CNET: Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge join forces to improve browser extensions

CNET: Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge join forces to improve browser extensions. “The teams behind the Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers have banded together to improve extensions, the add-ons you can download to customize the software. That should mean your extensions will work better and come with a better security foundation to protect you from malware.”

9to5 Google: Chrome 91 rolling out: Freeze Tab Groups, launch PWAs at startup, Android tablets load desktop site

9to5 Google: Chrome 91 rolling out: Freeze Tab Groups, launch PWAs at startup, Android tablets load desktop site. “Following version 90’s release on Android, Mac, Windows, and Linux, the next release of Google’s browser is rolling out. Chrome 91 is here with a handful of features for Android including updated form controls and desktop sites on tablets.”

Lifehacker: How to Try Google’s Experimental New RSS Feature in Chrome Canary

Lifehacker: How to Try Google’s Experimental New RSS Feature in Chrome Canary. “Google is testing an experimental RSS-based ‘Follow’ feature in Chrome Canary on Android. Google says the feature is only an ‘experiment’ for now and will decide whether to implement the feature publicly based on user and developer feedback, but this seems like good news for RSS lovers like me.” I’d rather Google Reader came back, to be honest.

ZDNet: The good and the bad with Chrome web browser’s new security defaults

ZDNet: The good and the bad with Chrome web browser’s new security defaults. “First, the good news. Starting with the mid-April release of Google’s Chrome 90 web browser, Chrome will default to trying to load the version of a website that’s been secured with a Transport Layer Security (TLS). These are the sites that show a closed lock in the Chrome Omnibox, what most of us know as the Chrome address (URL) bar. The bad news is that just because a site is secured by HTTPS doesn’t mean it’s trustworthy.”

Make Tech Easier: 9 of the Best Chrome Extensions for Students

Make Tech Easier: 9 of the Best Chrome Extensions for Students. “Most students today rely on information available online to complete their projects and assignments. Those who are using the Chrome browser by Google have a variety of Chrome extensions available for them that will help with research and completing schoolwork. This article looks at the best Chrome extensions that every student should install and use.”

Bleeping Computer: How to use Google’s ‘Chrome Labs’ to test new browser features

Bleeping Computer: How to use Google’s ‘Chrome Labs’ to test new browser features. “When Google creates a new browser feature, it is first tested in Google Chrome Canary and Google Chrome Beta. In many cases, these new features must first be enabled using an ‘experiments’ configuration flag before they are accessible… However, the ‘Experiments’ page contains many options that are not for user-facing features but instead internal tests conducted by the Chrome development team. Due to this, it can get confusing to find new user-facing features that Google is actively developing.”

Neowin: Google Chrome will shift to a four-week release cycle

Neowin: Google Chrome will shift to a four-week release cycle. “Google has announced that it’s shifting things up a gear by switching Chrome to a four-week release cycle that will see users get the latest features more quickly. As things stand, Google releases major Chrome updates every six weeks and has done so for over a decade. The new changes will come about in the third quarter with the release of Chrome 94.”

Gizmodo: Google’s Live Caption Tool Is Now Available as a Hidden Feature in Chrome

Gizmodo: Google’s Live Caption Tool Is Now Available as a Hidden Feature in Chrome. “Live Captions is one of the most useful features on Android phones, allowing your mobile device to automatically transcribe any audio it’s currently playing. And now it seems Google is bringing Live Captions to Chrome, with the feature already available as a hidden option in the browser.”

Lifehacker: Confuse Google Ads With This Chrome Extension

Lifehacker: Confuse Google Ads With This Chrome Extension. “You can try to combat data-collection in all kinds of fun ways, including manually blocking or clearing the data companies have on you and preventing yourself from being tracked as much as possible with various adblockers, anti-tracking extensions, and privacy-themed browsers, but considering the number of systems out there tracking you, those methods can only be so effective. AdNauseum works on a different principle.”

Mashable: 6 savvy time management extensions for Chrome

Mashable: 6 savvy time management extensions for Chrome. “Unfortunately, time management isn’t the easiest skill to acquire, especially if you’re busy stressing about how bad your time management is. There are tools that can help, however. And if you work online, there are extensions for Google’s popular Chrome browser that can help you more effectively manage your time. Struggling to make the minutes meet? Consider one of these extensions to help you get better at time management.”