NeverEndingSearch: Nine Chrome Extensions (and a Google Add-On) too good to miss. “Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve become particularly fond of a few Chrome tools that I consider too good to miss. These would be handy across the board, but especially in Google Classroom and Chromebook environments.”
Lauren Weinstein: Another Google Accessibility Failure: Chrome Remote Desktop. “In most respects, CRD is excellent. Data is encrypted, and in most circumstances the data connection is peer-to-peer without going through Google servers. In some configurations, system audio is sent along with the screen image. But Chrome Remote Desktop also has a horrible, gaping accessibility problem — that has persisted and generated bug threads that in some instances now stretch back unresolved for years — that seriously limits its usefulness for those very users who could most benefit from its use.”
The Next Web: This Chrome extension will blur out offensive language on your feed. “Soothe is a Chrome extension that blurs out content that is considered homophobic, racist, sexist, transphobic, violent, and sexually violent by the user. Just choose the general categories you want to censor, and the extension will analyze the site’s content to blur out any triggering language.”
Bleeping Computer: “Particle” Chrome Extension Sold to New Dev Who Immediately Turns It Into Adware. “A company is going around buying abandoned Chrome extensions from their original developers and converting these add-ons into adware. This scheme came to light two days ago when the users of a popular Chrome extension began complaining about an update that requested two intrusive permissions that the extension never used, or would have never had a reason to.”
Noupe: Fake News Alert: Botson Exposes Bots in Your Twitter Stream . “It has the potential to win the ugliest word of the year award. Bots have played a part in a lot of politically important processes of the recent past, like the US-American presidential election, or the Brexit. A new tool helps you expose these fake users.” I did install this and briefly tried it, but it wasn’t flagging anything. I really do want this to work so I’ll try it again at some point.
Engadget: Touch-friendly controls are coming to Chrome OS . “Google’s lightweight Chrome OS was never intended for touch, but that didn’t stop the likes of Samsung and Acer creating touch-enabled Chromebooks. It probably helped that the OS was set to receive access to millions of Android apps. All that was left was to put those touch displays to good use. And, the updated launcher for Chrome Canary (the experimental iteration) is a sign of things to come.”
MakeUseOf: Bye Bye Chrome! Why We Switched to Firefox. “There was a time when Chrome truly sat atop the throne as Browser King, but those days are long gone. The gap has closed, and depending on who you ask, Chrome has been overtaken. I once believed that Chrome was ‘the best,’ but nowadays you may be happier elsewhere.” When I’m on my Chromebox I have to use Chrome, of course, but when I’m using Windows? Firefox.