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Mozilla demos video chat app for Firefox

Mozilla demos video chat app for Firefox

Mozilla has been experimenting with integrating social features directly into its Firefox browser, recently demoing a built-in video chat service. The web app uses the open-source WebRTC standard to establish the video call connection and a SocialAPU add-on, built on Javascipt and HTML for audio and video streaming capabilities that previously relied on proprietary plugins, such as Flash.

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BlackBerry steady as Android and iOS slide in mobile web usage

BlackBerry steady as Android and iOS slide in mobile web usage

I bet you never thought you'd read that headline again, did you? As it turns out, the following bit of analytics does not show the popularity of the operating systems here, only the relative amount of web-browser web use they've got going for them. What you're going to see instead of Apple and Google falling down is both mobile operating systems showing their web browsers as a steadily common way to actually access web content. It should go without saying that BlackBerry is going to be doing fairly well in comparison with any other OS then, as 3rd party apps aren't exactly RIM's strong suit.

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Chrome 18 release fixes bug competition finds

Chrome 18 release fixes bug competition finds

It was the Pwnium competition held by Google that revealed the bugs that the newest release of Google's Chrome web browser version 18. This version has been release today to the public in its first stable release, and includes notes to the effect of congratulating the participants of the Pwnium competition for their hard work and great contributions to the Chrome project. The Chromium security page has full details of what this update is all about, meanwhile let's have a look at some simplified details below!

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Yahoo starts ‘Do Not Track’ this summer

Yahoo starts ‘Do Not Track’ this summer

This week Yahoo Inc has announced that they'll offer their own "Do Not Track" feature on all of their associated websites by this summer. What we've learned over the past few weeks about how much and how often search engines, web browsers, and other web giants track us has been shocking, to say the least, and Yahoo appears to be joining the fray of groups attempting to win back customers turned off by such allegations. This feature will provide customers with a peace of mind, Yahoo hopes, that at this moment will come from nothing else but those three words: Do Not Track.

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Microsoft comes clean with Internet Explorer distrust

Microsoft comes clean with Internet Explorer distrust

This week the folks at Microsoft have finally come to terms with the idea that nobody other than hipster's mothers, uncles, and half-naked girlfriends use the web browser known as Internet Explorer. They've released a new commercial which features a therapist speaking with a nerd about how he "used to" hate Internet Explorer and how, now that he's gotten past his madness, he can move on the IE 9. When you accept that you have a problem, the healing can begin.

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Google faces new investigation over Safari privacy breach

Google faces new investigation over Safari privacy breach

Google has run afoul of privacy regulations again, this time involving its breach of Apple's Safari Internet browser to track user activity. The news first broke when the WSJ reported that Google, along with a few other advertisers, had written a code to bypass Safari's default privacy controls, depositing cookies to track users' browsing habits in order to deliver targeted ads.

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Microsoft details Metro IE10 for Windows 8

Microsoft details Metro IE10 for Windows 8

In a post today on the Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed some of the new improvements that will be introduced with Internet Explorer 10, specifically in the new Metro UI version. IE10 is expected to launch with Windows 8 later this fall and will be available in its traditional desktop version as well as in a Metro-styled version, which is designed to provide a more immersive and secure browsing experience.

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Google’s Chrome ratings deflate from metric change

Google’s Chrome ratings deflate from metric change

Google's Chrome browser took a small hit in the ratings recently, not due to any decrease in popularity but to an adjustment in the way that usage is measured. Market research firm Net Applications said that the pre-rendering technology used in Chrome had been inflating its usage share. The technology speeds up browsing by pre-loading web pages in the background that it predicts users will visit.

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Google’s Hugo Barra: “Android is a real operating system”

Google’s Hugo Barra: “Android is a real operating system”

This week at MWC 2012, Eric Schmidt stood on stage with Hugo Barra, speaking about Chrome for mobile, a web browser that allows you to connect to your own profile. Barra took the opportunity to show off Chrome web browser on stage to show off the excellence of the browser in real time - fast as can be. He made sure to note that though this browser is working on a mobile platform, it's still Android, and as he says, it doesn't really matter that it's mobile because "Android is a real operating system."

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