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.

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Amazon’s Silk Raises Privacy, Security Concerns

By | October 3, 2011 | 2 Comments

Amazon's Silk Raises Privacy, Security ConcernsRemember Amazon’s new web browser Silk that is being included with the Kindle Fire? Well, it’s gotten some security and privacy experts to start thinking!

In a short FAQ about Silk, Amazon conveyed that it will handle the encrypted traffic between consumers and websites secured with SSL (secure socket layer), such as log in pages, other shopping sites, and online banking sessions.
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Chrome To Take Second Place From Firefox Soon

By | September 29, 2011 | 34 Comments

Data provided by StatCounter, a company that tracks browser usage using the free analytics tools it offers websites, shows that Chrome will pass Firefox to take second place right behind Internet Explorer (IE) no later than December.
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Firefox Extensions Won’t Download

By | September 29, 2011 | 7 Comments

Ain’t I lucky? I decided to do an absolutely fresh installation of Firefox 7 and would obviously have to reinstall my extensions and skins. The thing is, none of the extensions will download. This is making me sad, as Firefox has got some excellent extensions. Let’s hope that Mozilla fixes the issue soon as it has been several hours now. Click the image to witness my misery!

Update: Check Wicket’s link below for further clarification. Thanks, Wicket.

Amazon’s New Silk Redefines Browser Tech

By | September 29, 2011 | 11 Comments

Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet recently launched in New York. What’s more interesting to us is that the company also showed off a bit of potentially radical software technology as well, namely the new browser for the Fire, called Silk.
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RockMelt Beta 4 Coming Soon, New Reading Experience

By | September 26, 2011 | 5 Comments

RockMelt Beta 4 is to be released sometime in the next few weeks and will bring with it several new features, one of which being called Social Reading.
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Consumers Can Go For Fewer Firefox Releases

By | September 26, 2011 | 5 Comments

Consumers Can Go For Fewer Firefox ReleasesUsers and developers cited a number of reasons why consumers might want to use the less frequent Extended Support Release (ESR) builds that were announced recently. These include problems with extensions unable to keep up with the six week cadence, and a desire for fewer updates on machines they support for family and friends.

The ESR Firefox may also be just “good enough” for many users, one Mozilla developer argued.

The reason I expect a lot of users to switch to these ESR builds is not because they want extensions to work or because of any one issue that we can fix in the future. It’s simply because Firefox works ‘good enough’ right now and they don’t want to have to deal with change. – Cheng Wang on the mozilla.planning.dev discussion group

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Mozilla Suggests Slower Firefox Release Pace For Enterprises

By | September 23, 2011 | 7 Comments

Mozilla Suggests Slower Firefox Release Pace For EnterprisesRemember how Mozilla rejected the faster Firefox release schedule (it was posted yesterday)? Well, here’s a new proposal and it goes like this: the Firefox release pace for enterprises is to be significantly slowed down. This should make corporate IT quite a bit happier.

If the proposal is adopted, Mozilla will deliver a new version of Firefox to enterprises every 30 weeks. That is five times slower than to consumers. During each 30 week stretch, Mozilla would issue only security updates for the browser. In addition, each enterprise edition would be supported for an additional 12 weeks after the release of its successor, assuring companies 42 weeks of support for each version. Continue Reading

Download Maxthon 3.1.8.1000

By | September 22, 2011 | 8 Comments

Download Maxthon 3.1.8.1000The newest version of Maxthon has been released! Find below some of the new features and improvements that come with this update:

  • Maxthon Option syncing.
  • Smart Address Bar syncing.
  • Lock Tab.
  • New style of Last Session, History, Favorites Manager pages.
  • Optimized the memory usage in Ultra Mode.
  • Updated flash player to Version 10.3.183.7 in Ultra Mode.
  • Thunder Downloader supported adding tasks in bulk.
  • Improved the page compatibility of Webkit Core.
  • Syncing of AdHunter Blocking Rules was enabled by default.

Maxthon 3.1.8.1000 can be downloaded here. The changelog can be found here.

These Maxthon folk sure are speedy with their releases!

Mozilla Rejects Faster Firefox Release Schedule

By | September 22, 2011 | 10 Comments

Mozilla Rejects Faster Firefox Release ScheduleA pitch to accelerate Firefox’s rapid release schedule even further i.e. shipping a new version every five weeks, was rejected by Mozilla. The proposal, made by Mozilla engineering manager Josh Aas last week, would have cut weeks from the current scheme.

Moving to a five week cycle would mean a fix going into mozilla central would get to users three weeks faster. That’s a big deal. It’s an upgrade in responsiveness that we can’t afford to pass on if we can pull it off. - Josh Aas, Mozilla engineering manager, on the mozilla.dev.planning forum

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Download Maxthon 3.1.7.1000

By | September 16, 2011 | 2 Comments

Download Maxthon 3.1.7.1000The newest version of Maxthon has been released! Find below some of the new features and improvements that come with this update:

  • Supported importing favorites from Chrome and Firefox.
  • Supported skin developers customizing drop-down list of Address Bar.
  • Increased the startup speed and the fluency of page viewing.
  • Enhanced the logic of data syncing.
  • Supported HTML 5 feature: drag & drop to upload files in Skydrive and add attachments in Gmail.
  • Increased Webkit startup speed.
  • Added interface customization menu which supported customizing Tool Bar/Side Bar buttons and the browser’s interface.
  • Optimized CPU usage in Ultra Mode.
  • Increased the favorites menu first time popup speed.

Maxthon 3.1.7.1000 can be downloaded here. The changelog can be found here.