Archive for the ‘software evaluation’ Category

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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Opera 44 – Non-MSE Video Hardware Acceleration, Malware Shortcut Blocking

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Based on capabilities offered in the Developer version, it looks like the next Opera update will include some interesting new features.

Opera Software has released the first Developer version of the upcoming Opera 44 web browser to the public today. The new development version, a version that is made available for testing purposes mainly, gives a glimpse of new features that will find their way into Opera 44 Stable.

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What’s in Store for Firefox in 2017?

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Here’s a quick peek at some of the changes that Mozilla has tentatively planned for Firefox in the upcoming year …

The year 2017 will be an interesting one for the Firefox web browser, Mozilla, and users of the browser. 2017 will see new technology being integrated in Firefox, and also some removed. The following guide lists those changes. It needs to be noted though that some may or may not happen. I mention that explicitly if that is the case so that you know that a change is not a done deal but something that could happen.

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Opera 42 Stable with Currency Converter

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

A built-in currency converter is definitely a cool idea … but as this article describes, Opera 42 offers other interesting new features too.

Opera 42, the new stable version of the web browser by Opera Software, ships today with a built-in currency converter and other changes. Opera Software appears to be on an innovation spree. The company released several interesting features like Battery SaverBrowser VPN or a built-in ad-blocker in recent time that set the browser apart from others.

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PhotoScan by Google Photos for Android

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

I’m having a hard time believing that the resolution would be as good as what one can get via a flat bed scanner, but this is still an interesting idea.

PhotoScan by Google Photos is a new Android application by Google to scan printed photos using your device’s built-in camera. PhotoScan is a new scanner app from Google Photos that lets you scan and save your favorite printed photos using your phone’s camera. You have several options at hand if you want to turn your printed photos into digital copies. You could simply use the camera of the smartphone to photograph the photos for instance.

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Chrome: New Audio Focus Feature Launches

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

This appears to be a very popular feature that many browsers have been adding lately. An upcoming version of Firefox also allows audio to be muted on all tabs except the active tab.

Google just launched a new feature in Chrome Dev for the desktop and Chrome OS that when enabled ensures that only one audio source is playing at the same time. Did you ever run into multiple audio sources playing at the same time in the browser? While that may sometimes be desirable to some users, for instance to play low volume music and high volume voice audio, most users are probably irritated when two audio sources play at the same time.

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Quickly Analyze Windows Update Errors

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

In light of recent problems with Windows Updates, this seems like an extremely useful tool for Windows 10 users.

It is unclear how many Windows users and administrators run into updating issues on Windows machines regularly or occasionally. Updating issues can be frustrating, especially if the system lands in an endless cycle of downloads, installs, reboots and rollbacks that frustrate many users and system admins. The past year alone has seen several borked updates that caused issues on Windows 10 machines.  The Windows 10 updates KB3081424 and KB3194496 caused issues on PCs around the world for instance.

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Opera Max’s New Privacy Mode

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The overall concept is definitely worthwhile, but since this new privacy feature actually collects a good deal of personal data itself, the execution leaves a bit to be desired.

Opera Software has started the roll out of a new Privacy Mode feature for the data compression application Opera Max for Android. Privacy Mode goes hand in hand with Opera Max’s data compression functionality. As you may know, all traffic is tunneled through Opera servers using Opera Max. This is done primarily to reduce data usage, and was first introduced back in 2013 as a standalone version of Opera’s Off-Road mode.

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