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Browsing Tips: Slow-Loading Sites, Google Chrome Tweak

True story: I’d been getting fed up with Firefox, in part because it was acting sluggish and flaky, so I decided to give Google’s Chrome browser a try. And by “try,” I mean make it my primary browser for a couple weeks.I liked Chrome well enough, but I noticed that certain Web sites (including gadget [...]

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Make Your Tech Life Easier: Load Apps and Docs at Startup, Chrome Tips

On any given day, reader Stephen works with several different files in several different programs, and he wrote to me for advice streamlining his day. (I answer reader questions every now and then, so feel free to send me email describing your dilemma. But please, read “How to Ask for Tech Help” first.)Stephen’s hassle is [...]

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Make Your Browser Start Screen Look Like Windows 8

Microsoft gave a taste of what you can come to expect from Windows 8 at last week’s BUILD conference. The most obvious change is a new touch-friendly user interface known as Metro. If you want to try Metro for yourself, you can download the developer preview of Windows 8, or wait until the final release [...]

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Google Web History Vulnerable to Firesheep Hack

Two researchers have shown how a modded version of the Firesheep Wi-Fi sniffing tool can be used to access most of a victim’s Google Web History, a record of everything an individual has searched for. The core weakness discovered by the proof-of-concept attack devised by Vincent Toubiana and Vincent Verdot lies with what is called [...]

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Mozilla Releases Firefox 8 Beta, Includes Twitter Search

Just days after pushing Firefox 7 out the door, Mozilla has released the beta version of Firefox 8. It includes some feature improvements, a handful of interface tweaks, and a few goodies for developers. Mozilla has also added features to the Android version of the browser.Among the new features in Firefox 8 is the addition [...]

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Search Gmail, Google Docs–And Now Twitter–In a Flash With CloudMagic

CloudMagic’s lightning-fast search tool has impressed me since I reviewed a previous version over a year ago. I like its speed, I like its layout, and I like the feature added to its latest version: Twitter search.CloudMagic uses a tabbed system that makes it easy to view results from multiple sources.This browser extension for Google [...]

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Users Warned After YapBrowser Returns From the Dead

YapBrowser, a replacement web browser once promoted by controversial spyware company Zango, has made a sudden return, GFI Software security researcher Chris Boyd has reported.Zango (formerly 180 Solutions) disappeared in 2009 after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) landed it with a $3 million fine but one now one of its progeny, YapBrowser, appears to [...]

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Nokia Puts Compression Technology in Mobile Browser

The latest additions to Nokia’s phone portfolio, the C2-05 and the X2-05, come with a new browser that uses Nokia’s own compression technology to deliver content faster, the company said in a blog post on Tuesday.Opera has been promoting the benefits of using compression technology for years, but lately it has come into fashion. Recently, [...]

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Mozilla Pushes Older Firefox Users to Upgrade — Fast

Mozilla will start a more aggressive campaign to convince users of the older Firefox 3.6 to upgrade to the newest edition, Firefox 7. The move would be the first time that Mozilla has offered what it calls an “advertised update” or a “major update” to people still running 2010′s Firefox 3.6. Earlier this week, Mozilla [...]

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Google Patches 32 Chrome Bugs in Browser Update

Google last week patched 32 vulnerabilities in Chrome, paying more than $14,000 in bug bounties as it also upgraded the stable edition of the browser to version 14. The company called out a pair of developer-oriented additions to Chrome 14 and noted new support for Mac OS X 10.7, aka Lion, including full-screen mode and [...]

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