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Fake Adblock Plus Chrome extension gets into official Web Store

Fake Adblock Plus Chrome extension gets into official Web Store

Android is often criticized for having malware that gets passed Google's automated Play Store bouncer, but it is far from being the only Google-made platform to have such problems. A recent incident involving Chrome calls to mind how the web browser is perhaps even more susceptible to rather crude attempts at deceit. A still untraced fake Addlock Plus browser extension, for example, not only managed to get into the Chrome Web Store but even stayed long enough to be downloaded around 37,000 times.

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Firefox 57 “Quantum” promised to be faster, sleeker, more modern

Firefox 57 “Quantum” promised to be faster, sleeker, more modern

Once the browser that made Internet Explorer look like a dinosaur (ironic considering Mozilla's former mascot), Firefox has sadly been pushed to the background by the fast-paced development of Chrome, the novelty of Microsoft Edge, and even the persistence of Opera. Making up for lost time, opportunity, and market share, Mozilla is aiming or a quantum leap in progress with a new browser engine and new UI engine, all of which will come together in the next version aptly nicknamed "Firefox Quantum".

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Opera web browser to soon have built-in 360 VR video player

Opera web browser to soon have built-in 360 VR video player

Virtual reality is still a bit of flux at the moment, with so many players and so many variables that make the setup a tad complicated. When you do manage to get your hands on a rig powerful enough to run VR programs and a not so cheap VR headset, you will sometimes discover that the experience isn't all that, especially when it comes to simply watching videos on YouTube. Opera is trying to fix the latter by baking a VR player into the next version of its web browser.

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Chrome wages war on autoplay videos

Chrome wages war on autoplay videos

Autoplay videos can be one of the most annoying things on the internet. While the content they offer can sometimes be useful, they can also be quite jarring when users aren't expecting them. With this in mind, Google Chrome is going to lay down some new ground rules for autoplay videos in an upcoming build.

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Spotify web streaming no longer supports Apple’s Safari

Spotify web streaming no longer supports Apple’s Safari

While Spotify is most commonly associated with its mobile apps, it allows desktop users to stream music through their web browser. Unfortunately that's no longer an option for those who prefer Apple's Safari, as it is no longer supported by Spotify. The abrupt change came about this weekend, surprising and frustrating many users, with the streaming service stating that Safari is now incompatible with its Web Player.

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Chrome browser will soon let you mute a website forever

Chrome browser will soon let you mute a website forever

If you love Google Chrome and hate websites that start playing audio without permission, good news: you'll soon be able to forever silence those tabs, stopping them before they even get started. The upcoming feature was detailed recently by Google's François Beaufort, who said in a Google Plus post that the Chrome team is presently experimenting with the feature.

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iOS 11 Safari will strip AMP markers when sharing links

iOS 11 Safari will strip AMP markers when sharing links

Google is often criticized for its business practices but most of the technology it develops are, more often than not, relatively accepted. Except, perhaps, for AMP. Short for Accelerated Mobile Pages, Google’s mobile-centric open standard for the web has, not so ironically, split the web. But while some platform creators aren’t exactly taking sides, it seems that Apple sneaked in a feature in iOS 11 that at least helps make AMP less intrusive. And that’s by simply stripping out AMP markers from URLs when sharing or copying links from the Safari mobile browser.

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Sling TV streaming in Chrome browser goes live

Sling TV streaming in Chrome browser goes live

If you prefer to stream live television on your laptop rather than through the company's mobile apps, a new beta launch should get you excited. The company has announced the arrival of Sling TV streaming in Google's Chrome browser, though the entire thing is still in a beta right now. The streaming is possible within Chrome sans the use of a plugin or app.

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Switch to 64-bit Firefox now to get less crashes

Switch to 64-bit Firefox now to get less crashes

There was a huge hoopla a few years back regarding the switch to 64-bit processors on smartphones. While that was totally new on mobile, 64-bit has long been the name of the game on desktops and laptops. That said, most desktop software continued to straddle both 32 and 64 bit worlds, partly out of necessity to support those still running 32-bit versions of Windows. But for those already running on a 64-bit OS, Mozilla has this to say: use the 64-bit version of Firefox now and avail of the 39% discount on browser crashes.

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3 Reasons to use Samsung’s browser on a non-Samsung phone

3 Reasons to use Samsung’s browser on a non-Samsung phone

Unlike on iOS, there is no shortage of third-party browsers on Android. Some OEMs even have their own implementations, usually forked of the Android browser and most of the time exclusive to their own smartphones. That was the case with the Samsung Internet browser for Galaxy phones. That is, until Samsung surprisingly decided to spread the love to other Android phones. But with so many browsers around, why would you want a Samsung branded one? Here are three reasons why.

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Firefox 55 brings WebVR, faster search, and a thousand tabs

Firefox 55 brings WebVR, faster search, and a thousand tabs

A lot of people already live in their browsers, but there are still some things that browsers, even with advanced technologies, aren’t able to do. That’s especially true with applications and use cases that require sophisticated and resource-heavy graphics. Trying to prove that such is not the case anymore, Mozilla has just pushed out the latest version of Firefox that pushes performance to the limit. And what better proof of that than by adopting WebVR to bring virtual reality to the masses. The masses that have VR headsets, that is.

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Firefox could soon let you send 1GB self-destructing files

Firefox could soon let you send 1GB self-destructing files

The web browser has long ceased being just a way to browse web pages. Google Chrome has proven we can live our entire computing lives inside the browser (or at least a browser engine), and some actually do that day to day. Mozilla, of course, isn’t going to take things sitting down. It has revealed three new to Test Pilot Experiments that also turn its Firefox web browser into a mini desktop, including the ability to turn Firefox into a file sharing service.

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