Posts Tagged ‘chromium’

Iridium: Privacy-Focused Chromium-Based Browser

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Iridium has been around for a little while now, but its market share remains relatively small in spite of its useful, privacy-related features.

Iridium is a privacy-focused modification of the Chromium web browser by members of the Open Source Business Alliance. Chromium is the open source basis for Google Chrome and other browsers such as Opera or Vivaldi. While it ships with less things Google integrated in the browser than Google Chrome, there is still room for improvement privacy-wise.


Opera is an Attractive Option for Left-Behind Chrome Users

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

If you’re a Windows XP user who’s been left high and dry by Chrome’s end of support for XP, you might want to give Opera a try.

Google announced back in 2015 that the company’s Google Chrome web browser would support Microsoft’s Windows XP operating throughout 2015 but would drop support shortly thereafter. It revealed in November 2015 that it made the decision to add Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.8 and earlier, all 32-bit versions of Linux, Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7 to the list of unsupported operating systems.


First Look at Brave Browser for Windows

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

A browser with a built-in ad-blocker, and plans for a feature that will place substitute ads on the pages you visit … advertisers are gonna hate this one if it catches on.

Brendan Eich’s new web browser Brave has finally been released as a preview for the Windows desktop. Initially released only for Apple’s iOS platform, Brave is now also available for Windows, Linux, OS X and Android. Download links for all (but the Linux) version are provided on the official Brave website, with both Windows and Mac downloads listed as developer version.


Steam Uses Insecure, Out-of-Date Chromium Browser

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

If your children are gamers (or if you are,) then this article offers some food for thought regarding the popular Steam client.

Valve has integrated a custom version of the Chromium web browser in its Steam client that displays web content to Steam users. If the past couple of weeks have shown anything, it is that custom Chromium or Chrome versions are a security risk more often than not. Google analyzed third-party implementations of its Chromium browser recently, and came to the conclusion that they made user systems less secure despite claiming the opposite.


Otter Browser Beta 8 has been Released

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

If you love the Opera browser just the way it is, and dread the upcoming Opera restart, then you might want to take a look at Otter.

Otter Browser Beta 8 brings the open source browser one step closer to a final release. The new version introduces new features and improvements to the web browser. The Otter web browser project was launched in January 2014 as a response to Opera Software’s decision to restart the Opera web browser by discontinuing the company’s own Presto engine.


Chrome’s “Clear Browsing Data” to Display Details about Deleted Data

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

This feature doesn’t do much as far as protecting your privacy, but it does provide an interesting look at the types of files that your browser stores on your PC.

Google Chrome’s “clear browsing data” dialog will soon become more useful as Google has started to add information about items that get deleted by it to it. Most web browsers ship with options to delete browsing data directly from within the browser. What they all fail to reveal however is what gets removed when you use the feature. The main issue with that approach is that you may not clear a single item depending on what you are selecting which in turn means that the selected action has no impact on the browser or local storage.


Opera Co-Founder Launches Vivaldi Web Browser

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Sure, why not? Trying out a new web browser is always kind of interesting and fun.

The technical preview of Vivaldi, a Chromium/Blink based web browser by Opera co-founder and former CEO John von Tetzchner is now available. The Opera browser is best known for innovations that Opera Software introduced to the browser, and while not all of them stuck, many were copied by other browsers in the end.


Opera Software Releases First Linux Build of New Opera

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

It sounds like the new, Linux version of Opera still needs a bit of work …

When Opera Software announced that it would switch from its old trusted Presto engine to Chromium, it became clear quickly afterwards that many popular features of the old client would not be available initially in the new one. The new Opera can best be described as bare bones. While it offered anything that you could possible want in terms of rendering web pages in the browser, many of the features that made Opera unique or comfortable to use were missing.


Opera for Linux Release Imminent?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

A Linux based version of Opera is on the way (but don’t hold your breath.)

When Norwegian company Opera Software announced that it would switch its trusted Presto engine to Chromium, it caused quite the stir among users. Some congratulated Opera Software for the move as it improved web standards compatibility and speed among other things. Others were skeptical, and when the first version of the new Opera browser was launched, it became clear that it would take a long time until it would offer the same functionality as the old version of the Internet browser.


Yandex Browser Based on Chromium Launches

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Just in case anyone doesn’t have enough browser options already … here’s another one.

Yandex has just released version 1.0 of its web browser. The 28 Megabyte download is based on Chromium, and thus not the first spin-off that we have seen appear on the scene. The majority of spin-offs on the other hand are not really that different from the default Chromium browser. Some add privacy related features to the browser, while others add features such as mouse gestures or social features to Chromium.