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Microsoft Edge’s battery life claims get an independent test

Microsoft Edge’s battery life claims get an independent test

Although it probably had the biggest share in the web browser market, the bloat that was known as Internet Explorer soon dragged Microsoft's name down to the Internet Hall of Shame. Given than notoriety, it almost seemed that its new browser, Microsoft Edge, had an unfair disadvantage. Unsurprisingly, the company put its marketing and advertising machine into high gear, including tests that claim superior battery life for the Edge. However, most, if not all, of these proofs and counter-proofs were made by browser makers themselves. Fortunately, Linus Tech Tips decided it was time to have an independent test done, and the results might surprise you.

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Here’s why Firefox 54 claims it’s the best release yet

Here’s why Firefox 54 claims it’s the best release yet

Most computer users, be it on traditional desktops or mobile devices, mostly live in their web browsers. Almost all interactivity with the outside world happens through their favorite browser, from email to social networking to watching videos to plain old browsing. So it stands that the browser should also be one of the most reliable pieces of software on your device. With the latest Firefox 54 release, Mozilla inches closer towards doing just that with a new multiple process feature that takes advantage of modern computers' multiple CPU cores.

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Chrome will have a built-in ad-blocker starting in early 2018

Chrome will have a built-in ad-blocker starting in early 2018

Back in April, we reported on sources that claimed Google was going to bake an ad-blocker directly into its Chrome browser, something that would block advertisements deemed to be intrusive and/or disruptive for visitors. Google has confirmed that report today, shedding light on a crucial detail that was missing the first time around: Chrome will block all advertisements on a website that doesn't adhere to Better Ads Standards.

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Opera is Reborn with built-in chatting

Opera is Reborn with built-in chatting

In a world full of Chromes, Foxes, Safaris, and Edges, is there still room for other web browsers? Opera, which precedes some of those, definitely thinks so. After toying around with some possible features in its experimental Opera Neon, the company is folding some of those more successful ideas into the newest version of Opera. Meet Opera Reborn, which has built-in social network chatting so you won't have to waste your precious office time switching between apps or tabs.

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Google Chrome steps up its offline game on Android

Google Chrome steps up its offline game on Android

As much as Google, and users, probably want it, Internet connection still isn't as ubiquitous or stable everywhere. At one point or another, Wi-Fi or data will break, leaving you with an inaccessible web page when you might need it the most. That is unless you're on Android and are using Chrome's offline feature. Already a year old, Google is taking offline web pages a step further by making it easier to download web pages even without opening them.

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Punycode phishing attacks exploit Unicode’s strength

Punycode phishing attacks exploit Unicode’s strength

In the past, it was easy to detect a fake website address designed to scam unsuspecting users. At least if you have a keen eye and a cautious mind. Now, however, it has just gotten harder to detect such phishing attacks with just your eyes. To make matters worse, even browsers are no help at all. These "homograph" phishing URLs, for all intents and purposes, looks exactly like a regular, safe URL. Except they arent't. And, unfortunately, they are taking advantage of the fact that computers these days can display more languages and characters than you might even be aware of.\

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Firefox 53 to be faster, more robust with Project Quantum

Firefox 53 to be faster, more robust with Project Quantum

Most of our interactions with our devices, be it a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, happens in the web browser. We practically live in our web browers, something Google's Chrome OS is trying to exploit. So when browser become slow or, worse, crash, it can be an infuriating experience. Google Chrome has tried to address that problem by running each tab on a different process. Firefox will be doing something similar yet also different. Starting version 53, it will be running its "Quantum Compositor" on a separate process, ensuring not just faster performance but also stability.

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Chrome with built-in ad-blocker may target the most obnoxious ads

Chrome with built-in ad-blocker may target the most obnoxious ads

Google is planning to add a built-in ad-blocker to Chrome, according to sources, and it will target the Internet's most obnoxious types of advertisements. These sub-standard advertisements include things like videos that automatically start playing and advertisements that won't disappear until a long countdown timer is finished. The sources indicate that Google hasn't ironed out all of the details yet, and that it may not ultimately go through with the feature.

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Chrome browser’s new anchors will keep pages from jumping

Chrome browser’s new anchors will keep pages from jumping

Isn't it just annoying when you're in the middle of reading a rather engrossing web page only to have it suddenly jump back to the top or elsewhere? In this day and age of the modern web, websites still have a problem of jumping content, which, ironically, is a side effect of technologies designed to actually make the web more efficient. To make the web a better place, Google has added a new feature to Chrome called scroll anchoring to keep what you're currently seeing locked in place.

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Opera Mini is getting a built-in Download Helper

Opera Mini is getting a built-in Download Helper

Yes, Opera Mini is still alive. The name once synonymous with web browsers for phones, whether smart or not, has practically been overshadowed by the likes of Chrome and Firefox. That's not to say, however, that Opera doesn't have something unique to offer anymore. Keeping true to its core mission to help users save data, Opera is announcing new features it is rolling out to Android, including its own built-in download helper as well as Facebook monitoring and notifications.

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Chrome 57 promises to be less power-hungry, throttles JS timers

Chrome 57 promises to be less power-hungry, throttles JS timers

There recently was a mini browser war between Microsoft and Opera that revolved around power consumption. While the two naturally didn’t see eye to eye on who used up less power, they seem to implicitly agree on who was the worst offender: Google Chrome. Unsurprisingly, Google fired off its own retort but it also admits there’s still work to be done. In version 57 of Chrome, part of that work has been implemented by taking down abusive Javascript timers down a notch.

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Firefox 52.0 wants to level up gaming on web browsers

Firefox 52.0 wants to level up gaming on web browsers

Browser-based games are nothing new, from Farmville to Plants vs. Zombies to Candy Crush Saga. Back then, smartphones weren’t as ubiquitous or as accessible as they are now. Browser games have since then taken a backseat, held back by limitations of web technologies and languages. Not anymore, promises Mozilla. With Firefox 52.0 and its fancy new WebAssembly feature, gaming on web browsers need no longer be limited to simplistic, usually 2D games. They can, and will, run more complex 3D games, without requiring a plugin.

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