Leading this week's roundup is Twitter's new approach to personalized ads, created with a little help from your browsing history...
- Twitter's New Targeted Advertising Hooks Up with Your Browsing History (Engadget)
- Maxthon Reaffirms Commitment to PC With New Windows Desktop Browser (TechCrunch)
- Packaged Apps May Come to Android, iOS Next Month (Tom's Hardware)
- Mobile Chrome Apps Closer Than You Think (CNET)
- UC Browser for Windows 8 Updated, Now Launches Via Voice Command (WinBeta)
- Maxthon Launches Latest Iteration of its PC Web Browser in Beta Form (SlashGear)
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2013 has been a year rife with Internet privacy scandals, ranging from the NSA monitoring allegations to the shuttering of underground illicit goods marketplace Silk Road. These stories garnered worldwide attention, and increased interest in anonymity among Web surfers from all walks of life.
Accompanying this newfound public scrutiny is a great deal of confusion circling around what browsing anonymously truly means and how it can be achieved. The term anonymous browsing is bandied about often by news sources and everyday users alike, and is often used incorrectly. For some, anonymous browsing may mean visiting websites without your service provider, employer or even your government being able to restrict or track your incoming and outgoing traffic. For others, being anonymous may mean clearing any history, cache, cookies or other private data from your computer or portable device's hard drive at the end of a browsing session.
No matter your interpretation, platform, or browser of choice, our anonymous browsing tutorials have got your back.
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Although Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now in our rear view, many great shopping deals continue on for the next few weeks. Perusing the virtual shelves for these bargains, however, can prove to be quite a daunting task. With so many online retailers offering serious savings this holiday season, it pays to do your research. Whether shopping for gifts or just for yourself, this browser add-on can help you find the best prices.
Our 2013 Readers' Choice Awards winner for Best Overall Add-On, Booly helps Chrome and Firefox users find the lowest prices as well as online coupons. With 71% of the vote in a very active category, Booly received the stamp of approval from our readers and can transform holiday shopping into a pleasant experience.
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IE11's rapidly rising market share and a cost-effective Chromecast competitor top the browser-based headlines in what was a slow holiday week...
- IE11 Use Surges Post-Launch of Windows 7 Version (CNET)
- Chromecast Stand-in CheapCast Now Beams Browser Tabs to Your Display (Engadget)
- Browser Scan Unveils an Abundance of Critical Vulnerabilities (Help Net Security)
- Spark In Browser Dart IDE Reaches 0.0.15 (iProgrammer)
- Filemaker 13: The Database is in Your Browser (PCWorld)
- Mozilla's Browser Toolbar Makes Firefox Interface Customizations Easier (Ghacks Technology News)
- Web Proxy App Becomes Bitcoin Mining Trojan (CSO Magazine)
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November was a busy month here at About's Computing and Technology channel, with holiday and winter content the most prevalent...
- Tobii I-12 & I-15 Speech Generating Devices (About Assistive Technology)
- Using Electronics Before Takeoff and Landing: What You Need to Know About the FAA's New Rules (About Mobile Office Tech)
- PC Holiday Gift Guide (About PC Hardware)
- 5 Blogging Myths that Doom Bloggers to Failure (About Blogging)
- How to Organize Messages with Categories in Outlook.com (About Email)
- Securing Your New Computer (About Network Security)
- Bizarre Facts About the World Wide Web (About Internet for Beginners)
- Getting Started as a Bitcoin Miner (About Social Media)
- Use Indeed to Find Jobs in Your Niche and Local Area (About Web Search)
- Private Messaging is Reportedly Coming to Instagram (About Web Trends)
- Add a Dock Spacer to Your Mac (About Macs)
- Draw a Christmas Tree (About Desktop Publishing)
- Estimate 2013 Income Tax or Start Your Return Early (About Financial Software)
- Simulate a Snowy Scene (About Graphics Software)
- How to Deal with Missing Features in the Latest Version of iWork (About Office)
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Opera 18 is out, bringing with it some interesting new functionality revolving around tabs and themes as well as a revamped version aimed at Android tablet users. The browser has come a long way in recent months, with many of its features and portions of its interface the target of significant redesigns. As Opera evolves, so do our step-by-step tutorials teaching you the best ways to utilize the popular application.
The latest tutorial steps you through the process of activating Private Browsing mode on both the Windows and Mac platforms.
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Have you downloaded a file through your browser and can't find where it went? Perhaps you'd like your browser to place all downloaded files on your desktop for easy access. Thankfully the location on your hard drive where all completed downloads end up can be configured with a few clicks of the mouse. Our step-by-step tutorial walks you through the process of modifying the default download location in Google's Chrome browser.
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As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the States, let's take a look back at the week that was...
- Opera's Android Browser Gets Dedicated Support for Bigger Tablets (Engadget)
- Quarri Gets $2.35M to Protect Your Weakest Link: The Browser (VentureBeat)
- Safeplug Adds Tor Private Browsing to Your Home Network for $49 (Geek.com)
- Browser Extension Gets 'Disposable Data' Capabilities for Added Privacy (InfoWorld)
- Chrome Beta 32 Improves, Android Browsing Made Faster (GigaOM)
- Hi-Def Space Selfies Coming to Your Browser (National Geographic)
- UC Browser 9.4 for Android Released (NDTV)
- Oracle: Java's Security Problems Are Limited to the Browser (VR-Zone)
- Time to Move On: Final Patch for Opera 12 Due by Mid-2014 (ZDNet)
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The past week's top stories include Google's $17 million settlement spanning more than three dozen states, details of Internet Explorer on the upcoming Xbox One gaming console, a new exploit kit aimed at the Silverlight plug-in, and much more...
- Google to Pay $17 Million to States in Apple Cookies Case (PCWorld)
- Dolphin Browser Adds Night Mode, Themes, Master Password and More (Lifehacker)
- Microsoft's Browser-Based Dev Toolbox: How 'Monaco' Came to Be (ZDNet)
- 10 Reasons the Browser is Becoming the Universal OS (InfoWorld)
- 8 Superpowers Hidden Inside Your Browser (PCWorld)
- Google, Mozilla are Tweaking Browsers for Web-Based Games (Los Angeles Times)
- Security Exploits for Android and iOS Fetch Hackers $117,500 in Bounties (Ars Technica)
- Cybercriminals Target Silverlight Browser Plug-in Users With New Exploit Kit (PCWorld)
- Chrome for iOS Getting Automated Form-Filling, Synced to Your Desktop Browser (9 to 5 Mac)
- Microsoft Debuts its Cloud-Based Complement to Visual Studio (ZDNet)
- Google Makes Latest Chrome Build Open PDFs by Default, Argues Browsers Are More Secure for the File Format (The Next Web)
- Internet Explorer for Xbox One to Include New Voice, Gesture Controls (SlashGear)
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