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Microsoft Edge browser’s upcoming features teased

Microsoft Edge browser’s upcoming features teased

Microsoft desperately needs to make people forget about its ugly past in the web browser market. That’s why it’s putting its marketing engine hard at work to promote the hell out of the new and fancy Microsoft Edge web browser. If you do ignore compatibility with sites that still need the ancient Internet Explorer, Edge does offer a more modern and, perhaps more importantly, cleaner browsing experience. And it’s about to get even better in the Windows 10 Creators Update! Or at least that’s the tune Microsoft is singing its latest teaser for its fledgling browser.

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Google Chrome now reloads pages faster, more efficiently

Google Chrome now reloads pages faster, more efficiently

There are so many great and almost magical things that web browsers can do these days that you’d be surprised, nay shocked even, to know that most still uses principles and processes dating back to the 90s. One such feature is the innocent-looking “Reload” function that was designed for problems of that age. While still useful today, the actual implementation hasn’t exactly scaled to the present, predominantly mobile browsing age. That is exactly what Google has attempted to do in its Chrome mobile web browser, making page reloading not only faster but also consume less resources.

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Opera Neon hands-on: “Concept Browser” hits more than it misses

Opera Neon hands-on: “Concept Browser” hits more than it misses

Opera is looking to change the state of internet browsers, and it has launched a new browser called Neon as the first step in realizing that vision. Starting today, Opera Neon is available to download on Mac and Windows, and it's the culmination of a year and a half of work by Opera's design team. As everyone knows, competition in the web browser space is stiff, so I downloaded Opera Neon and took it for a spin to see how it stacks up to more traditional browsers.

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Samsung Gear VR Internet app gets WebVR support

Samsung Gear VR Internet app gets WebVR support

The problem with smartphone-powered virtual reality experiences is the dearth of significant content for the platform. At least compared to the likes of the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. While there are, of course, a few mobile VR apps around, a good number of VR content is out of reach because they are available only in other places, like web browsers. With the latest update to the Samsung Internet app for the Gear VR, that partly becomes a thing of the past as it gains support for the still young WebVR 1.0.

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Microsoft Edge browser won’t run Flash by default

Microsoft Edge browser won’t run Flash by default

Web browser makers are waging war against Flash, pushing it ever closer to its demise. Microsoft, who hasn’t been taken seriously in that space for until recently, doesn’t want t be left behind. Available to Windows Insiders first and then coming to the Windows 10 Creator’s Update next year, Microsoft Edge will take a stronger approach to decreasing Flash’s use by requiring users to click to even load Flash content instead of running them by default and then making users pause or stop them.

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Vivaldi web browser can directly control Philips Hue bulbs

Vivaldi web browser can directly control Philips Hue bulbs

There are tons of web browsers in the world today, not counting the big three or four. Each has their own unique aspect but most of them congregate towards offering simple and minimalist interfaces. Vivaldi, from Opera co-founder Jon von Tetzchner, is, in that sense, a breed apart. It is unabashedly marketed at power users and stacks feature upon feature that would probably overwhelm everyone else. And its latest is probably as strange as it gets. As of version 1.5, Vivaldi claims to be the first web browser to have built-in support for controlling color-changing Philips Hue bulbs.

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Chrome 53 on Windows promised to be 15% faster

Chrome 53 on Windows promised to be 15% faster

Web browsers have become more and more critical to modern computing that for many users, they have practically become the operating system, an idea that Google turned into practice with Chrome OS. As such, there is always a need to make web browsers more and more optimized, in performance as well as power usage. As one of the major web browser makers, Google is always looking for ways to improve its performance, which has borne fruit in the latest version 53 and 54 of Chrome for Windows.

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Firefox plays around with mini video, screenshot sharing features

Firefox plays around with mini video, screenshot sharing features

Web browsers have practically become operating systems and desktop environments. Just look at Chrome OS. While Firefox OS hasn’t exactly taken on a similar form, and is, in fact, practically dead, Mozilla isn’t stopping in giving its own web browser some extra power so that you won’t have to leave Firefox just for some menial tasks. Expanding its Test Pilot group of experimental features Mozilla is giving Firefox the ability to play videos in a smaller window at a corner of your screen or take and immediately share screenshots, all within Firefox, of course.

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Opera makes its VPN service totally free on its desktop browser

Opera makes its VPN service totally free on its desktop browser

Once the darling of mobile browsing, back when our mobile phones were still far from being smart, Opera seems to be making up for lost time and market and hitting both the web browser and mobile markets in new ways. Just last month, the company announced the arrival of its free VPN app on Android and now it’s making a slightly similar move on the desktop. No, it’s not announcing a VPN app per se. Instead, it is building VPN functionality right into the heart of its Opera desktop browsers and, better yet, making it completely free to use.

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LinkNYC disables web browsing in kiosk tablets due to abuse

LinkNYC disables web browsing in kiosk tablets due to abuse

Let’s face it. Humans are adept at turning situations to their benefit, but not all of them for the better. So it isn’t exactly surprising that 8 months after it launched, LinkNYC’s free gigabit Wi-Fi in New York is undergoing a rather major change. No, the Wi-Fi is still free and you can still connect to it with whatever device you have. However, the startup is now turning off the ability to browse the Web using the LinkNYC kiosk’s tablet following reports of abuse, some of them mildly amusing.

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Chrome promised to now use less battery, mobile payments added

Chrome promised to now use less battery, mobile payments added

Google has finally broken its silence and has put out its own “play video until computer dies” timelapse to show just how long its browsers last. But unlike tests from Microsoft or Opera, Google only pitted its Chrome against another Chrome, one from a year in the past. Unsurprisingly, the results do show how much the Chrome browser has improved, adding a little over two hours to “identiical laptops” battery lives. When watching videos on sites like Vimeo at least.

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Chrome now has Cast built-in, can share tabs in Hangouts

Chrome now has Cast built-in, can share tabs in Hangouts

Google Cast has definitely come a long way, from an odd but category-defining HDMI dongle to something that almost every new connected device, from speakers to TVs, supports. Almost ironically, it has also made “Cast” more invisible, like a feature that you expect to be just there, no setup required. That is definitely the thinking behind Google’s new big feature for its Chrome, which bakes Cast functionality right into the browser. And just to prove that Hangouts isn’t really dead, that functionality extends to Google’s now more business-minded communication service as well.

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