Over the past few months, Google has been steadily adopting some of the styles and principles from Material Design in order to give its Chrome browser a major visual overhaul. We’ve highlighted some of the most significant changes in the past, but with Chrome 50 finally rolling out, even more updates are on the way.
Opera made a big announcement on Thursday morning that was widely covered by tech blogs. In the latest developer preview build of its web browser for Windows and OS X, Opera has baked in unlimited free VPN service. VPN, or Virtual Private Networking, allows users to route their internet traffic through third-party servers in order to mask their actual IP addresses and increase privacy. VPN services also let users access region-blocked content, and they’re very popular among Netflix subscribers outside the United States.
This is a great feature for current Opera users and once it’s released in a public Opera build, it might even attract some new users. But you can already get unlimited free VPN service in the Chrome browser, and we’ll show you how in this post. More →
One of the greatest unsolved mysteries of our time is the enduring popularity of Internet Explorer. Not only is it one of the least functional browsers available, but it was made obsolete when Microsoft launched Edge alongside Windows 10 last year.
Nevertheless, it remains the most popular browser in the world… but that may not be the case for much longer. More →
Google’s Chrome web browser is the most popular third-party browser in the world by far, having surpassed Firefox long ago. In fact, each passing month brings Chrome closer to surpassing Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser in the world, period. According to Net Applications, Internet Explorer’s market share has dropped from 55.83% in April 2015 to 44.79% last month, while Chrome climbed from 25.68% to 36.56% over the same period.
Earlier this year, the first signs of a major visual overhaul for Chrome began appearing online. It looked like Google might finally be bringing Material Design to its web browser, but there was no indication of when the update might actually be available for the average Chrome user on Windows or Mac.
Modern Internet browsers have private or incognito modes that let you surf the web without leaving any traces. That is, you’re not leaving any traces for anyone using the same computer once you’ve done with your session. Your searches and viewing history will not be recorded for others to see, which can be useful both at home and at work.
But that doesn’t stop third parties from tracking your activity. In fact, private browsing functionality is probably the most misunderstood feature of web browsing. More →
This week, Google released the latest stable update for its Chrome browser addressing three high priority security vulnerabilities. Version 49.0.2623.87 of Chrome is available now for Windows, Mac and Linux computers, and although Google isn’t willing to discuss the fixes in detail, a recent blog post explains the basics of the bugs. More →
Exploring the sketchier regions of the Internet, you’ve undoubtedly run into sites so full of ads that it’s nearly impossible to tell which buttons or links will actually take you to the content you’re looking for. Yes, that one button might say “download,” but chances are that clicking on it will just take you to a site you really don’t want to visit.
Google’s Chrome browser might be a battery hog on occasion, but it still offers one of the best Internet browsing experiences out there. One of the things that make Chrome so useful is the large number of available extensions that add various features to your browsing experience, and most Chrome extensions are available as free downloads.
By most accounts, the transition to Material Design has been a successful one for Android. It’s more responsive, it’s easier on the eyes and it’s even made its way over to iOS to some degree. So it only makes sense that Google would take what it’s learned from Android and implement the best elements in the Chrome browser.
Despite being a diehard Chrome user on both my Windows 10 laptop and my MacBook Air, I’ve never made the switch from Safari on my iPhone. I’ve given it a shot, but it was just never quite as dependable as the stock browser.
Google is aware that many iPhone users have tried and failed to convert to Chrome, so on Wednesday, the company released a massive new update that it says makes the browser “significantly faster and more stable” than before. More →
As of the end of 2015, data from market research company Net Applications showed that Google’s Chrome browser is used on 32.33% of desktop and laptop computers globally. Following the company’s next major update, however, that figure could grow substantially.
According to a new post on Google+ from Ilya Grigorik, a web performance engineer at Google, the company is nearly ready to roll out a new version of its Chrome web browser that will include the biggest speed boost Chrome has ever received in a single update. More →