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Has Microsoft Edge finally nailed web browsing?

Has Microsoft Edge finally nailed web browsing?

Microsoft is back for another stab at the browsing experience with a Microsoft Edge update out this month. The update will be right at home for many Google Chrome users, making it an enticing alternative to Chrome, which holds 60% of the web browser market for desktops.

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The new Firefox for Android won’t support all existing addons at launch

The new Firefox for Android won’t support all existing addons at launch

Mozilla, the non-profit organization behind Firefox, seems to always be reinventing itself. It has tried numerous times to create new revenue sources, changed a classic logo, and even introduce paid features and services. It has also recently reinvented its browser for Android, almost throwing away many of the conventions and features that users have become accustomed to over the years. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that also includes add-ons of which only a handful will work with the new Android version of the browser when it launches.

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Chrome 81 is shaping up to be an AR-packed release

Chrome 81 is shaping up to be an AR-packed release

Web browsers today are a far cry from the early days of the Internet. It is possible, though not really advisable, to even run operating systems in them, if not be an operating system itself. Web technologies have opened up worlds of new experiences and almost literally. No longer confined to powerful devices or even smartphones, mixed reality has come to the no longer modest web browser and the upcoming Chrome 81 release will drive the browser further down that road, this time with augmented reality technologies.

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Windows 10 Start menu Edge ads are upsetting users

Windows 10 Start menu Edge ads are upsetting users

With Windows 8, Microsoft changed the Windows Start menu so drastically that users were up in arms about it. It never truly backed down from that tile-based design even if it made concessions along the way. With Windows 10 and its successive feature updates, the company is transforming that menu into an advertising dashboard for its apps and services. Unsurprisingly, not a few users are quite peeved by it but, fortunately, it's not that hard to "fix" once and for all.

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Google Chrome will start blocking insecure downloads from secure pages

Google Chrome will start blocking insecure downloads from secure pages

Google has been waging a war on insecure web pages and while it has had some positive impact, the benefits of secure pages are thrown out the window when content from those pages is downloaded insecurely. Google calls these non-HTTPS downloads from HTTPS pages as "mixed content downloads" and, starting today, Chrome will warn users about such downloads but, starting June this year, it will also block files little by little in an attempt to get website developers to fix things before they break.

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Netflix, turn off autoplay: Simple step-by-step at last!

Netflix, turn off autoplay: Simple step-by-step at last!

Today we're able to turn off autoplay on Netflix, at long last. Two different forms of "autoplay" were given an OFF switch today for the greater good of streaming content everywhere. One of these switches is given to "autoplay next episode in a series", and the other was FINALLY, after what seems like forever, given to "autoplay previews while browsing." Peace and quiet, and calm, and control, back again.

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Chrome adopting new video ads rules that will also affect YouTube

Chrome adopting new video ads rules that will also affect YouTube

Google is in a rather ironic but favorable position when it comes to Internet ads. It derives a huge chunk of its revenue from them but also makes a web browser that promises to protect its users from malicious agents, most of which operate through ads. Its solution was to help form a coalition that will develop industry standards that sift the good ads from the bad ones. That coalition's latest focus is on misbehaving video ads and its new rules that Google has chosen to implement in Chrome will, again ironically, force it to change how YouTube ads behave as well.

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Google Chrome 80 SameSite Cookie enforcement could break some websites

Google Chrome 80 SameSite Cookie enforcement could break some websites

Google has just rolled out version 80 of Chrome, perhaps the world's most used web browser on both computers and mobile devices. It brings some very nice changes, like quieter notification requests, but has one change that could break how some websites work for a limited number of users. Unfortunately, this might be the type of wake up call needed for site owners and developers to step up and make the changes needed to protect their visitor's privacy.

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Web-based Android Flash Tool can make developers’ lives easier

Web-based Android Flash Tool can make developers’ lives easier

Compared to other mobile platforms, hacking on Android devices is relatively easier but that doesn't mean it's painless except for the most seasoned of developers. Even the mere act of flashing, that is, installing a new Android image, on an unlocked Android phone can be nerve-racking already with the multitude of tools and steps required. To help speed up adoption of the latest Android builds and updates, Google is releasing a tool to make that process all too easy, requiring nothing more than a compatible web browser and your phone's USB cable.

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Internet Explorer security flaw in active use, patch still coming

Internet Explorer security flaw in active use, patch still coming

It may be long past expiration but Internet Explorer is still being used on some computers and in cases where companies or organizations have locked themselves into technologies that depend on good ol' IE. In fact, Microsoft's browser is still installed by default on almost all Windows computers, which means it can still become a security liability, like in this new flaw that's reportedly being exploited in the wild. Microsoft's response? Wait next month for the fix.

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Google Chrome battery usage could go down thanks to Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome battery usage could go down thanks to Microsoft Edge

Chrome may have the lion's share of the web browser market but it is no secret that it is also one of the more resource-heavy and battery-hungry options in the market. Not a problem for desktops, of course, but as more and more people start working more on laptops, it definitely becomes a pain point. Fortunately, there might be some hope coming and it's coming from a rather unexpected source: Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser.

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Chrome Apps support on web browser ends this year, 2022 for Chrome OS

Chrome Apps support on web browser ends this year, 2022 for Chrome OS

Google is one company that doesn't shy away from killing off products, whether or not people have become dependent on them. Sometimes, like with the case of Google+, the impact may not have been so severe. Other times, it sends users into a riot, like with Inbox by Gmail, Chrome Apps sit somewhere in between but, as always, Google's word is pretty much final and users will have to bid farewell to these apps as early as June this year.

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