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Internet Explorer may need to die

Internet Explorer may need to die

Over the past decade, the decline in popularity of Internet Explorer took place in a big way because of the rise of competition. The last big release of Internet Explorer was with Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Internet Explorer 6 is dead, at long last, but the ill effects of this extremely buggy browser are still in full effect today. Is it time for Microsoft to ditch the brand and move on? A tip earlier today suggested that Microsoft's new browser brand may be called Spartan - another Halo brand like Cortana for a full Halo family.

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Forget IE: Microsoft Spartan browser tipped for Windows 10

Forget IE: Microsoft Spartan browser tipped for Windows 10

Internet Explorer is hardly the most loved of browsers, and Microsoft is reportedly planning a drastic fix with a new browser codenamed Spartan tipped to launch alongside Windows 10. Intended to be more lightweight and flexible - borrowing a look and feel more akin to Google's Chrome or Mozilla's Firefox - than previous Microsoft web browsers, Spartan would stick with Microsoft's existing engine technologies under the hood, but wrap them up in such a way that the company's engineers hope users forget whatever bad experiences they may have had with legacy software such as IE6.

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Several Tor servers mysteriously taken offline

Several Tor servers mysteriously taken offline

Tor, the secure browser that leaves your traffic and identity as anonymous as you like, is having some difficulty. A cluster of servers in the Netherlands has been taken offline, and it’s not immediately clear why. It’s also not known if it was the work of law enforcement, or some rogue agency. It could also be a single black-hat hacker who is tying to disrupt service. Thomas White, who runs a large portion of exit nodes for Tor, says they’ve lost “all servers” under that particular ISP.

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Firefox will soon offer one-click search results

Firefox will soon offer one-click search results

Mozilla wants to make searching for the things you need faster on Firefox, and so to facilitate that the company will be introducing an update sometime in the future that brings with it a new search interface. With this new search, users are able to type a keyword into the search field, then choose a specific preset search engine or website on which they want to view the result, among them being sites like Wikipedia and Google. This follows news that Yahoo will be the browser's new default search option.

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Firefox will soon use Yahoo as its default search engine

Firefox will soon use Yahoo as its default search engine

Mozilla has announced a new partnership with Yahoo, and under it Firefox will be dropping Google from its long-standing position as default search engine. Soon, users in the US will be seeing a sleek version of Yahoo as their browser's default search option, something that is said to represent Yahoo's "most significant partnership" over the last half decade. If all goes as planned, Mozilla will be launching the new offering some time next month. According to Yahoo, this new search experience will be coming to US users first.

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Opera Mini 9 for iOS reduces video buffering

Opera Mini 9 for iOS reduces video buffering

A new version of Opera Mini is available for users of iOS devices that promises to make loading video faster and reduce the amount of buffering you have to sit through. The new version is called Opera Mini 9 with video boost. Opera also says that the browser will help you reduce data usage, which is great for people who are on a data limited account.

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Chrome’s new Google Drive extension blurs the cloud

Chrome’s new Google Drive extension blurs the cloud

Google continues to hammer away at the divide between what lives in the browser and what's on your computer, releasing a new extension for Chrome that allows files stored in Google Drive to be opened up directly into the relevant app. The plugin effectively further blurs the lines between the cloud and local apps, bypassing the need to first download a copy to your PC or Mac and also making it more likely that you'll have the latest version stored on Drive too.

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Facebook now lets Tor users access site directly

Facebook now lets Tor users access site directly

You’re probably not used to Facebook being cautious about your privacy. For a long time, they weren’t, with several snafus leading to the release of private data in a very public way. The social giant has just taken a bold step in the opposite direction, though, and lent credence to a very private Internet portal along the way. If you prefer to do your web surfing via Tor, which lets you obfuscate your IP address and personal info, you’ll now be able to access Facebook directly via a custom portal.

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Chrome updates for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays

Chrome updates for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays

Google has updated Chrome for iOS to suit the higher-resolution display of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning no more enlarged fonts and outsized graphics. The new version of the browser comes a day after Google released a new version of Gmail to suit the Retina HD panels on the larger handsets, fitting more information on-screen at any one time. However, the new Chrome version isn't just about a resolution change, with new Drive integration also added.

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In-app browsers for iOS may be sniping your data

In-app browsers for iOS may be sniping your data

The hits keep coming for iOS today, don’t they? A new report suggest in-app browsers for iOS can log you keystrokes, right down to your username and/or password. Via a video, which you can see below, Developer Craig Hockenberry shows just how vulnerable you are outside of Chrome or Safari.

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