Love is in the air these days, and we know how much you want the world (even if it’s your own world) to know when you’ve found that special someone. With free Valentine’s Day wallpapers, you’ll be able to completely surround yourself with all things love-related, especially if you spend most of your day around a computer.
February is a good month – it’s short, near the end of winter and gives you an excuse to show your significant other plenty of love (as if you need one…right?). Be sure to celebrate this great time of the year with any of the free Valentine’s Day wallpapers below.
The Internet browser wars have been raging on for a while now, with Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Google Chrome (though Safari is in the fold) essentially jockeying back and forth to become the most popular/safest/fastest etc. options out there.
As these browser giants compete, users win. Significant updates are rolled out on a regular basis as each one tries to separate itself from the competition.
But who is really winning? Which is truly the best internet browser? As we turn the page to 2013 and look back on a frenzied 2012, we have learned that the major browsers continue to fight for the top position, while a major focus has turned to the mobile world.
Here are a few of the browser war’s 2012 highlights:
The battle for Internet browser supremacy has been narrowed to three competitors: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and the old mainstay, Internet Explorer. While Internet Explorer remains a key player – especially after its latest overhaul and marketing campaign – Chrome has captured the majority of online users.
The battle for mobile browser supremacy is another story, though. While Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft are all in the game, plenty of other players – such as Safari, Opera, RockMelt, Aurora and more – have an influence.
So who exactly is winning the mobile browser war?
It’s tough to say – the best mobile browser is going to load quickly and offer a streamlined version of its desktop version; it won’t just a scaled-down replica. It’ll make switching between tabs easier (often with the swipe of a finger) and won’t look cluttered.
The list of mobile browsers goes on and on, but here are a few that are trying to separate themselves from the competition:
The finalists of Brand Thunder’s Pop Culture Theme Contest have emerged. After many hours of debate and many libations… I mean, much deliberation we finally got some responses that were vaguely intelligible and could use.
Below you’ll find the three semi-finalist themes that our mystery judges decided on as worthy contenders for the Most Popular Theme category. To help choose the ultimate winner, go to our poll on Facebook and cast your ballot! You’ve been hearing this a lot lately, but your vote counts – so do your civic duty now. You have until Thursday, November 8, to vote for your favorite of the three themes below.
The winner of the Judges choice and Best Design will be announced on Monday, November 5. We probably could have had that announcement today, but our friends from the TV industry said it was good for the ratings if we had a cliff hanger and got people to tune in next week. 4AM at Denny’s is no place to discuss the differences between the Internet and broadcast television – so Monday it is.
Add-ons and extensions often get accused of slowing down browser performance. The short answer is true, but that discounts a lot of scenarios and value. In many cases, you’ll have a better experience when you have the right extensions installed – and that can speed your personal performance if not the bench speed of the browser.
The browser itself can bring its own nuance to the performance equation. The discussion below relates to developing add-ons for Internet Explorer (IE) and unique properties of that environment. The way IE is built can impact add-on performance. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Brand Thunder LLC (http://www.brandthunder.com), the browser theme specialists, in celebration of this summer’s major release with MLB.com, is launching the “Major League Giveaway.” The Major League Giveaway is a chance for a non-profit or charity to win a custom-built set of themes for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
To enter, non-profits and charities simply email info(at)brandthunder(dot)com by Friday, August 31 with the name of the organization, contact name, email address (if different from sender) and a phone number. On Tuesay, September 4, voting will be open on Brand Thunder’s Facebook page. The organization with the most votes by Friday September 14, will win. It’s easy to win a browser theme, and easier to keep winning with fans through the browser theme.
We’re proud of our announced relationship with MLB.com, and we think fans will be excited about the newly available themes. As a result, we’ve been giving shout outs to baseball bloggers so they can weigh in and hopefully share with their readers.
We love the feedback we get and in whatever form it comes. This week we had a good dialogue with the folks over at Infieldfly.ca. There was concern over the warning that pops on Chrome when you install our theme on Chrome. It concerns us to, and Google will even admit it’s a little intimidating – but it’s an honest share of information. Google wants you to know this theme can see all the web pages you visit. It’s true we can, but we don’t.
COLUMBUS, OH – June 12, 2012 – Brand Thunder LLC (http://www.brandthunder.com), the browser theme specialists, announced today the launch of Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer themes for MLB.com and all 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams. The themes are available at MLB.com and each official Club Web site. All available themes can be downloaded at http://MLB.com/browsertheme.
Each theme features official logos, colors and a custom new-tab experience. These interactive browser themes also integrate easy access to the Club Web sites and breaking news.
COLUMBUS (May 23, 2012) — Brand Thunder LLC (http://www.brandthunder.com), the browser theme specialists, announced today that BT:Engage, the first do-it-yourself browser theme creator for Firefox and Internet Explorer, has surpassed 15,000 publishers in almost 200 countries.
Musicians today are part artist, part business person and all hustle. You have to be if you’re going to make a living in the post-apocalyptic era of the music industry. It’s no surprise that bands and fans are connecting through BT:Engage, our do-it-yourself browser theme creator. Though it may have surprised us how the fans themselves are creating themes they love for the artists they love.
While the music industry doesn’t look like it did in the Tower Records heyday, it’s alive and well in its current iteration of local nightclubs, iTunes and Amazon music stores, Spotify and Pandora music streams. Here’s a collection of band and artist-inspired browser themes to show Brand Thunder’s small contribution to independent musicians, bands and the community they serve.
Themes from the Band
Nine Lies Theme
An award winning Indie Rock Band from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Nine Lies have had incredible success since their inception, realizing milestones that most unsigned bands can only dream of. Their determination and drive set them apart from the crowd, as does their guitar-forward sound with musically matched vocals and percussion. As the first band to use BT:Engage for their fans, Brand Thunder continues to be a big fan. Get more from the band at http://www.ninelies.net/ or get the Nine Lies theme.