The Verge: Google Chrome is getting a reader mode on desktop

The Verge: Google Chrome is getting a reader mode on desktop. “The desktop version of Google Chrome’s browser is getting a reader mode, which can be used to strip out a page’s unnecessary background clutter to make an article easier to read. ZDNet notes that the feature launched today in Chrome’s experimental Canary release, and it should make its way to more stable versions of the browser in the future.”

BetaNews: Avast releases ‘Aspen’, its most secure browser to date

BetaNews: Avast releases ‘Aspen’, its most secure browser to date. “People tell us they are becoming increasingly wary of using third-party browsers such as those from Opera, Chrome and Firefox. It might come as a surprise, but many average users will opt to stick with their default OS browser, Edge, and a powerful security suite to keep themselves secure. The question is, is this the most secure way of surfing the web in 2019? Could the connection between your computer and the internet be made more rock solid? Well, Avast certainly thinks so.”

BetaNews: Opera 60 Reborn 3 promises to be Web3-ready with Crypto Wallet and revamped VPN

BetaNews: Opera 60 Reborn 3 promises to be Web3-ready with Crypto Wallet and revamped VPN. “The headline feature is Opera’s claim to be the first Web3-ready browser. Web3, also known as the Decentralized Web, makes use of blockchain to provide P2P transactions without the need for a trusted intermediary, whether that’s Facebook (social media), Uber (ride sharing) or Airbnb (short-term lets).”

Hands-on: First public previews of Chromium-based Edge are now out (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Hands-on: First public previews of Chromium-based Edge are now out. “Microsoft’s switch to using the Chromium engine to power its Edge browser was announced in December last year, and the first public preview build is out now. Canary builds, updated daily, and Dev builds, updated weekly, are available for Windows 10. Versions for other operating systems and a beta that’s updated every six weeks are promised to be coming soon.”

CNET: Vivaldi mobile browser due in 2019 — but no ad blocking

CNET: Vivaldi mobile browser due in 2019 — but no ad blocking. “Jon Von Tetzchner doesn’t need to crush Google Chrome. If he can get a few million people to use his Vivaldi browser, that should suffice. The chief executive of browser maker Vivaldi Technologies — and previously leader and co-founder of Opera, too — leads an effort to build a browser with an ultimately configurable interface so people can set it up just how they like it.”