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Microsoft Edge is now more popular than Firefox thanks to Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge is now more popular than Firefox thanks to Google Chrome

The browser wars may not be truly over yet but it has taken on a slightly different turn. Internet Explorer has been laughed out of the arena, practically leaving Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox at the top with a large chasm between them. Now Firefox has suddenly found itself dethroned from its already precarious position by the upstart Microsoft Edge. Ironically, that is mostly thanks to Google Chrome, to be more specific its open source Chromium base.

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Chrome SameSite Cookie changes rolled back to keep the Web stable

Chrome SameSite Cookie changes rolled back to keep the Web stable

The Internet has taken on a critical role in the past weeks thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, too, is the software that connects us to the Internet and to each other. During these days, it would be difficult to have such technologies break down left and right if it can be helped. That's why Google has been making a few changes to its policies, including rolling back the privacy-related changes it has been enforcing through its SameSite Cookie policy, even if it means leaving users open to such abuses just for a while.

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Chrome browser releases will continue after all with adjusted schedule

Chrome browser releases will continue after all with adjusted schedule

Just last week, Google made a rather bold and forceful stand that would be echoed by other software developers in the industry. It said that it would put Chrome and Chrome OS releases on hold during the COVID-19 crisis, a move that Microsoft would follow both for the Chrome-based Edge and even Windows 10 to some extent. In another surprising move, however, Google is now announcing that releases will be pushing through though with a few changes along the way.

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Firefox Better Web bakes Scroll in for subscription-based ad-free browsing

Firefox Better Web bakes Scroll in for subscription-based ad-free browsing

Ads have become a nuisance on the web, forcing both users and even browser makers to take heavy-handed solutions to fix that problem. More often than not, these involve blocking ads and third-party tracking cookies that, unfortunately, also deprive legit sites of a source of income. While Google is working on making well-behaved ads more trustworthy, Firefox maker Mozilla is taking a different approach and has partnered with Scroll to offer an ad-free experience but at a small price.

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Firefox Preview 4.0 released for mobile devices with password manager

Firefox Preview 4.0 released for mobile devices with password manager

This morning Mozilla released Firefox Preview 4.0, AKA early peeks at fun features for the forward-thinking individual. The Firefox Preview download for version 4.0 seems right up on the edge of pushing into the general release - not that the average user would know the difference. There are so many Firefox browser editions out now that you'd be excused if you just tapped them all and started thrashing about.

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DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar adds some automation to protect your privacy

DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar adds some automation to protect your privacy

The Web is home to a never-ending game of cat and mouse between privacy advocates and a large number of advertisers. Web browsers have finally become more attentive and more forceful in protecting users by marking and even blocking trackers that are often used to identify and keep tabs on them. Some of these trackers, however, may not be enough, efficient, or even unbiased, which is why DuckDuckGo developed its own tracker data set and is now releasing it and its software for everyone and anyone to use to protect themselves online.

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Brave web browser will link to Wayback Machine on offline pages

Brave web browser will link to Wayback Machine on offline pages

For many, the browsers wars have more or less ended with just two or three key players in the market. That's not stopping others from trying to carve out their niche, often pointing out glaring flaws or lapses in the major web browsers. Brave, whose pedigree includes Brendan Eich of Javascript and Mozilla fame, is one such browser and it has partnered with the Internet Archive to bring dead web pages back to life.

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Opera R2020 update adds tab workspaces and customizable sidebar

Opera R2020 update adds tab workspaces and customizable sidebar

Opera R2020 (aka, Opera 67), the latest version of the popular web browser, brings new features that enable power users to better manage their tabs and the features they use most often. The biggest part of the new update is tabbed workspaces, which are customizable and separate workspaces that feature tabs related to each workspace's category. As well, the browser's sidebar can now be customized and more.

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Today Firefox launched DoH encryption by default: Why it matters

Today Firefox launched DoH encryption by default: Why it matters

Today in the USA, Mozilla updated Firefox for security and privacy purposes. They did this with DNS over HTTPS (DoH), a system which encrypts the interactions between computers and servers when they connect via the Internet. Because of the way insecure DNS works, "lookups" of servers done by your computer when connected to the internet are vulnerable to malicious agents. DoH stops all that business.

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Has Microsoft Edge finally nailed web browsing?

Has Microsoft Edge finally nailed web browsing?

Microsoft is back for another stab at the browsing experience with a Microsoft Edge update out this month. The update will be right at home for many Google Chrome users, making it an enticing alternative to Chrome, which holds 60% of the web browser market for desktops.

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The new Firefox for Android won’t support all existing addons at launch

The new Firefox for Android won’t support all existing addons at launch

Mozilla, the non-profit organization behind Firefox, seems to always be reinventing itself. It has tried numerous times to create new revenue sources, changed a classic logo, and even introduce paid features and services. It has also recently reinvented its browser for Android, almost throwing away many of the conventions and features that users have become accustomed to over the years. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that also includes add-ons of which only a handful will work with the new Android version of the browser when it launches.

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Chrome 81 is shaping up to be an AR-packed release

Chrome 81 is shaping up to be an AR-packed release

Web browsers today are a far cry from the early days of the Internet. It is possible, though not really advisable, to even run operating systems in them, if not be an operating system itself. Web technologies have opened up worlds of new experiences and almost literally. No longer confined to powerful devices or even smartphones, mixed reality has come to the no longer modest web browser and the upcoming Chrome 81 release will drive the browser further down that road, this time with augmented reality technologies.

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