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Microsoft Edge campaigns seem to be designed to make people hate it

Microsoft Edge campaigns seem to be designed to make people hate it

On a purely technical level isolated from all contexts, the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser may actually have a lot going for it. It is compatible with almost all websites, thanks to the same backend that Google Chrome itself uses, and Microsoft has added features that improve performance or offer users a lot of conveniences. Unfortunately, perception can do a lot to make or break a product, regardless of its strengths, and Microsoft's aggressive push to bring Edge to Windows users' consciousness may ironically sour the web browser instead.

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Chrome 86 will block sites abusive notification content by default

Chrome 86 will block sites abusive notification content by default

As if ads weren't bad enough, some less conscientious site owners have learned to misuse and abuse one of the modern Web's features that, on their own, could actually be benign. But just like notifications on your phone, webpage notifications have not only become a nuisance, some have even become dangerous. In its efforts to make the Web a better place and make ads look less devious, Google is pushing a new feature in version 86 of Chrome that will block sites that use notifications to display abusive and misleading content.

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Windows 10 auto-installing Office PWAs was half bug, half feature

Windows 10 auto-installing Office PWAs was half bug, half feature

Microsoft has been known to be rather aggressive and unsubtle when pushing its products to people's consciousness. That was true back when it was pushing people to upgrade to Windows 10 and it's true now as it uses Windows' Start Menu as a home for advertising its own apps. Things seem to be coming to a head again as Windows users, both Insiders and regular users, start seeing what they thought were Office web apps automatically installed without their permission. It turns out, it's partly intentional and partly a bug.

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A bug in Chromium-based browsers generates random debug files

A bug in Chromium-based browsers generates random debug files

Computer users who are taking advantage of Chromium-based browsers like Chrome, Edge, and others on Windows 10 should be aware of a bug. The bug is creating a file called "debug.log" in placing the file on the desktop. A new report claims that the file is created by Chromium browsers and the issue isn't Microsoft's fault.

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Vivaldi browser adds a game you can play even when online

Vivaldi browser adds a game you can play even when online

Google Chrome may not be the original but it may be credited for popularizing mini-game Easter Eggs in web browsers. These games were originally intended to appear only when there's no Internet connection, providing some distraction to keep your blood pressure from rising. Their popularity, however, inspired some browser makers to make these pasttimes available at any time and Vivaldi's own new title can be played whether there's an Internet connection or not.

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Google might be forced to sell Chrome off if US government has its way

Google might be forced to sell Chrome off if US government has its way

The US government is preparing to make its case in courts over Google's alleged anti-competitive practices, particularly on the Internet. While it may already have its arguments prepared, the Justice Department may still be considering what steps it will require Google to take, presuming it wins its case. One of those may be to split up the company, which is already just a subsidiary of the bigger Alphabet, which includes selling off the most-used web browser in the market, Chrome.

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Chrome is bringing stronger password protection to Android, iOS

Chrome is bringing stronger password protection to Android, iOS

Even with the advent of two-factor authentication or 2FA, biometrics like fingerprint scanners, and password generators, users still stick to the easier but also less simple passwords they've developed habits with. Like any habit, good or bad, it's harder to break one than it is to change or modify one. So instead of forcing users to change their password use completely, Google is bringing new password management and security enhancements to Chrome on Android and iOS that desktop users of the browser have been enjoying for quite some time now.

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Firefox for Android to finally get a few more extensions

Firefox for Android to finally get a few more extensions

Mozilla was unsurprisingly very proud of its new Firefox on Android experience, which it dubbed "Daylight" but the backlash it received may have revealed a disconnect between the browser maker and its community. While the new browser in itself can really be considered an upgrade, the orphaned users of the most popular and most used Firefox add-ons see it as a step backward. Mozilla promised more addons would be coming soon and that day has come with Firefox extension soon growing from 9 to 19.

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Stadia on iOS made easy with a third-party custom browser

Stadia on iOS made easy with a third-party custom browser

Game streaming is starting to become a big business but Apple doesn't seem to want any part of it. At least not until those services bend a knee and abide by its sometimes strange laws. That isn't sitting well with streaming services, naturally, but it also irking some gamers who just want to be able to play their PC or console games on their iPhones in bed. Thankfully, some very eager games have found a way around that, at least for Stadia, and all you need is a single-page web browser app.

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Paid Chrome extensions will soon be deader than dead

Paid Chrome extensions will soon be deader than dead

First, it was Chrome Apps. Now, it seems that Chrome browser extensions are the next targets of Google's Chrome Web Store cleanup. While extensions aren't going away completely, there might be a great culling in the coming months all the way to February next year when Google completely disables its built-in payment system that would force paid Chrome extensions to use their own payment system or, more likely, to disappear or die out.

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iOS 14 default browser, mail get reverted after a reboot

iOS 14 default browser, mail get reverted after a reboot

iOS 14 finally brought a long-awaited feature that allowed users to change their default browser and email apps but it seems to be a bit confused about that itself. Users are reporting that settings for these apps don't seem to stick and get reset every time your restart your iPhone or iPad. While most likely a bug, it doesn't seem to bode well considering everything else that's happening with iOS 14 and Apple in general.

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Vivaldi web browser lets you pause the Internet

Vivaldi web browser lets you pause the Internet

There has been a significant surge in the use of and dependence on the Internet over the past months as more and more our former face-to-face interactions move online. On the one hand, that has allowed people to conveniently work from home but, on the other hand, it has also thrown some of these people's work-life balance out the window. It may be even harder for people to detach from their computers, especially their web browsers, so Vivaldi is giving them a single button to put the Web on hold long enough for you to take a breather.

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