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Edward Scates 2018-04-24
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The only thing 'private' was the parts you were leering at, friend

This is according to researchers at the University of Chicago, in the US, and Leibniz University Hannover, in Germany, who this week declared that folks mistakenly believe that by enabling the incognito browsing mode, they are fully shielded from online tracking and malware.

It's a little like some Tesla owners thinking Autopilot is, judging by the name, fully autonomous driving, rather than super-cruise-control.

The uni study [PDF] showed 460 volunteers with a fictional browser called Onyx that used one of 13 different private browsing modes taken from actual browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Brave.

Participants were shown the private browsing windows along with hypothetical scenarios, and asked whether they thought their data would be kept private in this private mode.

As it turns out, a lot of people had the wrong idea about what is and isn't saved.

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Edward Finlay 2017-04-16
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In a galaxy of metal and glass smartphone beauties, Samsung’s S8 stands out as a real head-turner.

As we showed you in our Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus hands-on review, the gorgeous screen has curves in all the right places and has the skimpiest of bezels.

Check out the best Galaxy S8 cases and covers to see if you can find something that suits you.

You can position and resize the picture to make the case look exactly the way you want to before placing your order.

You can see that Mujjo chose to fold the leather inwards toward the camera instead of using a plastic ring.

Caseology brings the Vault II case to the Galaxy S8, and it gives you good impact protection without adding a lot of bulk.

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Ben Gallagher 2018-06-26
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Instagram could be worth more than $100 billion, and has 1 billion users a month.

So it's not surprising that the company would roll out its own group video chat service, separate from its owner Facebook.

What might surprise you: You'll be able to keep browsing Instagram while you chat with three of your friends -- thanks to a nifty picture-in-picture mode built into the app.

The new feature is rolling out now for iOS and Android, the company announced Tuesday.

Here's what it looks like, thanks to TechCrunch:

Sure, FaceTime will support 32-person chat and Snapchat has 16-person chat, but Instagram has something you can all do together.

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George Comer 2018-02-21
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Sony has taken PSN in a direction few of us were probably expecting today.

The company has launched a new service called “My PlayStation,” which allows you to access some parts of the PlayStation Network through a broswer on a PC, Mac, or on mobile devices.

At the moment, there isn’t a whole lot you can do using My PlayStation, but it still has some basic features in place.

For instance, you can log into the PlayStation Network to view or edit your own PSN profile.

You can use this functionality to take a look at the trophies you’ve earned or view the profiles belonging to the people on your friends list.

Perhaps most importantly, My PlayStation allows you to manage your friend requests as well as send messages to other users.

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Timothy Guardado 2018-08-07
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Mozilla today lifted the lid on an experimental Firefox feature that recommends content based on what you’re currently reading through the browser.

The new tool is available as part of the Firefox Test Pilot program, which allows early adopters and the generally curious to check out features that are still in progress.

The Advance web extension is available for anyone from today and can analyze content on current active web pages to recommend related tidbits you may want to “read next” from other websites.

It will also surface recommendations based on your recent browsing history in a “for you” section.

With the extension installed, you just browse the web as you normally would and the little sidebar will show things that are relevant to what you’ve been looking at.

The extension is powered by Laserlike, a VC-funded, machine learning-powered “interest search engine” that delivers personalized content.

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Bradley Liss 2017-04-26
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There is a superb Star Wars fan theory which claims R2-D2 is essentially a villainous troll, hell-bent on ruining his human master’s life.

This results in Skywalker getting off with his sister and killing his father, as the souped-up Dusty Bin smirks silently on the sidelines.

It is essentially a cautionary tale about our trust in artificial intelligence – and back in our galaxy, are we already allowing machines to use our own lifestyle data to influence us?

Should we be thinking much harder before inviting the real-world smart droids – Google Home and Amazon Echo – into our lives?

As we humanise our browsing experience via these sometimes sassy, soft-spoken fembots, we reduce our domestic lives to a bundle of cloud-based data and retargeting opportunities.

Indeed, throughout that whole conference, the prevailing theme was less “the robots are coming” and more “they’ve moved in to your gaff and are rifling through your browsing history”.

collect
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Charles Gilbert 2018-06-26
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Now it’s actually rolling out to everyone on iOS and Android, allowing up to four friends to group video call together through Instagram Direct.

With the feed, Stories, messaging, Live, IGTV, and now video calling, Instagram is hoping to become a one-stop-shop for its 1 billion users’ social needs.

This massive expansion in functionality over the past two years is paying off according to SimilarWeb, which estimates that the average US user has gone from spending 29 minutes per day on the app in September 2017 to 55 minutes today.

More time spent means more potential ad views and revenue for the Facebook subsidiary that a Bloomberg analyst just valued at $100 billion after it was bought for less than $1 billion in 2012.

One cool feature of Instagram Video Calling is that you can minimize the window and bounce around the rest of Instagram without ending the call.

That opens new opportunities for co-browsing with friends as if you were hanging out together.

collect
0
Mary Condie 2017-03-31

Earlier this week, Congress shut down a measure that would have required ISPs to get your approval to log and sell your browsing habits.

Now, everyone’s freaking out and looking for solutions.

One of those solutions is to attempt to obfuscate your browsing by creating random noise.

Sadly, that’s not going to do much.

The theory here seems great, you head to a web site like Internet Noise or install an extension like Noiszy, and those sites perform random searches on Google, hoping to camouflage everything you’re actually searching for.

The problem is that it doesn’t really work for privacy purposes, a fact that Dan Schultz, the developer behind Internet Noise, even mentions on his web site when he says, “this button will make some noise as a form of digital protest.

collect
0
Johnny Huff 2016-06-21
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The web browser you use is important to Microsoft – the company wants it to be its new offering, Edge, and so has carried out a battery life test to compare it to some of its rivals.

The result was something that many users of Google Chrome already knew – Chrome isn t good for your battery.

Meanwhile Microsoft is looking to take every opportunity to boost the profile of Edge, which is its replacement for long-standing browser Internet Explorer.

Launched initially as part of Windows 10, Edge is the default browser on Windows 10 and also runs on Microsoft s Xbox One console.

According to stats from earlier this year, Edge has so far gathered around 2% market share of the browser market, with Google Chrome out in front with around 60%.

Interestingly, other rivals – most notably Mozilla Firefox, have seen their own numbers bump off the back of Microsoft as some older Explorer users were pushed to upgrade, but instead turned to rival browsers instead.

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Seth Logan 2018-02-01
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In a patent filing revealed on February 1, Google outlined a system that aims to shave precious seconds off of your everyday web browsing.

By looking into your past behaviors, Google’s proposed system for “predicting user navigation events” would begin pre-loading links it thinks you’ll click on.

This doesn’t sound new, Google has been doing search prediction ever since its early days, but the method here is novel.

Rather than just pre-loading the first couple search results, or guessing which URL you’re about to type, the system Google outlines in this patent filing would leverage your previous behavior — including cursor location, browsing habits, history, context clues, all sorts of minutiae all poured into an algorithm to determine the probability that you’ll click certain links.

The system could even start pre-fetching a website when you start moving your cursor toward one link or another.

“The methods describe a variety of manners of predicting the next navigation event, including examining individual and aggregate historical data, text entry prediction, and cursor input monitoring,” the patent reads.

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Henry Lawrence 2018-08-07

Firefox is launching a new experimental browser extension called Advance, which recommends new websites and articles based on what you’re currently reading and your recent browsing history.

There are two parts to Advance: a “Read Next” section, which recommends related articles based on your current tab, and a broader “For You” section, which uses your recent history to populate its recommendations.

In an example, Firefox said that when browsing, say, a list of popular restaurants, Advance could recommend other, similar eateries to make it easier for you to compare them.

All the recommendations are personalized to the specific user, unlike the company’s sponsored Pocket integration, which shows a mix of paid ads and regularly recommended articles (although it’s easy to imagine that Firefox could use Advance as a similar source of revenue down the line if it’s successful).

Advance is powered by a machine learning startup called Laserlike, which specializes in recommendations.

As a security measure, users will have full control over when Advance is running, be able to see what browser history Laserlike has been granted, and request deletion of that information if they choose.

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William Hanselman 2018-06-04
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Apple is adding a new browse tab and sidebar to its Apple News curation of articles, the company said Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California.

Also Monday, Apple said it's integrating Apple News into its Stocks app, so you can see market-moving news next to the reaction in a company's shares, according to Susan Prescott, the company's vice president of product marketing.

The sidebar and browse tab are part of user-interface upgrades to News to make it easier to find stories from favorite outlets as well as new topics and channels.

WWDC is known as the event where Apple details the newest software that will hit its devices later in the year.

It comes as software and services become even more important to Apple.

The company still sells millions of iPhones every quarter, but sales aren't rising as much as they used to.

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Victor Schenck 2017-04-28
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One way to take some of the tedium out of browsing might be to do something good for the planet along the way.

To help you do that, the browser builder Vivaldi has teamed up with the search engine Ecosia to create a scheme that plants trees while you browse.

From today, users of Vivaldi's latest release (1.9) will, along with the latest software updates, get access to Ecosia, a search engine that gives 80 percent of its earnings to a scheme for planting trees in Africa.

Clicking on the magnifying glass icon in Vivaldi will reveal a menu of search engine options, including Ecosia.

Users updating Vivaldi who have previously selected a different default search engine will need to restore the search defaults in the settings prior to Ecosia becoming available.

While searching with Ecosia, users will see a small tree counter appear in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

collect
0
Sam Gibson 2017-03-01

Safe Browsing, Google’s in-browser warning system, has announced a number of new updates to help protect against malware in MacOS.

MacOS users should expect to see more warnings in the future, advising them on malicious activity on the sites they are visiting.

Safe Browsing is used in Firefox and Safari, not just Chrome.

According to a blog post on Wednesday, Safe Browsing is turning its attention to two common browser abuses — ad injection and manipulation of Chrome settings.

Some of the most common Chrome setting changes relate to the changing of the start page, homepage, and default search engine, which Google is trying to stem.

Google also recently released the Chrome Settings API for Mac to help develops set safer settings for users.

collect
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Alberto Mcgovern 2018-02-27
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Previously only utilized by techies, they’re now part of the mainstream due to the rising threats online.

If you’re not using a VPN yet, you may just want to consider what risks you’re taking.

Advertisers want to track your preferences and location.

Malware and ransomware are more sophisticated and commonplace.

If you go online to do your banking, shopping, or any other financial transaction for that matter, security should be a top priority.

Especially, if you’re using public wifi networks.

collect
0
Daniel Murdock 2018-01-08
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HTC announced today at a press event ahead of this week’s Consumer Electronics Show that it’s launching a new browsing experience for its Viveport VR storefront.

It’s also rolling out an update for its VR media player Vive Video, including an integration with the video-hosting site Vimeo.

Viveport VR riffs on HTC’s Viveport subscription service, which enables users to pay $7 per month for access to five VR titles.

It’s a virtual storefront, and in the new version today, users can browse and access room-scale previews of titles.

This offers a quick way for users to check out games and other VR experiences without having to commit to purchasing or downloading it.

Similarly, Vive Video is getting user interface improvements.

collect
0
Edward Scates 2018-04-24
img

The only thing 'private' was the parts you were leering at, friend

This is according to researchers at the University of Chicago, in the US, and Leibniz University Hannover, in Germany, who this week declared that folks mistakenly believe that by enabling the incognito browsing mode, they are fully shielded from online tracking and malware.

It's a little like some Tesla owners thinking Autopilot is, judging by the name, fully autonomous driving, rather than super-cruise-control.

The uni study [PDF] showed 460 volunteers with a fictional browser called Onyx that used one of 13 different private browsing modes taken from actual browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Brave.

Participants were shown the private browsing windows along with hypothetical scenarios, and asked whether they thought their data would be kept private in this private mode.

As it turns out, a lot of people had the wrong idea about what is and isn't saved.

Ben Gallagher 2018-06-26
img

Instagram could be worth more than $100 billion, and has 1 billion users a month.

So it's not surprising that the company would roll out its own group video chat service, separate from its owner Facebook.

What might surprise you: You'll be able to keep browsing Instagram while you chat with three of your friends -- thanks to a nifty picture-in-picture mode built into the app.

The new feature is rolling out now for iOS and Android, the company announced Tuesday.

Here's what it looks like, thanks to TechCrunch:

Sure, FaceTime will support 32-person chat and Snapchat has 16-person chat, but Instagram has something you can all do together.

Timothy Guardado 2018-08-07
img

Mozilla today lifted the lid on an experimental Firefox feature that recommends content based on what you’re currently reading through the browser.

The new tool is available as part of the Firefox Test Pilot program, which allows early adopters and the generally curious to check out features that are still in progress.

The Advance web extension is available for anyone from today and can analyze content on current active web pages to recommend related tidbits you may want to “read next” from other websites.

It will also surface recommendations based on your recent browsing history in a “for you” section.

With the extension installed, you just browse the web as you normally would and the little sidebar will show things that are relevant to what you’ve been looking at.

The extension is powered by Laserlike, a VC-funded, machine learning-powered “interest search engine” that delivers personalized content.

Charles Gilbert 2018-06-26
img

Now it’s actually rolling out to everyone on iOS and Android, allowing up to four friends to group video call together through Instagram Direct.

With the feed, Stories, messaging, Live, IGTV, and now video calling, Instagram is hoping to become a one-stop-shop for its 1 billion users’ social needs.

This massive expansion in functionality over the past two years is paying off according to SimilarWeb, which estimates that the average US user has gone from spending 29 minutes per day on the app in September 2017 to 55 minutes today.

More time spent means more potential ad views and revenue for the Facebook subsidiary that a Bloomberg analyst just valued at $100 billion after it was bought for less than $1 billion in 2012.

One cool feature of Instagram Video Calling is that you can minimize the window and bounce around the rest of Instagram without ending the call.

That opens new opportunities for co-browsing with friends as if you were hanging out together.

Johnny Huff 2016-06-21
img

The web browser you use is important to Microsoft – the company wants it to be its new offering, Edge, and so has carried out a battery life test to compare it to some of its rivals.

The result was something that many users of Google Chrome already knew – Chrome isn t good for your battery.

Meanwhile Microsoft is looking to take every opportunity to boost the profile of Edge, which is its replacement for long-standing browser Internet Explorer.

Launched initially as part of Windows 10, Edge is the default browser on Windows 10 and also runs on Microsoft s Xbox One console.

According to stats from earlier this year, Edge has so far gathered around 2% market share of the browser market, with Google Chrome out in front with around 60%.

Interestingly, other rivals – most notably Mozilla Firefox, have seen their own numbers bump off the back of Microsoft as some older Explorer users were pushed to upgrade, but instead turned to rival browsers instead.

Henry Lawrence 2018-08-07

Firefox is launching a new experimental browser extension called Advance, which recommends new websites and articles based on what you’re currently reading and your recent browsing history.

There are two parts to Advance: a “Read Next” section, which recommends related articles based on your current tab, and a broader “For You” section, which uses your recent history to populate its recommendations.

In an example, Firefox said that when browsing, say, a list of popular restaurants, Advance could recommend other, similar eateries to make it easier for you to compare them.

All the recommendations are personalized to the specific user, unlike the company’s sponsored Pocket integration, which shows a mix of paid ads and regularly recommended articles (although it’s easy to imagine that Firefox could use Advance as a similar source of revenue down the line if it’s successful).

Advance is powered by a machine learning startup called Laserlike, which specializes in recommendations.

As a security measure, users will have full control over when Advance is running, be able to see what browser history Laserlike has been granted, and request deletion of that information if they choose.

Victor Schenck 2017-04-28
img

One way to take some of the tedium out of browsing might be to do something good for the planet along the way.

To help you do that, the browser builder Vivaldi has teamed up with the search engine Ecosia to create a scheme that plants trees while you browse.

From today, users of Vivaldi's latest release (1.9) will, along with the latest software updates, get access to Ecosia, a search engine that gives 80 percent of its earnings to a scheme for planting trees in Africa.

Clicking on the magnifying glass icon in Vivaldi will reveal a menu of search engine options, including Ecosia.

Users updating Vivaldi who have previously selected a different default search engine will need to restore the search defaults in the settings prior to Ecosia becoming available.

While searching with Ecosia, users will see a small tree counter appear in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Alberto Mcgovern 2018-02-27
img

Previously only utilized by techies, they’re now part of the mainstream due to the rising threats online.

If you’re not using a VPN yet, you may just want to consider what risks you’re taking.

Advertisers want to track your preferences and location.

Malware and ransomware are more sophisticated and commonplace.

If you go online to do your banking, shopping, or any other financial transaction for that matter, security should be a top priority.

Especially, if you’re using public wifi networks.

Edward Finlay 2017-04-16
img

In a galaxy of metal and glass smartphone beauties, Samsung’s S8 stands out as a real head-turner.

As we showed you in our Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus hands-on review, the gorgeous screen has curves in all the right places and has the skimpiest of bezels.

Check out the best Galaxy S8 cases and covers to see if you can find something that suits you.

You can position and resize the picture to make the case look exactly the way you want to before placing your order.

You can see that Mujjo chose to fold the leather inwards toward the camera instead of using a plastic ring.

Caseology brings the Vault II case to the Galaxy S8, and it gives you good impact protection without adding a lot of bulk.

George Comer 2018-02-21
img

Sony has taken PSN in a direction few of us were probably expecting today.

The company has launched a new service called “My PlayStation,” which allows you to access some parts of the PlayStation Network through a broswer on a PC, Mac, or on mobile devices.

At the moment, there isn’t a whole lot you can do using My PlayStation, but it still has some basic features in place.

For instance, you can log into the PlayStation Network to view or edit your own PSN profile.

You can use this functionality to take a look at the trophies you’ve earned or view the profiles belonging to the people on your friends list.

Perhaps most importantly, My PlayStation allows you to manage your friend requests as well as send messages to other users.

Bradley Liss 2017-04-26
img

There is a superb Star Wars fan theory which claims R2-D2 is essentially a villainous troll, hell-bent on ruining his human master’s life.

This results in Skywalker getting off with his sister and killing his father, as the souped-up Dusty Bin smirks silently on the sidelines.

It is essentially a cautionary tale about our trust in artificial intelligence – and back in our galaxy, are we already allowing machines to use our own lifestyle data to influence us?

Should we be thinking much harder before inviting the real-world smart droids – Google Home and Amazon Echo – into our lives?

As we humanise our browsing experience via these sometimes sassy, soft-spoken fembots, we reduce our domestic lives to a bundle of cloud-based data and retargeting opportunities.

Indeed, throughout that whole conference, the prevailing theme was less “the robots are coming” and more “they’ve moved in to your gaff and are rifling through your browsing history”.

Mary Condie 2017-03-31

Earlier this week, Congress shut down a measure that would have required ISPs to get your approval to log and sell your browsing habits.

Now, everyone’s freaking out and looking for solutions.

One of those solutions is to attempt to obfuscate your browsing by creating random noise.

Sadly, that’s not going to do much.

The theory here seems great, you head to a web site like Internet Noise or install an extension like Noiszy, and those sites perform random searches on Google, hoping to camouflage everything you’re actually searching for.

The problem is that it doesn’t really work for privacy purposes, a fact that Dan Schultz, the developer behind Internet Noise, even mentions on his web site when he says, “this button will make some noise as a form of digital protest.

Seth Logan 2018-02-01
img

In a patent filing revealed on February 1, Google outlined a system that aims to shave precious seconds off of your everyday web browsing.

By looking into your past behaviors, Google’s proposed system for “predicting user navigation events” would begin pre-loading links it thinks you’ll click on.

This doesn’t sound new, Google has been doing search prediction ever since its early days, but the method here is novel.

Rather than just pre-loading the first couple search results, or guessing which URL you’re about to type, the system Google outlines in this patent filing would leverage your previous behavior — including cursor location, browsing habits, history, context clues, all sorts of minutiae all poured into an algorithm to determine the probability that you’ll click certain links.

The system could even start pre-fetching a website when you start moving your cursor toward one link or another.

“The methods describe a variety of manners of predicting the next navigation event, including examining individual and aggregate historical data, text entry prediction, and cursor input monitoring,” the patent reads.

William Hanselman 2018-06-04
img

Apple is adding a new browse tab and sidebar to its Apple News curation of articles, the company said Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California.

Also Monday, Apple said it's integrating Apple News into its Stocks app, so you can see market-moving news next to the reaction in a company's shares, according to Susan Prescott, the company's vice president of product marketing.

The sidebar and browse tab are part of user-interface upgrades to News to make it easier to find stories from favorite outlets as well as new topics and channels.

WWDC is known as the event where Apple details the newest software that will hit its devices later in the year.

It comes as software and services become even more important to Apple.

The company still sells millions of iPhones every quarter, but sales aren't rising as much as they used to.

Sam Gibson 2017-03-01

Safe Browsing, Google’s in-browser warning system, has announced a number of new updates to help protect against malware in MacOS.

MacOS users should expect to see more warnings in the future, advising them on malicious activity on the sites they are visiting.

Safe Browsing is used in Firefox and Safari, not just Chrome.

According to a blog post on Wednesday, Safe Browsing is turning its attention to two common browser abuses — ad injection and manipulation of Chrome settings.

Some of the most common Chrome setting changes relate to the changing of the start page, homepage, and default search engine, which Google is trying to stem.

Google also recently released the Chrome Settings API for Mac to help develops set safer settings for users.

Daniel Murdock 2018-01-08
img

HTC announced today at a press event ahead of this week’s Consumer Electronics Show that it’s launching a new browsing experience for its Viveport VR storefront.

It’s also rolling out an update for its VR media player Vive Video, including an integration with the video-hosting site Vimeo.

Viveport VR riffs on HTC’s Viveport subscription service, which enables users to pay $7 per month for access to five VR titles.

It’s a virtual storefront, and in the new version today, users can browse and access room-scale previews of titles.

This offers a quick way for users to check out games and other VR experiences without having to commit to purchasing or downloading it.

Similarly, Vive Video is getting user interface improvements.