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  14. <description>Fast &#38; Fully Customizable Web Browser</description>
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  23. <title>Update to Chromium 80 – Vivaldi Browser snapshot 1800.5</title>
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  25. <pubDate>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:35:19 +0000</pubDate>
  26. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ruarí Ødegaard]]></dc:creator>
  27. <category><![CDATA[Blog]]></category>
  28. <category><![CDATA[Desktop Snapshots]]></category>
  29. <category><![CDATA[Snapshots]]></category>
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  32. <description><![CDATA[This snapshot includes fixes and improvements for bookmarks, developer tools, media and has a major Chromium bump to 80.]]></description>
  33. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<h3>Download (1800.5)</h3>
  34. <ul>
  35. <li>Windows: <a href="" rel="nofollow">64-bit for Win7+</a> | <a href="" rel="nofollow">32-bit for Win7+</a></li>
  36. <li>macOS: <a href="" rel="nofollow">10.10+</a></li>
  37. <li>Linux: <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB 64-bit</a> (Recommended)| <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB 32-bit</a></li>
  38. <li>Linux: <a href="" rel="nofollow">RPM 64-bit</a> (Recommended)| <a href="" rel="nofollow">RPM 32-bit</a></li>
  39. <li>Linux: <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB ARM32-bit</a> (Unsupported)| <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB ARM64-bit</a> (Unsupported)</li>
  40. <li>Linux: <a href="">non-DEB/RPM</a> <sup>[<a href="">help</a>]</sup></li>
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  42. <h3>Changelog</h3>
  43. <ul>
  44. <li>[Address Bar][Bookmarks] Add Bookmark dialog has wrong width (VB-62355)</li>
  45. <li>[Address Bar][Bookmarks][Search Field] Bookmarking via shortcut after disabling search field causes misalignment (VB-56173)</li>
  46. <li>[Address Bar][Extensions] Better ESC handling for popup (VB-62004)</li>
  47. <li>[Address Bar][Extensions] Incorrect border-radius on popup buttons on hover (VB-62548)</li>
  48. <li>[Address Bar][Extensions] Trapped focus for popup (VB-62385)</li>
  49. <li>[Address Bar][Extensions][Regression] Pop-up window don&#8217;t show extensions (VB-62368)</li>
  50. <li>[Address Bar][Search Field] Popup must remember previous selected engine (VB-62414)</li>
  51. <li>[Address Bar][Search Field] Typed history doesn&#8217;t close by clicking down arrow (VB-62403)</li>
  52. <li>[Bookmarks] Bar context menu missing &#8220;New Separator&#8221; (VB-55595)</li>
  53. <li>[Capture][Regression] Selection is not transparent (VB-62380)</li>
  54. <li>[Dev Tools] Doesn&#8217;t receive focus when opened (VB-29650)</li>
  55. <li>[Dev Tools] Impossible to inspect a Dev Tools window itself (VB-37610)</li>
  56. <li>[Keyboard][Accessibility] F6 highlight styling (VB-62149)</li>
  57. <li>[Keyboard][Accessibility] Last focused element in panel is not remembered when using F6 (VB-62347)</li>
  58. <li>[Linux] Update Widevine from 4.10.1582.1 to 4.10.1582.2</li>
  59. <li>[Linux][armhf][Regression] Widevine can not be found: <a href="">additional steps required</a> (VB-62370)</li>
  60. <li>[Media] Vivaldi does not always block auto-play (VB-62314)</li>
  61. <li>[Notes] Disable new-note button when empty note is selected (VB-62512)</li>
  62. <li>[Notes] New notes are hidden if the notes search field is not empty (VB-62477)</li>
  63. <li>[Regression] Tiling of tabs that are hibernated doesn&#8217;t work correctly (VB-60486)</li>
  64. <li>[Start Page] Page title is displayed in English after restart (VB-50782)</li>
  65. <li>[Windows][Installer] Strings are not fully visible in some languages (VB-62383)</li>
  66. <li>Upgraded Chromium to <a href=";n=10000">80.0.3987.67</a></li>
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  68. <p><em>Main photo by <a href="">Vidar Nordli-Mathisen</a></em></p>
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  72. <title>Is Linux more secure than Windows?</title>
  73. <link></link>
  74. <pubDate>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:15:03 +0000</pubDate>
  75. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Team Vivaldi]]></dc:creator>
  76. <category><![CDATA[Blog]]></category>
  77. <category><![CDATA[Team Blog]]></category>
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  80. <description><![CDATA[While neither Linux or Windows can claim to be 100% bulletproof, the perceived wisdom is that Linux is more secure than Windows. We try to find out if that’s the case.
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  83. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not that long ago hackers were not sophisticated or organized in criminal networks and all operating systems were reasonably secure. </span></p>
  84. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fast-forward a few years, stealing data has turned into a business, and <a href="">security is on everyone’s mind</a>. So a good time, then, to investigate if the niche operating system Linux is more secure than the most widely used one, Windows. </span></p>
  85. <h3><b>How secure is Windows? </b></h3>
  86. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="">77% of computers today run on Windows compared to less than 2% for Linux</a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> which would suggest that Windows is relatively secure. </span></p>
  87. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Indeed, recently, </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Microsoft introduced a massive improvement</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to its operating system’s codebase. They added their own antivirus software system, improved firewalls and implemented a sandbox architecture, limiting programs from accessing the memory space of the OS or other applications.</span></p>
  88. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Still, Windows is in a tight spot. </span></p>
  89. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As you might expect, the volume of malware developed for an operating system is proportionate to its popularity. Windows has a large market share and because of that, it is a bigger target for scammers. Compared to that, there’s barely any malware in existence for Linux. That’s one reason some consider Linux more secure than Windows. </span></p>
  90. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In addition, many believe that Windows architecture makes it a little easier for users to download malware compared to Linux. On Windows, all you need to do for viruses and spyware to run is to double-click on an “.exe&#8221; file. </span></p>
  91. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When <a href="">we asked Vivaldi devs</a> to verify this statement, they told us that there are some safeguards against that. </span></p>
  92. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By default, current versions of Windows will warn you if you download an “.exe” from the Internet using a technique called “</span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mark of the Web</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8221; (that’s as long as your browser correctly marks it as a download).</span></p>
  93. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are also various executable signing options to make sure that “.exe” files come from a trusted source. </span></p>
  94. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, by default, that protection is not set to a high enough level, since unsigned applications can still run. In contrast, freshly downloaded executables are treated as dangerous, and Windows 10 makes you perform actions on warning dialogs before they will run.</span></p>
  95. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This “weakness” of Windows architecture might be why some consider Linux more secure than Windows. And also why Windows users are constantly prompted to download updates to their antivirus application and firewall software. This was indeed the case with </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">the very recent software update</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to fix an issue flagged by the NSA that could allow attackers to successfully spoof code-signing certificates and use them to sign malicious code or intercept and modify encrypted communications.</span></p>
  96. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Still, not all malware developed for Windows will run on all Windows devices. For example, a virus built for XP may not run on Windows 10. This makes it harder for malware developers who have to keep up with the ever-changing platforms. </span></p>
  97. <h3><b>Is Linux more secure by design?  </b></h3>
  98. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many believe that, by design, Linux is more secure than Windows because of the way it handles user permissions. </span></p>
  99. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The main protection on Linux is that running an “.exe” is much harder. Linux does not process executables without explicit permission as this is not a separate and independent process. You’ll have to chmod +x a file before you can run it. </span></p>
  100. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, that’s changing. More and more Linux systems simplify things by understanding file extensions (double-click an .html file, and it will open a browser), so users are now relying on the security of every application. That means that an exploit in an image viewer can become a system exploit if you can get the user to double click on a .jpg</span></p>
  101. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An advantage of Linux is that viruses can be more easily removed. On Linux, system-related files are owned by the “root” superuser. If infected, viruses can be easily removed as they can only affect the user account where they were installed, and they do not affect the root account (if the computer has one – Ubuntu does not normally use a root account, most other Linuxes do).</span></p>
  102. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On the downside, Linux has been very slow to fix these “privilege escalation bugs” and </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">there have been some</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from time to time. Because they can only be used by a local user account, they are not considered as serious as a remote exploit. </span></p>
  103. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Vivaldi devs reckon that once the malware is running locally, it can use them to become root and remove all of that permissions protection. Being able to compromise a user account can be just as bad as being able to compromise a root account. </span></p>
  104. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Linux has more things going for it though. </span></p>
  105. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It has a large community of developers reviewing its code and making sure there are no back doors. Some have called Linux the most secure OS simply on the grounds of its large “team” of Linux user-developers around the globe. </span></p>
  106. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The diversity of Linux distributions (as opposed to the relative monoculture on Windows) is another shield for Linux users. </span></p>
  107. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some of these distributions have been built specifically around security. </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Edward Snowden, for example, has endorsed Qubes OS</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> saying that if you&#8217;re serious about security, Qubes OS is the best operating system available today and that it’s what he uses. </span></p>
  108. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some Linux distributions have been accused of bad security practices but assuming your chosen distro (Ubuntu, Red Hat, Qubes OS, others</span><b>) </b><span style="font-weight: 400;">has a good reputation for security, you can use it safe in the knowledge that it has all the necessary security patches applied. </span></p>
  109. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All this is not to say that Linux machines cannot be infected (remember the </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Heartbleed bug</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in 2014), it’s just harder to do. That (and the cost probably) is the reason most of the web runs on Linux servers. </span></p>
  110. <h3><b>Security beyond the operating system </b></h3>
  111. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So is Linux more secure than Windows? Asking Vivaldi devs didn’t get us a conclusive answer.</span></p>
  112. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Indeed, as no operating system is bulletproof, the only reasonable answer is to get educated about the security threats you face. </span></p>
  113. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Deploying a secure operating system is an important step but lack of knowledge can expose you to far greater risks. </span></p>
  114. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are a few things to think about: </span></p>
  115. <ul>
  116. <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Networking</b><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Having a firewall is extremely important on both Windows and Linux. Make sure you know how that side of things works on your machine. </span></li>
  117. <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Phishing</b><span style="font-weight: 400;">. This threat is the hardest to prevent as anyone can be tricked into disclosing a username, password, or other sensitive stuff. Beware that “social engineering” is the preferred method for a huge chunk of scammers. By sending emails posing as PayPal or Netflix, they will try to steal your passwords and, consequently, credit card information. </span></li>
  118. <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Choice of browser</b><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Your choice of OS won’t protect you from phishing attacks </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">but your browser might</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Many browsers check for known malicious websites or websites that offer malware for download. For example, Vivaldi will ask you explicitly if you want to run an executable file. </span></li>
  119. <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Malware</b><span style="font-weight: 400;">. When <a href="">shopping around for software</a>, you can be tricked into downloading and running suspicious software, extensions, or plug-ins that open the door to malware. Before installing anything on your machine, look up reviews, check if the software is used by a respectable number of people, as well as install it in a sandbox. And keep it updated! On Linux, stick to trusted repositories or download from official and trusted sites (e.g. download Vivaldi browser from</span></li>
  120. </ul>
  121. <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">* * *</span></p>
  122. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What are your thoughts on this? Is one OS more secure than the other? Is Linux more secure than Windows?  </span></p>
  123. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The good news is that no matter which OS you go for, Vivaldi is out there for you. It is also available for Mac, and a beta version is available for Android devices. We’ve got you covered! </span></p>
  124. <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="vivaldi-button" href=""><span>Download Vivaldi</span></a></p>
  125. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Read more: </span></p>
  126. <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why you should replace Windows 7 with Linux</span></a></p>
  127. <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is how the most secure browsers will protect you</span></a></p>
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  131. <title>Speed Dial improvements – Vivaldi Android Browser snapshot 1795.3</title>
  132. <link></link>
  133. <pubDate>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 09:16:46 +0000</pubDate>
  134. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Maria Popova]]></dc:creator>
  135. <category><![CDATA[Blog]]></category>
  136. <category><![CDATA[Mobile Snapshots]]></category>
  137. <category><![CDATA[Snapshots]]></category>
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  140. <description><![CDATA[For today’s Snapshot we made it possible to drag speed dial to folder, drag speed dial on top of another to create a folder, and show speed dial sub-folder indicator.]]></description>
  141. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<h3>Drag speed dial to folder</h3>
  142. <p>We are continuously working to improve speed dial customization and to implement new features requested by our users. Drag speed dial to folder is one of them. Now, this is possible by tapping and holding a speed dial and dragging it on top of a folder, then releasing your finger. The speed dial gets moved to the desired folder.</p>
  143. <h3>Drag speed dial on top of another to create a folder</h3>
  144. <p>While you are organizing your Start Page, you might want to create a new folder with two or more speed dials in it. Drag speed dial on top of another and drop it, and this action will create a new folder with the name &#8216;New Folder&#8217;, containing both speed dials. You can move more items to it, you can rename it or move it to a different place in the Start Page &#8211; it&#8217;s all up to you.<br />
  145. This is yet another way to create speed dial folders.</p>
  146. <h3>Speed dial sub-folder indicator</h3>
  147. <p>With the two new features above, it is very easy to create a structure with several speed dial sub-folders. To be clear which folder you are in we&#8217;ve added sub-folder indicator on the top of the page. It shows the name of your current folder.</p>
  148. <p>Take a look at the changelog for a full overview of the changes and let us know what you think.</p>
  149. <h3>Differences to Beta/Final</h3>
  150. <p>The purpose of these snapshots is to allow our fans a chance to preview upcoming changes, and to help us ensure the quality of our latest fixes and improvements, before we add them to a Beta (or Final). If you would prefer something that was already widely tested, stick with the main <a href="">Vivaldi Android package</a> (currently in Beta).</p>
  151. <p>When testing a Snapshot, it is a good idea to review the changelog (below). Try out the changes and let us know your thoughts in the comments section or directly in the Play Store. When commenting in the Play Store, remember that it is helpful to mention the version you were testing with.</p>
  152. <h3>Download options</h3>
  153. <p>We are currently offering Snapshots from the Play Store.</p>
  154. <p><a class="btn-google-play" href="" data-track-content="" data-content-name="Google Play Button on Android Page" data-content-piece="Button click"><img src="" alt="Get it on Google Play" /></a></p>
  155. <p><em>Sometimes there might be a delay after a snapshot blog post goes live, while updates are rolled out via the Play Store. If you don&#8217;t want to wait, or you do not use the Play Store on your device, we also offer .apk files for manual installation.</em></p>
  156. <h3>Alternative Downloads (1795.3)</h3>
  157. <ul>
  158. <li><a href="" rel="nofollow">armeabi-v7a</a></li>
  159. <li><a href="" rel="nofollow">arm64-v8a</a></li>
  160. <li><a href="" rel="nofollow">x86-64</a></li>
  161. </ul>
  162. <p><em>Manually installed files can be updated from the Play Store at a later date, provided you installed the one that is most appropriate for your device. If you are not sure which one is right for you, simply install <a href="">Droid Hardware Info</a> <sup>[<a href="">Alt</a>]</sup>, switch to the ‘System’ Tab and look at the ‘Instruction Sets’ line.</em></p>
  163. <h3>Changelog</h3>
  164. <ul>
  165. <li>[New Feature] Add dragging item on top of other item to create a folder in Speed Dial VB-59061</li>
  166. <li>[New Feature] Add &#8220;Drag speed dial to folder&#8221; to add item to folder VB-59060</li>
  167. <li>[New Feature] Add sub-folder indicator in Speed Dial VB-62300</li>
  168. <li>[Regression] Crash on startup on some Samsung devices VB-60796</li>
  169. <li>[Regression] chrome://newtab in Settings-Homepage VB-60627</li>
  170. <li>[Address Field] Go back to using current search engine logo as favicon VB-60589</li>
  171. <li>[Bookmarks][Notes] Tapping &#8220;v&#8221; twice quickly adds two folders in some devices VB-60014</li>
  172. <li>[Bookmarks][Notes] Tapping back in folder should save item VB-60642</li>
  173. <li>[Sync] Skip updating Speed Dial when no changes VB-60833</li>
  174. <li>[UI] Landscape view panel VB-59800</li>
  175. <li>[UI] Shadow in bottom bar in Panels not transparent VB-54531</li>
  176. <li>Updated translations</li>
  177. <li>Updated Chromium to 79.0.3945.118</li>
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  182. <title>Create more visual blogs on</title>
  183. <link></link>
  184. <pubDate>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 11:09:50 +0000</pubDate>
  185. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Fredrik Andersson]]></dc:creator>
  186. <category><![CDATA[Blog]]></category>
  187. <category><![CDATA[Team Blog]]></category>
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  190. <description><![CDATA[Are you a blogger? Well, we just made a fantastic update to our blogging platform. Here we tell you how you can make your posts more visual, and more.
  191. ]]></description>
  192. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The focus of what we do may be the Vivaldi browser but a big part of building it is engaging with our community. For that, we built the </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">community site</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> – a place to communicate with you through the forums but also a place where you can share your thoughts through our free and ad-free blogging platform. </span></p>
  193. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Over the past couple of months, as a designer on the Vivaldi team, I’ve been working to make our blogging platform really stand out, and I can’t wait to share with you what we have improved. </span></p>
  194. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, first, you&#8217;ll notice that <a href="">the home page of the community site</a> has been redesigned. We&#8217;re giving more prominence to our localized communities, blog categories, and top forum discussions. We&#8217;ve also changed the community color and moved away from the browser red to make it easier for you to see the difference between the community sites and the browser site. </span></p>
  195. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I’m hoping that this page will become your launchpad into what’s happening in the community. </span></p>
  196. <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-52347" src="" alt="" width="1920" height="1080" srcset=" 1920w, 768w, 1536w, 980w, 640w, 320w" sizes="(max-width: 1920px) 100vw, 1920px" /></p>
  197. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  198. <h3><b>Create more visual and personalized blogs </b></h3>
  199. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And now to the blogging platform. </span></p>
  200. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This update brings you the ability to make your posts more visual and fun right out of the box. Here’s how: </span></p>
  201. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">✔️ We’ve added <strong>three brand new and highly customizable themes</strong> (dark, light, colored) with different layouts that share the same core functionality, fonts, and colors. </span></p>
  202. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">✔️ We’ve incorporated the </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gutenberg WordPress Editor</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. It lets you easily add different content blocks for text, headings, images, lists, videos, tables, and lots more.</span></p>
  203. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">✔️ We’ve made sure the <strong>new themes have full support for the Gutenberg WordPress Editor</strong>. The best part is that you can see the result directly in the editor, before publishing, so you can play around until you get it just right.</span></p>
  204. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">✔️ We’ve added the possibility to add <strong>full-width cover images</strong> – a super-easy way to make your page stand out. We recommend the static background position. It is also possible to add colored overlays.</span></p>
  205. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">✔️ We’ve made it possible to create <strong>wide galleries </strong></span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">just like in this post</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> I put together on Click the images in the gallery to open a lightbox and view them one at a time. I’ve picked the images from </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unsplash</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> – a great source of royalty-free images for your blog. We’ve added the Unsplash plugin to make it easier for you to add images directly in the post editor.</span></p>
  206. <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-52344" src="" alt="" width="1920" height="1080" srcset=" 1920w, 768w, 1536w, 980w, 640w, 320w" sizes="(max-width: 1920px) 100vw, 1920px" /></p>
  207. <h3><b>More updates to the blogging platform </b></h3>
  208. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We’ve dug deep to make your blogs not only more visual but also easier to discover. </span></p>
  209. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">✔️ We’ve <strong>improved the ability to search and find blogs</strong>. We now have over 20 default categories making it much more simple to find posts on similar topics. We’ve also improved the search function and made the navigation between posts better all around. </span></p>
  210. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">✔️ We’ve <strong>improved social media sharing</strong>. You’ll notice quite a few new social media sharing buttons and icons showing social media profiles. </span></p>
  211. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">✔️ We’ve replaced the <strong>SEO plugin</strong> with a much more configurable one. Note that this plugin was developed by a member of the <a href="">Vivaldi discord group</a>, so a true community effort!</span></p>
  212. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">✔️ We’ve made the blogs more <strong>mobile-friendly</strong> and you’ll now be able to read or work on them on the go.  </span></p>
  213. <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-52343" src="" alt="" width="1920" height="1080" srcset=" 1920w, 768w, 1536w, 980w, 640w, 320w" sizes="(max-width: 1920px) 100vw, 1920px" /></p>
  214. <h3><b>How to create a blog on</b></h3>
  215. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re already a blogger on another platform, you might be tempted to give a try. And there’s no better time for this. Importing blogs to Vivaldi’s blogging platform is straightforward and fast. </span></p>
  216. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To get started, create a Vivaldi Account or login, and click on your username in the top right corner of the screen. Open the menu and select “My Blog” to set up your new blog (with a custom subdomain). It takes a few clicks to get going. </span></p>
  217. <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">* * *</span></p>
  218. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Want to know more about our blogging platform and the latest update? Read the <a href="">review by one of the community’s most inspiring bloggers</a> @lonm. And make sure you explore on your own – there&#8217;s more to this update than I&#8217;ve been able to pack into this blog post. </span></p>
  219. ]]></content:encoded>
  220. </item>
  221. <item>
  222. <title>Minor update (3) for Vivaldi 2.10</title>
  223. <link></link>
  224. <pubDate>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:52:38 +0000</pubDate>
  225. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ruarí Ødegaard]]></dc:creator>
  226. <category><![CDATA[Blog]]></category>
  227. <category><![CDATA[Team Blog]]></category>
  229. <guid isPermaLink="false"></guid>
  230. <description><![CDATA[This update upgrades Chromium to 79.0.3945.131 to address 11 security issues from upstream.]]></description>
  231. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p style="text-align: center;"><a class="vivaldi-button" href=""><span>Download Vivaldi</span></a></p>
  232. <p>The following change was made since <a href="">the second 2.10 update</a>:</p>
  233. <ul>
  234. <li>Upgraded Chromium to <a href=";n=10000">79.0.3945.131</a></li>
  235. </ul>
  236. <p><em>Main photo by <a href="">Jessica Henderson</a>.</em></p>
  237. <hr />
  238. <p><em>One of the changes is a mitigation for the widely discussed Windows ECC certificate validation vulnerability <a href="">CVE-2020-0601</a>. However, we strongly recommend you upgrade Windows (if you have not done so already) to get a proper fix.</em></p>
  239. ]]></content:encoded>
  240. </item>
  241. <item>
  242. <title>Developer Tools fixes – Vivaldi Browser snapshot 1792.3</title>
  243. <link></link>
  244. <pubDate>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:28:06 +0000</pubDate>
  245. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ruarí Ødegaard]]></dc:creator>
  246. <category><![CDATA[Blog]]></category>
  247. <category><![CDATA[Desktop Snapshots]]></category>
  248. <category><![CDATA[Snapshots]]></category>
  250. <guid isPermaLink="false"></guid>
  251. <description><![CDATA[This snapshot fixes a number of issues with developer tools.]]></description>
  252. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<h3>Known Issue</h3>
  253. <ul>
  254. <li>[Regression] Image capture selection is not transparent (VB-62380)</li>
  255. </ul>
  256. </ul>
  257. <h3>Download (1792.3)</h3>
  258. <ul>
  259. <li>Windows: <a href="" rel="nofollow">64-bit for Win7+</a> | <a href="" rel="nofollow">32-bit for Win7+</a></li>
  260. <li>macOS: <a href="" rel="nofollow">10.10+</a></li>
  261. <li>Linux: <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB 64-bit</a> (Recommended)| <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB 32-bit</a></li>
  262. <li>Linux: <a href="" rel="nofollow">RPM 64-bit</a> (Recommended)| <a href="" rel="nofollow">RPM 32-bit</a></li>
  263. <li>Linux: <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB ARM32-bit</a> (Unsupported)| <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB ARM64-bit</a> (Unsupported)</li>
  264. <li>Linux: <a href="">non-DEB/RPM</a> <sup>[<a href="">help</a>]</sup></li>
  265. </ul>
  266. <h3>Changelog</h3>
  267. <ul>
  268. <li>[Dev Tools] Closes if shortcut is pressed again (VB-46897)</li>
  269. <li>[Dev Tools] Copy to Note doesn&#8217;t work in Inspector Sources (VB-56272)</li>
  270. <li>[Dev Tools] Inspecting a webpage resets the UI zoom level to 100% (VB-61528)</li>
  271. <li>[Dev Tools] Remove folder from workspace fails (VB-55909)</li>
  272. <li>[Dev Tools][Address Bar] devtools: and legacy chrome-devtools: protocols not working (VB-43490)</li>
  273. <li>[Keyboard][Panels] Add panel bar to F6 cycling (VB-62182)</li>
  274. <li>[Notes] Auto-deleting empty notes should not delete if selecting the empty note (VB-62306)</li>
  275. <li>[Notes] Search is cleared after selecting a note (VB-62303)</li>
  276. <li>[Panels] &#8220;Remove all finished&#8221; button in downloads initially inactive (VB-58900)</li>
  277. <li>[Regression][Extensions] Icons don&#8217;t show numbers when &#8216;Toggle All Extensions&#8217; is enabled (VB-61200)</li>
  278. <li>[Regression] Popup window doesn&#8217;t close by window.close when address bar has extension (VB-60812)</li>
  279. <li>[User Profiles] Can&#8217;t pick a profile name if a list contains many profiles (VB-60151)</li>
  280. <li>[Windows][Installer] Installation should be in native language (VB-1627)</li>
  281. <li>[macOS] Window controls misaligned in Settings window (VB-62255)</li>
  282. <li>[macOS] [Media] Playing .m4a enhanced podcast file causes a renderer crash (VB-45871)</li>
  283. <li>&#8216;Focus search-field&#8217; shortcut and styling when address-toolbar is hidden needs work (VB-61368)</li>
  284. <li>&#8216;Start Page&#8217; not translated in closed tabs menu (VB-61332)</li>
  285. </ul>
  286. <p><em>Main photo by <a href="">Christoffer Engström</a></em></p>
  287. ]]></content:encoded>
  288. </item>
  289. <item>
  290. <title>5 things you should know about dark mode</title>
  291. <link></link>
  292. <pubDate>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:24:37 +0000</pubDate>
  293. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Team Vivaldi]]></dc:creator>
  294. <category><![CDATA[Blog]]></category>
  295. <category><![CDATA[Team Blog]]></category>
  297. <guid isPermaLink="false"></guid>
  298. <description><![CDATA[Dark interfaces have been around for a while, but they’ve never been as popular as they are today. Here we find out if dark mode is better for you. Take a look. ]]></description>
  299. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Operating systems, browsers, and apps have all fallen for dark mode and you can now go dark on most of them. Recent versions let you choose between light and dark theme, and in some cases, such as in macOS Catalina, you can even synchronize the dark theme with nightfall. </span></p>
  300. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With so much press, you’d be forgiven for thinking that dark mode is better for you. You might even feel that you’re missing out on something significant. </span></p>
  301. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before you decide if dark mode is better for you, here are five things you should know about it. </span></p>
  302. <h3><b>What’s dark mode? </b></h3>
  303. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If standard interface design is about black text on white background, dark mode inverts that so that you get white text on black background. </span></p>
  304. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, dark mode is not </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">only</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about black and white. It’s about making the whole screen darker. Often, dark mode uses some color or at least shades of gray to emphasize various elements on the screen, e.g. tabs, links, buttons. </span></p>
  305. <h3><b>Is dark mode better for your eyes? </b></h3>
  306. <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Apple’s promotion of dark mode</span></a> s<span style="font-weight: 400;">parked a lot of controversy with the claim that it’s “easy on the eyes – in every way.” </span></p>
  307. <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Experts have come forward</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> arguing that in most cases it doesn’t relieve eye strain and that for the average person, the more traditional black-on-white text is easier to read.</span></p>
  308. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, it can be better for you if you have low vision or are sensitive to bright light. Visually impaired people with e.g. cataract have an easier time reading white text on a black background. Indeed, dark mode is often considered an accessibility feature.</span></p>
  309. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For the average user, dark mode works great in low-light environments. The dark background seems to be less harsh on the eyes when looking at a computer or phone screen in the dark. </span></p>
  310. <h3><b>Can dark mode improve your focus? </b></h3>
  311. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Based on the existing research on human-computer interaction, it’s unlikely that dark mode is better for you when it comes to focus and productivity. </span></p>
  312. <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a series of studies</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, participants were asked to read and proofread black text on a white background and white text on a black background. They detected more errors, read faster and understood the text better with black text on a white background.</span></p>
  313. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The likely explanation for this is that when the light is bright, our pupils constrict more and we see better, down to the small details. That’s even more important on a phone where the text is very small.</span></p>
  314. <h3><b>Can dark mode save battery?   </b></h3>
  315. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Battery saving depends on the type of screen you have. OLED screens will benefit from dark mode as pixels on these screens light up individually. When a pixel is black (as in #000000), it&#8217;s deactivated. If your screen is OLED, expect to see very healthy battery saving. </span></p>
  316. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But for the much more common LCD screens out there – which you likely have – there won’t be an advantage because LCD screens light up all pixels – even the black ones. </span></p>
  317. <h3><b>Is dark mode cool? </b></h3>
  318. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whether you buy it or not, dark mode is one of the hottest tech trends at the moment. It makes for a nice design, oozes coolness, and is driven by aesthetics. A quick poll around the Vivaldi office showed that at least two-thirds of the devs are hooked which might just explain all the cool dark mode features in the Vivaldi browser. 😱</span></p>
  319. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For example, in Vivaldi, if you don’t like the predefined dark theme, </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">you can tweak or create a new one from scratch</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. You can play around with the background, foreground, highlight and accent colors. Just make sure you create enough contrast to easily tell the active tab from a tab you hover over, and the rest. </span></p>
  320. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As of the </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">last update</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, you’ll also find a new quirky option that makes it possible for Vivaldi to follow the theme of your OS.</span></p>
  321. <p><img class="alignnone wp-image-52102 size-full" src="" alt="Browser dark mode interface. " width="1200" height="675" srcset=" 1200w, 768w, 980w, 640w, 320w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></p>
  322. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whether or not you choose to go dark should be based on your personal aesthetic preference because, with regards to usability, dark mode isn’t better for most people. </span></p>
  323. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So dark mode is nothing if it ain’t cool! But, hey, we like cool things, don’t we? </span></p>
  324. <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">* * *</span></p>
  325. <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dark or light? Let us know in the comments! </span></p>
  326. <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="vivaldi-button" href=""><span>Download Vivaldi</span></a></p>
  327. ]]></content:encoded>
  328. </item>
  329. <item>
  330. <title>Assorted fixes – Vivaldi Browser snapshot 1789.3</title>
  331. <link></link>
  332. <pubDate>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:04:52 +0000</pubDate>
  333. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ruarí Ødegaard]]></dc:creator>
  334. <category><![CDATA[Blog]]></category>
  335. <category><![CDATA[Desktop Snapshots]]></category>
  336. <category><![CDATA[Snapshots]]></category>
  338. <guid isPermaLink="false"></guid>
  339. <description><![CDATA[This snapshot includes fixes and improvements for bookmarks, developer tools, history, notes and the status bar.]]></description>
  340. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<h3>Download (1789.3)</h3>
  341. <ul>
  342. <li>Windows: <a href="" rel="nofollow">64-bit for Win7+</a> | <a href="" rel="nofollow">32-bit for Win7+</a></li>
  343. <li>macOS: <a href="" rel="nofollow">10.10+</a></li>
  344. <li>Linux: <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB 64-bit</a> (Recommended)| <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB 32-bit</a></li>
  345. <li>Linux: <a href="" rel="nofollow">RPM 64-bit</a> (Recommended)| <a href="" rel="nofollow">RPM 32-bit</a></li>
  346. <li>Linux: <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB ARM32-bit</a> (Unsupported)| <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB ARM64-bit</a> (Unsupported)</li>
  347. <li>Linux: <a href="">non-DEB/RPM</a> <sup>[<a href="">help</a>]</sup></li>
  348. </ul>
  349. <h3>Changelog</h3>
  350. <ul>
  351. <li>[Bookmarks] New Folder and Import toolbar buttons don&#8217;t work (VB-62031)</li>
  352. <li>[Bookmarks] vivaldi://vivaldi-urls cannot be bookmarked (VB-61378)</li>
  353. <li>[Bookmarks][Menus] Accelerator added for space after ampersand (VB-59286)</li>
  354. <li>[Developer Tools] Inspect should close for tabs that are being hibernated (VB-30269)</li>
  355. <li>[History] Deleting all links can leave link entries in the calendar view (VB-62010)</li>
  356. <li>[Linux] When exiting Vivaldi from full screen mode the browser is not maximized (VB-60504)</li>
  357. <li>[Notes] Automatically deleted empty notes end up in the trash (VB-62145)</li>
  358. <li>[Notes] Panel grabs focus on save (VB-61065)</li>
  359. <li>[Status Bar] Report page zoom level in overlay status (VB-13586)</li>
  360. <li>[Status Bar] Toggle between show and either overlay or hide, depening on which was selected previously (VB-18411)</li>
  361. <li>[Windows] Tab key causes whole UI shift by 1 pixel with cycle in component (VB-62079)</li>
  362. <li>ESC closure and TAB focus is not working correctly on some popups (VB-61367)</li>
  363. <li>Upgraded Chromium to <a href=";n=10000">79.0.3945.118</a></li>
  364. </ul>
  365. <p><em>Main photo by <a href="">Vidar Nordli-Mathisen</a></em></p>
  366. ]]></content:encoded>
  367. </item>
  368. <item>
  369. <title>Minor update (2) for Vivaldi 2.10</title>
  370. <link></link>
  371. <pubDate>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:50:30 +0000</pubDate>
  372. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ruarí Ødegaard]]></dc:creator>
  373. <category><![CDATA[Blog]]></category>
  374. <category><![CDATA[Team Blog]]></category>
  376. <guid isPermaLink="false"></guid>
  377. <description><![CDATA[This update upgrades Chromium to 79.0.3945.118 to address security issues from upstream.]]></description>
  378. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p style="text-align: center;"><a class="vivaldi-button" href=""><span>Download Vivaldi</span></a></p>
  379. <p>The following change was made since <a href="">the first 2.10 update</a>:</p>
  380. <ul>
  381. <li>Upgraded Chromium to <a href=";n=10000">79.0.3945.118</a></li>
  382. </ul>
  383. <p><em>Main photo by <a href="">Isaac Benhesed</a>.</em></p>
  384. <hr />
  385. <p><em>For those users who had a crash on startup caused by Symantec Endpoint Protection / Norton Antivirus, this is now resolved by those third parties (assuming you have received all updates). No change has been made or was needed by Vivaldi. If you used the <a href="">workaround documented on on help page</a>, you <strong>should</strong> remove this.</em></p>
  386. ]]></content:encoded>
  387. </item>
  388. <item>
  389. <title>Focus shifting via the keyboard – Vivaldi Browser snapshot 1784.3</title>
  390. <link></link>
  391. <pubDate>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 14:20:00 +0000</pubDate>
  392. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ruarí Ødegaard]]></dc:creator>
  393. <category><![CDATA[Blog]]></category>
  394. <category><![CDATA[Desktop Snapshots]]></category>
  395. <category><![CDATA[Snapshots]]></category>
  397. <guid isPermaLink="false"></guid>
  398. <description><![CDATA[This snapshot allows you to focus different areas of the UI using F6 (and Shift+F6).]]></description>
  399. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Using F6 it is now possible to cycle keyboard focus between the webpage, bookmarks bar, tab bar and address bar. From here, other keys such as the Tab, Arrows, Enter and Esc keys allow you to focus and manipulate other sub elements.</p>
  400. <h3>Download (1784.3)</h3>
  401. <ul>
  402. <li>Windows: <a href="" rel="nofollow">64-bit for Win7+</a> | <a href="" rel="nofollow">32-bit for Win7+</a></li>
  403. <li>macOS: <a href="" rel="nofollow">10.10+</a></li>
  404. <li>Linux: <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB 64-bit</a> (Recommended)| <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB 32-bit</a></li>
  405. <li>Linux: <a href="" rel="nofollow">RPM 64-bit</a> (Recommended)| <a href="" rel="nofollow">RPM 32-bit</a></li>
  406. <li>Linux: <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB ARM32-bit</a> (Unsupported)| <a href="" rel="nofollow">DEB ARM64-bit</a> (Unsupported)</li>
  407. <li>Linux: <a href="">non-DEB/RPM</a> <sup>[<a href="">help</a>]</sup></li>
  408. </ul>
  409. <h3>Changelog</h3>
  410. <ul>
  411. <li>[Address Bar] Cannot resolve some keywords correctly (VB-61173)</li>
  412. <li>[Address Bar] Pasting very long URL into address field crashes UI (VB-59692)</li>
  413. <li>[Address Bar] Progress bar goes from right-to left when adding content to existing page (VB-21910)</li>
  414. <li>[Address Bar] Trackpad horizontal scroll doesn&#8217;t work (VB-22297)</li>
  415. <li>[Address Bar][Extensions] Button sorting broken when toggling hidden extensions (VB-61826)</li>
  416. <li>[Address Bar][Extensions] Hidden extensions use the wrong window color (VB-61456)</li>
  417. <li>[Address Bar][Search Field] Drag and drop failed (VB-47819)</li>
  418. <li>[Address Bar][Search Field] Nickname of search engine not working (VB-40002)</li>
  419. <li>[Address Bar][Search Field] Suggestions not used when search is triggered by clicking triangle button (VB-61903)</li>
  420. <li>[Bookmarks] Cutting and pasting a bookmark also pastes into the search or address field (VB-57599)</li>
  421. <li>[Bookmarks] Panel editor height resets on restart (VB-61299)</li>
  422. <li>[Bookmarks][Windows] Bookmark bar menu reopens when clicking on folder button (VB-61286)</li>
  423. <li>[Hue] Not all lamps shown (VB-52654)</li>
  424. <li>[Keyboard][Accessibility][New] Add F6/Shift+F6 focus handling: Allows moving focus between a few UI elements and active pages (VB-61108)</li>
  425. <li>[Keyboard][Accessibility] Add support for moving keyboard selected tabs with Alt+arrows (VB-61153)</li>
  426. <li>[Keyboard][Accessibility] Improve keyboard handling in add webpanel callout (VB-60809)</li>
  427. <li>[Keyboard][Accessibility] Improve keyboard handling in Start page (VB-60662)</li>
  428. <li>[Linux] Update proprietary media libs from 78.0.3904.70 to 79.0.3945.79</li>
  429. <li>[Menus] Add move left and right commands to tab menu (VB-61198)</li>
  430. <li>[Menus] Misalignment of items in tile menu popup when in top bar (VB-61110)</li>
  431. <li>[Menus] Thin blue line appears next to the menu icon (VB-59950)</li>
  432. <li>[Notes] Editor height not stored, blurry camera icon and excessive max-height (VB-61931)</li>
  433. <li>[Quick Commands] &#8220;about&#8221; missing (VB-61936)</li>
  434. <li>[Settings] The next stored password is incorrectly displayed when old one is deleted (VB-53519)</li>
  435. <li>[Settings] Webpage tab focus doesn&#8217;t adhere to Focus Cycling setting (VB-61295)</li>
  436. <li>[Speed Dial] Old entries added by user lose thumbnails on upgrade (VB-61408)</li>
  437. <li>[Windows] Trash menu reopens when clicking on trash button (VB-61327)</li>
  438. <li>[macOS] IMDB videos fail to play on Catalina: Partial fix only (VB-58686)</li>
  439. <li>Clone Selected Tabs clones entire tab stack (VB-61839)</li>
  440. <li>Link info overlay covered by floating panel (VB-61238)</li>
  441. <li>Panel toolbar buttons are misaligned (VB-61212)</li>
  442. <li>Window Background Image does not scale correctly (VB-61208)</li>
  443. </ul>
  444. <p><em>Main photo by <a href="">Akira Hojo</a></em></p>
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