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Skype rolls out web version for selected browsers

By - November 16, 2014 2 Pictures
In welcome news for anybody who has fumbled around on an unfamiliar computer to download and install Skype for an important call, Microsoft has announced a beta version of the popular telecommunications application for web browsers. Skype for Web will at first be available on an invitation-only basis and for select browsers, with plans to roll out globally in the following months. Read More
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The 7 Chrome extensions of moderately effective people

It's the world's most used web browser, but how many users are using extensions to get the most out of Google Chrome? (Probably very many. That's just the sort of annoying question journalists like to ask by way of an introduction.) Here are some of my favorites, not geared towards any particular profession, which I think could prove useful to my fellow generalist web users out there in the world. There are no gimmicks; no bossy extensions telling you what or what not to do; merely usefulness, hopefully. Read More
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New font designed to help dyslexic people read

By - October 2, 2012 4 Pictures
Developer Abelardo Gonzalez has created an open-source font designed to help people with dyslexia read more easily. Dubbed OpenDyslexic, the font is currently available as a free download, in the form of a Safari and Chrome extension, a bookmarklet, and a free iOS web-browsing app. OpenDyslexic has also been incorporated into several third-party apps, including popular read-it-later service Instapaper. Read More
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Nook for Web brings Nook books to Web browsers

By - July 18, 2012 3 Pictures
Barnes & Noble has introduced Nook for Web, which lets users access new digital content as well as their previously purchased eBooks on all PC and Mac-supported Web browsers. No sign-in or software download is required for Nook for Web, which is hosted on Barnes and Noble's library sites. Now readers without a Nook eReader can browse, sample, or purchase the millions of titles in Barnes & Noble's range. Read More
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Play id's classic Doom in your web browser

By - June 2, 2011 1 Picture
I'd forgive you for thinking that a 1993-era first-person shooter running in a web browser is not particularly worthy of Gizmag's attention, with the browser-based Quake Arena having been online since 2009. What makes this noteworthy is that while Quake Arena runs as compiled x86 code and a browser plugin, this Doom port relies solely on web standards like HTML5's Canvas element and Javascript. That sound you hear is an infinite number of high-school IT teachers groaning. Read More
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FTC calls for “Do Not Track” mechanism for Web browsers

By - December 6, 2010 1 Picture
Nearly all companies with a big Web presence, and search engines in particular, are known for gathering the user's browsing history and other personal information to improve on the services they offer, such as by offering better targeted advertisements. A preliminary report compiled by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) addressing the lack of transparency and user control over how companies gather Internet browsing data from their users, proposes a "Do Not Track" feature for Internet browsers that would allow users to opt out completely and protect their privacy. Read More
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New research finds browser history vulnerable to JavaScript snooping

By - December 5, 2010 1 Picture
Despite many of us willingly letting the online world have regular glimpses into our so-called private lives through social media portals, most would cry foul if such information was collected without our consent or knowledge. Researchers have just completed a study of scripting code contained within the documents used to display web pages in browsers and found evidence of something called history sniffing. This is where website owners gain access to browser history to track your progress around the web. Read More
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BlackSheep add-on combats Firesheep session hijacking tool

By - November 8, 2010 2 Pictures
Last month Seattle programmer Eric Butler exposed the weaknesses of open Wi-Fi networks with his Firesheep add-on for FireFox. The program intercepts browser cookies to identify users and allows anyone running it to log into sites such as Facebook and Twitter as the legitimate user. While Butler wanted to encourage the use of HTTPS to combat such vulnerabilities, users can now combat Firesheep with another Firefox add-on – BlackSheep. Read More
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