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New Google Chrome extension lets users filter out toxic comments

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Tune users can lower the number of toxic comments seen on some 'popular platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Disqus'

Google clarifies Chrome auto sign-in feature as security experts raise fear

Sep 25, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Security experts are concerned that people are now forced to share search data by being automatically signed onto Chrome when they sign onto a separate Google service


Microsoft launches Chrome extension warning users of shady websites

Apr 20, 2018 - 4:38 PM

The Chrome extension tells you if you're about to enter a malicious site, based off a constantly updated list of potentially harmful websites

Google bans cryptomining extensions on Chrome browser

Apr 03, 2018 - 3:04 PM

'Approximately 90% of all extensions with mining scripts that developers have attempted to upload to Chrome Web Store have failed to comply with these policies, and have been either rejected or removed from the store,' says Google

Fake news, cybercrimes to gain more ground in 2018 – cybersecurity experts

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:05 AM

Global losses through business email compromise scams are expected to increase to $9.1 billion in 2018

Mozilla releases new browser, Firefox Quantum

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:46 AM

Firefox Quantum reportedly boasts much faster loading times than Google Chrome and Firefox from 6 months ago

FIREFOX QUANTUM. Firefox's latest version is available to download. Screen shot from YouTube.

Google working on ad-blocking feature in Chrome browser – report

Apr 20, 2017 - 7:47 PM

The ad blocking feature would filter online ads providing a bad experience for browser users

Coming soon to PH, select countries: Tinder on computers

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:24 AM

The dating app is testing a browser version in select countries including the Philippines

BACK TO DESKTOPS. The browser version of Tinder marks the unusual trajectory of a software going from mobile to a desktop. Screenshot from Tinder

Google Chrome cuts background activity for longer battery life

Mar 16, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The latest update for the Google Chrome browser reduces background tab activity by 25

ENERGY GAPS. Chrome's version 57 hopes to prolong battery life.

Gmail to end support for Chrome version 53 and below

Feb 07, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Google will discontinue support for Gmail on Chrome versions 53 and below The notice is especially meant for holdouts on Windows XP or Vista as they will be left behind on Chrome version 49 and be more susceptible to risk

Microsoft accused of anti-competitive tactics in browser wars

Jan 26, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Instead of building a better browser Microsoft is forcing its product onto people in the most unapologetic manner Jon von Tetzchner from browser rival Vivaldi says

COMPETE WITH QUALITY. Vivaldi's Jon von Tetzchner wants browsers to compete on equal terms. Photo from Vivaldi.

Vivaldi: A dream browser for web lovers and power users

Aug 13, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Vivaldi lets users take better control of their browsing experience by providing options for personalization

Chinese consortium buys Opera browser for $600M

Jul 18, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The consortium will purchase the mobile and desktop versions of the Opera browser plus performance and privacy apps and a stake in a Chinese joint venture but not the television media and games units

Opera Software shareholders accept Chinese bid

May 25, 2016 - 8:35 PM

The Chinese consortium still needs the go signal from US and Chinese regulatory authorities before it can complete the acquisition

Opera browsers get integrated ad-blocker

May 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The new ad blocking feature on Opera s browsers aims to shorten loading times significantly

AD BLOCKING. Opera introduces native advertisement blocking on its browsers. Image from Opera blog post.

Chrome crowned top Internet browser by market tracker

May 03, 2016 - 2:40 PM

NetMarketShare says Google Chrome has 41 7 of desktop browser share compared with 41 4 for Microsoft Internet Explorer

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, speaks at Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on June 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Kimihiro Hoshino / AFP PHOTO / KIMIHIRO HOSHINO

Opera Software welcomes Chinese consortium's $1.2B bid

Feb 10, 2016 - 6:53 PM

The Opera Software board unanimously recommends the consortium s offer to shareholders

Apple's Safari browser conks out worldwide on iOS, OS X

Jan 27, 2016 - 8:49 PM

Users reporting the issue on Reddit suggest turning Safari Suggestions off as a workaround till a fix can be implemented

SAFARI BROWSER ISSUES. Safari may not be the best way to see the sites today, until Apple can fix an issue with the browser. Screen shot from Safari webpage.

Microsoft to kill off Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 next week

Jan 06, 2016 - 11:41 AM

The January 12 patch – KB3123303 – will add a box prompting users to upgrade their Internet Explorer browser

Firefox 42 launches with tracking protection privacy features

Nov 04, 2015 - 5:43 PM

Users of Private Browsing with Tracking Protection on Firefox will be able to determine how much or how little information they share about themselves with third parties that aren t part of the site a user is visiting

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Aug 06, 2015 - 4:00 PM

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Opera Software: PH most 'social nation' in the world

Jul 31, 2015 - 4:22 PM

The report which is based on aggregated information from Opera Mini servers says 86 of page views from Opera Mini mobile browser users in the Philippines were social networking sites

STATE OF THE MOBILE WEB. Image from Opera

Microsoft to end Internet Explorer browser brand

Mar 17, 2015 - 10:58 PM

While Windows 10 will still carry Internet Explorer for enterprise compatibility Project Spartan will eventually become the go to browser for Windows 10 users out of the box

Dropbox Chrome extension connects files to Gmail

Feb 12, 2015 - 2:47 PM

Dropbox s browser extension lets you send emails with links to Dropbox files from your account

DROPBOX EXTENSION. Screen shot from Gmail.

WhatsApp adds messaging from Web

Jan 22, 2015 - 1:16 PM

Whatsapp s new web client acts as an extension of your phone s conversations allowing you to chat using your Whatsapp account on a Chrome browser

WHATSAPP. Background image from Whatsapp Web client

Microsoft grapples with Internet Explorer security flaw

Apr 28, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Microsoft says the coding problem affected versions 6 through 11 of Internet Explorer with limited targeted attacks taking advantage of the flaw

INTERNET EXPLORER. Screen shot of Internet Explorer 10. Image from Microsoft.

OKCupid asks Firefox users to switch browsers due to CEO

Apr 02, 2014 - 10:36 PM

OKCupid calls on its users to ditch Firefox following its current CEO s donation in support of an anti gay marriage law in 2008

GAY RIGHTS. OKCupid calls on Firefox users to switch browsers due to a CEO's seeming support for banning gay marriage.

Google Now for desktop debuts on Chrome Beta

Feb 04, 2014 - 9:44 PM

The search giant s digital assistant software comes to Chrome Beta on Mac Windows and Chrome OS

Spot the noisy browser tab

Jan 16, 2014 - 6:19 PM

A recent update to the Chrome browser gives you an indicator so you can spot the rogue tab playing music in the background

New extension adds voice searches to Chrome

Nov 27, 2013 - 3:57 PM

The extension which allows search for keywords using voice commands works on Google com’s US English search page

TALKING TO GOOGLE. Google's Voice Search Hotword extension brings voice commands to Google searches.

Google Chrome tests Windows 8 Chrome OS features

Oct 07, 2013 - 11:12 PM

Google Chrome on Windows 8 may get Chrome OS features if a developer version works out

Google+ gets photo editing via SnapSeed

Sep 12, 2013 - 4:43 PM

Google gains the ability to edit photos on the Chrome browser

PHOTO EDITING. Google+ gains the ability to edit photos thanks to SnapSeed. Screen shot from YouTube

Google launches Voice Search in Filipino

Jul 15, 2013 - 5:53 PM

Google s come out with Filipino voice search function for Android 2 0 and up

FILIPINO SEARCH. Google adds Filipino to its voice search repertoire.

TechRap: LINE app - messaging that sticks

Feb 18, 2013 - 4:48 AM

Will Samsung s next flagship smartphone arrive next month? Did she or didn t she? BlackBerry Creative Director Alicia Keys is in the hotseat after supposedly tweeting using an iPhone And we walk you through some best practices to stay secure online

Mozilla to tweak Firefox plugin permissions for added security

Jan 31, 2013 - 5:17 PM

Mozilla will tweak its Click to Play system to make Firefox browsing a safer more stable experience

FIREFOX TWEAKED. Changes to firefox hope to increase browser security. Screen shot from Mozilla.

Google takes browser battle to iPhone and iPad

Jun 29, 2012 - 6:38 AM

Google releases Chrome software for popular Apple devices built with Safari programs

Browser wars flare in mobile space

May 27, 2012 - 12:05 PM

The motive behind the wars is not just bragging rights The company that controls the mobile Web can direct users to its websites and importantly gather data that can be used in targeted advertising