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Opera and Opera Mini get built-in ad blocker

Opera and Opera Mini get built-in ad blocker

The Opera browser has been gaining some cool new features recently. Last month the version of Opera for computer users gained a free and integrated VPN solution in the developer version that will eventually come to all users in the standard version of the browser. Opera is back now with the announcement that Opera for computers and Opera Mini are getting a built in ad blocker.

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Opera browser gains free integrated VPN

Opera browser gains free integrated VPN

Opera has unveiled a new free VPN clients in the newest developer version of the Opera browser today that has no data usage caps. There are other VPN extensions out there, but Opera says that most of those are paid-subscriptions or have limited data use. Opera notes that you might want to use a VPN to keep your browsing habits private or to access region-restricted websites.

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Chrome will block deceptive download and update ads by default

Chrome will block deceptive download and update ads by default

Having worked in IT for more than a decade, I'm pretty skilled at picking out fake download buttons and ads that look like legitimate notifications. However, there are still plenty of times where one of these will make me pause, as I have to look for extra clues as to what it really is. If one of these ads is clever enough to give an IT professional pause, just imagine how easily tricked your elderly relatives are, when confronted with them.

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Microsoft Edge joins forces with Chrome and Safari against Flash

Microsoft Edge joins forces with Chrome and Safari against Flash

When Apple declared that their revolutionary phone wouldn't support Adobe Flash, the internet went crazy. It was outrageous, preposterous! Whether you believed it at the time or not, Steve Jobs and co were on the right track. Flash can cause serious issues, and on the mobile side of things, it can be a drain on your battery. And Microsoft's new Edge browser will soon automatically freeze some content rendered by the Flash player, on websites.

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Newspapers cry foul over Brave browser’s ad scheme

Newspapers cry foul over Brave browser’s ad scheme

Many who spend hours upon hours on the Web are probably acutely aware of the situation surrounding advertisements. Many of them might have even taken to using one of them so-called ad blockers. Ads are mostly considered nuisances at best, privacy liabilities at worst. But they also happen to be a legitimate and important source of income for many Web content publishers. The new Brave browser is taking a rather unconventional stance at fighting ads, mostly by replacing them with other ads. That, however, has irked not a few newspapers in the US who are practically labeling Brave's system as theft.

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Microsoft Edge browser will soon auto-pause Flash content

Microsoft Edge browser will soon auto-pause Flash content

Microsoft is going to add an intelligent auto-pause feature to the Edge browser; with it, non-essential Flash content will be paused, only turning back on if the user clicks on it. Such a move is one to encourage an exodus away from Flash, but it is a bit different than how other companies are handling the matter — in most cases, Flash is disabled by default and the user must turn it on. Critics feel that would have been a wiser choice on Microsoft’s part.

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Chrome becomes a good OS X citizen, adds native notifications

Chrome becomes a good OS X citizen, adds native notifications

Sometimes, app developers have ideas for fancy new features that just clashes with the ideas and policies of operating system developers. Sometimes, when you're big enough, you get to push your own way anyway. And sometimes, that eventually turns out to be a bad idea. Google Chrome's Notification Center was one such example, which Google eventually retired because, in the end, no one was using it. Resolving to be better citizens on its respective platforms, Google has added support for Mac OS X's native notifications in the latest experimental builds of the Chrome browser.

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Vivaldi web browser takes on the giants with big 1.0 release

Vivaldi web browser takes on the giants with big 1.0 release

Many might think we have more than enough web browsers today. There's Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and maybe even Microsoft Edge on the side. There are also a ton of other browsers here and there, like Opera, but those are pretty much the biggest players. Opera co-founder and former CEO Jon von Tetzchner, however, obviously thinks otherwise. There is always room for one more, and that one more is Vivaldi, which is announcing its entry into the big leagues with its first stable, public 1.0 launch.

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3D Zelda remake is playable in your browser

3D Zelda remake is playable in your browser

When I grew up, there was only one console in my house for many years. It was the original NES, and it provided my brother and I with countless hours of entertainment. One of our favorite games to play was the original Legend of Zelda. It was the first RPG that I ever played, and it still holds up as a great classic to this day. And now you can play it in your browser.

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iOS browser Brave reveals payment system for blocking (or viewing) ads

iOS browser Brave reveals payment system for blocking (or viewing) ads

Brave, the new web browser app for iOS, made a splash a few months ago when it was announced with a feature that would allow users to block ads in exchange for payment. The purpose is to allow privacy-minded individuals to browse the web without ads or trackers, but still help benefit publishers and the sites they visit. Now Brave has detailed the second half of the feature: the ability for users to get paid if they permit the browser to show them safe replacement ads.

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First 3rd party Edge extension arrives, Chrome conversion tool coming

First 3rd party Edge extension arrives, Chrome conversion tool coming

Just last week, Microsoft finally unveiled the first set of browser extensions for its new Microsoft Edge browser, albeit in very limited number and reach. Available only to Microsoft Insiders, the feature is pretty raw and crude, especially when it comes to installing those extensions. That, however, might be a good thing, at least for now, as it has allowed the first third-party Edge Extension to come to light, offering a popular Turn Off the Lights function to become available on Microsoft Edge as well.

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Microsoft Edge Extensions land in latest Windows 10 Preview

Microsoft Edge Extensions land in latest Windows 10 Preview

It has been quite a big Friday for Microsoft. For one, it just started the long overdue rollout of Windows 10 Mobile for some older Lumia smartphones. And, at the same time, its latest preview for Windows Insiders is finally bringing also a long overdue feature to Windows 10. In particular, Microsoft Edge is finally getting its Extensions. To be specific, only three extensions actually. But perhaps more important than the number of available extensions are the signs of life that Microsoft's newest web browser is still in a somewhat healthy state.

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