This web app can show you just how bad climate change can get

Scientists attribute worsening winter storms, hurricanes, periods of intense flooding and hotter summers to climate change. In a 728-page report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that the world has only 12 years left to limit irreversible catastrophic damage. The panel was created by World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme.

To highlight the danger, two US researchers from the University of Maryland created a web app that shows what 540 cities in North America... Read More »

Topics: Map Software , Browsers , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google Chrome Review: How's the dominant king of web browsers holding up?

Back in 2008 Google released its first version of Chrome for Windows. That year Microsoft's Internet Explorer owned the web browser market that year, topping a 66 percent share.

But Google's web browser is based on an open-source platform and gives users access to huge number of extensions to augment their browsing experience. By 2010 Google brought the Chrome browser to Linux and MacOS, and by 2012 it appeared on the Android mobile platform. A couple of years later Chrome arrived... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Windows Software , Mac Software

Firefox blocks porn sites from appearing on the New Tab page

Open a new tab in Firefox, and a page appears by default showing you top sites and highlights of pages you may want to visit. But there's one type of site you won't see on this page.

SEE: How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2019

Firefox has a filter that blacklists pornographic sites from its New Tab page, as discovered by observers chiming in on Reddit. In place since 2014, the filter blocks the thumbnails and... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Windows Software , Mac Software

How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2019

Despite the existence of millions of popular apps and services today, the humble little web browser keeps on trucking. However, online security and privacy has gotten a lot trickier over the years, and both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox arguably need a few tweaks to their settings to help you stay safe on the web. Let's get you up to speed on password management, Google account management, two-factor authentication, spyware, virtual private networks, and more.

Google Chrome settings

1. Disable Chrome's... Read More »

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

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Edge Review: Microsoft's browser moves forward in search of users

Microsoft is certainly experienced when it comes to browsers, going back to its flagship web browser Internet Explorer built for Windows 95. For years, Microsoft Internet Explorer dominated the browser market, accounting for more than 90 percent of all browser usage in 2003.

However, with the introduction of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome and even Apple's Safari, Microsoft's dominance of the browser market has dwindled to the point where it lags far behind the big three (Chrome, Firefox and Safari)... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Windows Software

Brave Browser Review: The Chrome alternative that supports extensions and takes an unusual path to keeping your data private

The Brave web browser has an interesting genesis. In 2014 Mozilla's CEO Brendan Eich left the company and started Brave Software, quickly beginning work on a new and perhaps game-changing web browser. Fast forward to 2016 and Brave Software released Brave, its open-source web browser. While similar to most browsers in many respects, Brave stands out in one key aspect: ad blocking. Specifically, it differs in how it deals with ad blocking and how that will ultimately affect businesses and... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Windows Software , Mac Software

Safari Review: Does Apple's web browser still set the standard for MacOS browsers?

Before 2003, Mac browser choices mainly came down to Netscape Navigator or Microsoft's Internet Explorer. However, in 2003, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that Apple had developed its own browser, and Safari was born, released in June of that same year. While Safari was available for Windows between 2007 and 2012, it is no longer supported (although it will still work on previously supported versions of Windows and even Windows 10). But really, Safari is a de facto Apple-only browser.

Safari... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Mac Software , iOS Software

The best Chrome extensions to make your browser work for you

The Chrome browser is already a handy doorway to Google's cloud-based services, from Google Drive and Photos to the Docs editors. But through Chrome extensions you can customize the popular web browser by adding tools and notifications to make your browsing life easier, more productive, and safer.

Chrome browser extensions are small apps that let users extend what Google's browser (Windows and Mac) can do. An extension often adds an icon to Chrome's toolbar, in the area to the... Read More »

Topics: Chrome Extensions , Browsers , Windows Software , Mac Software

Firefox Focus browser strengthens privacy with Enhanced Tracking Protection

Almost all frequent Internet users have noticed that ads for something you searched for on one website will randomly show up on other websites you visit. Some people find this useful, while many have noted that this can be creepy, invasive or at times offensive, depending on the content.

In October, Firefox decided to put users back in control of website tracking practices, allowing users to ban tracking and cookies altogether through its Firefox Focus (download for... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Android Software , iOS Software

Google aims to combat websites that hijack your browser's back button

You're browsing the Web and land at a page you don't want. You press your browser's Back button assuming it will return you to the previous page. But instead, the existing page stubbornly remains on the screen or, even worse, displays an unwanted ad or other annoying content. Now, Google appears to have a solution on the way to deal with such sneaky behavior.

SEE: Make Your Browser Work for You with the Best Chrome Extensions

Developers of Chrome are currently... Read More »

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