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Linux gets Microsoft Edge Dev Channel preview at last

Linux gets Microsoft Edge Dev Channel preview at last

Today Linux users were given access to Microsoft Edge Dev Channel for the first time - in preview mode. Per Microsoft, the importance of this release goes beyond Linux, as this release means Microsoft Edge is available "for all major desktop and mobile platforms." This Linux release supports Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE distributions.

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Windows 10 auto-installing Office PWAs was half bug, half feature

Windows 10 auto-installing Office PWAs was half bug, half feature

Microsoft has been known to be rather aggressive and unsubtle when pushing its products to people's consciousness. That was true back when it was pushing people to upgrade to Windows 10 and it's true now as it uses Windows' Start Menu as a home for advertising its own apps. Things seem to be coming to a head again as Windows users, both Insiders and regular users, start seeing what they thought were Office web apps automatically installed without their permission. It turns out, it's partly intentional and partly a bug.

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Vivaldi browser adds a game you can play even when online

Vivaldi browser adds a game you can play even when online

Google Chrome may not be the original but it may be credited for popularizing mini-game Easter Eggs in web browsers. These games were originally intended to appear only when there's no Internet connection, providing some distraction to keep your blood pressure from rising. Their popularity, however, inspired some browser makers to make these pasttimes available at any time and Vivaldi's own new title can be played whether there's an Internet connection or not.

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Google might be forced to sell Chrome off if US government has its way

Google might be forced to sell Chrome off if US government has its way

The US government is preparing to make its case in courts over Google's alleged anti-competitive practices, particularly on the Internet. While it may already have its arguments prepared, the Justice Department may still be considering what steps it will require Google to take, presuming it wins its case. One of those may be to split up the company, which is already just a subsidiary of the bigger Alphabet, which includes selling off the most-used web browser in the market, Chrome.

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Chrome is bringing stronger password protection to Android, iOS

Chrome is bringing stronger password protection to Android, iOS

Even with the advent of two-factor authentication or 2FA, biometrics like fingerprint scanners, and password generators, users still stick to the easier but also less simple passwords they've developed habits with. Like any habit, good or bad, it's harder to break one than it is to change or modify one. So instead of forcing users to change their password use completely, Google is bringing new password management and security enhancements to Chrome on Android and iOS that desktop users of the browser have been enjoying for quite some time now.

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Firefox for Android to finally get a few more extensions

Firefox for Android to finally get a few more extensions

Mozilla was unsurprisingly very proud of its new Firefox on Android experience, which it dubbed "Daylight" but the backlash it received may have revealed a disconnect between the browser maker and its community. While the new browser in itself can really be considered an upgrade, the orphaned users of the most popular and most used Firefox add-ons see it as a step backward. Mozilla promised more addons would be coming soon and that day has come with Firefox extension soon growing from 9 to 19.

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Stadia on iOS made easy with a third-party custom browser

Stadia on iOS made easy with a third-party custom browser

Game streaming is starting to become a big business but Apple doesn't seem to want any part of it. At least not until those services bend a knee and abide by its sometimes strange laws. That isn't sitting well with streaming services, naturally, but it also irking some gamers who just want to be able to play their PC or console games on their iPhones in bed. Thankfully, some very eager games have found a way around that, at least for Stadia, and all you need is a single-page web browser app.

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Paid Chrome extensions will soon be deader than dead

Paid Chrome extensions will soon be deader than dead

First, it was Chrome Apps. Now, it seems that Chrome browser extensions are the next targets of Google's Chrome Web Store cleanup. While extensions aren't going away completely, there might be a great culling in the coming months all the way to February next year when Google completely disables its built-in payment system that would force paid Chrome extensions to use their own payment system or, more likely, to disappear or die out.

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iOS 14 default browser, mail get reverted after a reboot

iOS 14 default browser, mail get reverted after a reboot

iOS 14 finally brought a long-awaited feature that allowed users to change their default browser and email apps but it seems to be a bit confused about that itself. Users are reporting that settings for these apps don't seem to stick and get reset every time your restart your iPhone or iPad. While most likely a bug, it doesn't seem to bode well considering everything else that's happening with iOS 14 and Apple in general.

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Firefox finally closes tabs automatically

Firefox finally closes tabs automatically

There's a version of Firefox out there that'll close your old tabs automatically. Years after the tab nightmare began, we're finally at a place in this world where we're given the option to see old tabs close without our assistance. This option appears on Firefox 81 for Android, and it'll be on your Android smartphone in the very near future.

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Vivaldi web browser lets you pause the Internet

Vivaldi web browser lets you pause the Internet

There has been a significant surge in the use of and dependence on the Internet over the past months as more and more our former face-to-face interactions move online. On the one hand, that has allowed people to conveniently work from home but, on the other hand, it has also thrown some of these people's work-life balance out the window. It may be even harder for people to detach from their computers, especially their web browsers, so Vivaldi is giving them a single button to put the Web on hold long enough for you to take a breather.

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Chrome 86 paves the way for more powerful and richer web apps

Chrome 86 paves the way for more powerful and richer web apps

Web technologies have grown at an impressive rate and degree in the past years but there are still some things that they can't easily do compared to their native counterparts. Part of that is due to the very nature of web browsers that try to sandbox web pages and web apps as much as possible to prevent malware from getting through. The other is that the Web revolves around standards that have to be agreed on first.

As one of the Web's biggest stockholders, Google has been doing a rather delicate dance to address both, and Chrome 86 is adding more tools to developers' belt to make web apps just as feature-rich as native.

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