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March 2016

Block Reddit from tracking outbound links

Reddit announced a week ago that it decided to start tracking outbound links on the site which effectively means that they know on which outbound links Reddit users clicked.

According to Reddit, doing so will open up new possibilities for the site, for instance to better combat spam or better stats such as clicks to votes.

Reddit tracks what each individual user clicks on but does not share the data with third-parties.

Microsoft Edge: How to make Google play nice

If you are using Microsoft Edge occasionally or as your main web browser all the time you may have noticed today that Google started to serve older versions of its site to the browser.

If you visit Google.com for instance using Microsoft Edge, you get a black bar at the top which you don't get when you use Chrome, Firefox or the majority of other modern browsers.

Yes, defragmenting is still a useful thing

You may have read Samer's Ten software trends that are (or should be dying) recently here on ComTek4u which listed disk defragmentation as one of the trends that is dying.

It is undeniable that the rise of Solid State Drives and better defragmentation support of operating systems have made the need to defragment disks or files less of an issue on many computer systems.

How to turn off smooth scrolling in Google Chrome

Google introduced several new features in Google Chrome Stable 49, among them smooth scrolling to improve the scrolling behavior in the web browser.

While that may work well or better for most users, some users have noticed lag when scrolling after upgrading their browser versions to 49.

The Future of Pale Moon

Pale Moon is a web browser that you find recommended fairly often here on ComTek4u, especially in the comment section as an alternative to Mozilla Firefox.

The browser is a fork of on an old code base of Firefox ESR but heavily modified. One of the main appeals of the web browser is that its developers refused to integrate changes to the browser that take away functionality from it.

First Look at F.Lux for Android

F.Lux for Android brings the same day and night shifting of colors from the desktop to rooted Android devices.

One of my must have Windows programs is F.Lux which makes the colors of the screen adapt to the time of day. The main idea behind the feature is to make the screen more pleasing to the eye at night and to improve sleep for those of us who work on the computer late at night.

The Android version of F.Lux offers similar functionality but is limited to Android 5.x devices or newer devices for the most part and requires root on top of that.

Firefox and Chrome ship with experimental WebAssembly support

Mozilla and Google announced today that they have added experimental WebAssembly support to Firefox Nightly and Chrome Canary.

Microsoft revealed that it will launch a version of Microsoft Edge in the future that supports WebAssembly as well.

So what is WebAssembly, and why is its introduction important?

WebAssembly is an emerging standard whose goal is to define a safe, portable, size- and load-time efficient binary compiler target which offers near-native performance—a virtual CPU for the Web.

Is Samsung giving up on the S-Pen?

Samsung’s line of Galaxy Note phablets and tablets have a single important feature that is unavailable in any other Android or iOS device: the built in S-Pen that fits inside the device.

For those unfamiliar with it, the S-Pen is not a regular stylus but one that has evolved since it’s introduction with the original Note 1 in 2011 and become a highly sensitive stylus that recognizes speed, tilt, rotation, and pressure, in order to provide an excellent user experience.

Mozilla: WebExtensions are great for developers

Mozilla revealed in a new blog post on the official Addons blog why Webextensions, a new API for Firefox add-on developers, are advantageous to the development community.

Wox: Windows launcher with Everything support

Wox is a plugin-powered launcher for Windows that supports file and web searching, and other operations, that you can all access with a tap on the program's hotkey.

Its core functionality is similar to what other file launchers such as Launchy offer on Windows. You bring up the program's prompt with the shortcut Alt-Space, and can start typing right away to find files on the local system or run web searches instead.

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