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This time, it’s Axis, Yahoo’s new web browser (that’s not apparently an actual web browser, but more about that in a minute…)

Yesterday afternoon I saw a tweet from Glenn Gabe that was a pretty bold claim

That link took me to a chúng tôi article detailing an email from Yahoo touting the new offering as “a new browser that redefines what it means to search and browse- enabling a seamless search experience on your iPhone, iPad, and even your desktop. ”

Yahoo and the Art of Confused Messages

Wait a minute… Is this a web browser, or a skin for Yahoo search? I’m instantly confused…

He goes on to say it “completey redefines what it means to explore the web…”

When Is A Browser Not Always A Browser?

See, apparently, it’s really combining a web browser AND a search engine!  That could very well be innovative.  Now he’s got my attention!

You also get the obligatory “Axis Home Page” where you can customize your favorite web finds.  I assume this is where the majority of Yahoo’s not-yet-available ad revenue is going to come in.  Kind of like how Skype tried to force us Skype users to have to use their annoying and unbelievably useless “home” page until thousands of us protested over months of time and got them to make that an opt-in feature.

Though to give them credit, that custom home page could be something millions of main-stream sheep find perfectly valuable. Especially since it gives you the same home page across all your devices.

Here’s where the message completely goes of the rails though…

Browser? Plug-in? App?  WTF?

At 1:25 into the demo, Scott then states

On your computer, Axis is a plug-in that easily works with your favorite browser…

Wait. What?

Yeah – apparently it’s NOT a full-blown browser, but really just an app or plug-in.  Well technically it IS a browser when it’s an app, and skins a different UX as a layer ABOVE your actual web browser of choice when you’re using it on your computer. So it is sometimes.  But not always.

In computer mode, as a plug-in, it doesn’t really replace your browser.  Instead, it sites at the bottom of your screen, overlaying the bottom of your browser, and lets you do all your searching and thumbnail scrolling down there.

You know. Because why would a product touted as a BROWSER, actually be, you know, a browser “sort of”?

Wow. okay.  I think.

Quick Access To Previous Search Results

So what it’s doing is keeping your search results live and quickly accessible simply by rolling your mouse down to the bottom of the screen to have it pop up.  Instead of having to you know, switch tabs or windows.  Which is kind of convenient.

After that confusion, Scott once again goes on to clearly state:

So that’s Axis – a new browser from Yahoo, that completely redefines what it means to search and browse the web.

Taking the Yahoo Axis Browser Test Ride…

So uh, somebody forgot to tell their site manager to get the legalese from the Yahoo legal team before sending out that email. Or maybe by the time you read this article, they’ll have filled that little minor detail of a page in with something that is completely typically long and legalistic, that nobody will really bother to read except those of us legal loop-hole nerds who like to look for flaws in legal TOS docs purely for the sake of ranting about it on Twitter…

Anyhow, I got the Firefox plug-in.  Once installed, my initial “is it a browser, is it a plug-in” confusion was confirmed, though some clarity came as well.

Clearly you can see in my screen-shot that Axis resides at the bottom of the screen (within the Firefox frame) and doesn’t replace Firefox’s native URL or search boxes up top.

Feeding The Popularity Wave

So Yahoo’s taken the old Google Trends, melded it with Twitter Trends model and sticks those trends in your face whether you care to see them or not, as many news sites are doing these days, which clearly caters to the main-stream sheep…

As soon as you start typing in a search, Axis instantly gives you suggestions in place of where the trends list was, and off to the right, sure enough, you instantly start seeing thumbnail previews.

When I experimented with various search phrases, I got odd results.  Maybe a bug, maybe a flaw, or maybe just, well, who knows at this very early stage…

For example, when I tried to search for “SEO is dead”, as I typed “SEO”, I got suggestions and thumbnails almost instantly.  Then when I typed “SEO is”, I almost instantly got a bunch of “SEO is dead” thumbnails.  But when I typed out the full “SEO is dead”, all I got was a blank suggestion box and no thumbnails.  Everything disappeared.

Once I entered an extra blank space after “dead”, the suggest and thumbnails came back fortunately.  Because otherwise I would have been very annoyed, not just “hey it’s a bug give them a break” annoyed.

And that’s when I noticed, as I was typing this article, that the Axis “browser” remains visible even when you switch Firefox windows…

So that answers my question about multiple tabs and windows. I think.

Saving Bookmarks in Axis

I have to assume this is because Yahoo’s sending all this up into the cloud somewhere, because I’m not about to reverse engineer this thing or go hacking into my computer’s folders to figure it out.  Because I may be a TOS reading nerd (for Twitter rant sake) but I’m no longer THAT much of a geek!

Yahoo Axis – The Chrome Killer – Not – Maybe

So is Yahoo’s latest offering really going to be a Chrome killer?

Clearly not as far as desktop browsers go. Because it’s NOT a stand-alone browser in desktop mode.  The only chance Axis has of being a Chrome killer, EVER, in the future, is through the app.

Except for now, it’s not even available for Android devices.  Duh. Minor detail, huh? (no fault of Yahoo’s on that – purely a very poorly thought-out article title from the good people at…)

And if it ever WILL be a Chrome killer, if Yahoo DOES make an Android App version of Axis, they’re going to have to pour a whole lot of money into marketing this sucker to get enough wide-spread adoption going. And only if the app is truly self-contained.

Since I don’t have my iPad with me, I’m not able, at the time I’m writing this article, to test the iPad app, but I suspect it really is a stand-alone app and won’t (hopefully) require you to first launch your device’s native browser. Because that would just be too funny for me to deal with and not rant for an hour as a result…

Deactivation Annoyance

When I was done with my testing, I went to figure how to turn off the plug-in.  There’s no “settings’ link anywhere on that Axis bar.  So I had to go to my Firefox add-ons settings and go to the plug-ins section.

So I deactivated it.  And nothing. The bar was still there.  I had to manually close ALL of my Firefox windows and relaunch manually to get that sucker to disappear. Come on already with the rush to market failing to work out really common-sense bugs.  Well fine, common sense to a geek.  Unless, of course, they intend that as a “feature” to try and get more sheep to just keep the bar there rather than have to figure out how to deactivate it…

Final Thoughts

I actually like the instant view thumbnails you get.  Then again, that’s TOTALLY useless for any search that requires some sort of description to help you decide whether the thumbnail you’re viewing really is a site you want to visit. And that’s a big deal.  A really big deal given how mixed the quality of search results are these days.

Then there’s the (potentially early-stage) bug with the favorites box not loading consistently for me.  (for the record, I tried several more times to launch that box and it failed to load every time.)

And yes, they’re going to have to actually work on the bugs, and maybe take some UX feedback in case some of those “bugs” were actually just “we never thought of that” issues.

Bottom line?  Time will tell.  I just don’t see it being such a major game changer that if Apple or Google feel threatened that their mobile browsers are going to be supplanted (a really big deal given that at this point, on mobile devices, Apple and Google TOTALLY own web browsing, and already Microsoft and Firefox are in deep trouble because of that), that they couldn’t themselves come out with their own solutions.

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Fix: Back Button Not Working In Web Browser?

Usually, the Back button in a browser fails to function correctly due to reasons such as redirecting links and conflicting browser extensions. But rarely, you could be dealing with something as serious as a malicious add-on or browser hijacker. 

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Work your way through the list of suggestions and solutions below to fix when the Back button is not working in Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Apple Safari.

Switch Tabs or Windows

In that case, you can’t use the Back button. The only way to go back to the previous page is to switch tabs or windows.

If you use an extension that forces your browser to open links in new tabs or windows, you may want to disable it (more on that further below).

Multiple Redirects

Some links redirect through one or more web addresses before loading. When that happens, selecting the Back button may cause it to reload the same page.

Disable Conflicting Browser Addons

On desktop devices specifically, extensions can prevent the Back button on your browser from working correctly. For example, add-ons such as content blockers and user script managers often cause that. Deactivating them should help.

If the Back button begins to work correctly after deactivating all extensions, begin re-enabling them one by one until you figure out what’s causing the problem.

Clear Browser Cache and Cookies Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox

If you use a different browser, refer to our master guide to clearing the cache in any browser for specific instructions.

Update Your Web Browser

An outdated browser can result in all sorts of odd issues. If the Back button fails to work for no apparent reason, try installing the latest updates. That should help rule out any known bugs from the equation. 

Most desktop browsers auto-update themselves, but you can always initiate a manual check for updates. Here’s how to do that with Chrome and Firefox.

Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox

On mobile, you can install the latest browser updates by heading over to the Play Store (Android) or the App Store (iOS).

Check for Malware and Browser Hijackers

Malicious software and add-ons can hijack default browser functionality. Aside from a malfunctioning Back button, you may also notice other unusual behavior, such as slowdowns, crashes, etc. 

The best way to fix that is by scanning your device using a dedicated malware removal utility. For example, Malwarebytes can help you remove malware on both the PC and Mac.

Reset Your Web Browser

Most desktop web browsers provide a reset option to resolve serious issues. If none of the suggestions or solutions above helped fix the Back button, you should do that now. 

Here’s how to reset Chrome and Firefox below. You may want to back up your browsing data by syncing them to a Google Account or Firefox Account before you start. If you use a different browser, look up its support pages online for specific instructions.

Google Chrome  Mozilla Firefox

Type about:support into a new Firefox tab and press Enter. Then, select Refresh Firefox.

On mobile, you may want to remove and reinstall your browser to fix any underlying issues preventing the Back button from working. However, that’s not possible with stock mobile browsers such as Chrome (Android) and Safari (iOS).

How To Mute A Tab In Any Web Browser

While browsing multiple tabs, we often encounter websites which automatically play videos without our permission. Even before the webpage has loaded properly, these sites will turn the audio on. To avoid annoyance, you may want to quickly mute the videos and unmute only if necessary.

In this tutorial, we explore native methods to mute tab sounds across Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox.

Mute a Tab in Google Chrome

Once muted, continue to watch the video with subtitles or pause it if you just want to read the web contents. If you want to hear the audio once again, you can choose “unmute site” from the same corner.

As shown here, you can mute sites that play sounds or allow exceptions for a few news, gaming and entertainment sites.

Mute a Tab in Safari

If you’re using Safari on Mac, you can mute audio in any open tab. Look for the tiny Audio button on the right side of the Smart search field or the tab bar to “mute the tab.” The following screen is for Safari 12 on macOS Mojave. You can find similar placement of the audio button for Safari 14.1 on Big Sur.

Mute Tab in Opera Mute Tab in Microsoft Edge Mute Tab in Firefox

Firefox has one of the strictest solutions to deal with autoplay videos. Like the other browsers, you can turn off the audio from the tab on top by selecting “mute tab.” Unmuting is also done from the same position.

Here you can set the default for all websites to block audio and video and selectively allow audio and video for specific sites.

Have you encountered unwanted web audio recently while surfing your favorite websites? You learned here how to mute the browser tabs for various browsers. You may also want to learn how to enable Chrome flags to optimize your browsing experience on Chrome.

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Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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3 Ways To Fix The Browser Not Supported Error In Lacerte

3 Ways to Fix the Browser Not Supported Error in Lacerte Apply these fixes to fix Lacerte not supported by the browser problem




Lacerte is a powerful taxing software developed by Intuit that helps professionals in the seamless tax filing process.

Some users have reported that they aren’t able to access Intuit-related websites on their browsers.

This guide lists some solutions that have helped users fix the problem at their end.

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Lacerte Tax is a cloud-based online professional tax software offering from Intuit. Using this tool, you can accurately prepare business and individual returns with any level of complexity. In addition, Lacerte Tax comes with the benefit of preparing returns securely from anywhere on any device.

While the tool is useful, some users reported facing a browser not supported for the Lacerte issue.

If you are also experiencing a browser not supported Lacerte issue and are looking for solutions, you have landed in the right place.

This guide will give you some of the best solutions that have helped users resolve the browser not supported in Lacerte error. So let us get right into it.

Why am I having issues when visiting Intuit websites?

If you are trying to visit any of the Intuit websites and come across an error that says Our systems are experiencing some issues. Please try again later, or browser not supported error, then there can be many reasons for this problem.

This could be because of the corrupt cache and data of the browser.

Intuit isn’t added as a trusted website.

There is some issue with the browser settings.

These reasons may be general, but the browser not supported for Lacerte error is a widespread problem caused by common issues.

In the next section, we will discuss the solutions that will help you fix the problem at your end.

Quick Tip:

Lacerte’s cloud-based taxing software is compatible with any Chromium-based browser. Opera One works excellently since it utilizes your default applications option for the web browser to open the hyperlink. 

Furthermore, moving to Opera One is simple since you will be prompted to transfer all saved information from your existing browser. This way, nothing is lost, but every other benefit is won.

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Switch to this flexible browser, and just deal with taxes without errors.

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Is Lacerte compatible with Windows 11?

Expert tip:

How can I fix Lacerte browser not supported error? 1. Clear browser cache

We have explained the steps for the Google Chrome browser since it is the most commonly used web browser by millions across the globe.

However, if you use a different browser, you can follow similar steps or check the official forums for help.

Often, corrupted cache and browser files can cause multiple issues within the browser and prevent you from using it optimally. However, you can try clearing the browser cache and data and check if this fixes the browser not supported Lacerte issue or not.

2. Add Intuit as a trusted site

The above is just one of the ways you can add trusted websites on your PC for the web browsers. You can check out the other ways of adding a website as a trusted site in Chrome on Windows 10/11 & Mac. Adding a website as a Trusted Site will bypass the high security of your PC only after you have permitted it.

If the website isn’t set as a trusted site, you could encounter issues such as the browser not supporting Lacerte or Intuit not supporting this browser error. Add the Intuit website as a trusted site and check if this fixes the problem at hand or not.

3. Reset the browser

There are chances that some of the extensions that you have installed on your browser might have changed the browser settings, due to which you are coming across the Lacerte not supported in browser error.

Apart from disabling all the extensions, you can try resetting the browser using the above steps.

If the above solutions do not work, your browser could be an issue. You can try updating it from the About section of the browser or switching to a different browser.

Now, since a good variety of web browsers are available, you might get confused about which one to go for. In such a scenario, we suggest you check out our guide on the best browsers you can use in 2023.

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How To Use A Portable Browser On Any Computer

In a world that is increasingly mobile, you may find yourself on a trip, needing to access the Internet on a PC. But maybe you are worried about using a public machine to do personal searches or work on an online app. One way to fix this is to have access to a portable browser that you can use anywhere.

Advantages of Portable Browsers

If you are on the go for work or vacation and need to use a public computer, you will not be able to install any new software on the machine. So, having a copy of the browser handy you want to use makes accessing the Internet easy.

Using a portable browser means there is no need to install the software on the machine, which saves you time. Portable browsers are lightweight and run faster than the regular version of the software without slowing the computer down. Portable software also does not leave any traces of the activity on the Windows Registry.

And you probably don’t want to use the installed version of a browser for fear of leaving personal information behind. Portable browsers are great for this because when you use a portable browser, all of your info is saved on the storage device, not on the computer.

Examples of Portable Browsers

Some portable browsers are versions of popular web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. They have the same functionality and performance as the original software.

How to use Portable Browsers

There may be slightly different methods for downloading any given portable browser, but it should work like this one:

1. Visit the application’s download page. You can use any of the links above to reach the browser you would like to use.

3. Browse to the location of the “AppNamePortable_xx.paf.exe” file you downloaded.

5. Follow the on-screen prompts.

6. When you come to the screen that asks where you want to save the file, you will need to change this to your USB drive.

To use the program on another computer:

1. Insert the USB drive into the computer port and browse to the directory where you installed the program.

3. Now, sign in and use the app as you would the regular version.

If you want to have the Internet on a PC at your fingertips without worrying about giving away personal information, choose your favorite browser, and download the portable version to a flash drive or other portable storage. Then you can take it with you everywhere you go. Don’t forget to also check out some other portable apps you can use on Windows.

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Your Browser Does Not Support Mp4 Videos: 3 Ways To Fix It

Your Browser Does Not Support MP4 Videos: 3 Ways to Fix It Note that not all browsers fully support the MP4 video format




Chrome does not support any MP4 videos encoded with the h264 codec.

If Firefox is showing MP4 videos not supported, it is either due to wrong settings or glitches with your browser.

A quick fix to the video support issue is to restart your browser in safe mode.

Struggling with various browser issues? Try a better option: Opera One

You deserve a better browser! Over 300 million people use Opera One daily, a fully-fledged navigation experience coming with various built-in packages, enhanced resource consumption, and great design.

Here’s what Opera One can do:

Optimize resource usage: Opera One uses your Ram more efficiently than Brave

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Video integration into web pages adds value and a media presence that does not make everything just boring texts. One of the well-used formats is MP4, which is minimum on most devices.

With this, there will be no way for a developer to test how an embedded video in MP4 works. Fortunately, there are ways around this issue with the right information.

In this guide, we will show you how to solve the browser does not support MP4 videos, just like we provided the fix to bad video quality on Chrome.

Does MP4 work on all browsers? 

Not all browsers support MP4 video format fully. Depending on the video encoding in the source file, Chrome, for example, might not play MP4 videos.

Other browsers like Firefox work fine with MP4 videos. So, it depends on the browser and the video encoding.

Quick Tip:

One of the browsers that support the MP4 format is Opera One and may be customized using its extensive library of add-ons. These add-ons allow you to convert MP4 files and play them straight in the browser.

The add-on for our scenario is called Media Player extension and can be easily installed in Opera One from its official add-ons page. Switching to Opera One will transfer all your saved passwords and other data.

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Try the Media Player extension in the browser and play your MP4 file format.

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How do I fix your browser does not support MP4 videos error? 1. Your browser does not support MP4 videos (Firefox) 1.1. Restart in Safe Mode

If you are facing problems like your browser does not support playback of this video on Firefox while trying to play MP4 videos, it might be due to an extension or custom setting.

Restarting your browser in the troubleshooting mode will disable these extensions, custom settings, and even your themes. 

1.2. Enable the video feature in Settings 2. Can’t play MP4 videos in Chrome

If your Chrome browser shows this video is either unavailable or not supported in this browser while you are trying to play MP4 videos, it means the video was encoded with the h264. 

Chrome has since stopped providing support for this codec. The only solution is to change to another codec like H264-MPEG-4 AVC.

With this, your MP4 videos will start playing on Chrome and HTML5.

How do I convert MP4 to HTML5?

To convert MP4 to HTML5, you need a video converter. Thankfully, there are many of them available now.

You can use an online converter like the Wondershare UniConverter or a software Aura Video converter, and Xmedia Recode. Most of these software tools are free and work on most operating systems. 

The good thing about the HTML5 videos generated by these converter tools is that they can be directly embedded into a web page.

When your browser does not support MP4 videos, it is either due to wrong settings or glitches within your browser. With the solutions in this guide, you should be able to play MP4 videos on two of the most popular browsers in Chrome and Firefox.

Are you facing a general issue like the browser can’t play this video popup? Then, check our guide on how to solve the problem quickly.

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