Tag Archive: Chrome


Project Strobe is making your data more secure in Chrome and Drive

Chrome extensions will now be required to use permissions with access to the least amount of data.

What you need to know Chrome extensions will now be required to use permissions with the least amount of data in order to function. Extensions which handle user-provided content and personal communications must now provide a privacy policy. Third-party apps will now only be able to access specific files in Drive unless they have been approved by Google.

Google has  [Read More…]

Intel’s MDS vulnerability is slowing down Chrome OS, but a fix is coming

Hyper-threading is disabled by default in version 74, but you can turn it back on if you need it.

Google has pushed out a Chrome OS update (version 74) with a quick fix for the new MDS vulnerabilities that can let a bad actor read privileged portions of memory. That’s the good news; the bad is that to make sure any exploits can’t affect Chrome users, Hyper-Threading is now disabled by default.

A new round of Intel  [Read More…]

Make your Chromebook your own with a Chrome theme

Chromebooks are designed to work the same whether you buy a $ 100 Chromebook or a $ 1,000 Pixelbook, but that doesn’t mean they all have to look the same. Chrome themes have existed for years, and while they don’t extend to the entire Chrome OS system, they do theme the Chrome browser, where we tend to spend the most time. Once you choose a theme, it can last for years — I’ve been using the same Blue/Green  [Read More…]

Google I/O 2019 preview: What to expect in Android, Pixel, Chrome and more

There will be plenty to see this year and even more that will come to fruition later.

For a few days each May, Google opens up and gives us all a glimpse into what it’s working on in every aspect of the company at Google I/O. 2019’s edition runs May 7-9, and this year is shaping up to be another big show. I/O always walks an interesting balance between being ostensibly focused on giving developers time to  [Read More…]

Ten hidden Google Chrome tips and tricks for Android

Google chrome is the most popular browser for Android with over a billion downloads and, since it comes pre-installed with most Android phones, most users just stick with it. Many people use it on a daily basis even while other browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Opera have different features like ad blocking and extension support not present in the Chrome browser for Android.

However, what most users are not aware of is that the Google Chrome browser has a hidden  [Read More…]

Helpful how to change your software channel on Chrome OS

One of the greatest strengths of Chrome OS is its stability: whenever I hand someone a Chromebook, I know they’re not going to run into any problems. But for those that like to tinker — like me — there is the option to test new features for Chrome, at the possible expense to stability. You can switch between the three software channels on a Chromebook if you want to. Here’s what each one is and what to know  [Read More…]

Google Chrome for desktop is getting a distraction-free Reader Mode

Reader Mode is now live in the Canary build, coming to beta channel soon.

Google Chrome is getting a built-in reader mode on the desktop, similar to what you get on Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. As its name suggests, Reader Mode facilitates distraction-free reading by stripping out ads, animations, and other background content from a page, leaving only the text and article images.

As spotted by ZDNet, the reader mode is now live in the Chrome  [Read More…]

Speed up Chrome with these simple tips

These five tips will make Chrome as fast as it can be. Zoom zoom!

One thing even a basic entry-level Chromebook can do faster than any other computer is surfing the web with the Chrome browser. It makes sense — a Chromebook is designed to run the browser, which is a core part of Chrome OS. It had better be fast.

But for many of us, things can never be fast enough. There will always be developer  [Read More…]

Chrome OS tablets are slowly coming to market; which one’s right for you?

Chrome OS is light, speedy, and it runs well on both low-end and high-end hardware, so you’d think that every manufacturer would have a Chrome OS tablet on the market right now, right? WRONG. Chrome OS is still something that is greatly-improved with a keyboard, and while touch-optimization has made leaps and bounds in recent years, we’ve only seen Chromebook tablets become a thing in the last year, so there’s not much to choose between right now, but thankfully, there  [Read More…]

Opinion: Improvements I want to see from Chrome OS in 2019

Chrome OS has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years and it has slowly become one of my favorite operating systems to use. However, there are still several shortcomings that I’d like to see Google work to fix in 2019. While some are new on the scene others are longstanding personal pain points.

A Real File Manager

So, here’s the thing. People have used computers most of their lives now. Anyone alive in the booming era of the  [Read More…]