One of my least favorite parts of Facebook is combing through my News Feed for a post I skipped past earlier in the day, or worse, earlier in the week that I now want to share or read. If I can't remember who shared it or I didn't like or comment on it when I first encountered it, then my search efforts meet with little success.
You've probably heard a lot about Chromebooks. These affordable computers are manufactured by companies like HP, Acer, Toshiba, and Samsung, among others, and run Google's cloud-based operating system known as Chrome OS, which relies on an Internet connection to run most apps.
The big appeal for these computers are their price tags, with most models retailing for under $400 and some even dipping as low as $179. Many people aren't aware, however, that Chromebooks are capable of doing more than just running Web apps. In fact, you can run both Chrome OS and Ubuntu, a popular Linux … Read more
When you download a file in Chrome, the download shelf makes its appearance at the bottom of the browser. It keeps you apprised of a current download's progress, but can get in the way of the page you are viewing, and it must be closed manually.
If you aren't enamored with managing your downloads from the download shelf, the Downloadr extension for Chrome adds a button to the right of Chrome's URL bar that you can use instead to keep tabs on your downloads.
Click on the button to open a small panel with a chronological list … Read more
If you want to rid your Web browsing experience of ads, your best bet is AdBlock. If you want to replace the ads on some sites with equally or arguably more distracting feeds from Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, however, then there is the Post Forward extension for Chrome.
After you install the Post Forward, you can then head to the extension's site or click the button the extension installs to the right of Chrome's URL bar to connect to any of three aforementioned social networks. The extension will then replace ads on some sites -- a select few … Read more
When Google decided to ship most of Motorola over to China and its new home with Lenovo, it held on to Moto's Advanced Technologies and Projects division, which has been working on some of the more crazy, and Google X-like, initiatives -- like a modular smartphone (Project Ara) and a 3D-mapping phone (Project Tango).
It seems as though the only phones Google is truly interested in making in-house are those that push the boundaries of what a smartphone is and is meant to do. Now we have some idea of what the Project Tango phone, which is kind of like taking Google's mapping and Street View initiatives down to an even more detailed level, will shape up to be. … Read more
VANCOUVER -- When it comes to hacking, it turns out that greed really is good.
All four of the major desktop browsers, plus two Adobe browser plug-in programs, succumbed to the predations of the hacker community in two different contests.
Pwn2Own, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and organized by the HP-owned Zero-Day Initiative, featured up to $1.085 million in prizes, and security researchers going after Adobe Flash and Reader, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.
Eight research teams earned $850,000, with another $82,500 going to charity for Pwn4Fun over the two-day competition, which concluded on … Read more
Google has fixed seven security flaws in Chrome, just a day before the annual, real-time hacking competitions Pwnium and Pwn2Own.
The new security update for Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux patched four flaws labeled as High, below the more important level of Critical; three flaws in its rendering engine V8; and updated its internal version of Flash Player.
Three High-level vulnerabilities were found by three independent researchers, who earned a total of $8,000 for their work. The last High-level vulnerability was discovered by Google employees, as were the V8 vulnerabilities.
[$4000] High CVE-2014-1700: Use-after-free in speech. Credit … Read more
Google has added new options for developers selling software through its Chrome Web Store.
Those selling software for Google's Chrome browser and Chrome OS operating system now have a variety of new sales possibilities, according to a blog post Tuesday by Chary Chen of the Chrome Web Store team. Among those options are the ability to offer:
Free trials of Chrome extensions and Chrome packaged apps.
Themes that cost money.
Extensions and packaged apps that include in-app payment possibilities.
Subscriptions for Chrome extensions.
Google's Chrome Web Store has brought the app store approach to Web apps and to … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas -- Google plans on releasing an Android software developer kit for wearables within two weeks.
That was the biggest announcement from Sundar Pichai, Google's head of Android and Chrome, during an on-stage interview with John Battelle on Sunday at South by Southwest.
But during the hour-long talk, Pichai also discussed a wide range of issues related to how Google imagines its two operating systems being rolled out around the world, and how people will use and implement them.
Pichai's announcement of the new Android wearables SDK came as he discussed the potentially huge market for the … Read more
For a smartphone browser that's fast and feature-packed, Chrome is a no-brainer choice. Not only did it crush the competition in our browser speed test, but its countless desktop-like tools and settings make it a hot contender against whatever default browser you're currently rocking.
For the best Chrome experience, make use of these built-in features.