Mozilla is about to remove the Nightly beta of its new Firefox Android browser from the Google Play Store, leaving only Firefox Preview for users to try. It’s worth swapping over from the Nightly build to this browser right now, or giving it a peek for the first time, but there’s one small catch: Only one extension is currently supported, and many of your favourites might not make the jump to this new version of Firefox.
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Most folks probably think of DuckDuckGo as the more privacy-focused alternative to Google, but one of the lesser-discussed benefits ditching all that data tracking is increased search speed. The normal DuckDuckGo search eats up less data and requires fewer requests than Google, but there’s also a “Lite” version of the DuckDuckGo page that loads results much faster.
You know that Google search bar you see when you open a new tab in Google Chrome? Well, it’s not a “true” search field. It actually just redirects all the activity to your browser’s address bar and doesn’t return any search results within the new tab page. Frankly, it’s little more than a useless decoration—at least by default.
Chrome 79 is ready for public consumption, and while it adds new features and tweaks, it’s also the last chance most users will have to use a handful of hidden Chrome features.
Customisable zoom levels are one of Firefox’s best accessibility features. Users can adjust the magnification size on a per-website basis, and the browser will remember and apply the preferred zoom level every time you visit the website. This makes it much easier to navigate and read pages for users with visual impairments, but it can be annoying having to adjust this for every new page you visit. Plus, zooming in too far can also distort images and other graphical elements on a website and undermine the zoom feature’s benefits. Luckily, Firefox will soon be adding two new settings that will fix these shortcomings.
I often recommend Firefox over Google Chrome when it comes to user privacy, but despite the legitimate concerns over how much data Google collects on its users, the company has become pretty good about giving us control over how that data is handled—including letting us set timers to automatically delete some of that data.
Thanks to the most recent Firefox update, Mozilla’s browser is finally on par with the picture-in-picture capabilities of Google Chrome. PiP, as it’s commonly known, allows you to watch a video while browsing other websites—the ultimately productivity hack if you have a favourite show you hate missing.
When it comes to web searching, the privacy-conscious among us have probably already heard of DuckDuckGo. This week Fast Company wrote about an alternative to the search engine called Startpage, which if you’re a DuckDuckGo user is worth a look as well.
Android users can now have Google Assistant buy movie tickets and reserve seats for them, thanks to a new Google Duplex feature that makes it possible for the AI to access and navigate Chrome webpages on its own—much like how the Duplex AI allows Google Assistant to call restaurants or hotels for reservations on your behalf.
Firefox is one of the best browsers for blocking ads and crappy web trackers, and you can make it even better using “nuke-’em-all” browser extensions like uBlock Origin. Now, Ghacks and GitHub users point out that uBlock Origins is even capable of blocking new types of ads, trackers, and website content that browsers like Chrome can’t (or won’t), even with the add-on installed.
Mobile browsers are better than ever, but they’re still cumbersome to use when compared to the desktop versions. Managing open tabs on Chrome, for example, is mindlessly easy on desktop but fiddly on mobile. Google has been making changes to the way tabs work on mobile over the past year, but the most recent update adds a new feature that makes opening and closing browser tabs much easier on Android devices.
iOS 13's “Fraudulent Website Warning” feature for Safari mobile shares some of your browsing data by default. That’s normally a good thing, since Google takes this data, hashes what you’re attempting to access, and is only able to sort-of match what you were looking for with your IP address. However, Apple is also sending this data to the Chinese company Tencent in some instances, and there’s a little extra cause for concern — but odds are good you’re still fine.
Just about every web browser lets you specify your default search engine, and some even let you toggle between multiple search engines on the fly. In the upcoming Firefox 71 update, you’ll now be able to set the browser to default to separate search engines whether you’re using its normal or private browsing modes.
Anyone who has spent enough time on the internet knows not to believe everything you read. But scroll through Google search results and you’ll find yourself confronted with ads masquerading as news articles or other official content. These results are usually tagged with an “Ad” icon that most users will easily spot, but we all know someone who might need a little more help sorting ads from real content (and maybe even real news from fake news, while we’re at it). For those people in our lives who need help identifying ads, we suggest a browser extension like NoDisguisedAdsAnymore.
Google is finally rolling out a convenient new tool for sharing Chrome tabs between devices. Cross-device tab sharing has been in Chrome Canary builds for a few months, but now appears to be available for many users in the stable desktop and mobile versions as well. We’ll show you how to enable the setting and share tabs from both desktop and mobile.
The highly-customisable web browser, Vivaldi, is now available in beta form on Android devices. We’ve tested the Android app and find it to be a very capable mobile browser with plenty of unique features — especially for Vivaldi desktop users — but having yet another great browser app on mobile raises some important questions.
Mozilla will enable Firefox’s DNS over HTTPS (DoH) service by default for all users. Here’s why that’s important: DoH keeps your internet browsing private and secure by hiding DNS requests — from your ISP, from software on your system (like parental control apps or other blocking software), and from anything else that might try to suss out what you’re up to.
The feature is due in late September but you can manually enable it right now. Here are the required steps.
Microsoft’s speedy Chromium-based Edge browser has been available in both developer and canary builds (not mention leaked versions) for months. Now that the company has officially launched a more stable “beta” channel of the browser, you might want to finally take the plunge and give Edge a try.