Digital Trends: Mozilla Brings Firefox Focus, Its Privacy-conscious Web Browser, To Android. “When Mozilla launched Firefox Focus last year, its take on a modern iPhone web browser, it doubled down on privacy. Now, nearly half a year later, Mozilla is bringing the same security-conscious experience to devices running Android, Google’s smartphone operating system.”
MakeUseOf: Bye Bye Chrome! Why We Switched to Firefox. “There was a time when Chrome truly sat atop the throne as Browser King, but those days are long gone. The gap has closed, and depending on who you ask, Chrome has been overtaken. I once believed that Chrome was ‘the best,’ but nowadays you may be happier elsewhere.” When I’m on my Chromebox I have to use Chrome, of course, but when I’m using Windows? Firefox.
The Verge: Firefox hogs less memory and gets a speed bump in its latest update. “In an attempt to even the playing field with competitors, Mozilla Firefox stepped up its game Tuesday by releasing an update that will increase browser speeds and cut down on memory usage.”
Vivaldi 1.1 is now available. “Releasing Vivaldi 1.10, we give you the power for making the Start Page more personal than ever before. You’re the one who gets to decide how your Start Page looks, feels and performs. We’ve also added the much-requested ability to dock the Developer Tools.”
Boing Boing: Beaker: a decentralized, peer-to-peer web browser that lets you create and fork websites. “Beaker is a project from Dat, a ‘grant-funded, open-source, decentralized data sharing tool.’ It’s a browser that lets you easily create websites using Markdown, or fork any existing website to make it suit your needs, and then share those sites peer-to-peer, without the need for servers in the middle.”
PC World: Why installing a text-mode web browser is a good idea. “There are plenty of nerdy things to love about using Linux, but one of the nerdiest things has to be the use of the text-mode web browser. And it’s awesome. I can feel you backing away slowly. Others might be thinking, ‘Alex, it’s 2017. Why on earth would I use a text-mode browser? What are you, stuck in 1985?’ Hear me out: The text-mode web browser is one of those super-useful tools that can really save your bacon.”
MakeUseOf: I Switched From Chrome to Opera and I’m Never Going Back. “I personally have every major browser installed on my system — the needs of my job require it. But if I wasn’t burdened by that, I can confidently say that I’d be an Opera man. Despite using Chrome for the past eight months, I recently switched back to Opera, and here are my reasons why.”