EurekAlert: Bento browser makes it easier to search on mobile devices. “Searches involving multiple websites can quickly get confusing, particularly when performed on a mobile device with a small screen. A new web browser developed at Carnegie Mellon University now brings order to complex searches in a way not possible with conventional tabbed browsing.” This looks really interesting, but it appears to be mobile-only at the moment with other options on the way.
TechCrunch: Opera launches a new mobile browser . “Opera today announced a new mobile browser, Opera Touch, that shows that there’s still plenty of room for a competitor in the mobile browsing world. Opera Touch takes some ideas from the company’s experimental Opera Neon desktop browser and packages it into a highly usable package for Android, with an iOS version coming soon.”
PC World: Opera is shuttering its VPN app for iOS and Android, sending users to SurfEasy. “Pour one out for Olaf. No, not the charming snowman from Disney’s Frozen, the mascot for Opera’s free VPN app. Opera has announced that the warmhearted Viking will be retiring at the end of April, taking the free VPN app for iOS and Android with him.”
Digital Trends: Major web browsers will support web-based fingerprint, facial authentication. “The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the entity that maintains the standards used across the internet, said on Monday, April 9, that Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla signed on to support web-based technology for biometric authentication. In other words, Chrome, Edge, and Firefox will soon support signing into online accounts using fingerprint scanners, voice authentication, facial recognition, and so on without additional software.”
BetaNews: Privacy: Avast launches Chromium-based Secure Browser. “The far-reaching tentacles of the likes of Google and Facebook have focused people’s attention on online privacy, but for anyone looking to retain a modicum of confidentiality it can be hard to know what to do. There are VPN tools, but these are not for everyone, for anyone looking for a quick solution, Avast Secure Browser could be the answer. This new Chromium-based browser is billed as being ‘private, fast, and secure’ and it’s designed to address the misconceptions many people have about privacy and security online. The browser is a renamed and updated version of SafeZone.”
CNET: Brave browser getting closer to Chrome — including its extensions. “Brave Software is moving its browser a step closer to Chrome, a move that’ll mean a new look and the ability to tap into the array of extensions that customize Google’s browser. The new version of Brave is in development now and due in several months, the startup said Wednesday. But curious developers now can start taking a look.”
BetaNews: Opera 52 launches faster ad-blocking tool, adds support for multiple tab selection. “Opera Software has released Opera 52.0, the latest version of its Chromium-based browser for Windows, Mac and Linux. The main highlight in this new release is the unveiling of a faster ad-blocker tool. In addition, users gain the ability to select multiple tabs with a variety of related actions, including a brand new option for copying Web URLs. There are also new animations to accompany error and warning messages.”