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Homeland Security Stopped This Library From Making Tor Available to Public

Browsing online became a service that people watched more carefully after Edward Snowden revealed the extent at which our online activity was being monitored, from every web address to the very content of our private and…

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Google’s VP9 Codec is Coming to Microsoft Edge

Microsoft is officially incorporating WebM/VP9 support into its Windows 10-exclusive, Edge browser to produce the smoothest video streaming functionality available today. The open-source VP9 codec compresses video streams at a lower bit-rate whilst maintaining the source’s visual clarity. As a result,…

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Google Chrome Starts Bypassing AdBlock Plus

Reports on Twitter suggest that Google Chrome has started to bypass the popular AdBlock Plus extension. AdBlock and its variants have long been the bane of commercial websites, with drops in revenue blamed directly on advert…

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Microsoft Discouraging Users From Downloading Competing Browsers

Microsoft is aggressively pushing the Edge browser in Windows 10 and trying to prevent users from downloading an alternative such as Chrome, Firefox or Opera. By default, Windows 10 only includes Microsoft products such as Edge…

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Data from Hacked Bug Database used to Target Firefox Users

Using data and information obtained through another hack, hackers were able to target Mozilla Firefox users through vulnerabilities in the popular browser. What is most interesting about this whole debacle, however, was that the attackers first…

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Firefox On iOS? There’s A Catch With That!

Mozilla Firefox have deployed new ways of attracting a bigger share of the browser-based market, now, users of iPhones and iPads who would like an alternative to their current mobile browsers might have found one, as…

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Latest Chrome Update Aims to Tackle Large RAM Usage

Google has decided to prioritize reducing the extremely large memory demands in Chrome, especially when using multiple tabs and various plugins. A blog post outlined the drafted improvements in Chrome version 45 and explained how tabs…

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Chrome to Block Flash Ads from 1st September

Google has confirmed that from 1st September onwards, its Chrome internet browser will “begin pausing many Flash ads by default”. Though the announcement, made through the AdWord Google+ page, claims that the measure is being taken…

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Firefox Set to Become More Like Chrome

Mozilla is set to implement a number of changes to its Firefox internet browser that will make it more like Google Chrome. Though the revisions will make Firefox more secure and stable, as well as making…

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Amazon Bans Flash Adverts on Its Own Domains

Amazon has updated the terms of its Technical Guidelines to prohibit any advert on Amazon-branded sites using Adobe’s Flash protocol. The change will commence on the 1st September and Amazon explained their reasoning in an introductory post: “Beginning…

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Hackers Find Serious 0day Vulnerability in Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla got word this Wednesday that a severe Firefox 0day vulnerability was being exploited by an ad on a Russian website. Although the company was swift in delivering a fix, they are now urging users to…

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Smartphones are now the UK’s Most Popular Web Surfing Device

Ofcom has conducted a survey into the browsing habits of UK citizens and discovered the majority of users prefer mobile devices for internet browsing. Previously, laptops held the top spot with 40% of the vote while…

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Google Tests Tab Suspension in Desktop Chrome

For those that are always up to a lot, having many browser tabs open is pretty common. Right now for instance, I have 61 open in Chrome right now, eating up about 6GB of my precious…

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Microsoft’s Edge Browser Up to 112% Faster Than Chrome

That headline is not a typo: Microsoft Edge – the browser formally known as Project Spartan and replacement for the much-maligned Internet Explorer, to be included with Windows 10 upon launch at the end of this month – is…

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Google Chrome Starts Blocking Torrent Sites

Since yesterday, Google’s Chrome browser has begun blocking torrent websites, including Torrentz, ExtraTorent, RARBG, and the popular KickAss Torrents, flagging them as containing “harmful programs”. When users attempt to visit the URL, a red banner bars…

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Google’s Covert Snooping Tool Installed Without User Consent

Google’s reputation with privacy advocates is pretty abysmal and the latest revelation that audio footage has been monitored on PCs without permission will do little to improve matters. Open source developers noticed a peculiar line of…

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WebAssembly Hopes To Increase Browser Speed Up To 20X

Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox and Safari. These are the five big names when it comes to web browsing, and each of these comes with both their own strengths and their weaknesses. Engineers at Google, Microsoft,…

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Unity Plug-In Leaves Millions of PCs Vulnerable to Data Theft

Jouko Pynnönen, a security researcher from Finland, has uncovered a security flaw within the Unity Web Player plug-in that could make hundreds of millions of gamers vulnerable to having their data stolen from any website they…

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Microsoft Edge Won’t Be Open Source, at Least Not Yet

It is not a secret that Microsoft is venturing more and more into the world of open source software and about a month ago a Microsoft executive even said that a full open source windows would…

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Microsoft Renames Project Spartan to Microsoft Edge

Project Spartan has long been known as the replacement for Microsoft’s aging Internet Explorer browser lineup. Debuting alongside Windows 10 later this year, the new browser finally shed its codename and was officially christened Microsoft Edge.…

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ASUSTOR Upgrades LooksGood with Media Converter Support

ASUSTOR has released a new version of the LooksGood App with an added Media Converter function for its 5 and 7 series NAS devices. The new functions include multimedia conversion, ability to configure a Smart Coversion…

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Google Pulls 200 Chrome Extensions Over Malware Fears

Google has killed nearly 200 extensions for its Chrome browser after discovering that they were injecting ads, and possibly malware, into users’ systems. A Google study, carried out with the University of California at Berkeley, found…

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Microsoft’s Spartan Browser Included in Latest Windows 10 Preview Build

The latest build of Windows 10 Technical Preview has given us the first glimpse of Microsoft’s new browser, codenamed Project Spartan. Initially thought to be a direct replacement for the much-maligned Internet Explorer, it has since…

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Safari Users Win Right to Sue Google Over Privacy Violation

Google has lost its appeal to stop a group of Safari users from suing the company over bypassing user privacy settings. The UK Court of Appeal loss means that the users of Apple’s proprietary browser can…

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Google Targets Firefox Users with Special Warnings

Mozilla users will soon see a new message in Google’s search engine urging them to switch their default search engine to Google. Users can also choose to ignore the message and hide it until clearing the…

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Internet Explorer Is Getting a Name Change

Despite no official word, rumors are that Microsoft is ditching the Internet Explorer brand for something new, and all we know for sure now is its code-name, Project Spartan. During the Microsoft Convergence, Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris…

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First 64-bit Firefox Build Released

Mozilla has joined the 64-bit browsing party with Firefox for Windows, but only in the Developer Edition for now; it’s a start right? The Developer Edition is a special version of Firefox with built-in tools for…