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Maxthon Releases Next Generation Android Browser for Superior Performance

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Maxthon Releases Next Generation Android Browser for Superior Performance and Standards Support and User Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Maxthon, a global software company that develops state-of-the-art web browsers, today released a new version of its Android browser with new features like state of the art ad blocking, full screen and free file syncing and backup – all wrapped with superior speed and standards support, including the world’s best top support for HTML 5 standards.

“Mobile devices are increasingly becoming the first screen for the users who are accessing the internet in emerging markets,” said Jeff Chen, CEO of Maxthon. “That places an even greater importance on the need for a truly mobile-optimized browser. This offers a better user experience that comes with a great ‘out of the box’ set of standard features plus free cloud services that make the multi-device web a pain free proposition.”

Driven by user testing and feedback from around the world and in-house WebKit performance optimization, Maxthon’s new Android browser makes mobile browsing faster, easier and more convenient. Features include:

Industry’s best Android performance: Maxthon’s optimized core enables faster speed along with the world’s best HTML5 performance and the most comprehensive HTML5 support.

Ad Blocker: Easy setup and a mix of global and user-created rules block annoying pop-ups, ads and promotions that get in the way.

Full Screen Mode: Easily expand the browser to every point on the screen. This, with Maxthon’s best of industry video performance make for a great video experience.

Optimized one-handed use: Elegant features, such as the added “push away menu,” allows users to easily view content and navigate the web seamlessly.

Personal file back up and syncing: Users can push and sync their local files from their Android device to a free, secure account in the Cloud and from there to their other Windows, Mac, iOS devices running the Maxthon Cloud Browser. The free storage is unlimited.

“The next wave of the global web is all about mobile with Android leading the way,” said Karl Mattson, VP of Maxthon’s international division. “This version of our browser builds on already strong performance and ‘out of the box’ experience to truly make the mobile web faster, more fun and more accessible. Whether your smart phone is your ‘first,’ ‘second’ or ‘third’ screen, we’re confident that if you give it a try, Maxthon Android will be your last browser.” Download Maxthon here.

About Maxthon
Maxthon is an innovative software company that develops superior web browsers that continue to set new standards for speed, security, simplicity and cloud features. It is available on the Windows, Android, iOS and Mac platforms. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Maxthon reaches a global community of users that tops more than 120,000,000 people each month in more than 150 countries. For more information about Maxthon please visit http://www.maxthon.com

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Maxthon’s 3-Step Approach to Better Security

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Maxthon’s 3-Step Approach to Better Security

At Maxthon, security and privacy aren’t terms to be thrown around, they are a promise. We have the arsenal of security systems and processes to keep you and your data safe as you freely enjoy your web the way you want it, when you want it, wherever you want it. We look the question of security in three major areas:  (1) Encryption for over the air (OTA) processes; (2) Data management in the Cloud and (3) Personnel practices.

Let’s look at the 3 areas using the Maxthon Cloud browser, starting with number one. In most browsers and websites most of these requests aren’t encrypted.  Device encryption is based on the concept of cryptography, a method long used to keep information secret. User information such as favorites and browsing history is translated into an encryption algorithm and spread out amongst several different web servers, turning it into unreadable text.

If you’re in a place using an insecure WiFi network and passing unencrypted requests to the web someone could easily be ‘listening’  to every http request you make and reading the un-encrypted strings of text – which could include your personal information and conversations.  You don’t have to worry about that when you use the Maxthon Cloud Browser.  Every time you share, send or sync something with our product it’s encrypted – to the AES 256 standard.

In our second area of protect, we look at how Maxthon manages your data in the Cloud. Once you make that request and our Cloud Browser encrypts it and sends it to your Cloud account we add another wall of defense. Your (now-encrypted) data is then cryptographically ‘hashed’ and distributed to different servers in our architecture. Basically, it’s chopped up into many chunks, which are separately encrypted.

Finally, we take a serious approach to personnel practices – especially around who can access our infrastructure and the reasons justifying sporadic access.  Long story short, there are a very small number of Maxthon network operations team members who can even access any of the servers your data (now-encrypted and now-hashed) is now spread out on.

Finally, there’s the ‘key’ – which is how to unlock this data.  Some cloud services maintain the customer’s ‘key’ in their cloud. Maxthon chose to keep that limited to the physical device – meaning you would have to have physical possession of the device in question to access decrypted Cloud content.

We don’t make it easy for hackers. Simply put, if an unauthorized individual or government agency tries to hack your browser looking for data or files, they will be met with a wall of mumbo-jumbo and your information remains safe.

 

Best,

Karl Mattson

Vice President

 

GeekInsider: A Look Into Maxthon’s Future: My Interview With Karl Mattson

Monday, August 5th, 2013

By Mohseen Lala

I had opportunity to figuratively sit down with Karl Mattson, Vice President of Maxthon, and candidly talk about the browser and its future .

A Look Into The Future Of Maxthon

For the ones who do not know, Maxthon is an alternative to the usual array of big name browsers, such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera and even maybe Internet Explorer (I said maybe). Maxthon’s appeal lies in its ability to connect with almost any device, providing a singular experience for users across any range of devices. Except for Nokia Symbian smartphones, I asked, and they said no.

The idea behind the browser is pretty straightforward. You can access your pages, tabs, browser history and preferences as you left them, from device to device. It works across smartphones, tablets and of course PCs, with Android, iOS, Windows 8 and Mac OS X fully supported.

Sorry Linux fans, no cookie for you guys yet. Although I was assured that Maxthon would look into bringing their browser onto the free to use operating system someday.

Based on the mythical “cloud” that has become the industry’s biggest buzzword, Maxthon aims to provide a seamless and customized experience for users across any device, anytime. And how close are they to such a lofty goal? Let’s find out:

Me: Where does Maxthon see itself in the next two years?

Karl: Overall, within the next two years Maxthon will distinguish itself from its competitors as role model in the security, efficiency and personal-cloud storage space, acquiring an even larger and loyal user base that will continue driving its innovative approach as the browser of tomorrow.

Me: Will Maxthon as a browser ever considering taking a different focus once constantly connected web browsing becomes the absolute norm?

Karl: We’ve already started a new focus, in 2006 when we launched our first iteration of cloud services on our Windows browsers. The missing terms are ‘constantly connected using difference devices.’ The different device aspect is the source of many consumer pain points. This is something we’re mitigating with our Cloud Browser, a suite of browsers designed to give you a ‘pick up where you left off’ experience.

Me: Does Maxthon have any plans to appear on non-conventional platforms? Particularly Android based gaming consoles such as the OUYA or Project Shield?

Karl: We are always looking at new, as you say, ‘non-conventional’ platforms. And we do this with an eye toward where the growth will occur across the world. Gaming consoles are increasingly looking more like a home server/ multifunction connected device. We are in talks with at least one major gaming console.

Consoles based on Google OS, are also something we would investigate. Probably the biggest growth area for ‘non-conventional platforms’ is that of IPTV. We’re very close to a reality where what we once knew as ‘TV’ will be 100% mitigated through a high performance browser like Maxthon. As such we have been building and testing set-top box browsers for internet-enabled television for more than a year.

Me: Right now, the Windows version of Maxthon is more advanced than the Macintosh version, is there a plan to make sure these two platforms are equally up-to-date, or will there always be a one lagging behind the other?

Karl: Yes, the Windows version contains more feature than our Mac version. We just launched our Mac version less than a year ago, and on a very tight schedule. In short, we are planning to help our Mac version ‘catch up’ to our windows version. In 2 weeks we will launch one of our most popular Windows features on Mac — our ‘Ad Blocker’ feature, and more features similar are coming throughout the end of 2013.

Me: Why isn’t there a Linux version of Maxthon? And why wasn’t Linux integration considered during development?

Karl: There isn’t a current Linux version of Maxthon presently. Linux integration was strongly considered during our ‘Cloud Browser’ build process. However, due to the realities of finite resources and a very fast build cycle we ended up not having Linux as part of the launch of the ‘Cloud Browser.’

That will likely change, though as there are some interesting developments in the global PC market that point to global Linux growth brought on by the high licensing fees of Microsoft (MS just want an arm and a leg for everything, don’t they?) And what has been an across-the-board improvement in Linux OS user experience and software support.

Me: Is a Symbian version even remotely being considered?

Karl: We are not currently considering doing a Symbian version of Maxthon. We all know Symbian still enjoys very large global popularity, comparatively speaking, but the reality of developing for Symbian is tough — as many of Nokia’s smart phones used slightly branched versions of Symbian 60. This means we couldn’t do just ‘one’ version of Maxthon for say, Symbian 60. We would need to test and QA about ten.

Me: Is a revamp to the current private browsing system coming soon? And on all supported platforms or just some?

Karl: Yes, we plan to add many more features related to private and anonymous, trackless browsing, across all platforms to the best of their capabilities. However, as you know, you can do something in Android that you can’t do on iOS and vice versa.

Me: Final question, would Maxthon ever considering using its own servers to compress and read data, making page loads faster and easier for systems that are a slow or sport a limited internet connection?

Karl: In our view server-side compression is a ‘bridge’ solution made up of technology that will soon become obsolete as overall bandwidth speed increases globally. Plus, it’s an expensive game to get into with some thorny user experience issues. Bottom line, it is not a magic bullet to better performance. As such, we’re focusing on making the engine, the browser, faster in all use cases.

Well, that’s it for now folks, feel free to ask your own questions below in the comments section. I’ll do my best to answer them as factually as I can.

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RightStarups: Cloud Browser with Muscle & Security, Startup Maxthon Caters to HTML5 Users

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

By Dawn-Marie Januzzi

Cloud Browser with Muscle & Security, Startup Maxthon Caters to HTML5 Users

So while no one is certainly abandoning their reliance on Chrome, Safari or Firefox, Maxthon offers the power user some muscle behind cloud computing. Currently the search engine for cloud computing has 100 million unique visitors each month and is being used in 140 different countries.

The Vice President for Maxthon, Karl Mattson relates the browsers growth to web developing and gaming communities who are satisfied with the memory management being built-in, HTML5 support and GPU acceleration. He states that they specifically are catering to the gaming crowd and its need for heavy use of HTML5 in building games and a browser that can run them.

Maxthon is based in Beijing and has other offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Founded by Jeff Chen in 2006 when Chen was at the National University of Singapore. He had relieved the coding job from the MyIE founder and was able to buildup a community of over six million users. It was with their feedback from that experience that he formulated Maxthon. The latest version is a Chromium base that is Chrome compatible.

Mattson stated that Maxthon will continue to focus on three specific areas: portability, out of the box user experience and performance.

Certainly it’s a benefit that Maxthon works with all platforms and it is therefore convenient for those who use both Macs and Windows, or any other kind of mobile OS, allowing them to maintain their data synced across all devices by using a Maxthon Passport account.

Maxthon has decided to leverage international boundaries by localizing in each market it enters. For instance, when it entered the Russian market it partnered with Yandex, the largest search engine in that market and produced a version of the browser in Russian. In the China marketplace they published a Maxthon version for Mac machines that comes pre-loaded with Aliay, that country’s biggest third party payment provider.

Maxthon offers its user a lot of built in capabilities that negate the need for extension and plug-ins, but it still allows for the user to customize their options in the browser. Another plus for users is the focus Maxthon’s placed on privacy and security, particularly after the NSA surveillance scandal, and the browse utilizes a AES 256 encryption.

Mattson declared that even under the guise of a subpoena from the government, Maxthon would be unable to provide much information as there isn’t a record to be found. He used the words, “technologically impossible” for them to be able to deliver. In fact he described their security and encryption being such that if they were to hand over a disk it would relate only “mush.”

Maxthon’s been backed financially by the VC firms Charles River Ventures, WI Harper and Morten Lund, the early Skype investor. Maxthon’s revenue stream is generated by its premium service sales.

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Tech News Daily Recommends Maxthon to Avoid Online Bank Fraud

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Small mention but noteworthy!

If your business can’t spare the space or the hardware, consider booting a PC from a live CD, using a USB-based browser or setting aside a seldom-used browser, such as Opera or Maxthon, to be used only to access online bank accounts.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Website of the Week

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Woohoo!

Website of the week: Maxthon may be the most popular browser you’ve never heard of, TechCrunch reports. The Beijing-based company’s browser has gained a global following of more than 100 million unique visitors per month in 140 countries. It can be downloaded for free at maxthon.com.

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TechCrunch: Maxthon Is A Cloud-Based Browser For Power Users

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Maxthon Is A Cloud-Based Browser For Power Users

By Catherine Shu

Maxthon may not have the name recognition of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, but the cloud browser has gained a global following of more than 100 million unique visitors per month in 140 countries. Karl Mattson, the company’s vice president, says Maxthon’s growth has been driven in large part by Web developers and gamers who appreciate its built-in memory management, Flash, GPU acceleration and HTML5 support.

“We really see a lot of confidence in HTML5 and want to do everything we can in a browser to make it easy for developers and other people who are doing the heavy lifting in HTML5 right now building games that can run on it,” says Mattson.

The Beijing-based company, which has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai, was founded in 2006 by engineer Jeff Chen while working at the National University of Singapore. Chen had taken over the job of coding MyIE from its founder, eventually cultivating a community of six million users. The first version of Maxthon was developed using their feedback. The current version is based on Chromium and compatible with Chrome extensions.

Mattson says Maxthon emphasizes three things: performance, portability and out-of-box experience.

The browser works across all platforms, making it convenient for people who use both Mac and Windows or different mobile operating systems to keep their data in sync across devices with a Maxthon Passport account.

The company leverages its international reach by localizing for each market. For example Maxthon teamed up with Yandex, Russia’s largest Internet search engine, to produce an all-Russian version of its browser, while the Chinese version of Maxthon for Mac is pre-installed with Alipay, the country’s largest third-party payment services provider.

While its built-in features mean users don’t have to deal with most plug-ins and installs, they have the option of customizing their browsers with Maxthon extensions.

Another boon is Maxthon’s focus on security and privacy, especially in light of the NSA’s surveillance activities. The browser uses AES 256 encryption.

“Even if we were ever subpoenaed by government agencies that wanted some kind of information from users, it wouldn’t be found anywhere,” says Mattson. “The short answer is that it would be technologically impossible for us to deliver. Privacy is so encrypted and secured that we could literally hand over our disk and it would just be a big bunch of mush.”

Maxthon’s received funding venture capital firms WI Harper, Charles River Ventures and early Skype investor Morten Lund. The company earns revenue through the sale of premium services.

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Wall Street Journal: Maxthon Partners with AMD to Offer Web Browser Optimized for Next Generation APU Chips

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Maxthon Partners with AMD to Offer Web Browser Optimized for Next Generation APU Chips

Maxthon, a cloud-based browser, today released a new version of its Windows browser that uses a revolutionary new microprocessor from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), significantly reducing power consumption while offering superior video performance. AMD’s new Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) leverages new technology to make transactions between the graphics processing unit (GPU) and the central processing unit (CPU) faster and more energy-efficient than ever before.

“New chip architecture like AMD’s APU product is a clear signpost to where we believe the Web technology is heading: more happening in the chip and the browser serving as more of an open standards operating system,” said Jeff Chen, founder and CEO of Maxthon. “We’re proud to collaborate with AMD on such an exciting step forward.”

The GPU handles the processing of rich media including graphics and video, while the CPU manages the heavy lifting of analytical and logic-based functions. Until now, communicating across these two units has depended on a serial data connection that processes millions of functions per second, often resulting in a sluggish and power-consuming Web experience.

The partnership allows Maxthon to optimize the Windows browser for lightning-quick interaction between the APU to speed up video and graphics rendering, particularly using HTML5 standards for which Maxthon is the global leader in support. Among other things, the Maxthon Cloud browser is using OpenCL for lightning quick HTML5 video post processing to offer richer, faster video.

“In the near future what we now know as TV will be mediated through a Web browser optimized for innovative technology like AMD’s APU processors,” said Karl Mattson, vice president of Maxthon International. “Among other things, that means the electronic ‘hearth’ of the TV in the family room will be freed to be available to any device connected to the Web running a browser like Maxthon.”

About Maxthon

Maxthon is an innovative software company that develops superior Web browsers that continue to set new standards for speed, security, simplicity and cloud features. It is available on the Windows, Android, iOS and Mac platforms. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Maxthon reaches a global community of users that tops more than 120,000,000 people each month in more than 150 countries. For more information about Maxthon please visit [url]http://www.maxthon.com.[/url]

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Burson-Marsteller for Maxthon

Lowell Eschen

lowell.eschen@bm.com

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Take Action and Tell the Government to “Stop Watching Us”

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

News last week brought light upon the NSA and the US Government’s surveillance strategies and information they had gathered from various internet and phone companies. The depth and breadth of the information accessed by the US Government – and the number of US citizens involved –  is shocking.  It underscores just how much of our daily lives are mediated through the web.

Make your voice heard! Tell the government to stop from “watching” users’ activity and disclose details about the NSA’s spying programs.

Go to www.stopwatching.us and sign the petition.

This is generating a broader conversation in the USA that we here at Maxthon think is long overdue.

- Who has access to your personal data and what do they have? What can they do with it?

- What steps are they taking to protect it?

- What role does the cloud play all of this?

- What steps can you take to protect your privacy?

So, in the coming days and weeks we’re going to be taking a look at the questions above with the goal of providing you—our  customer—a clear, plain-spoken understanding of what you need to know to live a private, secure life in a multi-device world powered by the cloud.   This is a conversation with a large signal to noise ratio. It’s too much to dispense with in one blog post.  But it’s an important conversation to have.

We want to do this for one simple reason. At Maxthon, we believe in a free web, providing the user an experience to freely and securely use internet across all devices.

Privacy and personal security is a huge part of Maxthon’s DNA:  past, present and future. We make great web browsers and the web browser is the doorway through which the entire web enters and exits your life. It has to be secure. It has to offer you the privacy you need. We are also huge proponents of using the Cloud to simplify your life.  It also has to be secure and offer you the privacy you need.

Next time:  Who has access to your personal data and what do they have? What can they do with it?

Thanks and don’t forget to sign the petition at www.stopwatching.us.

 

Karl Mattson

Vice President, GM

www.Maxthon.com

Karl@Maxthon.com 

 

 

 

 

 

ConsumerReport: ’4 Reasons to Buy a Kid Tablet’

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Source: Consumer Report

 

In a recent survey, we asked subscribers about how they use their mobile devices. One finding: Twenty-eight percent of tablet owners said children 17 or younger also used their tablet. Some portion of parents who share their tablets with their kids surely must long to get the kids their own devices.

If you’re willing to add another screen to your children’s life, you could, of course, simply buy an additional iPad, Android, or other “grownup” tablet. But we recently took a look at four new Android tablets made just for children: the Fuhu Nabi Jr., Fuhu Nabi XD, Polaroid Kid Tablet, and Vinci Tab MV. The existence of these kid-specific tablets begs an important question. What (if anything) makes these kid tablets better for children than any other tablet? Here are some points to consider.

Most have comprehensive, robust parental controls. The Nabi tablets we tested have a separate mode for parents that let them access full Android settings, and from there, add apps for kids, put time restrictions on app use, and filter websites. And the Polaroid Kids Tablet has a filtered Safe Mode and the Maxthon Safe Browser: Parents can add the sites they want kids to be able to access, and it creates clickable icons to take them to each site. The Vinci Tab MV offers optional password protection for specific apps, but no browser security.

You can, however, use or add parental controls on many “adult” tablets. The Apple iPad lets you password-protect specific apps and features, content types, and game features. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Barnes & Noble Nook HD each lets you set up individualized user profiles for up to six kids, controlling content they see and whether or not they can get to the Web. Other Android tablets let you password-protect the Play Store, so purchases can be made only when a PIN is entered.

Beyond all this exists a plethora of third-party apps (some free) that can make regular tablets more kid-friendly—from locking them down entirely (for really young ones) to blocking inappropriate apps and sites, and setting time limits for various activities. But the built-in controls on most kid tablets give you these kinds of protections out of the box.

For more tips, reviews, and advice, see our guide to video games, consoles, and tech toys.
Most kid tablets come loaded with content children will enjoy. This includes games (many focused on learning activities), interactive e-books, videos, music players, and art-studio apps. (The Vinci Tab MV requires you to download its content but doesn’t charge for it.) And all of them let you add what you want, customizing content to your child.

Of course, you can choose and download a huge array of games, e-books, music, video, and apps for kids to any tablet. But having appropriate content preloaded lets children enjoy the kid tablets right out of the box, and saves parents a lot of curating time.

Prices can be lower. In general, you’ll pay less for a kid tablet than for most others. The ones we tested ranged from $150 $100 to $250. But you can get the Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, and Kobo Arc for $200 to $250, and we recommend all of them. So those are some good non-kid tablets that cost as little as the more-expensive kid ones.

If you can just afford one tablet for your household, you’ll probably want to consider a “grownup” tablet that scored well on our full array of tests. But a kid tablet could make a great additional device that will keep the young ones away from yours.

Some have high-quality components. Just as with regular tablets, kid tablets vary in terms of the quality of components, such as displays, processors, memory, and cameras. Some of the ones we’ve tested had fast processors and high-resolution, responsive screens, but others were lacking.

When we asked a group of children to try our kid tablets last year, we noticed that the devices that had sluggish performance and unresponsive screens frustrated them. So make sure you know what you’re getting before you plunk down the cash: There’s not much point in buying a tablet your child won’t want to use.

Bottom line. You should determine what’s most important to you before you purchase a tablet—whether that’s having strict control over your child’s tablet experience, choosing a tablet that the whole family can share, or letting kids have their own devices. Then check our reviews to find the tablet that’s right for your needs.

Another consideration is sturdiness, which we didn’t test. Some kid tablets come with rubber bumpers, which make drops and bumps less dangerous to the device. You can also purchase bumpers and tough cases separately for other tablets.

—Carol Mangis

 

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