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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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Browser maker Opera acquires GameMaker Studio developer YoYo Games

Browser maker Opera acquires GameMaker Studio developer YoYo Games

Some might say that the age of browser-based games is long gone, especially with the death of Flash that also heralded the demise of Farmville. At the same time, browsers and Web technologies have advanced to the point that more sophisticated games can be played on a browser, not to mention the growing market for game streaming through browsers. It is against this backdrop that Opera announced its acquisition of YoYo Games, most popular for its easy to use 2D game-making tool, but few are able to divine what Opera plans to do with it in the long run.

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Firefox for Android very few extensions will be easier to install

Firefox for Android very few extensions will be easier to install

Most desktop web browsers have become fully-featured to the point that many extensions have sometimes become pointless or redundant. That's not the case on mobile where features that are available on desktop versions are often absent or technically impossible to implement. Extensions and add-ons still matter on mobile browsers and Mozilla is making a change that will make it easier for Android users to install those extensions, not that there are many of them in the first place.

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Chrome 88 brings improved password security and management

Chrome 88 brings improved password security and management

Although there is no shortage of password managers promising better protection for online accounts and apps, that often means you will have another piece of software to maintain and mind apart from your web browser. Modern browsers, of course, now have their own password management systems that does pretty much the same things, just for website and web apps. With Chrome version 88, however, Google is stepping up the security game with additional features to its password protection that will let users know if they're not applying best security practices.

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Microsoft Hololens 2 preview brings Microsoft Edge, Swipe Keyboard

Microsoft Hololens 2 preview brings Microsoft Edge, Swipe Keyboard

Although the likes of Facebook Oculus and HTC Vive take the lion's share of the attention of consumers and mainstream media, their technologies are still mostly seen to lean more towards entertainment and gaming. In contrast, Microsoft's HoloLens platform was designed primarily to be an extension of the company's productivity ecosystem. That nature is being emphasized even more in the latest Insider Preview for the HoloLens, bringing Microsoft's new Edge browser at long last.

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Chrome extensions are promised to become more secure next year

Chrome extensions are promised to become more secure next year

Although they started out as strengths of modern web browsers, extensions have quickly become liabilities. Mirroring a lingering problem with Android apps in the Google Play Store, the Chrome Web Store has become notorious for all sorts of shady extensions, from scams to actively harmful utilities promising the moon and beyond. To its credit, Google has been working to improve the state of Chrome Extensions and next year will focus on protecting users' privacy and security though at the usual expense of some convenience.

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Chrome seamless payments and password management near release for all users

Chrome seamless payments and password management near release for all users

Google's at a point where they're confident in Chrome to an extreme degree. Today's news makes that point in a promise that Chrome's seamless payments and password management systems will be active for all signed-in users in the coming weeks and months. These systems were made available to some users over the past year - now they'll be ready to roll for everyone. If you've not used one or both of these features, now's the time to take a peek at what you've been missing.

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Chrome Sync will be optional for Android sign-ins, desktop passwords

Chrome Sync will be optional for Android sign-ins, desktop passwords

Not too long ago, Google made a somewhat unpopular decision to tie signing into Google accounts with singing into Google Chrome. Although there are advertised benefits to this unified system, some users also found it even more convenient, especially as it forced them to rely on Chrome's syncing functionality to get access to data stored in their Google accounts. Google has, since then, been trying to decouple Chrome Sync from that functionality and its upcoming changes to Chrome on Android and the desktop make Chrome Sync even more unnecessary.

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Chrome Actions will turn the address bar into a command prompt

Chrome Actions will turn the address bar into a command prompt

The web browser address bar has long ceased simply being a place where you type in a website's URL or address. In fact, there is a growing trend these days to actually hide those addresses in the address bar, ironic as that may sound. That input field has pretty much become a mini search engine where you type what you're looking for without having to go to Google or Bing explicitly. In the current Chrome release, it will even let you type in commands to control the browser without having to go through menus and settings.

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Microsoft Edge improved copy and paste will cause headaches

Microsoft Edge improved copy and paste will cause headaches

Despite the many innovations in the computing industry, a few things have remained the same throughout the decades. Keyboard layouts haven't really changed much, PC mice have at least left and right buttons, and copy and paste works as you might expect, even if it leads to embarrassing mistakes due to human error. The Microsoft Edge web browser is changing how that last bit works, and while it might be helpful in a few specialized cases, it will be an unwanted surprise for the majority of the cases where you use copy and paste on the Web.

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