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Have you been experiencing wonky issues on your PC after installing the April 2018 Update for Windows 10? Well, you're not alone, if that comes as any consolation. Others have taken to Reddit and other destinations on the web to complain of annoying behavior after applying the update, including freeze ups in Chrome and even complete system hangs. Fortunately, Microsoft is aware of the issue and is working on a fix. In a support document, Microsoft acknowledges that some devices running the latest version of Windows 10 (build 1803) "may hang or freeze when using certain apps, such as 'Hey Cortana' or Chrome." This is separate from the 'low disk space' pop-up you might be receiving in relation... Read more...
Google is experimenting with a refreshed look to its Chrome Canary browser that is representative of its Material Design 2 UI, and if you are rocking a Windows PC, you can catch a glimpse of it right now. All you have to do is download and install the latest Chrome Canary build, and enable a flag that lets you choose between different UI layouts for the top section, which mainly alters the way tabs look. We tried it ourselves and took a screenshot, as shown above. Notice how the tabs have rounded corners, versus more blocky looking isosceles trapezoids. This is reflective of Google more broadly working to implement its material design language into its services, primarily Android. However, it's... Read more...
Over the coming days and weeks, Google will push out a new build of its Chrome browser that will introduce several fixes and improvements. Perhaps the most welcome change included in Chrome version 66 is a new feature that mutes sound when a website automatically plays a video. This is one of the biggest annoyances on the web, especially if you leave the volume on your PC or mobile device turned up, and it's nice to see Google taking action. This is a feature that Google has been working on for a long time, and initially planned to roll out earlier. Instead, it previously implemented the ability to block sound on a site-by-site basis. As of Chrome 66, however, sites are only allowed to automatically... Read more...
Google has released a new build of its Chrome browser to the stable channel, Chrome 65, which was made available first to Windows, Mac, and Linux systems, followed by an update to the version for Android devices. So as of this moment, Chrome 65 is available on all four platforms. The new version brings much improved security to Chrome, along with some new features for developers. On the security side, Chrome 65 introduces 45 security fixes. Several of those are the result of lucrative bug hunting by security researchers who cashed in on Google's bug bounty program for Chrome. A researcher with Tencent Zhanlu Lab made off particularly well after discovering two Flash-related vulnerabilities with... Read more...
Sharing links on mobile devices can be a pain in the backside. It's not overly difficult, mind you, but in some cases the URL you are trying to share is stupid long. You then have a choice—share it anyway and clutter up your chat message (or email), or take the extra step of using an URL shortener before sharing it out. There is a third option. Beginning with Chrome 64 on Android devices, the browser will automatically trim all of the extra cruft from annoyingly long links. When dealing with an extra long link, usually it's only the beginning section that you need. Everything that comes after is expendable, such as search queries and whatever else might have been tacked on by the time you... Read more...
Isn't it nice when malware authors make it easy to remove their dirty code? Sometimes all you have to do is open the Control Panel and uninstall the offending program, just like any other application. And for browsers, simply nuke the extension that is causing trouble. Unfortunately, some recent browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox are making things difficult on users by cleverly hiding their whereabouts. The extensions in question hijack Chrome and Firefox to redirect web searches and drive up click counts on YouTube videos, presumably to generate ad revenue. That in and of itself is not unusual, but what is frustrating is that you can't just load up the extensions page and delete them.... Read more...
Security researchers have uncovered malware hidden in four different extensions for Google's Chrome browser. Collectively, the four extensions have been downloaded and installed more than half a million times, including onto workstations within major organizations globally. While likely used to commit click fraud and search engine optimization (SEO), the number of installs could provide cyber criminals with a potent botnet. "While revenues are not known, a similar botnet uncovered in 2013 yielded $6 million per month before it was taken down," security researchers at Icebrg, a computer security firm based in Seattle, Washington, stated in a report outlining the technical details of the malware.... Read more...
If you are a user of the popular Google Chrome extension "Archive Poster" you need to be aware that the extension has been misbehaving lately. Currently "Archive Poster" has over 105,000 users and has in recent weeks turned into an in-browser cryptocurrency miner. The extension isn't asking permission to hijack the CPU of user computers to mine Monero cryptocurrency. Monero has been the cryptocurrency that many nefarious users are choosing to mine with the stolen processing power of unsuspecting computer users. Facebook Messenger was attacked recently to mine Monero using Digimine malware. A report from back in October said that there are over a billion PCs globally that are unsuspectingly running... Read more...
Chrome OS fans will soon be receiving a feature that many have been wanting since support for Android apps rolled out. The new feature is Android Parallel Tasks, and it is tipped for release in Chrome OS 64. This feature will give Chromebook users the ability to have Android apps continue to run in the background when they click away. Currently, if you are running an app or game that needs real-time data like Google Analytics, the second you click away from that app it pauses. With Android Parallel Tasks, the apps would continue to run in the background, just as you would expect on other desktops running Windows, Linux, or macOS. The way Android apps stop running on Chrome OS now is a throwback... Read more...
Back in September, Google praised the benefit of autoplaying content on the web, pointing out that users watch and listen to a lot of media these days. At the same time, Google said one of the biggest complaints is unexpected media playback, which can not only make unwanted noise, but also consume power and use data. So, Google promised to clean things up with Chrome 64 when it arrives next month by giving users more control over audio. Don't feel like waiting? You can take control (partially) right now by downloading the Chrome 64 beta. One of the features that is included in the Chrome 64 beta is the ability to mute an entire website. This is a handy feature when you encounter a site that insists... Read more...
Google has a new version of its Chrome web browser for mobile devices, Chrome 63, and it is making it available first for Android users. It is a bit of an unusual move, as typically Google updates its Chrome browser for both Android and iOS at the same time. For this round, however, Chrome 63 for Android is releasing before it ends up on iOS, bringing with it a new site permissions dialog and some other changes. In the past, permissions would appear on a dialog box that slides up from the bottom, and would often be ignored. But with the update to Chrome 63, permissions appear as a pop-up dialog box in the center of screen. According to Google, users would either ignore or dismiss prompts around... Read more...
When Google announced Chrome nearly a decade ago, one of its promises was to deliver a more stable browser. The company used sandbox techniques to make sure that if a process in a tab goes screwy, it won't take down the rest of the browser with it. At first, it did almost feel like the browser was uncrashable, but the reality is, nothing is uncrashable. Eventually, once user apps began tying themselves into Chrome, the browser immediately became more vulnerable to crashing. It's not hard to understand why: if you inject code into a running application, there's no reason to expect that it's going to handle it gracefully. Google says that folks running apps that inject code into Chrome are 15%... Read more...
Google has been paying out some significant money to get security researchers and hackers to tear apart its Chrome browser and Chrome OS. In March of 2015, Google offered up $100,000 for anyone who could find an exploit chain that would allow for a persistent compromise of a Chromebox or Chromebook using guest mode via a webpage. That $100,000 offer was an increase from the original $50,000 bounty.That bounty went unclaimed for many months until a researcher that uses the moniker Gzob Qq notified Google on September 18 that he had identified a set of vulnerabilities in Chrome OS. The hacker was able to identify a series of vulnerabilities that could lead to persistent code execution on Chromebooks... Read more...
Google is all about adding tools to Chrome to prevent annoying things from happening while you surf the web. Chrome already has a bunch of tools to help protect you when you are surfing the web, like telling you when traffic is HTTPS secure, blocking pop-ups, and stopping annoying autoplay videos. In coming versions of Chrome, Google will build in more protections to take the annoyance out of web surfing.Google says that one of the most common bits of feedback it receives are reports of websites redirecting unexpectedly to other places. Google says that it has found that these redirects often come from third-party content embedded in the offending web pages and isn’t an action that the website... Read more...
Google is working hard to make the web a more secure place and with its Chrome browser being the most popular browser on the market by most accounts, that was a good place to start. Google says that security has always been one of the core principles of Chrome and points out that it was found to be the most secure browser in two recent studies when looking at multiple aspects of security. Google promised about a year back that it would start marking all websites that aren't encrypted with HTTPS security as "not secure" in Chrome. Google's Emily Schechter, Chrome Security Manager, wrote, "We wanted to help people understand when the site they're on is not secure, and at the same time, provide... Read more...
An increasing number of websites have turned to embedded cryptocurrency mining to generate revenue in place of (or in addition do) ads. One of the problems with this approach is that websites are not always transparent about this. And in other cases, legitimate websites that have been hacked could be running mining software on visitors' PCs without their knowledge. This has gotten the attention of Google, which is considering ways to prevent mining software from running in its Chrome browser. Websites that take this approach use an online JavaScript-based miner called Coin Hive. What this does is inject JavaScript code into browsers to mine Monero, a form of cryptocurrency. Depending on how many... Read more...
Microsoft and Google don't have that much love for each other. The two are rivals in the search market with Google being far and away the most popular search engine, leaving Bing with the table scraps. Google also has the most popular mobile operating system forcing Microsoft to admit that its mobile OS is dead. Google also went public with a Windows flaw bask in February that Microsoft was slow to patch, seemingly as a way to shame Redmond into patching the issues. Microsoft is now hitting back at Google with a bit of admonishment for a security issue in the Chrome browser. Reports indicate that Microsoft found a Chrome vulnerability last month and outlined how the browser could be exploited.... Read more...
It seems like every major OEM wants to get into the high-end notebook space these days, even Google. Typically its Chromebook machines are some of the least expensive notebooks that you can lay your hands on. Take for instance the HP Chromebook X360 convertible, which clocks in in at a very reasonable $300. However, we know that Google is working on a high-end device called the Pixelbook that will push the price of entry up significantly. Some details on the Pixelbook have leaked from electronics retailer Synnex. The listing shows that the Pixelbook will have a display that is 12.3-inches wide. The resolution of the screen is unclear at this point, but previous high-end Chromebooks... Read more...
Google is taking another step towards making the web browsing experience a more pleasant one, as it pertains to videos that annoyingly fire up automatically on some sites. Earmarked for a future build of its Chrome browser is the disabling of autoplay for videos that are accompanied by sound, Google announced in Chromium blog post. The idea is to make "autoplay more consistent with user expectations" while giving users more control over audio. The feature update will roll out with Chrome 64. Websites will still be allowed to automatically play videos, but only if the media is not accompanied by sound, of if the user has indicated an interest in the media. "This will allow autoplay to occur when... Read more...
Just a couple of weeks ago, we took a look at the [then] forthcoming version 61 of Google's Chrome, which introduces some notable features, including support for a slew of new APIs. Chrome 61 is now available in the release channel; if you're using Chrome right now, chances are you can update simply by restarting your browser. The exact version out today is 61.0.3163.79, and it's available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. It's really hard to weigh one of the updated features over another, as what's more useful really depends on your usage case. But one of Google's outed feature is new JavaScript module support, streamlining how JS can be developed. But that's just the start. For the most fervent... Read more...
If you’re a heavy user of the Chrome internet browser, and you most likely are, then Google has some changes in the works that will make your daily travails less nerve racking. There are few things more annoying on the internet than websites that autoplay videos — be it original content from the site itself or advertisements — that blast audio upon loading the page. Google previously tackled this problem by flagging the tab of an offending website with a speaker icon. This allowed you to quickly spot which site/tab was causing all the ruckus, and either close it down or hit the pause button on the video. Now, Google is taking an additional step with a new “Mute” button. Mute is now featured in... Read more...
The latest beta version of Chrome, version 61, has just dropped, and it brings with it a healthy collection of enhancements and new features. This beta is relevant seemingly for every platform it's regularly offered for, except iOS. Android, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, and of course Windows are all taken care of with this update. Arguably, the most notable addition to Chrome 61 is support for the Payment Request API, which will let websites send a payment request to the browser (securely), allowing people to pay via Android Pay on the desktop. Ultimately, when a wide rollout happens, it means that buying things online - as long as you're setup for Android Pay - will be easier than ever. Perhaps a... Read more...
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