Opera 35 for desktops and laptops is out, and with it comes a couple new juicy features as well as some small but appreciable tweaks.
First, the now standard tab muting feature has been added. This is very handy for when a tab plays sounds unexpectedly, or when you want to silence a tab to listen to something else or just to have quiet. Simply click the volume icon and the sound is immediately off.
Next is the overhauled download manager. The new interface looks very slick with functionality to match. The categories menu on the left will prove very useful for when you've been downloading a lot on a given day or if you're the lazy type and don't clear your download history much or at all. Additionally, there's now a warning in place when exiting the browser while downloading something.
We all know about the security and privacy issues surrounding Windows 10, but the latest look into the Edge browser might scare people off - and if anything, bar them from using Microsoft's nifty new Windows 10 web browser.
Thanks to security researcher Ashish Singh, we're finding out that private browsing data using Edge's InPrivate mode might not be deleting the web browsing history - that's meant to be completely private - after all. According to Singh, who looked at the "Container_n" table that stores web history, anyone can see the tabs that were opened while browsing the web using the InPrivate mode in the Edge browser. Eek.
Singh explains: "Therefore any skilled investigator can easily spot the difference and get concrete evidence against a person's wrongdoings. Plenty of artifacts are maintained by the browser, which makes examination quite easy. However, there are stages where evidence is not so easy to find. The not-so-private browsing featured by Edge makes its very purpose seem to fail". The Verge was able to find evidence in the WebCache of a site visited while using Edge and using InPrivate mode, using Singh's method. Microsoft told The Verge: "We recently became aware of a report that claims InPrivate tabs are not working as designed and we are committed to resolving this as quickly as possible".
Good news for iOS-loving Chrome users: a new update brings greatly improved stability and performance to the browser when used on an Apple device thanks to a switch from the UIWebView page renderer to WKWebView. Google's testing shows the change has resulted in 70% less crashing than before.
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 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.
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).
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.
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 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!