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Yahoo! hasn’t had a ton of good press in recent times, but yesterday, they introduced something pretty interesting: Yahoo! Axis. Axis is a browser “platform” that builds upon your existing app with new search tools on desktop, and a brand new app on iOS (both iPhone and iPad). Yahoo! claims Axis redefines “what it means to search and browse the web”, while its actually providing some similar tools to what Google’s offered in the search engine for some time. With Axis, you can access trending searches (through Yahoo!, of course), as well as start your own in an Google-style instant search.

In the iOS app, Yahoo! brings a completely independent browser app that features similar tools to Axis on the desktop, as well as all the standard functions of any browser app. While that exists, we’ll, of course, be focusing on the desktop browser extension today.

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There’s so many things you can do from your browser, you could get by quite nicely without any other native apps. The internet is full of amazing web apps, ranging from powerful tools for enterprises to little tools that do one thing great.

While the web apps and sites we love are powered by servers, usually running Linux with Apache, MySQL, and more, our browsers feel more like the “operating system” on which web apps run. We’ve gathered the best tips we can find to help you get the most out of web apps, both from the apps themselves and the browsers you use to access them.

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Web standards are an ever-evolving entity, with new syntax and functions being added all the time. The buzzwords of the year are HTML5 and CSS3, evolutions of the already-existing languages that most people are familiar with. Unfortunately, getting a function added to the standards is only half the battle; you also need browsers to support the function and the new syntax, or all you’re left with is something that is theoretically awesome.

For a while now, WebKit has been the most standards-compliant browser engine, with Safari and Chrome offering two of the most HTML5 and CSS3 ready browsers. Many other browsers use the WebKit engine, and today I’d like to look at what the benefits might be of a WebKit-dominated Internet.

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Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting TestingBot. The developer describes TestingBot as an app that provides website owners easy cross browser testing. We make sure your website looks and behaves the same on all browsers. With the help of Selenium scripts, you tell us what we should test on your website.

We continuously monitor your website for bugs and mistakes. When a test fails, we alert you. This way your website stays bug-free and you don’t end up losing visitors and revenue.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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Browser extensions are a great way of extending the functionality of a browser through a third-party and can add a ton of useful utlities, features and customisation options.  These modifications can be as big a part of your life as the network itself, creating disappointment when you log in somewhere and the extension isn’t present.

Earlier this week, we took a quick look at some great browser extensions for Twitter. Today we’re going to look at Facebook and a bunch of browser extensions to support and modify it, including the simple things like zooming in on photos to the larger things like manipulating your news feed and even integrating it with Google+!

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Even though they’ve been late to the game, Safari’s extension support has spread like wildfire. People who are passionate about Safari are also passionate about making it the best in can possibly be. A robust community has formed here. And it’s my pleasure to bring to you, dear reader, a sampling of some of the latest and greatest Safari extensions available today.

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For years, it seemed that Internet Explorer was the only browser most computer users would touch. The big E logo became the universal symbol of the internet, and the average computer seemed to have 13 browser toolbars and enough adware to make anyone hate using the internet. We tried in vain to get family and friends to use alternate browsers, but seemingly to no avail.

Then, it happened. IE was far enough behind that even average computer users started caring about their browser. It was dumbfounding to begin seeing libraries and internet cafés with Firefox and Chrome. Internet Explorer started being used less and less, and finally Microsoft realized they needed to catch up. IE9 has now been released for Windows 7 and Vista computers, and impressively it’s nearly as good as the other leading browsers.

As we use webapps every day, the browser has become the most important application on our computers. Between IE, Safari, Chrome, Opera, and more, there’s always something new in the world of browsers today! Let’s take a look at what the latest version of Microsoft’s maligned browser brings to the browser wars. (more…)

I fondly remember when Firefox first came on the scene and it changed my Internet usage with tabbed browsing, themes and extensions. Years later, I primarily use Safari on my Mac, but I still have a lot of respect for what Mozilla did for the browsing world by developing Firefox. It was the start of a whole new round of the browser wars which eventually got Microsoft to start focusing on their browser once again.

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Last week I mentioned a nice tool in the form of a bookmarklet. From the lab of arc90, Readability allows you to remove the clutter that surrounds the content that you are trying to read.

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As we looked at yesterday, there are a lot of great options when choosing which web browser to use. Each of the major browsers available today offer a lot of functionality by default.

But there are a lot of ways to extend the functionality of your browser with the use of bookmarklets.

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