Block topics on Facebook, Twitter, and the Web

Apps have one great advantage over face-to-face conversations: You can block the topics and people that annoy you on Facebook, Twitter, and news sites. That could be a friendship-saving feature in this election year, when your Bernie buddies are battling your Trump uncle. But you can banish any subject at all -- never want to see another story about the Kardashians or a friend's posts about their kid's potty training? These apps and Chrome extensions will make those... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Android , iOS , Chrome , browser , browsers , mobile browser , Google Chrome

Private browsing on iPhone and Mac

Web browsing can expose you to ad trackers, spam, and snoops. But it's easy to block those privacy invaders -- just put your native Safari app in Private Mode. When you browse in Private Mode from your Mac or iOS device, Safari won't remember your visited pages, search history, or AutoFill information.

Private browsing on Mac

Start Safari on your Mac (running OS X Yosemite or later). Click to open the File menu on the top left and scroll... Read More »

Topics: Privacy Software , Security Software , Mac Software , Security , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , browser , browsers , Safari , mobile browser

How to browse safely in Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 has raised concerns with its collection of certain user data. You can't turn that off, though you can adjust the OS's privacy and security settings. You can also tweak Edge, Windows 10's new default Web browser. We've given you a tour of Edge's major features, but now let's drill down into the settings specific to your privacy and security. (If you're also using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, we have security tips for those browsers, too.).

Open... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Security

Tags: Security Center , security , browser , Internet Explorer , Internet security , Privacy

A guide to Microsoft Edge

In Windows 10, Microsoft has replaced Internet Explorer 11 with Microsoft Edge, initially known as Project Spartan. (While IE 11 is no longer the default browser, it's still present in the background, because many applications still use parts of it, and it's deeply integrated into many business operations.) Edge is great but missing a couple pieces: it doesn't support Chrome and Firefox extensions yet (it will soon), and it has some limitations... Read More »

Topics: Internet Software , Browsers

Tags: Windows 10 , Windows , Microsoft , browser , Internet Explorer , Windows software

Microsoft Build: seeking to build a unified Windows

Microsoft's annual Build conference in San Francisco has, in recent years, become the place for product announcements, but there have been few surprises -- until now. Today's three-and-half-hour keynote had a long, geeky start, discussing cloud computing and databases, seemingly leaving few crumbs for those eager for news about Windows 10, Office 2016, and the Project Spartan Web browser. Then Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, came onstage. Sharp readers may... Read More »

Tags: Windows 10 , Windows , browser , Windows software , Office

First look: Vivaldi browser

Vivaldi, a Web browser now in tech preview, caters to power users who expect more from their browsers, letting them interact with content in new and exciting ways. Created by former Opera developers, Vivaldi is built on Chromium, the same platform used for Google Chrome, Comodo Dragon, and, of course, Opera.

On the surface, Vivaldi looks similar to other browsers, but a plethora of tools lie beneath that unassuming interface. Here are our six favorites.

Speed Dial

Customize your start page... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , Mac , Chrome , Opera , browser , Windows software , Chromium

VideoGhost allows you to watch online videos in the background

Have you ever wanted to watch the latest movie trailers and music videos or stream shows in the background while you work? Now you can with a little homegrown program called VideoGhost from Greedy Glutton Software.

How does it work? VideoGhost can be installed on your computer or run as a standalone product. After launching, you will see that it is a third-party browser with a controllable opacity setting and options to stay fixed on your desktop. The process is... Read More »

Tags: Windows , video , browser , Windows software , YouTube , productivity

Opera to sing WebKit's tune on mobile -- report

The Opera Browser will be rebuilding its mobile browsers using WebKit and a new interface that nearly entirely ditches the traditional browser buttons called Opera Ice, according to a leaked video acquired by

Ice is not Opera's first dalliance with WebKit, as its current iOS offerings are also built with the WebKit engine. However, the current iOS Opera runs its server-side compression with Opera's Presto engine. It's not clear that that will continue with Ice, which apparently will... Read More »

Tags: Opera , browser , mobile

One-tap sharing makes a splash in new Dolphin

The latest version of the Dolphin mobile browser debuts a slick new feature for sharing, desktop sync, and Evernote Web Clipper integration.

The Dolphin browser for Android (download), Dolphin browser for iPhone (download), and Dolphin browser for iPad (download) all come with one-tap sharing, a multi-faceted option for getting the Web site you're looking at to your friends as efficiently as possible.

One-tap sharing currently works with Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail, but it also includes an option called Wi-Fi... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: browser , Windows software , sharing , Evernote