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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".
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!
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.
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 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.
Firefox 42.0 releases today, a major version that brings with it some significant changes and feature additions.
The big one is Tracking Protection when Private Browsing. As Mozilla puts it, "We first added Private Browsing to Firefox to give you control over your privacy locally by not saving your browser history and cookies when you close a private window. However, when you browse the Web, you can unknowingly share information about yourself with third parties that are separate from the site you're actually visiting, even in Private Browsing mode on any browser. Until today." Note that Firefox already offered the "Do Not Track" feature for normal browsing -- it's unclear how this is different if at all from Tracking Protection.
Microsoft's Edge browser has a lot going for it, but it is missing a component many consider key to the modern browser: add-ons (or extensions, plugins -- whatever you want to call them). It's been stated support for them would come in 2015, but that's now officially been delayed to next year.
Today Microsoft released this statement on the matter: "We're committed to providing customers with a personalized web experience, which is why bringing extensions to Microsoft Edge continues to be a high priority. We're actively working to develop a secure extension model to make the safest and most reliable browser for our customers, and look forward to sharing more in a future Windows 10 update in 2016."
Edge, like every other browser, hasn't seen much use compared to the ever-dominant Chrome. This delay, necessary though it may be, further hurts Edge's chance of becoming a significant force in the crowded browser market. On the bright side, Insiders will get to try out add-ons before they go public, though when exactly is not yet known.
Web data service Quantcast has been tracking browser usage on Windows 10 and found that despite the inclusion of Microsoft's browser Edge, Google's Chrome browser is now dominant on the new operating system, and it's not even close.
Chrome pulls in an already very impressive 63% of users on Windows 7 and 8, but on Windows 10, that jumps to 70%. Edge did see a brief uptick when Windows 10 launched, but that number quickly receded back to the previous figure of about 12%.
From that we can surmise some users tried it and decided to go back. This is understandable, because why Edge boasts very impressive design and performance, it lacks a browsing component that today is key, particularly to tech savvy types likely to upgrade to Windows 10: add-ons.
Microsoft has made it known add-on support and other features will come to Edge in the future, but in the meantime, Google is happy to take advantage.
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.
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.