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Microsoft is no longer required to show the Browser Choice screen on Windows in the EU

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Believe it or not, five years have passed since the European Commission forced Microsoft to add the Browser Choice screen to the versions of Windows it sold in the EU. And incidentally, this means that the requirement has in fact expired.

As of now, Microsoft no longer falls under the obligation to show people in the EU the Browser Choice screen, so it’s stopped doing so. The dedicated website for the feature is gone too. Read more »

Firefox 34 for Android fixes MP4 playback, adds Chromecast support

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Mozilla Firefox for Android was updated today to version 34 sporting a wide array of bug fixes and new features. The coolest feature of all is the ability to mirror to Chromecast directly from the web browser.

HTML5 support is enhanced with the introduction of Device Storage API, ECMAScript 6 WeakSet and CSS3 Font variants and features control. Moreover, MP4 video playback is now working on Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, there are still some pending issues. Read more »

Chrome Dev Summit boasts 400 million mobile users and exciting new features

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The years Google I/O came with a whole array of exciting surprises. And even though the latest version of android 5.0 Lollipop took the spotlight, the Chrome division also had more than a few points to delight, one of which was the whopping 300 million user base on mobile devices. Last week, at this year`s Chrome Dev Summit, Darin Fisher updated that number to 400 million, which is a staggering growth to say the least.

Most of the focus was unsurprisingly centered around Lollipop and all of its various bells and whistles, like Polimer and Material Design. But Chrome has undergone some hefty improvements itself. Read more »

Mozilla makes Yahoo the default search option in Firefox

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Mozilla ditched Google for Yahoo as the default search engine in the popular web browser Firefox. The change will first affect Firefox users in the United States beginning in December as part of a five-year agreement between the tech giants.

Users outside the US will get the Yahoo treatment early next year. Read more »

Opera Mini is the first web browser for Samsung Gear S

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The Tizen-based Samsung Gear S now has its very own full web browser thanks to Opera.

The Opera Mini will allow you to browse the internet on your wrists and has the familiar features – mobile compression that shrinks pages to as little as 10% of their original size and speed dial with your recent pages. Read more »

Chrome 37 brings DirectWrite support on Windows

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Google has released v37.0.2062.94 of the desktop version of Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it brings with it a highly requested feature on Windows: DirectWrite support.

DirectWrite is a set of API from Microsoft for rendering text and glyphs on screen. It allows higher quality rendering of fonts that look noticeably better than the standard GDI or Graphics Device Interface method of rendering. This is something Firefox and Internet Explorer have had for years on Windows but Chrome is just getting now. Read more »

Opera and Microsoft sign a licensing agreement

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Opera Software signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft. Under its terms, Opera Mini will become the default web browser for the Redmond giant’s range of low-end phones, where its will replace the currently used Xpress Browser.

The agreement applies to phones which run Series 30+, Series 40, as well as those with the Asha platform. Read more »

Chrome will protect you from dodgy file downloads

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Google, the internet’s good guy, wants to protect you against download links that lie. And they’re training Chrome to do this with the company’s new Safe Browsing initiative.

Google wants to safeguard Chrome users “against additional kinds of deceptive software.” What kind of deceptive software? Read more »

Microsoft pulling the plug on old versions of IE

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So we reported recently that Microsoft would be updating its IE software to protect against older, malicious plug-in malware.

The catch was, the new updates would leave older versions of Internet Explorer left to fend for themselves. New info reveals that Microsoft is going to be pulling the plug on older versions of IE. Read more »

Internet Explorer beefs up its security against plug-ins

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Sure, your web browser might be secure, but the same cannot always be said for web plug-ins.

Well Microsoft has decided to do something about this security flaw, by adding greater protection against vulnerabilities found in browser plug-ins in Internet Explorer. Read more »

Latest Chrome for Android version brings security fixes and better font rendering

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Just yesterday the Chrome team pushed an update for the iOS version of its browser and today it’s Android’s turn. Chrome for Android reaches version 36.0.1985.122 and addresses important issues and bugs.

One of the key improvements is the better text rendering on websites that aren’t mobile optimized. Chrome 35 brings similar improvements on Windows with a feature called DirectWrite, and makes fonts look much better. Read more »

Latest Chrome for iOS update has Cast support in tow

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The iOS version of Chrome has received an update bringing it to version 36.0.1985.49. The latest iteration of the Google-made web browser brings the long-awaited Cast support.

Now, users with Cast-enabled devices can stream web pages seamlessly with their Chrome on iOS. The updated version of Chrome also should be more stable and with less bugs. Read more »

Chrome passed Firefox in desktop browser market share last month

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Google’s desktop Web browser has inched past Firefox in market share calculated for June 2014 by Net Applications. Chrome went from 17.7% in May to 19.3% last month.

That said, Internet Explorer still reigns supreme according to this particular data set, hovering above its competitors with a whopping 58.3% market share in June. Read more »

Microsoft’s making an Internet Explorer Developer Channel

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To say that Internet Explorer has lost a step in the browser wars is a bit of an understatement; there was a point in time, not too long ago, where if you told someone you used IE to browse the web, you were mocked.

But Internet Explorer has since cleaned up its act and is a way more capable browser than it once was, and now the IE team has decided to try and get more power users on board by creating an IE Developer Channel Release. Read more »

Google will flag faulty search results on mobile

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It’s happened to all of us – searching on Google on our mobile devices, tapping an article result and getting redirected to the website’s mobile homepage instead of the article we wanted. Well Google’s noticed and will start flagging such faulty links in its English results in the US so that we know before we tap.

But aside from leaving a comment – “May open the site’s homepage” – Google will still give you a Try anyway button if you’re eager to tread into the unknown. We hope the new feature makes its way outside of the US soon. Read more »