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

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

6 browsers to change the way you surf the Web

Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari are the most popular gateways to the Internet, but if you find these mainstream browsers lacking, we have six feature-rich alternatives worth checking out.

Chrome alternative

Opera (Windows, Mac)

Opera is best known for innovating browser features that become essential, such as tabs and Speed Dial (a visual grid displaying bookmarks and favorite sites). Since Opera adopted WebKit and began taking code from the Chromium Project, it has become a great Google Chrome alternative. Opera... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Firefox , Chrome , Internet Explorer , Windows software , browsers , Safari

Friday Five

Thousands of apps and updates come out each week, but the five products that piqued our interest this week offer time-lapse videos, an iOS edition of a premium first-person shooter, 64-bit browsing, free photo editing, and 1TB of storage.

Instagram introduced another iOS app this week, Hyperlapse, a free and seriously easy way to shoot and share time-lapse videos. There's just one button, Record, and other than playback speed, there aren't lots of settings or filters to fuss with.... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Chrome , Windows software

Modify Web image text with Project Naptha

In what appears to be nothing short of JavaScript black magic, Project Naptha allows you to select and modify text from any Web image. Using character-recognition technology derived from several sources, such as Microsoft Research Lab and Google's Tesseract open-source OCR engine, the Project Naptha extension also enables you to remove, translate, and edit text in Web images. You simply move your cursor over text to highlight and start editing.

Project Naptha will help when you want to search... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Google , Chrome , Windows software

Chrome extension turns YouTube into your own personal radio station

There is no shortage of Internet radio services. From freeware like Pandora and Rdio to premium services like Spotify and Google Music, you can listen to all the songs you want, when you want them. Streamus allows you to search for songs by tapping into the world's largest music database, YouTube.

Just download and install the extension and start listening to your favorite tune. You can search directly from the Omnibox (the address/search... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , Google , video , Mac , Chrome , music , extension , Windows software , YouTube , streaming , radio

AirCast Beta lets you play your videos on your Chromecast

Chromecast may not currently support streaming of local media content on your Android device, but that's not stopping developer and hacker Koushik Dutta from making it happen. AirCast is Dutta's take on letting users play their media on Google's little dongle-that-could Chromecast.

Though the current version is still in beta, you can actually go ahead and grab the APK file yourself to try it out. Just be warned: this app will self-destruct in 48 hours, which Dutta says will most... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Tags: Android , Google , Chrome , Windows software , Media

Why does your company force you to use IE?

It is nearly impossible to hear the acronym "IE" in a workplace setting without somebody appending to it the word "sucks." To be more genteel about it, older versions of Internet Explorer on corporate computers simply do not reflect the quality of modern browsers. So why does that massive corporation you work for make you use IE 8 or older in the first place?

A complicated problem Why you're forced to do at least some work in slow, standards noncompliant, security risk-prone... Read More »

Tags: Firefox , Chrome , Microsoft , Internet Explorer , Windows software

Latest Chrome 'experiment' goes to Oz

Google's newest interactive browser "experiment" transports you from your desk to Oz, highlighting cutting-edge browser tech along the way.

Created in conjunction with Disney and the production company Unit9 to help promote the upcoming movie, "Oz the Great and Powerful," the experiment leverages the latest in Web standards to create a browser-based experiment that previously could have been completed only with Adobe Flash.

In the experiment, called Find Your Way to Oz, you can compose music, goof around with... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Google , Chrome , Windows software , HTML5

Chrome, Firefox now on speaking terms

The days of needing an app, add-on, or extension to make video calls in your browser are numbered. Google and Mozilla, the respective makers of Chrome and Firefox, just demonstrated a new development in HTML5's WebRTC protocol that lets people talk to each other using two different browsers and no third-party apps.

Currently only available in Chrome 25 beta and Firefox Nightly, the change in WebRTC comes thanks to the development work of several groups. These include members of... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Mozilla , Google , Chrome , Windows software