When Google Chrome starts blocking your downloads in a few months, know that it’s nothing personal; the browser is just doing its best to keep you safe. You should also know that Chrome isn’t flawless, and you should still be running regular antivirus and antimalware scans—and avoiding shitty websites and their malware.
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I often recommend Firefox over Google Chrome when it comes to user privacy, but despite the legitimate concerns over how much data Google collects on its users, the company has become pretty good about giving us control over how that data is handled—including letting us set timers to automatically delete some of that data.
Thanks to the most recent Firefox update, Mozilla’s browser is finally on par with the picture-in-picture capabilities of Google Chrome. PiP, as it’s commonly known, allows you to watch a video while browsing other websites—the ultimately productivity hack if you have a favourite show you hate missing.
Despite all the convenience and quality of Google’s sprawling ecosystem, some users are fed up with its often fishy privacy policies and wary of its looming shadow over the internet at large.
If you’re ready to ditch Google, or even just reduce its presence in your digital life, this guide is here to help.
Android users can now have Google Assistant buy movie tickets and reserve seats for them, thanks to a new Google Duplex feature that makes it possible for the AI to access and navigate Chrome webpages on its own—much like how the Duplex AI allows Google Assistant to call restaurants or hotels for reservations on your behalf.
Google Chrome’s next big update, Chrome 79, has officially entered the beta phase, meaning the official public release will be here within the coming weeks—even though most of us have barely settled in with Chrome 78's recent launch. Users can expect some cool new features once the update rolls out, including sharing text and links across multiple synced devices, new VR support, updated security, and even a new tool that should curb Chrome’s voracious appetite for system memory.
Google Calendar has two new shortcut functions that make scheduling new events or meetings easy. All you have to do is is type “cal.new” or “meeting.new” in Google chrome to be taken straight to the Calendar event creation page. No more having to navigate through the calendar and fiddle around with extra settings.
Google Chrome has a lot of amazing tricks under the hood - but first you need to customise the experience with browser extensions. The trick is to find programs that are actually useful. However, with over 180,0000 options cluttering the Chrome Web Store, this can be a daunting task.
Fortunately, it's easy to gauge which extension are best by seeing what other people are using. Here are 11 options that have proven exceptionally popular - from speedy price-comparison tools to the indispensable grammar checker!
Google has been rolling out its latest browser update, Chrome 76, with some surprising changes like a beefed-up incognito mode. Another upcoming update, however, is confusing some people and prompting others to ditch the popular browser altogether.
In short, it's following through on its threat to cut the 'www' prefix from websites. Yes, really.
The latest and greatest version of Google Chrome makes changes that most people won’t likely notice, such as tweaks to how the browser loads pages and images. One feature that most folks will notice, however, is the images that pop up when you make searches in Chrome’s address bar, or “Omnibox.”
Since its debut, Chrome has grown in popularity, though its once-stellar reputation has taken a bit of a hit as of late. Examples of Chrome-only sites are more and more common, reminiscent of the days when Microsoft's Internet Explorer dominated the web browser market. It's been shown to be a massive memory hog as well, slowing down machines as users create more and more tabs. And then there's the impending removal of ad-blocking.
Google has a long history of introducing, then forgetting about, and finally officially killing off its products. Most recently, that included Google Spaces, a service that most of us never knew existed to begin with. Let's take a tour of some of our favourite services Google's killed off over the years.
There are many reasons you might want to stop using Google apps. Maybe you're concerned about online privacy. Maybe you don't like the idea of one conglomerate having so much power. Or maybe you just like the idea of trying something new. Fortunately, it's possible to find competing alternatives to pretty much every service and application that Google offers - and most of them are every bit as good. Here are some of our favourites.