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  1. Windows Spellchecker in Edge, Chrome, and other Chromium browsers Microsoft's decision to switch to Chromium as the source for the company's Edge browser has injected even more development resources into the project. One of the latest commits by Microsoft engineers introduces support for the Windows Spellchecker in Chromium. Any changes to the classic version of Microsoft Edge benefited that browser only previously. With Microsoft now focusing its energy on Chromium, any improvements made to Chromium benefit all other Chromium-based browsers as a consequence. In other words: the Windows Spellchecker will be available as an option in the new Microsoft Edge, in Google Chrome, and in other Chromium-based browsers such as Vivaldi, Opera, or Brave provided that the companies behind these browsers don't block the flag in their browsers. Google does not seem to have any objections to that as it is already possible to flip the default spellchecker of the Chrome browser to the Windows Spellchecker. There is one caveat, however. Since we are talking about the spellchecker of the Windows operating system, the option to switch to it is only available on Windows. Also, the feature is currently only available in development versions of some browsers, e.g. Chrome Canary, and not in stable versions (there is not even a stable Edge based on Chromium out there). The new option is not available in any Microsoft Edge versions right now. So, to enable it right now, here is what you need to do: Load chrome://flags in the browser's address bar. Note that other browsers may use a different protocol for internal pages. Microsoft Edge uses edge://flags, and the same may be true for other Chromium-based browsers. Search for spellchecker. The result "Use the Windows OS spellchecker" should be returned. Set the flag to Enabled. Restart the browser. Enabled means that the browser will use the spellchecker of the Windows operating system from that moment on and not the default Chromium spellchecker. Windows Latest, the site that discovered the new option, notes that Chromium uses Hunspell by default. Hunspell is used by a wide variety of projects including LibreOffice, OpenOffice, Google Chrome, Mac OS X, Opera, and others. The commit on the Chromium website offers the following insight into the change: This CL aims to implement windows spellchecker integration in Chromium project, so that user can switch to use windows spellchecker or hunspell spellchecker at run time. We need to implement platform agnostic interfaces to integrate windows spellchecker into Chromium. We also need to refactor some code to enable runtime switch between Windows spellchecker and hunspell spellchecker. It may be difficult to spot the change right away as you'd need to have some data at hand for comparison. One example would be a word that the default spellchecker does not suggest to correct while the Windows spellchecker does. Closing Words Microsoft adding features to Chromium is good news for any user who uses a Chromium-based browser; Mozilla on the other hand has even tougher competition to deal with as a consequence. Source: Windows Spellchecker in Edge, Chrome, and other Chromium browsers (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  2. Microsoft makes more progress in scrolling improvements for Chromium Microsoft has confirmed multiple times that it’ll bring smooth scrolling to Chromium-based browsers, including Google Chrome. Microsoft is very keen on delivering on this promise, as the work on the project has advanced in the past few days and another new feature has been detailed in a commit. As per a new commit, Microsoft plans to allow autoscrolling to continue in Chromium when the cursor leaves the page. Microsoft says that an old commit added a check to the browser that caused autoscrolling to stop if the cursor left the page and the middle button wasn’t held in. As the Windows apps allow auto scrolling to continue in this case, Microsoft says it certainly makes sense to let Chromium also respect this behaviour. This feature should allow Chromium to work better with auto-scrolling when the user moves the mouse cursor outside of web page area. “A CL[1] over a year ago added an if check that caused autoscrolling to stop if the cursor left the page and the middle button wasn’t held in. Since other Windows apps allow auto scrolling to continue in this case, it makes sense to match that behaviour and also allow it,” Microsoft explains. Another commit details a slightly different autoscrolling feature for Chromium. This commit suggests that users will be able to smoothly scroll by pressing (and holding) the scrollbar arrows. “This CL implements mousedown autoscroll for scrollbar arrows using a DocumentTimeline animation. The way this works is, when you press and hold a auto-scrollable ScrollbarPart, a callback to create a scroll animation is posted. This callback will execute if the ScrollbarPart is held beyond 250ms. On mouseup, the animation is aborted hence stopping the autoscroll. The autoscroll animation is constant and perpetual until aborted,” the complany explains. This appears to be a part of Microsoft’s highly-anticipated work on smooth scrolling Smooth scrolling Microsoft is also making multiple changes to the backend of Chromium to improve scrolling experience and the company is still experimenting with early implementations of the feature. The latest commit suggests that Microsoft also wants to track how scrolling latency changes in the browser as it will help the company fix scrolling problems. Source
  3. Chromium-based web browsers such as Google Chrome, Brave, Vivaldi, Opera, or the new Microsoft Edge browser, may soon start up faster and use less memory. One of the effects of Microsoft switching over to the Chromium development camp is that even more engineers work on Chromium. Recent commits could soon improve the startup of the Chrome web browser and reduce memory usage as well. Chrome starts up quickly on modern systems but if you tried to run it on an older machine, you may have noticed that startup is delayed. Chromium-based browsers load chrome.dll and chrome_child.dll on startup. It may take more than a second to load these files on slow laptops; a Windows 8.1 laptop with 2-core CPU and HDD read the dll files in 0.48 seconds and 1.13 seconds. A pre-reading parameter change could drop the loading time significantly. The same laptop would load the two files in less than one second after the changes are made. On a slow laptop (Windows 8.1, 2-cores, HDD), it takes ~0.48 seconds to pre-read chrome.dll and **~1.13** seconds to pre-read chrome_child.dll. These operations are on the critical path of the startup. By (a) increasing the priority of the thread that pre-reads images and (b) pre-reading 2MB at a time instead of 1MB, it takes ~0.48 seconds to pre-read chrome.dll and **~0.51** seconds to pre-read chrome_child.dll. As far as memory usage is concerned, Microsoft engineer Joe Laughlin suggests changes to the in-proc prefetcher that would be beneficial to the browser's CPU usage and memory usage. Change the in-proc prefetcher to load the code into Image pages and not MapFile pages to save CPU and improve memory usage, and do nothing on OS builds that enable OS PreFetch of larger files. Note this require the PreFetchVirtualMemory API, so we'll still read the file as data/MapFile on Win7. The commits need to be tested and accepted before they (may) land in Chromium. It seems likely that both will find their way into Chromium and thus also into all Chromium-based browsers at one point in time. Google Chrome is notorious for its high memory usage and any improvement in that regard should be more than welcome by the community. Source: Chromium may soon use less memory and start up faster (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  4. Microsoft's Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser has not been released yet as a stable version; the preview versions that Microsoft released, Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary, provide a good understanding of the browser already, however. The web browser relies on the same core that Google Chrome uses, and that makes these browsers look and behave similarly in most aspects. That's good on the one hand, as it means faster updates and better web standards compatibility, but it also means that there is little that distinguishes the browser from Chrome unless modified. Companies that rely on Chromium can modify the browser; Vivaldi, Opera and Brave do this to create custom experiences that differ significantly from Chromium and Google Chrome. Microsoft's Edge browser will be different to a degree as well, and the following list of features highlights just some of the differences between Edge and Chrome. 1. Better Support for commercial Streaming Media services Microsoft Edge is the only Chromium-based browser that supports Google's Widevine DRM and Microsoft's own PlayReady DRM. Support for the latter unlocks 4K streams on Netflix, something that only Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge (classic) support on Windows. Chrome, Firefox, and any other browser may stream with a quality of up to 1080p with the help of extensions. The feature is restricted to Windows 10, however. 2. Internet Explorer Mode The Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge will (likely) come with Internet Explorer integration. The feature is listed as an experimental flag at this time which could mean that it is removed without further notice. It is more likely that the feature remains in Edge once it gets released to provide organizations with an option to access Internet Explorer optimized or exclusive content in Edge. The feature is not completely integrated right now but the description suggests that Edge users may load Internet Explorer content in a tab in Edge. 3. Support for Microsoft Voices Another feature that is hidden behind a flag currently. Enable Microsoft Voices Extension adds support for Microsoft voices in the SpeechSynthesis API. Interestingly enough, the feature is available for Windows, Mac and Linux devices. 4. Mute Tab instead of Mute Site Microsoft Edge supports tab muting. You can mute individual tabs using its default configuration which gives you more control over the muting process. Chrome supported this in previous iterations as well but Google changed the feature to site muting instead. If you mute a site in any tab, that site gets muted everywhere automatically in Chrome. In Edge, just click or tap on the sound icon in front of the page title in the tab to mute audio in that tab. Microsoft Edge still supports site permissions to mute audio permanently for individual domains. A flag is available to enable site-wide muting. Load chrome://flags/#edge-sound-content-setting to configure it. 5. Windows Defender SmartScreen integration Chrome and most Chromium-based browsers use Google's Safe Browsing security feature for security. Microsoft Edge will use Microsoft's Windows Defender SmartScreen security feature instead. The feature protects against malicious sites and downloads. Just like Google's implementation, it is known for the occasional false positive. Can be disabled in the settings. 6. Microsoft Account and Azure Active Directory support It should not come as a surprise that the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser will support Microsoft Account and Azure Active Directory for authentication and single sign-in. Edge supports Microsoft infrastructure better than Chrome, and integration of these features confirms that. 7. Removed Google services Microsoft published a list of disabled or removed Google services in the Chromium-based Edge browser recently. The list of features is surprisingly long; Microsoft disabled some and replaced others (or plans to), e.g. Google Translate will be replaced by Microsoft Translate. While you could say that you trade one data-hungry company for another, it boils down to personal preference. 8. Exclusive Extensions Microsoft Edge users may install extensions from the Chrome Web Store or Microsoft's only store. The main advantage of this is that Microsoft's store does not have the same restrictions as Google's store. One example: Google disallows extensions that download videos from YouTube, Microsoft's Store does not. It is true, however, that Microsoft's Store lists a bit more than a 100 extensions at the time. It seems unlikely that many more will be added to the Store in the coming years if you consider the rather weak number of extensions that were produced for Edge or ported since 2015. Source: 8 ways in which Microsoft Edge (Chromium) is better than Google Chrome (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  5. Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, but there would be no Chrome without Chromium, the open source project that underpins it. Here's what Chromium is, where you can download it and how it shapes your online experience. [And, if you hate it, here's how to get rid of it.] The Chromium Development Documentation Project (CC BY 2.5) While the names are similar - Chrome and Chromium - the labels represent two different web browsers. But they are related. One leads to the other. One is open-source, the other is not, not really. One dominates the world's browser landscape, like a single huskie dominates a team of Chihuahuas on the Iditarod. The other is used by less than one-sixth of one percent of all those who ran a browser last month. Computerworld put Chrome and Chromium under the magnifying glass to better understand what Chromium does and how it figures into the development of its offspring. Here's what you need to know to better understand them both. What is the Chromium browser? Chromium is not only the name of a browser, but also of the open-source project that generates the source code used by Chrome. Google is the primary backer of Chromium - it kicked off the project when it launched Chrome in September 2008 - but because the code is open-source, others, including people not employed by Google, contribute to the Chromium project. (Microsoft, for one, started serious input this year; see the "And now Microsoft's Edge?" section below for more information.) The browser compiled from the current Chromium source code is called not surprisingly, Chromium. Chrome, on the other hand, begins with Chromium but does not end with it. Instead, Google adds proprietary code to Chromium, either its own, like the browser's automated update mechanism, or someone else's, such as Adobe Flash (for now at least), to create Chrome. Think of Chromium as an ancestor of Chrome - and not necessarily an immediate one, either - which shares the same DNA as the polished browser. How is Chromium different from Chrome? Chromium is a subset of Chrome, since Google bolts on other components and features to the former to craft the latter. Everything in Chromium is in Chrome, but not everything in Chrome is in Chromium. The obvious differences lie in accompanying services Google provides - like the update mechanism - or built-in support for such technologies as Adobe's Flash Player and digital rights management (DRM) components that let Chrome play copyrighted content. But the biggest difference is not in the length of the two browsers' feature or support lists, but in their inherent stability (or instability). Chromium is rough, and not just around the edges. In practical terms, the latest version of the Chromium browser will be far buggier, much more prone to crashes, than even the rawest version of Chrome. Google says so, in fact. "It may be tremendously buggy," warns the Chromium download page. Even the least polished of the four "builds" Google maintains for Chrome - the one labeled "Canary" - is substantially more stable than Chromium. A second difference, and one that many have relied on when they've chosen Chromium over Chrome, is that the former collects and transfers less information to Google than the latter. Chrome can send crash reports and usage statistics to Google, while Chromium cannot. In Chrome, that collection and transmission is off by default. (They can be enabled from the browser's settings panel.) Chromium, on the other hand, lacks the feature entirely. The information Chrome can collect ranges from where users click to the device's operating system. Where can I download Chromium? The most convenient place to get a copy of Chromium is from this download page. That page should automatically recognize which operating system you're running and offer the appropriate edition of Chromium. If it doesn't, select from the list at the bottom of the page: Windows x86, Windows x64, Mac, Linux x86 and Linux x64. The site also identifies the current build number, and its age, with the latter usually in minutes. (That's how fast a version of Chromium turns over.) For Windows and Linux editions, users can also click on the "Last Known Good Revision" link near the bottom of the page to retrieve Chromium from about a year prior. Google Chromium project The Chromium browser can be downloaded like other browers. For more information about downloading Chromium, including how to find and get a specific version of the browser - to use for testing and debugging, for example - refer to this page on the project's website. Can I run Chromium and Chrome on the same system? Chromium can be run at the same time, and on the same system, as Chrome. There is no need to, say, uninstall Chrome to add Chromium to the machine. This is identical to the way Chrome's various "channels" work on a single Windows PC. (One can, for example, run the "Canary" build of Chrome for Windows alongside the "Stable" version of the browser.) Do browsers besides Chrome rely on Chromium? Not surprisingly, browsers other than Google's Chrome have hitched a ride on Chromium's coattails, using the open-source project's source code to bootstrap themselves into an application without all the messy work of building the foundational functionality. Many are niche, some are boutique, others are, and have been, essential to the browser landscape. They include: Opera. The former Norwegian browser - now owned by a Chinese collective - dropped its proprietary Presto rendering engine in 2013 for Blink, the Chromium-created engine Chrome is also based upon. According to analytics vendor Net Applications, Opera has the largest user share of any non-Google, Chromium-based browser, with 1.6% in January. Download Opera for Windows, macOS and Linux from here. Yandex. Launched in 2012 to, as much as anything, stem the losses to Google of the same-named search firm, this Russian-based browser also relies on Blink, and thus Chromium. Yandex accounted for 0.6% of user share in January. You can download Yandex for Windows and macOS here. Vivaldi. Built by a team largely composed of former Opera engineers, Vivaldi debuted in 2016 and was billed by its CEO as a "throwback" to days when browsers didn't sport minimalistic user interfaces (UIs). In January, Vivaldi's user share was 0.08% (that's eight-hundredths of a percent, or 8 out of every 10,000). Download Vivaldi for Windows, macOS and Linux from here. Other browsers that leverage Chromium - but don't account for enough users to make Net Applications' list - include Brave, Comodo Dragon and Epic. (Brave browser is best known for using blockchain-based tokens as a substitute for traditional display advertising. And now Microsoft's Edge? The biggest Chromium news of the last several years broke in late 2018 when Microsoft announced it would rebuild Edge, its home-grown replacement for Internet Explorer (IE), as a Chromium browser. Gone would be Edge's Microsoft-sourced rendering and JavaScript engines, replaced by the Chromium-created Blink and V8, respectively. Microsoft touted benefits to users and the web in its explanation for the radical change, stressing the Chromium project contributions it has and will make. Recently, executives have trumpeted Microsoft's input in areas like page scrolling and power management and hinted that developers could improve Chromium on Windows because they had the inside scoop about the OS. Omitted from any discussion was the poor showing of Edge in its nearly four years, and what part that played, if any, in the decision to go "full-Chromium." Microsoft issued Windows 10 previews for Edge-on-Chromium and will extend them to Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and macOS at some point. All early builds will be distributed via the new Edge Insider website. What does Chromium lack that Chrome has? Among the familiar Chrome features and functionality missing from the Chromium browser are: Chrome's Google Update, the update service and in-browser mechanism that automatically refreshes the application whenever a security update or feature upgrade is pushed to users. Chromium does not update automatically, so when, say, Google's engineers issue security patches, the browser doesn't get them unless the user takes the time to download a newer version. Adobe Flash Player, which is baked into Chrome, and automatically updates within the browser. Chromium users may manually install the Flash plug-in from Adobe's website, just as they do for, say, Mozilla's Firefox or Apple's Safari, but they must refresh it using Flash's own update service. Support for the Widevine digital rights management (DRM) module.Chromium can thus not play Netflix content, as that service relies on Widevine to stymie content copying. Are there security issues with Chromium? Vulnerabilities found by Google's own engineers or independent security researchers are regularly patched in Chromium - again, the root of Chrome - so the former is just as secure (or depending on one's perspective, just as insecure) as Chrome. On the micro level, it's unclear when during Chromium's ongoing, unfolding development that engineers add security fixes. Chrome's Stable channel is refreshed with patches about every two or three weeks, so the Chromium browser must be updated at least that frequently. But because bug fixes hit the more unstable channels of Chrome - like the flakiest build, "Canary" - before they do Stable, it follows that the source code maintained by the Chromium Project, and thus the Chromium browser, must be altered before being spun out into "Canary." But Chromium lacks an update mechanism, meaning that any security patches applied to the source code will not be reflected in a user's copy of Chromium unless the user manually downloads a later version. The omission of an update service is the single greatest security threat to Chromium. More explicit, and the reason this question regularly comes up, is the fact that criminals piggyback malware onto Chromium or distribute modified versions of the browser to include attack code. (For more, see below.) How do I get rid of Chromium? If the browser is legitimate - in other words, the user or a company administrator installed it (though it's doubtful the latter would do so) - Chromium can be removed the same way any application is dumped. In Windows 10, for example, type uninstall into the desktop search field, then when "Add or remove programs" pops up in the results, select that. Click on the Chromium entry, click the Uninstall button, and in the ensuing dialog box, confirm the action by clicking the Uninstall button there. On macOS, select the Applications folder in the Finder, locate and right-click Chromium, and choose "Move to Trash." The chore becomes more involved if Chromium represents malware or a purposefully-infected browser. Criminals have hijacked the browser's name to disguise their attack code, and in some cases bundled the browser with other malicious software or have used the source code to rig a browser so that it floods screens with pop-up ads and steals site credentials. (Bogus Chromiums are almost exclusively found on Windows.) That final bunch is the most pernicious. They're often part of a larger freeware download, typically but not always found on sketchy websites, and like other unwanted software can be difficult to pry out of a system. Because of the wide variety of malware that masquerades as Chromium, or accompanies a custom-built version of its source code, no single set of removal instructions will do. Computerworld's best advice: Take a tour through the Internet, searching for "how to remove XX" where XX is the name of the Chromium-based browser refusing to leave. Finally, sic a reputable security package to scan for, and identify the malware, then remove it in its entirety. If the security software doesn't delete the Chromium knock-off browser as part of its scrubbing, uninstall it manually using "Add or remove programs." What are the alternatives to Chromium? For those who want an early look at the results of the Chromium Project, but don't care to live dangerously by running a possibly-unstable browser, the best alternative for Windows or macOS is Chrome's "Canary" channel. Google Google's canary browser is more stable alternative to Chromium. Unlike Chromium, Canary is updated automatically and includes the full suite of Chrome features and ancillary services, such as device-to-device browser synchronization. Like Chromium, Canary is frequently refreshed - each workday - so it represents a look into the future of Chrome's "Stable" channel, the one most users subscribe to. "Canary builds are the bleeding edge. Released daily, this build has not been tested or used, it's released as soon as it's built," Google states on its website. Canary builds of Chrome can be downloaded from here. Google does not offer a Linux Canary. Instead, users can run the "Dev" channel build of Chrome. That, too, can be grabbed from Google's site. Source: Google's Chromium browser explained (Computerworld - Gregg Keizer)
  6. Unofficial Build of Chromium for Windows 10 ARM Now Available for Download Microsoft’s migration from EdgeHTML to Chromium for Microsoft Edge browser opens the door to a whole new series of opportunities for Windows 10. As part of Google becoming a bigger supporter of Windows 10 as a whole, Chromium is soon expected to arrive on the Windows 10 ARM platform as well. And while Microsoft and Google are currently working on this project, a skilled developer recently managed to get Chromium up and running on Windows 10 ARM. Today, an unofficial build of this browser can finally be downloaded and installed by users for testing purposes. Keep in mind that this isn’t an official release, so you should think twice before trying it out on your device. I recommend you to do it in a secure environment, just in case you’re afraid something could go wrong.ARM-based Microsoft SurfaceAs for the official port of Chromium for Windows 10 ARM, Microsoft said not a long time ago that it was working with Google on making the whole thing happen. And when this project gets the green light, pretty much all browsers powered by Chromium should be able to run on Windows 10 ARM, not just Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. “We’ve been collaborating with Google engineers to enable Chromium to run natively on Windows on ARM devices starting with Chromium 73. With these contributions, Chromium-based browsers will soon be able to ship native implementations for ARM-based Windows 10 PCs, significantly improving their performance and battery life,” Microsoft said. Mozilla has recently released a Firefox version for Windows 10 ARMtoo. The browser is still in beta development stage, but as it turns out, ARM-based Windows 10 devices are slowly gaining ground and receiving more attention from developers worldwide. Microsoft is also exploring its very own ARM Microsoft Surface model to support the project from a hardware perspective. Source
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  8. How to Allow Extensions in Chromium Microsoft Edge’s Private Mode Microsoft Edge is now making the transition from EdgeHTML to Chromium, and naturally, this comes with a series of benefits, as the new engine is currently the number one in the browser world. One of the things that will be significantly improved when the Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge launches is the support for extensions, as the browser will support all add-ons that are currently running on Google Chrome. In other words, Microsoft will finally resolve a major drawback of its browser, as pretty much every extension will run on Microsoft Edge as well. And just like Google Chrome, the browser will integrate a series of options related to extensions as well, as it’s critical to provide users with a powerful feature arsenal to get full control over the browser add-ons they install. First and foremost, it’s important to know that while Microsoft Edge will support all Google Chrome extensions, Microsoft will also set up and maintain its very own extension store. Needless to say, this will be offered as the preferred store for extensions, though users can very well enable other sources too. One of the options coming to all platforms with the new Edge concerns extensions in the InPrivate mode. Just like in the current version of the browser, the InPrivate feature allows users to browse the web without leaving any traces behind. And because this is the primary goal of the feature, the InPrivate mode blocks extensions from running by default, as browser add-ons could collect information and log browsing details. Like other browsers, however, Microsoft Edge will allow users to enable extensions in the InPrivate mode, just because some of them come with key functionality that enhances the browsing experience. What you need to do to enable this feature is to launch the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge and then head over to the extension settings. The path is the following: Microsoft Edge > Menu > Extensions As an alternative, you can type the following code in the address bar: edge://extensions Next, in the All extensions section, you need to click the extension that you want to run in the InPrivate mode in order to expand its settings. In the lower part of the screen, look for an option called: Allow in InPrivate As the description of the option reads, “if you turn this on, Microsoft Edge can’t prevent the extension from saving your browsing history.” In other words, even if you use the InPrivate mode, which should technically remove all your traces when closing the window, extensions could still log data that you may otherwise want to go away. So pay attention to this option to make sure that your privacy is fully protected. Additionally, the same section also comes with options to provide extensions with access to file URLs, but also with further controls for each website that these add-ons connect to. Keep in mind that the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is still in development right now, and the version we’re testing is an unofficial build that got leaked online in late February. Microsoft itself said a preview version of Microsoft Edge would be published in early 2019, but for the time being, all we know is that the release is just around the corner. At the same time, the stable version of the new Microsoft Edge should hit the shelves later this year, but specifics in this regard aren’t obviously available. The browser will work on all desktop platforms, including Windows and macOS, so the steps described above will apply to all versions. Source
  9. Completely Reset the Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge Browser The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is now available for download, still unofficially since Microsoft hasn’t yet published the highly-anticipated preview build, so you can already find out what the software giant has been working on lately on the browser front. Technically, Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s very own interpretation of Google Chrome, and because it’s based on Chromium, it comes with features that are similar to the ones in Google’s browser. The new Edge, however, retains the look and feel of the original browser, but given the switch to Chromium, there are also things that have changed versus its predecessor. One of them is the resetting option, which comes in handy whenever something goes wrong with the browser. And should you decide to install this leaked build, there’s a lot that may not work exactly as expected, especially because we’re still in the early development stages of the browser. So resetting the browser could be the only solution if the application stops working correctly. Before anything, however, I recommend you to try out the typical cleaning features that all browsers come with. This involves removing part or all the browsing data stored on the device, and this could help deal with issues that otherwise don’t seem to have a solution. To do this, you need to open the browser and then follow the next path: Microsoft Edge > Settings > Privacy and services > Clear browsing data Using this feature, you can basically remove things like cookies, history, passwords, and more, pretty much returning your browser data to zero bytes. When launching this cleaner, there are two different options, namely Basic and Advanced. Basic lets you clean browsing history, cookies and other site data, cached images, and files. The Advanced mode includes all of these plus download history, passwords, and autofill form data. You can also choose the time range for the cleaning, and when you’re done, just press the clean button and that’s it. On the other hand, if you want to perform a full reset of the browser, the option for this task is located at the following location: Microsoft Edge > Settings > Reset settings As the description of the feature reads, this option restores settings to their default values, and clicking the button here will provide you with a warning that explains what you are going to lose should you complete the process. “This will reset your startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. It will also disable all extensions and clear temporary data like cookies. Your favorites, history, and saved passwords will not be cleared,” this notification reads. If you’re ready to reset the browser, just click the button in the notification and that’s pretty much it. Obviously, there’s also the option of completely removing the browser from your device and then installing it once again, and you can always use it if the application encounters a bigger problem that cannot be resolved with the built-in resetting feature. I expect Microsoft to further refine the settings screen in the upcoming updates for the browser, especially as these are just early builds of the new Edge. Microsoft originally promised to publish a preview build of its Chromium-based browser in early 2019, so the release should happen any day now. As for the final version that would also run on older Windows releases and on macOS, nothing is certain at this point. Microsoft obviously wants to polish the browser as much as possible before it gives the go-ahead for the public launch, so expect further news in this regard later this year. Source
  10. Vivaldi 2.4 Released with Multiple User Profiles, New Customization Options Vivaldi 2.4 is now available for download on Linux, Windows, and macOS with an impressive lineup of new features, including support for multiple user profiles. First and foremost, the number one highlight in this release is a new customization option for toolbars. Beginning with version 2.4, Vivaldi users can simply drag buttons between select toolbars to further tweak the interface of the browser, thus making sure it matches their expectations. You can even reposition the reload and the back buttons, so you can basically configure Vivaldi to look just the way you want. Henrik Helmers, designer at Vivaldi, says this is just the beginning in terms of new customization options, as the development team is working on even more such features for the upcoming releases. “We have redrawn our toolbar icons to be more consistent and friendly. These changes lay the groundwork for more features and customization in the future,” he says. In order to move a button from one toolbar to another, just press Shift and then drag it to its new location. Multiple profiles and bookmark improvements Additionally, this update introduces multiple user profile support, which basically means that you can separate settings, extensions, and even cookies and history in different profiles. For example, you can create separate profiles for home and work stuff, which comes in handy especially if you use the same device all the time. Switching between profiles is possible via the new Profiles button on the right of the address bar. Vivaldi 2.4 also introduces a built-in Calculator that lets you perform quick calculations using Quick Commands. Just press F2 on the keyboard to open Quick Commands and then enter the equation. When you press enter, not only that you are provided with the result, but it’s also copied to the clipboard. This release comes with a bunch of new bookmarking options, so you can add certain tabs (which you can select with Shift or Ctrl) to favorites instantly. To do this, just right-click the selected tabs, launch Quick Commands, or use a keyboard shortcut. Smaller improvements in this release include new Tab Stack options for renaming and support for opening search results in a background tab when using text selected on a page. Source
  11. A first look at Microsoft’s new Chromium-powered Edge browser This could be your new default browser on Windows Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chromium. The software maker has been testing versions of this browser internally at Microsoft, and now The Vergehas secured an exclusive first look at the early work thanks to a source who wishes to remain anonymous. While the previously leaked screenshots made Edge look very similar to Chrome, Microsoft is adding its own touches and animations to make it look and feel like a Windows browser. When you first install the Chromium version of Edge, Microsoft will prompt you to import favorites, passwords, and browsing history from Chrome or Edge (depending on your default). The setup screen also prompts you to pick a style for the default tab page before you start browsing. Most of the user interface of the browser is a mix of Chrome and Edge, and Microsoft has clearly tried to add its own little touches here and there. There’s a read aloud accessibility option, and it simply reads the page out loud like it does in existing versions of Edge. Some features that you’d expect from Edge are missing, though. Microsoft hasn’t implemented a dark mode just yet, the set aside tabs feature isn’t available, and write on the web with a stylus is missing. MICROSOFT’S NEW VERSION OF EDGE SUPPORTS CHROME EXTENSIONS Microsoft also has support for extensions, and a dedicated extensions page for ones that it has approved. You’ll also be able to install Chrome extensions from Google’s online store, just by flipping a switch in the extensions settings. We’ve tried a number of extensions like 1Password and Ghostery, and they work just like you’d expect them to in Chrome. Microsoft is offering up sync support for extensions in the settings interface for this new version of Edge, but it doesn’t look like it will be available straight away. The page notes that “more of the features listed above will become available for sync in the coming months.” You can only currently sync favorites, but not settings, history, extensions, open tabs, passwords, and autofill information. For an early version of Edge built on Chromium, Microsoft’s new browser feels very polished. It’s also very fast to launch and browse around with. If Microsoft can keep up this good work and keep Edge optimized in the future, I can’t see a reason to need to use Chrome on Windows anymore. I would never have recommended Edge before as it was often slow, clunky, and didn’t always work with websites properly. This new Edge feels entirely different, thanks to its Chromium backend. It’s not yet clear when Microsoft will make this new version of Edge available publicly, but given the most recent internal builds are stable and work well, it’s likely to arrive very soon. We’ll keep you updated on exactly when Microsoft plans to start beta testing its Chromium-powered Edge browser. Source
  12. HandyPAF

    Haihaisoft Xvast 1.1.0.1

    Another Chrome-based web browser. A web browser that relies on the Chromium engine to allow fast browsing with high security and support for the latest technologies. Combining the familiar look of all the Chromium-based browsers with the advanced protection that the latest Chromium core encompasses, Xvast delivers a high-security and fast web navigator that you can use to explore different web pages in multiple tabs. Xvast adopts all the features that are common for all the Chromium-based browsers, starting with the interface layout (which can be customized using themes) and the way tabs are opened and managed. The minimalistic GUI comprises the address bar, the navigation buttons, and the main menu, from where all the other tools can be accessed. Fast: Chrome's core speed. Your fast and secure browser. Security: No Ads, No Plugin, Clean browser. Powerful: Support the latest HTML5 features, includes Playlist and PDF viewer, support encrypted PDF DRM. Browser DRM: Xvast supports DRM-X 4.0 protection. It enables you easily enjoy the protected premium content. It supports DRM-X 4.0 Web Page Encryption (HTM, HTML Encryption), Audio/Video Encryption, PDF Encryption, Image Encryption, and Javascript Encryption. HTML5 Video DRM: Includes HTML5 Video DRM Protection, it supports playback high definition video both online and offline. ----- Changelog: Requirements: - Windows 7 or later - Mavericks 10.9 or later - Android 4.4 or later - iOS 8.0 or later ----- Homepage: https://www.xvast.com/ Download: https://www.drm-x.com/download/XvastInstaller.exe Mac | Android | iOS
  13. After a few days of rumors, Microsoft announced today that it's going to be using Chromium in its browser moving forward and that the new Edge will be coming to Windows 7, 8.1, and macOS. Now, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has posted a response to the news, saying that it's bad for the internet. Mozilla says that Microsoft's decision to use Chromium and the Blink rendering engine basically gives Google a monopoly on what we see on the internet. Remember, Chromium is the open-source browser that Google Chrome is based on, and other third-party browsers use it too, like Opera, Vivaldi, and more. With Microsoft moving away from EdgeHTML, that's one less competitor in the browser space, growing Chromium's market share. Mozilla worries that when Chromium's usage share gets large enough, web developers won't test their apps against anything else, going so far as to compare this to when Microsoft had a monopoly in browsers in the early 2000s. Mozilla also said that this is why it exists. "We compete with Google not because it’s a good business opportunity," Beard said. "We compete with Google because the health of the internet and online life depend on competition and choice." Source: Neowin
  14. Microsoft today embraced Google’s Chromium open source project for Edge development on the desktop. The company also announced it is decoupling the browser updates from Windows 10 updates, and that Edge is coming to all supported versions of Windows and to macOS. Microsoft launched Edge in July 2015 as the default browser for, and exclusive to, Windows 10. But it never saw much adoption. Sure, Microsoft claimed Edge had 330 million active devices back in September 2017, but it never did reveal an active user figure beyond “hundreds of millions” (Google said Chrome passed 1 billion active users in May 2015). Edge has 4.34 percent market share today, according to the latest figures from Net Applications. So Microsoft wants to make some big changes, which it says will happen “over the next year or so.” The first preview builds of the Chromium-powered Edge will arrive in early 2019, according to Microsoft. Chromium-based Microsoft Edge Adopting the Chromium project means a lot more for Microsoft. The Edge rendering engine EdgeHTML will be swapped out for the Blink rendering engine. The Chakra JavaScript engine will be swapped out for V8. Microsoft will even take some of the UI stack, for use on non-Windows 10 platforms. Also worth noting: Microsoft is not forking Chromium. Microsoft hopes moving to Chromium will “create better web compatibility for our customers” and “less fragmentation of the web for all web developers.” The former is certainly true, as the Edge web platform will thus become aligned with web standards and other Chromium-based browsers. The latter is not true in the short term (plenty of testing will be needed to accommodate the switch) but it is likely in the long term, as developers will have one fewer browser to explicitly test against. No longer wasting resources on building Edge’s backend will likely turn out to be a big win for Microsoft. It is a lot of work to constantly update a browser engine to be standards-compliant and compatible with the actual web. Microsoft has decided to let the open source community do that instead, which it will participate in, so it can focus on improving the browser itself. Again, Edge isn’t changing significantly. This is an “under the hood” transformation, and most Edge users won’t notice anything significantly different — save for some sites working as expected. The future of EdgeHTML and Chakra Edge uses Blink/Chromium on Android and WebKit/WKWebView on iOS. Thus, when Edge on desktop moves to Blink and V8, the main use case for EdgeHTML and Chakra will disappear overnight. Windows 10 apps that use EdgeHTML and/or Chakra will be able to keep using them, according to Microsoft. But, Microsoft will also eventually let app developers leverage the Chromium-based solution that Edge will use. This will likely impact regular apps that render web content but also Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), which are essentially mobile websites that mimic native apps. App developers will thus be able to choose to keep using the legacy option or switch to Chromium. Microsoft says it has no plans to stop maintaining EdgeHTML and Chakra, although if usage were to decline, developers could expect them to hit end of support eventually. Chrome extensions In addition to better web compatibility, Edge users stand to benefit from support for Chrome extensions. Microsoft expects that it will be very easy for developers to bring their Chrome extensions to Edge. It might even be the case that it requires no work at all in most cases, but it’s too early for the company to say so definitively. Microsoft’s intention is to support existing Chrome extensions in Edge, but how exactly this will work remains to be seen. Keep in mind that for years now, Google has been locking down the Chrome Web Store and Chrome extensions in general — Microsoft will have to be careful with its solution. All supported versions of Windows So far, all this largely makes sense, but Microsoft also wants to port Edge to all supported versions of Windows. Edge is no longer going to be a Windows 10-only affair. That means Edge is coming to Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. For Windows 10, this means the Chromium-based Edge and future updates is coming to Windows 10 version 1607, version 1703, version 1709, version 1803, and version 1809. Those are all supported versions of Windows, so they’ll be getting the latest version of Edge until Microsoft ends support. Microsoft also currently supports Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server version 1709, Windows Server version 1803, Windows Server version 1809, and Windows Server 2019. The company hasn’t yet said if the latest version of Edge is coming there too. This is a massive undertaking that one can only justify through a corporate lens. It’s about letting IT departments offer a heterogeneous browser environment. Microsoft wants everyone on the latest version of Windows, but for those that cannot, or refuse to, upgrade, it has decided to bring the latest Edge to them. That means bringing Edge to older versions of Windows, including older versions of Windows 10. Within major organizations, there are computers running all sorts of Windows versions, and right now only a single one can get the latest version of Edge. macOS If you thought supporting old Windows versions was nuts, your jaw will drop when you hear Microsoft also wants to bring Edge to macOS. This is bizarre for several reasons, not even including that Microsoft ceased development of Internet Explorer for Mac in June 2003 and Apple killed Safari for Windows in July 2012. But the same heterogenous environment thinking applies: Microsoft wants all devices in an organization using the latest Edge, and that requires getting Macs onboard. Indeed, Microsoft doesn’t expect to get a lot of Mac users switching to Edge, the company said. Instead, the company simply wants to make it easier for more developers, many of whom use Macs, to test against Edge. Bringing Edge to macOS is about developers, not market share. More frequent updates Edge is updated every six months. Chrome and Firefox, meanwhile, are updated every six weeks. Even if you do have the latest Windows 10 version, Edge updates today are tied to Windows 10 updates, and half a year is a long time on the web. It’s a long time to wait for compatibility fixes, performance improvements, and new features. Could Edge get more frequent updates than Chrome and Firefox? I’m not holding my breath. But Microsoft does say that agility will be a focus going forward and does expect “a more frequent cadence” than the current six-month wait. Chrome updates hit Windows, Mac, and Linux all on the same day, while Firefox updates hit Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android on the same day. Microsoft wants the version of Edge on Windows and Mac to be the same, but we’re hearing it’s too early to commit to same-day updates across all supported versions of Windows and macOS. Chromium contributions Microsoft says it intends to become a “significant contributor” to the Chromium project. The company will try to improve Chromium not just for Edge, but for other browsers as well, and not just for PCs, but for other devices too. The priority will, however, be web platform enhancements to make Chromium-based browsers better on Windows devices. Microsoft stands to benefit if the web works well on Windows, as the impact trickles down to its customers, partners, and the overall business. Last month, Microsoft was spotted making contributions to the Chromium project for ARM-based Windows devices. The thought at the time was that Chrome was being ported to Windows 10 on ARM, but now we know Microsoft was thinking bigger. (Chromium-based browsers are 32-bit only, meaning they run emulated and negatively impact battery life. Microsoft wants to fix for all Chromium-based browsers, including Chrome and Edge.) Microsoft intends to continue work on ARM64 support, but it also hopes to improve Chromium’s web accessibility and take advantage of other hardware features like touch support. Indeed, Edge is the only major browser with a 100 percent HTML5Accessbility score and is known for having solid touch scrolling performance. In fact, Microsoft doesn’t want to switch to Chromium until some of that functionality has been contributed to the project. That way, Edge won’t lose features when the switch happens next year. Source
  15. A team of Belgian researchers discovered privacy issues in how browsers, ad-blocking, and anti-tracking implementations handle third-party cookie requests. A team of Belgian researchers from KU Leuven analyzed third-party cookie policies of seven major web browsers, 31 ad-blockers and 14 anti-tracking extensions and discovered major and minor issues in all of them. Major issues include Microsoft Edge's unwillingness to honor its own "block only third-party cookies" setting, bypasses for Firefox's Tracking Protection feature, and use of the integrated PDF viewer in Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers for invisible tracking. Cookie requests can be sorted into two main groups: first-party requests that come from the address listed in the address bar of the browser and third-party requests that come from all other sites. Advertisement displayed by websites makes use of cookies usually and some of these cookies are used for tracking purposes. Internet users can configure their browsers to block any third-party cookie requests to limit cookie-based tracking. Some browsers, for instance Opera or Firefox, include ad-blockers or anti-tracking functionality that is used in addition to that. Anti-tracking mechanisms have flaws The research paper, "Who Left Open the Cookie Jar? A Comprehensive Evaluation of Third-Party Cookie Policies", detailed information about each web browser, tests to find out if a browser is vulnerable to exploits, and bug reports are linked on the research project's website. The researchers created a test framework that they used to verify whether "all imposed cookie- and request-policies are correctly applied". They discovered that "most mechanisms could be circumvented"; all ad-blocking and anti-tracking browser extensions had at least one bypass flaw. In this paper, we show that in the current state, built-in anti-tracking protection mechanisms as well as virtually every popular browser extension that relies on blocking third-party requests to either prevent user tracking or disable intrusive advertisements, can be bypassed by at least one technique The researchers evaluated tracking protection functionality and a new cookie feature called same-site cookies that was introduced recently to defend against cross-site attacks. Results for all tested browsers are shown in the table below. The researchers tested the default configuration of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Cliqz, and Tor Browser, and configurations with third-party cookie blocking disabled, and if available, tracking protection functionality enabled. Tor Browser is the only browser on the list that blocks third-party cookies by default. All browsers did not block cookies for certain redirects regardless of whether third-party cookies were blocked or tracking protection was enabled. Chrome, Opera and other Chromium-based browsers that use the built-in PDF viewer have a major issue in regards to cookies. Furthermore, a design flaw in Chromium-based browsers enabled a bypass for both the built-in third party cookie blocking option and tracking protection provided by extensions. Through JavaScript embedded in PDFs, which are rendered by a browser extension, cookie-bearing POST requests can be sent to other domains, regardless of the imposed policies. Browser extensions for ad-blocking or anti-tracking had weaknesses as well according to the researchers. The list of extensions reads like the who is who of the privacy and content blocking world. It includes uMatrix and uBlock Origin, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, Privacy Badger, Disconnect, or AdBlock for Chrome. The researchers discovered ways to circumvent the protections and reported several bugs to the developers. Some, Raymond Hill who is the lead developer of uBlock Origin and uMatrix, fixed the issues quickly. At least one issue reported to browser makers has been fixed already. "Requests to fetch the favicon are not interceptable by Firefox extensions" has been fixed by Mozilla. Other reported issues are still in the process of being fixed, and a third kind won't be fixed at all. You can run individual tests designed for tested web browsers with the exception of Microsoft Edge on the project website to find out if your browser is having the same issues. Closing Words With more and more technologies being added to browsers, it is clear that the complexity has increased significantly. The research should be an eye opener for web browser makers and things will hopefully get better in the near future. One has to ask whether some browser makers test certain features at all; Microsoft Edge not honoring the built-in setting to block third-party cookies is especially embarrassing in this regard. (via Deskmodder) Now You: Do you use extensions or settings to protect your privacy better? Source
  16. Changelog: https://blogs.opera.com/desktop/changelog-for-54/ What's New: https://blogs.opera.com/desktop/2018/07/opera-54-0-2952-60-stable-update/ All OS: https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/54.0.2952.60/ Win - Patch: https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/54.0.2952.60/win/patch/Opera_Stable_54.0.2952.60-54.0.2952.54_Patch.exe https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/54.0.2952.60/win/patch/Opera_Stable_54.0.2952.60-54.0.2952.54_Patch_x64.exe Win - AutoUpdate: https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/54.0.2952.60/win/Opera_54.0.2952.60_Autoupdate.exe https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/54.0.2952.60/win/Opera_54.0.2952.60_Autoupdate_x64.exe Win - Setup: https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/54.0.2952.60/win/Opera_54.0.2952.60_Setup.exe https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/54.0.2952.60/win/Opera_54.0.2952.60_Setup_x64.exe
  17. compgen1534

    Chromium 65.0.3335.0

    Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. Chromium is the open source web browser project from which Google Chrome draws its source code. The project's hourly Chromium snapshots appear essentially similar to the latest builds of Google Chrome aside from the omission of certain Google additions, most noticeable among them: Google's brand, auto-update mechanism, click-through licensing terms, usage-tracking, and bundling of Adobe Flash Player. Download Chromium Offline Installer Setup!The Chromium Project takes its name from the element chromium (Cr), the metal from which chrome is made. Google's intention, as expressed in the developer documentation, was that Chromium would be the name of open source project and that the final product name would be Chrome. However other developers have taken the Chromium code and released versions under the Chromium name.Differences between Chromium and Google ChromeChromium is the name given to the open source project and the browser source code released and maintained by the Chromium Project. It is possible to install the latest precompiled snapshots for Windows, Linux and Mac, or by downloading the source code and building it manually on those platforms. Google takes this source code and adds an integrated Flash Player, the Google name and logo, an auto-updater system called GoogleUpdate, an opt-in option for users to send Google their usage statistics and crash reports as well as, in some instances, RLZ tracking which transmits information in encoded form to Google, for example, when and where Chrome has been downloaded. By default, Chromium only supports Vorbis, Theora and WebM codecs for the HTML5 audio and video tags, while Google Chrome supports these in addition to H.264, AAC, and MP3. Certain Linux distributions may add support for other codecs to their customized versions of Chromium. Download Chromium Offline Installer Setup!The open-source project providing the code for Google Chrome. Includes documentation, developer information, bug reports, and source code download. The easiest way to download Chromium for PC today! Source:https://www.filehorse.com/download-chromium/ Official Download:https://www.chromium.org/Home
  18. Adobe Flash Player 27.00.183 Final Changelog: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/flash-player-releasenotes.html https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/release-note/fp_27_air_27_release_notes.html Downloads: Non-IE- NPAPI: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player.exe or https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/27.0.0.183/install_flash_player.exe or https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/licensing/win/install_flash_player_27_plugin.exe IE - ActiveX: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ax.exe or https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/27.0.0.183/install_flash_player_ax.exe or https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/licensing/win/install_flash_player_27_active_x.exe Chromium based Browsers- PPAPI: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe or https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/27.0.0.183/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe or https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/licensing/win/install_flash_player_27_ppapi.exe Uninstaller: https://download.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player.exe
  19. Encrypt the web! HTTPS Everywhere is a extension to protect your communications by enabling HTTPS encryption automatically on sites that are known to support it. Homepage Changelog: Firefox 2017.10.24 / Chrome 2017.10.24 * Significant code refactor * Fixes for Fennec * Ruleset updates Download for Firefox https://www.eff.org/files/https-everywhere-2017.10.24-eff.xpi Download for Chrome, Chromium, and Opera 15+ Note: If you install the standalone .crx (i.e. not from the Chrome Web Store), and you are using Windows, Chrome will automatically disable the extension on each restart. You may be able to work around by using developer mode. See this issue. =
  20. Chromium, the open source project behind Google Chrome, Opera and several other browsers, is going to support MP3. This would enable users and websites to play MP3 files in Chromium browser. A Chromium contributor informed about this, “We have approval from legal to go ahead and move MP3 into non-proprietary codecs list”. The MP3 support in Chromium is targeted for version 62. MP3 is a proprietary format and that’s why its support is not available in the open source Chromium project. On the other hand, MP3 is well supported on Chrome along with few other proprietary components. Just to remind you here, Chromium also supports PDF files now, which was not available in past due to similar licensing restrictions. Google later announced PDFium project in association with Foxit, and open sourced PDF rendering plugin of Chrome. Article source
  21. Epic is a privacy-centric web browser developed by Hidden Reflex and based on Chromium source code. It is dubbed as the first web browser from India. Features & More Info: Homepage: https://www.epicbrowser.com/ Download Page: https://epicbrowser.com/thank_you.php Download: Win-EXE (1.7 MB): https://winepic-cbe.kxcdn.com/Release/58.0.3029.110/EpicSetup.exe OS X-dmg (92.2 MB): https://macepic-cbe.kxcdn.com/2462/sign/Epic.dmg OS X-dmg (103 MB): https://macepic-cbe.kxcdn.com/Epic_53.0.2785.143.dmg Win-ZIP (1.5 MB): https://winepic-cbe.kxcdn.com/Release/58.0.3029.110/EpicSetup.zip OS X-ZIP (87.5 MB): https://macepic-cbe.kxcdn.com/Epic.zip
  22. Adobe Flash Player 26.0.0.131 Final Changelog: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/flash-player-releasenotes.html Downloads: Non-IE - NPAPI: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player.exe or https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/26.0.0.131/install_flash_player.exe IE - ActiveX: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ax.exe or https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/26.0.0.131/install_flash_player_ax.exe Chromium - PPAPI: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe or https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/26.0.0.131/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe
  23. Adobe Flash Player 26.0.0.126 Final Changelog: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/flash-player-releasenotes.html Downloads: Non-IE - NPAPI: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player.exe or https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/26.0.0.126/install_flash_player.exe IE - ActiveX: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ax.exe or https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/26.0.0.126/install_flash_player_ax.exe Chromium - PPAPI: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe or https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/26.0.0.126/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe
  24. Adobe Flash Player 25.0.0.148 Final Changelog: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/flash-player-releasenotes.html Downloads: Non-IE - NPAPI: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player.exe or https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/25.0.0.148/install_flash_player.exe IE - ActiveX: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ax.exe or https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/25.0.0.148/install_flash_player_ax.exe Chromium - PPAPI: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/latest/help/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe or https://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/25.0.0.148/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe
  25. Opera Browser Gets Windows 7 Native Look and Feel in Latest Dev Version Opera 45 dev receives update with several improvements First and foremost, this new version pushes the Reborn overhaul one step further, as it introduces new icons which the development team describes as “more refined and elegant.” Some of these icons change their colors when they are active, and without a doubt, more refinements would be included in future updates. Additionally, Opera removed the Speed Dial animation effect when hovering the mouse over the tiles, but instead added a new effect when opening the private mode allowing you to browse the web without leaving any traces. As for Windows 7 users, this update is particularly important because it brings back the OS look and feel, introducing the Aero Glass window frame. There are obviously plenty of bug fixes, including some other tweaks for the ad blocker, so in case you’re part of the developer channel, there’s no doubt that you should update as soon as possible. On the other hand, stable users should keep in mind that this is just a developer build, so other bugs and issues are likely to be found until Opera 45 hits the production channel. If you want to give a try to all these improvements, you can always download Opera for Linux, Mac, and Windows using this links on Softpedia. Source
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