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About 85 percent of Chrome browser add-ons have no stated privacy rules

When you install an add-on in your web browser, it may ask permission to access certain personal data, like what websites you visit now and which websites you've visited in the past. These add-ons are supposed to only ask for the data that's essential for them to function, but we've seen instances within the last year where Google and Mozilla have had to shut down add-ons over privacy issues, sometimes individually, and sometimes in batches.

And according to a... Read More »

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5 Google Docs tricks that will boost your writing productivity

It's fair to say that Google Docs has taken big slices out of the market that Microsoft Office used to utterly dominate. For one, Google Docs is free. But it's a polished product in its own right, with a streamlined and intuitive interface, solid collaboration tools and a presence in the cloud that lets you access Google Docs within a web browser from almost any phone, tablet or PC that has an internet connection.

That said, word processors inevitably add more... Read More »

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Twitter begins public test of improved conversations with new Prototype Program

When you have a text-based conversation on a social network like Facebook or Twitter, there's a variety of ways that the platform can display the back-and-forth flow of your interactions. One method is called "nesting," where an indent communicates to the user that a given comment or question is a direct response to the one right above it.

SEE: The Gmail mobile app redesign is bright white -- but there are workarounds

Since its hatching in 2006, Twitter (download for iOS... Read More »

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AT&T customers can now get free Wi-Fi on Boingo's Passpoint networks

It's getting ever more difficult for AT&T customers to find themselves outside of Wi-Fi range.

Thanks to an expanded Wi-Fi roaming agreement with Boingo Wireless, AT&T is now offering subscribers a seamless and complimentary Wi-Fi connection at 80-plus locations nationwide, including airports, military bases and additional venues featuring Boingo's Passpoint-certified networks.

"Boingo's Passpoint footprint allows us to connect millions in more locations than ever, making it easier for travelers and troops to talk, text and stream over Wi-Fi," said JR Wilson, AT&T's... Read More »

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Google Drive: How to get the most out of the app for iOS and Android

If you want to create some safety measures to protect your important files, putting them in the cloud confers a number of advantages: You can access these files from anywhere, on a variety of devices; share and sometimes collaborate in real time; and restore files if something happens to your computer or its storage devices.

So with Google Drive as the biggest consumer cloud storage service around, we've been spending some time helping the uninitiated familiarize themselves with its capabilities, starting with the free Google Backup and Sync desktop app,... Read More »

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The Gmail mobile app redesign is bright white -- but there are workarounds

A few years ago, Google began implementing and promoting a common look-and-feel for Android apps that it called Material Design. This aesthetic standard was minimalistic, but each app had a splash of color coding: For example, Docs was blue, Sheets was green and Gmail was red.

Now Google is forging ahead with Material Design 2, which take away almost all color from the company's apps, and the results for the new Android version of the Gmail mobile app (download for iOS... Read More »

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How to use Google Drive cloud storage in a desktop web browser

Last Friday, we began a short series about how to use Google Drive, starting with the Backup and Sync app on a desktop PC. You can use that app to manage your files in the Google Drive cloud, but that's just one way to transfer your documents and media back and forth. If you have a desktop web browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome already installed on your PC, then the browser itself can be a... Read More »

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Spotify competitor YouTube Music finally comes to Android Auto

Music streaming services are in a serious fight to secure their territory, and one of their most powerful tools is sheer availability. Pandora (download for iOS or Android) is an oft-cited example; it's so ubiquitous that you can get it in cars that predate Android Auto and Apple CarPlay by several years, and it arguably pioneered the driving-friendly interfaces that are common in many mobile apps today.

Today, YouTube Music (download for iOS or Android), which... Read More »

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Opera browser for Android updated with faster scrolling and new ad blocker

While Google Chrome is probably the most popular web browser in the world (and not without reason), it can't be everything for every user. In fact, the mobile version has never supported ad blockers, the presence of which has been a major selling point for competitors like Opera, DuckDuckGo, Brave and Ghostery.

Today, Opera's ad blocker got an update that's friendlier toward advertisers, and version 50 for Android also brings support for picture-in-picture video, plus a... Read More »

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Google relaxes proposed Chrome changes that would have broken many ad blockers

Google has tweaked a proposal on how future versions of Chrome will deal with ad blockers following an outcry from developers.

In a post on Google Groups, Google software engineer Devlin Cronin revealed one change designed to address criticism over a proposal on how Chrome will treat ad blockers and other extensions. Through the proposal, known as "Manifest V3," Google had floated the idea of restricting ad blockers by making them consult a database containing just 30,000 entries.... Read More »

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