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Opera for Android adds night mode, QR code reader and more

Opera for Android adds night mode, QR code reader and more

Opera has pushed out an update for its Android mobile app and with it comes several new features, not the least of which is night mode. As in other apps, the new night mode turns the interface black and gray, making it easier to stare at for long periods of time at night, as well as reducing eye strain for individuals sensitive to bright backlights.

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Chrome now learns your autoplay browser habits

Chrome now learns your autoplay browser habits

Google is taking a smarter approach to autoplay content, with its latest Chrome update promising to learn what you want to hear - and what you don't - to make browsing less annoying. Autoplaying music and videos can be one of the more frustrating aspects of the modern web, given how frequently sites are now including videos that automatically begin playback, or adverts that start talking to you and force you to go hunting down the offending tab.

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Google .app domain to make web apps easier to remember, safer

Google .app domain to make web apps easier to remember, safer

Mobile apps may be more widespread because of the ubiquity of smartphones but web apps are the hot thing in the software market these days. They bring with them the promise of cross-platform availability on anything that can run a modern web browser. But they also bring the risks associated with any web page on the Internet. Short of having an app store for web apps, Google has announced the .app top-level domain (TLD) that can be used for easy to remember URLs and safer transactions between web browser and web server.

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Mozilla Hubs is a browser-based VR chatroom with robot avatars

Mozilla Hubs is a browser-based VR chatroom with robot avatars

The nascent VR market has more or less settled into two camps, Oculus and Vive. Four and a half if you count Oculus-powered Gear VR, Google Daydream, and Windows Mixed Reality. Needless to say, there's a bit of fragmentation going on, especially when you factor in prices and system requirements. WebVR, and particularly Mozilla's new Firefox Reality, promises to democratize VR by making experiences available on all VR platforms and devices. And its first actually usable application is Hubs by Mozilla, a VR chat world where you take on the appearance of a clunky, floating robot.

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Opera Touch mobile browser launches with one-handed surfing in mind

Opera Touch mobile browser launches with one-handed surfing in mind

Opera is launching a new mobile browser today, and it's making some big promises about how it will change the way we browse on on our phones. Dubbed Opera Touch, this new browser is centered around one idea: letting you browse with one hand, leaving your other hand free to do anything your heart desires. In a world so focused on multitasking, Opera Touch might actually be a mobile browser worth downloading.

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Windows Defender Chrome extension protects against phishing scams

Windows Defender Chrome extension protects against phishing scams

Microsoft has launched Windows Defender Browser Protection for Google's Chrome browser via an extension. Anyone can download the extension now, adding an extra layer of protection to block malicious websites. The extension, which is free, alerts users when they attempt to load a dangerous website and directs them back toward safety.

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Chrome 66 finally blocks autoplaying content by default

Chrome 66 finally blocks autoplaying content by default

Google is on a crusade to banish bad ads from the Internet. Some would argue that it's a self-serving crusade meant to steer the industry towards its own brand of ads. It's hard to argue, however, that Google is also addressing some of the biggest complaints surfers have with ads. With Chrome 66, now available on all platforms, the web browser finally delivers on the promise of blocking autoplaying videos and audio. That is, if they fall under criteria.

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Android Messages for Web setup process is nearly complete

Android Messages for Web setup process is nearly complete

Google might be criticized for having a confusing array of messaging services but it is at least doing one thing right. It is giving most of them equal features so you won't have to be jealous over another service or app. Then again, that could also make choosing between them even harder. Now that Allo for Web is a thing, it seems that Google is putting its focus on bringing that same convenience to SMS-based Android Messages. And judging by the functionality already in the Android app, it could come any time now.

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Websites could soon use your fingerprint to log in

Websites could soon use your fingerprint to log in

Biometrics are everywhere. Almost all smartphones these days, even mid-range ones, have fingerprint scanners. Laptops and convertible tablets are slowly getting there. And while Apple seems to be doing away with them, it is replacing fingerprints with faces, yet another biometric security factor. The only place where this secure authentication method isn’t available is where they matter the most: the Web. But if the World Wide Web Consortium, a.k.a. W3C, has its way, even websites like, well, Facebook will support password-less logins in the near future.

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Firefox Reality download released: VR and AR in early mode

Firefox Reality download released: VR and AR in early mode

Just in time for the AR explosion, Mozilla revealed their first version of Firefox Reality. That's a Firefox web browser for VR and AR platforms - mixed reality, in other words. This is a web browser made to appear in virtual reality, augmented reality, and in a way that allows simple VR and AR control.

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Chrome Web Store bans cryptocurrency miners outright

Chrome Web Store bans cryptocurrency miners outright

Security at the Chrome Web Store took a hardline stance on cryptocurrency miners this week. In the past, the Chrome Web Store allowed crypto mining apps ONLY if they had mining as their SINGLE purpose, and the user was "adequately informed" about how the app worked. Due in part to the absurd number of apps submitted to the Chrome Web Store that attempted to bend or break these rules, the store announced they'd no longer accept any crypto mining apps at all, whatsoever.

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Microsoft Edge launches support for iPad and Android tablets

Microsoft Edge launches support for iPad and Android tablets

The debate over which browser is the best has been going for nearly as long as the internet has been around. Though Microsoft's Internet Explorer was once the butt of many jokes, the company has been doing some neat things with Microsoft Edge, which was introduced alongside Windows 10. If, by chance, Microsoft has managed to win you over with the features in Edge, then here's a bit of good news: It's available on more platforms beginning today.

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