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Opera web browser for Android leaves Beta: we go hands-on

Opera web browser for Android leaves Beta: we go hands-on

This week the folks behind the web browser Opera have pushed their Android-based mobile edition past Beta into its first full-fledged release. They've done so with little fanfare, too - so little that it's scarcely made waves here in the spring of 2013 - right between Google's developer conference Google I/O and the technology conference CTIA. It's a fine browser, all said, with a WebKit engine base and a free download set of innards that'll have it competing with the other big guns in web browser downloads.

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Google Voice search hits Chrome with Hotwording: “Ok, Google”

Google Voice search hits Chrome with Hotwording: “Ok, Google”

Google's Conversational Voice Search system has been living on both iOS and Android for either weeks or months - this week it's coming to the Chrome web browser for all devices complete with a command familiar to Google Glass users: "Ok, Google." This system will allow users to speak with natural language - conversational, that is - on any desktop computer with a microphone.

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Chrome brings Autocomplete form-filling to mobile web

Chrome brings Autocomplete form-filling to mobile web

The folks at Google have this week at Google I/O let it be known that they're bringing HTML5 Autocomplete functions to the Chrome mobile web browser for Android. This system will help bring back the massive amounts of users (over 90%, according to Google), that abandon in-browser product purchases on their smartphones and tablets.

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Chrome OS experience comes to Android mobile browser

Chrome OS experience comes to Android mobile browser

Here at Google I/O, the company is discussing their Chrome web browser, and they've announced that the browser has reached 750 million active users, which is up from 450 million users last year, which is quite the increase. However, the company showed off how they're working to evolve the Chrome browser in order to enjoy desktop experiences on mobile devices.

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Opera sues former employee for giving trade secrets to Firefox devs

Opera sues former employee for giving trade secrets to Firefox devs

Makers of the Opera web browser have sued a former employee claiming that he took the trade secrets that was given at Opera and used them at Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox web browser. The man being accused, Trond Werner Hansen, left Opera in 2006, but returned in 2009 and 2010 as a consultant.

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Google Chrome for iOS updates with full-screen browsing, new printing options

Google Chrome for iOS updates with full-screen browsing, new printing options

Google issued a fairly minor, but still noteworthy update to its Chrome iOS app today. The update now includes full-screen browsing, as well as new printing options, allowing users to take advantage of Google's CloudPrint protocol or Apple's AirPrint feature. The update also comes with support to save a website to a PDF directly to Google Drive.

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Chromium announces new open source rendering engine project Blink

Chromium announces new open source rendering engine project Blink

WebKit makes the web go 'round, and yet it is soon to be joined by a new kid on the block: Blink, which was announced on Chromium's blog earlier today. Says Chromium, the decision to create a new rendering engine "was not an easy" one, but ultimately good will come from it. Developers don't need to worry, as the announcement reassures that little will change for them during the initial rounds of work.

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Samsung and Mozilla working on new web browser engine for Android

Samsung and Mozilla working on new web browser engine for Android

Samsung and Mozilla announced today that they're partnering up to build a “next generation” and an "advanced technology" web browser engine, which they're calling Servo. Mozilla said in a blog post announcing the news that the two companies will build a new engine from the ground up, but "rethinking old assumptions along the way."

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Internet Explorer 10 gaining ground after releasing on Windows 7

Internet Explorer 10 gaining ground after releasing on Windows 7

Ever since officially releasing on Windows 7 back in February, Internet Explorer 10 has been slowly chipping away at previous versions of Microsoft's web browser. Internet Explorer 10 gained 1.35 percentage points in March, thanks to the release of the browser on Windows 7 in late February. IE10 is now at 2.93% market share out of all web browsers, with IE collectively bringing in almost 56% of the market share.

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Google Chrome for desktop updates with improved spell checking

Google Chrome for desktop updates with improved spell checking

Google Chrome for Windows, OS X, and Linux received a fairly hefty update today. The browser got bumped up to version 26, and it comes with spell check improvements, desktop shortcuts for multiple profiles on Windows, and an asynchronous DNS resolver on Mac and Linux versions, as well as the usual bugfixes and performance improvements.

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World Wide Maze turns any website into a 3D maze in Google Chrome

World Wide Maze turns any website into a 3D maze in Google Chrome

There's no shortage of browser-based games available to casual gamers, but none are as quite unique as a new project called "World Wide Maze." The game uses actual websites to build 3D mazes in which players can then guide around a small steel ball, similar to the likes of Marble Madness or Super Monkey Ball.

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Google Animated Gif Search Filter: here’s where you find it

Google Animated Gif Search Filter: here’s where you find it

Though this week Google has addd an animated .gif image filter to its images search engine, it's not the easiest thing in the world to find. If you're the type of person who wants to work with animated images all day, every day, you'll want to know where this filter is and how to get to it rather quickly. As it stands, there's a couple of clicks you'll need to walk through before you get there - and it starts with "Search Tools".

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