Saturday, August 13, 2016

RECOMMENDED: Puffin Mobile Browser

If you're looking for speed in a web browser, most people immediately go to Chrome. But between Chrome, Safari, Firefox, most don't really find a big difference between browsers on your mobile device (phone or tablet).

When testing a web site, I tried to grab as many different browsers and devices as possible. And that's where I found Puffin. In a word,

WOW!!

Our web site was operating behind a separate firewall but even then, Puffin delivered pages at least 2-5x faster than Chrome or Safari and this was on an iPhone 5C. Even on an iPad 2, Puffin's speed is incredible.

It also supports Flash if you need it. Maybe more so - it's download mechanism is powerful too. On your phone, the chances that you are downloading something directly to your phone for use on your phone is unlikely. Instead, you likely want to refer to it later. Puffin has cloud-to-cloud drive support so when you want to download a file, it will send the link to your cloud drive (like Dropbox) and download it behind the scenes there. The result? Instant download.

It works for both Android and iOS. There is a free version but the full value of the Download is found in the Pro version (all of 0.99$ in the App store).

https://www.puffinbrowser.com/index.php




RECOMMENDED: Torch Browser for Media



http://torchbrowser.com

If you consume media through your desktop web browser, you should consider using Torch. Torch is based on Google Chrome (Chromium, Google's open source version, to be exact) so it feels very similar. It is based on an OLDER version of Chrome (since Chrome updates on Google's schedule and Chromium not so much) however, it really works well.

They have both Windows and Mac versions - although the Mac version isn't being supported anymore, it's still super functional.

Why Torch? If you are watching a video and want to keep it for later, you can simply click the "Video" button and it downloads it for future use.



Myself, I'm not that big on video. I don't mind watching it but what I really care about is listening to it - it's easier when driving (also a lot safer).

When you click the Video button, it attempts (since it would be site-specific) to find the original source and downloads it. If it's successful, it will also convert the video into an audio file.

If you've ever gone through the joy of using tools such as Vid2Mp3 or the others, this Torch feature is worth the use alone. You can likely find similar plug-ins directly for Chrome and the like, but if it's all in one browser, it's easier and you don't need to worry about upgrading on a regular basis.

Torch also has support for Torrents, media sharing and more.