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December 2015

Browse the web like you would have done 20 years ago

I'm not sure why anyone would want to go back to the early days of the Internet, but if you do, you can relive that past even more accurately by using an old web browser on top of it.

Probably the best option to check out how a website looked ten or twenty years ago is to head over to the Internet Archive as it stores snapshots of websites in the archive.

If you wanted to know how Ghacks looked like in 2005, you'd just have to enter the address of the site to get started and pick one of the available snapshot dates afterwards.

Vivaldi Browser gets silent tabs and Netflix support in latest build

The latest build of the Vivaldi web browser ships with a bunch of improvements that include support to silence websites in the browser with a simple click, and support for Netflix.

The silencing of websites works exactly like it does in other browsers that support the feature already. Vivaldi indicates that sound is playing with an icon that it adds to the tab the site is loaded in.

Windows 10 usage share continues to rise

Windows 10's usage share continued to climb in November 2015. Depending on the service that you are consulting in regards to operating system usage share, Windows 10 is already the second-most used operating system in the world or closing in on that position.

Otter Browser Beta 8 has been released

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.

Google accused of tracking Google Apps for Education students

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a complaint with the FCC yesterday about Google "deceptively tracking students" that participate in Google's Apps for Education program.

Google Apps for Education (Gafe) is a collection of services by Google like Gmail, Calendar, Drive and Hangouts that are provided to classrooms and schools. It is very similar to Google Apps for businesses in this regard.

Who is sitting in the Glass House? Its You!

Online privacy is not an easy concept to explain to the majority of Internet users due to its abstract often near-invisible nature.

While it is clear to anyone that leaving window blinds up may provide third-parties with a view of what is going on in the room, explaining that the same thing may happen online as well is complicated due to the abstract nature of it.

MiTeC Network Scanner: advanced IP, Port, Netbios and SNMP Scanner

MiTeC Network Scanner is a free advanced scanner for the Windows operating system that supports the scanning of IP and Port ranges as well as advanced features such as running remote commands, supporting SNMP devices, and displaying information about resource shares and services.

The free portable program has no dependencies and is compatible with all recent and not so recent versions of Windows. In addition to that, it is free to use for both private and commercial users.

Tab Groups add-on adds full tab grouping functionality to Firefox

Tab Groups is a brand new add-on for the Firefox web browser that replicates the functionality of Firefox's built-in tab grouping feature.

Mozilla announced some time ago that Tab Groups would be one of the features that it would remove from Firefox as part of the organization's "great or dead" project.

Adobe to remove direct Flash download links on January 22, 2016

If you don't use Google Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer but require Flash, you need to download and install a version of Flash on your system so that browsers that run on the device can pick it up.

There are two ways to do that. You can visit the official download site, side-step the McAfee offer that is added automatically to the download unless you uncheck the option, to download a stub installer that requires an Internet connection during installation on the local system.

Mozilla wants to drop Thunderbird

For years, Mozilla developed and maintained not only the Firefox web browser but also the Thunderbird email client.

Both products were received well when they were first released and both managed to attract millions of users who use the products on a daily basis.

Mozilla some time ago announced that it would remove staff from the Thunderbird project and hand over core development tasks to the community instead.

That was back in 2012, and for the most part since then, Thunderbird releases were nothing more than an assortment of bug and security fixes.


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