7/6/2011

iPad Earns One Percent of Global Web Traffic

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

iPad traffic is starting to get on the global Internet traffic map.

In fact, according to a report from NetMarketShare, Apple’s iPad makes up one percent of Web traffic worldwide and 2.1 percent of online traffic in the United States.

4/3/2011

Bring Back The Stop Button !!!

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

It started with Chrome browser. Google decided that the stop button is not important enough to have its own space on the browser toolbar. I guess the 16 pixel button takes too much space that Google merged it with the refresh button as a toggle button.

Now Firefox 4 also copied this poor design and eliminated the stop button.

As part of my job I sometimes need to do some web development or debug an html page. Today I has such case where I had to look at an HTML page that has an automatic refresh/redirect code in the page after few seconds. I use Firefox browser for years now and all I had to do for this kind of pages to stop the refresh is to press the stop button. However since I recently upgraded to Firefox 4 I found this task impossible because the refresh button toggle to the stop button for a split second before the page actually refreshed itself.

Chrome browser was not different, I could not stop the page from refreshing. All angry and upset I was thinking to myself, well probably IE9 (which I also recently installed) that looks like Chrome too, was no different, however I tried that too, and kudos to Microsoft, the product designer did leave the stop button on the tool bar and I was able to finally stop the page from reloading itself.

While I don’t use IE9 as my default browser I finally found a good use for it. It is no doubt that Microsoft products have best user interface designers and this is no exception.

I call to Mozilla and Google to please BRING BACK THE STOP BUTTON, I’m sure that many users will be happy to scarify a whole 10-16 pixels from the toolbar to have this button back.

3/29/2011

Amazon Planning Online Media ‘Locker’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Amazon.com Inc. is planning to start a service that would let people store music and video online and access it from various digital devices, people familiar with the matter said.

The company could announce the effort as early as Tuesday, the people said.

Amazon is still working out key legal issues related to the service, these people added. Most notably, Amazon has yet to secure content licenses from at least some major record labels and movie studios.

One major music company, Sony Corp.’s Sony Music Entertainment, expressed dismay at Amazon’s plans, echoing concerns of others in the industry. “We are disappointed that the locker service that Amazon is proposing is unlicensed by Sony Music,” a spokeswoman said Tuesday evening.

Flash Website Creator Wix Raises $40 Million

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Israeli startup Wix, which allows users to build flash websites, has just raised $40 million in Series D funding led by Insight Venture Partners and DAG ventures, with Benchmark Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Mangrove Capital Partners participating in the round. This brings Wix’s total
funding to $61 million.

Founded in 2006, Wix provides a simple mechanism for anyone to create Flash-based websites. Users can customize their Wix websites with a drag and drop editing tool and pretty templates, making the site user-friendly for users who may not be tech savvy. The site makes its money from a freemium model where users pay for extra customization and design features.

Since I joined Wix as a Server Group Manager Wix has gone some major changes in development methodologies we are forming the state of the art development process which will let us do a very quick development cycle, building very advanced, cool frameworks and tools and trying to be one of the leading hi-tech companies in Israel.

My team consists of the best and brightest developers and although recruiting people for the core server team is very challenging since we only look for the best developers, it makes the working environment very challenging and productive where everybody of the developers has a major role in all aspects of the development process. (Now here comes the sales pitch) By the way I’m always looking for the brightest and best developers so if you think you are a Java guru you are welcome to submit your resume to (jobs at wix dot com) or send me a note.

So if you are looking for a free website builder check out Wix.com

3/24/2011

Firefox 4 trumps IE9 in first day download contest

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Mozilla’s newly launched Firefox 4 Web browser was downloaded nearly 7 million times worldwide in the first 24 hours, according to media reports.

The number was almost triple the 2.4 million downloads that Microsoft reported in the first 24 hours after the Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) was released.

Nevertheless, the number lagged behind the record-breaking performance of Firefox 3, which was downloaded more than 8 million times in the first day after launch in mid-2008.

Statistics show that Firefox 4 has attracted interest from around the world, with 44 percent downloads in Europe, 26 percent in North America. and 20 percent in Asia.

Mozilla launched Firefox 4 on Tuesday at around 10:00 a.m. EDT to compete with Microsoft’s IE9 and Google Chrome.

3/17/2011

Oracle Closes Sun.com Domain

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Oracle is killing Sun.com, the online home of Sun Microsystems and one of the oldest dot-com domain names.

An entry on the Oracle’s OTN Garage says that sun.com will be decommissioned on June 1.

The closure comes after Sun’s new owner, Oracle, moved most of the content on BigAdmin, OpenSolaris.com, and some sections of Sun Developer Network to the Systems Admin and Developer Community of OTN.

That apparently leaves just a hardware compatibly list, which OTN Garage said engineers are “working on a solution” for. Once that’s been relocated to the happy fields of Redwood Shores, Sun’s domain will be turned off.

3/15/2011

Microsoft releases internet explorer 9

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has released its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) web browser, saying that it “unleashes a more beautiful web”.

Microsoft has been publicly testing IE9 beta releases for some time and revealed that over 40 million people had downloaded the betas. The Vole has been aggressively promoting a number of IE9 features, with the highlight being HTML5 hardware acceleration.

This has led Microsoft to come out with unsubstantiated hyperbole such as “IE9 harnesses the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU), unlocking 90 per cent of the PC’s power that went previously untapped by web browsers.” Admittedly GPU acceleration for both HTML5 and Adobe’s Flash Player will help performance, but it should also improve battery life on laptops.

3/9/2011

Google releases stable version of Chrome 10

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google has released version 10 of its browser. The update brings hundreds of bug fixes as well as many features that have been available on the Chrome beta and dev channels to users interested in using Chrome’s latest builds. Chrome 10 also addresses 23 security vulnerabilities in the WebKit-based browser (easily more than Google has ever fixed before): 15 rated as High, three rated as Medium, and five rated as Low.

The new Chrome version is significantly faster in some respects (a 66 percent improvement in JavaScript performance on Google’s own V8 benchmark suite) and adds features such a new settings interface with a search box that shows you the settings you’re looking for as you type, the ability to synchronize passwords across your computers and encrypt them with your own secret passphrase for extra security, as well as the options to sync bookmarks, extensions, preferences, themes, and more.

Facebook lets users report suicidal friends

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Facebook has introduced a service that allows users to report friends who have posted suicidal content on their account pages.

The Report Suicidal Content form, asks for the URL where the comments were made, the user’s full name and other information. From there, “A Facebook administrator will review your report and take any available action from our end,” although the social network doesn’t say exactly what that means.

Given the explosive growth of Facebook, it was probably inevitable that the site rolled out a service like this one. On Sunday, authorities in Washington state recovered the body of a 12-year-old girl who hadn’t been seen since mentioning on Facebook that she planned to kill herself.

2/27/2011

Firefox 4 Getting Close

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Mozilla has begun to wind down work on the next generation of its Firefox browser. In today’s release of Firefox 4 beta 12, there are few improvements that will be instantly noticed by most users. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, what has changed are under-the-hood improvements to how Firefox 4 handles Flash and more stable overall performance.

One visual change has been to move hover-over links to the bottom of the window, rather than place them in the location bar as was done in the previous beta. Along with the changes to Flash handling and stability, Mozilla said in its release notes for Firefox 4 beta 12 that the browser now has better integration of add-ons with hardware acceleration support.

2/19/2011

Look no further, the world’s fastest iPhones are in Israel

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Ookla Net Metrics’ free network speed test speedtest.net is so widely used that even the federal government has recognized it as a reliable tool for measuring wireless network conditions. Friday, the company published results of some 57,000 user-initiated iPhone speedtests in the U.S., which showed users on the AT&T network getting average speeds substantially higher than iPhone users on Verizon Wireless.

After publishing the data, the story got some good coverage pitting iPhone against iPhone. But it should have come as no surprise to anyone who knows wireless technologies that HSPA was faster than EV-DO rev. A. On paper, HSPA’s theoretical max speed is 7.2 Mbps, and EV-DO rev. A’s is only 3.1 Mbps. It’s pretty widely accepted.

Later in the day, though, Ookla’s Co-Founder Doug Suttles released a much broader list, one that included every wireless carrier in the world where more than 100 users tested their iPhone speeds. With this list, Ookla revealed where the fastest iPhone in the world can be found.

With an average downlink speed of 3331 Kbps and an average uplink speed of 1278 Kbps, Israel’s Pelephone really lived up to its name (in Hebrew, literally “Wonderphone”) and had the highest average iPhone speeds of 104 international wireless carriers.

2/7/2011

IP address supply ran out

Filed under: — Aviran

The Internet on Thursday officially ran out of the IP4 addresses.

Blame surging Web traffic in Asia and the worldwide proliferation of smartphones.

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, the top-level administrator of the system, distributed its last batches of Internet Protocol, or IP, addresses Thursday to regional registries, which will make them available to service providers, websites and others. That supply should run out in six or nine months, said John Curran, CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers, or ARIN, the regional group covering the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Websites and service providers have been experimenting with IPv6 But many have been slow to do so because of a lack of immediate benefits. The exhaustion of IP addresses at the top level puts pressure on them to move more quickly.

Curran said only about 2 percent of websites support it. However, many of those are the most-visited sites on the Internet, including Google and Facebook. He expects smaller sites to scramble for IPv6 addresses now.

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