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Samsung Gear VR web browser beta arrives tomorrow

Samsung Gear VR web browser beta arrives tomorrow

Samsung has announced “Samsung Internet for Gear VR”, a web browser for its virtual reality headset. With this app, Gear VR owners will be able to access the Internet and enjoy content from beyond the app ecosystem, expanding the headset’s usefulness and eliminating one of the bigger complaints about the device. Among other things, the browser can stream 3D and 360-degree video.

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Mozilla to focus solely on Firefox, spinning off Thunderbird email client

Mozilla to focus solely on Firefox, spinning off Thunderbird email client

Mozilla Foundation, the makers of the popular internet browser Firefox, have revealed that in order focus their efforts on continued development of their most used product, they are planning to spin-off the email and chat client Thunderbird. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise to Mozilla followers, for while Thunderbird first debuted in 2004, shortly after Firefox, it hasn't been directly updated since 2012. This news comes direct from Mozilla Chairperson Mitchell Baker, via company-wide memo.

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Microsoft Edge browser extensions won’t be coming until 2016

Microsoft Edge browser extensions won’t be coming until 2016

Just when you thought the browser wars have mostly settled down peacefully into camps, Microsoft may yet have a contender to reignite those flames. Of course it's not the well-aged, even expired, Internet Explorer but the shiny new Microsoft Edge. While already praised for its speed, performance, and clean interface, the browser lacks one feature that could help change the tide of battle in its favor. Microsoft did promise browser extensions would be coming soon, but now it is saying that "soon" really means some time next year.

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Chrome stops listening as “OK Google” trigger removed

Chrome stops listening as “OK Google” trigger removed

Cry out "OK Google!" as much as you like: your Chrome browser on the desktop is no longer listening. Google has released a new version of its web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and in addition to a number of security fixes and other tweaks, the big difference is a deleted feature rather than an added one.

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New Firefox update adds built-in instant messaging

New Firefox update adds built-in instant messaging

Mozilla has announced the release of an update to its Firefox browser, now version 41, for both desktop platforms and Android. The biggest addition is that an instant messaging feature is now built right in, thanks to Mozilla's own Firefox Hello. The feature is currently limited to the desktop version of the browser, including Windows, Mac, and Linux, and lets users start chatting during a Hello video call. Even better is that once Chrome and Opera are updated to support WebRTC, Firefox users can chat with others cross-browser.

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Google Chrome browser can be crashed with only 16 characters

Google Chrome browser can be crashed with only 16 characters

If you use Google Chrome as your browser, there is a new flaw that you need to be aware of that could have your browser crashing. The flaw has to do with a specially crafted 16 character link that if you type into Chrome and hit enter will crash the browser. You don’t even have to click enter to crash the browser.

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AdBlock browser hits iOS, Android

AdBlock browser hits iOS, Android

The people behind AdBlock Plus, the popular browser extension that, well, blocks ads on webpages, has finally released their AdBlock Browser for both iOS and Android. Following a limited beta test back in May, the full release brings the same experience as the desktop extension to mobile devices, including speed improvements and less tracking. As a browser, AdBlock gives users customization options when it comes to blocking ads, as well improved battery life when browsing the web.

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YouTube forces AdBlock users to watch unskippable video ads [Updated]

YouTube forces AdBlock users to watch unskippable video ads [Updated]

Browser extensions that block website advertisements are becoming very common these days and their use is expected to only grow in the next few years. Some websites that survive on advertising have turned to things like tip jars or even politely asking users to turn off their ad-blockers. Google's YouTube, however, is taking a bit more of a direct approach: users with the AdBlock Plus extension installed are forced to watch video advertisements before the actual content video plays.

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Opera Mini on Android updated with data saving modes

Opera Mini on Android updated with data saving modes

The Opera Mini browser for Android has just been updated with refined versions of its data saving modes. Previously, the browser was known for giving users the option of reducing bandwidth and speeding up load times, in turn compressing websites and their layouts, but this was either an "on" or "off" setting, with nothing in between. There are now "Extreme" and "High" settings, which reduce data by 90% and 30-40%, respectively.

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Google Chrome promised to be faster, less resource hungry

Google Chrome promised to be faster, less resource hungry

Google's Chrome browser is a great many things but one thing it is not, depending on you ask, is lightweight. Of course, those claims have sparked many a browser war. But whether you adhere to the church of Firefox or the religion of Chrome (or maybe even the new cult of Edge), there will always be room for improvement. In version 45 of Google Chrome, those improvements are promises in droves. Or really in three main ways that would actually matter the most to users.

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Firefox for iOS preview rolls out in New Zealand

Firefox for iOS preview rolls out in New Zealand

In 2013, Mozilla declared that it will not bring Firefox to iOS because of both technical difficulties and Apple's own policies. What a difference two years makes. Back in May, Mozilla revealed that it was indeed working on a Firefox for iOS, or something resembling the popular browser. Now it is rolling out the first fruits of its labors, but limiting the availability to one country first while they test the iOS waters before adding one country after another. And that chosen country is New Zealand.

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Chrome will auto-pause select Flash content starting September 1

Chrome will auto-pause select Flash content starting September 1

The battle against Adobe Flash content on the web continues to move forward. Google has just revealed that starting September 1st, its Chrome browser will automatically pause Flash content on web pages. This option has actually been available for some time now for beta users, but Google says it will soon become the standard default setting for all users. The setting works by detecting and pausing Flash content that isn't "central to the webpage," or, in other words, advertisements.

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