Author Archive: Armin Seuchter
Being passionate about software, Armin joined FavBrowser.com in early 2011 and has been actively writing ever since. Having accepted the challenge, he also enjoys watching anime, indulging in good books, staying fit and healthy, and trying new things.
According to the audited financial statement (download PDF) released Monday, total revenues for 2010 were $121.1 million, up 18.1% from 2009’s $104.3 million.
Revenue growth last year was just over half that of the 34% increase Mozilla touted for 2009. This was the second annual report in a row that Mozilla did not disclose the individual amounts it received from its search partners.
Instead, in a FAQ tied to the report, Mozilla repeated nearly word for word a line it used last year: “The majority of Mozilla’s revenue continues to be generated from the search functionality included in our Mozilla’s Firefox product through all major search partners including Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex, Amazon, eBay and others.”
Called Chrome Remote Desktop, the new feature is in beta testing and lets you connect any two computers that have a Chrome browser, including Windows, Linux, Mac, and Chromebooks. The app can access all data on a remote computer and requires the person sharing access to their computer to give a code to the person who will tap into it remotely. That authentication must be done every time access is granted.
Mozilla said it will begin to send Firefox 3.6 users an offer that urges them to get on the rapid release train.
It would be the first time it has offered what it calls an “advertised update” or a “major update” to people still running 2010’s Firefox 3.6.
ScriptScan ships with McAfee’s VirusScan antivirus program. It’s designed to keep Web surfers safe by scanning for any malicious scripting code that might be running in the browser. According to Mozilla, however, it has an unintended side effect: It can cause Firefox to crash…a lot.
Mozilla said that the extension “causes a high volume of crashes,” and is “strongly encouraging” users to disable the software. The warning applies to all users of version 14.4.0 and below of the plugin.
Opera Software has announced that it will be opening a new data center for Americans to better serve almost 130 million Opera Mini users. Why? Apparently serious hardware is needed to accommodate the close to 80 billion web pages, or 11.4 petabytes, served through Opera Mini each month. Users of Opera Turbo will surely benefit as well.
What Opera Software evidently intends to do with this new data center is provide American users with even faster browsing. In addition to that, the new data center, located at the Fortress Colocation Centers, follows Opera Software’s commitment to the environment, for it uses 80% renewable energy. Sounds great for American users!
A year after it pulled the plug on silent updates in Firefox 4, Mozilla said it will debut most of the behind-the-scenes feature by early next year. Assuming Mozilla pulls off silent upgrading this time around, it would make Firefox only the second browser to take that route. Google’s Chrome has been the poster boy for automatic updates that remove the user from the equation and can’t be switched off.
Remember how Microsoft Security Essentials “mistakenly” classified Google Chrome as malware? Well, Google released new versions of Chrome for both the “stable” and “beta” channels to fix the Microsoft mess.
Although Microsoft released an antivirus definition file within hours of the Friday fiasco, scores of Chrome users reported that they were unable to reinstall the browser or that if they had, they had lost their browser bookmarks.
Chrome users began reporting the specious detection of the browser early Friday in a quickly growing thread on a Google support forum.
Numerous users complained in Google Forums about the warnings they received in Microsoft Security Essentials, a free, consumer grade anti virus software from Microsoft. According to various reports, WSE identified a problem with Google Chrome web browser and has tagged it as: PWS:Win32/Zbot.