Part of their “new product experiences”.
As Yahoo! struggles to gain any momentum with the consumer products and/or services growth, it looks like the company has decided to test the waters using another approach: squeeze as much value from user as possible.
According to multiple reports by its users, Yahoo Mail has stopped working because AdBlock Plus was installed on their systems, asking to disable (and restricting mail access) before continuing.
Might be bit too late.
After announcing AdBlock Browser some time ago, it looks like it has finally been released (prior the Apple’s event) on iPads, iPhones and iPods.
However, with the release of iOS 9, its main selling point is no longer that great as the latest Safari version supports content blocking extensions.
As far as AdBlock Browser itself goes, just like with extensions, you can whitelist particular sites to keep web owners from becoming homeless. In addition to that, it claims to save data and up to 20% of battery life when you block tracking cookies and social media sharing buttons.
While press screams doom and gloom for Firefox, here’s a real explanation.
Not so long time ago developers behind Palemoon, a web browser based on Firefox’s Gecko rendering engine, have announced that they will be switching away from Mozilla’s to their own rendering engine called Goanna.
Now, before you start thinking about the PR disaster for Mozilla, it does not take rocket science to figure out that nothing actually changes. How so? Here’s a story in 60 seconds or less:
From mobile to desktop.
It looks like the success of UC Browser on handheld devices has allowed developers to invest and create the desktop version of the very same browser as well.
Available for Windows, it comes in two flavors: Global and Indian and features many of the features that you would expect: Cloud Sync, Speed Dial, Themes and so on. And yes, it’s another Chromium web browser.
On a downside, the install is pretty sneaky as the advanced options icon is sort of hidden, not to mention “Set as default browser” option, which is set by default and tries to trick you when you open UC Browser for the very first time with this:
If you are wondering how exactly the new search engine deal (where Yahoo! replaced Google as a default search engine in Firefox) has affected the trends in the industry, just take a look at the new data from Net Applications.
According to the new stats, Yahoo! has managed to [almost] triple its market share, up from 3.52% to 9.31% (5.79 points increase).
App becomes “Mini Web Browser”
If you’re wondering how tight Microsoft quality / fake apps control in the market place is then look no further than at the fake Opera Mini app, which was available for anyone to download for around 6 months.
April, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini – Up; Safari, Android Browser, Internet Explorer – Down
It’s the middle of May as we dig into the previous month’s mobile market share data.
Kicking things off with Safari, Apple’s web browser has seen a decrease of 2.14 points, from 53.91% to 51.77%.
Results are better than expected.
In its first release of statistics on the Acceptable Ads, AdBlock has revealed some interesting numbers that are worth mentioning.
According to a post by Ben Williams, they have rejected over 50% of all whitelist applicants (777) because their ads were not acceptable. In addition to that, they have only accepted 9.5% of all applicants, although the number is misleading due to the fake applications and/or communication breakdowns.
It’s finally happening, the day we’ve been all waiting for…
Remember the days when you went to your friend’s house to fix the computer only to see dozens of weird toolbars blocking the view? So does Yahoo.
Yesterday, the Internet giant has revealed a new version of its toolbar (for the US), which allows users to quickly access all the Yahoo services as well as connect other social networks, such as Facebook and Thumblr.