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Comcast injects ads into browser to get you to 'upgrade'

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 5:03 pm

Comcast is taking to injecting pop-up ads into the browsers of customers who have their own router in order to "encourage" those individuals to rent a router from them so they can enjoy "the full benefits" of their Xfinity service. A sales tactic that goes a bit too far and is most definitely a huge privacy concern.




In the past they've injected pop-ups to warn users of copyright infringement, which isn't necessarily a terrible interruption if one isn't quite aware of that infringement, though it can certainly still be concerning when the injection of anything can be seen as malicious in and of itself.


Now, however, Comcast is apparently plugging in pop-up ads into your online experience to get you to "upgrade" your router to one that they provide, which they do make a pretty penny from. It used to be that you'd receive an influx of phone-calls asking you to "review" your account, or perhaps some actual physical mail, but now it's much worse.

Microsoft recommends updating to IE 11 even if you don't use IE

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 10:33 pm

Microsoft finally retired Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 yesterday, after previously encouraging everyone to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11.




There's another reason to do so, even if you don't use Internet Explorer, according to Microsoft Senior Software Development Consultant Pat Altimore, who notes components of the browser are tied into the operating system.


"There are many components that constitute the browser," he writes. "Most of the components are part of the operating system including the JavaScript / HTML rendering engine (MSHTML.dll), the Web Browser control (ieframe.dll), and the Windows Internet Protocol Handler (WinInet.dll). The browser application (IExplore.exe) uses these OS components for script execution, rendering, HTTP requests, etc. When you upgrade the browser, you potentially upgrade all of these components."

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Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 retired today

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 12, 2016 6:04 pm

As it was forewarned last week, Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 are retired as of today; Microsoft will be focusing on Internet Explorer 11 and its Edge browser going forward.




You can still use the old browsers of course, but you'll be vulnerable to viruses and the like, and be nagged by Microsoft to update. Head here to download Internet Explorer 11 or Edge, or update through your browser (older versions may not let you, though).

Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 being retired next week

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 8:04 am

Microsoft is finally retiring old versions of Internet Explorer (IE) this month. As of January 12, IE 8, 9, and 10 will kick the bucket, ceasing to receive updates or official support, thereby leaving you in the cold and vulnerable to viruses and such, but allowing developers to further focus on newer technology. IE 11 will still be on the menu for the foreseeable future, and then of course there's Edge.




If you are an old fogey determined to not upgrade or just don't even know how (if you're on this website, this probably isn't you, but hey), the company encourages you to do so to get the benefit of "improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility, and support for the web standards that power today's websites and services." A final update for the aging browsers will nag you to do so, as well.

Trump Filter Chrome extension claims to 'make America great again'

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 30, 2015 9:13 pm

For some, Donald's Trump's antics in this presidential race were amusing for awhile but have since become rather annoying. If you're of the same mind, the "Trump Filter" Google Chrome extension claims to wipe the man from your browser entirely and "make America great again."




If you just wish to see less of him, there are three filter levels that accommodate "how much you want to avoid the Donald".


Hit the source to download Trump Filter.

Mozilla launches A-Frame, capable of creating VR websites easily

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 19, 2015 12:35 pm

Mozilla has just launched A-Frame, an open-source framework that uses HTML5 instead of WebGL. This means A-Frame is compatible across iPhones, Google Cardboard devices, the Oculus Rift DK2, and Android support "coming soon".




A-Frame will also support the HTC Vive, which is coming out in April 2016 with HTC teasing that together with Valve they have made "a very, very big technological breakthrough" with Vive. Back to A-Frame, with Mozilla's MozVR team saying: "Beginners start with easily understood primitives like cubes, videos, models, and skies. Advanced users can use JavaScript to imperatively create dynamic and interactive scenes or dive into its underlying entity-component system, a design pattern popular in the game industry that favors composition over inheritance".

Block all Star Wars spoilers with this handy Chrome extension

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 17, 2015 12:19 am

If you didn't line up for a midnight screening for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and are having to wait a some time before catching the action for yourself, this spoiler blocking Google Chrome extension might just be a life saver.




Aptly named 'Force block', this free extension allows you to scan all pages or add certain websites to a whitelist, as seen with normal extensions. Coming in at a tiny size of 582KiB and seeing a December 15 update that looked at improving pattern matching logic, this simple extension will come into use for many die-hard fans not yet able to experience the mastery of Star Wars for themselves..


If you're looking for an alternative to this heavily-publicized version you can also check out this competing extension, claiming to do exactly the same things. If you're super worried, maybe you can run both!

Firefox goes 64-bit on Windows, offers performance gains

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 16, 2015 7:32 pm

At long last, Mozilla is publicly offering a 64-bit version of its Firefox browser. Available for Windows users on 64-bit versions of Windows 7 or above, it's said to offer increased performance.




The downside is reduced plugin support, but the company says it's moving away from plugins anyhow and toward developing key features previously offered by plugins in-house, so this all part of the plan.

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Chrome Data Saver mode now reduces data usage up to 70%

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 1, 2015 7:33 pm

Google is on a mission to help you save on data usage when using Chrome to browse on your Android: its Data Saver mode has been updated to now save up to 70 percent by neglecting to load most images. This is handy when you're running a slow connection or just want to save on data. Once the page -- minus images -- is loaded, you can choose to load all or select images.




The update is only available in India and Indonesia for the time being, but more countries will see it in the coming months.

Firefox now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 8:33 pm

Firefox is available to Apple users everywhere as of this week. You can grab it now via the App Store anywhere in the world.



If you're new to the browser or are just wondering what will be familiar to you, expect syncing (history, tabs, passwords, bookmarks), Private Browsing, visual tab management, and of course, search suggestions. Mozilla says it's going full on with iOS development, so more features will come soon.


Head here to download Firefox for iOS.

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