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Chrome browser Beta 33 background JavaScript compilation increases performance

Chrome browser Beta 33 background JavaScript compilation increases performance

When it comes to optimizing web browsers, most of the firms behind popular browsers like Firefox and Chrome are always out to optimize the browsers for the best possible performance. Google has announced a tweak to the Chrome browser this week that will make web apps run faster on the browser than they did before.

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Mozilla Firefox to show sponsored websites in New Tab boxes

Mozilla Firefox to show sponsored websites in New Tab boxes

Mozilla has revealed an upcoming change to Firefox that may not sit well with all its users: advertisements. Specifically, according to details given at the Interactive Advertising Bureau's recent meeting, the company plans to point newly-installed browsers to websites and generate some revenue all the while using New Tab ads.

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Firefox for Windows 8 Beta now available for download

Firefox for Windows 8 Beta now available for download

A touch-friendly variety of Firefox browser for Windows 8 has been promised and in the works for quite a while now, suffering repeated setbacks and delayed launches. Finally, that time has come: tonight the company announced the beta version is ready for testing and up on the company's website for download.

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Chrome adds reset prompt in Windows to combat hijacking

Chrome adds reset prompt in Windows to combat hijacking

Browser hijacking is an annoying sort of malicious activity that often spawns from downloading toolbars or freeware of some sort, the end result being a messed up browser and trouble regaining control. Late last year, Chrome scored a "Reset browser settings" button, something Google has decided to take up a notch for Windows users.

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Google Now notifications pop up in Chrome beta

Google Now notifications pop up in Chrome beta

Google has added Google Now notifications to its Chrome browser, bringing the contextual alerts for travel warnings, flight information, and package shipments to the desktop. The functionality, now an option in the latest Chrome beta, expands Google Now from Android and iOS to Windows, Mac, and Chromebook.

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Chrome builds LEGO into browser for time-eating brick fun

Chrome builds LEGO into browser for time-eating brick fun

Google and LEGO have collectively destroyed any semblance of productivity today, by opening up the Build with Chrome virtual LEGO set to everyone. Originally launched back in 2012 in Australia, Build with Chrome puts virtual versions of the iconic bricks into the Chrome browser on both the desktop and mobile.

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Chrome browser may be listening in (but don’t burn your mic yet)

Chrome browser may be listening in (but don’t burn your mic yet)

Google's Chrome browser is under fire after speech recognition researchers identified a vulnerability that allows websites to clandestinely record users through their computer's microphone, though some have questioned quite how serious the exploit actually is. Google has known about - and even had a working fix - the flaw for four months, Tal Ater claims, but for the moment sites that are given permission to access the user's microphone can go on recording from it even after the primary tab is closed.

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Google Chrome extensions pulled down for ad policy violations

Google Chrome extensions pulled down for ad policy violations

The battle with ads, and their cousin spam, is a never ending one. While a well-placed ad or two can generate legitimate interest, not to mention revenue, for some, there are those who would unconscientiously go beyond limits as evidenced by recent events surrounding two Google Chrome extensions.

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Google faces new Safari privacy lawsuit in UK

Google faces new Safari privacy lawsuit in UK

The Google - Safari privacy saga of 2012 has continued into this latest year, with a judge in the United Kingdom ruling privacy activists in the nation can sue the Internet giant over its tracking cookies trickery. This is the latest in a long string of legal spats originating from a privacy violation first reported back in February 2012.

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Chrome for Mobile update brings data compression, page translation and app shortcuts

Chrome for Mobile update brings data compression, page translation and app shortcuts

The latest iteration of Google's Chrome for Mobile browser -- both the iOS and Android varieties -- will be bringing some new handy features with them. Among them, and perhaps most notably, will be data compression for both of the mobile OS apps, allowing iOS and Android users to reduce the amount of data their mobile browsing habits use up, something that brings Safe Browsing with it in tow.

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Chrome makes noisy tab icon mainstream in latest browser release

Chrome makes noisy tab icon mainstream in latest browser release

Google has rolled its noisy-tab feature into the stable release of Chrome, giving users of the browser a visual clue as to which tab might be frustratingly playing music or video in the background. Outed back in November as a beta feature, the noisy tab indicator - a tiny speaker icon which sits next to the "close tab" cross - is now a core feature of Chrome 32, released today, among a number of other features Google says should make browsing safer.

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Vine for the Web brings short looping videos to your browser

Vine for the Web brings short looping videos to your browser

Creating and watching short looping Vine videos has been possible for a while now from the Android and iOS apps, but those who prefer to browse from the comfort of their desktop browser have been left out of the mix. Such ends today, with Vine announcing the launch of Vine on the Web, where one can log in and perform most of the activities that are made available through the mobile apps.

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