Friday, July 11, 2014

[VentureBeat] Maxthon’s MXPlay game portal expands its HTML5 offering with Cut The Rope and 2048

By Maxthon Web Browsers

Maxthon’s MXPlay game portal expands its HTML5 offering with Cut The Rope and 2048

More and more mobile developers are bringing their games to the web thanks to powerful tools like HTML5, and now a popular online gaming portal is expanding to better serve those kinds of experiences to players.

Developer Maxthon, which makes the multiplatform browser of the same name for PC, smartphones, and tablets, has revealed the latest version of its MXPlay games portal. Mobile hits like Cut the Rope and 2048 represent the service’s new effort to provide casual games. MXPlay will also continue to release new HTML5-only games like the simple-looking online battler Treasure Arena and the point-and-click thriller Gods Will Be Watching. This is more evidence of HTML5 gaming’s continued growth on the web, and Maxthon is trying to play an important role in that with its gaming portal and browsers.

“Maxthon’s global user community has always been heavily powered by casual and serious gamers from the very beginning,” Maxthon founder and chief executive Jeff Chen said in a statement. “They love the speed, stability, and performance that our browsers bring to gaming. Early responses to our beta underscores this. Now, we’re adding to the fun and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead.”

HTML5 is an important tool for developers as it enables them to build a game once and run it through a browser on nearly any platform. That’s different from native apps for iOS, Android, and Windows, which require studios to take the time to port their games from one to the other.

By hosting games like Treasure Arena and 2048 on its portal, Maxthon is hoping to both generate revenue from dedicated users while also building up excitement for studios that are still considering whether to release HTML5-based games.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Happy 158th Birthday to Nikola Tesla!

By Maxthon Web Browsers

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Happy 158th, Nikola Tesla! Strange Facts About the Inventor

Nikola Tesla may be known today as one of history’s greatest inventors, but the intrepid scientist’s eccentricities have become as legendary as his trailblazing discoveries in the field of electricity.

Tomorrow (July 10) marks the 158th anniversary of Tesla’s birth, and to celebrate the occasion, Live Science is looking back at Tesla’s legacy, the cult of personality that has developed around the inventor in the years after his death, and the decades-old debate about who should be crowned the greatest inventor of all time: Nikola Tesla or Thomas Edison.

Though Tesla holds 112 lifetime U.S. patents, and is most famous for helping to develop the modern alternating current (AC) system of electric power, the inventor died penniless and in relative obscurity on Jan. 7, 1943, at age 86. [Creative Genius: The World's Greatest Minds]

Tesla’s outsized and quirky personality, along with some of his more far-out ideas — such as his experiments to develop a particle gun, or death ray — earned him a reputation that fell somewhere between “creative genius” and “mad scientist.” But while some regard him as the true father of electricity, others have come to remember Tesla more for his peculiarities than his accomplishments.

Here are some of the strangest facts about Tesla:

-Tesla rarely slept, and claimed he never dozed for longer than two hours. The inventor also said he once worked for 84 hours straight without any rest, according to John O’Neil, author of the book“Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla” (Cosimo Inc., 2006).

-Later in his life, Tesla frequented parks in New York City, often rescuing injured pigeons and nursing them back to health. A special PBS report on Tesla’s life and legacy claimed that when the inventor took up residence at the Hotel New Yorker, “he had the hotel chef prepare a special mix of seed for his pigeons, which he hoped to sell commercially.”

-Tesla was a vegetarian, but eventually limited himself to a peculiar diet of only milk, honey, bread and vegetable juices, according to Marc Seifer, author of “Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla,” (Citadel Press, 1996). Later in life, he was consumed by an extreme aversion to germs, and would only eat food that had been boiled, reported PBS.

-Tesla allegedly had a photographic memory, and could memorize entire books, according to Margaret Cheney, author of “Tesla: Man Out of Time” (Simon and Schuster, 2001).

-According to Seifer’s book “Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla,” the inventor claimed that repeatedly squishing his toes helped to stimulate his brain cells. In fact, Tesla reportedly performed his toe exercises nightly, 100 times for each foot.

-Tesla spent decades as a New York City resident, and to commemorate his connection to the Big Apple, the intersection of 40th Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan is named “Nikola Tesla Corner.” A plaque honoring Tesla can also be found on the façade of the New Yorker Hotel, where the inventor died.

-Tesla died in Room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel on Jan. 7, 1943. A death mask was commissioned after a medical examiner inspected the body. The mask is on display in the Nikola Tesla museum in Belgrade, Serbia.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

[Techradar.Pro] Why startups need an emerging markets distribution strategy

By Maxthon Web Browsers

Why startups need an emerging markets distribution strategy

INDUSTRY VOICE Organizations must localize apps and tech to succeed

All too often, startups try to execute on go to market strategies strictly focused on finding traction in the United States or EU and then hoping that success in these markets translates into direct success globally. While some companies do achieve success in both developed and developing markets this is the exception: not the rule.
For every Facebook and Twitter to hit the market, thousands of startups hang their ‘open for business’ shingle in N. America and hear nothing but crickets. Effectively, startups following that strategy are making success in the hardest markets a prerequisite for rolling out into more accessible markets. Following the “if you make it here, you can make it anywhere” mantra isolates the company from the majority of its user base, which ever more everyday resides globally.

Analyst Mary Meeker’s most recent “State of the Internet: 2014″ report points out that 9 out of 10 internet properties are made in the United States but 79% of their users are outside the U.S. That data point says it all.

Global markets matter

Start-ups need to bake this into their go to market strategy from day one. And conditions have never been more favorable for small startups to do so for 3 reasons:

  • Cost of localization
  • Global rise of social media usage
  • Easier access to major distribution channels

Most immediately, the cost to localize an app or web product has dropped at least tenfold in the past four years. Companies like CrowdIn and freelance markets like Elance now mean you can access quality translators and add a new language for an app for less than $1000.

International social media

Social media penetration –particularly Twitter – is saturated enough to make viral discovery and distribution a reality when it wasn’t four years ago. Meaning, you can build your brand without having to navigate less accessible in-country advertising scenes. And finally, forging partnerships with consumer cellular telcos and OEMs for device preloading are more accessible than in North America and Europe.
Simply put, it’s easier to get a meeting with Brazil’s ‘Oi’ (formerly Telemar) than Verizon. If you can’t staff to do direct deals with carriers and OEMs, companies like App Attach can give you direct access to carriers and OEMs through their closed app market.

This approach works. Examples are out there. Quixey, which has built a ground-breaking way of marrying deep search around apps and app data, saw the opportunity of prioritizing expansion at a pretty early point developmentally, partnering with one of Singapore’s main info-communication companies, StarHub. Zomato – a restaurant discovery platform, owns its space in 12 and counting countries. This list is growing by the minute. To put it another way, if you’re launched a startup and aren’t happy with your growth in the US market, stop waiting for the hockey stick and go global.
Karl Mattson, VP of International at Maxthon

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Windows V4.4.2.800 Beta is Released!

By Maxthon Web Browsers

Today, we are very excited and proud to announce the availability of the 4.4.2.800 Beta is available for you to try out.

What’s new in this clear and neat Quick Access?
1. Website Mosaic
2. Multiple layouts
3. Many simple options to add new websites
4. Easy access
5. Group view
6. Various backgrounds

Please note! This release is a trial version instead of a final release. Thus, it may have bugs or other potential problems.

Download:

Installer version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.2.800-beta.exe
MD5: d31a9d05c921d6bdf46803e52e835676
Portable version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.2.800-beta.7z
MD5: c4f7405122e771f14fbd814ab1925915

4.4.2.800 [2014-07-03]

Fixes:
[Main Frame]
* Optimized Toolbar. You can add plug-in toolbar ICONS

[Webkit Core]
* Unable to exit screenshot by pressing ESC
An anomaly occurs when searching in the page with backspace sometimes

To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during the usage, for any suggestions or bug reports, we do hope you may go to ‘Product Support‘ area and report/describe by a new separate thread for each problem/topic. We will read each thread and update the follow-up status then. Meanwhile, some problems are probably be left out if they are stated in other thread.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Winner Announcement for the Affiliate program 1st contest giveaway

By Maxthon Web Browsers

The winner of the giveaway award is Furkan A. Achieving the most Maxthon downloads between May 20th – June 30th. Furkan will receive a cool Maxthon t-shirt and a Maxthon water bottle. Great work Furkan and thank you for your dedication and continuous support of Maxthon browsers.

 

Congrats Furkan!

Interested in joining the Maxthon Affiliates’ Program to win cool prizes? Click here!

 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Behold, the results for the top Affiliates for the month of June are here!

By Maxthon Web Browsers

Behold, the results for the top June Affiliates are here!

The top Affiliates for the month of June are:

#1 Affiliate – Andrew R.
#2 Affiliate – Ondřej V.
#3 Affiliate – Furkan A.
#4 Affiliate – Vid L.
#5 Affiliate -  Varikuti G.
#6 Affiliate – Vinay K.
#7 Affiliate – Achmad S.
#8 Affiliate – Venkata K.
#9 Affiliate – LoveCrysis K.
#10 Affiliate – Jojo U.

Congratulations and THANK YOU to all of you for your hard work and dedication in helping share Maxthon with the world!

Interested in participating in the Affiliates program? Click here!
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Android v4.2.7.2000 is Officially Released!

By Maxthon Web Browsers

【Release】
Maxthon Cloud Browser for Android v4.2.7.2000

【Changelog】
[Improvements]
- Fixed Night Mode’s issue in RSS
- Fixed Night Mode crash on particular Android devices
- Improve compatibility with KitKat

【Download】

Click here.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mx.browser

Thursday, June 26, 2014

[MaximumPC] Maxthon Browser Lets You Fast Forward Through Forced Advertisements

By Maxthon Web Browsers

New version of Maxthon focuses on video performance

Are you looking to try out a new browser? The latest release of Maxthon comes with a few tricks up its sleeve, including the ability to fast forward through any part of any video, even advertisements that you might be forced to watch. Maxthon makes this possible through what it calls Ad Skipper technology, which uses a combination of smart pre-fetching and a new approach to managing the browser runtime environment.

“The growth of video streaming sites that are easily accessible on desktop and mobile is fueling the current wave of internet usage. Maxthon is focused on delivering superior features that address the changing habits of our users to ultimately enhance their online experience. Ad Skipper for Maxthon PC is our latest contribution to that effort,” said Jeff Chen, founder and CEO of Maxthon.

The new version of Maxthon is also supposed to do a better job with CPU and RAM management, especially compared to other browsers when watching video. It offers broad video codec support — H.264, VP8, OggTheora, and WebM — has a sharing option, and a boss key option in case Bill Lumbergh happens to wander by.

If you want to give Maxthon a spin, you can download it here.

 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Maxthon Releases Windows PC Browser Designed To Make Watching Videos Faster

By Maxthon Web Browsers

Try the New Maxthon Ad-Skipper Today, Click Here! 

Browser maker Maxthon has released a browser for Windows PC that is designed for watching videos and includes features like the “AdSkipper,” which lets users fast forward through advertisements without slowing their video downloads.

While Maxthon’s expansion strategy is heavily mobile-based (for example, last year it inked a significant deal with MediaTek that will preload its mobile browser onto more than 100 million smartphones this year), it has continued to make products for PC users as well. These include its first browser for Linux, which was released in March, and new Windows PC desktop browser.

The company says that two-thirds of its users (its browsers reach 100 million unique devices per month) watch at least one video per day, a number close to findings by a Pew Research study that says 78% of adults watch or download videos online. Maxthon’s new video-optimized browser is targeted to them and, of course, may also increase their engagement with the company’s products.

In addition to its ad-skipping feature, Maxthon also claims that its video browser has a more efficient approach to memory management and CPU usage, which means that videos play faster and have fewer stops or lags. Videos can also be pulled out of the browser screen and the whimsical (but potentially useful) “boss key” means that hitting “CTRL +” during playback will overlay a “very boring, work-like-looking spreadsheet”over the video you are watching.

Karl Mattson, Maxthon’s vice president, says that the company originally rolled out its video-optimized browser earlier this year in China, where the ad-skipper feature proved especially popular because the “video to ad ratio for video viewing on the web in China is out of control. We’re talking one minute of advertising for one and half minutes of content.”

From a user perspective, people watching videos using Maxthon’s browser “will immediately notice faster buffering (regardless of connection speed); few to no stall-starts as the http://get tries to catch up with the playback; stability over time (e.g. you can watch a full-length movie on something less than high speed–10 mbps or greater with no stall-starts) and, perhaps most interesting, video fast-forward,” says Mattson.

The browser’s features work best on flash video, with different HTML 5 formats in the works, says Mattson. So it will get the best results with Netflix and Hulu, while YouTube performance depends on your user agent setting on the browser.

Maxthon also plans to release video-optimized features for browsers on all its other platforms, starting with Android, then Mac OS, iOS, Windows Phone, and Linux.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Linux V1.0.4.0 Beta is Released Featuring the New ‘Cloud Sync Manager’

By Maxthon Web Browsers

Maxthon for Linux V1.0.4.0 Beta is available for you to try out!

In this Beta, the highly requested feature ‘Cloud Sync Manager’ has been newly added, which allows you to control your data sync such as enabling/disabling data sync for Favorites, Quick-Access, Magic-Fill, Cloud-Tab, and more.

Click on the cloud icon at the top-right corner of main menu to see the sync panel. We would greatly appreciate if you could let us know your feedback on this new functionality ‘Cloud Sync Manager’.

Please note: This release is a trial version instead of a final release. Thus, it may have bugs or other potential problems.

 

Downloads for 32-bit:

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/deb/packages/i386/maxthon-browser-beta_1.0.4.0_i386.deb
MD5: 3385ad58b12d759fc09be9add891f43d
http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/rpm/i386/packages/maxthon-browser-beta-1.0.4.0-1.i386.rpm
MD5: 7af967c341caa63190c8c67ebafa57c9
http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/tars/maxthon-browser-beta-1.0.4.0-i386.tgz
MD5: 5df019ffbde5bd75bba8eb78d430775d

 

Downloads for 64-bit:

http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/deb/packages/amd64/maxthon-browser-beta_1.0.4.0_amd64.deb
MD5: 676d4aa4aed9a217b16e9f32c3c021ee
http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/rpm/x86_64/packages/maxthon-browser-beta-1.0.4.0-1.x86_64.rpm
MD5: 55d6d82156b3ada63f32185b1d69ec17
http://dl.maxthon.com/linux/tars/maxthon-browser-beta-1.0.4.0-x86_64.tgz
MD5: dca5bec4d8fe14df79605491b8fd84b8

To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during the usage, for any suggestions or bug reports, we do hope you may go to ‘Product Support‘ area and report/describe by a new seperate thread for each problem/topic. We will read each thread and update the follow-up status then. Meanwhile, some problems are probably be left out if they are stated in other thread. Thanks very much for your cooperation!