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Hands On: Browsy 1.1 (iOS)

07/09, 7:07am

Full screen browser with gesture controls

Part of the advantage of using iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is that you get a bigger screen, but it's still a lot smaller than a Mac or an iPad, so apps that make the best use of that limited display are welcome. They're just not essential. Browsy 1.1 aims to be a browser that takes away all the controls you don't need -- and bring then back when you do.

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Google restricts extension installs in Chrome for Mac, Developers

05/14, 9:55am

Windows Developers, Mac users forced to install extensions through Chrome Web Store

Google is expanding the reach of a security policy it introduced last year, preventing users from installing Chrome extensions sourced from anywhere but the Chrome Web Store. Initially put in place for Windows users, the rule is now being applied to the browser's developer channel for Windows as well as the main Mac version of the browser, with the changes taking place over the next few months.

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Microsoft previews Cortana updates, Edge browser at Build

04/29, 3:34pm

Project Spartan browser renamed as Edge, accepts Chrome, Firefox extensions

The incoming Windows 10 release was teased further at the Build developer conference, with Microsoft showing off more of what to expect from the operating system. New changes to the Cortana virtual assistant were previewed, while the Spartan browser replacement for Internet Explorer has been renamed Edge and given a few neat tricks its predecessor does not have.

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Vivaldi browser launches with features aimed at power users

02/02, 12:30pm

Chromium-based Vivaldi has tab grouping, Quick Commands pop-up panel

A new browser is aiming to take on heavyweights Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari by offering useful functions for power users. Created by a team backed by former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner, Vivaldi launched in technical preview last week, and though many features are reminiscent of other browsers, it also adds in a few extra tricks.

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Adobe updates Flash again due to critical security flaw

01/25, 10:29pm

All previous versions vulnerable, attacks on un-updated machines seen in wild

Adobe has again had to issue an update to the browser plug-in version of Flash due a critical flaw in the program that allows remote attackers to take over un-updated Macs or PCs, the latter running either Windows or Linux. The company urges users to update to the latest version, first issued on Friday, that patches the problem -- however, all previous versions should be considered at risk, and there are not yet any Chrome browser or standalone updaters available.

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Upcoming MS Spartan browser to offer Cortana integration, say reports

01/08, 7:26pm

Web annotations, OneDrive integration, other new features planned

Last month, it was revealed that Windows 10 would include a new web browser code named "Spartan." Internet Explorer (IE) will still be included in the new operating system for legacy reasons, but it's expected that will begin offering Spartan as the default browser. New details are emerging regarding how the browser will work, with several major new features planned.

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Internet Archive casts saving throw, resurrects 2,300 MS-DOS games

01/08, 3:34am

Prince of Persia, Maniac Mansion, Original Sim City, Lemmings among web-adapted games

Last November, the Internet Archive debuted their new service, The Internet Arcade, where over 900 arcade titles from the 1980's and 90's were hosted for free play over a web browser. Today the service topped itself, expanding the the Software Library to include 2,300 MS-DOS-era games, available through the EM-DOSbox in-browser emulator.

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Briefly: Citrio adds 64-bit version, Mac Practice updated

12/31, 11:46am

Citrio browser now available with 64-bit support

Free Chrome-based browser, Citrio, is now available in a 64-bit version. Featuring in-browser download management, Citrio offers torrent client integration, a video downloader and a smart proxy widget. Citrio can be downloaded online for OS X 10.6 or later.

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Microsoft allegedly working on new browser for Windows 10

12/29, 2:16pm

Spartan browser said to coexist in Windows 10 with Internet Explorer 11

Windows 10 may be accompanied by a new browser, a report claims. Microsoft is said to be working on a browser codenamed "Spartan," one which is said to be a lightweight browser that represents a fresh start from the current Internet Explorer browser, and may end up being a completely separate browser release rather than becoming Internet Explorer 12.

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BitTorrent technology comes to web browsers with Project Maelstrom

12/10, 11:52pm

Company looks to change the way the web is accessed, consumed with new project

BitTorrent, for good or ill, was a giant step for pushing data out to clients. While it's most often associated with piracy, it has many practical applications on the correct side of the law. The transfer technology is allowing the company to look in new directions -- such as chat clients and commerce -- but its now looking to additional avenues like web browsing with "Project Maelstrom."

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Google releases Chrome 39.0, brings full 64-bit support and fixes

11/18, 9:35pm

Release breaks all 32-bit extensions, offers faster startup and memory management

Originally announced in August, Google has now released Chrome 39 for OS X, the first version of the browser that is fully 64-bit. In addition to some 42 security fixes and new APIs, the new version now requires all extension developers update their extensions to 64-bit, as 32-bit extensions are no longer supported. The change will result in a lot of existing Chrome extensions "breaking" for most users, at least temporarily.

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Humble Bundle teams with Mozilla to offer browser-based bundle

10/15, 6:53pm

Effort supports builds on Mozilla's July launch of browser ready commercial games

Mozilla and Humble Bundle have teamed up to bring gamers something a little different. A new discount gaming bundle was posted yesterday that gives buyers eight games that are playable in WebGL-compatible browsers. The DRM-free games are full ports of indie games, being powered by Mozilla's asm.js JavaScript subset.

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Briefly: Galaxy S gains Opera Mini, BBC extends iPlayer viewing time

10/07, 7:55am

Samsung Gear S will have Opera Mini browser available at release

The Samsung Gear S, a smartwatch with its own 3G data connection due to go on sale in the near future, will be able to access the Internet via its own browser, Opera has revealed. Owners of the standalone smartwatch will be able to download Opera Mini for the device via the Samsung Gear Apps store, with the browser said to be made more user friendly for the small screen by making website shortcuts into larger buttons, and by including a single Smart Page collecting together various social updates onto a single screen.

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Microsoft opens Internet Explorer Developer Channel to public

06/16, 8:15pm

Developer version looks at features in testing, runs separate from existing browser

Developers and enthusiasts can now download a developer version of Internet Explorer to see what Microsoft's team is working on according to the official IE Blog. Microsoft has launched the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, allowing access to fully-functional developer versions of the browser that can run "alongside and independently" of Internet Explorer 11. The program is aimed at providing an open dialogue between the Internet Explorer teams and web developers.

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Google launches stable versions of Chrome 35 for desktop, Android

05/20, 6:43pm

Desktop update aimed at developers, Android version adds new functionality

Google has promoted Chrome 35 out of beta into stable software, pushing it live to users today through Chrome's quick-update feature. The update comes for not only desktop users of the browser, but also to Android devices. Both versions of Chrome 35 address several bug fixes, and add features for standard users and developers alike.

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Mozilla forced to implement browser based DRM in future for users

05/14, 8:25pm

Company pairs with Adobe for EME implementation in desktop browser versions

Mozilla has made a difficult decision today, having to pick between sticking to its guns on the open internet or implementing a feature into their browsers that users will want. The developer has decided will work with Adobe to implement HTML5 digital rights management (DRM) into Firefox in order to make sure customers will still be able to view media content within their browser.

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Apple to improve JavaScript in Safari, challenge SpiderMonkey

05/12, 10:55pm

Improvements in WebKit's Nitro JavaScript engine could appear in OS X 10.10

According to reports from testers, the recently-updated beta of Safari contains within it an accelerated version of Webkit's "Nitro" JavaScript engine that could surpass current efforts in rival browsers, once fully developed. The new upgrades to Nitro, dubbed "FTLJIT," are not enabled by default in the OS X version of WebKit at present, but can be enabled through the command line, and offer substantial speed benefits.

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Yahoo no longer honoring 'Do Not Track' requests from browsers

05/04, 12:55pm

Search engine turns focus from privacy concerns to personalization

Last week, Yahoo announced that it would no longer be honoring Do Not Track requests from browsers accessing the search engine and associated services. The move comes as the company attempts to provide a more personal experience to users, bringing policies in line with other companies that ignore Do Not Track requests such as Facebook and Google. This comes as a reversal to previous statements made by the company, which claimed to be "the first major tech company to implement Do Not Track."

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Mozilla redesigns user interface in version 29 of Firefox

04/29, 11:19am

Modernized Firefox includes increased customization options

The latest incarnation of the Firefox web browser has introduced a major redesign of its user interface. The Australis design scheme, first introduced in mid-2012, makes Firefox version 29 look sleeker with curved tabs and a cleaner interface, with some aspects of the browser modernization scheme also spreading from the desktop version to the Android app.

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Internet Explorer vulnerability affects all from version 6 to latest

04/27, 8:56pm

Exploit targets Internet Explorer 9 to 11, flaw dates back to Internet Explorer 6

A recently-discovered security flaw in Internet Explorer has the potential to affect a wide number of Internet users, according to a security firm. Confirmed by Microsoft, the "zero-day" exploit found by FireEye targets Internet Explorer 9 through to version 11, though the vulnerability itself has been found to exist in all versions of the browser going back to Internet Explorer 6.

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Microsoft makes Skype available to all Outlook.com users

03/04, 12:34pm

Global launch allows Skype use within browser

Outlook.com users across the world will be able to use Skype from within their browser, Microsoft has revealed. Previously tested with a small number of users in the US and UK, the service allows all users of the e-mail service to make video calls, audio calls, and send messages to other Skype users, all from within the Outlook.com inbox.

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Chrome Beta version 34 adds hands-free 'OK Google' voice search

02/28, 8:19am

Hands-free voice search could hit public Chrome release in near future

Google has updated the beta version of the Chrome browser to add hands-free voice search, among other updates. Version 34 of the beta adds the same voice search functionality the company added to the Chromium browser last month, and allows users to search for items using the "OK Google" command, without needing to install an extension beforehand.

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Briefly: Phlo search app now free, Unread RSS reader

02/18, 6:13pm

Phlo iOS app that allows multiple simultaneous website searches now available for free

Phlo has announced its decision to change its search app pricing to be free. Previously $3, Phlo allows its users to search multiple websites and services simultaneously, and those who have already paid for the app will receive free access to Phlo Sync--an additional feature for syncing collective search history across devices. Users who download the app for free can access Phlo Sync by purchasing a subscription for $2 annually. Phlo for iOS now has additional features, including a quick filter for one's sites list that lets users jump to one's preferred search site. An added refresh button is now in the browser, and the app's overall performance has improved speeds.

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Google details Chrome beta JavaScript performance improvement

02/14, 11:24am

Beta browser uses concurrent compilation to avoid JavaScript latency issues

Chrome users could see an extra boost in performance, thanks to the way the most recent Chrome Beta handles JavaScript. The company detailed how beta version 33 uses "concurrent compilation" to speed up the JavaScript functions of a web page by compiling it into native machine code while it is still running, in an effort to reduce latency in the browser.

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Mozilla to add advertisements on Firefox New Tab page when empty

02/12, 5:40am

Advertising would appear for new users on empty New Tab page

Mozilla plans to add advertisements to the Firefox browser, the company announced at a recent Interactive Advertising Bureau meeting. The new advertisements will take the form of "Directory Tiles," items on a page when a user opens a new, empty tab, and will apparently only affect new users of the browser rather than those who have used it for some time.

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Mozilla updates Firefox Aurora, releases Firefox Accounts

02/09, 12:15pm

Browser changes Sync and UI, Accounts adds cloud account connections

Mozilla has announced the next beta version of the Firefox browser, Firefox Aurora, has been released with updates the Firefox Sync and a new customizable user interface. Along with the changes to Aurora, the company has also unveiled Firefox Accounts, a service to bring history, user accounts and browser tabs across devices in a centralized secure account.

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Mozilla adds touchscreen features to Firefox for Windows 8 beta

02/07, 7:58am

Pinch to zoom, swiping navigation added to beta Firefox version

Mozilla has released a beta version of its Firefox browser, for use with touch-enabled Windows 8 systems. Teased by the company in early 2012, Firefox for Windows 8 Touch Beta is said in a company blog post to be optimized for the operating system's Metro user interface style, with the main focus of the release being its usefulness for owners of touchscreen computers, notebooks, and tablets.

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Google Now notification cards arrives on Chrome Beta for desktops

02/03, 2:19pm

Range of cards from mobile Google Now shown in beta version of Chrome

Google has rolled out Google Now to the beta version of the Chrome browser, just weeks after the Chrome Canary experimental browser received it. Available for OS X, Windows, and Chrome OS, the update to Chrome Beta adds the card-based notifications, previously seen on iOS and Android mobile devices, to the desktop browser.

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Google ejects extensions from Chrome Web Store for ad injection

01/20, 7:33am

Two Chrome extensions pulled under new Chrome Web Store rules

Less than one month after it introduced a number of Chrome Web Store rule changes, Google has removed two Chrome extensions from its store for spamming. Add to Feedly and Tweet This Page were both excluded from the store after complaints emerged that they were serving up unwanted advertising to their users, shortly after the extensions were sold by their original developers to another company.

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Google adds Chrome OS mode to developer browser for Windows 8

10/05, 7:43pm

Browser mode mimics Chrome OS within Windows 8 Metro app

Google is working on allowing Windows 8 users to run the Chrome operating system on their machines without requiring a separate OS installation, via the search engine's browser. The latest version of the Chrome browser released for developers has a mode that allows it to mimic the Chrome OS experience, while running full-screen as a Windows 8 Metro-style app.

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Opera launches iPad-only Coast browser with app-style browsing

09/09, 11:51am

Coast removes most browser UI, relies on swiping, pared-down home screen

Opera has launched a new free browser for the iPad, one that aims to make web browsing act the same as navigating an app. Coast, available to download now, removes most of the usual items found in browsers, such as the top interface and address bar, and instead replaces it all with general actions typically associated with apps, such as swiping.

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Briefly: Amazon updates Silk browser, Microsoft rebooting Blake's 7

08/15, 9:58am

Amazon redesigns Silk web browser with new start page, UI

Amazon has updated the Silk web browser for the Kindle Fire tablet line with a complete overhaul. Users will see a new Just-In-Time tutorial screen pointing out new parts of the user interface, a new start page with "Most Visited" links being more prominent, redesigned tabs, new Bookmarks views, and according to TechCrunch, simpler navigation and quicker access to Reading View.

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The Pirate Bay celebrates 10th anniversary by launching web browser

08/10, 8:38pm

PirateBrowser to use Tor for circumventing connection blocks

The Pirate Bay has launched its own web browser, as part of its tenth-anniversary celebrations. The browser, dubbed "PirateBrowser," is a combination of Firefox 23 and a Tor client, which the BitTorrent site hopes will allow users to be able to access the site, which is currently blocked from view by a considerable number of Internet service providers.

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Yahoo acquires Rockmelt, shutting down all apps on August 31st

08/02, 3:38pm

Social discovery browser purchased, team moves to Yahoo

Yahoo has acquired Rockmelt, a content discovery app that started life as a web browser build with heavy social network integration. The latest purchase by Yahoo, speculated to be in the region of $60 million and $70 million, means that all of its apps and the web service will be shuttering at the end of the month, with users being encouraged to export their data before closure.

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Opera Next 15 bowser uses Chromium engine, separates Mail client

05/28, 12:12pm

SPDY support, more personalization options added to browser

Opera has released a new version of its browser for desktops, using Chromium. Opera Next, effectively the beta version of the main Opera browser for PC and Mac, adds in a number of refinements to the previous iteration of the browser, including a new way of organizing bookmarks, as well as new content discovery options.

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Briefly: Nook HD Mother's day discounts, Unreal Engine 3 in Firefox

05/06, 8:28am

Barnes & Noble discount Nook HD, HD+ for Mother's Day

Barnes & Noble has dropped the price of its Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets as part of a Mother's Day promotion. For the next week, the retailer will be selling the 7-inch Nook HD from $149 for the 8GB and $179 for the 16GB models, while the 9-inch Nook HD+ is priced at $179 for 16GB of storage and $209 for 32GB. The discounts, varying between $50 and $90 depending on model, will apply until May 12th.

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Google intros Blink rendering engine for Chrome, dismissing WebKit2

04/03, 6:27pm

Move aims to streamline innovation

Google has introduced its own browser rendering engine, Blink, that will serve as Chrome's alternative to the WebKit2 engine used by competing browsers such as Safari. The search giant suggests its WebKit-based engine will enable developers to streamline innovation, eliminating approximately 4.5 million lines of code and thousands of files that only serve to support WebKit2's features, according to an Ars Technica report.

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Opera WebKit switch caused loss of 90 jobs in last quarter

02/19, 7:48am

Large contingent took severance package before Christmas

Opera's move from the Presto rendering engine to WebKit has forced the company to restructure its development teams. The Core Technology division, consisting of around 100 developers, has dropped by more than 90 positions in the last quarter, with overall employee numbers reduced from 931 to 840 in the most recent quarterly report.

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Mozilla Firefox 19 includes built-in PDF support, bug fixes

02/19, 4:46am

Downloads made available earlier than official launch

Mozilla has made Firefox 19 available for download, ahead of a launch scheduled for later today. The new version of the browser, available through Mozilla's FTP server, introduces built-in PDF support through its own PDF.js JavaScript engine, instead of relying on a plug-in from Adobe, as well as other performance and bug fixes.

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Dolphin browser for iOS updated, squashes bugs

02/18, 2:30pm

Evernote text formatting, password dialog both fixed

Mobotap's alternative browser for iOS devices, Dolphin (free), has been updated (to version 7.2 for iPhone, and v6.2 for iPad), which fixes a number of troublesome bugs and other issues. The new stable release addresses a major problem with formatting Evernote text, and corrects a problem that causes pages to display incorrectly while scrolling. Another change prevents the password dialog from appear when it isn't needed.

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Opera hits 300M monthly users, dumps Presto for WebKit

02/13, 5:44am

Presto being exchanged for open source projects

Opera is replacing the Presto rendering engine used in its web browser with WebKit. The migration to a different rendering engine comes at the same time the browser is celebrating 300 million monthly users in total over all formats, including smartphones, smart televisions, tablets, and personal computers.

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EU prepares to charge Microsoft for browser violation

09/27, 11:26am

Punishment remains unclear

European Union regulators are preparing to formally charge Microsoft for violating a 2009 commitment, according to EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia. Comments from the antitrust head suggest Microsoft is nearing punishment, potentially a sizable a fine, for failing to provide a browser-choice screen in its first Windows 7 service pack.

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Mozilla ends Firefox Home, removes it from App Store

09/03, 12:36pm

Source code made available for community development

Mozilla, having recently announced it was suspending development on Thunderbird, has now pulled its two-year-old Firefox Home browser from the App Store, saying the project provided "valuable insight and experience with the platform." The source code for Firefox Home's iOS Sync feature has been posted to Github, stripped of any Mozilla trademarks with a hope for further community development. The company says it will "continue to explore" iOS opportunities.

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Google contributes $2 million prize fund to Pwnium contest

08/16, 2:50pm

Security contest in Malaysia rewards browser bugs, exploits

Google is putting $2 million up for grabs if hackers can exploit the Chrome web browser. The Pwnium 2 contest, to be held on October 10 at the 10th anniversary Hack In The Box security conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, following two successful hacks being demonstrated at the CanSecWest conference earlier this year. The $2 million is divided down into four prize levels.

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Rumor: Facebook buying Opera team to make own browser

05/25, 12:57pm

Sources suggest Facebook would join browser wars

Facebook may be planning to buy Opera Software, maker of the Opera web browser, according to a rumor. Sources of Pocket Lint say that the social network is looking towards making its own browser, which would put it alongside Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Yahoo, and the purchase of Opera Software and its technology would save Facebook from having to build one from the ground up.

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Yahoo releases Axis 'visual search' app and extension [U]

05/24, 7:41am

iOS app and browser extension offers image-based search

Update: Axis was temporarily pulled by Yahoo due to a security vulnerability, but has already been updated.
Yahoo has released Axis, which it is calling a 'visual search' application. It has been released as a full mobile browser for iOS and as a cross-platform desktop browser extension that uses page snapshots in live search results instead of text. The iOS app, while having the same tabbed browsing and bookmarking found in Safari, has a user interface focussing on image-heavy search, with cross-device synching possible between iPhone, iPad and the desktop browser extension.

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Chrome 19 stable release brings cross-platform tab sync

05/15, 3:25pm

Desktop browser connects with Android Chrome beta

Google has announced that Chrome 19 is now available as a stable build, enabling users to try out the new features that were announced early last month. The latest overhaul to the company's browser broadens sync capabilities between devices and platforms. Users can open multiple tabs on the desktop browser, then pick up their Android 4.0 phone and access the same content from the mobile Chrome beta.

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Briefly: Dolphin, Expensify updates released in App Store

05/09, 4:57pm

Expensify expands itinerary tools

MoboTap has launched updates for both the iPad and iPhone versions of its mobile Dolphin Browser. The iPad version has gained Retina graphics, as well as a new Browsing History feature that allows users to see past sites and searches displayed as suggestions while searching in the URL bar. Meanwhile, the iPhone version has gained a Tab Restore feature that will restore previously opened tabs if Dolphin is shut down while running in the background. The update will also now remember the last used keyboard layout, and includes various stability and performance enhancements.

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Google to 'punish' itself over Chrome spamming scandal

01/05, 10:30pm

Will deliberately demote its own Page rank

Google's Chrome browser, just recently named the second most popular browser on the web, is playing a central role in a scandal involving the way Google boosted user awareness of the product. Despite claiming it has "consistently avoided paid sponsorships, including paying bloggers promote our products," the company was caught doing exactly that via a hired ad agency as part of an online Chrome advertising campaign, which violates its own guidelines.

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Mozilla posts Firefox 9 for Android with new tablet UI

12/21, 10:25pm

Release follows Firefox 9 desktop editions

Just days after Firefox 9 arrived for Mac, Windows and Linux, Mozilla has released the equivalent edition for Android devices. The revamped browser brings significant changes to the user interface for tablets, placing each tab as a thumbnail on the left edge of the screen while the open window is still displayed in full on the right.

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