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Samsung Internet Android browser to support more extensions soon

Samsung Internet Android browser to support more extensions soon

In typical Samsung fashion, the smartphone maker develops its own suite of mobile apps as stand-ins for Google apps. This includes Samsung Internet, a browser that's based on Chrome but also competes with it. Samsung Internet would have normally flown under the radar, just like any other Samsung Android app, if not for how Samsung's developers seem to be very active in developing new features like an upcoming Web Extensions support that could make it one of the more interesting browsers on Android.

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Opera GX gaming browser now available on macOS

Opera GX gaming browser now available on macOS

With Google Stadia's launch and developments in browser technology, you might think that browser makers like Mozilla and Opera will be jumping onto the game streaming train. That idyllic future might still be far away and, until then, browsers and games will exist separately and sometimes in competition for computer resources. Despite that situation, Opera wants to paint itself as a gaming-friendly browser developer, which is why it created the Opera GX "gaming browser" that it is now making available in early access on macOS.

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Google Stadia now lets you buy games from a Chrome web browser

Google Stadia now lets you buy games from a Chrome web browser

The one good thing about Google's strategy of rolling out Stadia features piecemeal is that you are assured that the service is still alive and kicking, despite the many setbacks and criticism it has encountered in just a few weeks. Of course, that also means that you're being kept at the edge of your seat, waiting when your favorite feature will be implemented. The latest update doesn't directly affect the service itself but makes life a little bit easier buy letting Stadia players browse and buy games on their desktop.

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Avast extension removed from Firefox and Opera for tracking users

Avast extension removed from Firefox and Opera for tracking users

Once upon a time, you couldn't go living a normal Internet-connected life without an anti-virus software of some kind. While the threat and effects of malware haven't really gone down, the quality of said security software sadly has. Some of the giants in that industry have been gobbled up by even bigger giants while others have been accused of using their reach for their government or for their own profit. The latest to fall prey to that tactic is Avast, which also owns the free AVG software, and its questionable activities are apparently also at work even on web browsers.

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Chrome will soon label slow-loading sites with badges

Chrome will soon label slow-loading sites with badges

There are a few things that can ruin an otherwise ideal web browsing experience. Malicious and misbehaving ads are the ones blamed most of the time but pages that load too slowly also waste your time and patience. Often, people will immediately presume it's either the connection or their device that's causing the slow experience but websites might also be unoptimized for today's browsers and use cases. That's why Google is planning on labeling sites that regularly load slowly so that you know that it's them and not you that's the problem.

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Firefox bug locks users out with a scam warning

Firefox bug locks users out with a scam warning

Scams have been in existence from the earliest days of human civilization but technology and the Internet have given less conscientious agents a broader and longer reach than ever before. Such scams cove a wide variety of techniques and consequences, ranging from the annoying to the destructive. A new breed of scams is now starting to go around affecting Firefox users that, while not entirely destructive, may appear so legitimate that it will scare users into some harmful reaction.

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Chromium-based Microsoft Edge stable version launching in January 2020

Chromium-based Microsoft Edge stable version launching in January 2020

Given how many times it made news the past year or so, you might be surprised to find out that the new Microsoft Edge web browser still hasn't had a release marked as "stable" yet. Sure, the name itself has been around much longer but the current Edge still uses Microsoft's home-made web engine. The new Edge based on the same Chromium core that powers Google Chrome is still slated to launch early next year and that's because Microsoft is still prepping it to better fit business and enterprise use.

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Chrome 79 Beta lays the foundation for VR and AR on the Web

Chrome 79 Beta lays the foundation for VR and AR on the Web

Virtual reality and even augmented reality seem to have taken a backseat to other tech news of late but that may be partly due to the growing maturity of the technologies. In other words, they're no longer as groundbreaking or as odd as they were at the start. That said, VR and especially AR are still pretty much out of reach of the majority of users and even developers, which is why Google is heavily pushing for the wide adoption of WebXR standards that are coming to Chrome starting with version 79 beta.

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Chrome will soon block cryptomining and resource-intensive ads

Chrome will soon block cryptomining and resource-intensive ads

Given how it profits from ads, it's almost ironic that Google is pushing technologies and features in Chrome seem to block ads. The truth is that Google is only after misbehaving and malicious ads so that users will eventually develop a level of trust for good ads. When it comes to misbehaving ads, none can be more debilitating to a computer than a "heavy" ad that consumes CPU cycles and battery life. That's why Chrome's next move is to offer a heavy-handed option to prevent these heavy ads from loading in the first place.

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Instagram Direct Messages may still be coming to the desktop after all

Instagram Direct Messages may still be coming to the desktop after all

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks on the planet but, for all its fame, it remains oddly tied to phones. Never mind the fact that its web-based desktop experience is a few steps from being deplorable, the mobile app seems frozen in a world where people use smartphones in just one and only one way. The Facebook-owned network is very slowly changing, like the standalone Windows desktop app that finally lets you fully upload photos barely two years ago. Its next trick, it seems, is to finally let IG users chat with each other not on their phone but on their desktop web browser.

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Opera desktop web browser adds tracker blocker to privacy features

Opera desktop web browser adds tracker blocker to privacy features

The Web may be filled with information, some of which we may have wished never came to light, but it has also become a scarier place as well. Never mind the "dark web" and hackers and spies, even companies seem to be out to get you, or at least your information. Web browser makers like Google and Mozilla are stepping up in this game of cat and mouse, blocking ads and cookies that don't play nice. Opera is joining the chorus with an addition to its arsenal of privacy tools which it is only too happy to remind users comes built into the desktop browser and, better yet, available for free.

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Russian hackers modify Chrome, Firefox installers to fingerprint users

Russian hackers modify Chrome, Firefox installers to fingerprint users

Browser makers are implementing features that prevent sites from tracking users through various technologies, particularly encryption in HTTPS and TLS. Hackers of the dark kind, however, love to play this game of cat and mouse with security experts and software developers. A particularly notorious group hailing from Russia is proving that by turning the tables on browser makers. They are using the very same technologies Chrome and Firefox use for secure browsing, these hackers are modifying these web browsers on the fly to keep tabs on users and circumvent those privacy features.

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