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Chrome to label Fast pages, disable Autofill on insecure forms

Chrome to label Fast pages, disable Autofill on insecure forms

Holding the majority of the web browser market on almost all platforms puts Google in the prime position to push for (some would say dictate) good web practices. It has helped push website owners to use secure HTTPS, get rid of invasive and abusive ads, and adopt designs and technologies that speed up and improve users' browsing experiences. Of course, not all are falling in line with Google's campaigns, especially those that don't really care much for Chrome. To further encourage adoption, it is introducing a new badge of honor for some compliant sites and will be penalizing those that continue to put users at risk.

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Chrome may soon let websites go into a battery-saving mode

Chrome may soon let websites go into a battery-saving mode

Chrome may have the lion's share of the web browser market but it's definitely not for being the most power-efficient option in the market. In fact, Google's browser has become notorious, both warranted and exaggerated, for quickly draining a laptop's battery. Google has been trying to fight off that stigma, both in marketing and on a technical level, and an upcoming feature might add to its growing list of battery-saving features that will hopefully keep some websites from draining your battery dry.

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Chrome full URL hiding is an anti-spoofing experiment

Chrome full URL hiding is an anti-spoofing experiment

As the makers of the world's most-used web browser and search engine, Google has taken upon itself to come up with and enforce policies that will protect users against less conscientious people on the Web. As the makers of the world's most-used web browser and search engine, however, the company is also often accused of pushing its own agenda with these new policies. Even something like hiding a website's full URL has gotten a bit negative feedback but Google assures that it's doing it to protect unwitting users from harm.

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Firefox maker Mozilla announces layoffs and big changes coming

Firefox maker Mozilla announces layoffs and big changes coming

All companies, no matter the size, have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, smaller companies and organizations have had a more difficult time adjusting and coping compared to those with more resources to spare. Although not exactly tiny, the makers of the popular Firefox web browser is dwarfed by the giant that is Google and was already struggling to find stable revenue streams even before the coronavirus hit the world. Now Mozilla Corporation, the for-profit subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, is announcing a "significant restructuring", including letting go of 250 people.

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Chrome Apps will continue to live on until next year

Chrome Apps will continue to live on until next year

Google had a grand vision for Chrome, one that included treating web apps as first-class citizens, a vision that almost saw its fulfillment in Chrome OS. Chrome Apps, however, didn't exactly fly on their own and was eventually made redundant by the more browser-agnostic and standardized Progressive Web Apps or PWAs. That said, Chrome Apps did gather a few true believers and users, especially among its enterprise customers, causing Google to now push back its earlier plans to sunset Chrome Apps until June next year.

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Chrome on Android to autofill credit card info with fingerprints

Chrome on Android to autofill credit card info with fingerprints

Google advises using Chrome's built-in features to remember information you repeatedly enter into web pages, including and especially the ones you use for secure transactions. Whether you're comfortable handing Google your logins and credit card details is a different question but it's unarguably convenient and potentially safer in some ways. It's still not completely convenient, though, and there are still a few steps that Chrome's Autofill can be made quicker yet even more secure, something that Google will soon be rolling out to Android, starting with biometrics support for credit card info.

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Microsoft Edge Collections are now on Android and iOS

Microsoft Edge Collections are now on Android and iOS

Switching its browser to using a Chromium base is a double-edged sword for Microsoft. On the one hand, it can no longer really boast about its own, home-made innovations in the browser engine space and has become a bit indebted to its rival, Google. On the other hand, that also frees it up to focus on unique features that are starting to make Edge actually desirable for some users. That isn't just on the Windows 10 only either as Microsoft is now rolling out a new feature to mobile that was once limited to its Edge's desktop versions.

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Microsoft Edge makes quiet notification requests the default

Microsoft Edge makes quiet notification requests the default

Smartphone notifications have long been regarded as the bane of productivity but they aren't the only things that try to grab our attention every day. Desktop notifications are another source of distraction but web browsers have now become even worse. Following the lead of the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft is putting notification requests on mute in its Edge browser. That said, it seems to be planning something that could make an exception for certain sites.

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Microsoft Edge multitasking features could end up cluttering your desktop

Microsoft Edge multitasking features could end up cluttering your desktop

Rebasing Edge on Chromium rather than continuing its home-made web browser engine has freed up Microsoft to focus on other features that will differentiate its browser from Chrome. Some of those it pushes back to improve that open source Chromium foundation but others are pretty much exclusive to Edge or even for Windows only. Some, like Collections, might be generally well-received but Edge's new multitasking features could be a double-edged sword for heavy users.

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Microsoft Edge’s new features help make sense of your Internet life

Microsoft Edge’s new features help make sense of your Internet life

We have become increasingly dependent on the Internet these past months more than ever and many of us have found themselves both working and living inside their web browsers. Of course, it's a perfect opportunity for Microsoft to push forward its shiny new web browser Edge. At its Inspire conference, it's doing exactly that with admittedly convincing features, especially ones that will help users keep work and personal life separate or at least prevent you from going crazy by keeping your collections organized and annotated.

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Chrome on Android download scheduler to help save data, battery

Chrome on Android download scheduler to help save data, battery

There are many things we take for granted on our mobile devices and one of that may be how we download files off the Internet. For some small files, like images or even small PDFs, it might be fine to do that immediately. Even in those cases, however, you might be consuming more data than you intended, which potentially means using up data that could otherwise be used for more important things like emails or Facebook. Fortunately, Google is coming up with a way that will let users control when they download files, hopefully when they're using an unmetered connection.

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Chrome 84 silences intrusive notifications, makes web apps better

Chrome 84 silences intrusive notifications, makes web apps better

Google has just pushed version 84 of Chrome to the public and while its changelog might be a bit unexciting, it's actually a larger release than it seems. For one, it has the potential to break some sites, at least the ones that misbehave and do things behind your back. But it also has the potential to make the web app experience on mobile even more seamless, taking PWAs closer to becoming on par with their native app counterparts.

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