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Microsoft Edge is coming to iOS and Android

Microsoft has announced it's bringing its Edge web browser to iOS and Android. The surprise reveal is part of Microsoft's ongoing efforts to narrow the gap between phones and PCs. It raises questions around the company's own Windows 10 Mobile though.

Digital rights management leads EFF to resign from W3C

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced it's resigning from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the standards body responsible for deciding what gets added to web browsers, after the organisation decided to standardise DRM controls.

Vivaldi CEO attacks Google for 'evil' monopoly over online ads

Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner has penned an attack on Google's alleged "misuse of power" online. In a sharply written blog post, he explained how Google appeared to cancel Vivaldi's ad campaigns after he spoke out about its data collection policies.

Websites will load 'significantly faster' in next Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has said an upcoming update to its Edge web browser for Windows 10 will allow some pages to load "significantly" faster. The company is changing the way in which it renders pages so they feel more responsive and don't hang the entire browser.

Vivaldi gets a new logo and improved reader mode in latest update

Vivaldi has been updated with a new-look icon and improved accessibility options. The team behind the young browser has expanded its built-in reading mode and added new settings that make Vivaldi more comfortable for everyone to use.

Chrome has a big lead in competition for most used browser

The Chrome browser dominates over all others in terms of its usage on the Internet. However, the measurement of usage is complicated and there can be some measures that overestimate the usage of a browser and others that underestimate usage.

Mozilla launches its privacy-first mobile web browser on Android

Mozilla has officially launched Firefox Focus on Android devices. Previously iOS-exclusive, the web browser is designed for people looking for strengthened online privacy and a clutter-free experience. There's a built-in ad blocker and data saving mode.

Chrome's radical new Android UI gets a step closer to release

Google has started to roll out a major redesign of Chrome's interface on Android phones. It features a new navigation bar that's moved to the bottom of the display. Called "Chrome Home," it's available now in the latest version of the Chrome Dev app.

Samsung brings its Android web browser app to other phones

Samsung has launched its own Android web browser app in the Google Play Store, bringing it to phones from other manufacturers. The previously Galaxy-exclusive app is based on the same core as Google Chrome and comes with privacy-focused features.

Opera unveils 'reborn' browser with built-in chat features

Opera has launched a substantial update for its desktop web browser. The release ushers in a new design language and built-in integration with messaging services. You can chat with your contacts using new messaging panes that show up in the sidebar.

Bonkers browser bug: Microsoft Edge prints '123456' as '114447'

Microsoft Edge has a strange bug that appears when trying to print a document containing lots of numbers. The digits have a tendency to get mixed up and switch places, leading to major inaccuracies in documents. Microsoft is working on a fix.

Microsoft's new Windows 10 S forces you to use Edge and Bing

Microsoft has confirmed that its new Windows 10 S operating system will not allow you to change the default browser or search engine. You'll be forced into using Microsoft Edge and Bing, although you can still install alternative software.

Digital noise: How a new web plugin hides your footsteps online

A recently-launched browser plugin has introduced a new way to resist online tracking by creating "digital noise." Noiszy decreases the value of data collected by ISPs and advertisers by masking your activities with a "flood" of auto-generated web visits.

Mozilla's new 'Firefox Photon' design revealed in mock-up

Mozilla is working on a major overhaul of Firefox's interface that incorporates a more modern design and rectangular tab corners. It has been pictured for in a new mock-up showing the essential elements of the redecorated browser.

Op-Ed: Vivaldi is a relatively new browser worth trying

There are already plenty of web browsers all of which work relatively well but there are five main browsers that together constitute almost all of those used except for a small percentage of users. Some of the many other browsers are well worth trying.

Vivaldi's new History feature reveals your browsing patterns

Vivaldi has announced a new interpretation of the History feature that's been a staple of web browser for decades. The latest Vivaldi update includes a dramatically enhanced History view that provides "comprehensive" insights into your browsing trends.

Google shrinks photo sizes by 35 percent

Google has announced a new open-source software project that can reduce the size of high-quality JPEG images by up to 35 percent. The development will let you save more photos on your phone's storage and help to speed up website load times.

Chrome update saves battery life by throttling background tabs

Google has announced an important change in the latest version of its Chrome web browser that could lead to significant battery life improvements on laptops and tablets. Chrome will aggressively throttle background tabs to stop them using resources.

New way of tracking users across different web browsers

Technologists have developed a new way of connecting user information across different web browsers. This is by utilizing operating system and hardware level factors. The success rate is over 99 percent.

Mozilla buys online bookmarking app Pocket

Mozilla has announced it has acquired popular bookmarking service Pocket. The 10-year-old app is one of the original read-it-later browser extension services, letting you store interesting content from across the web into customisable reading lists.

Chrome hackers use 'missing fonts' to get you to install malware

A new scam and malware campaign targeting Google Chrome users is claiming to help fix "missing fonts." The popup window claims a new font must be installed for websites to load correctly. Clicking OK downloads money-making malware.

Opera unveils its new 'reborn' browser design

Opera is redesigning its browser with a new interface that's meant to be modern and fresh. Under construction as "Project Reborn," the company recently shipped the first version of the experimental design to testers, introducing a new browsing experience.

Microsoft Edge tries to be the cutting edge with new features

Microsoft Edge is getting several new features with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update designed to enhance productivity and entertainment. Microsoft is aiming to attract new users to the browser in a bid to reverse its falling market share.

Vivaldi calls on Microsoft to 'do the right thing' about Edge

The creators of Vivaldi, the new browser that's a spiritual successor to Opera, have called on Microsoft to "do the right thing" over its aggressive promotion of Windows 10's Edge. The company's CEO said it's too complicated to change the default browser.

Google Chrome now runs 15 percent faster on Windows

Google has announced that it has sped up the performance of its Chrome web browser on Windows by up to 15 percent. The improvements have come from incorporating Microsoft technology that allows the code to run more efficiently.

HTTPS adoption reaches halfway mark, keeping users safe online

Last week, a milestone was reached in the use of HTTPS by websites and apps. For the first time, 50 percent of all page loads made by Firefox users were delivered over the secure HTTPS protocol. HTTPS prevents hackers tampering with website connections.

Google Chrome to make slow PCs a little faster this December

Google has announced that an upcoming version of its Chrome web browser will reduce memory usage by as much as 50 percent. In some cases, even more significant savings could be observed. The improvements will make Chrome easier to use on low-end PCs.

Windows 10 to keep you safe online with new browser sandbox

Microsoft has announced a significant security enhancement coming to Windows 10 as part of the Redstone 2 software update next year. The company has further expanded Windows Defender to help you stay safe online, isolating the browser from your PC.

Microsoft again taunts rivals with Edge battery life claims

All the major desktop browser vendors have engaged in a heated "battery war" in recent months, each claiming their browser is the most power efficient. Microsoft is now once again stating that Edge offers the best performance, leading to more controversy.

Opera resets passwords of 1.7m users after 'server breach'

Opera has informed users of its Opera Sync browser synchronisation service that they need to reset their passwords. The company said it has detected an attack on its systems which may have allowed hackers to steal user passwords and account information.
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