Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Website of the Week

2013-07-16 18:40:25

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

2013-07-12 18:51:40

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

2013-07-01 23:44:28

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — 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 visithttp://www.maxthon.com.

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

2013-07-01 18:37:37

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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Lowell Eschen

lowell.eschen@bm.com

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Freedom and the Web: How does Maxthon Use Your Personal Information?

2013-06-28 19:41:39

Freedom and the Web

How does Maxthon Use Your Personal Information?

Here at Maxthon, we understand the need for privacy and how important it is to our users. So before we jump into a broader ‘Privacy 101’ series of articles we thought it wise to share with you what Maxthon products do regarding data collection and how we as a company manage that data.

We may collect some personal information in order to personalize your web browsing experience while understanding you better as a consumer. This information can be used to better understand your needs and wants, and enable us to provide software updates and product announces.  In that way we are no different from any other web browser.

We understand many users want to keep this information and browsing history private and secure. Maxthon strongly believes that your browsing history is your business. This is why we take a number of steps to ensure our users feel like their web browsing experience is their own and isn’t being shared with the world.

Here are a few ways Maxthon has approached privacy and what we use user’s personal information for:

Disclosure:

We DO NOT use or disclose information about your individual use of Maxthon or information that you may give us, such as your name, address, email address or telephone number, to any outside companies or governmental agencies.

Geo-Location Information:

Some Devices allow applications to access real-time location-based information (for example, GPS). Our applications do not collect such information.  

Analytics:

Maxthon collects some information (ourselves or using third party services) using logging and cookies, which can sometimes be correlated with Personal Information. We use this information for the above purposes and to monitor and analyze use of  our browsers,  to increase their functionality and ease of use, and to verify users have the authorization needed for the Service to process their requests.

Your Use:

We will display your Personal Information in your profile page and elsewhere on our Services according to the preferences you set in your account. Any information you choose to provide should reflect how much you want others to know about you.

Changing or Deleting Your Information:

If you are a registered user, you may review, update and correct the Personal Information provided in your registration or account profile by changing your “account settings.” To delete your account you will need to email a request to us.  (This is to prevent losing your account and data should you experience identity theft.)

Data Retention:

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services, you may request to delete your account.

We deeply care about our users and their privacy, making it one of our stop priorities when using Maxthon as your browser. For more information about our Privacy Policy, please click here.

Regards,
Karl Mattson
Vice President of Maxthon

NEXT WEEK: How Does Maxthon Protect Users from Online Threats and Viruses? 

The Next Web Blog: The personal cloud that tomorrow needs

2013-06-17 18:36:03

The personal cloud that tomorrow needs

Let’s put a fork in it and call it done. “The Cloud” has now displaced “Social” as the web’s most widely-used and least-understood buzzword. Services like Dropbox, iCloud and Google Drive have become mainstream, and other specialized services like Evernote (note-taking), Wunderlist (to-do lists) and Pocket (news aggregator) are heavily used by consumers who don’t even know they’re using the cloud.

And while online backup and synchronization companies have been offering personal cloud for years, it took the hockey stick of smart phones and tablets growth to demonstrate – convincingly – its purpose and universal need. As consumers continue spending more of their time online through their many connected devices, the next piece of the connected experience is to consolidate and simplify the cloud itself.

The cloud is due for simplification, too. Each of the web’s major leaps forward follow roughly the same pattern:  1) New idea. 2) Profusion of vertical copycats and single-purpose solutions. 3) Elegant consolidation. The cloud is now at stage 3. Not only is the personal cloud replacing the hard drive as the focus of an individual’s web life, but it is also taking over where we keep our content and access services. According to a Forbes interview with Gartner, “the personal cloud will entail the unique collection of services, Web destinations and connectivity that will become the home of computing and communication activities.”

We’re beyond the early adopter stage and well into mainstream pick-up.

Gartner also predicts that personal cloud will become widely adopted by 2015, but that in 2014 less than 10 percent of consumers will use cloud services as their main storage. Among other things, this all ensures the next couple of years will see a critical shakeout of quality services that allow users to safely and seamlessly store, sync, stream and share using multiple connected devices such as smartphones, media tablets, TVs and PCs over the Internet.

The shakeout has just begun. But even now the current and growing issues brought on by the ubiquity of the cloud are clear: fragmentation, inefficiency and security risks are three concerns that should be top of mind for both consumers and service providers. Success in the personal cloud space will only be possible for those able to meet and solve these flaws and challenges.

Fragmentation

Let’s spend a little time with stage No. 2 – fragmented, single purpose one-offs. The introduction of myriad cloud services has created a fragmentation of apps and programs that serve different purposes on different devices, assuredly doing one and only one thing (often not well). For example, Google Drive is used for documents, but Evernote for one-off notes, and Pocket as a content aggregator. In theory, these are all meant to help simplify and organize your everyday life.

We’re beyond the early adopter stage…
But many users are already experiencing the hassle of having to update a host of single-purpose apps on multiple devices, often deterring them from continuing to use the service. Practically speaking, using tons of single-purpose apps equates to an operating system “Tower of Babel,” creating conflicts and crash bugs that require almost constant updating.  The average smart phone user now has 67 apps. Is that progress? Almost a portion of a day has to be dedicated to ensuring everything in the cloud is streamlined. In the future personal-cloud world, we will see not an “app for everything” but a handful of applications that make your mobile, multi-device experience easier, richer and more secure.

Security

In today’s web, first-rate service also means secure service. The mobile device is ground zero of the threat-center, particularly on Android devices. Attacks are on the rise, and cloud-based services are big targets. Making it worse, many developers don’t follow proper encryption protocols that safeguard messages and information from the bad guys. Every app has a different commitment to security – both in terms of level of protection and responsiveness to new, known attacks.

Software updates, new programs and apps help offset security risks, but this only comes with one more app to download to make your personal cloud useful and safe. These piecemeal solutions diminish the convenience that the personal cloud is meant to offer. Security risks aren’t going away anytime soon, but the personal cloud storage of tomorrow will offer a unified but distributed  solution that simplifies and increases your protection against security attacks.

Efficiency

Now, what about the ever-receding horizon of performance? Think about it: GBs of data are being moved from device to device over Internet connections of varying speed. In today’s personal cloud space, this is a problem.

…cloud services should be hosted on a single platform
One of the biggest issues is caused by the multiple apps and programs running on your computer, TV, tablet or phone that compete for bandwidth – and they’re not talking to each other!  To increase the speed of a given program, applications have to manually be shut down, and the introduction of more and more apps isn’t helping to meet the growing demand of a faster Internet experience. If it’s not already there, expect the next big app to be a personal load balancer.

This, in turn, creates another roadblock on the path to a fast and irritation-free personal cloud experience. To stay ahead of the game, the most vital personal cloud services should be hosted on a single-running program. Here, one can find your notes, documents, news, movies and music, where everything runs on a balanced, task-oriented basis and doesn’t drain the efficiency of a device.

The Power of the Browser

Let’s talk about the helpful older sibling of this equation – the one who’s dealt with these issues for longer than anyone can remember. The application that has something to offer here: the web browser. A lot of emphasis has been placed on myriad apps that solve problems, but one of the more important functionalities of our everyday Internet experience has often been overlooked. Today’s web browser is so much more than the relatively archaic (sorry Netscape) sender, receiver and renderer of http requests. It’s the natural operating system of the personal cloud. And the personal cloud  has reached a level of complexity to where it needs its own operating system.

Personal cloud storage within a browser isn’t a new idea. But the browser that successfully provides the service will deliver a streamlined, secure and efficient solution that will adapt to the changing needs of the consumer. It will eliminate the need for a million one-off apps. It will make your web surfing safer and secure. It will ensure speed. The coming years will prove to be a pivotal time in which consumers decide where they want to keep their personal cloud, and the browser is already forming the perfect frame that knits together all the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s consumer.

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India Times: “Different browser options with unique features”

2013-06-17 18:23:48

Here are some browsers for computers, tablets and mobiles that offer unique features not available even in popular ones like Internet Explorer or Firefox. Karan Bajaj suggests some to suit your interests and usage.

Browser options for Computers

3. Maxthon UTILISE THE CLOUD: Available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, Maxthon comes with its own cloud services. It lets you share and sync files, links and bookmarks, as well as open tabs across devices and operating systems. You can save files in the cloud storage for quick access on other devices. Other useful features include an ad blocker, track eraser, automatic form filler and an extension centre for adding features. www.maxthon.com.

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

2013-06-13 00:25:16

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’

2013-06-10 21:41:30

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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Team Rio: ‘Maxthon: A Ridiculously Well Kept Secret?’

2013-06-07 22:04:02

 

Via Team Rio
Maxthon: A Ridiculously Well Kept Secret?

The Maxthon Desktop Browser
In a recent spate of vanity, I ventured to take a look at this blog’s readership statistics, and while perusing, found a browser called “Maxthon” under the clients which had been used to view the blog. Not having heard of Maxthon, I decided to look it up and thought it merited a review.

Mobile Browser with Synced Tabs
Maxthon is a browser built for the multi-device world. Its primary novelty is something called Maxthon Passport which is an account you set up with Maxthon (free) which allows you to sync and push tabs, text, pictures, and downloads between devices and to your cloud account.

This sync feature is seamlessly integrated into both the desktop browser and mobile app so you can push or pull whatever you like with just a click or two (full disclosure: I’ve only used the OS X and Android versions, respectively, as that’s all I have available).

My impressions of this browser and my experience with it have been excellent. The interface is clean and all options are easy to figure out. The content push/synchronization is well built and works transparently, as it should. The speed and fluidity with which it works rivals and may even outshine Chrome and Firefox on my laptop (which is 6 years old) and certainly does wonders over Dolphin Browser (a popular and capable browser) on my Android phone — it even asks for fewer and less sensitive permissions, which makes me feel a little more at ease.

As with any program that you will be doing sensitive transactions with (banking, shopping, webmail, etc.), security of your data should be a trump-all; but considering the berth of people already using Maxthon without widespread complaints of malicious software or poor security, it may be something you should look in to. Check out Maxthon here.

P.S.: Maxthon uses WebKit as its rendering engine with Trident as a backup for those pages that won’t render properly, ergo IT’S STANDARDS COMPLIANT! Web creators rejoice!

 

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