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A good dark theme for your computer and other devices is worth its weight in gold to many users. Google is looking to add a little dark magic to Chrome, and its initial rollout will be very limited. Google Chrome users can already download third-party dark themes for the browser right now, but Chrome is getting a native dark mode with a caveat. That caveat is that the native dark mode will work on macOS only. There is speculation that the native dark mode might come to other Chrome users later, but that is unconfirmed for now. Apple will begin supporting a system-wide dark mode with macOS 10.14 Mojave, which is currently in beta and will be released this fall. Support for the dark theme... Read more...
Last week, we brought you news that Microsoft is was testing a new prompt within the latest Windows Insiders builds of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update that would harass users to break free from third-party browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and instead try out the also-ran Microsoft Edge web browser.  However, it appears that Microsoft's little experiment generated much more negative attention than it anticipated from Windows Insiders. The company has decided that based on the feedback it received, it will not be including the warning messages when the final release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update ships next month. The Verge notes that Microsoft "may... Read more...
It's hard to believe, but Google Chrome is now 10 years old. Google first launched the web browser on September 2nd, 2008 and over the past decade it has grown to become the world's most used web browser, conquering both desktop and mobile markets. Google Chrome has expanded its feature set over the years (as well as its penchant for consuming large amounts of memory), and now it's time for another visual overhaul. The latest version of Chrome adheres to Google's Material Design 2 philosophy, which gives the browser a more modern design complete with rounded tabs and a brighter overall look. Icons have been redesigned and animations have been updated as well. While Chrome 69 is... Read more...
Over the past few months, Google has been experimenting with its latest Material Design refresh on its Chrome Canary builds. Google even added support for Material Design in current builds of Chrome 68, but you have to enable it with flags -- it isn't on by default. That will all change with Chrome 69, which is expected to make its debut next month and will have the new look enabled by default. As pointed out by 9to5Google, the release notes for Chrome 69 Enterprise mention the following: Browser interface changes Chrome Browser will have a new design across all operating systems. Highlights include Microsoft Windows 10 notification-center integration, touchpad gesture navigation... Read more...
Google is looking to deliver another speed boost to Google Chrome in the near future, and it's doing so by changing the way that a webpage is loaded in the browser. Google calls this new method for speeding our browsing experience "lazy page loading".  Although it might sound like an oxymoron, lazy loading is anything but "lazy" with respect to speed. With the public channel release of Chrome (and all versions that came before it), the browser will render all elements of a webpage as soon as it's opened. However, in the newest build of Chrome Canary, the browser will only load elements of a page that are currently visible on the screen at that given time. All content that is "below... Read more...
In a world where “Just Google it” is a response to many questions, it had always seemed rather odd that Google Chrome was not more easily accessible on Daydream. This inconvenience disappears today, as Google Chrome is now available for the Daydream VR headsets. According to Google, “All the features you love on Chrome, from voice search to incognito mode to saved bookmarks, are now accessible on your Daydream headset.” The company has also included a few Daydream-specific features such as “cinema mode”. Cinema mode reportedly “optimizes web video for the best viewing experience in VR”. Google Chrome has technically been available for Daydream headsets... Read more...
Earlier this month, Google issued a new build of Chrome Canary that allowed users to try out the latest version of the Material Design language. Google enabled the new Material Design by default on the experimental Chrome Canary browser for Windows, Linux and Chrome OS (and with experimental flags on macOS). But for those that don't want to muck around with a work-in-progress browser like Canary, you can now enable the Material Design experience with the Chrome 68 public channel browser release. Below are the steps needed to enable it on desktop and mobile versions of Chrome 68. Desktop Versions of Chrome 68 Paste chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md into the omnibox Find “UI... Read more...
Judgement Day has arrived for site operators that haven't fully switched over to HTTPS. Google Chrome, the world's most popular web browser, has been updated to version 68. And with that upgrade, sites that still rely on plain HTTP will be marked as "Not Secure" within the browser. With Chrome 67 and earlier versions of Chrome, accessing a website that has fully embraced HTTPS will show a closed lock icon and the word "Secure" in green in the address bar. Visiting a site that still uses HTTP would show an "i" icon in the address bar. Clicking on the "i" would present the following prompt: "Your connection to this site is not secure". Chrome 68 With Chrome 68, Google lays it all out for everyone... Read more...
Google's dominate Chrome web browser is set to receive a big Material Design makeover later this year. However, if you want to give a try right now, you can do so by downloading the latest build of Chrome Canary. For those not in the know, Canary is the developmental branch of Chrome where new features are tested before they roll out widely to the public. As you can see in the image below, this is a total revamp of the browser, with a completely new address bar and look for the tabs interface. Tabs have a more rounded shape and colors have been refreshed through the UI.  "Plenty of things have been updated for the better in my opinion: tab shape, single tab mode, omnibox suggestion icons,... Read more...
Microsoft issued the Windows 10 April 2018 on Monday after holding off on the launch due to a last-minute bug. Although the release brought some new productivity-minded features for users, it has also introduced some incompatibilities with popular apps that users are now reporting. Such is the case with a bug that is causing random freezes in Google Chrome. A reddit discussion thread is currently filled with multiple Windows 10 users that have experienced freezes in Chrome after installing the April 2018 Update. For one particular user (the thread's OP), his computer completely froze -- not just Chrome. The venerable CTRL ALT DEL key combination was of no use, and the only way... Read more...
Cryptocurrency mining software has become quite an annoyance in recent months, as many unsavory types have latched on to the software to make a quick buck (at the expense of your computer's resources). Google is attempting to get a firm grasp on the situation before it gets out of hand inside the Chrome Web Store. Until recently, the policy of the Chrome Web Store has been to allow cryptocurrency mining extensions under the condition that this was its sole purpose. The intention was that if they were only mining-specific and that users were properly informed, they would know what they were getting into. But we can't always count on developers to actually follow the rules. "Approximately 90% of... Read more...
Ads and videos on website that we frequent are a normal occurrence that we have all gotten used to over the years. However, one thing that really irritates internet surfers are videos that play automatically when we load a page -- especially if they have blaring audio accompanying them. Google has heard your cries for help and will address this annoyance with Chrome 66. With new autoplay settings that have been incorporated into the browser, video will only autoplay if content is muted by default, if you have already clicked on or interacted with the site, or if you have frequently played media on a particular website in the past (in accordance with the Media Engagement Index). Chrome 66 will... Read more...
As if developers needed any more reasons to switch over to more secure HTTPS, Google is now giving them an added kick in the butt to quickly make the move starting with the Chrome 68 browser. Chrome 68 will label all HTTP sites as "not secure" when it is released in July. Google is quick to point out that the move to HTTPS has been happening at a rapid pace over the past few years and provided the following statistics: Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default It should be noted that Google Chrome is by far the most popular browser on the... Read more...
Google has released a new version of its incredibly popular Chrome browser to the stable channel, which means that you should be receiving it at any moment now on your computer. As with any other release, Chrome 64 brings with it a bevy of bug fixes and security updates, however, there are also some new features to speak of that you might want to try out. For starters, Chrome 64 brings support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. However, HDR support requires that you run the most recent version of Windows 10 (the Fall Creators Update), have a supported GPU and an HDR-capable monitor. If you meet all the requirements, you'll be able to take advantage of more vibrant colors and enhanced contrast... Read more...
When it comes to recommending the Edge browser to its massive customer base, it often seems as though Microsoft is talking to a brick wall. For the past two years, the company has continually assaulted Google Chrome, highlighting the browser's well-known shortcomings with respect to consuming resources and draining batteries. However, Windows 10 customers don't seem to be listening -- at all. According to the latest numbers from NetMarketShare, Google Chrome has 59 percent of the browser market, while Microsoft is looking rather dire in its positioning, with a dismal 3.78 percent share. Despite the fact that few people are paying attention to its rantings, Microsoft is at it again with a new... Read more...
Google Chrome is by far the most popular internet browser on the planet for PCs, but with that popularity has come a reputation for being a memory (and battery) hog. Microsoft has pointed out this discrepancy on numerous occasions while promoting its Edge browser in Windows 10. Unfortunately for Chrome users that want an even more secure browsing experience, a new feature introduced in Chrome 63 for the desktop will ratchet up memory usage even higher. The feature, called Site Isolation, uses a strict policy that relegates individual websites to their own separate process. "When you enable site isolation, content for each open website in the Chrome browser is always rendered in a dedicated process,... Read more...
The public release of Firefox Quantum (Version 57) is finally here, and Mozilla is championing its credentials. According to Mozilla, Firefox quantum is roughly twice as fast as Firefox 52 from six months ago. In fact, the company feels that this is the most significant upgrade to the browser since Firefox 1.0 launched in 2004. There are a number of features that make Firefox Quantum a significant new entry in the browser wars, included its new CSS engine (Quantum CSS). Quantum CSS leverages the multi-core processors in our modern computing rigs, parallelizing work across all cores. While Mozilla is touting an overall 2x improvement in performance, some operations can load up to 18 times faster... Read more...
Microsoft has been drilling it in our heads ever since Windows 10 launched that Edge is the best browser in the land. The company has made claims about the browser's speed and its battery performance, all while at the same time touting superiority over competitors like Mozilla Firefox and Opera. Microsoft has reserved the harshest criticism for Google Chrome, which is by far the world's most popular internet browser. However, an incident involving a presenter during a Microsoft Ignite session had on egg on Microsoft's face instead of Google. The presenter was going through how to migrate your applications, databases and workloads to Microsoft Azure (the session, which was published to Microsoft's... Read more...
Google Chrome might be the most popular web browser in the world, but it has long been criticized for the app bloat that has accumulated over the years and its negative impact on resources and battery life. The "bloat" is about to increase again today, although Google says that the latest addition to Chrome should help protect your system from attacks. The Google team says now detailing three feature updates in Chrome for Windows that helps users "recover from unwanted software infections". The first addition comes in the form of a background monitor that can determine if an extension has changed your browser settings without first getting your permission. If Chrome detects modifications, it... Read more...
Microsoft Edge is far from the most popular web browser on the market, but it does take top honors in at least one category: blocking malware. NSS Labs conducted tests in which it measured how effective today's leading browsers are at protecting users from socially engineered malware (SEM) and garden variety phishing attacks. In both categories, Microsoft Edge came out on top, and by a wide margin compared to the second- and third-place finishers. “Web browsers are the primary interface used to consume information and are among the most common entry point for attackers,” said Jason Brvenik, Chief Technology Officer for NSS Labs. “Enterprises are increasingly adopting a bifurcated browser strategy... Read more...
It might be time to look at a different web browser if you have been set in your ways with how you navigate the internet. A brand new beta version of Firefox has just landed and while technically it would be Firefox 57, the changes are so big that it's getting new branding and is called Firefox Quantum. Nick Nguyen from Mozilla wrote, "Engines are important, both in cars and in browsers. That’s why we’re so revved up this morning – we’re releasing the Beta of a whole new Firefox, one that’s powered by a completely reinvented, modernized engine. Since the version number – 57 – can’t really convey the magnitude of the changes we’ve made, and how much faster this new Firefox is, we’re calling this... Read more...
It’s been eight years in the making, but Mozilla is now rolling out multiprocess support to its production branch of Firefox via the Electrolysis (E10s) project. Firefox 54 is being billed as “the best Firefox ever” and uses its multiprocess support to enable web users, who often have a dozen (or dozens of) tabs open at a time, to enjoy a faster and more stable browsing experience. In the case of Firefox 54, E10s spreads all open tabs across up to four open processes. This allows Firefox 54 to make better use of system resources, and in the event that one rogue tab causes issues that could hamper browser performance, it can be shut down without affecting your entire session. “This means that... Read more...
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