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Firefox will deliver an ad-free Internet for a subscription fee

Firefox will deliver an ad-free Internet for a subscription fee

Firefox is one of the biggest and most popular web browsers around, second or equal to Google Chrome and, for Apple users, Safari. What few people probably know is that the Mozilla Foundation that owns and develops the browsers, among other things, is a non-profit organization that doesn't profit from the massive use of Firefox. As such, it has always been looking for revenue sources, some of which ended up in failure. Its latest attempt will probably be just as controversial, practically asking users how much they will be willing to pay for an ad-free Internet experience and a bit more.

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Opera Touch on iOS gains Crypto Wallet and Web 3 support

Opera Touch on iOS gains Crypto Wallet and Web 3 support

For some people, the browser wars have mostly been reduced to a fight between Chrome and everyone else. That “everyone else” fortunately has a lot of room for all sorts of browsers with priorities beyond becoming the world’s #1. Opera might still dream of eventually dominating the browser market but it is doing so via a rather unconventional route. Instead of trying to appeal to the masses, it is pushing its resources towards supporting the Web users of the future. That mostly means supporting blockchains and distributed systems, features that have finally landed on its iOS app.

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Chromium-based Microsoft Edge lands on Windows 7 and 8 in unstable form

Chromium-based Microsoft Edge lands on Windows 7 and 8 in unstable form

When Microsoft finally sucked it up and abandoned its homegrown web browser engine for Chromium, it opened a veritable floodgate of features. Not only did it get a browser that works with the majority of the world's web pages, it even gained support for popular extensions right off the bat. It also acquired the ability to be everywhere, even on Apple's macOS. And, almost coming full circle, it has started to support even its old systems, namely, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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Google Chrome extension lets users report suspicious sites

Google Chrome extension lets users report suspicious sites

The Web is both a wonderful and frightening place where one can learn things and also learn things they probably shouldn't. While there are many helpful souls on the Internet, there is also no shortage of people ready to take advantage of others' innocence or ignorance. In fact, there are just too many potentially harmful sites for a single entity to keep track of. That's why Google is now enlisting Chrome users to report such sites to its Safe Browsing list.

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Opera GX browser for gamers stops runaway CPU and RAM use

Opera GX browser for gamers stops runaway CPU and RAM use

Opera has launched a new browser focused on gamers, allowing for precise control over just how much of your PC resources the app can tap into. Opera GX won't be released fully until later in the year, but an early access program is kicking off today to give gamers a taste of what to expect.

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Chrome Remote Desktop on the Web pushes desktop app out

Chrome Remote Desktop on the Web pushes desktop app out

There will always come a time when you wished you could access a computer without actually touching it. And, no, we're not talking about Minority Report. Remote computer access has always been tricky business, requiring some third-party apps, complicated setups, and new account sign-ups. Google's Chrome Remote Desktop has tried to simplify that process and is now making it even simpler by removing the need for any program other than your trusty Chrome browser.

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Firefox now blocks 3rd party tracking cookies by default

Firefox now blocks 3rd party tracking cookies by default

Browser makers are going on a cookie diet. After years of allowing site owners to abuse cookies, the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are finally putting their foot down and saying "no". The latter has actually rolled out its "Enhanced Tracking Protection" feature quite a while ago but it will now turn it on by default for all users. Mozilla didn't stop there, though, and is pushing out more privacy-related features for other apps in its Firefox ecosystem.

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Shift click highlight text broken in Chrome? Here’s the fix

Shift click highlight text broken in Chrome? Here’s the fix

Over the past several days I've been struggling with a change in the way my computer handled a key combination I use ALL the time. I write articles (like the one you're reading) all day long, and I need to highlight, copy, paste, and move text from place to place with almost every single article I produce - so when Shift-Click highlighting text stopped working, I lost my groove.

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Firefox 67 promises to be faster thanks to procrastination

Firefox 67 promises to be faster thanks to procrastination

Web browsers have become bigger than ever in more ways than one. Yes, they have become practically central to the way we use computers but they've also become more complex as they gain new features. Web pages, too, have become more complex and browsers have to adjust to support them. Complexity always has a cost, however, and most of that cost is in performance. With the latest version 67 release of the Firefox browser, Mozilla is promising a faster experience not by trimming off the fat but by "procrastinating on purpose".

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Microsoft Edge comes to macOS via Chromium-based preview

Microsoft Edge comes to macOS via Chromium-based preview

Some Microsoft faithful might feel that Microsoft lost an edge when it gave up on its homegrown web rendering engine but the benefits of basing Microsoft Edge on Chromium could make up for what little was lost. In addition to less development effort on the engine itself and support for a larger number of Chrome extensions, Microsoft Edge also gets support for platforms outside of Windows 10. One of those is macOS and now, Mac owners and developers can get a taste of what this new Edge has to offer, if they're willing to put up with a work in progress.

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Chrome will allow blocking third-party tracking, show more ad info

Chrome will allow blocking third-party tracking, show more ad info

The pervading theme in Google I/O 2019 seems to be privacy. Ironic considering the company was, at one point, regarded to be its biggest violator. Whether you believe it turned over a new leaf or is cooking up something is for you to decide. The fact is that, at least for the moment, Google is giving users, especially Chrome users, more control or at least more information about the things that could violate their privacy on the Web.

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Microsoft Edge gets IE mode tabs and better security control

Microsoft Edge gets IE mode tabs and better security control

Microsoft promised big things when it announced Edge would be moving to the Chromium engine, and at Build 2019 it's delivering on that. The company's annual developer event has seen new privacy and usability tools added to Edge, including the ability to bring legacy web-apps into an Edge tab.

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