Archive for the ‘software evaluation’ Category

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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Ungoogled-Chromium Removes Google Traces from Chromium

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

If you love the functionality of Google’s Chrome browser, but would rather do without Google’s habit of collecting information regarding every move you make online, then you should probably take a look at Ungoogled-Chromium.

Ungoogled-Chromium is a fork of Chromium that puts the focus on privacy and security by removing Google traces and other bits of code from the browser that weaken privacy. The custom browser is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and as source code. Chromium is an open source web browser that Google Chrome and other browsers such as Vivaldi or Opera base their code on.

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Google Translate Neural Translations Promise Better Results

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Machine translation programs have been around since at least the early 1990s. In the past, the results have always left a lot to be desired, but I suppose that someday, someone will finally get it right.

Google Translate is a widely used translation service by Google that is probably the most used translation service on the Web these days. Google states for instance that the system processes 18 million translations per day from Chinese to English alone. Up until now, Google Translate used a phrase-based translation model to power the translation engine. This method breaks a sentence up into words and phrases, and translates them largely independently from each other.

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How to Mute Sites Permanently in Firefox

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Here’s a great way to deal with those sites that routinely fire up a noisy sound file or video, every time you access them.

MuteLinks is a new browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that enables you to mute specific sites so that they will never play sound when opened or used. Sound can be a very distracting and annoying thing, especially if it starts to play as soon as a page loads. While there are not that many sites that auto-play video or audio files, some do. Others may display ads with sound on their site which is equally problematic.

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