We've gotten so used to drag-and-drop working everywhere that when an app refuses to accept an image or document that's clinging desperately to your cursor, it comes as a surprise. The "drag" part of the operation is usually more restricted, except in the case of Google Chrome, where even the download bar is getting in on the action.
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You may have noticed in your travels around the internet that your browser's address bar occasionally turns green and displays a padlock — that's HTTPS, or a secure version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, swinging into action. This little green padlock is becoming vitally important as more and more of your online security is eroded. Just because your ISP can now see what sites you browse on doesn't mean they have to know all the content your consuming.
If you're running Google Chrome 57 or above, it turns out there's a hidden dark mode. Reddit user _paul- found the menu, which you can enable with a quick jump into the console menu.
A few years back, Google announced that it would be adding "tab discarding" to Chrome, emulating (on a basic level) the memory-releasing functionality of extensions like The Great Suspender. Although the feature was implemented a while ago, not much fanfare was made about it. If you're curious, it's easy enough to get a behind-the-scenes look.
This year’s Pwn2Own competition resulted in Microsoft Edge being hacked five times with Google Chrome remaining pristine. The hacks on Edge used new zero-day exploits, delivering tens of thousands of dollars to the competition winners.
Whether you're gasping at the beauty of Earth or the wonder of modern-day architecture (or both), there may well be times when you need to quickly download all of the pictures on a particular page — even if you just want some new phone backgrounds to use. One such tool for the job is the I'm A Gentleman extension for Chrome.
iOS: One of the nicer features in Apple's Safari is the Reading List, which gives you an in-browser place to save articles to read later. Today, Chrome gets that too.
Not all emails are what they seem. Many messages come with embedded code designed to tell the sender when (and even where) you open them up. It's a trick often used by marketing companies to work out if you're actually paying any attention to them, but there are ways of spotting this kind of email tracking.
Chrome: Automator is one of the easiest ways to automate tasks on your Mac, and the ability to record mouse actions makes it so just about anyone can create their own workflows within seconds. Wildfire is a Chrome extension that attempts to bring a similar feature to Chrome.
When Google originally launched Chrome, it made a point of promoting the browser's performance over its competitors. But that was almost 10 years ago and both Chrome and Apple's desktop OS have changed... a lot. Given this large chunk of time, has Chrome remained on top of the pile when it comes to grunt? The answer is "mostly".