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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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Firefox Hello lets you make video calls without fuss

Firefox Hello lets you make video calls without fuss

Mozilla has just rolled out version 35 of the popular Firefox web browser and it is bringing in a handful of new features. Highlighting this release, however, is something that they have been working on for quite a long time now. Leveraging the power of what is called WebRTC (Real Time Communications), Firefox Hello lets users create and share video chats without the hassles of third party accounts, services, or plugins. All you need is a Firefox browser, and sometimes you don't even need that.

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Microsoft Spartan browser UI shows up in blurry leaks

Microsoft Spartan browser UI shows up in blurry leaks

CES 2015 is starting to wind down, but before we warm up the engines for MWC next month, Microsoft might have a thing or two to say first. The consumer preview of Windows 10 is due later this month, and that latest version of the OS may also bring with it a slightly different web browsing experience. Leaked partial screenshots of that new-old browser, simply called "Spartan", are making rounds over the Internet, bringing mixed emotions and hope of a slightly redesigned Microsoft web browser.

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Internet Explorer may need to die

Internet Explorer may need to die

Over the past decade, the decline in popularity of Internet Explorer took place in a big way because of the rise of competition. The last big release of Internet Explorer was with Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Internet Explorer 6 is dead, at long last, but the ill effects of this extremely buggy browser are still in full effect today. Is it time for Microsoft to ditch the brand and move on? A tip earlier today suggested that Microsoft's new browser brand may be called Spartan - another Halo brand like Cortana for a full Halo family.

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Several Tor servers mysteriously taken offline

Several Tor servers mysteriously taken offline

Tor, the secure browser that leaves your traffic and identity as anonymous as you like, is having some difficulty. A cluster of servers in the Netherlands has been taken offline, and it’s not immediately clear why. It’s also not known if it was the work of law enforcement, or some rogue agency. It could also be a single black-hat hacker who is tying to disrupt service. Thomas White, who runs a large portion of exit nodes for Tor, says they’ve lost “all servers” under that particular ISP.

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Firefox will soon offer one-click search results

Firefox will soon offer one-click search results

Mozilla wants to make searching for the things you need faster on Firefox, and so to facilitate that the company will be introducing an update sometime in the future that brings with it a new search interface. With this new search, users are able to type a keyword into the search field, then choose a specific preset search engine or website on which they want to view the result, among them being sites like Wikipedia and Google. This follows news that Yahoo will be the browser's new default search option.

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