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Get ready to see a lot of people talking to their computers. Google has officially rolled out a new feature in Chrome that lets you conduct a voice search on a desktop or notebook using just your voice. From a Google page, you can simply say, “OK Google” and say whatever you want to hunt for. This was a feature that Google had in beta back in late February, but now it’s here. It’s not clear if some of the other functions that Google teased in a blog post are available yet. These include telling Google to, for example, set a timer for 30 minutes or create a Google Now reminder... Read more...
The address bar in a Web browser has been a standard feature for as long as Web browsers have been around - and that's not going to be changing. What could be, though, is exactly what sort of information is displayed in them. In December, Google began rolling-out a limited test of a feature in Chrome called "Origin Chip", a UI element situated to the left of the address bar. What this "chip" does is show the name of the website you're currently on, while also showing the base URL; eg: hothardware.com. To the right, the actual address bar shows nothing, except a prompt to "Search Google or type... Read more...
If you haven't already, you should consider dropping Internet Explorer and using a browser like Chrome or Firefox, at least until Microsoft rolls out a fix for a zero day vulnerability that reportedly affects nearly every version of IE. Worse yet, if you're still stubbornly rocking Windows XP for whatever reason, this is potentially a permanent vulnerability -- Microsoft dropped support for the legacy operating system earlier this month. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is one of several governments that suggests employing an alternate browser. "US-CERT is aware of... Read more...
In a continued effort to make its Office productivity suite more easily accessible to a wider audience, Microsoft has made the web versions of its Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote apps available to download through Google's Chrome Web Store. This boils down to an added convenience for Chrome users. As Microsoft points out in a blog post announcing the migration to the Chrome Web Store, "Office Online works great in all browsers" already. However, those who primarily use Chrome can now add World Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online to their Chrome App launcher to create new Office documents... Read more...
As the Heartbleed bug inflicts damage in absentia (or not, there’s no way to tell), Google Security wrote a blog post letting users know that although the company has actively patched to numerous Google services, some important Google products are immune to the bug including Chrome, Chrome OS, and all versions of Android--except for Android 4.1.1. “All versions of Android are immune to CVE-2014-0160 [Note: That’s the Heartbleed bug] (with the limited exception of Android 4.1.1; patching information for Android 4.1.1 is being distributed to Android partners),” wrote Google... Read more...
The discovery of a security vulnerability in OpenSSH, which is a set of programs that provide encrypted communication sessions using the SSH protocol for an estimated two-thirds of the web, challenged the notion that anyone can ever be truly safe on the Internet, regardless of how careful you surf. How so? Researchers discovered a major vulnerability in OpenSSH that could allow hackers to dig up your personal information, including usernames, passwords, credit card data, and much more. It's called Heartbleed, and it has the Internet community on high alert. There's a patch available, which many... Read more...
This shouldn't come as a complete shock to anyone who's been around the online block a time or two, but no web browser is 100 percent secure. That much was once again proven at the annual Pwn2Own hacking event held at the CanSecWest security conference. By the second day of the event, every major browser had fallen -- Firefox (Mozilla), Chrome (Google), Internet Explorer (Microsoft), and Safari (Apple). Not all browsers are created equal, however, and out of the bunch, Firefox had the unwanted distinction of being the most exploited. Security researchers participating in the event were able to... Read more...
In the next few days, you’ll be able to control Google searches on the Chrome browser using only your voice, as the latest Chrome beta brings this capability to Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. In a new tab, you can simply say, “Ok Google” and then speak your search. Beyond that, you can also tell Google to perform actions, which is arguably an even more compelling feature. For example, a Google Chrome blog post suggests you could say “Ok Google, set a timer for 30 minutes” or create a Google Now reminder with “Ok Google, remind me to pick up dessert at 6pm... Read more...
In a world where browsing is increasingly moving to mobile, the desktop browser is in a strange state. It's still far too popular globally to ignore, but how is a company to make browsing on the desktop anything more than a mere utility? Leave it to Google. Google has just announced a tie-in with LEGO that'll allow you to build and imagine right in Chrome using WebGL technology. The story goes as such: a Google team in Australia developed this in 2012, and just now it's being opened up to the world. The social aspects are (naturally) powered by Google+, but you can ignore all of that if you're... Read more...
Now that "unlimited data" is a relic of history for most U.S. carriers, users have to think about every move they make as it pertains to mobile data usage. Plus, it's becoming easier and easier to blast through that basic data tier, with apps such as Pinterest and Instagram requiring plenty of bytes to load all of those images. Google has been aware of the issue for some time, introducing a data meter system within the Android OS a few years ago. But now, they're bringing some of those smarts to the browser. Starting this week, the Chrome browser is being updated for iOS and Android in order to... Read more...
If there's one thing Google hates a lot, it's "bad" advertising. We're not talking about "bad" from the angle of being poor in quality or annoying (like Geico's latest TV commercials...), but rather ads designed to mislead, scam, or encourage an accidental click. While Google itself might still earn some serious dough off of these bad ads, it doesn't want to gain a reputation for not protecting its users. Yesterday, we talked about the latest steps the company's taken to crack down on bad ads, and overall, its stats are impressive. Clearing out 350 million bad ads in a single year is no small feat,... Read more...
With the latest update to Google’s Chrome browser, the company has added a couple of rather choice features, including better security and tweaks that users will find quite handy. Arguably the most important addition pertains to the supervised users feature that’s designed to allow parents to help their kids learn how to use the Internet safely. Once you create a supervised user, you can review and manage browser history, manage permissions for websites, and more. For any user, the new tab notifications will be a boon to daily use; with a glance, you can now see which tabs are playing... Read more...
Google doesn't like seeing pointless or bloated toolbars in its Chrome Web browser, and because it loves us so much, it doesn't want us to see them, either. Google's policies have long prohibited most types of truly offensive extensions, like ad-ridden toolbars, but beginning next summer, it's going to enforce some new policies that will drastically reduce the number of multi-focused toolbars and extensions. In effect, Google will allow toolbars or extensions that have a singular focus, and it appears that it's going to prohibit developers from injecting ads into their toolbars. If they do, that... Read more...
Googlers are well-known for using Macs on campus, and Google has a history of dishing out great software to both OS X and iOS. To that end, the company is announcing Mac support for Chrome Apps. Starting today, you'll just need an updated version of the Chrome browser, and then head into the "For your desktop" section of the Chrome Web Store. Chrome Apps work offline, update automatically and sync to any computer where you're signed into Chrome, so you can pick up where you left off. The goal was to make these apps "feel like native software." For example, you can find your Chrome Apps in the Applications... Read more...
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