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Chrome 70 brings Progressive Web Apps to Windows 10

Chrome 70 brings Progressive Web Apps to Windows 10

Web apps have been battling for supremacy ever since browsers could display more than just text and images. Initially there were these heavy and clunky web applets vying for space against desktop apps. Things then took a different turn with the arrival of smartphones and mobile apps. Now with Google as its biggest champion, web apps have taken on a new name and a new strategy. With Chrome 70, Google is aiming to put Progressive Web apps on the same level as native apps, be it desktop or mobile, though it may still need a few rounds of polishing before it gets there.

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Google Project Stream beta codes are rolling out

Google Project Stream beta codes are rolling out

Want to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey but don’t have the console for it? Not in the mood or in the market to buy one just yet? There is a way now, but you’ll have to pray that the Fates are smiling on you and you are one of the very few lucky ones that have been accepted into Google’s Project Stream beta group so that you could play the game right from your Chrome browser. Which you could, of course, get for free.

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Chrome extensions promised to be safer soon

Chrome extensions promised to be safer soon

With more and more people "living" on the Web these days, web browsers have become both gateways as well as points of vulnerability. As one of that major gateways, Google's Chrome browser has an even bigger responsibility to ensure users' safety. And because of its Chrome extensions system, that goes beyond just the core of the browser. With version 30 and future releases, Google will be putting its foot down to ensure that those extensions don't end up costing users their privacy and security and costing Google its credibility.

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YouTube Miniplayer now on the Web

YouTube Miniplayer now on the Web

While some like to be completely immersed in what they are watching, there are those who might need to navigate away from their YouTube vid and look for something at the same time. That's somewhat ironically easier on the limited screens of phones and tablets but not on web browsers where you'll have to make do with opening tabs instead. Those days of YouTube tabs juggling finally comes to an end with the general availability of the YouTube Miniplayer on web browsers.

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Chrome 70 will clarify controversial, confusing sign-in changes

Chrome 70 will clarify controversial, confusing sign-in changes

For the most part, Chrome 69 is a significant release, bringing in a new Material Design, a smarter search bar, and more. But thanks to a rather unannounced feature, it has turned into quite a mess. Contrary to its stated goal, the new sign-in consistency only brought more confusion and the usual monopolistic accusations. Now Google is telling Chrome users to keep calm and browse on because Chrome 70 will address, not fix, those concerns.

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Opera Labs brings crypto-wallet to desktop browser in advance

Opera Labs brings crypto-wallet to desktop browser in advance

The hype and scandals over bitcoin may have died down but cyptocurrency still has some very strong believers and pushers. One of those is browser maker Opera, who is dead set on claiming the title of the first web browser with built-in crypto wallet access. That’s already true for its Android browser and now it’s doing the same for the desktop with a small twist. It’s coming via a Labs version you’ll have to install and use separately from any other Opera desktop browser.

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Chrome 69 ties Google services with browser login

Chrome 69 ties Google services with browser login

Chrome is, perhaps by now, the world’s top browser in terms of reach. But while the product is made by Google, based on an open source foundation, not all Chrome users would identify themselves as Google users as far as the company’s services go or vice versa. That distinction, however, may soon no longer exist as the latest version of the Chrome web browser makes it so that if you’re logged into one, you’re immediately logged into the other. And if you’re logged off one, you’re also logged of both.

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Firefox Reality VR web browser now out for Vive, Oculus, Daydream

Firefox Reality VR web browser now out for Vive, Oculus, Daydream

Virtual reality is all about immersing yourself in a made-up world that looks (in theory) like you’re really in it. The last thing you need is a flat floating rectangle that shatters that illusion. That said, if you ever need to access the Web, that’s exactly the only way. Mozilla, however, says it doesn’t have to be a painful and disconcerting experience. With Firefox Reality now in its version 1.0 stable release, one of the world’s biggest web browsers is taking a step towards blending the 2D web and the immersive web.

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Chrome is adding Touch ID and fingerprint sensor support for web apps

Chrome is adding Touch ID and fingerprint sensor support for web apps

Google is adding fingerprint authentication to Chrome, with the latest beta of the browser able to tap into biometric sensors like Touch ID on Apple's MacBook Pro. Chrome 70, which was released in the beta channel this week, will allow websites to use fingerprints to authenticate users looking to log-in and more.

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Microsoft Edge warns Windows 10 users to avoid Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft Edge warns Windows 10 users to avoid Chrome and Firefox

For years now, Microsoft has been fighting what really feels like a losing battle against Google and Mozilla, two big players in the internet browser space. Though Microsoft Edge replaced the oft-disparaged Internet Explorer in Windows 10 - and, in fairness, makes its share of improvements - a lot of people out there still prefer to stick with Chrome or Firefox. How do you get those people to give Edge a chance? It's clear Microsoft doesn't know, because it's resorted to using annoying pop-up warnings when users try to install another browser.

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Tor browser for Android finally here to protect your privacy

Tor browser for Android finally here to protect your privacy

All major browser have one form of “Do Not Track” privacy mode or another. Some users, however, may not be so trusting of companies who have a vested interest in keeping track of users, for one reason or another. For some, even Mozilla’s Firefox falls under that category. Few web browsers achieve that degree of fame and infamy as Tor’s own web browser. And now it has finally come on Android, though in an unfinished alpha version.

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Google Chrome marks 10th birthday with new look, new tricks

Google Chrome marks 10th birthday with new look, new tricks

Yes, it’s almost hard to believe that Chrome is both just 10 years old and already 10 years old at the same time. The browser has significantly changed how users experience the web and has even influenced other browsers, from tabs that don’t crash the entire browser to an address bar that does almost everything. It’s far from perfect, of course, and the Chrome development team knows it. So for its 10th anniversary, Google Chrome is getting not just a makeover but a few new skills as well.

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