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Microsoft launches all-new Skype app for Linux desktops

Microsoft has unveiled a completely rebuilt version of Skype for Linux, bringing the previously abandoned app up to the standard of its Windows and Mac counterparts. The new release is faster, more responsive and supportive of new features.

Chrome bug lets you download full Netflix movies for free

A recently discovered bug in Google's Chrome web browser makes it possible for anyone to download full movies from DRM-protected sources including Netflix and Amazon. Pirates could easily bypass Chrome's copy protection systems to access content.

Microsoft: Edge gives you 50% more battery than Chrome, Firefox

Microsoft has slammed the battery life of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera, claiming its own Edge browser allows laptops and tablets to last for up to 50 percent longer on a charge. It is also updating Edge with even more power saving features.

Google disables pressing backspace to go back in Chrome

Google has removed the "press backspace to go to the previous page" feature from experimental versions of Chrome after determining people frequently trigger it by accident in forms. After entering lines of data, hitting backspace can delete it all.

Fewer perks for employees could be new normal in Silicon Valley

San Francisco - Okay, the $100,000 chrome panda stays. But a lot of the lavish perks that made internet file-sharing startup Dropbox one of the most sought-after places to work are being cut or eliminated.

Save webpages to read later with Google's new Chrome extension

Google has quietly launched a new Chrome extension that lets you save webpages to the cloud for later reading. The extension rivals existing tools with the same purpose including Pocket, Evernote and Microsoft OneNote.

Chrome to dethrone Internet Explorer as most popular browser

Google Chrome is now very close to becoming the world's most popular web browser. Internet Explorer and Google Chrome are about to swap places in the charts as Microsoft's aging browser continues to quickly fall out of favour with many consumers.

5 astonishing (and free) Chrome hacks you didn't know you needed Commissioned

For years, savvy Internet users have been making simple changes to their Google Chrome browsers to optimize their online experience.

Chrome app launcher being killed off as Google simplifies browser

Google has announced it will remove the app launcher from Windows, Mac and Linux versions of its popular Chrome web browser. The company is making the change to streamline the browsing experience as few people actively use the feature.

Can you hack a Chromebook? Google offers $100k for your time

Google has set a challenge to security research and friendly hacking communities. It will pay $100,000 to anyone who details a working exploit that gives them remote and persistent access to a Chromebook computer, an attractive new reward.

The next version of Google Chrome could be up to 26% faster

Google is claiming some impressive performance improvements for the next version of its Chrome browser, due in a few weeks. The use of a new compression engine known as Brotli could let some webpages load as much as 26 percent faster.

Google Chrome can now save up to 70 percent of your mobile data

The Android version of Google's popular Chrome browser now features an enhanced Data Saver mode which can reduce mobile data usage by as much as 70 percent. It is supposed to improve performance on slow networks and lower bills.

Google Chrome to end support for Windows XP and Vista next year

Google has announced that its Chrome web browser will no longer be supported on Windows XP, Windows Vista and some older versions of Mac OS X from next year. Users still have a little time left but the company is keen to get people upgrading.

Google keen to deny Chrome OS rumours, platform 'is here to stay'

Google has publicly debunked recent theories that it will kill off its Chrome OS cloud operating system by publishing a blog post emphatically saying the platform is going nowhere. It was thought Chrome OS may merge with Android next year.

Google could be planning to kill Chromebooks and ChromeOS

Google is planning to join its ChromeOS cloud-based operating system with Android, according to a new report. The company is restructuring so all its operating systems are based on Android but has denied it has plans to kill off ChromeOS.

Google removes always-on 'OK Google' voice search from Chrome

The latest version of the Google Chrome web browser, released earlier this week, removed support for always-on listening for the 'OK Google' hot-word to start voice searches. Google says it is hardly ever used but the move has upset those who do.

Google kills Chrome's most confusing icon

Google has simplified a Chrome feature which has often confused users and created more questions than it was supposed to answer. The Page Security address bar icon now indicates more clearly whether a website is secure, protected and safe to visit.

Obscure 16-character Chrome bug crashes browser on mouse click

A bizarre bug in Google's popular Chrome browser is being widely reported online today. The browser instantly crashes when confronted with a 16-character URL, immediately going unresponsive as soon as the link is hovered over or clicked.

Microsoft caught recommending Edge when downloading Chrome

Microsoft has been caught trying to convince Windows 10 users to give its Edge web browser a chance by "recommending" it when making a Bing search for rivals Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. It could be viewed as anti-competitive by some.

Google Chrome is going on a diet today

Google has updated its Chrome web browser with several new features designed to make the browsing experience feel much faster, especially on low-end devices. There are also some major improvements to battery life, another traditional issue in Chrome.

Google to kill Adobe Flash in Chrome from next month

Google has said that it is going to continue contributing to the slow death of Adobe Flash next month by updating Chrome so that it freezes all Flash media by default. The company says performance and battery life will be improved as a result.

Microsoft Edge crushes Google Chrome in new benchmark results

Microsoft has released some more benchmark results for its Edge web browser in which it appears to destroy Google Chrome, performing as much as 112% better. The Windows 10 browser is shaping up to be the fastest around and will be the default from launch.

Google Chrome has now been downloaded 1 billion times on Android

The Google Chrome web browser has now been downloaded over 1 billion times onto Android phones and tablets, a significant milestone for an app that is only available on relatively new devices and launched just three years ago.

Google commits on Windows XP Chrome updates until the end of 2015

Google has announced that it will continue to provide Google Chrome updates to Windows XP users until the end of 2015, over a year after Microsoft ended support for the aging operating system. Google was originally going to end updates this month.

Google disables ad-injecting Chrome extensions; many are malware

Google has removed nearly 200 extensions for its Chrome browser from the store after finding that they inject adverts into webpages and in many cases expose users to malicious software. In any case, the extensions ruined the experience of web browsing.

All four major browsers fail Pwn2Own exploit competition

All four major web browsers have failed to survive exploits at the Pwn2Own hacking contest running alongside the CanSecWest 2015 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Security researchers were testing them in exchange for cash.

Google targets annoying browser toolbars with new web protection

Google has enhanced its search protection algorithms to provide more protection against websites harbouring unwanted software designed to hijack a user's computer with unwanted browser settings or intrusive adverts on webpages.

Chrome extension plays clown music when you read about Rob Ford

Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, has made numerous news headlines, and now there is an extension in Chrome that will play clown music whenever you read a news story or article about him.

Google's Android 4.5/5 Lollipop rumored to bring new simple look

Android 5 was expected to be released last year. Instead, we were greeted with the arrival of Android 4.4. It's that time of year where Google announces new updates at their annual developers conference.

Google to upgrade its search engine

Google is to upgrade its search engine, the tech giant has announced. This will be the first major upgrade in three years.
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