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Microsoft Edge crowdsources which notification requests to silence

Microsoft Edge crowdsources which notification requests to silence

Although notifications have been around since the earliest days of desktop computing, the smartphone has probably made them even more pervasive and invasive. The practice has even crept into other non-mobile systems, particularly web browsers and websites. Browser makers have been trying to keep these notifications in check, include requests to even show users those notifications in the first place. Microsoft has just announced that Edge is also leading that front with a new adaptive notification request system that seeks the wisdom of the crowd on what to keep quiet or allow.

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Microsoft Edge to bring Web widgets to Windows 10

Microsoft Edge to bring Web widgets to Windows 10

Home screen widgets are now a staple on mobile, especially after Apple adopted them for the latest iOS and iPadOS releases. On the desktop, however, it's not exactly a common functionality and they come and go, depending on the version of the operating system. The old OS X, for example, once had dashboard widgets and users on Windows had some third-party software that added those to the desktop. It seems that Microsoft is now considering making widgets a more standard part of the Windows experience and it will be arriving via Microsoft Edge.

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Microsoft Edge extensions with pirated games offer a cautionary tale

Microsoft Edge extensions with pirated games offer a cautionary tale

One of the advantages of Microsoft basing its new Edge browser on Chromium is having access to the same browser platform that Chrome extensions use. The disadvantage is that it uses the same browser platform that Chrome extensions use. For better or worse, this more open platform has allowed some less conscientious Chrome extensions and add-ons to slip through the cracks. Microsoft is in danger of repeating the same mistakes if doesn't keep an eye out for wayward extensions, like a bunch that allowed users to download illegal copies of popular games.

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Legacy Microsoft Edge will be uninstalled in April update

Legacy Microsoft Edge will be uninstalled in April update

Microsoft has had a very "colorful" history with the Web, to put it nicely. Although Internet Explorer conquered that market long ago, the company rested on its laurels until the crown was wrested away from it by Firefox and Chrome. It then hastily scrambled to rectify that situation but only fell flat on its face again with the first version of Microsoft Edge. Now it wants to put that chapter of its history behind it and will automatically do so starting April, whether users like it or not.

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The Great Suspender Chrome extension removed for being malware, tabs lost

The Great Suspender Chrome extension removed for being malware, tabs lost

Perhaps a bit worse than Google Play Store, the Chrome Web Store for browser extensions has been notorious for hosting malware disguised as useful plugins. Google has started to tighten the noose on these potentially harmful software but some malicious actors have stepped up their game of deceptive strategies. Now, these malware entice users by actually delivering the functionality they promise but with dangerous malware added on top. Such was the case with The Great Suspender that has caused a great uproar because of how Google handled the situation.

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Vivaldi browser on Android lets you change how pages look

Vivaldi browser on Android lets you change how pages look

Web browsers on mobile are sometimes considered to be watered-down versions of their desktop counterparts. That's often due to limitations on the platform itself, limitations in the user interface, or limitations in hardware resources. Vivaldi, however, throws that convention out of the water just like it does on desktops, trying to offer power user features that don't require add-ons. Its latest trick on Android is to give users the ability to change how web pages look, just because they can.

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Popular Chrome and Edge browser extensions hid sneaky spyware

Popular Chrome and Edge browser extensions hid sneaky spyware

Making web browser extensions available is really like opening a can of worms. Given the nature of the Web, the actors that play in its dark corners, and the growing power of web browsers, it's almost too easy for these plugins to take advantage of all that to harm users. Browser makers have been working hard to fight against such abuses but some still get through the cracks. One threat, in particular, was reportedly in operation for almost three years and has been found in widely-used extensions on Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge that, in total, accumulated more than 3 million installations.

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Official iCloud Passwords Chrome extension now on Windows

Official iCloud Passwords Chrome extension now on Windows

In the past, if you had an Apple product, you had to live in the Apple ecosystem and only in the Apple ecosystem. Sure, there was iTunes on Windows but that's pretty much on the way out, too. Today's Apple is very different from that, however, and it is more confident in its own products, especially its services, that it doesn't mind mixing with other platforms and software. Knowing that even its own users would sometimes be forced to use a different web browser, Apple is now at least providing them a way to protect themselves even when using Google's Chrome.

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Firefox 85 puts an end to Supercookies and Flash

Firefox 85 puts an end to Supercookies and Flash

Some will say that cookies, at least most traditional cookies, are bad for your health and Web cookies have grown to become the same for your digital health. Created primarily to make it more convenient for users to revisit sites, again and again, the rather crude technology has been abused time and again to track users across the sites they visit. Browser makers are stepping up to fight such privacy invasions and the latest release of Firefox is designed to block another kind of cookie.

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Firefox Proton will give the browser another facelift

Firefox Proton will give the browser another facelift

It's hard to argue that Google Chrome is probably the most-used web browser in the market, especially if you add browsers based on the same Chromium foundations. What may be harder to determine is which is Number Two. There was a time when Mozilla Firefox was perhaps neck to neck with Chrome but those days are long gone. Mozilla has recently been working hard to make up for lost time and opportunities and an upcoming "Proton" project is attempting to give it a much-needed visual refresh.

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Chrome will mute browser notifications when sharing your screen

Chrome will mute browser notifications when sharing your screen

Virtual meetings have become pretty much a fact of working life in the past months but talking isn't the only activity that takes place there. From time to time, especially in more formal meetings, attendees are required to show their computer screens. Most people take great pains to prepare their desktops and hide any incriminating files or icons. Unfortunately, those are only for things that users do have direct control and Chrome is now introducing a small but critical feature for some of the things they can't control, a.k.a. notifications.

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Microsoft Edge is the latest browser to get leaked passwords warning

Microsoft Edge is the latest browser to get leaked passwords warning

Microsoft is adding a new Edge feature that will be familiar to Chrome and select other browser users: an alert when your password is compromised. Called Password Monitor, the security feature is designed to alert users when their password has been discovered as the result of a third-party breach, such as from an old forum you used to post on that was later compromised.

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