Mozilla originally showed off its Metro style Firefox browser for Windows 8 back in October, but the company has started to distribute it in the latest nightly builds this week. Like Chrome, with Firefox for Windows 8 you’ll need to set the browser as the default one to access the “Metro style” version. This allows Firefox to run in Microsoft’s new Windows 8 environment.
We tried it out on Windows 8 this week, and it’s clear the version available is in the very early stages of release. Tabs are functional, alongside the ability to pin and favorite sites, but the settings are somewhat limited. We found that if you use the Windows 8 search Charm within Firefox it will, oddly enough, use Microsoft’s Bing search engine rather than Google…
Question by Mommy of Two: Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Proclaim Prepaid Cell Phone, what is the web browser like? Hello, I am a long time Straight Talk customer and I am considering buying the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim. I was just wondering what the web browser is like? Is it pc-like web browsing? Or is it the same as other basic straight talk phones?
Answer by PrzemekProclaim is an Android smartphone featured with full HTML browser (pc-like)
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Question by anonymous: How do you install a game from the browser onto your android phone? I just bought the humble bundle for my android phone, and I don’t know how to install the games. I downloaded the games, but when I go to install them it says it won’t accept anything that isn’t from the market. I tried to go to settings>applications but there isn’t an option to allow unknown sources. I bought a file manager and tried to install them from that, but it says the same thing. What do I do?
Answer by Jackyou can use PandaApp for Android to download the free apps
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European Union (EU) regulators are set to charge Microsoft for breaching the terms of a landmark 2009 antitrust settlement by failing to provide a clear choice of web browsers in Windows 7 Service Pack 1, according to a report from Reuters. The issue first emerged back in July, when the European Commission (EC) — the EU’s executive body — formally announced its intentions to open proceedings against the company. Microsoft admitted the “technical error” the same day, emphasizing that it had taken “immediate steps” to correct the problem.
“The next step is to open a formal proceeding into the company’s breach of an agreement,” EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia reportedly told journalists today. “It should not be a long…
A technical error may have led to 28 million Windows 7 SP1 machines skipping the browser choice screen, but Microsoft isn’t making that mistake with Windows 8. After taking some heat from the European Commission over its browser choice commitment, Microsoft has started to push out an update to Windows 8 users in Europe. The Windows Update provides a browser choice Metro style application for Windows 8 users, with a choice of Opera, Chrome, Firefox, and Maxthon as the alternatives to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer — scrolling right will provide even more choices.
The browser choice screen launches automatically the first time on reboot after it’s installed and points users to the familiar browser choice website with a note about making…
Google has agreed to pay $ 22.5 million to settle its dispute with the FTC, over the company’s role in bypassing browser settings in Apple’s Safari web browser. Although it stated that it wouldn’t use tracking cookies or targeted ads to the web browser, a loophole was discovered that allowed them, violating a previous privacy settlement between the FTC and Google.
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Well known ChromiumOS developer Hexxeh has been fiddling around with the Raspberry Pi since its debut and his latest experiment is a beta version of the Chromium browser, ready to run on Raspbian images. While it’s not the full Chromium OS (that’s still under development) it should help ease the pain of browsing the web on one of the $ 35 Broadcom-powered units. It still requires quite a bit of horsepower however, so overclocking your Raspberry Pi and using a fast USB stick or SD card for storage is advised, hit the source link below for more instructions on downloading and running the 35MB~ package.
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A spokesman for the European Commission’s antitrust agency has confirmed that the Commission is investigating browser choice issues on Windows RT and detailed more possible charges. Antoine Colombani told Computerworld that “we will indeed look at these allegations made by third parties in the context of the investigation opened yesterday on Microsoft’s compliance with our December 2009 decision.” These allegations were primarily made by Mozilla, which has complained that Microsoft’s tablet-focused Windows RT operating system only allows third-party browsers in the Metro environment, not the more traditional Classic mode. It’s also alleged that users may find it difficult to change the default browser.
As Colombani said, the…
When it comes to Augmented Reality browsers on mobile devices, I always particularly liked Junaio (just one of the many AR tools created and maintained by Munich-based company Metaio). It’s an especially appealing option since it’s quite powerful, and has many, many content channels to choose from (a good side effect of their successful developer outreach – they have over 10,000 active content developers to date).
I’ll admit (and I’ve said this before) that while there are some great AR content choices in the app — like the Instagram channel where you can see local Instagram shots based on where they were tagged — I’ve always found the “channel” motif for organizing AR content clumsy and slightly confusing. That is until now.
The new version of Junaio, launching today, has made some major progress in simplifying the UI. Its new interface is much cleaner now and lets you get right to the camera view when the app starts up so you can immediately start scanning AR content, targets or QR codes.
In fact, the team has simplified the initial menu down to three basic functions (that are actuated by swipe or button press in the top nav):
- Scan QR codes, targets or signs for both AR and non-AR content
- View real-time, location specific AR content in the viewfinder (see middle image above)
- Search for Channel specific content
I have to say merely reorganizing the menu the way they have makes it much more intuitive to navigate. Additionally, the content channels seem to make more sense to me now because they are tied more clearly to a search icon. What’s more, they are a little more in the background — it feels more like they are supporting the app now instead of leading it, but are still quickly and easily accessible.
As with most Augmented Reality content, I can try to describe it with words until I’m blue in the face… you just have to see it to truly “get it” I think. Below, there’s Metaio’s “feel good” video that just came out today. And then there’s my test of the browser below that.
The app is available for download for both iOS and Android platforms here.
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Dolphin reckons the beta version of its new browser is the fastest HTML5 browser on Android. While the app looks largely unchanged, its creators have added in a raft of enhanced features behind the scenes, including text rendering, GPU accelerated canvas rendering and optimizations for CPU and GPU team-ups. They claim that Dolphin Engine runs up to ten times faster than the default Android browser, while it’ll also perform 100 percent faster than Chrome, if the timing’s right, with the beta peaking over 450 on a web-based HTML5 test, leaving rival Android browsers choking on its rich web fumes. You can give it a try yourself now — the APK can be plucked from the source link below.