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It has been a slow and agonising death for Adobe’s Flash plugin on the web. Riddled with issues including some major security flaws in the past, it has rapidly lost favour with websites, web browsers and technology vendors. Now Google has unveiled a detailed plan on how it will be phasing out Flash on its popular Chrome browser.
It was inevitable. Google Chrome has snatched the crown off Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge as the most popular web browser in the world. With Microsoft losing its dominance in the browser space, it may explain why it made the hasty move to lock Cortana, its digital personal assistant, into using its new Edge browser.
We’ve already seen some consolidation in the browser space with Opera dropping its technology base and moving to Blink, Google’s fork of WebKit and the meat behind Chrome. Would Mozilla ever consider such a move for Firefox? Not right now, but the company is happy to use the best tools for the job, even if those tools come from Google.
Chrome: Not content with letting Pocket have the spotlight, Google has introduced a new extension called Save to Google that allows you to save articles to read later.
Chrome exists in a weird place between a desktop app and an operating system. While the Chrome app launcher makes sense on a Chromebook, it’s weird on other desktops. So Google’s removing it.
You can already install Chromium onto just about any computer out there, but that doesn’t include single board computers, like the Raspberry Pi or C.H.I.P. While it’s still early in development, Chromium OS for All SBC seeks to fix that oversight.