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Opera Next browser released with Chromium engine under the hood

Opera Next browser released with Chromium engine under the hood

Opera has launched a new version of its desktop browser, Opera Next, complete with the Chromium engine from Google's portfolio. "Made from scratch" according to Opera, the new version features a redesigned Speed Dial interface with support for folders; shortcuts can be dragged and dropped on top of each other to instantly create a folder, and there's a combined search box which merges in bookmarks too.

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This message will self-destruct: OTR plugin brings Snapchat fuctionality to browsers

This message will self-destruct: OTR plugin brings Snapchat fuctionality to browsers

Like something out of an Inspector Gadget cartoon, a new plugin for browsers called OTR allows users to send messages to other users that will self-destruct a few seconds after they are read, (hopefully) disappearing forever. The plugin was launched today by Lamplighter Games, a company run by two brothers who wanted to bring Snapchat-like functionality to Web browsers. We've got a demo of it in action after the jump.

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Chrome Beta updates with improved fullscreen and fixed link redirects

Chrome Beta updates with improved fullscreen and fixed link redirects

Google has rolled out an update for Chrome Beta for Android, which is its snazzy Chrome browser for your favorite Android-based mobile device. As with past updates, this one brings along a couple of improvements to fix some common complaints users have, making the overall experience more pleasant and less frustrating. This time around, the update improves fullscreen and link redirects.

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Google rolls out Chrome Office Viewer Beta, enables in-browser file viewing

Google rolls out Chrome Office Viewer Beta, enables in-browser file viewing

There are some universally annoying things the average Web surfer will encounter from time-to-time, and while the list is mostly made up of pop-up advertisements that bypass your ad-blocker, one of them is direct-file links to things like PowerPoint and Word files. Clicking one of these files results in it being downloaded and opened by the application, a potentially slow and usually unwanted action. Google aims to solve this problem with the launch of Chrome Office Viewer (Beta).

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Google to roll out new Chrome safeguard against malicious extensions

Google to roll out new Chrome safeguard against malicious extensions

Google is mighty proud of Chrome's security, something it has taken a proactive stance on. Back in December, the Internet giant put the kibosh on silent extensions, which are the sleeper-cell kind that slip in unnoticed and unwanted, installing by default. This move has been expanded on, with the company announcing earlier today a new safeguard that ensures malicious extensions stay out of your browser.

WebKit devs ponder how to remove Chrome-specific code

WebKit devs ponder how to remove Chrome-specific code

Earlier this week we talked about Google's decision to move Chrome away from WebKit and develop its own Blink browser rendering engine in an effort to speed things up. At the time Chrome developers argued that WebKit had become difficult to deal with and developers often accidentally broke things while working on a project. Google says that Blink will give developers more assurance that when they change something, it will only affect what they expect it to affect.

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Speed matters argues Chrome dev as Google under fragmentation fire

Speed matters argues Chrome dev as Google under fragmentation fire

Google's decision to branch off from WebKit and develop its own Blink browser rendering engine is a matter of speed not fragmentation and control, one Chrome team developer has argued, pointing out that what's currently the de-facto standard has already become a weight around devs' necks. "To make a better platform faster, you must be able to iterate faster" Google London's Alex Russell argues, likening the sluggishness of adding and tweaking WebKit features to the inefficiency of using an old computer when newer, faster ones are available. As a bonus, he points out, developers will be less likely to inadvertently break something when modifying the Blink engine, a situation Russell says can often occur when dealing with WebKit.

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