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Opera Coast 4.1 comes with video boost to keep spinners away

Opera Coast 4.1 comes with video boost to keep spinners away

Next to the Spinning Pinwheel of Death, the next most dreaded rotating indicator is probably the ones that you see on YouTube and other video streaming sites. Yes, those spinners that indicate that your video has stopped and is still buffering, making you wait in anxiety and worry, especially when the connection suddenly crashes. Opera Software, who has been at the forefront of minimizing your Internet data usage, has a solution for that in the form of the latest version 4.1 of its Opera Coast browser for iOS, now with Video Boost technology.

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Google turns every new Chrome tab into an Art Project

Google turns every new Chrome tab into an Art Project

As self-proclaimed curators of the world's knowledge, Google has access to thousands of humanity's greatest works. The tech giant is, of course, kind enough to let users in on this collection, even or especially if they can't be travel to personally be awestruck by these timeless pieces. The Google Art Project is one such attempt that gives access to high resolution images of the world's greatest artworks. And now Google is making that even easier. All you need to do is open a new browser tab.

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Opera browser catches up, syncs bookmarks across devices

Opera browser catches up, syncs bookmarks across devices

Back in the days before smartphones, Opera was the household name when talking about web browsing on phones. The browser has since then been eclipsed by mainstream desktop names like Firefox and Chrome. The Norway-based company has seen its business change over the course of the years, including a data-saving service that goes beyond the its web browser. Now, however, its main product is starting to catch up. Opera, on both desktop and mobile, will now let you sync your bookmarks across all of those platforms.

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“Windows 93”: a psychedelic nightmare that could have been

“Windows 93”: a psychedelic nightmare that could have been

The decision to call the next Windows version Windows 10 and not Windows 9 has prompted a look back at the history of Windows version naming, particularly those that were released back in the 90s. It might have also prompted some musing of what could have been. For example, what if Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, after one too many rounds at the bar, decided to make an interim release before Windows 95? What would have been the design and what would have been the experience? Wonder no more, because Windows 93 has finally been released.

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Spartan browser, Cortana play nice in leaked Windows 10 vid

Spartan browser, Cortana play nice in leaked Windows 10 vid

In Windows 10, Microsoft will be breaking from the past. Somewhat. And at least when it comes to web browsers. It will still ship with Internet Explorer "for legacy reasons", but it wants people to know that it is working on the next big thing, presently codenamed "Spartan". Unlike the bloat that is usually associated with IE, Spartan is absolutely minimal. It doesn't even have visible window borders! But more than just its looks, Spartan has a few talents to show, including a special friendship with Cortana.

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Chrome has ‘Distill’ mode, like ‘Reader’ for Safari

Chrome has ‘Distill’ mode, like ‘Reader’ for Safari

One of the bright spots in Safari is the reader mode. Though you might not do a ton of reading via the browser, the ability to cut through the fog of advertising is handy at times. It’s a simple cleaning up process that makes a world of difference. According to a Google evangelist, Chrome is readying their reader option, too. If you’re interested in what Google has in store for a ‘reader’, a preview of it is already available, and it looks pretty sharp.

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iWork for iCloud Beta now works for everyone

iWork for iCloud Beta now works for everyone

Apple surprisingly seems to be starting to open up some parts of its walled garden experience to those unfortunate enough to find themselves outside. Although it's not exactly the full Monty, which may never happen, of course, at least now some users on other platforms using other browsers will now be able to get a taste of Apple's iWork suite for the cloud, with a few caveats. And provided they agree to using beta version software that may or may not eat your homework.

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Mozilla puts another nail on Flash’s coffin

Mozilla puts another nail on Flash’s coffin

Once the darling of the Web, Flash has become a liability and an embarrassment. But as much as the powers that be want and work to make Flash go the way of the dinosaur, there are still a few holdovers on the Internet that refuse, or at the very least can't, switch away from it just yet. To help ease that transition, at least from the end user side of things, Mozilla is equipping the latest nightly version of Firefox with a tool that will little by little make Flash unnecessary.

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Google dropping SPDY for HTTP/2 in Chrome

Google dropping SPDY for HTTP/2 in Chrome

Chrome has become a widely used and popular browser for a variety of reasons, but one of them is speed. Google developed Chrome to be quick and nimble, and developed their own protocol, SPDY, to make that happen. When Chrome was built, SPDY was necessary, as it roundly crushed other browsers who were using an HTTP 1.1 protocol for transferring web content. With HTTP version 2, Google is ready to ditch their SPDY standard, as the latest HTTP has a lot of performance improvements.

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YouTube matures, uses HTML5 video by default

YouTube matures, uses HTML5 video by default

Further driving the obsolescence of technology like Flash, Google is announcing that YouTube will default to using HTML5 video by default, at least on the most recent versions of major browsers. While it might take some time before the web is truly rid of Flash, it is a brave move forward especially for a service that is absolutely reliant on the smooth and flawless delivery of multimedia content. It also shows how much the web has grown up to replace the benefits once provided only by the likes of Flash.

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WhatsApp is on the web, but only for Chrome (and not iOS)

WhatsApp is on the web, but only for Chrome (and not iOS)

After doing a little cleaning up of unqualified services, WhatsApp is now coming to the desktop. A long-desired feature for fans, WhatsApp is now available on the browser — but not any browser. For now, Chrome is the only browser supported, and you’ll need the app to log-in. With a scan of the QR code, you can start chatting on the desktop, and leave your phone on the desk next to you. Unless you’re on iOS — the desktop doesn’t support that, either.

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Microsoft shows off Spartan, their Chrome/Safari challenger

Microsoft shows off Spartan, their Chrome/Safari challenger

Spartan was shown off at Microsoft’s event today, and we now know how Microsoft envisions the browser. After acknowledging that there was indeed something called Project Spartan, we were told all the fun things Spartan will bring us. We will get the ability to mark-up those marked-down webpages, and and migrate efficiently between touch and keyboard interactions. There is also a new reading list, and Cortana is at your side, as always. Rather than re-build the browser, Microsoft is taking the better parts on others and combining them into one.

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