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Chromium is an open-source web browser developed and maintained by The Chromium Project. The git rolling release web browser was first introduced in 2008 and its different parts are released under different free software licenses which include BSD License (for the portion written by Google) and MIT License, LGPL, etc for other portions.

Google Chrome, also released in 2008, is a proprietary web browser developed and maintained by Google.

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Today security company Symantec, best known for its consumer anti-virus programs, spent $2.3 billion on a company called LifeLock. LifeLock is a so-called “identity protection” provider that is supposed to help alert its subscribers to odd activity on their accounts.

The idea is that if your credit card number is stolen or your identity is used by someone else, LifeLock will alert you of the bogus activity and keep it from harming your credit score or life. That sounds awesome, but the company has been marred in controversy and lawsuits over the years.

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Apple Mail isn’t exactly the greatest email app out there, but it’s serviceable and gets the job done for most people. That said, one common problem is slowness, which App Factor suggests fixing by cleaning up the mail database now and again.

This is a pretty old trick, but it’s useful nonetheless. The idea is to vacuum up the indexing system, which in turn significantly improves Mail’s speed. You can do this manually from the command line (the command varies based on which version of macOS you’re running), but it’s much easier to set up an Automator action that runs every time you close Mail.

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While Microsoft Edge might be a little lacking in features, compared to more established browsers like Chrome and Firefox, one area where it is better than its rivals is security.

That’s according to NSS Labs which today announced the results of its latest Web Browser Security comparative test. The test pitted Chrome, Firefox and — for the first time — Edge against each other to see how effective the browsers are at protecting against threats.

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Automated software delivery specialist Puppet is launching a new Docker Image Build tool, which automates the container build process to help organizations as they define, build, and deploy containers into production environments.

It adds to existing Puppet functionality for installing and managing container infrastructure, providing a standard, consistent way to install Docker operating environments as well as building and deploying containers.

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Google has announced that an update coming to its website browser, Chrome, will include an upgraded JavaScript engine to aid in reducing the memory usage on websites that were programmed using JavaScript.

Planned for launch on December 6, Chrome 55 will see performance improvements predominantly if a device doesn’t have much memory to start with (such as low-cost smartphones), and if a user runs Chrome with multiple tabs or other apps open at the same time.

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Google will block Flash in Chrome 53

Following the lead of Apple with Safari in macOS Sierra, and Mozilla with Firefox, Google has announced that Chrome will begin to block Flash content. Start with Chrome 53 in September, Google will “de-emphasize Flash in favor of HTML5”.

Google says that the decision has been made to improve security, performance, and battery life, and it builds on an earlier change that made some Flash content click-to-play rather than loading it by default.

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Google announces add-ons for Sheets and Docs Android apps

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Google has announced add-ons for its Docs and Sheets apps on Android. The Mountain View, California-based company says these add-ons will help users get more work done on the go.

“Whether it’s readying a contract you have for e-signature from your phone, or pulling in CRM data on your tablet for some quick analysis while waiting for your morning coffee, Android add-ons can help you accomplish more,” Google says in a blog post.

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Microsoft injects Office 365 with cool new features for Word, Outlook, PowerPoint

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Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team, updated the company’s Office blog on Tuesday with news of freshly baked features that are heading to Office 365 this month.

The new goodies specifically hitting Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint are backed by the cloud, including a Researcher service for Microsoft’s document editing program, as well as an Editor feature that serves as a personal digital writing assistant.

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