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Helpful Chrome extension lets you play GIFs in Google Search

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: 2 days, 11 hours ago

Never miss a beat in your Facebook arguments again. As reported recently by Gizmodo, there's a super helpful Chrome extension now available that enables you to play GIFs through a standard Google Image Search.




Whether you're searching for reaction gifs or cute animals, this extension is aptly called 'Google GIFs Chrome Extension' and has been released on Github by 'peeinears'.


If you've got a slow internet connection or an old computer I would suggest you steer clear of this extension, otherwise go for your life.

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Adblock sold off, will participate in Acceptable Ads program

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

The ever-popular "Adblock" plugin for browsers has been bought by an unnamed source which requested anonymity (you can imagine why). Adblock boasts 40 million users.




In any case, Adblock will now be participating in the Acceptable Ads program started by Adblock Plus. The goal of the program is to block aggressive online advertising (flash and pop-up ads and such), while allowing and encouraging less aggressive advertising.


Below is the full text of the announcement, as seen in an Adblock pop-up.

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Firefox has been updated, here's why Mozilla thinks you need it

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 27, 2015 11:32 am

We've seen some interesting emails and marketing campaigns come out of Mozilla in recent times, including it's FoxYeah! slogan - asking all users to 'invite your peeps' over to what Firefox has to offer.




This email is a little more tame - informing users that the newest Firefox is now here and stating three simple reasons as to why Mozilla thinks that its browser is worth a look at. First up is more security, with the company stating that its download protection will prevent you gathering nasty virus'. Next up is better performance, which comes in the form of improved video playback, smoother animation and better scrolling. Lastly is "the independent choice," with Mozilla priding itself on respect for your private information.


With some users being unhappy with Chrome reportedly hogging resources, have you made the change to Firefox? If so, what's your own reasoning?

Mozilla unhappy about Microsoft's Edge web browser default

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jul 31, 2015 5:59 am

Many people across the world are happy to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10, but the realization that everyone's browser default has been to changed to Edge just wasn't nice.




It looks like Mozilla, maker of the Firefox Web browser, also took exception to the unwelcome decision:


"These changes aren't unsettling to us because we're the organization that makes Firefox," said Chris Bear, CEO of Mozilla, in the letter. "They are unsettling because there are millions of users who love Windows and who are having their choices ignored, and because of the increased complexity put into everyone's way if and when they choose to make a choice different than what Microsoft prefers."

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Futuremark disposes of Peacekeeper browser benchmark with Windows 10

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 1:36 pm

As seen in a recently issued press release, Futuremark has decided to discontinue Peacekeeper, its browser benchmark tool, with the close release of Windows 10.




Set out to measure JavaScript performance, Futuremark reports that over 7.5 million people have used Peacekeeper to test their browsers and mobile devices since 2009, but further explain that the competition between browsers has now switched focus towards features on offer, rather than raw speed.


Claiming browser speeds today to be a trivial issue, Futuremark explains that the discontinuance of Peacekeeper is only logical to them. Although it is no longer supported, you may still download, use and view saved results here.

Google Chrome has snuck in an audio listener onto your PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jun 22, 2015 7:28 am

If you're a Google Chrome user, on the 17th of June your browser will have downloaded and installed an audio listener onto your computer as reported by We Are Change.




This was discovered by a user noticing that microphone and audio capture were now switched automatically to "Yes" on their PC, allowing Google to listen in to what's going on through the help of your beloved internet browser without consent.


Said to be added in order to ensure "Ok, Google" working quickly and efficiently, many users are upset about this claimed breach of their privacy as it basically means Google can listen in at any time without asking you to install this update.

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Google Chrome will soon be better on battery consumption

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jun 13, 2015 5:44 am

Google has recently done the world some good, by detecting and shutting down any unnecessary Flash content in Chrome, which improves battery life on mobile devices and notebooks.




But the company isn't just stopping there, as it's just the first change in Chrome in order to reduce the battery consumption foorprint of its popular browser. Senior Chrome Engineer, Peter Kasting, recently took to Google+ to talk about some of the changes the Mountain View-based search giant is going, which has them starting with how Chrome renders background tabs.


Up until now, Google has rendered all tabs with the same priority, but as you can imagine this isn't great on battery life. From now on, Chrome will be prioritizing foreground tabs over background tabs, which is sure to save some battery life. The team is also working on reducing the CPU usage that is used during Google searchers, by shifting the number of wakes down from around 390, to just 120, cutting CPU usage from 0.3% to 0.1%.

FoxYeah! Firefox launches a new browser marketing campaign

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jun 4, 2015 7:42 am

Following our recent news which saw Firefox place 'read-it-later' support directly into the browser, Mozilla has now launched a marketing campaign titled with the slogan 'FoxYeah' in a bid to win over more users.




The spiel at the top of the page reads "know someone who needs to download Firefox? #FoxYeah you do! Go ahead, send them a personal invite below," and seems like a bid to turn its users into some form of fan-boys, advocating for a brand they support.


With panels on the foxyeah.Mozilla website telling users to do things like invite followers, 'invite your peeps' and more, he page continues on for quite some time telling you which people you should invite from random walks of life.

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Firefox adds 'save it for later' Pocket in-browser support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 7:40 am

Firefox has added something new, described as the "world's most popular save-for-later service" and going by the name of Pocket.




This service sets out to store any article, video or website you wish for later use, being then saved to your online account and follow you wherever you may go (and log in).


Some people have been arguing that Chrome's restoration of bookmarks, history and more is why they prefer this browser over Firefox and it seems that Mozilla is now adding some new features like this in order to further compete with what Google has to offer.

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Google will soon address the high RAM usage on Chrome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: May 19, 2015 1:41 pm

Google knows that its Chrome browser is a serious consumer of RAM, but the development team is reportedly very aware of this, and are working on lowering Chrome's RAM consumption.




Thanks to a Reddit AMA session, a Chrome for Android engineer said: "We are actively working on reducing battery usage and we are looking into when Chrome is in the foreground and in the background. Since its inception Chrome has been focusing on security and performance of the web across all supported platforms. Performance sometimes has come at the cost of resource usage, but given the importance of the mobile platform this is one of the top things we are looking into".


Google has a serious focus on mobile, but it is not forgetting desktop users at all. As for the desktop side of things, Google added: "We are profiling Chrome to improve our start-up speed and proactively fighting memory bloat and memory leaks. For example, this year the first gesture latency and mean input latency has decreased steadily".

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