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Chrome Google Photos module continues the integration push

Chrome Google Photos module continues the integration push

It seems that Google is going on a spree to turn its web browser into a portal to its other products and services. Whether that campaign will ruffle competitors' and regulators' feathers remains to be seen, but there doesn't seem to be any stopping Google from its push. Most of these new and upcoming features revolve around search results and the New Tab Page, the latter of which is getting a new module that will surface your Google Photos whenever you think of opening a new browser tab.

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Chrome Side Search panel will keep you from having to leave Google

Chrome Side Search panel will keep you from having to leave Google

Once upon a time, there was a small movement among web browser extensions to introduce side panels for things like tab navigation and other useful pieces of UI. Browser makers themselves seem to have frowned on such an interface, but it seems that the tables have turned recently. Google is apparently starting to reclaim the sides of Chrome for additional information, like Reading lists and Google Lens searches. Now it is working on another panel that's designed to keep you living in Google land, even when you've turned away to another web page.

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YouTube Premium users get experimental video downloads on desktop

YouTube Premium users get experimental video downloads on desktop

If you're a YouTube Premium subscriber, you get access to upcoming (and still experimental) features before the company releases them for everyone. One of the latest additions to the experimental features list is support for video downloads on desktop, offering the same offline playback opportunity that has been available on mobile for quite a while.

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Firefox works around cumbersome Windows 11 default browser prompts

Firefox works around cumbersome Windows 11 default browser prompts

Microsoft is making security an indispensable pillar and marketing point for Windows 11 to the point that all eligible PCs are required to have TPM 2.0 present and enabled. Given Windows' image and recent security incidents in the past few years, that move isn't exactly surprising. Microsoft, however, might be taking things too far when it revamped Windows 11's system for setting default applications. Mozilla has apparently had enough and has implemented a one-click way to set Firefox as the default web browser on Windows 11 against Microsoft's envisioned policy.

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Windows 11 in React offers an appetizer on your web browser

Windows 11 in React offers an appetizer on your web browser

Web browsers are have gotten so powerful today that you can even run some operating systems in it, at least the older and lighter ones. Web technologies have also enabled emulators for games and other platforms and all sorts of technological experiments you probably wouldn't have imagined possible before. The latest insanity is actually running what looks like an instance of Windows 11 in a web browser, though it's really more like an interactive tour than an actual test drive of Microsoft's next operating system.

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Chrome Tab Groups “Save Group” added in testing

Chrome Tab Groups “Save Group” added in testing

Users of Chrome that regularly open multiple windows at once, rejoice! The latest version of Chrome shows a new Save Group toggle when creating a group of tabs. This should allow the user to keep track of the multiple tabs they need open at once, even after Chrome is closed down for the day. That's assuming you or I ever close Chrome and/or shut one's computer off entirely which... is the healthy thing to do.

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Firefox will block insecure downloads on HTTPS pages

Firefox will block insecure downloads on HTTPS pages

Slowly but surely, the Web has mostly moved to use secure HTTP or HTTPS as the default for browsing web pages. There are still a few exceptions, however, especially when talking about content that is downloaded via those supposedly secure web pages. It's no longer enough just to mark web pages as "secure" but also the resources that come from them. Starting next month, Mozilla will follow in Chrome's footsteps and will make Firefox block downloads on HTTPS pages that come from unsecured HTTP content.

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Chrome on Android 12 will support multiple windows

Chrome on Android 12 will support multiple windows

Smartphones are getting more powerful and larger to the point that some of the hard limits of the past no longer really apply today. Multi-tasking has become more important as phones gain more RAM, and having more than one app open at the same time is a staple feature on tablets and the new breed of foldable devices. Despite those changes, mobile apps are still limited to the old "one instance" or "one window" per app convention from the first few years of smartphones. Google could be changing that with Chrome running on Android 12, allowing users to have as many as five instances of the web browser.

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Windows 11 will make it harder to change the default web browser

Windows 11 will make it harder to change the default web browser

Ever since it decided to finally retire Internet Explorer, Microsoft has been on an aggressive campaign to push its replacement into everyone's minds. It took its efforts to the next level when it switched its Edge browser from its homegrown edgeHTML to Chromium. After experiencing legal penalties over Internet Explorer, Microsoft has been more careful about giving its users the option to use their browser of choice on Windows. That doesn't mean it has to make it easy, though, as changes in Windows 11 seem to suggest.

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Chrome on Android incognito mode could soon be locked for extra privacy

Chrome on Android incognito mode could soon be locked for extra privacy

Private browsing or incognito mode is one of the most basic privacy protection mechanisms web browsers offer today. Although sometimes mistaken for total privacy protection, incognito mode simply makes sure you don't leave traces on the browser itself. That protection, however, is pretty much pointless if someone else already holds your phone and the browser is open. That's why Google has been working on a reauthentication mechanism for Incognito mode that's coming to Android soon.

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Microsoft Edge Super Duper Secure Mode removes a major Javascript feature

Microsoft Edge Super Duper Secure Mode removes a major Javascript feature

Javascript is a programming language that's loved and reviled in equal measures. Often seen as a powerful and complex beast, it has enabled many rich experiences on the Web that wouldn't have been possible with HTML and CSS only. It has, however, also given rise to many bugs and exploits that put people at risk. Microsoft Edge developers are now looking into what it calls a "Super Duper Secure Mode" that disables one major Javascript feature that almost all web browsers use for increased performance at the expense of security.

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Microsoft Edge password manager can now log into mobile apps

Microsoft Edge password manager can now log into mobile apps

Microsoft Edge has come a long way since it switched from Microsoft's homegrown edgeHTML engine to Chromium. It gained quite a number of useful feature that helps it compete with other Chromium-based web browsers, including Google Chrome. Those features are coming into focus as Microsoft prepares for the upcoming academic year with a few bits and pieces that make Edge a better partner for planning the school year safely.

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