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5 great Google Chrome extensions to personalize your browser
More than half of all internet surfing is done through Google’s Chrome web browser, making it far and away the most popular way get online. It makes sense then that Chrome offers a vast array of extensions — small apps that can help you do everything from capturing photos,... Read more
Google Challenges Record $5 Billion EU Antitrust Fine 
Alphabet subsidiary, Google, has appealed the record $5 billion fine EU regulators imposed on the tech firm earlier this year. “We have now filed our appeal of the EC’s Android decision at the General Court of the EU,” Google said in an email to Reuters. Google’s main argument against... Read more
Mozilla Releases Firefox 50
Firefox 50: Faster, Stronger, Smarter? And so, Mozilla have unleashed the new stable Firefox 50 browser onto the internet. The good news for Firefox desktop aficionados is that the new browser update will be rolled out and automatically installed across all the operating systems, including 32 and 64 bit versions... Read more
Mobile Overtakes Desktop Web Browsing For First Time
According to data released by StatCounter for October, mobile devices were used more often for web browsing than traditional desktop machines. The figures show that combined mobile and tablet devices accounted for 51.3 percent of worldwide web use compared to 48.7 percent via desktop. OK, so there’s only a... Read more
Chrome Update Will Flag Unsecured Shopping Sites
If you’ve paused to read this article, you’re probably already “in the know” when it comes to the distinction between HTTP and HTTPS. Ideally, you look for the tiny but crucial difference in the designation before doing anything profound, like filling in an online form or handing over your... Read more
Chrome 53 Release: Squashes Bugs, Better Battery Life, Kills Flash (Some More)
Chrome 53 has been released for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, but are there any real changes. The latest version of Chrome fixed over 30 security issues present in the previous release, made more inroads in Google’s fight against Flash, and takes steps to improve battery life for... Read more
Mozilla Want To Make The Web Work For Everyone
Mozilla has come out and said what many browser developers have been grumbling and complaining about for years: That a high proportion of websites were only designed to work with one specific browser in mind, and that that’s a mistake. While the modern device and browser landscape presents many... Read more
Google Bans Anti-Semitic Chrome Extension
Google has banned an extension of its Chrome browser which was being used to identify Jewish names on the internet by surrounding them with three sets of brackets, or parentheses. The brackets, known as (((echoes))), have become notorious in recent years in far right social media as an anti-Semitic... Read more
Chrome Stirs Controversy (Again) With Backspace Key
Sometimes, a tech company just can’t catch a break. Google’s unacceptable inability to please 100% of the tech users of the world has never been more apparent (and apparently, more poignant) than with the news that it will no longer allow Chrome users to use the “backspace” key on... Read more
Chrome To Kill Flash By Default In Future
For a few years now Google Chrome and Flash have had an interesting relationship to say the least. With flash providing so many security risks. Google has finally decided that they want to make browsing safer for their users, by getting rid of Flash altogether and instead directing focus... Read more
Google’s Chrome Browser Overtakes Internet Explorer For The First Time
Google Chrome has officially overtaken Internet Explorer to become the world’s most used web browser. The news finally ends Microsoft’s default Windows browser’s almost two-decade long dominance as the leading internet browser. Haven’t I heard this one before? Probably. Over the last few years, quite a few tech analytics... Read more
UC Browser: As Good On Windows As It Is On Android
Of course it goes without saying that if you own an android phone or tablet already then you’ve probably used UC Browser already, and quite liked it. UC Browser has been one of the go-to browsers of choice of android users for a number of years, and now it’s... Read more
Chrome Ends Support For Windows XP And Vista
Well it had to happen eventually. But last week Google officially announced that support for its Chrome browser on older (legacy) operating systems has finally happened. The news came the day after Google rolled out the latest version of the browser, Chrome 50, with the following blog post: “Today,... Read more
Pale Moon : A Real And Fun Alternative Browser
“Your Browser, Your way.” (Allegedly.) I’ve used a lot of different browsers over the years and I remember writing about the Linux based Pale Moon browser back in 2014, and I liked it. But now Moonchild Productions has released Pale Moon 26.0, the browser’s first big update in two years,... Read more
Ex Firefox Boss Releases Open Source Ad-Blocking Web Browser In Brave Move
The newly released web browser Brave claims to be ad-free but how true is that? Brendan Eich, the former CEO of Mozilla, and also the inventor of JavaScript has unleashed his new brainchild on the internet; an ad-free web browser that automatically blocks tracking cookies, and promises a faster,... Read more
AVG Chrome Extension “Web TuneUp” Put 9 Million users at risk
The free Chrome browser extension, ‘Web TuneUp’ made and installed by Netherlands based AVG Antivirus has been unveiled as potentially security threat. Over 9 million AVG users were exposed to the bug. The recently discovered vulnerability may have allowed the personal data and browsing history of its users to be... Read more
Firefox Still On Fire And No Longer Needs Money From Google
The Mozilla Foundation, the not-for-profit company behind popular web browser Firefox has revealed that it’s doing just fine without Google’s millions. For the longest of times, it often appeared that Mozilla’s fortunes relied on the charitable mood of Google to remain viable. Google were in real terms, practically bankrolling... Read more
Google Disputes EFF Claims Over Chrome Child-Data Mining
Lords of the internet, Google are facing harsh criticism by the Electronic Frontier Federation (EFF) for mining and collecting personal information through Chromebooks and Google’s Apps for Education. The EFF have made the claims as part of their new “Spying on Students” campaign. The EFF’s main complaint centers around... Read more