Category: internet

Brave web browser will link to Wayback Machine on offline pages

For many, the browsers wars have more or less ended with just two or three key players in the market. That’s not stopping others from trying to carve out their niche, often pointing out glaring flaws or lapses in the major web browsers. Brave, whose pedigree includes Brendan Eich of Javascript and Mozilla fame, is one such browser and it has partnered with the Internet Archive to bring dead web…

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Today Firefox launched DoH encryption by default: Why it matters

Today in the USA, Mozilla updated Firefox for security and privacy purposes. They did this with DNS over HTTPS (DoH), a system which encrypts the interactions between computers and servers when they connect via the Internet. Because of the way insecure DNS works, “lookups” of servers done by your computer when connected to the internet are vulnerable to malicious agents. DoH stops all that…

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Facebook offers to pay users for voice recordings

Just like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and even Apple, Facebook has, unsurprisingly, also been caught handing over audio clips to contractors without making it clear to users what they’re getting into. These companies have had different responses to save face but Facebook was surprisingly the most extreme, claiming to have ended that business weeks before the news exploded. Apparently, it was…

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YouTube Music rolls out upload feature, Play Music migration coming

The end for Google Play Music seems to finally be at hand. It has, so far, co-existed with YouTube Music but only because the latter still lacks the features that have kept Play Music subscribers from abandoning it. Now, however, Google has finally flipped the switch for at least one of two long-awaited features, allowing YouTube Music subscribers to store their own files on the service.

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Has Microsoft Edge finally nailed web browsing?

Microsoft is back for another stab at the browsing experience with a Microsoft Edge update out this month. The update will be right at home for many Google Chrome users, making it an enticing alternative to Chrome, which holds 60% of the web browser market for desktops.

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Facebook removes Iranian accounts targeting US politics and religion

Facebook has announced the removal of three different campaigns of ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior,’ which is a fancy way to say that some governments were using accounts and Pages to spread propaganda and otherwise meddle in foreign affairs. Two of these campaigns targeted international subjects; the third targeted users in the US, particularly those of the pro-Trump and religious persuasions.

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#SaferInternetDay 2020: The dos and don’ts of online safety for kids

The internet’s seemingly boundless creativity may be what keeps so many of us engaged, but for parents that same Wild West spirit can present a challenge when it comes to making sure kids grow up to be adept online citizens. While it’s a conversation that should be an ongoing one, with today being Safer Internet Day 2020 it’s a good opportunity for confused parents and carers to broach the topic…

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Email apps caught scraping inboxes to sell data to third-parties

It has become almost a common practice to offer free Internet services with a catch. More often than not, that catch involves gathering data that may or may not infringe on users’ privacy. Most of the time, the reason given is for improving the service by providing a dataset they can study. Other times, however, these services are caught selling that data to the highest bidder, something that…

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YouTube Music library upload heralds Google Play Music retirement

Messaging platforms and services aren’t the only confusing things that Google is offering. It also has more than one music or video service and it can sometimes be a guessing game on which one will survive. Almost two years ago, Google already declared that YouTube Music is the winner but it has so far failed to incorporate features that would make the transition from Google Play Music less…

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Google Chrome will start blocking insecure downloads from secure pages

Google has been waging a war on insecure web pages and while it has had some positive impact, the benefits of secure pages are thrown out the window when content from those pages is downloaded insecurely. Google calls these non-HTTPS downloads from HTTPS pages as “mixed content downloads” and, starting today, Chrome will warn users about such downloads but, starting June this year, it will also…

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