MobileViews Podcast 159: Rise of the free VPN and Ad Blocking – with Special guest Don Sorcinelli

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall welcome back Don Sorcinelli to discuss the recent developments in free VPN and ad blocking options for web browsers.

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We also discussed:

  • Microsoft pre-touch sensing. Like Kinect, cool but does anyone want it? Ref: The Verge/Microsoft Research. Completed in 2014 for a never released device.

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Skyfire Beta: Ho-hum Browser Alternative


I received a text message about the Skyfire beta a few days ago. It had been so long since I applied for the beta that I couldn’t remember what Skyfire was. A visit the site reminded me. So, I clicked on the link in the text message and downloaded the CAB file for my Dash smartphone. Skyfire is definitely a work in progress. It is incredibly slow and took forever just to start up. Once started, it was slow to render sites and didn’t seem to do anything more than what Opera Mini 4 already does. And Opera Mini does it better and faster. Bringing it up subsequent times resulted in either it not being able to detect my net connection and exiting without letting me retry or telling me my phone was out of memory (it was not) and refused to start.

Totally unimpressed, I uninstalled it from my Dash after struggling with it for a day. I tried to test the touchscreen (Pocket PC) version. But, it wanted me to apply for the beta again. Forget it. I’ve lost interest in Skyfire. You might want to wait for something closer to a 1.0 release before testing it out on your Windows Mobile device.

Mobile Devices
Pocket PC/Phone Edition
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