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Safari will block Flash by default in macOS Sierra

Safari will block Flash by default in macOS Sierra

Another one of the final nails has been hammered into the coffin of Adobe Flash. The latest version of Apple's Safari browser that will be included in the release of macOS Sierra has been revealed to block plugins like Flash and Java while users navigate the internet. As the newest version of Apple's desktop OS, mac OS Sierra — revealed at WWDC this week — and Safari 10 will instead default to HTML5 whenever it's available.

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Opera’s battery saver goes public, new mobile concept coming

Opera’s battery saver goes public, new mobile concept coming

Smartphones aren't the only ones in dire need of sometimes drastic battery saving features. Even laptops, with their significantly larger batteries, need some power saving loving. That's why when Opera announced that it had a new built-in browser feature that promised to give back 50% more battery life, there was understandably a good amount of interest. Now you can verify that for yourself as Opera just launched version 38 of its desktop web browser that bakes in this battery saver feature.

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Google Chrome to completely phase out Flash by Q4 2016. Almost.

Google Chrome to completely phase out Flash by Q4 2016. Almost.

Once and briefly the darling of interactive Web content creators, Flash has fallen by the wayside and has become more of a liability than a feature. Even Adobe has taken steps to de-emphasize Flash content in its own tools, while still keeping backwards compatibility a thing. In its stead is HTML5, which covers almost everything Flash can do, especially videos. To hasten Flash's demise from the Web, Google will disable Flash by default in its Chrome Web browser before the year ends. That said, it will still actually ship Flash even then, just in case.

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Amazon Prime Now finally lands on web browsers

Amazon Prime Now finally lands on web browsers

Ever needed some grocery, or maybe even food, delivered to you ASAP? Amazon's Prime Now has been fulfilling those cravings for more than a year now. But if you ever found yourself separate from your smartphone for one reason or another, you're out of luck. Until today, that is. Amazon has at long last given its Prime Now delivery service a home on the Web, allowing diligent Prime subscribers to order what they need from the comfort of their keyboard and mouse.

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Microsoft locks Cortana down to using Edge browser only

Microsoft locks Cortana down to using Edge browser only

Back in the early days of the Windows 10 upgrade rollout, Microsoft was put on the hot seat for silently changing previously configured user settings. Specifically for changing the default web browser to the new Microsoft Edge, even if the user previously had a different browser, like Chrome or Firefox, set in Windows 7 or 8. Now it seems that Microsoft will once again be unpopular for a somewhat related move. It is now locking down Cortana to only use Microsoft Edge and Bing, to the exclusion of other browsers and search engines, especially Google's.

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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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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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Malware can hijack Firefox extensions to compromise users

Malware can hijack Firefox extensions to compromise users

Web browsers these days, especially Chrome, use sandboxing methods to prevent unauthorized access to the computer or excessive use of resources. But while that may be true for the browser's tabs and content themselves, that might not always apply to other things related to it, like extensions. That is the problem facing Firefox and some of its most popular extensions right now. Security researchers have discovered that thanks to vulnerabilities in how Firefox implements extensions, hackers can write seemingly harmless add-ons that piggyback on "clean", valid extensions in order to gain access to files or scam users.

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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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Samsung Internet browser for Gear VR now supports WebVR

Samsung Internet browser for Gear VR now supports WebVR

With all the coverage lavished on "proper" VR devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it might be too easy to forget the VR headset that was already in the market way ahead of those two. Made by Samsung in partnership with Oculus, the Gear VR is almost like a poor man's VR (though the real poor man's VR would be the original Google Cardboard), lettings users experience VR more easily. Provided they have the latest Samsung smartphone, of course. Now Samsung is expanding its headset's coverage by adopting what is to be the VR standard for the Web called, what else, WebVR.

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Opera’s Android browser can now control BB-8

Opera’s Android browser can now control BB-8

While still in the land of uncertainty regarding the acquisition by a Chinese company, it is still business as usual for Norwegian browser maker Opera. In fact, it just announced the availability of version 36 of its browser for Android. Along with the usual gamut of under the hood improvements as well as swell new visual features, Opera 36 takes the mobile browser beyond, well, the browser, adding functionality that would let it connect to and communicate with Bluetooth devices. Like, for example, the popular BB-8 toy from Sphero.

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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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