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Google Chrome highlights noisy tabs
It’s happened to everyone who’s ever used a web browser. You’re rolling along, with so many tabs open that they’ve begun scrolling off the screen, and suddenly an ad or video clip begins playing. Which tab is the annoying one? The only way to find out is to click and scroll and click and scroll.
Until Chrome version 32 arrived on the scene, that is. Beginning with that release, every open web page currently making noise is identified by a small speaker icon on its tab, meaning you can find and silence the offender with a quick scan.
This is one feature every browser should have, and probably will, someday. But for now it’s a Chrome exclusive.
Internet Explorer Tracking Protection Lists
The ugly secret of the Web is that you’re being tracked just about everywhere you go by advertisers and analytics companies that scoop up your personal data and store it in giant databases outside your control. There are plenty of third-party add-ons that claim to protect your privacy, but only Internet Explorer (version 9 or later) has this capability built in.
When you turn on Tracking Protection, you can use a list that Internet Explorer builds on the fly, as you use the browser. Or you can use a third-party list tailored to block specific domains known for their tracking behavior. Microsoft even created a list aimed at preventing Google from collecting data as you visit third-party sites.
If you care about privacy, it’s a good tool to keep at your disposal.
Safari is, perhaps, the most boring of all browsers, not known for its innovative interface or cutting-edge features. But because mobile Safari is the only option on the wildly popular iPad, it’s insanely popular. And on both OS X and iOS it has one built-in feature that none of its rivals do.
When you visit a web page in Safari, you can share it easily via Twitter or Facebook (or email) using the Share tool. This feature doesn’t require any third-party apps, and it lets you bypass annoying widgets that add extra information (including tracking codes) to your tweet or post. If you haven’t previously connected either service to your iPad, you’ll be prompted to do so the first time you use this feature. After that, it’s a simple matter of tap-and-share.