CNET: Google Chrome will automatically download articles you haven’t asked for yet. “Want to browse the news but don’t have connection to the internet? Google Chrome is getting a new feature for Android that automatically downloads articles when you’re connected to Wi-Fi for you to read offline — even if you haven’t asked for them.”
PC World: Best web browsers 2018: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera go head-to-head. “Let’s take a look at the four major (and modern) browsers to see how they stack up in mid-2018. A few things have changed since we looked at the top browsers just a few short months ago. Microsoft released the April 2018 Update in April, and in our tests it seemed to have a significant impact on browser results.”
Lifehacker: How to Continue to Download Chrome Extensions Without Using the Chrome Store . “If Google pulls your favorite extension from the Chrome Web Store, for example, and you don’t care about the security concerns involved with installing an extension ‘gone rogue,’ sideloading the extension allows you to to bypass Google’s installation restrictions.” This is *very dangerous* and not recommended unless you know so much about what you’re doing that you’re a tiny bit worried that you don’t know what you’re doing.
CNET: Chrome extensions soon only available from Google’s website. “If you want to install Chrome extensions, Google’s Chrome Web Store soon will be the only place to get them. Extensions — the software that lets you do things like block ads, manage your tabs better, explore art on your new-tab page or cover your screen with doge dogs — can be useful and fun. Unfortunately, they can also be a conduit for malware that spies on you or cryptocurrency miners that let others profit off your computer’s horsepower.” I’m not sure how this is supposed to be safer.
Fast Company Design: Bye, Chrome: Why I’m switching to Firefox and you should too. “While the amount of data about me may not have caused harm in my life yet–as far as I know–I don’t want to be the victim of monopolistic internet oligarchs as they continue to cash in on surveillance-based business models. What’s a concerned citizen of the internet to do? Here’s one no-brainer: Stop using Chrome and switch to Firefox.”
ZDNet: Chrome, Firefox CSS3 flaw may have let attackers grab Facebook user data. “Chrome and Firefox recently received patches for a bug that allowed attackers to reveal Facebook usernames, profile pictures and Likes when users visited an attack site. The bug is caused by the way Chrome and Firefox implemented a feature of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) called ‘mix-blend-mode’, introduced to the CSS3 standard in 2016.”
Neowin: Google releases Chrome 67 for Windows with new features. “The latest stable build for Google Chrome was dropped on Tuesday this week, bringing with it a few modest improvements for VR and AR experiences, additional security, and better compatibility with the various sensors found on modern devices.”