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Axis, Yahoo's New Browser 194

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-kid-on-the-block dept.
markjhood2003 writes "Fresh on the heels of Slashdot's discussion of the lack of browser choice on mobile devices comes the announcement of Yahoo's new web browser Axis. According to VentureBeat, the browser runs on iPad and iPhone as a separate standalone browser and as an extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, with support for Android and Windows Phone coming soon. It actually appears to bring some innovation to mobile search, displaying results and queries on the same page for more productive navigation between the two."
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Axis, Yahoo's New Browser

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 24, 2012 @12:40AM (#40096839)

    http://nikcub.appspot.com/posts/yahoo-axis-chrome-extension-leaks-private-certificate-file

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 24, 2012 @12:43AM (#40096859)

    Nik Cubrilovic discovered that a private certificate file was left in the chrome extension source files:

    http://nikcub.appspot.com/posts/yahoo-axis-chrome-extension-leaks-private-certificate-file

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 24, 2012 @01:31AM (#40097055)

    keyboard shortcuts (something Gmail doesn't support at all)

    http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=6594 [google.com]

    tabs on the interface, so I can have several messages composing at once (again, no such thing in Gmail)

    Click the button in the upper-right to detach the "Compose Mail" dialog into a new window, then click "Compose Mail" again and voila, you will be composing two messages simultaneously.

    folders (very important for me, very useful, and not present at all in Gmail)

    Labels are strictly more powerful than folders especially now that gmail has nested labels: http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2011/06/superstars-and-nested-labels-now.html [blogspot.com].

    Spend at least 5 seconds googling, or, umm, yahooing, before complaining.

  • by DMUTPeregrine (612791) on Thursday May 24, 2012 @01:36AM (#40097067) Journal
    Gmail aliases are unlimited. Not just 500. If you are more paranoid than average you can use a second address set to auto-forward as the base. That makes it take about as much setup as Yahoo's version.
    Gmail has keyboard shortcuts.
    Yahoo!'s storage space isn't unlimited, they just don't tell you the cap.
    You can detach the "compose mail" dialog to a separate window. You can make as many windows as you wish (or until you window manager/browser crashes.)
    If you only use one label per message then labels are identical to folders. Otherwise they have a strict superset of folder functionality (a message can have >1 label, but can only be in 1 folder.)

    What, exactly, does Yahoo! have that Gmail doesn't have? Other! Than! Excessive! Punctuation!
  • by smash (1351) on Thursday May 24, 2012 @02:55AM (#40097327) Homepage Journal
    well yeah, plus signs don't work with all SMTP daemons.
  • by galaad2 (847861) on Thursday May 24, 2012 @02:56AM (#40097331) Homepage Journal

    This feature is worthless as a spam decoy strategy, as anyone can use it to find your real address. I would be amazed if spammers don't already strip off the "+whatever" from gmail addresses,
    [...]
    I wonder why Google hasn't stepped up to supply actual disposable email addresses yet

    oh, but they do have that but it's a bit hidden and it's only available via Apps for hosted domains. (even free apps has it).
    The way to set this up is to host your domain (or at least the mail receiving functions of it) with Google Apps and then you can set up the email service to accept wildcard emails, *@your-domain-hosted-on-google-apps_dot_anything.

    Now whenever you give out an address just invent one on the spot @your domain and it will be valid. I do this and i got into the habit of throwing a date stamp and the name of whoever it is for into the email address itself so that if i start receiving spam for that address i know who leaked it and when they were assigned that address. Such an address usually looks like: mail-for-my-name-from-slashdot-org-20120524@example.com

    And since my domain is set up at Gmail with a wildcard catch-all address, that will be routed to my actual mailbox (only if it passes Gmail spam filtering tests).

  • Re:Yo dog (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 24, 2012 @03:48AM (#40097581)

    Yo dog, i heard you like browsers, so we gonna put a browser inside your browser so you can browse while you browse.

    FTFY

  • by Kalriath (849904) on Thursday May 24, 2012 @03:54AM (#40097609)

    They should. The RFC says so.

  • by galaad2 (847861) on Thursday May 24, 2012 @04:31AM (#40097745) Homepage Journal

    I do that, but it is limited in its usefulness because there is not a simple way of then killing off one of those addresses that you have made up on the spot. Eventually if spam to all these made up addresses becomes a problem, you have to turn off the catch-all address to stop the spam coming through. Which then means you have to actually set up another account or group in Google Apps each time you want an extra address, which is a lot less quick and easy.

    point taken but i don't usually give such an address to any site. I use mailinator.com / bugmenot.com for random junk like reading nytimes.com or stuff like that.

    The Gmail wildcard is useful for sites you want to receive stuff from but these sites are not trusted/appreciated enough to give them a proper email address. Also, in order not to fill up my main email account, i have a separate, dedicated account@my domain and that one is the target of the wildcard, not my main account.
    To access that quickly, I set up account access delegation rights between the wildcard-reception account and my main account.

    If one of the made-up addresses starts receiving spam i can always set a filter to delete that email as soon as it arrives (usually i just filter it with a label for sending to spamcop) and (usually) the owner of the site it was initially intended for will get a spam & abuse complaint sent on all contact email addresses i can find (via whois and their site)

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