Moving to Firefox Quantum Made Easy

Earlier this week I wrote about Firefox’s new super speedy browser, Quantum. I have been using it exclusively for a couple of days now and I remain very impressed with it. Changing your browser can be a challenging task so I wanted to take a little time to help anyone interested in giving this new browser a whirl, while keeping all of your bookmarks, extensions and settings.

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My biggest problem with Chrome has been the browser’s sluggish performance and gluttony for system memory which can often impact the performance of the PC in general.

The latest version of Mozilla’s browser uses an all-new CSS engine and memory management techniques to load pages faster and handle piles of tabs better than Google’s offering.

I made the switch earlier this week and you can join me by following these simple steps to transition painlessly from Chrome to Firefox Quantum in under two minutes.

1) Install Firefox Quantum

Head to this page to get the installer for Mac, Linux and Windows, and follow the on-screen instructions to set it up. It should only take a couple of clicks.

2) Import your bookmarks and settings

Once you’ve got the browser installed, you can either start afresh with Firefox Quantum or bring over all your settings, bookmarks, history and passwords from Chrome.

The easiest way to do so is to open the Bookmarks Library by hitting Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+B, and then clicking on Import and Backup > Import Data from Another Browser to launch the wizard. Then, choose Chrome (or whichever other browser you’re migrating from); select the items you’d like to import, and you’re good to go.

3) Familiarize yourself with the new interface and features

Quantum’s interface is more sparse than previous versions, so you might need some time to get used to it. For starters, you can now enter search terms in the address bar, and that field now has a contextual button with three dots that contains shortcuts to functions like bookmarking, taking a screenshot, emailing the link, and sending the current tab to a synced device that also has Firefox installed.

You can set up the main toolbar just the way you like by clicking the hamburger menu button all the way on the right and then choosing Customize. Once there, you can add and remove buttons, and the search box (which is useful if you want to query search engines other than the default one, aka Google).

Customize your toolbar, layout and themes

Additionally, you can hide the title bar, show or hide toolbars like the one for bookmarks, configure the size and spacing of buttons, and even switch up themes by clicking the buttons at the bottom of this screen.

There are a couple of bland ones built in, as well as a dark theme and a few whimsical options. Firefox has long had a theme store where you can browse and add more to your collection, and you can access it from this page.

To save your changes and return to your browser, click Done at the bottom of the page.

Quantum has a couple of nice new tricks up its sleeve, including a built-in screenshot tool that lets you snap the visible portion of a page, the entire page, or just any area you choose. It’s accessible from the three-dots menu in the address bar, and it’ll automatically upload your screenshot so you can share it online, download the image, or copy it to your clipboard by hitting Ctrl/Cmd+V.

Firefox Quantum's built-in screenshot tool is pretty handy

The browser also has Pocket baked in, so you can easily save pages to read later with just a click on the address bar. You’ll need to sign into the service before it starts working, of course.

Pocket's read-later service is baked right into Firefox Quantum

Alternatively, you can use any other read-later service you like, such as Instapaper, but you’ll need to install the necessary add-on to do so (and you can then hide the Pocket button by right-clicking it and choosing the option to remove it).

4) Sync your desktop and mobile browsers

Firefox’s browser is also available on iOS and Android, and you can have those versions keep your passwords, bookmarks and history in sync with your desktop browsing activity. Plus, you can beam any active page from your computer to your phone by clicking the option in the three-dots menu.

To enable these features, click the hamburger menu button and choose the first option to set up Sync; you’ll need to create an account with your email address and password. Once that’s done, login to your account in Firefox on your phone, and you’re good to go.

5) Set up your start page and New Tab page

Chrome and Firefox are similar in the way they handle New Tabs and your start page. You can set them up in Quantum just as you did in Chrome by clicking the hamburger menu button and choosing Options, and configuring these settings under General.

I personally enjoy using a customized self-hosted page that contains links to all the sites I frequently browse as my home and start page, so I’ve got that set up for both options.

To configure how New Tabs behave, start by opening a fresh tab by clicking the + button on the tab bar or by hitting Ctrl/Cmd+T. You’ll find a list of ‘Top Sites’ that you visit often, and you can add or remove pages from there at will.

Next, click the gear icon at the top right of the page to show or hide the search bar, bookmarked pages in the Highlights section, and snippets of info that Firefox will surface from time to time.

6) Install essential extensions

While you may not find the exact same extensions you use in Chrome, there are plenty to choose from in Firefox’s store that should help replicate most of the functionality you’re used to in Google’s browser.

To enable these features, click the hamburger menu button and choose the first option to set up Sync; you’ll need to create an account with your email address and password. Once that’s done, login to your account in Firefox on your phone, and you’re good to go.

Here are a few essential add-ons, and some of my favorites that are worth installing in Quantum:

  • LastPass: If you want an easy way to manage and autofill your passwords, LastPass is a good way to go. It’s free to use on multiple devices, and includes handy features like password generation for when you sign up for new services.
  • Momentum – an excellent extension that brings a beautiful background to your New Tabs, along with a clock, a field to describe your area of focus for the day, and a to-do list.
  • OneTab – got too many tabs open? OneTab condenses all the URLs into a single page and closes them, so as to free up memory and keep your links available at the ready when you want to return to them, or share them all at once.
  • AddtoAny – share pages to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
  • Pushbullet – beam links, text and files between your Android or iOS device and your device in a pinch. Certain features require a paid account, but the free version does a whole lot for the low price of nothing.
7) Set Firefox Quantum as your default browser

If you’re happy with your new setup and want to make Quantum your daily driver, click the hamburger menu button, and click ‘Make Default…’ so it always launches instead of Chrome whenever you need a browser from a different app.

And that’s how you switch from Chrome to Firefox Quantum, and reclaim precious system resources in the bargain. Happy browsing!

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Fiirefox Quantum Arrives with Promises of Improved Speed & More

Firefox 57 is now available to download — and it’s probably the single biggest update to Firefox in the browser’s 13 year history.

In fact the the changes are so big that Mozilla has given the release its very own name: ‘Firefox Quantum‘.

A fitting title for such a fit release. As you will see, Firefox 57 is a quantum leap over previous versions of Firefox.

Firefox Quantum: Better, Faster, Stronger

There are 3 major changes in Firefox 57 that make it better, faster and stronger:

  • New look & feel including a new theme, new Firefox logo and new ‘New Tab’ page
  • New Rendering Engine that’s multi-core friendly and GPU efficient
  • New Add-on framework that’s designed for the modern web

Let’s take a closer look at each point.

Better: a new look

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Quantum gives an all-new look and feel to Firefox. The angular visual refresh, dubbed Photon, is clean, light and responsive.

Alongside the squared tabs, redesigned toolbar icons, and revamped menus is one striking change: a combined, centre-aligned address & search bar.

I got used to it after a few minutes. Once you get used to the “newness” it recedes into the UI, allowing you to focus on the contents of tabs instead go the Chrome around it. If you don’t like this change you can (pictured above) return to the separate address bar and search box.

The Photon refresh extends to virtually every part of the UI, form the spacing of menus and the color of toolbar icons to transitions and tab loading animations

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Firefox 57’s new look includes new UI assets and animations

A couple of new features are introduced as part of the Photon rejig, including a new “Firefox library” (a menu giving quick access to browsing history, bookmarks, Pocket saves, and synced tabs); “Screenshots” (which does what it says on the tin).

There’s a a totally redesigned new tab page. it makes far more efficient use of space than the old “speed dial” approach, and surfaces some helpful “highlights” from recent web searches and articles being shared on Pocket.

Talking of which, the Pocket save button has been moved out of the toolbar and into the new combined address/search bar.

Faster: Performance Revamp

‘Firefox is 2x as fast as this time last year, and uses 30% less memory than Google Chrome’

According to the bods at Mozilla Firefox Quantum is 2x as fast as last year’s Firefox 49, and uses 30% less memory than Google Chrome.

How?

Well, it’s partly down to all-new CSS engine called ‘Stylo’, true multi-process architecture (a process which began with Electrolysis), plus new smarts in setting tab priority, and more.

“Over the past seven months, we’ve been rapidly replacing major parts of the engine, introducing Rust and parts of Servo to Firefox. Plus, we’ve had a browser performance strike force scouring the codebase for performance issues, both obvious and non-obvious,” explains Mozilla’s Lin Clark in a (thoroughly excellent) write-up.

All of the changes create an effectually new Firefox.

Stronger: a more reliable extensions framework

For many, the biggest change in Firefox 57 won’t be the sleek new interface, or the invisible under the hood tune-ups, but the fact that many much loved Firefox add-ons will no longer work with the browser.

‘Legacy add-ons no longer work in Firefox 57’

For the best part of a year Firefox has allowed you to run both legacy add-ons and the new-fangled web extensions side-by-side. With this release that ends; legacy add-ons no longer work in Firefox 57.

Add-on developers have had a long, long time to prepare for this day. A such a slew of popular add-ons are already available as Web Extensions (hurrah).

You can view a list of web extensions that work with Firefox 57 here.

You may find that one of two of your favourites haven’t been updated and, as such, won’t work in the new release. Alternatives may be available.

Firefox Quantum is just the start

If this post seems overly positive it’s because it has reason to be. Firefox 57 is a monumentally important release for the Firefox project, for Mozilla, and for open-source software in general.

The best part is that none of this is hyperbole: Firefox 57 really is better, faster, stronger. These improvements are tangible. The new combination of change here blasts some air back in to this flagship open-source project’s sagging sail.

Right now, Firefox feels in better shape than a long time and I, as someone who instinctively clicks the colorful Chrome logo when I want some internetz, am super impressed.

Whether this release sways you back to Firefox full-time or not, competition is healthy. Google won’t be oblivious to the praise the resurgent Firefox is getting. It will have improvements of its own to debut, I’m sure.

A new Firefox emerges today, and the improvements on offer serve as one heck of a foundation on which to build on.

Nice job Mozilla!

Download Firefox 57

So that’s the skinny on why you may want to give the latest release a spin for yourself. But how do you get Firefox on Ubuntu?

Well, that depends. If you’re using Windows, macOS or Linux you’ll be able to download Firefox 57 from the Mozilla website later today.

The latest stable release is technically already available to download from Mozilla’s FTP servers (the impatient route).

If you’re using Ubuntu you can relax. Ubuntu users will receive an automatic upgrade to Firefox 57 on supported versions of the distro (which includes Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS and the latest Ubuntu release, 17.10) shortly.

The upgrade won’t roll out right away, but it should be available to most at some point in the next day or two — so keep an eye trained on the Software Updater!

 

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The Web Browser Wars

What is your default web browser? Even though we’re spoiled for choice, the majority of us stick to the tried and tested major players. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Microsoft Edge own the lion’s share of the web browser market. But just because a browser has the most users, it doesn’t necessarily or automatically make it the best.

Choosing a web browser is difficult. You have to take several points into consideration. How does it integrate with your technology ecosystem? What can the extensions and add-ons do for you? Is it fast? Is it safe? How much power does the browser use?

Read on for the answer to these questions and more.

Lowest RAM Usage

The winner is… not Chrome. Google Chrome is well known as a massive strain on system resources. Google attempts to mitigate the resource hungry browser, but there are other options available.

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GreenBrowser is a solid browser that is vastly less power-hungry than its competitors. It uses significantly less RAM while remaining at least as fast.

GreenBrowser does need a bit more recognition. It is well supported, comes with many features (some that require extensions in the major browsers, such as closing the root tab to close all linked tabs), and still features a wide range of customization tools.

Best on Battery Life

Battery use is an interesting category. The proliferation of mobile devices means everyone has a different idea of what constitutes “good.” A casual tablet user isn’t affected by a battery hungry browser in the same way as someone using their laptop for several hours at a time.

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Microsoft Edge is currently top of the battery use charts across laptops and other mobiles devices. The internet Explorer replacement, introduced with Windows 10, consistently beats Chrome, Opera, and Firefox in browser efficiency and battery rating tests. In this particular area, Microsoft is reaping the rewards of building Edge from the ground up, eliminating many of the vulnerabilities and inefficiencies found in Internet Explorer.

Best on Security

Security is measured across several categories, considering a browser secure if it protects our privacy. We also consider a browser secure when there are minimal vulnerabilities, or if it stays out of the data breach news. With that in mind, we’ve got two security focused browsers that offer slightly different packages.

Best for Privacy

Tor remains the most private browser. Tor is absolutely focused on protecting user privacy.

The browser uses only HTTPS connections, blocks plug-ins, and uses an interconnected system of relay servers to boost user anonymity.

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Tor has received some negative press due to some of the services that it can hide and provide access to. Furthermore, absolute privacy purists consider Tor tainted. The relay server system, known as nodes, has been compromised by the FBI in order to stop nefarious services that exist in the anonymous darknet.

However it cannot be denied. Tor is focused on privacy. Users gain some security through the emphasis on privacy, but Tor doesn’t have additional anti-malware technology like other popular browsers.

Security

Chrome remains the most secure browser. Tor is focused on anonymity and privacy. Chrome isn’t. However, the simple fact is that Chrome represents one of the single most secure web browsers. At the last Pwn2Own hacking competition, Chrome was the only browser that remained secure. The year before, 2016, Chrome was only breached once.

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Unfortunately, Chrome comes with its own irritations. As you would expect, the browser developed by the world’s largest search company is just loves all the data you provide. There are numerous extensions available to curb those privacy issues however, they could be the vulnerability that lets an attacker in.

Fastest Browser

Image result for SlimjetOne of the most contentious browser measurements is speed. Browser speed is dependent on many things: extensions installed, system specs, internet speed, and much more. The difference comes from the way individual browsers process web pages. For instance, Chrome is a very powerful browser, but can sometimes load slowly.

However, Slimjet takes the speed crown ahead of the competition. Slimjet is a Chromium-based browser with integrated ad-blocking and anti-tracking tools. It is less resource-heavy than many major browsers, offering similar features without draining resources.

Best Ecosystem

The extensive Google ecosystem includes massively popular web browser Chrome. It is understandable. Using a single account to transfer every single setting between devices is incredibly convenient. Furthermore, the range of extensions is almost immeasurable, as well as the addition of Google Docs and the numerous other Google services that can be accessed.

 

 

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Microsoft’s Extension Wiff with Extension

Unfortunately, Microsoft got the Edge release all wrong. At a time where Microsoft is winning accolades for its cross-device integration and cloud services, launching the Edge browser without support for extensions looks like a major mistake. Microsoft Edge now supports extensions and could catch up in the coming years. But I’m sure Chrome will continue to dominate this area.

Best Overall Browser

Choosing a single browser is not easy.

My browser of choice is Chrome. But I also use Microsoft Edge from time to time. Your decision will relate to your hardware. If you have a powerful machine with lots of RAM, go-ahead and use Chrome. If you’re using a less-than-powerful machine, consider an alternative that is kinder on system resources, like Edge.

Internet Browsers are free and all of these offer advantages over each other. Check each of them out if you are curious.

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Our Privacy Has Just Been Sold

I do not normally post articles here that have a political angle however today news out of the US Senate resulted in this one – which should worry each and everyone of us.

This morning, Republican senators voted to remove Obama administration restrictions designed to keep internet service providers (ISPs) from selling our private data. The vote passed along party lines, 50-48. This means that very soon – your private data will more then likely be sold to the highest bidder – without your control or your knowledge.

The Current Situation with Your Internet Data

The policy, originally proposed by then acting FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined clear guidelines for how ISPs were to handle your data. In short, they could not use it without your permission and they certainly were not able to share sensitive information like browsing history and location data with advertisers.

The Effect on Your Privacy Effected by this New Action

As of today, that rule is a step closer to being a memory. Congress essentially just opened the floodgates to some of the sleaziest corporations on the planet using your data however they see fit, and they did it while assuring each of us that it was in our best interest.

Worse, the ruling could put the FCC in danger of not being able to create similar ones in the future. According to the Congressional Review Act:

Once a rule is thus repealed, the CRA also prohibits the reissuing of the rule in substantially the same form or the issuing of a new rule that is substantially the same, “unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the joint resolution disapproving the original rule.

If you’re wondering how we got here, follow the money: the 22 Republican senators behind the push to strike down the original ruling have pocketed more than $1.7 million from telecom companies since the 2012 election.

On its own, the lack of privacy each of us face on the internet is already a scary proposition. Removing the few guidelines that protect us from shady backroom deals is outright terrifying.

This is just the opening shot in an on-going war. Already through the Senate, up next is the House of Representatives, where it’s expected to get the needed number of votes thanks to a Republican-controlled House voting along party lines, and finally Trump’s desk. He’s expected to sign the bill.

It’s no secret what Trump and his Republican-controlled Congress plan to do to the internet: shift control to corporate interests. Newly-installed FCC chairman, Ajit Pai has made it clear he intends to dismantle net neutrality rules. Last month, he even went as far as blocking language in the privacy rules that required ISPs to adopt reasonable security measures to protect our data, and notify each of us when a breach occurs.

 

Overturning net neutrality guidelines, when coupled with a complete lack of privacy, seems to put all of us on a one-way collision course with the antiquated cable TV model. That means tiered pricing, prioritized service, and always-on monitoring of your internet activity. And thanks to this sacrifice at the alter of capitalism, ISPs are set to profit handsomely while doing away with any notion of an open internet.

For the rest of us, we’re at the mercy of a group of rich suits, a group we’re now trusting to ethically handle data containing our most sensitive information.

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Chrome 55 Arrives and Looks to Boost Browsing Speed

It appears that Google Chrome Version 55 has just been released. This release is significant in that it has been engineered to drastically reduce RAM usage by as much as 50 percent thanks to an updated JavaScript V8 engine that reduces the memory zone and heap size. Another notable change is that Chrome is slowly pushing Flash out the back door in favor of HTML5.  In the end this should be a faster browser along with better security.

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You can wait for the auto update or you go to the Google Menu, click on “Help”, then “About Google Chrome”. From that point you can determine your current version and/or the option to go for the upgrade, if available. In my case, the upgrade was there.

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DDoS Attack Exposes Growing Concerns

Early this morning, a large distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) directed at the Internet performance management company Dyn caused Web site outages for a number of its customers, including Twitter, Reddit, Spotify and SoundCloud.

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Services were restored to normal by 9:20 a.m. Eastern Time.

Question – What is a DDoS?

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.

Why Are Reports Like This a Concern?

While today’s DDoS attack was resolved relatively quickly, a number of news sites described it as having shut down “half the Internet” for users on the East Coast. In addition to customers, such as Twitter and Reddit, Dyn’s client list includes large sites such as About.com, CNBC, Etsy, RedHat and Zillow.

The scale and scope of DDoS attacks have been growing dramatically over the past year or so. Last month, for example, the KrebsOnSecurity Web site was temporarily brought down by a recording-breaking DDoS attack generating traffic levels of up to 620 Gbps. Shortly afterward, the France-based hosting company OVH sustained a DDoS attack that was nearly twice as massive as the one on Krebs’ site.

A Growing Concern

Security experts are blaming the rise of increasingly massive DDoS attacks on the rapidly expanding number of network-connected devices on the Internet of Things (IoT). Earlier this month, researchers identified a 12-year-old vulnerability in the OpenSSH security utilities suite, noted that weak protections on IoT devices has helped to create the “Internet of Unpatchable Things.”

The size of these DDoS attacks has increased so much lately thanks largely to the broad availability of tools for compromising and leveraging the collective firepower of so-called Internet of Things devices which often include poorly secured Internet-based security cameras, digital video recorders (DVRs) and Internet routers.

What all these connected devices have in common is the existence of security vulnerabilities caused by a flawed software design or gross negligence on the part of their manufacturers that all often use the same factory passwords for all their devices.

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Question – What is The Internet of Things? 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

A thing, in the Internet of Things, can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low — or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network.

IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), microservices and the internet. The convergence has helped tear down the silo walls between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT), allowing unstructured machine-generated data to be analyzed for insights that will drive improvements.

The security of the internet is a complex and often overwhelming challenge. What at one time was simply computers connected together via the internet is now smartphones, mobile devices and technologies of every type from your refrigerator, HVAC system and medical devices such as heart pacers.

 

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New YouTube Chrome Extension Is Available

One of the best features of YouTube’s mobile apps is the ability to minimize a video to a thumbnail and continue watching it while you continue browsing YouTube.

The just released YouTube Picture in Picture Chrome extension brings this same functionality to the desktop and it works like a charm.

Once you’ve installed the extension, you can right-click any video on YouTube’s home page, channels or search results and begin watching it instantly in a small window by right-clicking it and choosing ‘Play Picture-in-Picture’.

You can also increase the size of the active video, watch it on its own page or close it using the controls that show up when you hover over it. And of course, you can jump from one page to another while browsing while interrupting your chosen clip.

If you are a Chrome user and visit YouTube occasionally this extension is a must have.

YouTube Picture in Picture (Beta) [Chrome Web Store]

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Blocking Ads with AdBlock

Do you get tired of seeing advertisements when browsing the internet? I know I do and now with user-based advertisements seemingly following us I really am growing tired of these advertisements, even if they seemingly are showing me points of interest to me. So how can we stop these ads if we do not want them? The best way today to do this is through browser extensions.

Browser extensions are small applications that run inside your browser for very specific purposes. A wide range of available extensions is one of the reasons Google’s Chrome is so popular. So with this in mind check out “AdBlock” for Chrome if you want to end ads while browsing the internet.

What is AdBlock?

AdBlock for Chrome is the go-to extension if you want to remove ads, pop-ups, and other annoyances that get in the way of viewing a page. It’s easy to add to your browser and gets to work right away.

Pros

It works: In AdBlock, a handy number under the icon in the browser toolbar shows you how many items it’s blocking, so you know it’s always working.

Customizable: Although you can just add the extension and go, there are plenty of ways to customize which sites it works on, and a quick menu lets you quickly turn the application off for a page you’re on or even all subpages within a specific domain.

Cons

Pay what you want: The software is free to use, but the publisher does ask you to ante up what you think AdBlock is worth. It’s not a huge drawback, but you will be asked to pay. The default amount is set to $35.

Bottom Line

AdBlock for Chrome does a stellar job of keeping only the content you want on a page. That means no ads, pop-ups, nor other distractions. If you use Chrome, this is a must-have.

You can learn more and download AdBlock here.

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Yahoo! To Stream an NFL Game This Season

Now I understand that my previous article described a crumbling and shrinking Yahoo!. Now we have this latest bit of news that Yahoo will be actually broadcasting (streaming) an NFL game this season, on the internet, with no accompanying television broadcast.

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Yahoo was chosen in a bidding process by the NFL, which was seeking to find a partner to air an October 25, 2015 game in London between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars. The level of competition may not be the best the NFL has to offer– the Bills have the longest streak of seasons without a playoff appearance in the NFL, just ahead of the Oakland Raiders, and the Jaguars are tied for fifth on that list — but the move to allow free online access across devices is a big deviation from the NFL’s previous path.

Streaming services have managed to find popularity outside the mainstream cable bundle, but many consumers avoid fully cutting the cord due to live sports specifically. This included your favorite tech blogger. While many of the sports leagues offer streaming packages in some form or another, they black out local teams’ games from those offerings, forcing fans to purchase cable to watch area teams.

Some cracks have begun showing for streaming sports, though. DishTV recently announced a streaming bundle of programs that includes ESPN, giving streaming-only TV watchers their first access to the sports network . That offering, called Sling TV, also has some Turner channels that show live sports and a smattering of other live sports content.

Yahoo has obviously made video a focus while giving up on other traditional internet services like Maps which have been overtaken by the rise of Google and Facebook. Yahoo has pumped up its Yahoo Screen streaming service with original content from the celebrities, including Katie Couric, and picked up canceled NBC series “Community” to pair with its original offerings.

Google’s YouTube, which has reportedly pursued NFL broadcast rights in the past, was likely beaten out by Yahoo. The price for the rights to the Bills-Jaguars game was not released.

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Yahoo! Kills Maps and More

Yahoo is shutting down its Maps site and other tools in the next few weeks. It’s a sign that Yahoo is looking for more dead weight to trim now that the company’s profits are continuing to shrink.

Yahoo Maps was once highly popular but has long been overtaken by Google Maps. Apple is putting more resources behind its own map service.

Yahoo announced a slew of other changes. Among them: It will no longer support Yahoo Mail on some older iPhone and iPap operating systems; it’s also dropping support for Yahoo Contacts on some older versions of Apple’s Mac OS X.

It is also shutting down some of its regional, genre-specific media properties in the coming weeks, and plans to redistribute it across the Yahoo network. The affected properties include closing Yahoo Music in France and Canada as well as Yahoo Movies in Spain; Yahoo TV in Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Canada; and Yahoo Autos in Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Yahoo Entertainment in Singapore will also close.

Most of the shutdowns occur in June.

Yahoo is a internet company that I never quite understood as there seems to be no actual strategy or focus and it appears that their may be a slow march to diminishing rewards for this long standing internet brand.

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