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Chrome 91 is boasted to be 23% faster thanks to JavaScript improvements

Chrome 91 is boasted to be 23% faster thanks to JavaScript improvements

Despite the obsolescence and, now, death of Flash, the Web has never been richer and more interactive. That's partly thanks to JavaScript, the much-maligned yet also widely-used programming language that powers the Web and many apps both on the Web and even on desktops. Its power doesn't come without a price, though, and JavaScript performance has always been the bane of web browsers, which is why Google is so proud of how it has made the latest Chrome release significantly faster and uses less memory, which will be music to users' ears.

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Chrome “Follow” experiment brings Google Reader back from the dead

Chrome “Follow” experiment brings Google Reader back from the dead

Almost eight years ago, Google retired its Google Reader service much to the dismay of its many users. Reasons presented for its demise varied but most of those revolved around how the open yet outdated RSS format has seemingly gone out of fashion in lieu of social media. Of course, RSS feeds are still alive and kicking and, almost ironically, Google is playing around with a Chrome feature that acknowledges that while somewhat bringing Google Reader back as a built-in feature in the web browser.

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Opera GX Mobile gaming browser comes without game boosting perks

Opera GX Mobile gaming browser comes without game boosting perks

Opera is actually one of the oldest names in the web browser market, long before Chrome was even born. These days, however, it has been pushed to the sidelines but still manages to get a loyal following in some niche services and markets. One example of that is Opera GX, a browser designed specifically for gamers, that's now getting a version for Android and iOS. Strangely but not surprisingly, Opera GX Mobile is just getting its desktop counterpart's gaming looks but not the features that actually make it notable.

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Internet Explorer 11 retires with a janky GIF

Internet Explorer 11 retires with a janky GIF

You might have a memory of Microsoft giving Internet Explorer an end-date before now. You're not alone, there. This is just the latest in a line of deaths for Internet Explorer - it's been a long time coming. The other most recent, major death for Internet Explorer was all the way back in the year 2016, when Microsoft delivered the kiss of death to Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10.

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Chrome on desktops could soon load previous web pages faster

Chrome on desktops could soon load previous web pages faster

Despite being perhaps the world's most popular web browser, Google Chrome is also notorious for being a resource hog, especially when it comes to memory and battery. Some also feel that Chrome can be a bit slow or even sluggish, especially as the number of tabs and sites you've been to grows. Of course, Google has also taken steps to make Chrome on desktops faster and its latest trick will be to make the pages you've been to load faster by keeping them longer in the browser's cache.

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Instagram on the Web might finally allow creating posts

Instagram on the Web might finally allow creating posts

Although it is one of the biggest social networks in the world, Instagram is able to get away with one rather big sin. It's still a mostly smartphone-only affair, refusing to embrace tablets and even desktops to some extent. While Instagram does have a presence on web browsers, it's meant only for viewing and, only recently, messaging with other users. That may be changing, however, and the Web interface might finally let users make posts while still ignoring tablets.

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Google Docs performance upgrade could break Chrome extensions

Google Docs performance upgrade could break Chrome extensions

There was a point in time when the war between Google, Microsoft, and even Apple was just over productivity suites. While Microsoft Office probably still reigns in that market, Google Docs and its siblings have definitely eaten a large chunk of that pie, partly thanks to being browser-based as well as the surging popularity of Chromebooks. The platform's age, however, may be starting to show and Google is giving it an important upgrade that could, in turn, make third-party Chrome extensions for Google Docs stop working properly.

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Vivaldi browser on Android lets you automatically block cookie requests

Vivaldi browser on Android lets you automatically block cookie requests

The European Union's GDPR was a double-edged sword that protected privacy not just for the region but for the rest of the world but at the expense of some inconveniences. Website administrators had a hell of a time implementing compliance and users now get welcomed by messages asking their permission to enable cookies. These can get pretty annoying or even downright confusing which is why Vivaldi is bringing its Cookie Crumbler feature to Android to pretty much block most of those cookies and their dialogs altogether.

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Mighty streams a Chromium-based web browser to your macOS

Mighty streams a Chromium-based web browser to your macOS

From an age of apps, we seem to now be living in an age of streaming. Spotify and Netflix popularized and conquered the music and video streaming markets, respectively, and the likes of Google Stadia and Amazon Luna are competing for the game streaming space. Now a startup is trying to start a trend that aims to address one of the biggest annoyances among computer users. Mighty wants to make Chrome faster but it is doing so by not making Chrome run on your computer at all.

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Mighty, the Stadia of browsers, thinks you’ll subscribe to use Chrome without screaming fans

Mighty, the Stadia of browsers, thinks you’ll subscribe to use Chrome without screaming fans

Google Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming may have shown that remotely running your console titles in the cloud has big performance advantages, but would you pay a monthly subscription to do the same with your browser? That's what startup Mighty is hoping to convince people comes next, with the promise of turning the computer on your desk or lap into a viewer for Chrome engine Chromium running on a potent remote server.

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Samsung Internet adds Video Flex mode for foldables, Web monetization

Samsung Internet adds Video Flex mode for foldables, Web monetization

Although Chrome also has the market share in mobile, the browser market on smartphones is arguably more varied than on desktops. Some smartphone makers even have their own web browser, sometimes based on Chromium as well. Samsung is one of those and its self-named Samsung Internet browser just hit version 14, bringing a new feature for foldable phones as well as a way to make or send money on the Web.

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Chrome tries to level up your productivity with these new features

Chrome tries to level up your productivity with these new features

A lot of people these days live in their web browsers. In addition to the usual culprits of social media, news, and cat videos (which never go out of fashion), browsers today enable a treasure trove of apps, from online office suites to advanced note-taking apps to, well, even games. Web browsers have pretty much become operating systems and, just like operating systems, keeping productive in those environments can sometimes be a challenge, which is why Chrome is introducing new features to keep the browser in check when you need to be in the zone.

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