Opera Web Browser is a free web browser that originally started as a research project back in 1995 and today continues to be a fast, safe, and secure web browser.Download @ MajorGeeks
Here at “Tech News for You”, I am caught between three web browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Vivaldi. All three are excellent in my opinion and I actually struggle between choosing which one is my final pick. Vivaldi just released version 3.1 and their new full page notes manager has pulled Vivaldi back in the hunt as my top pick, edging out Microsoft Edge.
Yesterday I posted about the NEW upgraded version of Vivaldi for Windows and let me tell you, it is now my default web browser. It is that good.
In follow up to that post I decided to try out Vivaldi’s new Android version and again, after some testing and trying, it to is a winner. The Android version is very close to the features of the version for Windows and it is very fast. No hurt in giving it a try…
Vivaldi is a new web browser with an integrated ad blocker, tracking protection, and useful built-in features. Browse with unique desktop-style tabs, end-to-end encrypted sync, dark & private mode. Download for free and browse fast, take notes in the browser, and capture full-length screenshots.
Source: Google Play Store – Vivaldi
I am sold on Microsoft Edge. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, it will be heading your way soon; but, if you can’t wait, CLICK HERE. If you are an existing user of Microsoft Edge, make sure you check out the “Collections” feature. To access the feature, click on the “Collections Icon” on the toolbar (see below) next to the address bar. This icon will open what is called the “Collections” pane where you can create, edit and view collections of web links. For example, I am now using “Collections” when shopping, blogging, or researching a specific topic and will group my findings in individual collections.
Another, more efficient way to use “Collections” is to right mouse click on any page; and, from the menu you can start a new collection or add to an existing collection.
I am finding “Collections” to be super handy and wanted to make sure you are using it. You will not be disappointed…
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Posting this to let people know there is another Chromium-based browser that has popped up that I am unaware of. I have not tested (or tried) Kinza at this point; but, will keep it in mind. Here at What’s On My PC, I am currently testing Google Chrome, Vivaldi and Microsoft Edge.
Kinza is a Japanese original web browser, which has been developed using the Chromium source code as with Google Chrome. Many Internet users keep using the web browser pre-installed on their PCs, but experienced users abandon it for more extensive browsers, such as Google Chrome and Firefox.
Microsoft Edge has a new crapware blocker, but it isn’t enabled by default. It’s currently available in the beta version of Edge, but should arrive for everyone using the Chromium-based Edge browser with the stable release of Edge 80 in early February.
To you folks at home, I am sure you are very familiar with Google Chrome. Google Chrome is Google’s signature web browser; but, did you know that Google Chrome is a spin off of what is called Chromium. Chromium (as defined by Wikipedia) is “a Google-developed, free and open-source project whose source code can be compiled into a web browser”. There is actually a Chromium web browser.
As result of the Chromium platform being open source, other entities can freely use the source code to develop their own signature web browser platforms. For example, here at “What’s On My PC” I have installed on my computer (for testing purposes) Google Chrome, the new Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi and Brave. Each one of the these browsers are built off the source code of Chromium and if you install and test drive these browsers you will notice the similarities to that of Google Chrome; however, each of these browsers have unique features.
Which one is better? Actually, they are all very good and it is exciting to see these browsers in competition with each other. It really comes down to a matter of opinion and maybe loyalty. Maybe you love Google products, Microsoft products or you like the idea of Open Source products. Maybe you love additional features; want more privacy and security; you want faster; or, like myself, you love trying new software applications.
Which one is my favorite??? At this point (and that can change at anytime), my favorite is the open source browser called BRAVE. What is catching my attention with BRAVE is the (to the naked eye) smoothness, clarity and speed; the more aggressive security and privacy protections; and, the seamless compatibility with the Google Chrome Store (to install my browser extensions).
What “Chromium Platform Browser” is your favorite? Feel free to comment….
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December 1, 2019
Today’s Thoughts From Rick –Get The Comics Daily at GoComics
A fond memory of mine, growing up, was getting the Sunday paper and taking out the section that contained the comics. Unlike today, back then the news really meant nothing to me; I just wanted the comics section. Today, I use an RSS Feed Reader (Inoreader) as my own customized type of newspaper and I needed a way to get that “comic’s fix” through an RSS feed. What I found was a website called GoComics that met that criteria. GoComics.com is the web’s largest catalog of syndicated newspaper strips, political cartoons, and webcomics, offering free new content every day. Iconic cartoons include Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Ziggy, Dilbert and more… So, if you like reading comics, check out GoComics.
Today’s Tech News Briefs:
A guide that will help you make the right online TV service provider choice; Engineers at MIT have now created a device to trap carbon dioxide that is much less energy-intensive and costly than today’s technologies; AND, Researchers at Santa Fe Institute and Boston University looked into where you should park in that crowded parking lot, based on mathematics.
Today’s Software Pick:
Desktop Info – An application that displays system information on your desktop. It looks like wallpaper but stays resident in memory and updates in real-time. Perfect for quick identification and walk-by monitoring of production or test server farms or any computer you’re responsible for. Uses very little memory and nearly zero CPU. Everything is customizable…
Today’s Android Pick:
Microsoft Edge – A secure web browser lets you search the web, block ads, and view pages with a reading view. Personalize your browsing experience with favorites, reading lists and saved passwords to get the browsing experience you like best. Use voice search to search the web just by speaking to your phone. With image search, you can search the web for results based on a photo or image.
Today’s “How To” Pick:
How to Avoid Snooping on Hotel Wi-Fi and Other Public Networks – Your neighbors in the hotel could snoop on your web activity. If you’re using an open Wi-Fi network at an airport or in a coffee shop, people nearby can also snoop on you there… Continue Reading @ How To Geek
Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):
Get the Garmin Vívoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch with Heart Rate Monitor, 2017 model for $100 with free shipping…
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HWiNFO32 (Portable) is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tool supporting the latest components, industry technologies and standards.
Slimjet is a web browser based on the Google Chrome engine with additional features and customizations. The program includes integrated ad-blocking, video downloader, customizable toolbar, form filler, photo upload enhance/shrink, translation, address aliases, flexible new tab controls and more.
Slimjet includes Facebook integration and is compatible with Google account import history/bookmarks. The program claims compatibility with almost all plugins and extensions from the Chrome web store.
WifiInfoView scans the wireless networks in your area and displays extensive information about them, including: Network Name (SSID), MAC Address, PHY Type (802.11g or 802.11n), RSSI, Signal Quality, Frequency, Channel Number, Maximum Speed, Company Name, Router Model and Router Name (Only for routers that provides this information), and more… When you select a wireless network in the upper pane of this tool, the lower pane displays the Wi-Fi information elements received from this device, in hexadecimal format.
These two keyboard shortcuts work in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge for sure; and, may work in the other web browsers as well.
- When wanting to go a page backward in your web browser you typically mouse click on the “back button”. You can also perform the same function on the keyboard by hitting the “ALT + “left arrow” keys.
- When wanting to go a page forward in your web browser you typically mouse click on the “forward button”. You can also perform the same function on the keyboard by hitting the “ALT + “right arrow” keys.
I have found that many folks at home do not know that you can perform an internet search by typing what you are looking for in the browser’s address bar. For example, I use Google Chrome. I can perform a Google Search by going to the address bar (at the top) and typing in what I am looking for. This saves me from having to go to Google.com to perform a search. This also works in the browsers on your smartphones and tablets, as well.
Depending on your browser, the default search engine or provider can be changed in your browser’s settings. Some people like Google, other’s like Bing (and so forth).
Just like your computer, your phone offers a variety of options to help you navigate the internet. Here are seven feature-packed web browsers that protect your privacy, reduce your data use, boost your speed, and more.
Firefox is (has always been) a great web browser. This new side-by-side view feature is a great feature for power users…
Firefox is jazzing things up with a couple of new test features that should embolden multitaskers and those who like to tinker with aesthetics. Side View lets you view a pair of tabs side-by-side without needing to open a new browser window.
HowToGeek has posted a good tutorial on how to set your web browser as the default in Windows…
It’s not an enjoyable experience when you click a link and the wrong browser loads. To avoid this experience, you can set your favorite browser as your default browser in Windows. Here’s how.
Through the Opera Browser Developer Channel you can try the developer’s version that has a dedicated power saving mode that is engineered to extend your laptop battery life up to 50%. In comparison to some of the other browsers (such as Google Chrome) this can mean several more hours of internet browsing time before you need to recharge your laptop.
Here is how to turn this feature “on”:
It’s easy to use the the new power saving mode. Once the laptop’s power cable is unplugged, the battery icon will appear next to the search and address field in the Opera browser. Click the battery icon to activate the power saving mode and flip on the switch.
You can learn more about this at Opera Blogs