Brave Web Browser

Over the past few days I’ve been checking out the Brave web browser. I’ve downloaded it onto my mobile devices, desktop and notebook computers. After a day of use, I quickly found myself wanting to make it my default browser of choice. So I did.

What caught my attention about Brave is their messaging that the current web is broken and Brave is on a mission to fix the lack of privacy and reshape support of content creators1.

Privacy and security with me as the focus is refreshing in a world today where we are surrounded and encamped with corporations and governments wanting to know every personal detail about us.

We’re not in the personal data business..

Some of the interesting builtin features include,

  • Ad blocking
  • Fingerprinting prevention
  • Cookie control
  • HTTPS upgrading
  • Builtin Tor support (beta)

I’m pleased that Brave is open source and available for anyone to review the source code2. Many of the current modern popular browsers today are open source at their core, however their corporate sponsors spin and release a closed version.

An announcement 3 was published a few days ago for enhanced security using builtin support for Tor. Typically, if I want to browse the web or research a topic using the Tor network I had to use a separate standalone Tor browser. It’s refreshing to open a new-tab w/Tor support (within Brave) without opening and switching to a 2nd application.

I have found some quirks that I don’t care for.

  • Importing my bookmarks from Safari did not work correctly4.
  • Bookmark accessibility could be better, I’m fond of Safari and Firefox making the bookmarks accessible as a left-side panel either temporarily or on-demand.

The new Brave browser blocks the ads and trackers that slow you down, chew up your bandwidth, and invade your privacy. Brave even lets you contribute to your favorite creators automatically.

I’m still kicking the tires on Brave, but for the moment Brave has won me over.

It is available to the usual suspects, Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android.

https://brave.com

  1. https://brave.com/publishers/
  2. https://github.com/brave
  3. https://brave.com/tor-tabs-beta/
  4. Alternatively, importing from an html file did work fine.

News Explorer

Recently I’ve been enjoying News Explorer’s presentation and management of the RSS feeds I like to keep up with.

News Explorer is offered for macOS and iOS with iCloud syncing. Regularly I use both Apple operating systems multiple times a day. The iCloud syncing is terrific for this reason, and so far has been reliable.

For several years I have enjoyed a paid account1 with Feedley. Feedly also offered an iOS application that I found enjoyable to use. The Feedley based web browser interface was also enjoyable to use. I noticed over time that my Feedley activity of which feeds I had read on iOS were not reliably syncing with the web based Feedley, which resulted in having to sort through redundant articles. The impact translated to waisting my time. I liked Feedley and still do, but the recurring subscription cost(s) and the continual out-of-sync history/activity primed me to look for something else.

News Explorer provides many features, however what I have come to like the most so far is it’s ability to reliably pull-down into the application and display the entire article via the “reader view”.

News Explorer provides support for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. An innovative time line view is attractive as well as the ability to apply themes and fonts.

  1. Subscription based