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Google Chrome Rules
In a sleek move this April, Google Chrome took home a 41.6 percent share of all desktop browser traffic picked up by Web tracker Net Market Share, up from 39 percent in March.

Over the same time, Internet Explorer's share dropped to 41.3 percent from 43.4 percent. This marks the first time Chrome has surpasssed IE to assume the top spot, at least in the eyes of Net Market Share.

While the browser battles aren't as intense as they once were, browser makers continue to fiddle with their approaches. Most dramatically, after years of riding IE's dominance, Microsoft is moving on with the more modern Edge browser in Windows 10. Meanwhile, stalwarts like Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome get their share of streamlining and updating, and every once in a while, a brand-new entry pops up, like the Vivaldi browser launched earlier this year.

The growth for Chrome is especially impressive as IE comes bundled as the default browser with every version of Windows except for 10. Windows users who want Google Chrome must manually install it and choose it as their default browser.

At the same time, Firefox's appeal has been plummeting, according to Net Market Share. Mozilla's browser saw a market share of 9.7 percent last month, down from 10.5 percent the prior month. Firefox has been mired in third place since March of 2014.

Google Chrome has actually been in first place since 2012, according to another Web tracker StatCounter, which puts Firefox in second and Internet Explorer in third. Why the difference?

Each Web tracker uses its own somewhat unique methods and sources to determine Web traffic data. For example, Net Applications counts unique visitors per day rather than page views, covers around 40,000 websites and has a stronger presence in certain countries than other Web trackers. StatCounter analyzes the overall volume of Web traffic and tracks more than 3 million sites around the world.


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Harley Quinn and Margot Robbie
In "Suicide Squad," the Batman villain Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie) wears sparkly hot pants and a skin-tight T-shirt. This is the outfit that many teenagers are wearing right now, but it is a far cry from the character’s most iconic costume, a head-to-toe jester suit.

The colorful get-up fits with the film’s gritty, more punk-rock aesthetic — but Robbie admitted that the skimpy wardrobe was way out of her comfort zone.

"As Margot, no, I don't like wearing that," she told the New York Times when asked about her Harley Quinn wardrobe. "I’m eating burgers at lunchtime, and then you go do a scene where you're hosed down and soaking wet in a white T-shirt, it's so clingy and you're self-conscious about it."

That said, Robbie (who was also hesitant to do the full-frontal nude scene in her breakout film, "The Wolf of Wall Street") stood by the costume choice, saying that it suited her character. Harley, she told the Times, started wearing hot pants "because they're sparkly and fun," not because "she wanted guys to look at her ass."

Director David Ayer also defended the barely-there wardrobe, saying that it's "part of the iconography" for the "Suicide Squad" anti-heroine. "I didn’t think denim overalls would be appropriate for that character," he joked to the Times.

The character of Harley Quinn, a former psychiatrist who was drawn in the Joker's madness while treating him, has run through the gamut of costume choices since making her D.C. Universe debut in 1992, ranging from a lab coat to a tutu. And according to Robbie, Ayers considered nearly all of them before settling on Harley’s "Suicide Squad" look.

"I cannot emphasis enough how many outfits, and how many variations of the Harley Quinn costume we tried," Robbie told Hello Giggles in March. "We tried the court jester costume, we tried the corset and skirt, we tried leather pants, we tried literally every type of costume possible for her. I really love where we ended up. And who knows, maybe in the sequels we'll go with the court jester one."

Indeed, eagle-eyed fans have noted that the jester costume appears to make a stealth appearance in the latest "Suicide Squad" trailer. And that may be the direction that Robbie is leaning. If "Suicide Squad" has a sequel, she "half-jokingly" told the Times, "I’m not wearing hot pants next time."


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Snapchat Speed Filter
There is a questionable Snapchat filter that lets users show off their speed while taking a selfie. However, it is being blamed for a serious car accident that left a man with traumatic brain injuries after being struck by a driver going over 100 MPH and a subject os a new lawsuit.

The victim and his wife are now suing the teen driver, alleging her high-speed selfie-taking caused the crash.

According to a report on KTLA News, Christal McGee took the ill-fated selfie while driving on a four-lane highway outside of Atlanta using Snapchat’s 'Speed' filter, which shows how fast you are going while taking the picture, a feature that for some reason exists.

Lawyers for plaintiff Wentworth Maynard say McGee’s argument was "she was just trying to get the car to 100 miles per hour to post it on Snapchat."

McGee was traveling at 107 MPH when she struck Maynard’s Mitsubishi, sending the car careening across the left lane and into an embankment, according to Maynard's lawyers. The speed limit on the highway was 55.

McGee, evidently a dedicated Snapchatter, even took a selfie in the ambulance, trussed up and covered in blood, with the caption "lucky to be alive."

According to usage statistics, 60 percent of Snapchat’s U.S. userbase is under 25, with its largest single demographic group being those aged 18-24 (37 percent). According to the CDC, drivers under 20 have the highest proportion of fatal distracted driving-related auto crashes.

In 2013 alone, the CDC says, 3,154 people were killed in auto accidents involving a "distracted driver" — drivers engaging in activities like texting, web surfing and eating while driving. That’s eight people a day, 365 days a year.

The need for likes or hearts or thumbs-ups has become so deeply ingrained that drivers are risking life and limb to acquire them? It’s bad enough that everyone have to share the road with people wantonly texting while driving, but now they have to worry about some narcissistic selfie-taker putting our lives at risk for the sake of racking up a three-digit speed on their Snapchat filter.


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Windows 10
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 may had encountered several rough time getting big name companies to build proper apps for it, but Windows 10’s Universal App Platform might finally be starting to counter this trend. As announced during Build 2016, Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram now have native Windows 10 apps that actually have the features users want to use.

There was previously a Facebook app on the Windows Store built for Windows 8 desktop users, but it was about as barebones as anybody could get. Many users were better off just opening it up in a browser.

Now desktop users can access the full set of reactions, add stickers to comments, view trending topics and basically do all the things they would expect from an up-to-date Facebook app. And since it’s built with the UWP, that means it uses native Windows 10 features like notifications pop ups, live tiles, and sharing across apps.

The same goes for Messenger, which didn’t even have an app for desktop Windows 10 devices. Users can use stickers, group conversations and GIFs, view notifications in the Action Center, and see unread messages in their Start Menu Live Tiles.

Meanwhile Instagram is rolling out for Windows 10 Mobile after being in beta for a few months. It would be nice to see a desktop edition for Windows tablet users, but perhaps that will arrive somewhere down the road.

The three apps will be available in the Windows Store in a few days, and Facebook and Messenger will also be getting up-to-date mobile apps "later this year." It is a good sign that Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform strategy might just be working, as Facebook and other developers just have to build one app that can work across a variety of devices – that ultimately helps Windows 10 Mobile.


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The Punisher
After season 2 of the "Daredevil" series on Netflix, rumors have swirled for many months about a possible spinoff. A few days ago, everyone got the official announcement: Marvel and Netflix have officially greenlit "The Punisher" live-action series.

To date, the Marvel-Netflix team-up has been a roaring success, delivering a remarkable first season of "Daredevil," an amazing best-show-on-TV season of "Jessica Jones," and a second season of "Daredevil" that lives up to the greatness of the premiere outing. These shows have been the "god-tier" of superhero television, akin to the status of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy within superhero cinema.

A teaser trailer for "The Punisher" was just released.

With "Luke Cage" already on the way next, a third season of "Daredevil" down the road, a second season of "Jessica Jones" in the works, an "Iron Fist" show in development, and a "Defenders" team-up series for all of these characters as the endgame miniseries concept, Punisher joins an already-impressive array of characters expanding the MCU-TV world to the point it has almost as many solo franchises as the cinematic MCU to date.

The foundational concept of Netflix’s corner of the MCU is that it's more grounded, gritty, and grownup than the family-friendly feature fare — "grounded" meaning a stronger sense of realism in the fights, relationships, and world; "gritty" meaning noirish and rougher in the depiction of street life, graphic violence, and moral ambiguities; and "grownup" meaning holy crap is there a lot of sex and profanity.

That current approach has worked perfectly as the flip side of the cinematic universe’s more all-ages appeal, giving viewers a wide array of options for tone, style, characterization, and perspective for the larger MCU. With the newly announced " The Punisher" series, Marvel takes another big step down that road.

"The Punisher" is one of Marvel’s most grounded, gritty, and grownup characters, since he's a crazy vigilante who mass-murders criminals in stories full of bloody conflict, organized crime, and lots of seedy underworld lifestyles.

The most authentic Punisher comics that truly embraced the character concept were the MAX series, an adults-only series with gory killing, nudity, sex, and uncensored profanity. It was hard-R comic storytelling, and it serves as a perfect template for the type of high-quality crime stories to which "The Punisher" Netflix series can and should aspire.


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