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Microsoft Replacing Native Web Browser with a New Edge

Chris Rausch

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In the past, there weren’t many options for web browsers. Internet Explorer reigned supreme for more than a decade before other challengers like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari stepped in to provide some variety for users to choose from. Today, there are numerous options to choose from: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, and more.

To fight against the insurgence of new browsers and the number of users leaving Microsoft browsers, Windows introduced a new contender – Microsoft Edge – in 2015. It became the new default browser on Windows products and achieved some success, but could never really put enough of a dent in the loyal Google Chrome user base that accounts for more than two-thirds of desktop browser usage, or the iOS-backed Safari mobile browser.

Despite not seeing the results they hoped for with the original Edge, Microsoft decided to give the browser game another go. Relegating Edge to Edge Native, they made way for their new Chromium-based Windows Edge in early 2020. Built using the same base as Chrome but with a touch of Windows and some quality-of-life improvements, the new browser performs much more similarly to Firefox and Chrome – two of the leading desktop options available on the market today.

As of the March 2021 security update, the old Edge will be replaced in all Windows 10 operating systems by the new version, which is already active on the most recent Windows 10 release. This means that older operating systems and those still using the native program will lose access and support for the browser.

For those with automatic updates on, this will happen without you even realizing it when the March update comes out. Others will have to complete the update manually, which is highly recommended to do as soon as possible to avoid security lapses.

Whether the forced introduction and integration of the new Edge will help Microsoft get back its market share from the early to mid-2000s is yet to be seen, but with a number of similarities to Chrome, it may be able to overcome Mozilla Firefox for multi-browser users.

In my 4+ years as a professional tech copywriter, I've written about everything from laptops & routers to the software that facilitates billions in online sales each day. If it relates to, connects to, or belongs on the Internet, I'm in. Equipped with my Associate's in Computer Science and a computer I assembled myself (no big deal), I write about all things hardware, software, gaming, and digital tech to keep you up-to-date on important news, releases, and tips & tricks.

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Snowden NFT sells for $5.4 million amid the growing trend

McKenzie Elyse

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A piece of art by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has sold as an NFT for what was at the time valued at $5.4 million USD, or Ξ2,224.00 ETH (Ethereum Cryptocurrency). The image, titled “Stay Free,” shows Snowden’s face illustrated in the negative space of the pages of a US appeals court decision that ruled that the National Security Agency had violated US law. The artwork was created by Snowden himself using open-source software, and is the only known NFT produced by the former computer intelligence consultant. 

The proceeds of the sale will benefit the Freedom of the Press Foundation, where Snowden has held the position of president since 2014. The FPF states that their mission is to “protect, defend, and empower public-interest journalism in the 21st century.”

The Snowden NFT is currently the fourth most-expensive NFT to date, nearly doubling the USD sale price of Jack Dorsey’s infamous “First Tweet” of $2.9 million. Three weeks later, the current value of the Ethereum coin brought in by the Twitter CEO’s NFT sale on March 21st equals more than $3.7 million. The most expensive NFT to date is artist Beeple’s artwork titled “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” which sold for more than $69.3 million USD, or Ξ38,474.82 ETH on the date of sale. As of this writing, the same amount of ETH would be worth nearly $88 million USD.

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Toshiba CEO resigns following private equity buyout offer of $20+ billion

McKenzie Elyse

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Toshiba CEO Nobuaki Kurumatani has resigned from his position, the Japanese tech conglomerate said in a statement on Wednesday. He will be replaced by chairman Satoshi Tsunakawa after serving just three years as Chief Executive Officer.

The resignation comes in tandem with news of a buyout offer from CVC Capital Partners, which reportedly exceeds $20 billion. Due to his previous affiliation as head of the Japanese operations of the UK-based private equity fund, Kurumatani’s governance and potential conflicts of interest have been called into question by the board and activist shareholders.

CVC Capital is not the only company that has expressed interest in taking Toshiba private. The Financial Times recently reported of another, larger buyout proposal from KKR & Co. Bloomberg News also reports that Canadian Brookfield Asset Management may also be exploring making an offer of their own.

Accepting any of these offers would remove Toshiba (OTCMKTS: TOSYY) from the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Delisting could help expedite decision-making by Toshiba’s management, which has recently clashed with shareholders. It could also give Toshiba the agency to concentrate resources on renewable energy divisions and other core businesses.

Toshiba has been plagued by turbulent financial troubles over the last decade. It was revealed in 2015 that the conglomerate was profit-padding in excess of $1.2 billion between 2008 and 2014, which resulted in the resignation of seven top executives. Compounded with the heavy blow its integral nuclear division took from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Toshiba spent the following years unloading assets and restructuring across nearly all of its divisions.

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Apple Spring Event Will Take Place April 20, Likely to Reveal New iPads and AirTags

Colin Edge

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Apple has finally announced the date for its spring event. The iconic tech company sent out email invites to press for a virtual spring event taking place Tuesday, April 20, at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET). The event will be live streamed on Apple’s website.

The invite shows an Apple Pencil squiggle with spring-themed colors, and features the tagline “Spring Loaded”. Fans have already begun speculating what that catchy phrase could mean – is Apple teasing something?

But the announcement actually got out before invites were sent, courtesy of a Siri slip-up. Hours before the formal announcement, several sleuths found that if asked when the next Apple event was taking place, Siri responded: “The special event is on Tuesday, April 20, at Apple Park in Cupertino, CA. You can get all the details on Apple.com.” Thanks, Siri.

Apple geeks are thrilled with official news of an event, as speculation had been ramping up for months. After March came and went, predictions surrounding an event became wildly numerous and diverse concerning the nature of the event, when it might happen, and whether or not it was happening at all.

The star of the show is expected to be Apple’s new iPad Pro. The new models are likely to feature mini-LED screens and a new chip (potentially the in-house produced M1 chips currently installed in the MacBook Pro 13-inch and Air). Long-rumored AirTags may also make an appearance. The new Apple tracking devices could attach to personal items like a wallet or purse, and work with the Find My app to keep tabs on them. Third-party trackers from companies like Samsung and Tile already exist on the market.

Apple is also planning to hold the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) virtually in June. Apple enthusiasts are glad to know that WWDC is taking place in addition to, not instead of, a spring event.

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