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February 11 2014

Google Chrome Now Tells You When It's Been Hijacked

Google Chrome is helping its users fend off browser hijackings

Linus Upson, Google's vice-president of engineering, announced a new protection in a blog post last week that asks users to reset their account if Chrome's system detected a potential hacker

The tech giant revealed that Chrome users' number-one complaint is hackers attempting to change their settings by tricking them to download malware — that is, software from untrusted sources with nefarious purposes.

Malware makes it impossible to revert back to the browser's original settings, Upson said in the post.

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January 29 2014

The Kid in You Can Now Play With Legos From a Browser

Now you can relive a favorite childhood pastime from your browser or mobile device

Google Chrome announced Tuesday a virtual space in which users can create Lego masterpieces. The partnership with Lego, called "Build With Chrome," began in Australia in 2012, but is now available around the world.

"We think the creative freedom of Lego bricks shouldn't be limited to plastic bins," Google said on its blog.

Users can choose from an unlimited number of 10 different colored bricks in 14 sizes in addition to a couple of special pieces such as doors and windows, and they can view their works from different angles and zoom in or out. Once done, Lego masters can share their creations on Google+ and explore other designs by location on a special version of Google Maps Read more...

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January 20 2014

Google Removes 2 Chrome Extensions That Deliver Spam

Google has removed two Chrome extensions that users complained were serving up ads, violating the company's terms of service

The move, reported in The Wall Street Journal and Ars Technica over the weekend, involved the extensions "Add to Feedly" and "Tweet This Page." Users complained that the two prompted ads to appear on any website visited, including Google's famously spare home page

The extensions had a small audience — around 100,000 people, combined — but caused an uproar over the weekend. Google, noting that Add to Feedly and Tweet This Page violated the company's terms of service, has pulled the extensions. Google updated its terms of service in December to require such extensions to have a "single-purpose goal." Read more...

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January 16 2014

Google Chrome Update Will Decrease Data Usage by Up to 50%

Google will release an update to the mobile version of Chrome, which promises to decrease data usage while browsing by as much as 50%.

Google announced the upcoming changes to its browser Wednesday in a blog post, saying, "Chrome’s data compression and bandwidth management can reduce data usage by up to 50% while browsing the web on Chrome for Android and iOS."

To reduce data usage, users must enable the data-savings option in Chrome's "settings" menu. After enabling this setting, users will also be able to track the amount of data they're saving each month. Read more...

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January 14 2014

Google Chrome Can Now Identify Your Most Annoying Tabs

An new feature in Chrome that first surfaced back in November has finally emerged from beta testing and is now available to all.

The new feature adds a set of icons to your Chrome tabs that help you track down a particularly annoying web page that may be buried in layers of tabbed pages

For example, if a buried web page suddenly begins playing audio from auto-play advertisement, now instead of furiously hunting for the offending page inside the stack, you can just look for the tab displaying the speaker icon

Similarly, you can now track down buried web pages that happen to be using your webcam or sending video to your television via a red dot icon or blue square icon respectively Read more...

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November 21 2013

Tour Middle Earth With an Interactive Google Chrome Experiment

In the latest experiment from Google Chrome, the world of the The Hobbit is ripe for exploration.

Fans have read about Middle Earth in  J.R.R. Tolkien's novels and they've seen it in in the subsequent films directed by Peter Jackson, but now they can fly above the elf city of Rivendell or sneak through the dark Trollshaws, all with the tap of the keyboard's direction keys or the swipe of a finger across a smartphone.

Users have a choice of a few areas of exploration, all of which appear in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which came out last year, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which will hit theaters on Dec. 13. You can use your laptop, tablet, phone and anything else that supports chrome to fly over the whole fictional land, but you can currently only walk around the Trollshaws, Rivendell and the haunted fortress of Dol Guldur. Players must watch their step, as the eerie music that accompanies the video-game like experience foreshadows demons that can attack from nowhere to drag you away. Read more...

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August 10 2013

Top 10 Tech This Week

It's almost the end of summer, but the tech world is still humming along. To keep you posted on the latest news, we've compiled a list of this week's top 10 tech.

In an update to Twitter, the microblogging service has added a new photo gallery to search results. It also rolled out upgrades for login verification.

SEE ALSO: Previous editions of Top 10 Tech This Week

Instagram made headlines for finally allowing users to upload videos outside of the photo- and video-sharing service

And finally, Chrome came under fire this week, when a developer discovered a serious flaw in the way the web browser was storing passwords Read more...

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August 08 2013

Chrome's Password Security Hole and Other News You Need to Know

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. Two YouTube cofounders launched a new video iPhone app, Mixbit, which lets you edit and remix video on your mobile device. T-Mobile's Q2 results indicate that it gained 1.1 million new customers and sold 4.3 million smartphones. The mobile carrier's quarter revenue figures were up $4.4 billion from this time last year. And finally, Chrome passwords may be vulnerable, according to web designer Elliott Kember. However, Justin Schuh, head of Chrome security, said that Kember is wrong Read more...

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August 05 2013

Google Adds Touch Controls to Chrome Browser Test Build

Google is reportedly experimenting with touch-friendly features for its popular Chrome browser

The Verge reported Monday that Google's latest Canary build includes a slide-to-navigate feature for swiping between web pages. Chrome Canary is an experimental version of Google's web browser that the Mountain View, Calif., tech giant says is "designed for developers and early adopters, and can sometimes break down completely."

With an industry-wide shift toward mobile, Google's experiment is not surprising but would make web browsing more intuitive on tablets and smartphones. The Canary test build also includes pinch-to-zoom functionality, according the The Verge. Chrome's desktop version on Windows 8 will also reportedly support an on-screen keyboard when a user taps a text field or address bar. Read more...

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May 15 2013

Everything You Need to Know About Google's Big Announcements

The bar was set high for the annual Google I/O Developer's Conference in San Francisco following a whole series of product announcements and surprises in 2012, and although no one jumped out of a plane wearing Google Glass this year, we were treated to some cool new products.

The keynote was packed with announcements of enhancements to Google services. For example, Google Maps now shows clouds hovering over the world in real time and displays how Earth looks in the Milky Way as the sun sets. Google+ has 41 new features. The company announced impressive stats about the popularity of its applications, and there was even a rare Q&A session with Google CEO Larry Page. However, we didn't see a new Android tablet launch, an operating system update or more details surrounding Google Glass Read more...

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Google Chrome Now Has 750 Million Active Users

Google Chrome is well on its way to having a billion active users

Google announced at its I/O developers conference on Wednesday that the browser now has 750 million active users, an increase of about 300 million users from the same time last year. Chrome first launched in beta in 2008.

Chrome passed Internet Explorer last year to become the most popular browser in the world.

Photo Illustration by Alexander Hassenstein, Getty

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August 23 2012

Chrome for iOS Now Lets You Share Pages on Facebook and Twitter

Google has announced its first update to Google Chrome for iOS, adding the ability to share pages from the browser directly on your favorite social network, including Facebook and Twitter.

Google Chrome for iOS was announced and launched at the company’s annual developer’s conference in June.

The mobile browser offers a number of features already available in its desktop version, including synched tabs; if you’re checking out a website on your iPhone, you can open it on your desktop computer, and vice versa. Users can also share saved passwords between devices, bookmarks and search history.

SEE ALSO: Chrome and Google Drive Land on iOS

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August 01 2012

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February 09 2012

Google Chrome Update Brings Faster Browsing

The new stable release of Google’s web browser Chrome brings several improvements, most importantly faster browsing and more protection from malicious downloads.

From now on, when you start typing in Chrome’s address box (or omnibox, as Google calls it), as soon as Chrome autocompletes the URL you’re likely to visit, it will prerender the page, making your overall browsing experience faster.

As far as security goes, Chrome now does checks on executable files you’ve downloaded from the net. It matches the executables against a whitelist – a list of programs known to be safe – and if it can’t find the file there, it does some additional checks. For example, if the site you’re visiting hosts a high number of malicious downloads, Chrome will let you know.

The update comes just one day after Google announced Chrome for Android mobile devices.

Google also promises some updates to Chrome OS for the “near future,” including a new image editor and an improved Verizon 3G activation portal.

You can download the latest version of Google Chrome here.

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February 08 2012

Hands On With Google Chrome for Android

Chrome for Android

YouTube and Google Maps are both integrated into the new Chrome for Android.

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Google announced its signature Chrome browser would start to roll out to Android phones on Tuesday. If you’re one of the lucky ones running Ice Cream Sandwich, also known as Android 4.0, you’ll be able to download Chrome on the Android Store.

As you can see from the above gallery of screenshots taken from both Google and our experience running Chrome on a Galaxy Nexus, tabbed browsing is a big highlight of Chrome for Android. It also boasts the ability to have simple private browsing sessions.

Most importantly, Chrome for Android blends in with other Google services seamlessly, such as Google Maps and YouTube. It was easy for us to import tabs from our computer browsers as well.

Have you downloaded Google Chrome on your Android yet? Tell us what you think in the comments.

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February 07 2012

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September 04 2011

Happy Birthday Google: Making Sense of the Web for 13 Years

What were you up to 13 years ago? Maybe you were perfecting the ideal AIM screen name. Or you might have been surfing the “WestHollywood” neighborhood of GeoCities. Chances are, you had been using Yahoo! or AOL as your primary search engines. But Google’s debut on this day in 1998 would change the World Wide Web forever.

On September 4, 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin filed for incorporation as Google Inc. — they had received a $100,000 check from an investor made out to Google, Inc., and needed to incorporate that name so they could legally deposit the check.

Prior to the launch, Page and Brin met at Stanford in 1995, and soon decided to launch a search service called BackRub in January 1996. They soon reevaluated the name (and the creepy logo) in favor of Google, a play on the mathematical figure, “googol,” which represents the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes. The name embodied their mission to create an infinite amount of web resources. And that they did.

Since then, Google has become a household name to billions of people worldwide. You’ll overhear senior citizens command their grandchildren to “google” the price of foot cream. You’ll witness toddlers punching the screen of the latest Android phone. And chances are, you’ve navigated the circles of Google+ (if not, let’s get you an invite already).

SEE ALSO: 10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Google

We’d like to guide you on a trip down Google lane, presenting the key products and acquisitions that were born in the first Google garage office, and innovated in the Googleplex. In the comments below, please share how Google has had an impact on your life, and join us in wishing Google a happy birthday!

1996-1997: BackRub

Google was first launched under the BackRub nomer. Soon after, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin registered the Google.com domain name in September 1997. The two arrived at the name as a play on the mathematical figure, "googol," which represents the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes. The name embodied their mission to create an infinite amount of web resources.

1998: Google's First Homepage

The original Google homepage prototype debuted in November 1998. Earlier that year Google received a $100,000 check made out to as-yet-unestablished Google Inc. from first investor Andy Bechtolsheim.

In September 2008, the two founders set up shop in Susan Wojcicki‘s garage in Menlo Park, CA, deposited their check and hired their first employee, Craig Silverstein.

1999: The Uncle Sam Homepage

Apart from adding Uncle Sam to its homepage, in 1999 Google outgrew its next office and moved to its first Mountain View, California location. The team announced $25 million in equity funding from Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins in its first press release.

2000: Google Becomes Yahoo's Default Search Provider

Apart from its partnership with Yahoo, in 2000 Google announced that its index reached the 1 billion-URL mark, making it the largest search engine in the world. Google also launched AdWord, a self-service ad program that allowed people to purchase keyword advertising that would appear alongside search results.

2001: Google Image Search

Image search launched in July 2001 with an index of 250 million images. That same year Google acquired Deja Usenet and archived its index into categories that ultimately made up Google Groups.

2002: Google Search Appliance

Early in 2002 Google marketed its first hardware, the Google Search Appliance, a device that plugged into a computer and provided advanced search capabilities for internal documents. In May Google announced Labs, a resource for people interested in trying out beta programs emerging from Google's R&D team. Later Google launched its News tool that provided links from 4,000 sources.

2003: AdSense

Google announced the world's largest content-targeted ad program, later dubbed AdSense after Google acquired Applied Semantics. Earlier in the year Google acquired Pyra Labs, the creator of Blogger.

2004: Gmail

Google launched Gmail on April Fool's Day 2004, but the beta version required an invitation to join. In January Orkut launched as Google's foray into social networking. In August, Google's initial public offering contained 19,605,052 shares of Class A common stock at $85 per share.

2005: Google Maps

Google Maps launched in February 2005, to go live on the first iPhone in 2007. Additionally, code.google.com went live to provide resources for developers, and included all of Google's APIs. The company also acquired Urchin, whose content optimization service helped create Google Analytics, launched later that year. In June Google released Google Earth, a satellite-powered mapping service. In October Reader was unveiled to help organize and consolidate content into a single feed.

2006: YouTube

In a $1.65 billion stock transaction, Google acquired YouTube in October 2006. Google also unveiled Trends, a tool that allows a user to evaluate popular searches over a specific timeframe. Earlier that year Google released Gchat, a Gmail-based instant message service derived from Google Talk. Google Checkout emerged later as a way to pay for online purchases.

2007: Android

In November 2007 Google announced its first mobile venture, Android, which the company called "the first open platform for mobile devices."

2008: Google Chrome

In September 2008 Google introduced Chrome, its open source browser. The surprise was spoiled when the comic book that was meant to help debut Chrome leaked a day ahead of schedule. Later that month T-mobile announced the G1, Google's first Android-powered mobile device. That year Google also added Google Suggest capabilities and site search.

2009: Google Wave

To much anticipation, Google announced its venture into real-time communication via the Wave platform. Little more than a year later, however, Wave was no more. That same year Google launched Mac-based photo application Picasa.

2010: Google Apps Marketplace

In 2010 Google launched its Apps Marketplace, an app store that allows third-party developers to sell their creations. That same year Google unveiled Google Buzz, its latest attempt at social sharing that originated in Gmail. The company also released Google TV after teaming up with Intel, Sony and Logitech.

2011: Google+

Google's most talked-about and participatory social platform thus far, Google+ launched in June 2011 with invite-only access. The tech giant also announced its most expensive acquisition to-date when it bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.

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