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Chinese Redcore browser built on Google Chrome, CEO admits

Chinese Redcore browser built on Google Chrome, CEO admits

Google may be under fire again for allegedly working with the Chinese government to create a censored version of its Search engine but it doesn’t actually have to lift a finger for its technology to be used for that same purpose. A new web browser named Redcore has grabbed the spotlight in China for claiming to have developed a browser that has “broken the American monopoly”. Except that now its CEO is admitting that it did, after all, build it using Chrome, an American company technology.

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Firefox Advance experiment uses third-party AI to recommend sites

Firefox Advance experiment uses third-party AI to recommend sites

Mozilla has always presented Firefox as the champion of open source and privacy on the Web, at least in contrast to the likes of Google Chrome. That doesn’t mean it hadn’t had a few missteps along the way, like its controversial “Sponsored Tiles”. It’s walking on thin ice again with its new “Firefox Advance” Test Pilot experiment that uses a smidgen of machine learning to recommend sites related to what you’ve been browsing. Fortunately, it is, at least for now, still an experiment you don’t even have to use.

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Firefox blocks noisy autoplaying videos in latest Nightly build

Firefox blocks noisy autoplaying videos in latest Nightly build

Firefox is the latest browser to address autoplaying videos with sound, one of the most annoying parts of visiting certain websites. Chrome already makes it possible to block these autoplaying, noisy videos, and now Firefox will do the same. The feature has arrived in the latest Firefox Nightly build and it'll soon be available to all users.

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Move Mirror AI matches your pose with one in 80,000 images

Move Mirror AI matches your pose with one in 80,000 images

Artificial intelligence has become so sophisticated these days that it can identify objects and, in the case of Amazon, even help you order that object. But stationary objects with fixed shapes are one thing. Moving bodies with moving parts and uncommon positions are another. Trying to identify your pose and match it with a set of photos with similar poses is the holy grail of pose estimation and it is exactly what Google is presenting with its Move Mirror AI Experiment. Best of all, all you need is a web browser and a webcam.

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Windows 10 Preview: what’s coming later this year

Windows 10 Preview: what’s coming later this year

Adopting the slogan and strategy of “Windows as a Service” is admittedly one of the best things Microsoft has ever done for the operating system. Now in its third year, Windows 10 has already received five major updates, almost twice a year. Microsoft may have run out of names to call the updates but it isn’t losing steam. It has just released Insider Preview Build 17713 which, among other things, marks the final months before the release of “Redstone 5” in a few months.

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Stylish extension pulled after tracking users’ full web browsing habits

Stylish extension pulled after tracking users’ full web browsing habits

A popular extension downloaded more than two million times has been pulled from browser app stores after a major security issue was discovered. The app, called Stylish, was used to modify the design of websites, such as altering images, turning bright backgrounds dark, and altering unwanted elements. Unfortunately, the browser extension was also extensively tracking users' browsing habits and uploading the data to a remote server.

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The new best web browser for Android

The new best web browser for Android

Today we're having a peek at Kiwi, a web browser based on Chromium, but made to be a whole lot better than Chrome. This web browser is for Android only - for now - and it's got features the likes of which most users will likely be glad to utilize. One of these features is a full-fledged dark mode, made for easy access and non-intrusive deployment.

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Android Messages for Web: here’s how to set it up

Android Messages for Web: here’s how to set it up

Google’s messaging message is an utter mess but it hasn’t yet given up trying to get it right. After the failure of Google Allo, the tech giant has poured its resources into Android Messages, making it the be all and end all of Android-based messaging. At least for now. The latest piece in that puzzle is Messages for Web, pretty much the parallel of Allo for Web. If you want to be able to send and read your messages on any web browser, even while you’re phone lies a few feet away, follow these simple steps. But be warned, things aren’t as convenient as they sound.

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Chrome WebXR Chacmool demo shows how AR can be made for everyone

Chrome WebXR Chacmool demo shows how AR can be made for everyone

Truth be told, Google’s VR and AR direction is all over the place. From Google Cardboard to Daydream and Project Tango to ARCore and, now WebXR. That last bit, however, may stand to have the biggest chance of making it big, depending on how much backing it gets from competing companies. WebXR is an up and coming web standard, like, say, HTML and CSS and ECMAScript, that would, in theory, enable AR and VR to work on any platform with a web browser and Google’s first WebXR demo shows how.

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Mozilla reveals Scout voice-controlled web browser project

Mozilla reveals Scout voice-controlled web browser project

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, is working on a new Web browser called Scout. Unlike its current bowser, Scout will be created with accessibility in mind, enabling users to access content using voice commands. The company describes Scout as an exploration at this point, having revealed it at an event today.

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Chrome will block installing extensions outside its Web Store

Chrome will block installing extensions outside its Web Store

Once upon a time, OK not so long ago, browsers such as Chrome and Firefox fought for supremacy over browser extensions. That war has seemingly simmered down but the remnants threaten the security of at least one of them. Chrome browser extensions have, unfortunately, been one of the major sources of malware for its users. Now Google is stepping in and will tighten security by soon preventing extensions from being installed from outside its own Chrome Web Store.

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Safari stokes privacy war in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

Safari stokes privacy war in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

Apple is declaring a new war on tracking in Safari, ramping up its privacy features in the macOS Mojave and iOS 12 browser. The news follows last year's do-not-follow tracking system for cookies, which Apple promised would stop the same adverts from cropping up on every website you visit, just because you looked at a product on one site somewhere.

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