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Google View Image: how to get it back

Google View Image: how to get it back

Google just recently stripped away its View Image button, as well as the Search by Image functionality, and none were too happy about it. While no one will probably deny that it may have been abused, users felt that the search giant bent the knee to a company who may be more concerned about generating page hits than user convenience. Google, however, isn’t exactly innocent on that matter either. Don’t worry, there are ways to bring those features back, though how long they will last is probably a bigger question.

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Google Chrome ad filtering crackdown: here’s how it works

Google Chrome ad filtering crackdown: here’s how it works

Google just published a reminder that may have gone slightly unnoticed by most. Starting tomorrow, February 15, Google Chrome will remove all ads on websites that fail to meet the criteria set by the Better Ads Standard from the Coalition for Better Ads. Unless you’ve been keeping tabs on the web advertising industry, you might be shocked at this rather hardline stance. Google, however, had given website owners enough time to clean up their act and, even now, is explaining how all this ad filtering business works.

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Chrome will soon mark all HTTP sites as “Not Secure”

Chrome will soon mark all HTTP sites as “Not Secure”

The Web can be a pretty scary place. The power and information it gives users is also available to those with less benign intentions. Browser makers have long been trying to make the Web safer, only to be foiled by user browsing habits on end and websites’ poor security practices on the other. Google, for its part, has given developers and administrators enough time to get their act together. But enough is enough and starting July this year, the Chrome web browser will mark all websites still using HTTP instead of HTTPS as “Not Secure”.

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Chrome browser locker scams users into calling number

Chrome browser locker scams users into calling number

Browser users are often the easiest kind of users to trick. Many of them are not as tech savvy and are often careless in the links they click. As browser makers like Google and Mozilla step up their efforts to fight off phishing, scams, and malware, so do scammers level up in their creativity and cunning. One new technique that is gaining popularity is actually almost too simple and unsophisticated. But that simplicity is also the key to its success in tricking users to call a “toll-free” phone number by simply locking up or freezing their web browser.

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Firefox sponsored tiles are returning, this time from Pocket

Firefox sponsored tiles are returning, this time from Pocket

Advertising is the business model of the Web, Mozilla concedes. But the non-profit foundation behind the Firefox web browser has so far been unable to adopt that. It has tried, of course, and got no small amount of backlash because of its standing in the open source and privacy-conscious community. Despite setbacks, it’s trying again, this time with a little help from save-for-later service Pocket. Which, by the way, Mozilla owns since February last year.

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DuckDuckGo tracker blocker now on browsers, mobile

DuckDuckGo tracker blocker now on browsers, mobile

The Internet can be a scary place, and not just because of those who lurk in the shadows, waiting to pounce on unsuspecting prey. Even those that swear to respect users’ privacy are often the first ones to also violate them. There is no shortage of tools and services that promise to do better and save you from yourself and from these tech giants. DuckDuckGo is one such champion, best known for its privacy-focused search engine. Now it’s breaking new ground by updating its tools to keep you safe and anonymous not just when searching but when doing anything on the web.

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Opera mobile cryptocurrency mining protection now available

Opera mobile cryptocurrency mining protection now available

The surge of fame, or infamy, that cryptocurrency, specifically Bitcoin, is now enjoying has made some a tad too desperate to cash in on the hype. Desperate but enough to risk investing in such a fickle business. And so they will let others take the risk for them whether those others like it or not. That is practically the line of thinking behind a new class of intrusion called cryptocurrency mining that threatens to render devices, including smartphones, inoperable or even dead. Opera is coming to the rescue with a new version of its mobile browser to protect your phone from such drive-by attacks.

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Meltdown and Spectre reveal Firefox passwords

Meltdown and Spectre reveal Firefox passwords

Firefox creator Mozilla confirmed Meltdown and Spectre flaws could be used to extract login info from users online. The chances of this happening to the average user are slim, but still most certainly significant. This adds to the already-massive set of devices and situations in which either Meltdown or Spectre could have effects on computer users.

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Microsoft Edge claims once again to be faster, safer, better

Microsoft Edge claims once again to be faster, safer, better

Who says the browser wars are over? This time, though, there’s a pinch of fancy marketing added to spice up the competition and drum up the hype. Ever since Microsoft launched its completely new and “not related to Internet Explorer at all” web browser, it has been touting Edge’s battery efficiency with highly publicized but not completely public tests. And now it’s back again, pitting Edge against the latest Firefox and Chrome versions, singing that same mantra, and trying to get back in the running in the web browser race.

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Opera bitcoin mining protection feature arrives in next update

Opera bitcoin mining protection feature arrives in next update

As bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rise in value, a number of websites have been caught hijacking visitors' browsers and using their devices to mine digital currency without permission. This is a problem for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that this causes the user's computer to slow down and grow very hot. Opera is offering a convenient solution to the problem: an anti-cryptocurrency mining protection feature built into its browser.

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Firefox is now on Amazon Fire TV, can play YouTube

Firefox is now on Amazon Fire TV, can play YouTube

The back and forth between Google and Amazon has become both entertaining and also frustrating for consumers. It is the common folk who get caught in between the clash of the titans and, at least for Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV users, that meant being deprived of the time-wasting joys of YouTube. While peace negotiations are supposedly on the way, hope comes from a new, outside source. Mozilla has just announced that the Firefox web browser is now available on Amazon’s Fire TV platform and, yes, it can play web videos, including YouTube.

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Chrome version 64 will make downloads a lot faster

Chrome version 64 will make downloads a lot faster

While most use web browser to, of course, browse the web, there will inevitably come a time when you need to download something off the web. And while most will probably just download some images or PDFs, there will also come a time when you’ll have to download something larger. When that day does come, you’ll probably want the upcoming Chrome version 64 by your side to make such downloads faster by using parallel downloading built right into the browser.

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