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Maximum PC: Maxthon Browser Extends Reach into Linux Territory

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Now Linux users can run Maxthon, too

Over the years, the Maxthon browser (formerly known as MyIE2 way back in the day) has spread its reach beyond Windows and into different platforms, including the Mac and three mobile OSes: Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Wondering where the love for Linux is at? You don’t need to wonder anymore, because you can now download 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Maxthon for Linux.

The Linux version retains Maxthon’s popular features, such as Magic Fill (AES 256-level encrypted password and user account prompt), mouse gestures, easy tab management, ‘Restore Last’ button, extensions, and more.

“The addition of Linux takes our core value proposition – high performance, independent, multi-platform browsing – one step further,” said Karl Mattson, VP of Maxthon’s International Division. “Desktop computing is evolving beyond the one-OS-to-rule-them-all dynamic and as that develops, Maxthon will be right there offering high performance alternative web browsers on the platforms that matter.”

If you want to give it a spin, you can download Maxthon for Linux (as well as other platforms) from here.

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Maxthon Cloud Browser for Android v4.2.1.2000 Official Release

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Android v4.2.1.2000 is here!

【Changelog】

[New Features]

  • Scan any QR code by clicking on a button in the address bar
  • Back up your Quick Access and NewsBites to secure your favorite websites during updates

[Improvements]

  • Fixed the problem of your history page being displayed each time your browser is launched
  • Fixed the screen flicker during file downloads
  • Eliminated multiple causes of browser crashes

Softpedia: Maxthon Cloud Browser Officially Released on Linux, Features Google Extension Support

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The Maxthon Cloud Browser, a famous Internet browser for the Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android platforms, has just received a Linux version.

Maxthon, believe it or not, has been around for a very long time. It was previously known as MyIE2 and it was using the Internet explorer engine. It was mostly used in Asia, but it also had a small following in Europe and in the United States.

The Maxthon developers realized that the Trident engine that is also used in Internet explorer would not get them very far. They had to adopt the WebKit engine as well in order to get more traction on other platforms. WebKit was used, until a short while ago, by Chromium and Google Chrome. The Safaribrowser on Mac OS X is still making use of it.

Maxthon Ltd., the company that makes the Maxthon Cloud Browser, has announced that the first stable version of the browser on the Linux platform is finally here and users are invited to test it.

The Linux community has been asking Maxthon for a version on theopen source platform for quite some time, and a Beta was made available a while ago. Now, a stable release is out and it will most likely be a pleasant surprise for users.

When you first open the Internet browser you will notice a striking resemblance with Google Chrome, but that is mostly due to the WebKit engine. The resemblance is significant, but the browser is different enough so you won’t notice it for long.

Users can also create a Maxthon passport, which is actually a cloud account, like the one used by Google Chrome. As a side note and a rather interesting fact, Maxthon implemented the possibility to save your bookmarks, cookies, and other preferences in the cloud long before Google Chrome developers had the idea.

One of the most interesting things about Maxthon Cloud Browser is the fact that it’s compatible with Google Web Store. Users can download and use most of the extensions and apps from the store, which provides a huge support base for the Chinese-made browser.

The developer provided a number of different download formats for the browser, including the source package, which can be used to compile your own version. We tested the application in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which is not even out yet, and it works like a charm.

More details about the Maxthon Cloud Browser can be found in the official announcementDownload Maxthon Cloud Browser 1.0.0.1 right now from Softpedia.

 

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Maxthon for Linux: Final Release (v1.1.0.0.1)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

We are very excited to announce the first Maxthon official version for Linux is officially released, V1.0.0.1.

Changelog:

New features:
+ Brand new UI design.
+ Seamless Account log-in: Log-in with your Maxthon Account and seamlessly sync your Favorites, Quick Access, and Magic Fill from other Maxthon platforms.
+ Tab operations settings: Double-click / right-click on a tab to close a page.
+ Mouse Gestures: Execute common browser commands like ‘forward, back and reload’ by ‘drawing’ a gesture with your mouse.
+ Drag & Drop: Click and drag a link and then drop it to open a page as an inactive tab.
+ ‘Restore Last’ – button:  One click and your browser will restore and reload your last closed tab. 
+ Access your last session: Easy access to a page detailing your last browser session — to more easily return to your sites.
+ Update alert: Users will be reminded of all updates.

And thank you for your continued support!

 

* Downloads below for Users who would like to only get reminders of official releases 32-bit:

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/deb/packages/i386/maxthon-browser-stable_1.0.0.10_i386.deb

MD5: 4bedc8844d67019b1be4d08202211498

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/deb/packages/i386/maxthon-browser-stable_1.0.0.10_i386.deb

MD5: 1d4483d4429889b28753955d4a9d0a5a

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/tars/maxthon-browser-stable-1.0.0.10-i386.tgz

MD5: e2910351d507b80f5abb1b026f4104f564-bit:

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/deb/packages/amd64/maxthon-browser-stable_1.0.0.10_amd64.deb

MD5: daadaee2bb8a2b7874f3ef54a8ef1a93

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/rpm/x86_64/packages/maxthon-browser-stable-1.0.0.10-1.x86_64.rpm

MD5: ca6e4f0b0685db9b24093b2c916d0f7f

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/tars/maxthon-browser-stable-1.0.0.10-x86_64.tgz

MD5: f66988179aa1a4f37507c3d824e7790b

 

* Downloads below for Users who choose to get reminders of official&beta versions 32-bit:

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/deb/packages/i386/maxthon-browser-beta_1.0.0.10_i386.deb

MD5: 88203d78aa94fbdc181d678a73da3413

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/rpm/i386/packages/maxthon-browser-beta-1.0.0.10-1.i386.rpm

MD5: fac350185ce1b6c845a0c22e06b6e7ee

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/tars/maxthon-browser-beta-1.0.0.10-i386.tgz

MD5: 697b834049a806adaa53896db781116564-bit:

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/deb/packages/amd64/maxthon-browser-beta_1.0.0.10_amd64.deb

MD5: e14f5f73fee953b7a0a5da3edb201bea

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/rpm/x86_64/packages/maxthon-browser-beta-1.0.0.10-1.x86_64.rpm

MD5: b8643358417f4b9b098bbee4770b349e

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/tars/maxthon-browser-beta-1.0.0.10-x86_64.tgz

MD5: c5a802cc5fba5aebaee1c5f0a4fd6ff4

 

Maxthon Expands its Suite of High Performance Web Browsers to Linux

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

 

Today, Maxthon announced the inaugural release of Maxthon for Linux. Maxthon brings its high performance and seamless browsing to Linux, ensuring faster speed, improved performance and an overall out-of-the-box browsing experience. Running on an optimized WebKit core made faster by Maxthon’s in-house WebKit R&D team, Maxthon for Linux features superior page rendering speeds and performance enhancements evident throughout the browsing experience.

“We’re glad to now offer the best of Maxthon to the Linux community,” said Jeff Chen, founder and CEO of Maxthon. “The kinds of people who use Linux: — ahead of the curve, independent pioneers- are simpatico with Maxthon’s core user base.”

Maxthon for Linux stands apart from the minimalist, no-feature characteristics common to most major browsers with unique features including:

  • Magic Fill: An AES 256 level encrypted password and user account prompt
  • Personalized Quick Access: Set and arrange a ‘speed dial’ of the most-commonly-visited websites
  • Maxthon Passport Account: A free service that allows users to encrypt and share Favorites, Quick Access and Magic Fill Data across different devices using Maxthon
  • Mouse Gestures: Execute common browser commands like ‘forward, back and reload’ by ‘drawing’ a gesture with the mouse
  • Easy Tab Management: Right and left click close and reload last tabs visited
  • ‘Restore Last’ button: One click and the browser will restore and reload the most recent session
  • Extensions: Native support for extensions, including full interoperability with Chrome Extensions

All of these features come with an elegant design that evokes and follows the design and usability conventions from other Maxthon browsers on other platforms.

“The addition of Linux takes our core value proposition – high performance, independent, multi-platform browsing – one step further,” said Karl Mattson, VP of Maxthon’s International Division. “Desktop computing is evolving beyond the one-OS-to-rule-them-all dynamic and as that develops, Maxthon will be right there offering high performance alternative web browsers on the platforms that matter.”

Download Maxthon for Linux

Linux 32 Bit: http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/deb/packages/i386/maxthon-browser-stable_1.0.0.10_i386.deb

Linux 64 Bit: http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/deb/packages/amd64/maxthon-browser-stable_1.0.0.10_amd64.deb

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/rpm/i386/packages/maxthon-browser-stable-1.0.0.10-1.i386.rpm

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/rpm/x86_64/packages/maxthon-browser-stable-1.0.0.10-1.x86_64.rpm

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/tars/maxthon-browser-stable-1.0.0.10-i386.tgz

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/tars/maxthon-browser-stable-1.0.0.10-x86_64.tgz

TechCrunch: Maxthon Releases Its First Browser For Linux

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Maxthon has launched its first cloud browser for Linux. The release is partly in response to requests from Maxthon’s users, but also because the open-source operating system has become speedier, says Karl Mattson, the company’s vice president.

“If people haven’t taken a look at Linux for a while, they should take a second look because it’s a great product. The chorus of people emailing us asking for Linux has gotten a lot louder,” says Mattson.

He adds that Maxthon for Linux has a bigger feature set than the company usually includes in browsers when they launch for the first time on an operating system, including “Magic Fill,” an AES 256 level encrypted password and user account prompt, and mouse gestures, which lets users execute browser commands by making a gesture with their mouse.

Maxthon for Linux fits into the company’s strategy of following its users across different platforms. While its focus over the past year has been on mobile, Maxthon also recentlylaunched a new Windows desktop browser. Mattson says the company plans to continue working on new releases and content partnerships for desktop users.

Factors that may spur the adoption of Linux by enterprise users and individual consumersinclude the end of support for Windows XP, its compatibility with older hardware, and increasing ease of use.  Mattson adds that Linux is also becoming more popular in emerging markets such as Russia, which are key regions for Maxthon. The company’s browsers currently reach 100 million unique devices each month and its top four markets are China, the U.S., Russia, and India.

Future version of Maxthon for Linux will have localized features for different countries. In Russia, where Maxthon has a content partnership with Yandex, browsers are customized for major cities like St. Petersburg and Moscow. These include a taxi-calling service that geo-locates users through their browser and helps them call a car service. Other potentially important markets for Maxthon’s Linux browser include India, the U.S., China, Brazil, and Indonesia.

 

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Maxthon Announces Expanded Partnership with Yandex, Russia’s Leading Search and Web Services Provider

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Today, Maxthon, a global software company that develops state-of-the-art web browsers, today announced it is expanding its partnership with Yandex, Russia’s dominant search and web services provider. In a new agreement, Maxthon and Yandex will work together to offer Maxthon web browsers to Russian desktop and mobile users pre-loaded with several of Yandex’s top web services.

The collaboration builds on Maxthon’s already-strong growth in Russia in both mobile and desktop browser activations and is in line with Maxthon’s ‘global/local’ strategy of offering high performance web browsers optimized with local services and content, all linked through Maxthon’s seamless ‘Cloud Browser.’

“We’re excited to be offering these services to Maxthon customers in Russia,” said Jeff Chen, CEO and founder of Maxthon. “Our original partnership with Yandex offered our customers Russia’s superior search experience. Adding Yandex services threaded through Maxthon’s multi-platform browsing doubles down on that already-strong value.”

Maxthon will be pre-loading access to a number of Yandex services including:

  • Yandex.Safe Browsing: The most comprehensive and current safe site database covering the Russian internet.
  • Yandex.Mail: One of Russia’s most popular webmail services offering its users unlimited mail storage, anti-virus protection, advanced spam filtering and much more.
  • Yandex.Market: Russia’s leading online comparison shopping system, with more than 53,000,000 product offers in more than 14,000 online stores available to customers in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Turkey.
  • Yandex.Maps: Online mapping service providing high-quality, detailed maps of more than 1,300 cities and towns inRussia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus, together with satellite images and hybrid maps, panoramic street views and driving directions, for desktop and mobile users.
  • Yandex.Taxi: A safe, reliable and affordable taxi ordering service with traffic-based routing, available on desktop and mobile devices in Russia’s largest cities.

“Russia is a tremendously dynamic internet market that is a key part of our global growth strategy,” said Karl Mattson, VP of Maxthon’s International Division. “In particular, there’s a split between urban and provincial internet penetration and internet activity. Adding Yandex services complements both.”

Download Maxthon for Windows: www.maxthon.com

Download Maxthon for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mx.browser

Download Maxthon for iPhone / iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/maxthon-web-browser-best-out/id541052011?mt=8

Download Maxthon for Windows phone: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/maxthon/7930f298-bd1e-462c-bbf2-0e36f26d04d4

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. Click here for more information about Maxthon

Softpedia: First Look at Maxthon Cloud Browser for Linux

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

There was a time in my life when I heard great things about Maxthon (formerly known as MyIE2), back when it was based on the Internet Explorer web browser from Microsoft and only available for the Windows operating system. I never had the pleasure to work with it until today, when I’ve installed the new development version under my Arch Linux box.

These days, the popular Chinese web browser is called Maxthon Cloud Browser and it is based on the open source Chromium web browser, supports all the extensions from the Google Chrome Store, and it provides a unified user interface across all supported platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Windows Phone.

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Linux is not yet an official release, as it’s still in development, and it resides on the official Maxthon forums for the moment, where users can grab the latest Beta versions. It’s easily installable on Debian, Red Hat and other Linux operating systems, especially Arch Linux users, as a package is already available in AUR.

Even if, at first sight, it looks promising and attractive, you will immediately notice that it’s actually a modified version of the Google Chrome/Chromium web browsers. It brings some welcomed additions, but unfortunately it also includes all the bad things that Chromium or Google Chrome has, and I say this as a full-time Mozilla Firefox user.
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PCWorld: Maxthon 4.2 review: Browser integrates cloud functionality and multiple session logins

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Maxthon Cloud Browser puts tight integration with multiple devices at the heart of its feature list. It also offers a number of utility and convenience features to enhance normal day-to-day Web use.

 

The free Maxthon Passport account is how syncing and integration is handled. Setting it up is trivial—put in a name and a password, and reply to a configuration email. Once I did this, I was able to install the Maxthon browser on my iPad and import my bookmarks and open tabs.

However, this review is primarily about the PC version of the browser. Maxthon Cloud browser uses two rendering engines, Trident and Webkit, to handle both newer and older pages optimally. Speed is good, even on image-heavy pages.

Maxthon Cloud Browser has several built-in features that provide helpful utilities or enhancements. One such is “Reader Mode”, which can (on some pages—the option does not appear on every page) figure out what the main article you’re trying to read is, and then display it without ads, pop-ups, and other distractions. Another is the screen capture feature, which will take a shot of either the whole page (including that scrolled offscreen), or a selected region.

 

A new feature in Maxthon Cloud Browser is multiple sessions. This allows a user to log in to the same site with different IDs, which is helpful if you maintain multiple accounts for various purposes. As with most modern browsers, Maxthon also has a private mode.

On the negative side, I spent some time trying to get Flash to load and run properly. Even after searching the forums and trying multiple suggested solutions, it was not working. Eventually, I did get it to work, but only by uninstalling the browser and reinstalling it in the suggested default directory. Even though the installer program offers a choice of target directory, the altered path was not propagated through the configuration. The company stated that a fix is in the works and will be addressed in a stable release by mid-February.

In general, documentation is sparse; the forums provide the main venue through which information about features and functionality can be gained.

Maxthon has a built-in ad blocker, but it works very sporadically as compared to the AdBlock plugin and similar tools. There is a fairly large selection of plugins and extensions available for Maxthon Cloud Browser, but many are not available in English language versions (so I couldn’t evaluate them), or are of limited functionality.

As is often the case with browsers beyond the top three or four, while Maxthon Cloud Browser has no glaring flaws and does a perfectly functional job of doing “browser things,” it’s hard to find something significantly unique/superior to the existing major browsers to make me switch to it for my day-to-day use on a PC. As with Opera 18, those who regularly move across platforms and need their environment preserved as they move from machine to machine may find it much more appealing.

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GigaOm: When it comes to new markets, one size does not fit all

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

SUMMARY: Before you expand globally, be sure you know the technology, demographics and culture differences of those new markets.

he 1958 novel The Ugly American was a fictionalized study of American jingoism in action. Its Americans didn’t embrace other cultures or try to understand them and then offer better solutions. Rather, they took a preconceived solution, put the culture ‘in need’ in a bear hug and tried to bend that culture around the existing solution.

Fast forward to now. The same dynamic is at work as American tech companies try to expand into international markets. Historically, internet-driven technology has radiated outward from Silicon Valley. Some of this is due to the difficult reality of scaling an internationalized application or service. But much of it is driven by projection bias and its partner in crime – false consensus bias. To put it another way – if people like it in Silicon Valley, they’ll like it everywhere.

akamaiglobeBut, that dynamic is no longer true (if indeed it ever was.) The next 1 billion new internet users will be located all over the world in cultures and economies with quite different and diffused needs compared to North American and European early adopters.

Silicon Valley is now looking to emerging regions like China, India and Brazil, where mobile usage is skyrocketing, for their new consumer-base. In this dynamic, the one-size-fits-all-model fails more than it succeeds. It fails for the simple reason that each market has different mobile usage needs, habits and demographic drivers that require a localized approach to product, acquisition and retention.

The winners of the next wave of the web will be those who best balance the product, marketing and strategic tension between standardization and localization.

Start with the following 3 steps.

Know your tech differences

Start right here. Your product must comply with market-germane needs around privacy, data handling and regulations – they often differ widely from country to country. Consider Brazil. If you’re a web browser trying to grow in Brazil you’ll need to implement the G-Buster plugin. G-Buster is designed to prevent any malicious code from running during the authorization or transaction process. This mechanism is the only security measure used by Caixa and Banco do Brasil to protect their customers.
Heard about Amazon’s trouble in India? Indian laws won’t allow Amazon to sell and stock products themselves. Amazon has to do it through partnerships with Indian-owned and operated middlemen – like Croma and Vijay Sales.
If you’re Android, are you working in the Android gray market? Or white? Gray market Android is shipped or modded Android that usually has Google services removed or hidden. Better for you, gray market Android gives you better screen real estate and discoverability.

Know your demographics

Understand your market’s demography. For example, the median age and reasons spent on the internet differ dramatically per region. In the U.S., the average age for internet users is 41 with shopping and e-commerce driving the majority of the usage. China’s median age is 24 and the bulk of what this cohort does online is around social sharing and casual gaming. Head to India where the average age is older than China.

In Moscow, a smaller 30 percent of total internet time per capita is spent on social networks. In a city like Volgograd, 40 percent or more total internet time per capita is spent using social networks. For Russia, the smaller the city the higher the percentage of internet time is spent using social media. Adjust accordingly or accept that you won’t be optimized in one or more markets.

Know the culture and localize your brand(s) accordingly

You’d be surprised at how many companies don’t take the time to really know their market when localizing their brands. One notorious example is Gap’s 1969 Jeans’ marketing campaign in China. 1969 was a year that most Chinese want to forget. It marked the peak of Mao’s Cultural Revolution – where intelligentsia and political enemies were being tortured, executed and/or sent to countryside labor camps. For China, 1969 was the furthest thing from the Gap’s vision of 1969 – a free-spirited period of personal empowerment and self-expression. So, know the history. Know the culture. Hire for your market. Conduct outreach to potential customers. Then, run your entire brand architecture and product set through your newly-developed cultural filter.

The challenge is balancing localization against standardization, and this applies to all companies. To win, you’ll have to move away from the “cookie-cutter” model and go local. But the balancing act is not solely limited to product and branding. You’ll find market-by-market differences in every part of your organization. Outside of product and branding, balancing local vs. global in your partnering/business development strategy is crucial. The right mix of global and local partnerships gives you the targeted credibility and user experience that melds “I have a right to be here” with, “I understand and serve your specific needs.”

 
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