Archive for the ‘software evaluation’ Category

Mozilla Servo Browser Builds for Windows Released

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

There’s only a demo version at this point, but it does provide an interesting peek at Mozilla’s upcoming lightweight browser.

Mozilla just released the first build of the Servo browser engine Developer Preview for Microsoft’s Windows operating system. The organization released builds of Servo for Linux and Mac in July 2016, and has added Windows to the list just now in April 2017. Windows users may head over to the official Servo download page to grab the installer. All that is required then is to run the installer to install the Servo preview — called Servo Tech Demo — on a Windows machine.

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Firefox gets a Performance Settings Section

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

This sounds like a convenient addition to Firefox, although it doesn’t appear to offer many new functions beyond what is already available via about:config.

Mozilla plans to add a Performance section to the Settings page of the Firefox web browser that allows users to modify some performance related parameters in the UI. The roll-out of Firefox’s multi-process architecture was a big step in the right direction for Mozilla. The architecture separates the browser’s core from sites and applications.

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Unified Troubleshooting Page

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Here’s an interesting sneak peek at Microsoft’s soon to be released Unified Troubleshooting Page for Windows 10

The upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, out April 11th, 2017 officially and on April 5th, 2017 for early adopters, ships with a unified Troubleshooting page to fix issues.

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PC Building Simulator for Windows and Linux

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The way it stands now, this seems like a useful self-teaching tool, for those who want to build their own PCs. Add a few links to companies that sell components online, and it could also be a pretty nice marketing tool too.

PC Building Simulator is a game for Windows and Linux devices in which you simulate the building of desktop computer systems. Building PCs, as opposed to buying them out of the box, can be a very rewarding experience. Apart from gaining knowledge on how the PC works, it allows you to pick the components and layout that you want.

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Google Family Link for Android – More Control Over Your Kids’ Devices

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Just in case your teenage children have run out of things to complain about …

Google Family Link is a new application for Android that gives you more control over the Android devices of your kids. This reads a bit like parental controls, and it is to a degree. The main idea behind the app is to give parents control over various aspects of their children’s devices. Among other things, it allows parents to set a bedtime for the device, monitor the on-screen time, and manage the apps that kids can use.

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Windows Defender Application Guard – A Quick Summary

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Protection for Windows Edge is a nice start, but Microsoft needs to go a step further and include protection for IE as well as the user’s system.

Windows Defender Application Guard is a new security feature of the Windows 10 operating system that Microsoft revealed back in 2016. The company revealed back then that it would integrate the feature in a future Windows Insider build before shipping it with the new feature update of Windows, the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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Microsoft Edge’s “Something Missing on this Page” Message

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

For the most part, this message is an indication that Edge has blocked content (and usually, that means Flash content.)

If you follow the release of Windows 10 Insider Build releases, or have installed one on a PC, you may have noticed that Microsoft put a lot of effort in recent builds to improve the system’s default web browser Microsoft Edge. Edge is a rather bare bones browser, which is refreshing when you come from Internet Explorer, but disappointing if you expect the same level of customization that Firefox offers for instance.

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Page Not Found? Load Archived Copies with Wayback Machine for Chrome

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Wayback Machine isn’t just a very useful website, now it’s also a Chrome extension.

Wayback Machine is a new browser extension for Google Chrome that detects page error codes to suggest to access archived copies of the page. There is a saying that the Internet won’t forget a thing, and that it is difficult to impossible to remove content from the Internet completely. While that is the case, it is no rare occurrence that Internet users encounter deleted, redirected or temporarily unavailable pages or entire sites.

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Windows 10 Version 1607 Update KB3211320

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

This latest update is definitely a big one, but so far, there isn’t much information available to describe exactly what it does.

Microsoft has released KB3211320 for Windows 10 Version 1607 today through Windows Update and the Microsoft Update Catalog service today. The Knowledgebase page of the update is not live yet, which makes it difficult to find out what it is all about.

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This is Firefox’s Upcoming Permissions System

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Here’s a quick summary of the changes that are coming to Firefox’s permissions system …

Back in mid-2016 we gave you a glimpse of the new permissions system that Mozilla was working on at the time for its Firefox web browser. Mozilla worked on it a bit more in the meantime, and plans to launch an updated version of it soon that improves the user interaction with permissions in several ways.

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