Neowin: Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser now available for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. “Microsoft first started offering public previews of its new Chromium-based Edge browser over two months ago. At the time, it was for AMD64 Windows 10 PCs only, but since then, it’s expanded to x86 Windows 10 PCs, and to macOS. Today though, the firm announced that you can now test out the browser on older versions of Windows, including Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.”
Wired: It’s Time To Switch To A Privacy Browser. “If you want to push back against online tracking, you’ve got several options to pick from when choosing a default browser. These are the browsers that put user privacy high on the list of their priorities.”
BetaNews: Firefox unveils new-look logo and introduces new parent brand. “Firefox has revealed its redesigned branding, including a new icon for its web browser, as well an introducing the logo for the new Firefox parent brand, some 18 months in the pipeline.”
How-To Geek: How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Google Chrome Without Using an Extension. “Google Chrome has a hidden feature tucked away inside Developer Tools that lets you take full-sized screenshots of any web page. This feature captures the entirety of a page, similar to a scrolling screenshot, without the use of a third-party extension.” I wish I’d known about this a while ago! There are plenty of extensions that let you take full-page screenshots, but the permissions are always scary.
BetaNews: How to enable Google Chrome’s secret Reader Mode. “Google has released an update for its browser and while Chrome 75 isn’t, at first glance, the most exciting of releases (with the main focus being on fixing bugs), it does contain a nifty hidden feature.”
Lifehacker: How To Enable Content Blocking Filters and Privacy Extensions on Firefox 67.0. “Mozilla rolled out several new privacy features for the desktop version of Firefox today, including enhanced tracker protection and content blocking, a password manager, and new optional security extensions. Some of these features will need to be enabled and configured for existing users, though people who download a fresh installation of Firefox should have most turned on by default. Either way, we detail all of the changes in the update, and how to enable them, in the section below.”
Ars Technica: Before Netscape: The forgotten Web browsers of the early 1990s. “Update: It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the US, and the Ars staff has a long weekend accordingly. 2019 marks 30 years since Tim Berners-Lee worked at CERN and came up with a little idea known as the World Wide Web. As all of us do a little Web browsing this weekend, we thought resurfacing this piece outlining those early browsers might make all of us even appreciate Internet Explorer today. This story originally ran on Oct. 11, 2011, and it appears unchanged below.” Obviously not Memorial Day weekend now, but this sat in my Pocket queue for a bit. Still a good read, especially for those of use who used Cello, Mosaic, etc. In other words, get off my lawn…