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Chrome Finally Mutes Autoplay Videos by Default—Here’s How to Make Sure It Works

Well, would you look at that. Google Chrome is finally getting its act together, at least when it comes to all those annoying autoplay videos. Read More >>

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Avast Secure Browser Actually Has a Built-In YouTube Downloader

If you're using Chrome, like many people do, you're not allowed to have an extension that can download YouTube videos. Because it's bad, and Google doesn't like it. But anti-virus people Avast have their own browser and that means they don't have to play by Google's rules. So Avast Secure Browser actually has a YouTube downloading tool built-in, among other things. Read More >>

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Mozilla’s Latest Firefox Extension Will Stop Facebook Tracking Your Browsing Habits

Facebook doesn't just peek at what you're doing on its own platform, but that isn't exactly news. It's been known for ages that Facebook uses tracking cookies to peek at your browsing habits, but in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal there's more demand to stop Mark Zuckerberg collecting large quantities of data. Read More >>

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Update Your Firefox Now: Mozilla Just Patched a ‘Critical’ Security Flaw

Firefox version 57, otherwise known as Firefox Quantum, has done wonderful things to help get Mozilla’s open-source web browser back in shape, but along the way, the company has made a few mistakes. One of the biggest of Mozilla’s recent flubs was an exploit hidden in Firefox’s user interface code that made it possible to for an attacker to run unsanitised HTML on a user’s computer. Read More >>

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Opera 50 Now Protects Your From CryptoJacking

Cryptocurrencies have been in the news a lot recently, and part of that news involves people discovering certain websites are hijacking their processors to mine new coins that the owner can then sell. It's a shitty way of monetising their sites that lessens their reliance on adverts, and it's happening more and more. Nobody wants their computer to suddenly start overworking their machine's resources - especially when Google Chrome does a pretty good job of that already. Read More >>

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Here’s All the Data Collected From You as You Browse the Web

Unless you protect yourself, as soon as you open up an internet browser, you begin to leave digital footprints behind you that the sites you visit can legally use to track your activities and recognise who you are. Data collected includes your current location, which links you’re clicking on, whether you’re on desktop or mobile. And that’s just the beginning. Read More >>

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12 Useful Web Tools You Didn’t Know About

Google isn’t the only company creating useful apps for the web. There are plenty of great online resources made by non-Alphabet companies, provided you know where to look. Here are 12 of our favourite online apps and websites that are worth collecting in your browser’s bookmarks, ready to go at a moment’s notice, to convert files, enhance photos, make GIFs, pick colours, transfer documents and more besides. Read More >>

technology
4 Improvements in Mozilla’s Overhauled Quantum Firefox

In the nine years that it’s been around, Google Chrome’s speed and simplicity convinced most of us to make the switch from whatever browser we were using before (though not everyone is a Chrome fan). With a major overhaul and some serious streamlining, Firefox is hoping to claw back some of that market share. Read More >>

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How to Pick the Best Browser For Your Phone

Perhaps you’ve been using the same browser since you first unboxed your phone, or perhaps you switch between them on a weekly basis. There are just as many choices for browsers on mobile as there are on desktop and each runs a little differently. Below we’ve run through every major browser available—from stalwarts like Chrome and Safari to newer browsers like Puffin. Read More >>

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Shitemove is a Browser Extension That Adds Some Truthfulness to Estate Agent Listings

The majority of you probably live in some sort of accommodation without your parents, which means you had to deal with letting agencies or estate agents. And their adverts' tenuous relationship with the exact truth. Well now there's a browser extension that makes those ads a little more realistic. Read More >>

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Bing’s New Fact-Checking Feature Should Let Users Kick Fake News Squarely in The Keester

Are you the sort of free-thinking individual who shuns conformism at every turn? The kind of person who would rather pop onto Lycos than ever bow down at the feet of the all-conquering Google machine? Then good news: one of Google's main search engine competitors has just implemented new fact-checking features. Read More >>

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All the Secret Stuff That Happens When You Visit Google.com

From snapping photos with a cellphone to streaming music through a browser, much of the tech trickery we take for granted in 2017 looks simple on the surface but involves a complex series of computations and calculations behind the scenes to make the magic happen. As an example, take Google.com. Read More >>

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You Don’t Need Desktop Apps Anymore

Fire up your Start menu or Dock and think carefully for a moment: out of all your ageing desktop apps, how many do you really rely on these days—or even better, how many of them don’t already have very capable web app alternatives you could use instead? Unless you’re a film editor or a graphic designer, it’s probably time to let those old-fashioned, clunky desktop apps go. Read More >>