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Over the past few years, private browsing or “incognito mode” has become a standard feature in most web browsers. It lets you surf the web without saving your history or passwords and can come in handy in a few different situations.
Want to use someone else’s phone, tablet or PC to check your email without logging them out? Just use incognito mode. Want to surf the web for things you umm… don’t want anyone knowing you were looking for? Yeah, it does that too.
Most popular Android browsers have some sort of private browsing mode, but the makers of the Dolphin Browser are kicking things up a notch with the launch of Dolphin Zero. It’s a browser that only does private mode — so there’s no risk of forgetting to flip the switch. It won’t save form data, browser history, cached files, cookies, or anything else. It also has “Do Not Track” enabled by default.
You probably wouldn’t want to use Dolphin Zero as your primary browser unless you’re more concerned with privacy than convenience, but it might be a nice addition to your Android phone or tablet if you can think of occasional uses for it.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Dolphin Zero browser for Android: All private mode, all the time (doesn’t save passwords, history, etc)
You know, for when you’re shopping for gifts on your phone and you don’t want anyone to see your browser history… or something like that. It’ll “shred” any temporary data as soon as you exit the app. [Dolphin Zero]
- Google may be adding support for browser-based song uploads in Google Music (without the Music Manager app)
Google lets you upload as many as 20,000 songs to Google Music for free, and you can then stream them to a PC or mobile device. But you currently need a PC with the Google Music Manager app to upload anything. It looks like that could be about to change. [Google Operating System]
- Turn any website into a Chrome “app” with a click
Once upon a time this sort of “hosted web app” was just called a bookmark. [+François Beaufort]
Yahoo working on a voice assistant app for phones
Why should Google and Apple have all the fun? [Android Police] Update: Startup Robin Labs is actually responsible for the app, which may have been produced for Yahoo… or something. [TechCrunch]
- Rumor: Upcoming Samsung 10.5 inch tablet to sport AMOLED display
Samsung’s got tablets with 7 inch screens, 8 inch screens, 10 inch screens, and phones that are nearly the size of tablets. So why not a 10.5 inch model? It’d also be the first to sport an AMOLED display, if you believe the rumors. [SamMobile]
- Rumor: Next-gen Windows tablets won’t have a dedicated Windows button
There are three ways to get to the Start Screen on Windows 8.1 tablets – you can hit the Start button in the taskbar, swipe from the side to bring up the Charms menu and hit Start, or use a dedicated button on the screen bezel. One of these things might be overkill (now that there *is* a start button in the taskbar again). [Tech2.hu]
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How about just make your stock browser not mess with me and stop with the gimmicks?
I stopped using Dolphin browser when they had that privacy violation issue some years ago. Who knows what else they do. Kind of makes this “private” browser a joke.
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