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Firefox 57 “Quantum” promised to be faster, sleeker, more modern

Firefox 57 “Quantum” promised to be faster, sleeker, more modern

Once the browser that made Internet Explorer look like a dinosaur (ironic considering Mozilla's former mascot), Firefox has sadly been pushed to the background by the fast-paced development of Chrome, the novelty of Microsoft Edge, and even the persistence of Opera. Making up for lost time, opportunity, and market share, Mozilla is aiming or a quantum leap in progress with a new browser engine and new UI engine, all of which will come together in the next version aptly nicknamed "Firefox Quantum".

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Opera web browser to soon have built-in 360 VR video player

Opera web browser to soon have built-in 360 VR video player

Virtual reality is still a bit of flux at the moment, with so many players and so many variables that make the setup a tad complicated. When you do manage to get your hands on a rig powerful enough to run VR programs and a not so cheap VR headset, you will sometimes discover that the experience isn't all that, especially when it comes to simply watching videos on YouTube. Opera is trying to fix the latter by baking a VR player into the next version of its web browser.

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iOS 11 Safari will strip AMP markers when sharing links

iOS 11 Safari will strip AMP markers when sharing links

Google is often criticized for its business practices but most of the technology it develops are, more often than not, relatively accepted. Except, perhaps, for AMP. Short for Accelerated Mobile Pages, Google’s mobile-centric open standard for the web has, not so ironically, split the web. But while some platform creators aren’t exactly taking sides, it seems that Apple sneaked in a feature in iOS 11 that at least helps make AMP less intrusive. And that’s by simply stripping out AMP markers from URLs when sharing or copying links from the Safari mobile browser.

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Switch to 64-bit Firefox now to get less crashes

Switch to 64-bit Firefox now to get less crashes

There was a huge hoopla a few years back regarding the switch to 64-bit processors on smartphones. While that was totally new on mobile, 64-bit has long been the name of the game on desktops and laptops. That said, most desktop software continued to straddle both 32 and 64 bit worlds, partly out of necessity to support those still running 32-bit versions of Windows. But for those already running on a 64-bit OS, Mozilla has this to say: use the 64-bit version of Firefox now and avail of the 39% discount on browser crashes.

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3 Reasons to use Samsung’s browser on a non-Samsung phone

3 Reasons to use Samsung’s browser on a non-Samsung phone

Unlike on iOS, there is no shortage of third-party browsers on Android. Some OEMs even have their own implementations, usually forked of the Android browser and most of the time exclusive to their own smartphones. That was the case with the Samsung Internet browser for Galaxy phones. That is, until Samsung surprisingly decided to spread the love to other Android phones. But with so many browsers around, why would you want a Samsung branded one? Here are three reasons why.

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Firefox 55 brings WebVR, faster search, and a thousand tabs

Firefox 55 brings WebVR, faster search, and a thousand tabs

A lot of people already live in their browsers, but there are still some things that browsers, even with advanced technologies, aren’t able to do. That’s especially true with applications and use cases that require sophisticated and resource-heavy graphics. Trying to prove that such is not the case anymore, Mozilla has just pushed out the latest version of Firefox that pushes performance to the limit. And what better proof of that than by adopting WebVR to bring virtual reality to the masses. The masses that have VR headsets, that is.

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Firefox could soon let you send 1GB self-destructing files

Firefox could soon let you send 1GB self-destructing files

The web browser has long ceased being just a way to browse web pages. Google Chrome has proven we can live our entire computing lives inside the browser (or at least a browser engine), and some actually do that day to day. Mozilla, of course, isn’t going to take things sitting down. It has revealed three new to Test Pilot Experiments that also turn its Firefox web browser into a mini desktop, including the ability to turn Firefox into a file sharing service.

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Microsoft Edge’s battery life claims get an independent test

Microsoft Edge’s battery life claims get an independent test

Although it probably had the biggest share in the web browser market, the bloat that was known as Internet Explorer soon dragged Microsoft's name down to the Internet Hall of Shame. Given than notoriety, it almost seemed that its new browser, Microsoft Edge, had an unfair disadvantage. Unsurprisingly, the company put its marketing and advertising machine into high gear, including tests that claim superior battery life for the Edge. However, most, if not all, of these proofs and counter-proofs were made by browser makers themselves. Fortunately, Linus Tech Tips decided it was time to have an independent test done, and the results might surprise you.

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Here’s why Firefox 54 claims it’s the best release yet

Here’s why Firefox 54 claims it’s the best release yet

Most computer users, be it on traditional desktops or mobile devices, mostly live in their web browsers. Almost all interactivity with the outside world happens through their favorite browser, from email to social networking to watching videos to plain old browsing. So it stands that the browser should also be one of the most reliable pieces of software on your device. With the latest Firefox 54 release, Mozilla inches closer towards doing just that with a new multiple process feature that takes advantage of modern computers' multiple CPU cores.

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Chrome will have a built-in ad-blocker starting in early 2018

Chrome will have a built-in ad-blocker starting in early 2018

Back in April, we reported on sources that claimed Google was going to bake an ad-blocker directly into its Chrome browser, something that would block advertisements deemed to be intrusive and/or disruptive for visitors. Google has confirmed that report today, shedding light on a crucial detail that was missing the first time around: Chrome will block all advertisements on a website that doesn't adhere to Better Ads Standards.

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Opera is Reborn with built-in chatting

Opera is Reborn with built-in chatting

In a world full of Chromes, Foxes, Safaris, and Edges, is there still room for other web browsers? Opera, which precedes some of those, definitely thinks so. After toying around with some possible features in its experimental Opera Neon, the company is folding some of those more successful ideas into the newest version of Opera. Meet Opera Reborn, which has built-in social network chatting so you won't have to waste your precious office time switching between apps or tabs.

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Google Chrome steps up its offline game on Android

Google Chrome steps up its offline game on Android

As much as Google, and users, probably want it, Internet connection still isn't as ubiquitous or stable everywhere. At one point or another, Wi-Fi or data will break, leaving you with an inaccessible web page when you might need it the most. That is unless you're on Android and are using Chrome's offline feature. Already a year old, Google is taking offline web pages a step further by making it easier to download web pages even without opening them.

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