Google Chrome Password Security

Why you should never let Chrome store your passwords

By on August 7, 2013 at 12:35 PM.

Why you should never let Chrome store your passwords

Remembering passwords for multiple websites is incredibly annoying but it still might not be a good idea to let Google’s Chrome browser remember them for you. Software developer Elliott Kember notes that it’s incredibly easy for anyone to see the passwords you’ve stored on Chrome as long as they’re using a computer where you’ve logged into the browser. Basically, all a person has to do is go to Chrome’s settings, find your list of stored passwords and click “show” on each one to display your password right on the screen. More →

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Android Chrome Merger Analysis

Rubin’s departure paves the way for Android-Chrome merger

By on March 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM.

Rubin’s departure paves the way for Android-Chrome merger

Andy Rubin’s departure from his post as Google’s (GOOG) Android boss on Wednesday was surprising because Android under his watch has steadily risen to become the world’s most popular mobile operating system. A new report in the Wall Street Journal, however, hints that Rubin’s departure was more about speeding up the integration of Android and Google’s Chrome operating system than anything else. More →

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Google Now may be coming to Windows and Chrome OS

By on March 12, 2013 at 8:20 PM.

Google Now may be coming to Windows and Chrome OS

Google Now, the voice-enabled personal assistant available on Android smartphones and tablets, may be making its way to the desktop. A new reference to the feature was discovered in the latest Chromium release, which gives users the ability to enable or disable the option. The feature is not yet available, however, and requires users to input the relevant — and secret — Google Now server information. Earlier reports indicated that Google (GOOG) was interested in expanding its virtual assistant beyond Android. The feature is listed to support Chrome for Windows and Chrome OS, although it is speculated that a Mac OS X release could also be in the works.

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Google Chrome Web Speech

Google adds speech recognition API to latest version of Chrome

By on February 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM.

Google adds speech recognition API to latest version of Chrome

Google (GOOG) has officially taken the training wheels off the Web Speech application programming interface it first launched as part of a Chrome beta release last month. Google announced on Thursday that the latest version of Chrome now includes the Web Speech API that it says will help developers “integrate speech recognition capabilities into their web apps” so that users can use their voices for functions traditionally covered by mouse and keyboard, such as composing email. Google’s efforts to give Chrome web apps more speech recognition capabilities come after some developers late last year started a new Chromium project dedicated to bringing the voice-enabled Google Now personal assistant to the Chrome browser.

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Google Chrome Speech Recognition

Latest Chrome Beta lets developers integrate speech recognition into their web apps

By on January 14, 2013 at 7:59 PM.

Latest Chrome Beta lets developers integrate speech recognition into their web apps

Pretty soon, every major web app could have its own version of Siri. Google (GOOG) on Monday released a new version of Chrome Beta that includes a new Web Speech API that Google says will let developers more easily integrate speech recognition capabilities into their web apps. Among other things, Google says that the API will let developers create apps that let users “dictate documents” or “control game characters with your browser using only your voice.” Google’s efforts to give Chrome web apps more speech recognition capabilities come after some developers late last year started a new Chromium project dedicated to bringing the voice-enabled Google Now personal assistant to the Chrome browser.

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Google Chrome Gmail Outage

Google explains cause of massive Gmail, Chrome outages

By on December 11, 2012 at 7:07 PM.

Google explains cause of massive Gmail, Chrome outages

Users took to social networks on Monday to vent their displeasure with Google (GOOG) following a 40-minute disruption of service affecting the company’s Chrome Web browser and Gmail service. It was previously unclear what caused the services to simultaneously crash and some suspected the company was hit with a denial-of-service attack. Google engineer Tim Steele took to the company’s developer forums to clear up the confusion and confirmed what some developers had already suspected: The reason for the crash had to do with the Google Sync servers getting overwhelmed following a change in the code, not a DDoS attack. More →

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Google Now

Google Now may soon be headed to PCs

By on December 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM.

Google Now may soon be headed to PCs

As we’ve noted before, Google’s (GOOG) new voice-enabled personal assistant Google Now is one of the coolest new features on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and it’s received a lot of acclaim from around the tech world. And now, per Engadget, it looks like anyone with a desktop computer will soon be able to enjoy Google’s Siri killer right from within the Chrome web browser. More →

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Chrome Mobile Market Share

Chrome’s mobile market share gains on Android, stays flat on iOS

By on December 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM.

Chrome’s mobile market share gains on Android, stays flat on iOS

Since being introduced in 2008, Google’s (GOOG) Chrome Web browser has continued to gain market share and even surpassed Internet Explorer in global usage earlier this year. Now, the Mountain View-based company is making an impact in the mobile browser market. Chrome for Android was released in February of this year and according to the latest numbers from Net Applications, the mobile browser now controls a 4.03% of the market. The number is even more impressive when you take into account the fact that Chrome is only available for devices running Android 4.0 or higher, a software version found on less than 30% of all Android smartphones and tablets. More →

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Google Chrome Beta 24

Google’s new Chrome Beta 24 is 26% faster than last year’s browser

By on November 8, 2012 at 5:12 PM.

Google’s new Chrome Beta 24 is 26% faster than last year’s browser

It’s only been two days since Google (GOOG) announced Chrome 23, and the Internet search giant is already releasing Chrome Beta 24.0.1312.5 for WindowsMac and Linux. According to the Google Chrome Blog, Chrome Beta 24 is 26% faster than the browser was a year ago on Chrome 15 based on the Octane Javascript benchmark. For developers, there are tons of new features in Chrome Beta 24 including new un-prefixed APIs, MathML, datalist support in date and time and more, the core is still speed. Google Chrome has reportedly lost users for two consecutive months as Internet Explorer 9’s market share grew.

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Google Chrome Do Not Track

Google Chrome update adds ‘Do Not Track’ support

By on November 6, 2012 at 7:08 PM.

Google Chrome update adds ‘Do Not Track’ support

Google (GOOG) on Tuesday released an update for its Chrome Web browser for Windows, Mac and Linux computers that finally brings support for a “Do Not Track” option. Chrome was the last major browser to support the feature and had previously forced its users to rely on third-party extensions. When enabled, the Do Not Track protocol blocks tracking cookies used by advertisers for targeting purposes. The latest version of Chrome also delivers increased battery life to Windows users due to Google’s new GPU-accelerated video decoder, which is said to increase battery life by as much as 25% compared to earlier Chrome versions. The Web browser is rolling out now to current Chrome users and can also be downloaded from Google’s website.

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Browser Market Share October 2012

Google’s Chrome browser has lost users for two straight months while IE9 continues to grow

By on November 1, 2012 at 2:32 PM.

Google’s Chrome browser has lost users for two straight months while IE9 continues to grow

The past two months have been difficult for Google’s (GOOG) Chrome Web browser, as TheNextWeb reports that Chrome lost market share for the second month in a row in October as Microsoft’s (MSFT) Internet Explorer 9 browser continued to grow. The latest numbers from Net Applications indicate that Google’s browser market share fell by 0.31% from September, while Internet Explorer gained half a percentage point, and both Firefox and Safari declined slightly by 0.09% and 0.05%, respectively. Internet Explorer 8 remains the most popular browser with a 24.5% market share and when combined with IE9’s 20.1% share along with previous versions, Microsoft controls a dominating 54.1% of the market. Firefox’s overall 19.9% market share is good enough for second place, followed by Chrome and Safari at 18.5% and 5.2%. Microsoft’s lead is expected to continue with the addition of Internet Explorer 10, which comes preloaded with Windows 8.

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politicschromeextension

New Chrome extension replaces your friends’ political Facebook rants with pictures of cute kitties

By on October 25, 2012 at 1:55 PM.

New Chrome extension replaces your friends’ political Facebook rants with pictures of cute kitties

There are two kinds of Facebook (FB) users out there: Those who use their pages as political soap boxes and those who are sick of people using their pages as political soap boxes. For the latter group, the folks at Buzzfeed and Unbaby.me have helped create a new extension for Google (GOOG) Chrome that blocks political messages from both your Facebook and Twitter feeds and replaces them with happier things, such as pictures of cute cats. The extension is free to download and promises users that it will help them “enjoy an Obama AND Romney free life.”

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Google Chrome updated to include ‘Do Not Track’ privacy option

By on September 14, 2012 at 9:05 PM.

Google Chrome updated to include ‘Do Not Track’ privacy option

Google Chrome Do Not Track

Google (GOOG) on Thursday added support for a Do Not Track privacy option in the latest developer build of its Chrome Web browser, All Things D reported. When Do Not Track is enabled it blocks tracking cookies used by advertisers for targeting purposes. The Internet giant has offered an extension in its Chrome Web Store since 2011 that acted in a similar manner, however unlike its competitors — Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari — the option was not built directly into the browser. A Google spokesperson confirmed that the Do Not Track option is expected be available in a stable version of Chrome by the end of the year. More →

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