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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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Chrome on Android is about to get a little bit faster

Chrome on Android is about to get a little bit faster

Whether it's by user choice or strategic bundling, it's hard to deny that Chrome has the lion's share of the web browser market on Android. It is hardly the best in some aspects, like battery efficiency or even speed. It's not like Google developers aren't doing anything to change that situation but there are some fixes to this problem that seems almost too simple to have not been done in the first place. One of those is having a 64-bit version of Chrome, something that could have been done half a decade ago.

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Google Chrome will soon eat up less of your laptop battery

Google Chrome will soon eat up less of your laptop battery

Chrome is probably the most used web browser on all platforms but it's not exactly because it is the perfect browser. Although it has considerably improved over the years especially in memory management, it's still notorious for being a huge drain on battery life, something that the pre-Chromium Microsft Edge tried to capitalize on. That may soon be a thing of the past if the latest update makes it to the stable version of Chrome, saving users 30 minutes to even 2 hours of battery life even with dozens of tabs open.

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Microsoft Edge has reportedly come close to being intrusive nagware

Microsoft Edge has reportedly come close to being intrusive nagware

With Microsoft Edge, Microsoft was supposedly heading in a fresh new direction without the gigantic baggage that Internet Explorer brings with it, both technically and legally. After a brief attempt at carving its own path, Microsoft decided to cut its losses and build upon the same Chromium base used by Google Chrome. Now that Microsoft Edge is finally out of its testing phase, however, it seems that Microsoft may have fallen back to its old habits and is giving non-Edge users no small amount of headache and stress over its installation practices.

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Google Chrome might try hiding full URLs for good

Google Chrome might try hiding full URLs for good

URLs or Uniform Resource Locators, more commonly known as web addresses, are pretty much the way we get around the Web. Just like physical addresses, however, you often don't need to memorize those addresses once you've become extremely familiar with them or know how to get to them quickly. Web sites themselves have, or should have, easy to use navigation and for everything else, there's Google. The latter is probably the driving force behind what could be the company's controversial decision to once again hide full web addresses in a future version of the Chrome browser.

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Brave web browser inserted affiliate code in Binance crypto links

Brave web browser inserted affiliate code in Binance crypto links

The Web has become a scary place thanks to all the ads and trackers that try to make money off your browsing activity. There have been a few attempts at developing privacy-focused browsers but some of those, like Mozilla Firefox, have trouble finding a way to generate revenue for their developers. Brave, developed by a company co-founded by Brendan Eich of Javascript fame and infamy, took a rather unorthodox route towards profitability and some of those methods seem to be causing a few users some concern, like this recent "link hijacking" the startup is being accused of.

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Windows 10 update installs the new Edge browser with an important caveat

Windows 10 update installs the new Edge browser with an important caveat

Microsoft Edge has had a rather colorful story as Microsoft attempted to replace its iconic but also prehistoric Internet Explorer. Finally cutting its losses, it rebuilt Edge to use the same foundations as Google Chrome and released that earlier this year. During that period, Microsoft still provided the old DIY version of Edge but with the latest Windows 10 update that's rolling out, it is basically forcing users to pick a side.

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