You Can Check Out a Beta of the New Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge Right Now

Today, Microsoft is releasing a stable beta of the new Chromium-based version of Edge, its first-party browser intended to rival Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Developer and Canary builds of the browser have been available for months, but we’re told this beta is a more a polished version intended for wider release. Read More >>

Google Sticks Another Knife in Flash’s Corpse

The killing blow to multimedia software Flash made contact with its skull in 2017, when maker Adobe announced that it would begin Flash’s “end-of-life” phase and stop updating and distributing it by the end of 2020. Flash – which nerds of a certain age cohort may remember from sites like Newgrounds or files like “annoying.swf” – has been riddled with security holes that allowed malware delivery since way before the Flash brand was officially retired in 2015, and it’s long been replaced in all but niche uses by successors like the open-source HTML5. Read More >>

Google: No, Of Course, We’re Not Slowly Killing Ad Blockers

A few months ago, Google announced changes were coming to improve privacy, security, and performance with regard to Chrome extensions. In particular, one change didn’t sit well with ad blocker developers, who claimed Google was looking to diminish their efficacy. At the time, at least one company threatened to pursue filing an antitrust complaint. Read More >>

How to Install Chrome OS on Your Windows Laptop

Eager to try out Chrome OS, but not ready to ditch Windows entirely? Thanks to the latest software package from Neverware, you can have both. By installing the company’s CloudReady software, you can turn your Windows laptop into a Chromebook, and it’s also possible to set up a dual-boot system using both operating systems. Read More >>

Open-Source Browser Users Freaked Out by Google Always Listening

Users of Google's open source Chromium web browser have expressed shock that Google is apparently listening in on their conversations, following a software update. Read More >>

Google Is Forking WebKit to Create a New Rendering Engine For Chrome and Opera

Google announced last night that it's going to stop using WebKit — the rendering engine currently used by the likes of Safari and Chrome to display web pages — in favour of its own solution, which will be called Blink. Read More >>

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Google Now Is Now Coming to Desktop Chrome

Google Now is probably the best thing about Android -- an automatic and genuinely-useful digital assistant that spits out location and time-based information at a glance -- but now it's coming to your desktop via Chrome. After rumours and hints, Google Now's just popped up in the Chromium backend. It doesn't work for now, but it will, very soon, hopefully. Read More >>

Google Chucks Out More Cheques to Chrome Bug Hunters

Google has now decided to ramp up the bounty for bug hunters snooping around for flaws in Chrome, saying that the increase in cash rewards has been prompted by a decline in vulnerabilities submitted by outsiders. Read More >>

You Can Now Grab Chromium For Your Raspberry Pi For Even Faster Browsing

Your sweet-tasting Raspberry Pi just got a big speed boost courtesy of the new Raspbian build, now you can soup up your browsing even further with a brand new Pi-compatible Chromium install. Read More >>