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Monday, June 11, 2012

Dolphin Browser HD Updated to Version 8.2

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

"Dolphin HD users are introduced to several other handy features, including the option to launch bookmarks through custom gestures, load images over Wi-Fi only, launch directly to the last closed tab, disable the Add-ons and/or the Bookmarks sidebar(s), and several routine performance improvements."

If you're a fan of this excellent Android web browser update if you haven't already and check out some of the new features. If you haven't tried Dolphin maybe now is the time!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

DroidSheep is a Good Reminder to Browse Safely

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 11:00 AM

"...people running DroidSheep can use victims' accounts, gaining access to sites that don't use a secured and encrypted SSL connection..."

DroidSheep is a freely available app that allows you to steal session information for web sites that are not well secured. Using DroidSheep you can make your phone look like the network router so all external network requests pass through it. DroidSheep will then identify different web sessions and show you which ones are most likely to be exploitable. You can check out the source link to see a video of how it works.

This app makes stealing information look easy. Keep that in mind the next time you enter sensitive information on a web site. Make sure your session is encrypted. You can look for the "HTTPS" at the beginning of a URL to make sure at least basic security is in place. Most browsers also have an indicator that will let you know when a connection is secure. Google actually removed DroidSheep from the Android Market but it's still available on the developers web site. If you use it, you're responsible for your actions.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Quick Tip: How to Change the Default Zoom in Your Android Browser

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Talk" @ 10:30 AM

"You probably know you can double tap on the screen to zoom in on some text, but if you want to change how far you zoom in, you can tweak the zoom level in your browser's settings."

The default never bothered me but I didn't know it could be changed. If you hit your <Menu> button and then go to "More" and then "Settings" you'll see an option for "Default Zoom". This will control how far your browser will zoom in when you double tap on a web page. The default is "Medium". You can make it "Far" if think the default zooms in too much or "Close" if you don't think it's goes in enough. This works using the built-in browser on my Droid X with Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3). After trying the other two options I think I'm going to go with "Far" for now. Text is still legible but it does fit a lot more of the page on my screen at one time. Let us know what you think!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Customize your Browsing Experience with TamperMonkey

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 12:30 PM

"Android: Moving from the desktop, where you may have your favorite userscripts set up, to your Android phone, where you're missing all of them, can be painful. TamperMonkey is an Android browser that has full support for userscripts, and allows you to add and manage GreaseMonkey scripts to your Android device."

If you've used GreaseMonkey at all you're love this. TamperMonkey for Android, now in beta, will let you use your GreaseMonkey userscripts with your Android browser. Userscripts let you modify a web page as it loads every time it loads anyway you want that is possible with Javascript. You can create scripts to do all kinds of things like change the formatting of a page, highlight specific text, add and element, or remove an element. These userscripts can be applied to a specific web page or to a group like a domain or all pages. I'd love to hear some of the uses you come up with for TamperMonkey and how it saves you time on your Android device!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Take Your Tabs on the Go With Firefox 4

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 12:00 PM!5786774/fir...-on-the-desktop

"Firefox Mobile's main goal is to eliminate the amount of typing you do on your tiny smartphone keyboard. It eases your browsing experience by adding tabs, one-touch bookmarking, and auto-hiding browser controls. You can also easily access your history, bookmarks, and open tabs from the address bar-just like in Firefox 4 on the desktop, as well as access custom search engines and one-tap sharing features."

Firefox Mobile 4 is now available in all of its glory for your Android device. One of the features that I really like that it brings to the table is tab syncing. Any tabs you have open on any of your computers which are connected to your sync server account are available on any device -- including your Android phone or tablet -- where you have Firefox installed.

Firefox is a great alternative to the built-in browser and has become my browser of choice on my Streak 7. It's fast, has all of the great features you love in the desktop version, including the aforementioned syncing, tabs, and plug-ins, and it's free for the downloading. One thing not yet supported is Flash, but HTML5 support is fully implemented and works great.

What is your Android browser of choice? Are a fan of the built-in browser or has Firefox, Opera, or Dolphin captured your attention? Let us know in the forums.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Firefox 4 RC Available for Android

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 05:00 AM

"Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo brings the performance and customization of Firefox to mobile devices with features like Firefox Sync, Awesome Screen, tabbed browsing and Firefox Add-ons, to create a personalized and effortless mobile browsing experience."

If you're looking for a different browser than your built in one and you haven't tried Firefox for Android now may be the time to do so. The latest Firefox 4 version is better than ever. The blurb above says it all. See the full press release below via the "Read more" link. I've been using it on and off for a while. Each release gets more stable and faster. Have you tried it out? What do you think?


Friday, March 18, 2011

Android Browser 52% Faster Than iPhone Browser Or Maybe Not...

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 06:00 PM

"A Web performance company has concluded that a high-end Android smartphone, Samsung's Nexus S, is faster at Web browsing than an iPhone 4. Apple, though, says the company's methodology has a significant problem."

Many of you former Windows Mobile users may remember Blaze Software of Blaze Browser fame. Well the Blaze folks have run a very through browser speed test between the Android and iOS browsers. Turns out that Android renders most pages about 52% faster than iOS. Pretty crazy, huh? Well maybe it is. Not long after the results of this test were published Apple fired back saying that the test was flawed. You see, the test was performed using a custom app on each device that called the embedded HTML rendering engine. When you call the embedded HTML rendering engine on Android you get the browser, on an Apple device you get something called UIWebView. Apparently, this isn't exactly the same thing as Mobile Safari and doesn't share its "web performance optimizations".

This may invalidate the browser speed test but it brings up some rather interesting questions. Why is UIWebView so much slower than Mobile Safari? Perhaps because third party iOS applications can only use this UIWebView and not the Mobile Safari engine? Apps like Skyfire or any other third party browser are now by default going to be much slower than the native Safari app. Seems fair doesn't it?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dolphin Browser is Coming to Android Tablets

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 08:30 AM

"Today, one of our favorite Android apps -- Dolphin -- launched a private beta for its new tablet version.Called Dolphin Browser for Pad, the big brother of Dolphin HD looks to be every bit as customizable and packs a similar array of kicked-up browser functionality."

I've been impressed by the speed of Dolphin HD and I think the interface is great. They also have an innovative and customizable gesture control implementation that could really improve your browsing experience. As good as the phone version is, I'm sure Dolphin for Pad will be excellent. It's great to see there will be another browser option for Android based tablets! What's your favorite Dolphin feature you'd like to see on the tablet version?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Google Takes Printing to the Cloud

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:00 AM

"Let’s say you need to print an important email attachment on your way to work so that it’s waiting for you when you walk in the door. With Gmail for mobile and Google Cloud Print — a service that allows printing from any app on any device, OS or browser without the need to install drivers — you can."

Google Cloud Print lets you print from Gmail in any current web browser, desktop or mobile. You need a Windows PC connected to the printer your want to print to right now but they're going to add support for Mac and Linux machines as well. Just go into Gmail from a browser and you will see a "Print" option in it's drop down menu near the top right. Besides just printing your messages it supports the printing of some attachments like .doc and .pdf files. Give it a try! Does this solve a specific printing need for you?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Xmarks Released for Dolphin HD

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 04:30 AM

If you use the Dolphin HD browser you may want to check this Add-On out! Xmarks for Dolphin HD synchronizes your Dolphin HD bookmarks with your desktop IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari (Mac OS) browsers. You get a free two week trial and after that it's $12 a year. This sounds like a useful plug in. I use Chrome-to-Phone to send some URL's to my Android phone once in a while so I can see times it would be nice to have all bookmarks synced all the time. Then again, I'm not sure I'd pay $12 a year for that. Is this a service you would pay for? Does $12 a year seem fair? That yearly fee does get you extra features on the desktop browsers like backup and restore as well as open tab sync.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

LastPass Adds Support For Dolphin HD Browser: Thanks For All The Fish

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 04:00 PM

"LastPass has just added support for the Dolphin HD mobile browser, available on Android 2.0+. The Dolphin browser is currently the most popular browser on the Android market, and now you can enjoy browsing with multitouch zoom, tabs, and now, your LastPass vault, wherever you go."

I am pretty happy with the stock browser on my Android device but if I were a LastPass user this might be enough to get me to in stall Dolphin HD. For those who don't know, LastPass is an online password vault/form filler.  Now with the LastPass extension for Dolphin HD you can access all of your LastPass data right there in your phone's browser. Log into your favorite sites and fill out all those long web forms without typing a thing. Any LastPass users plan on installing Dolphin HD or any Dolphin HD users excited about this added functionality?

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