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Flappy Bird alternatives march on: Sesame Street’s Bert, Doge, MMO, Cupid

Flappy Bird alternatives march on: Sesame Street’s Bert, Doge, MMO, Cupid

The Flappy Bird obsession continues this week as the creator of the original game has completely shut down his app and - in the wake of this event - clones have arisen. This isn't the first time we've covered the Flappy Bird alternatives, as it were, but they've prevailed to such an extent that we had to return for a double-dip! Today we're having a look at several in-browser solutions as well as one rather well-made app.

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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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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 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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Spotify nixes time limits on web listening

Spotify nixes time limits on web listening

Spotify has just opened the flood gates of music bliss to all free users of its service, at least if you're using it on your desktop computer. Free users of its web player will now be able to enjoy streaming their favorite artists and songs with no more time or monthly caps.

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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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Maxthon launches latest iteration of its PC web browser in beta form

Maxthon launches latest iteration of its PC web browser in beta form

Maxthon has launched the latest beta version of its web browser aimed specifically at Windows PC users. The company says that the latest version of its browser improves performance for rendering web pages and managing downloads. The browser gets some of its promised speed from a branched version of the Blink rendering engine.

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Chrome extensions on Windows to get Web Store requirement in January

Chrome extensions on Windows to get Web Store requirement in January

Windows users are no stranger to malware of various sorts, though the infection rate has decreased in some ways over the years. As with all browsers, Chrome is vulnerable to infections by those who take advantage of lax extensions security, with users installing (or in some cases, having installed without consent) malicious extensions. Google has announced a new change to put an end to this.

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iGoogle Web portal permanently shut down after eight years of service

iGoogle Web portal permanently shut down after eight years of service

Just as we reported it vowing 16 months ago, Google today has pulled the plug on iGoogle and buried it without a funeral. The Web portal that let users customize a unique start page for the Web with RSS feeds and widgets has been permanently shut down after eight years of service. Google made no official announcement today, opting to let die-hard iGoogle users mourn on their own terms.

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Firefox 25 update brings Web Audio and more

Firefox 25 update brings Web Audio and more

Mozilla has rolled out Firefox 25, something that brings with it a variety of new happenings, the most touted of which is Web Audio. Mozilla goes into extensive detail about this, as well as a sound demo called Songs of Diridum as a special demo of LOD: Legend of Diridum, an upcoming game. For those who aren't terribly enthused with Web Audio changes, you might be happy to know that Firefox no longer clears browser sessions when reset.

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Google Chrome on Windows XP put on life support until April 2015

Google Chrome on Windows XP put on life support until April 2015

As they say, all things, even the good ones, eventually come to an end. Next year, we will finally bid farewell to Windows XP, which so far has managed to hold on to its dear life far longer than it was supposed to. Google, however, will not be so quick on abandoning the operating system and will continue to support its Chrome web browser on Windows XP for at least another year.

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Google Maps earns multiple destinations, upcoming events, reservations tie-in

Google Maps earns multiple destinations, upcoming events, reservations tie-in

With some features rolling out the Maps Preview and some appearing only in the USA version of Google Maps, the team responsible for this navigation experience have ushered in a new set of features long-awaited by Maps users the world over. The first and most significant of these additions is the push for multiple destinations. This addition to Maps makes it possible for you to navigate from one location to a second location, then plan in advance your directions from that second destination to a third.

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