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SmartBlock feature lands with Firefox 87

SmartBlock feature lands with Firefox 87

Mozilla has announced the launch of its latest version of the popular Firefox browser. The new version is Firefox 87, and with its launch comes a new feature called SmartBlock aimed at improving privacy while browsing. SmartBlock is described as an intelligent tracker blocking mechanisms for Firefox Private Browsing and Strict Mode.

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Opera on iOS ditches Touch name in latest update

Opera on iOS ditches Touch name in latest update

Long before there were smartphones, Opera made a name for itself with mobile web browsers running on devices you never thought could run such software. With the arrival of smartphones, however, Opera was slowly pushed to the sidelines as the likes of Chrome and Safari on iOS take center stage. Opera hasn't completely disappeared, of course, and is now doing a slight revamp of its looks and embracing a shorter name that gets rid of a legacy branding.

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Chrome OS to replace Chrome with LaCros as primary browser

Chrome OS to replace Chrome with LaCros as primary browser

Chrome OS started out pretty much as a glorified Chrome web browser turned operating system but it has shed that identity a long time ago. It has almost become the one OS that runs them all, supporting Android and Linux apps and, indirectly, Windows as well. One thing that hasn't changed is that Chrome comes built into Chrome OS and is its default browser. That might soon be changing and Chrome OS will soon use LaCros as its default browser which is really just a different version of the Chrome browser anyway.

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Chrome Privacy Sandbox added to Google antitrust lawsuit

Chrome Privacy Sandbox added to Google antitrust lawsuit

Google has long been accused of violating users' privacy due to the way it harvests and uses information through its myriad Web services and products. Lately, Google has been singing a different tune, strengthening its privacy features and waging war against abuses made by browser cookies, specifically the third-party tracking kind. Ironically, that is now being used as evidence against the company, alleging that its upcoming "Chrome Privacy Sandbox" is hiding an advertising monopoly behind a pretext of protecting users' privacy.

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Microsoft Edge will have faster release cycles to match Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge will have faster release cycles to match Google Chrome

There is a principle in the open source software world that goes "release early, release often" that has been embraced by the so-called agile software development philosophy that many developers and companies now adopt in turn. The idea is to be able to more quickly test and gather feedback in the real-world and, in the long run, also push out fixes sooner rather than later. This fast-paced process seems to be a perfect fit for the equally fast-paced development of Web technologies and security vulnerabilities and Microsoft is switching to the same cadence that Google announced for Chrome's release cycle.

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Chrome 89 promises less memory greed and a cooler, quieter Mac

Chrome 89 promises less memory greed and a cooler, quieter Mac

Google claims to have tamed Chrome's memory-hungry ways, with the Chrome M89 release of the browser reportedly making big cuts when it comes to system demands. Long a topic of frustration, Chrome's hunger for RAM - as well as other Windows, Mac, and Android resources - has also long been a focus for Google's Chromium engine team, and this time they say they've made significant improvements.

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Xbox Edge browser could bring Google Stadia access with it

Xbox Edge browser could bring Google Stadia access with it

The earliest gaming consoles were really just machines design for gaming and gaming alone. These days, however, consoles are veritable computers, especially now that they are pretty much running on the same hardware that makes up desktop computers. Unsurprisingly, some software you'd normally associate with PCs have also found their way to consoles, like the Chromium-based version of the Microsoft Edge web browser that's now being testing on Xbox.

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Microsoft Edge adds vertical tabs, simpler tracking prevention

Microsoft Edge adds vertical tabs, simpler tracking prevention

Almost in stark contrast to its pace with the first Microsoft Edge, now called "Microsoft Edge Legacy", development on the Chromium-based successor seems to be faster, more frequent, and perhaps also more exciting. Building upon an existing and proven browser engine has given the company more opportunities to improve not only performance but also the user experience and the latest Edge features demonstrate how Microsoft is differentiating its browser from Google Chrome and its cousins.

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Google is speeding up Chrome updates later this year for a big reason

Google is speeding up Chrome updates later this year for a big reason

Google announced today that it will be speeding up Chrome releases later this year. Currently, Google pushes major updates out to Chrome on a six-week timeline, but this fall, that'll switch to a four-week timeline. Google said today that this won't necessarily speed up the rate at which new features are added to Chrome, but it will allow the company to push bug fixes more regularly.

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Chrome 89 update patches zero-day vulnerability with active exploit

Chrome 89 update patches zero-day vulnerability with active exploit

Chrome 89 landed this week, and in addition to the new features this update is delivering to users, it also patches a number of bugs. In all, Google says that Chrome 89.0.4389.72 includes 47 security fixes, including one zero-day vulnerability that is actively being exploited. If you use Chrome, then, it's a good idea to update to the latest version of the browser.

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Chrome 89 brings new Profiles, Reading list, better PWA support

Chrome 89 brings new Profiles, Reading list, better PWA support

Web browsers have been doing more than just displaying web pages for years. To some extent, they have even become operating systems of their own, especially with advancements in Web technologies. They have become complex, sophisticated, and multi-user, which in turn requires even more work to prevent overwhelming users. In Chrome 89, Google is adding more features to the world's most-used browser while also giving ways for users to stay sane.

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Firefox 86 brings Total Cookie Protection and multiple PiP support

Firefox 86 brings Total Cookie Protection and multiple PiP support

They may sound delicious but when it comes to the Web, cookies are almost like poison. Sure, they technically serve an important purpose but, like the real-world treats, they can be abused to harm people. That's why web browser makers are taking up arms against cookie abuse, each in their own way, and Mozilla's latest attempt is to completely confine those cookies in their own jars starting with Firefox 86.

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