First alpha release is here.
If you have a Windows 8 tablet or giant Perceptive Pixel display, then your day is just about to get better. After spending almost a year on the project, Mozilla has just announced the availability of the very first nightly Firefox build for Microsoft’s Windows 8 Modern UI or whatever they decide to call it tomorrow.
For both, PC and Android.
Now here is a double treat for all you Firefox users out there. Instead of a PC release alone, Mozilla has decided to go for an extra mile and publish the final Firefox 19 builds on all the platforms, including Android.
So what’s new? As reported earlier, Firefox 19 for the PC includes a built in PDF reader, startup performance improvements as well as new web standards support.
Veterans say that “Opera hasn’t been the same since founder Jon S von Tetzchner left”.
So I guess this is it? After almost 20 years, Opera is moving away from their in-house rendering engine. And just to confirm what was already a well-known fact, Norwegian browser maker has begun firing core employees, including veterans like Yngve Pettersen, André Shultz and Lasse Magnussen.
Now here is an issue you haven’t heard about: as it turns out, both Firefox and Opera (to a lesser extent) are “leaking” your sensitive data, at least according to some reports.
The issue appears to be related to Speed Dial, which generates thumbnails of your favorite or most frequently visited web pages. As web browser takes a screenshot of the site, it does little to protect user’s privacy, especially when data is served over the SSL connection.
Opera’s biggest purchase yet?
Skyfire Labs, a company that raised $23 million just over a year ago, has been acquired by Opera Software in a deal said to be worth up to $155 million in both cash and stock. This includes an upfront payment of $50 million and performance based payments over the next 3 years.
While it’s been a while since we heard about Skyfire’s web browser, it looks like this wasn’t the only driving force behind the acquisition.
Now here is a question for those with much sharper eyes: are these Opera Software employees? If so, they do seem quite happy.
Earlier last year, Microsoft has helped the developers behind Contre Jour, a visually stunning game for all the platforms, to port it to the web.
Now, the software giant has announced the availability of a new version, which includes a total of 20 new levels and two new worlds. While neither Petit nor Microsoft shared any visitor numbers, it was revealed that there were close to 1 million visitors from the Brazil alone.
If you haven’t played Contre Jour already, grab your headphones and check it out.
Should have done that years ago.
After revealing Opera Ice, a WebKit based mobile web browser for Android and iOS, Opera Software today announced its plans migrate “most” of its upcoming browsers for smartphones and PC’s.
Back in December, we have reported about the very first Windows Phone 8 update, which (among other improvements) was supposed to bring a new Internet Explorer feature, allowing users not to download images, saving bandwidth and improving loading times.
Now, it looks like Microsoft has decided to make this feature a yet another Verizon exclusive, with even unlocked Australian / European phones missing the promised checkbox.