HI-TECH NEWS with #Chrome hashtag

by Tom-Link
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I finally realized that Google Docs isn't the best note-taking app. It's too clunky for quickly jotting down notes about a project or interesting things I come across throughout the day.

So, I went to the Chrome Web Store and searched for a solution that was simple, easy to access, and had only the features I needed (syncing and sign-in were not important). Skeuomorphic designs were immediately disqualified.

by Smartmon
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2016 might be the year that HTTP finally dies.

Chrome’s security team announced today that the browser will start marking websites that use insecure HTTP connections to transmit passwords and credit card data as insecure, beginning in January 2017. The warning will appear in the address bar of the browser and will call users’ attention to the fact that their personal information could be snooped or stolen.

by Amanda's
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Learning new languages are in trend now. People now, want to be fluent in more than one language. Even schools and colleges encourage learning a new language and they have mostly included this in their curriculum. There are several exercises, which are practiced for learning a new language like, listening to radios, watching TV, reading etc. To be perfect, you have to inculcate such lessons in everyday.

Google is getting rid of the Chrome app launcher for Windows, OS X, and Linux. If you don't know what the Chrome app launcher is, well, that's basically why Google is getting rid of it.

The Chrome app launcher is an icon that can sits in a computer's taskbar or dock and allows for quick access to Chrome apps — it was meant, in part, to help blur the lines between desktop and web apps. But Google says that it's found people "prefer to launch their apps from within Chrome," so it's decided to do away with it. (An app launcher will remain, however, in Chrome OS, where it's a pretty core part of the interface.)

by Matar Khalifa
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Google has doubled the top reward in its bug bounty program for Chrome from $50,000 to $100,000 in the hopes of encouraging more white hat hackers to collaborate on patching bugs and vulnerabilities.

by Smartmon
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Chrome for iPhone is now much faster and crashes less

Google is finally giving Chrome for iOS the speed and reliability improvements that users have wanted for a long, long time. Today the company is overhauling its mobile browser for iPhone and iPad with a new rendering engine: WKWebView. That's the same engine that powers Apple's own Safari browser on iOS, and while it might sound like boring tech jargon, what you end up with is perhaps the most important update that Chrome for iOS has ever received. It won't look any different from the Chrome you've used before, but it'll feel way quicker and work better. You can download it right here.

Google's browser now crashes 70 percent less, the company's own tests show. 70 percent! And Chrome now handles JavaScript just as well — and just as fast — as Safari. That's been a long time coming, to say the least; with iOS 8, Apple granted third-party apps (and browsers) the same JavaScript powers as Safari, but Google has been slow to get on board. That's all changed now.

 

 

 

Google has tested Chrome directly against Safari in iOS with several benchmark tools (Octane, JetStream, and Kraken), finding that it's right on par with Apple's browser. One downside is that these pretty major speed and reliability improvements apply only to iPhones and iPads running iOS 9; previous versions of the OS have limitations that, according to the Chromium team, prevent WKWebView from being "viable" for rendering Chrome. It's not like prior versions of Chrome were awful; they just always felt a bit slower and buggier than Safari. But now, Chrome should be better than ever.

And that alone is likely to reignite calls for Apple to let customers choose their default web browser, default email app, and so on. If they're both just as fast and just as safe and running the same rendering engine, why not? The timing here couldn't be much better; Google's better, faster Chrome arrives on the very same day that Safari got caught with a rare but nasty bug that resulted in the browser crashing for many users. And one more thing that wasn't in Google's blog post but is in the update changelog: today's Chrome update also lets you search for bookmarks directly from Spotlight in iOS. Pretty handy.