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Safari becomes second browser to surpass 1 billion users

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Safari now has more than 1 billion users.
Safari now has more than 1 billion users.
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Apple’s Safari web browser recently topped 1 billion users, a new study indicates, making it the second browser to do so. Even so, it still lags well behind Google Chrome in popularity.

“1,006,232,879 internet users (19.16% of all internet users) now use the Safari browser, making it the second browser with over a billion users,” the Atlas VPN report said.

How to block ads in Microsoft Edge for iPhone and iPad

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How to block ads in Microsoft Edge
For cleaner, more responsive browsing.
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Microsoft Edge has some nice advantages over Safari on iPhone and iPad — especially if you typically use Windows on your desktop. But just like other third-party browsers, it can’t play nicely with content blockers.

However, Edge does have a built-in ad blocker on iOS and iPadOS. And in this guide, we’ll show you how to enable it.

Microsoft Edge on iOS can now read your favorite websites aloud

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Bedtimes stories don’t get much better than the latest stories from all your favorite writers at Cult of Mac. And now Microsoft Edge for iOS can read them to you.

The new feature, added in the browser’s latest update, improves accessibility for the visually impaired and those who find it difficult to interact with iPhone and iPad.

Download the first Microsoft Edge preview for macOS

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See what Microsoft is working on for macOS.
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Microsoft has officially offered up its first Edge preview build for macOS.

The early release gives users a chance to see what Microsoft is working on for the Mac. It will be updated daily, so you’ll get to enjoy the changes and improvements as they happen (almost).

You can now try out Microsoft’s new Edge browser for macOS

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Microsoft is bringing its brand new Edge browser to macOS “soon,” but you don’t have to wait any longer to get your hands on an early version.

Both Canary and Developer builds are now available to Mac users. You won’t want to use them for everyday browsing, but they’re great for getting an early taste of Edge ahead of its official debut.

Microsoft Edge for iOS now translates websites in an instant

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Visit your favorite foreign sites in Microsoft Edge.
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Microsoft Edge for iOS now boasts instant web page translation.

The feature lets you visit your favorite foreign sites and enjoy them in your native tongue. It also gives you the option to quickly switch back to the site’s original language with little effort.

How to make YouTube load up to 5x faster in Safari

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It’s easy to give YouTube a kick up the backside.
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Have you ever wondered why YouTube is so much slower than all the other websites you visit in Safari? Did you know that you could make it up to five times faster with very little effort?

YouTube’s new design doesn’t play nicely with browsers that aren’t Google Chrome, but with some simple tweaks, you can switch back to its previous design and enjoy much faster speeds.

Here’s how.

Microsoft Edge for iOS to get visual search and more

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Microsoft Edge makes search even easier.
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Microsoft knows that Edge is nowhere near as popular as its rivals, but it has no plans to stop making its browser as good as can be. Its next big update will give those on iOS the ability to search by snapping photos, plus other helpful new features.

Microsoft Edge for iOS is getting one huge improvement

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Microsoft Edge makes search even easier.
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Microsoft Edge has been slow to match Safari’s feature set since making its debut on iOS last November. But it’s about to get one big feature that was sorely lacking: a built-in ad blocker.

Adblock Plus integration will be available in an upcoming Edge update, alongside visual search, book reading improvements, and more.

Microsoft Edge update brings 3D Touch support

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Microsoft Edge makes search even easier.
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MicrosoftMicrosoft is continuing its mission to make Edge a better browser on iOS by adding 3D Touch support. The app’s latest update adds Peek and Pop — plus a bunch of other new features and improvements.

Apple Heart Study, GRID Autosport, and other awesome apps of the week

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An Apple Watch app that could actually save your life by watching for irregular heart rhythms is just of one of the picks for this week’s “Awesome Apps of the Week.”

In addition, we’ve got a console-quality racing game, a new iOS web browser, and an app that will let you stream video to your Apple TV by simply dropping a video onto your Mac. Check out our picks below.

Microsoft is bringing its Edge browser to iPhone

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Microsoft is bringing its Edge web browser to iPhone.

Windows users will feel right at home with its design, which looks as close as possible to that of Edge on the desktop. They will also enjoy the ability to send websites to their desktop when they want to view them on a larger screen.

Budget smartwatches, smart nightlights and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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Edge case adds light to your iPhone alerts.
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Crowdfund Roundup bugiPhone cases don’t have to be boring and unpractical. With Edge, you get cool LEDs that notify you of incoming alerts for any app, let you keep an eye on battery levels at a glance, and more.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have an ultra-affordable Android Wear smartwatch, the world’s smartest nightlight, the coolest e-bike ever, and a high-quality and affordable 3D printer.

Mozilla buys Pocket in first ever acquisition

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But don't worry; Pocket is going nowhere!
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Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, just snapped up Pocket in its first ever acquisition.

Pocket will remain an independent subsidiary and promises to continue delivering the service fans know and love. However, the Mozilla takeover will allow it to add “fuel to the rocketship” and build an even greater product.

WhatsApp won’t get voice calling until next year

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WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging services on mobile, has long had plans to step up its assault against the likes of Skype and Viber with a free voice calling feature that was initially promised for the second quarter of 2014. Now the company’s CEO has confirmed that the launch is planned for early 2015 instead.