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Google just added a new feature to Chrome OS -- the company is experimenting with adding a storage manager that has been added to the latest developer update of the software. This update comes on the heels of the addition of Android apps and games to Chromebook devices. When Chromebooks were initially released, they only came with 16GB of storage. The idea was that apps and user files would exist primarily online. Google has increasingly added offline features such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive. Newer Chromebooks will soon be running Android apps from Google Play offline.Chromebook... Read more...
Google Chrome might be the most popular browser on the planet, but it has long been criticized for its insistence on tearing through laptop batteries. Between the high memory consumption and negative impact on battery life, Microsoft is trying to capitalize on this achilles heel with its Edge web browser. The PC market is skewed towards customers that use notebooks, tablets and 2-in-1 convertibles, hence making the best of your machine’s available battery is paramount for people who aren’t able to plug into a wall at a moment’s notice. To highlight the disparity between Edge and Chrome, Microsoft... Read more...
There's a new version of Google's Chrome browser available for Android devices, one that includes "two barges full of performance and stability fixes." The new build, Chrome 51, also brings tabs back into the Chrome application rather than continuing to utilize the merged babs feature that was introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop in 2014. The "Merged tabs and apps" feature made Chrome put open tabs in the app switcher instead of having them all in one place. It was a change that users generally disliked, and though Google included the option of disabling the feature, it was turned on by default.... Read more...
It’s safe to say that Adobe Flash is one of the most disliked pieces of software in the modern computing era. What started off as an innovative way for users to experience interactive content and simple online games has transformed into a resource hog and significant security risk. Software vendors have taken extreme measures to scale back support for the plugin and Adobe itself has announced that Flash will soon be on the chopping block. This week, we’re learning that Google is taking further steps to ensure Flash’s demise. Starting in the fourth quarter, Google Chrome will default to HTML5 instead... Read more...
Evernote and Google Drive just made a techie baby. Evernote gained Google Drive integration for web and Android app cloud storage. Google Drive is great for storing work while many argue that Evernote is a better organizational tool. Evernote customers requested a better way to combine the work they do in both Evernote and Google Drive. The two companies listened and delivered.  Dog Walking Robot Idea not included.  Erik Wrobel, Chief Product Officer at Evernote stated, "Evernote is where people capture and nurture ideas. This integration with Google Drive helps people cultivate those... Read more...
When Google released the first version of its Chrome Web browser way back in 2008, it was hard to guess whether or not it'd become a success. Naturally, many pieces of software come out that don't really "click" with people, but with Chrome, the promise of speed and lack of bloat lured many in without hesitation. Today, Chrome isn't just the most popular Web browser in most markets, it's leaked out of our desktops and notebooks and onto our mobile devices and even streaming TV sticks. To say that the past 8 years have been eventful for Chrome would be an understatement, but there is a little something... Read more...
Is there anything Chrome can't do? In addition to helping us browse the Internet with our desktops and mobile devices along with streaming content to our televisions, Google has added "meetings" to Chrome's growing repertoire. This venture is called Chromebase, and is in a way a "poor-man's Surface Hub" functionality. The first company out with a product is Acer, with the $800 CA24V. Similar to the aforementioned Surface Hub, Chromebase is designed to give meeting-goers a better, more intuitive collaborative experience. Part of the charm here is the fact that the display is a touch screen, and... Read more...
Security outfit AVG is catching some heat for a Chrome browser extension that left millions of users vulnerable to a variety of online attacks. Called "AVG Web TuneUp," it automatically gets installed into Chrome as part of AVG's antivirus product. That's problem number one. Problem number two is that it presented several potential security risks. A developer for Google brought the attention to Google's Project Zero team, noting that the extension adds a bunch of JavaScript APIs to Chrome "apparently so that they can hijack search settings and the New Tab page." It appears as though AVG intentionally... Read more...
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is poised to become the biggest movie of 2015; and perhaps even the biggest movie of all time. With years of hype surrounding its release along with a big name director helming the project, J.J. Abrahams, there’s no question that fans are eager to get get a taste of what Disney has to offer with the newest Star Wars trilogy. However, with all the hype comes the possibility for spoilers. And with our lives these days revolving around the Internet, it’s almost impossibly to avoid spoilers for movies that we have yet to see. If details of a film aren’t spoiled by our Twitter... Read more...
In effort to help users consume less data on cellular connections, Google introduced the Data Saver functionality a while ago in Android and iOS versions of Chrome. In my own testing with Data Saver enabled on my smartphone, I witnessed a 30 percent reduction in data usage for the month of November (622.4MB versus 889.9MB), which is nothing to scoff at. However, Google is introducing a revamped version of Data Saver that goes even further in reducing the amount of data consumed on your mobile device. Google indicated in a blog posting this week that Data Saver will now reduce your data consumption... Read more...
If you’re an Android user that makes heavy use of Google’s Chrome web browser (and what Android user doesn’t?), you’ll want to pay close attention to a new exploit that has the capability of taking your smartphone hostage. The tricky exploit was demonstrated at MobilePwn2Own, which was held at a Tokyo-based PacSec conference. Quihoo 360 security researcher Guang Gong first uncovered the vulnerability, and thankfully, he hasn’t publicly revealed detailed specifics on its inner workings. However, we do know that it takes advantage of Chrome’s open source V8 JavaScript engine. What makes the exploit... Read more...
Sound the alarm, Google's ending support for its Chrome browser in Windows XP and Windows Vista! You there, on your outdated Mac, quit snickering -- Google's also cutting off support for Mac OS X versions 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), and 10.8 (Mountain Lion). If you're rocking one of these older OSes, continue using Chrome at your own risk.Chrome will still work and dutifully load up webpages as it shuttles you around the web. However, starting in April of next year, Google will stop issuing security updates and fixes. That in essence puts a big target on your back with a flashing neon sign... Read more...
Since 2010, Google has offered support in the desktop version of Chrome for push notifications. To help make that feature even more useful, it eventually introduced a notification center, not too dissimilar from what Microsoft offers in Windows 10. With an emerging push standard, though, Google has been forced to reevaluate things. Via a new blog post, Google lets us know that it will be removing that push notification center from all desktop versions of Chrome (Windows/Linux/OS X). What makes this decision easy for Google to make is that it seems very little people actually made use of it. Writes... Read more...
The Internet is an ever changing congruous mass of standards, design, and interoperability challenges. Keeping on top of it all can be a daunting task. It's a delicate balance between features, security and performance. If you're considering swapping out your web browser for something new and fresh, but are uncertain over the real world performance differences, this article should help with lots of insight. Features are not something that can be easily compared, and will be up to you to decide what you want in a browser. As for security, that is in a constant state of flux, and issuing metrics... Read more...
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