user interface has been redone in HTML, CSS and JS.