Newer versions of Chrome spruce up the New Tab page by adding some shortcuts to your most-visited Web sites or Chrome apps. A previous extension I wrote about, New Tab Page adds the weather, some headlines, and links to Chrome apps. Onefeed does all of this, plus a custom newsfeed and social media updates from Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also attach your Dropbox account, if you really want to.
Apple's developer Web site has been down for maintenance in the past, but the latest is a doozy.
The site, which is home to software downloads, documentation, and forums for Apple's software developers has been unavailable for more 30 hours, leaving users hanging.
"This site is undergoing maintenance for an extended period today," links to the members section of the Mac and iOS Developer Web sites read (pictured above). "Thanks for your patience."
As a result of the outage, several developers have turned to Twitter to speculate on the cause, with some blaming the … Read more
Chrome for iOS received an update on Wednesday with tighter integration of Google's other apps. The update also included access to browsing history, which had previously been unavailable to iOS users. Android users have had access to browsing history for some time now, but with Chrome 28, iOS users get it too.
To access browsing history on Chrome for iOS, tap on the Chrome menu, then select "History."
You can remove individual Web sites from history by tapping the "X" next to the entry.
If you want to remove all browsing history, tap on the &… Read more
A day after iOS users got a revamped Google Maps app, an update of Google's Chrome Web browser began rolling out to Apple devices on Wednesday.
The update features tighter integration with other Google apps, allowing users to automatically sign in to other Google services after signing in to Chrome. Users also now have the option of setting preferences to open links within Google apps such as Google Maps, Google+, and YouTube instead of in the browser.
The update also allows users to access their browsing history from the browser menu as well as full-screen browsing for iPad users. … Read more
Google Chrome engineers have rained on the parade of Google engineers who want to promote the animated WebP graphics format as an alternative to animated GIF images.
Darin Fisher, engineering leader for the Google Chrome team, turned down a proposal to build animated WebP images into Chrome's Blink browser engine. In a mailing list message Tuesday night, he said skeptical Chrome engineers hadn't been convinced of the performance merits:
It's not clear that we are ready to ship Animated WebP.
For instance, it seems that Animated WebP is trying to be an improvement over Animated GIF, but...… Read more
Samsung's dominance in the Android world is borne out by a new report from Chitika.
Among all Android smartphone and tablet vendors in the U.S. and Canada, Samsung scored 47.2 percent of all online traffic seen by the advertising and Web analytics firm. The percentage is based on the number of ad impressions recorded by Chitika from June 17 to 23 of this year.
Samung's savvy at marketing new products may have led to its surge, according to Chitika. But 25 percent of the Web traffic actually came from older devices, such as the Galaxy Ace. … Read more
A standards group has rejected a proposed standard from several advertising groups on the best way to let people tell Web site operators not to track their behavior.
The leaders of Tracking Protection Working Group, which includes representatives from browser makers, advertisers, privacy groups, and more, announced the decision Monday night. Instead, the group will use the June 2013 draft of the proposed "Do Not Track" standard.
In the past the only way to post an Instagram photo on a Web page was to upload and post the photo directly. This wasn't a huge deal, so long as the photo was properly attributed. Then Instagram rolled out its video feature and there was no easy way to embed a video on a Web page.
The need to embed Instagram content was now front and center.
Microsoft is pulling the plug on MSN TV, a service formerly known as WebTV, as Apple ramps up its set-top box efforts.
The pioneering service, one of the first to offer Internet access via television sets, will shut down September 30, Microsoft revealed in an e-mail to subscribers and in an FAQ posted to its Web site. WebTV, which was founded by Web entrepreneur Steve Perlman in 1996, was acquired by Microsoft for $425 million in 1997.
WebTV offered television-based e-mail and Web browsing via wireless keyboards but struggled to gain traction with consumers. Microsoft rebranded the service as MSN … Read more
Google introduced WebP in an attempt to speed up the Web, but now the company's engineers are raising concerns that one of the graphics format's features will actually slow it down.
WebP is designed to compress graphics more efficiently than JPEG, GIF, and PNG. Shrinking file sizes more means data arrives faster, though there can be a penalty of longer times to encode and decode image files. One of WebP's newer features is support for animation -- a package of multiple images shown in sequence to display a short movie.
Animated GIFs have risen from obscurity to … Read more