This week, the Mozilla crowd dished out the latest version of its Firefox browser - Version 64. As you'd expect for a product at this release number, the focus is on refinement and incremental improvements rather than wholesale revisions of the user experience. Here are a few of the highlights.
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If, like me, you use Chrome with a billion tabs open, restarting the browser can bring your PC to its knees for the minute or so it takes to restore everything. Extensions such as The Great Suspender help immensely, but with a few tweaks, you can make it even better.
Like an operating system reinstall, resetting your web browser can fix all kinds of problems and improve performance at the same time — squash annoying bugs, clear out dodgy and outdated extensions and get a browser that's good as new with a hard reset. Here's how to carry it out on all the major browsers.
All is fair in love and browser wars. In a bid to claw back some much-needed market share, Microsoft is implementing a rather cheeky "feature" in its Edge browser. When users attempt to download Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, they are now confronted with a pop-up window warning them that Edge is "faster" and "safer". No, really.
Do you ever feel that the web is breaking? When shopping online for a toaster, you can expect an ad for that thing to stalk you from site to site. If you have just a few web browser tabs open, your laptop battery drains rapidly. And don't get me started on those videos that automatically play when you're scrolling through a webpage.
You’re probably used to bookmarking your favourite sites for easy access, but the web goes much deeper than the top domains you’re familiar with. From your social networks to your email box, having the right URL to hand can enable you to jump right into the page, feature, setting, or search you need. Here are 10 of the most useful ones.
We all rely on web browsers to get us through the day, so a serious problem with your browser of choice can have a serious impact on productivity, or peace of mind, or Netflix binge watches. Here are some of the most common problems you might come across in your browser, and what you should do to fix them.
Clicking a link in Apple's Safari app achieves one of two things: the new page temporarily takes over your iPhone while it loads, or you waste precious seconds long-pressing the link so you can load it in a background tab instead. As it turns out, there's a third option that's been hiding in iOS for almost a year, and it's even better.
For three days last week I received a push notification every time Space.com posted a story. While I definitely like my share of space stories, I'm not a huge enthusiast. The notifications started when I accidentally misclicked on a push notification asking if I wanted them and then was too lazy to change it until it got so annoying I couldn't take it anymore.
Hi Lifehacker. When I was looking for browsers I discounted a lot because I didn't know who made them and what information they collected and how trustworthy they are. Could a dodgy company be selling information I entered into my browser, or my browsing history? Should I reconsider Opera? How do all these companies making browsers make money?
Unless you protect yourself, as soon as you open up an internet browser, you begin to leave digital footprints behind you that the sites you visit can use to track your activities and recognise who you are. We're not talking about some crazy government data mining operation. This is totally legal, above board tracking done by the sites and services you use every day. Data collected includes your current location, which links you're clicking on, whether you're on desktop or mobile. And that's just the beginning.
Following a public preview program, Microsoft has released everyone's favourite tool for downloading Chrome to mobile devices. Microsoft Edge is now available through the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. As you'd expect from a modern mobile browser, it delivers Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page, Reading View, and Roaming Passwords so you can maintain some continuity when you switch from between your desktop and mobile devices.
In the nine years that it's been around, Google Chrome's speed and simplicity convinced most of us to make the switch from whatever browser we were using before (though not everyone is a Chrome fan). With a new overhaul and some streamlining, Firefox is hoping to claw back some of that market share.
Google cleverly designed Chrome to prevent inevitable website crashes from bringing down the entire browser. But that stability comes at the cost of tremendous RAM usage when you have countless tabs open. There are tools you can use to help curb Chrome's memory appetite, but turning tab maintenance into a game might be the best solution.