Items tagged with Chrome

Google is testing an new media control button in its Chrome browser that, when enabled, would allow users to pause and resume playing videos in tabs. As shown in the image above, the button appears in the upper-right side of the browser, next to the URL bar, and is accessible even for videos that are playing in background tabs. The feature is called Global Media Controls (GMC) and is available to test in the Canary build. You can install the Canary version of Chrome without overwriting your main Chrome installation (if you use that browser), as they can coexist without interrupting each other—it is like having a totally separate browser installed. As currently implemented, the play/pause... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks Podcast, Marco and Dave chat about the beefy 2TB Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus, Samsung's more cost-efficient Galaxy S10e, HP's MONSTER Omen X Emperium 65 Gaming display, TheC64 -- a full-sized Commodore 64 reboot and more! Show Notes: 05:01 - Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 2TB Review: Burly, Speedy NVMe Storage 12:28 - Samsung Galaxy S10e Review: Every Bit A Flagship For Less 22:30 - HP Omen X Emperium 65 Review: Massive 144Hz 4K G-SYNC Gaming 28:50 - TheC64 Is A Full Size Commodore 64 Reboot For 1980s Retro Gaming 35:17 - Study Claims Google Chrome Is Total Spyware And You Should Run To Firefox Now... Read more...
It is common knowledge that websites like to track your activity through cookies, but might we be giving up a bit too much privacy when surfing the web? The answer may depend on the specific browser you are using. In a recent examination of Google Chrome, a tech expert said he uncovered some startling differences in how Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox browsers treat user privacy. Geoffrey A. Fowler is a technology journalist for The Washington Post. It was there that he posted an opinion piece on why he feels that "Chrome has become surveillance software," and why he made the switch to Firefox. The article sits behind a paywall, but has been reprinted at a few other places (hit the link in the Via... Read more...
There are a multitude of suspicious website spread across the web. Should you stumble across a less-than-upstanding site for whatever reason, the common thing to do is close your browser window and carry on. Google wants to change that, though. Google now wants to know when you run across scammy sites so it can ultimately make the web a safer place for everyone. To facilitate a safer internet, it has launched a new Chrome extension that allows users to report suspicious sites to Safe Browsing. The extension is called the Suspicious Site Reporter. The extension helps to protect users by gathering data on sites the user deems suspicious and reporting them to Google Safe Browsing, which Google says... Read more...
Microsoft is hard at work on its new Chromium-based browser and delivered its first Chromium-based browser test build about a month ago. However, a big issue with the Chromium-based browsers has been discovered on Windows 10, and it can seriously impeded performance. The issues was brought to light by browser maker Vivaldi and a Google researcher; for its part, Microsoft is working on a fix for the issue. The browser performance problem has to do with a Windows 10 security feature, but it's unclear if end-users of Chromium-based browsers are affected by the issue. The performance issue did pose enough of a challenge to Vivaldi that it appealed to Microsoft and Google for a fix. Microsoft's... Read more...
In the web browser world, Google Chrome is tops and is offered on multiple platforms including Windows 10, macOS, Linus, iOS and Android. however, web developer named Jim Fisher has found an exploit that nefarious developers can use to trick Chrome on Android users into thinking they are on a legitimate website. Fisher shows on his blog how a website can replace the Chrome for Android address bar and tabs UI using a few tricks. All Chrome for Android users know that when you scroll down a page using the browser, the top of the UI with your address bar and tabs are hidden from view. Fisher found that the scrolling of the page could be "jailed" so when the user scrolls back up the page, the... Read more...
HP has announced the new Chromebook 15 which is priced at $449. HP offers the machine in Mineral Silver and Cloud Blue colors and both have a metal keyboard deck with a sandblasted finish and a ceramic-like white finished cover. As a Chromebook, the machine runs Chrome OS.  Inside the Chromebook 15 has an Intel Pentium Gold 4417U processor paired with 4GB of DDR4-2133 RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. Graphics are handled by Intel HD Graphics 610, and the sound system is by B&O with dual speakers. One of the hallmarks of Chromebooks is long battery life, and the HP Chromebook 15 delivers that with up to 13 hours of runtime per charge. Other features include Intel 802.11 b/g/n/ac... Read more...
Firefox is a web browser that is used by lots of people, even if it's not the dominant browser on the market. That dominant browser is Google Chrome. Mozilla is the company behind Firefox, and it has worked hard to improve the browser with new features like increased security to protect users from cryptominers and other security issues. Mozilla also recently released a native ARM64 Firefox browser for Windows machines powered by Snapdragon processors. A former Mozilla executive is now claiming that Google undermined Firefox development. Google was formerly a Mozilla business partner despite having a competing web browser during some of that partnership. According to former Mozilla executive Jonathan... Read more...
Google makes some undeniably compelling hardware in the form of its Pixelbook line of notebooks. Google wants business users to adopt the machines, but most business types need to run Windows for software compatibility; so last summer Google was seeking Windows 10 certification for the Pixelbook. Last month the Pixelbook successor, codenamed Atlas, was spied in a video. At Cloud Next 2019, Google hosted a session that focused on Google Hardware for Business, and in that session after touting the current generation Pixelbook and Pixel slate line; talk turned to what's next for Google hardware products. Despite reports suggesting that Google was cutting back on its roadmap for future products,... Read more...
Microsoft surprised many when it decided that was going to abandon its homegrown EdgeHTML rendering engine for Edge in favor of Google Chromium. The move particularly incensed Firefox developer Mozilla, which said that Microsoft was “officially giving up” and conceding to Google. In the four months since that initial announcement, we’ve learned more about the “new” Microsoft Edge browser, and early test builds of the browser have even leaked to the internet in recent weeks. Now, the company has opened up its official Microsoft Edge Insider Channel for those that want to legitimately test the new browser. Microsoft Edge is currently available... Read more...
I’ll Chrome might be the most popular browser out there, but it still has issues that fans want resolved. Google has been working on resolving many of the big complaints that Chrome users have with features like the Never-Slow mode that aims to cut back on the resources that Chrome is notorious for hogging. Google also added a caching feature for Chrome this year that aims to make browsing faster. Another new feature that Google is working on has surfaced, and this one aims to make the browser much cleaner looking for those who tend to surf with lots of tabs open. The feature is called Tab Groups, and it organizes tabs into multiple groups to make them easier to find and work with.... Read more...
If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are doing so on a Chrome browser, based on the available market share data. And if that is the case, do yourself a solid and update Chrome, "like right this minute." That suggestion is not coming directly from us, but from Justin Schuh, Google Chrome's security boss and engineering director. Schuh made the suggestion on Twitter, in which he pointed to a recent update to Chrome's Stable Channel for desktop systems. The reason he is sounding the alarm is because the latest update to Chrome mitigates a zero-day security hole labeled as CVE-2019-5786. The exact details of the zero-day vulnerability have not yet been disclosed, but it's presumably... Read more...
Chrome is on its way towards becoming a much faster browser than it already is, though there is a caveat—the upcoming speed boost applies to previously visited webpages, as Google's developers are exploring a new back-and-forward cache scheme that will make navigating back and forth "very fast," the company says. "A back/forward cache (bfcache) caches whole pages (including the JavaScript heap) when navigating away from a page, so that the full state of the page can be restored when the user navigates back. Think of it as pausing a page when you leave it and playing it when you return," Google developer Addy Osmani explains. This new scheme caches entire web pages for faster access. It... Read more...
If you are a Chrome user, you have probably fired up its Incognito Mode a time or two, whether out of curiosity or to hide your online activities—you know, like when you're birthday shopping, right? Suuuuure. Anyway, we're not judging when or why you might use a private browsing session. We are just here to tell you that Google is making Incognito Mode in Chrome better than it already is. As you might already know, going Incognito means Chrome will not save your browsing history, cookies and site data, or any information you enter into online forms. It will keep any files you download and bookmarks you create, but otherwise it offers a sense of privacy, at least for the most. What you might... Read more...
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