The new Microsoft Edge browser is here

This week Windows 10 was released for free downloads. Along with it, the new Microsoft Edge browser, previously codenamed Project Sparta, was finally delivered. Edge features a redesigned interface, the ability to mark up pages, and the Cortana search assistance. Microsoft also announced the Edge supports automated testing through the W3C WebDriver standard, and has a recording option to create HAR files. Preliminary speed tests performed by Microsoft claimed it beat Chrome and Safari at their own JavaScript benchmark tests. The “browser built for getting things done” will be the only browser supported on Windows 10 mobile devices, but both Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge will be available on desktop. Microsoft says they have no plans to extend the browser to Linux, Mac OS X, Android or iOS devices.

New Shaka player release from Google devs

During the 100 Days of Google Dev this week, Google announced Shaka Player v1.2.0, a new mechanism for delivering high quality video performance on the web. The JavaScript library implements a DASH client, which enables users to deliver video in segments over a normal HTTP connection at a variety of different bit rates, resolutions, or formats to suit client needs.
The DASH client, which stands for Dynamic Adaptive Streaming HTTP, removes the disadvantages of typical streaming services, such as proprietary protocols or required hardware. In addition, Shaka supports delivery of protected content via the EME APIs to get licenses and do decryption. Because the high performance video player is plugin free and built on web standards, it can be used for a large array of devices. The Shaka project can be downloaded and tested now.

Facebook releases new Security Checkup tool worldwide

Facebook’s Security Checkup tool is now being released to all users worldwide. The tool was built into their platform to guide users through each of the available security options, one at a time. The tool allows users to change their passwords, enable login alerts, and clean up login sessions simply by clicking through the screen prompts. Facebook’s Security Checkup was introduced earlier this year in a limited test release, allowing users to test and give feedback on the tool. The checkup should be positioned at the top of your Facebook newsfeed, ready to try out.

#NoHacked campaign is back from Google

In a continuation of their #NoHacked campaign, Google focused attention on protecting sites from hacking. Google is engaging webmasters on Twitter, Google+, and will hold a live Q&A hangout on hacking prevention and recovery in the next few weeks. In their first installment, titled “How to avoid being the target of hackers”, Google offered basic safety tips. To keep your site safe they suggested strengthening your account security, keeping your site’s software updated, researching how your web host handles security issues, and using Google tools to stay informed of potentially compromised content on your site.