Friday, January 22

Chrome

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Google makes it easy to test experimental features in Chrome

Google is working to make it easier to test experimental features in Chrome with a new tool. Chrome Canary 89 comes with a Chrome Labs tool that gives users quick access to experimental features. Android Police notes there's a new beaker icon that opens a toggle pop-up window. Before this, you could only access them through Chrome's flags page. Currently the button shows options for the 'Reading List' and 'Tab Search' functions, but Google is likely to change the functions. Once you select one, you will be prompted to restart Chrome just like you would the normal flags page. It is currently unknown if Google plans to implement the Labs button for all Chrome users or if it will only appear if users are enrolled in specific server-...
Apps & Games, Chrome, chrome os 87, Google, Google Chrome, News

Chrome OS 87 starts rolling out with bug fixes and several new features

Chrome OS 87 is starting to roll out with numerous usability enhancements and visual enhancements. “This build contains a number of bug fixes and security updates. The systems will receive updates during the next days, "said Google in a blog post. A new feature called "Tabbed Search" helps users find the pages they have open. Clicking the drop-down button in the upper right corner of your window displays a list of everything you have open. The list includes the page name, domain, and a close button. 9to5Google notes that this feature will roll out first to Chromebooks and then eventually to desktop browsers. Chrome OS 87 also includes accessory Bluetooth battery levels in Settings and Quick Settings. This feature is primarily d...
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Google extends Chrome support for Windows 7 until January 2022

Google has announced that it will extend Chrome support for Windows 7 until at least January 15, 2020. The tech giant was not originally going to extend support after July 15, 2021, but is rolling out the six-month extension due to customer feedback. Google notes that this year has presented many challenges for organizations and that some planned IT projects may have been delayed. "Facing tough business and technology decisions, supporting a changing work environment, and navigating uncertainty are some of the problems IT leaders have faced over the course of 2020," the tech giant noted in a blog post. Although Windows 7 is more than a decade old, Google says that 22 percent of organizations using the Windows operating system have ...
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Google showed off several new iOS 14 widgets and teased the upcoming ones

Google introduced several new iOS 14 widgets for its apps, many of which are available now (or will be soon). These widgets look great, and unfortunately put their Android counterparts to shame. in a blog post, Google showed widgets for Gmail, Drive, and Google Fit on iOS. It also teased upcoming widgets for Calendar and Chrome.Most of these widgets offer basic functions. For example, the Gmail widget allows you to quickly search your emails and presents shortcuts to compose a new email or jump to your inbox (it even lists how many unread emails you have). Google Drive is similar, with a search bar and shortcuts to recent documents.Google Fit is a bit different, allowing users to quickly check their heart points and steps f...
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Google Chrome Update Brings Performance Improvements, Tab Search, and More

The world's most popular browser is getting a major performance update to end the year. Google detailed its new Chrome update in a blog post, which describes some internal changes that improve performance. Along with better performance, Chrome will also introduce some useful new features that make it easier to access some features. First are the performance improvements. The most significant change Google made is the way Chrome handles tabs: the browser will now prioritize users' active tab over others running in the background. According to Google, this change reduces CPU usage by up to five times while extending battery life up to 1.25 hours, although that's based on internal benchmarks. Usage in the real world could (and probably will) differ. Those interested in the essentia...
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Google Chrome for Mac M1 from Apple is coming soon

While I expected developers to quickly optimize their software for Apple's new M1-powered Macs line, things are moving faster than I expected. Yesterday, Adobe released a beta version of Photoshop for Mac M1, and now, Google has revealed that Chrome is also ready to get an optimized version designed for Apple's ARM-based chip soon.We had a slight hiccup with our release of Chrome's native M1 build, so to keep our users in good stead, we stopped that release and will pick it up again tomorrow. If you already have build M1, we have a solution https://t.co/t5igTxF6Cm - Mark Chang (@mchang) November 18, 2020In fact, the browser was briefly available on Tuesday before being retired due to a bug, according to The edge. A Support pa...
Apps & Games, Chrome, Dark Mode, Google, News

Google may finally implement dark mode for Chrome OS soon

It looks like Chrome OS might finally be getting a dark mode, as seen on its experimental Canary channel. Currently, settings can only be accessed from Chromebooks that switch to a special developer mode. However, it is important to note that Google has warned that Canary can be "unstable" so you might want to be careful before trying it out. Android Central notes that to activate dark mode on your Chromebook, you must have the Canary channel installed. Currently, there are some bugs within the dark mode settings, which is not too surprising as it is still being tested. The dark mode seems to apply throughout the user interface, and it doesn't just appear as darker backgrounds. Google has implemented dark mode in several of its s...
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Google fixes Chrome bug not following requests to delete Google site data

An iOS developer has discovered a Chrome bug that doesn't honor user requests to delete Google site data. When users ask Chrome to delete all cookies and site data every time they exit the browser, users expect the policy to apply to all websites. However, the bug has prevented Google and YouTube data from being deleted. IOS developer Jeff Johnson posted a blog post claiming that it found local storage data for Google.com and YouTube.com that was not removed even after restarting the browser. Register notes that the bug could allow the search giant to keep cookie-style data as site data and essentially have the ability to track users even when they believe they have deleted all of their cookies and site data. Google has acknowle...
Apps & Games, Chrome, Google, News, tracking cookies, trust tokens

The ‘trust tokens’ proposed by Google to replace third-party tracking cookies

Several browsers, including Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari, have targeted third-party tracking cookies on the web. The measures taken by both hope to reduce follow-up by blocking these cookies. Google has been a slightly slower in acceptance with your own Chrome browser - widely considered the most popular based on market share. However, part of Google's 'gradual' approach to get away from third-party tracking cookies was the introduction of a new technology to replace them. Now, one of those alternatives, called 'trust tokens', has come for developers to try it out. Unlike cookies, trust tokens can authenticate a user without knowing their identity. That should mean that these tokens will not be able to track users on all we...
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Chrome for Android to enhance web logins with new ‘Touch to Fill’ feature

Chrome for Android is beginning to streamline the process of web logins with saved passwords with a new ‘Touch to Fill’ feature. Last month, Chrome for Android started to redesign its autofill system with a new autofill bar for things like addresses and payment methods. It now appears that Chrome is looking to enhance this experience even more. Users on the Chrome Beta for Android are reporting a new feature called ‘Touch to Fill.’ Once users enable this feature, it adds a ‘Touch to Fill’ sheet to the keyboard accessory which will be shown instead of the keyboard when a password can be filled. 9to5Google notes that when users open up a website that they have saved a password for, the ‘Touch to Fill’ prompt will appear when they cli...
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Chrome for desktop and Chrome OS to let users edit saved passwords

Google Chrome for the desktop will let users directly manage and edit their saved passwords. Chrome has access to autofill passwords saved to a user’s Google account. This way, when you log into a website, Chrome will save the password and username to a password manager, so you don’t have to re-enter it when you log back in. You’re able to view and manage saved passwords, but you can’t do much else with the feature. With an update to the Chromium Gerrit, spotted by 9to5Google, Google is working on a way to edit passwords in Chrome for desktop and Chrome OS. This feature, like many others, will start out behind a flag in Chrome. 9to5Google says the feature is intended to launch sometime between Chrome 86 and 88, but that may change....
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Chrome may get new functionality to increase users’ laptop battery life

Google is reportedly working on a way to reduce energy use in the next version of Chrome that could save users two hours of battery life. TheWindowsClub found an experimental feature in Chrome that closes unnecessary JavaScript trackers when a user has an open tab in the background. Google has reportedly tested the functionality with 36 open tabs and found that it saved two hours of battery life. Google performed another test while playing a YouTube video and found that the new feature saved 36 minutes of battery life. Although this isn’t as drastic as the two hours, it’s still useful. TheWindowsClub notes that the functionality is available as a flag in early builds of Chrome 86, and that it would be applied to all desktop and mob...