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Google Chrome Team has promoted Chrome 52 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. A list of changes in the latest Google Chrome update, Chrome 52.0.2743.82, is available here.

If you already use Google Chrome you don’t need to worry about downloading the latest version manually. The web browser should download the update and install it automatically.

Google today released Chrome 48 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Chrome 48 adds custom notification buttons and removes support for unsecure RC4 encryption. If you have Google Chrome installed, your browser should have silently updated already. You can confirm it by looking at the version number displayed in the About window. You can also manually check for update using the same. Chrome’s built-in updater will start updating your browser if it has not done it yet. You can also download Chrome directly from google.com/chrome.

The Star Wars – The Force Awakens was released last Friday. In the first weekend the movie broke several box office records in North America. For an epic movie like Star Wars, spoiler alerts are a nuisance for every fan yet to watch it themselves.

It does not matter if you are a new or a die-hard Star Wars fan, after waiting with anticipation to go and watch the movie yourself and find out the story, it would be a shame if you stumbled upon a web page where someone has spoiled about the movie.

Microsoft will officially replace “Project Spartan” with Microsoft Edge in the next upcoming Windows 10 build. The next build will be first available to Windows Insiders who are in the Fast ring. When Microsoft announced the successor of Internet Explorer, they officially titled the new web browser as Project Spartan. As the release date of Windows 10 is nearing, the software giant has finally decided to officially give Spartan web browser the new name Microsoft Edge.

Mozilla Firefox web browser now comes with built-in Digital Rights Management (DRM) so that users can play DRM-protected HTML5 video/audio without the need of any additional plug-ins.

Before the release of Firefox 38, users were unable to play any DRM-protected HTML5 video and audio directly. Thus if a user for instance wanted to use a streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, they had to install the Adobe Flash or Silverlight extension. Now with built-in DRM support the installation of the additional plugins is unnecessary. To offer built-in DRM support Mozilla will use Adobe Primetime, a content decryption module (CDM). Earlier, Adobe Primetime was available through Adobe Flash plug-in.

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Adobe Primetime CDM will be automatically installed with the latest version of Firefox. Adobe Primetime CDM will be enabled by default. Although users will have the option to either disable CDM or completely remove it from their computers. Alternatively, users who would rather not have the CDM downloaded to their browser on install can download Firefox without the CDM enabled by default.

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Image Source: Mozilla

See what’s more new in the latest version of Firefox along with direct download links to the latest version of Firefox from here.

Technical Mumbo-Jumbo: DRM, CDM, EME, what are they?

Digital Rights Management (DRM) lets online video and audio services to enforce how the content they provide is used by the end user. DRM technology may restrict some of the things that you can normally do in the browser. DRM-controlled content is usually viewable using Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash browser plugins.

With the introduction of HTML5, many online video and audio services now stream content using HTML5 video and audio functions. In order to let browsers take advantage of HTML5 and play DRM-protected content without any third party plugins, both Google and Microsoft partnered with a number of content providers including Netflix to propose a “built-in” DRM extension for the Web: the W3C Encrypted Media Extensions (EME).

The W3C EME specification defines how to play back DRM-protected content using the HTML5 <video>/<audio> element. EME is a JavaScript API that is part of a larger system for playing DRM-protected content in HTML <video>/<audio>. EME utilizes Content Decryption Module (CDM), the client component that provides functionalities like decryption of the protected content.

More technical insights about the above mentioned technologies can be found on W3C page about EME, Adobe Primetime CDM page and Mozilla Blog.

Great news for all Windows Insiders! Microsoft has released Windows 10 build 10049. The latest build that bundles the most anticipated feature, the Spartan web browser.

Finally, the wait is over. Windows Insider users can now download the latest Windows 10 build 10049 to test the new web browser. Spartan web browser will replace the now default Internet Explorer web browser. Except the inclusion of Spartan, Windows 10 build 10049 comes with a few bug fixes and improvements. It still does have a few bugs though, which is expected in a test build.

Microsoft will kill Internet Explorer web browser in the next upcoming preview release of Windows 10. The new modernized web browser codenamed Project Spartan will replace Internet Explorer. With the final release of Windows 10, users will be finally able to say goodbye to the omnipresent Internet Explorer. Until Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer came bundled with every Windows, released by Microsoft.

Along with the development of the Windows 10, Microsoft is also working on a new modern web browser called Project Spartan. The name of the new web browser is not finalized yet, so we will here refer it as Spartan or Spartan web browser.

Google Inbox is the new intelligent way to email. If you have never heard about Google Inbox, well, Inbox is a new service that transforms the way you used to use email, traditionally. Inbox runs on Gmail and it transforms everything from your Gmail account for you in Inbox. At this moment, to access Inbox, you need to ask Google for an invite. More information about how to request for Google Inbox is at the end of this post. Once accepted, you will be able to use it on all supported devices and platforms.

The world is progressing towards “everything on cloud” phase, making web browsers the most used application for anyone and everyone. It now doesn’t matter much which platform you are using. Be it Windows, OS X, Linux or cloud based operating system such as Chromium, you always need a web browser to access the Internet. The omnipresent presence of web browsers in our day-to-day life has made it such, we never give it a second thought. Anyone accessed the world-wide web ever is already familiar with web browsers. Popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, OperaSafari etc are not new to anyone. But the world of web browsers is not limited to these few web browsers only. There are hundreds of web browsers available for you to try. In tech language they fall in the “alternative” web browser category. These so-called “alternative web browsers” come loaded with some unique features. And there are concrete reasons too to the question “why use an alternative browser?“.