Mozilla has tangled with advertisers, for example making it harder for Web sites to use tracking files called cookies and supporting do-not-track effort to curtail online behavior tracking. But today, it announced an effort that could make advertisers happier.
The nonprofit organization announced an interface that Web sites could use to slurp up information about a user's interests. The idea is to let Web sites customize content and ads according to a user's behavior, but to keep the user in control over what gets shared rather than rely on today's online behavior tracking methods.
The Interests API … Read more
Browser aficionados and haters alike will be overjoyed that Microsoft is keeping its promise to keep the new Internet Explorer up-to-date on Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.
The Internet Explorer 11 Developer's Preview for Windows 7, which debuted on Thursday, introduces the most of the new features and functionality of the Windows 8.1 default browser.
Roger Capriotti, Microsoft's marketing director for Internet Explorer, said that, like IE 10 for Windows 7, IE 11 won't have the modern interface, but it will have performance benefits.
"We're faster than the folks at Chrome or … Read more
Torch Browser for Mac integrates a large set of media features, such as downloading torrents without a built-in torrent client, saving videos from YouTube and other similar sites directly to your computer, and sharing on popular social networks. The application performs most functions flawlessly, but it doesn't always succeed in downloading videos found on the Web.
Torch Browser for Mac installed painlessly, and the package installer even imported the bookmarks from the other browsers on our test machine. Its interface is nearly identical to Google Chrome, but with added buttons along the top of the browser window. These added … Read more
Chrome for iOS received an update on Wednesday with tighter integration of Google's other apps. The update also included access to browsing history, which had previously been unavailable to iOS users. Android users have had access to browsing history for some time now, but with Chrome 28, iOS users get it too.
To access browsing history on Chrome for iOS, tap on the Chrome menu, then select "History."
You can remove individual Web sites from history by tapping the "X" next to the entry.
If you want to remove all browsing history, tap on the &… Read more
A day after iOS users got a revamped Google Maps app, an update of Google's Chrome Web browser began rolling out to Apple devices on Wednesday.
The update features tighter integration with other Google apps, allowing users to automatically sign in to other Google services after signing in to Chrome. Users also now have the option of setting preferences to open links within Google apps such as Google Maps, Google+, and YouTube instead of in the browser.
The update also allows users to access their browsing history from the browser menu as well as full-screen browsing for iPad users. … Read more
Google Chrome engineers have rained on the parade of Google engineers who want to promote the animated WebP graphics format as an alternative to animated GIF images.
Darin Fisher, engineering leader for the Google Chrome team, turned down a proposal to build animated WebP images into Chrome's Blink browser engine. In a mailing list message Tuesday night, he said skeptical Chrome engineers hadn't been convinced of the performance merits:
It's not clear that we are ready to ship Animated WebP.
For instance, it seems that Animated WebP is trying to be an improvement over Animated GIF, but...… Read more
Ransomware scams are nothing new to computer users; one one making the rounds attempts to disguise itself as an FBI cybercrime intervention for suspected nefarious activity. If you get stung by this scam (generally the fastest way is by using underground pirated software search engines and pornographic sites that redirect to the scam page, but even innocent image searches will get you there if you're not careful), the site will present a notice claiming to come from the FBI "Cyber Department." It states that the system's browser has been seized and recorded, and that the user … Read more
Searching through your browser history for that one article you read that one time is a painful, often fruitless exercise. With Chrome extension cottonTracks, your browser history is organized by subject, making it easier to drill down to a particular article you read in the past.
After installing, cottonTracks places a small "C" button to the right of Chrome's URL bar and immediately gets to analyzing your browsing history. You do not need to create an account or log-in, and the developers state that the extension is 100-percent private -- everything stays on your machine.
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Mozilla is at an awkward stage with Firefox OS: it wants its brand-new mobile operating system to attract developers, but there are very few phones available in the real world. To bridge the gap, the organization offers a phone simulator, and on Thursday, it updated the Firefox OS simulator to version 4.
Among the new features in the software, which is an add-on to the Firefox browser for personal computers, according to a blog post by Firefox OS developer advocate Angelina Fabbro:
The ability to simulate touch-screen events with mouse clicks.
A style editor tool that lets programmers create and … Read more