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.”

Chrome Unboxed: 3 Hidden Features In Chrome OS 88 You Can Try Right Now

Chrome Unboxed: 3 Hidden Features In Chrome OS 88 You Can Try Right Now. “While there are plenty of shiny new gems to play with, there are some hidden features in Chrome OS 88 that you can enable with very little effort and enjoy and add to your Chromebook toolbox. We’ve covered each of these features at some point as they moved their way up from the Canary channel but now, you can enable each of them in the Stable channel with just the flip of a switch.”

Make Tech Easier: 10 Chrome Flags You Should Enable to Boost Your Browsing

Make Tech Easier: 10 Chrome Flags You Should Enable to Boost Your Browsing. “Chrome Flags come and go at a rapid rate. These features have been aptly renamed to ‘Experiments’ by Google because they let you enable, disable and customize various features that are yet to make it into the mainline Chrome release. Quite often, these features never end up making it into the full version of Chrome. But there are some real gems in Chrome flags which can really enhance your browsing, so we’ve put together a list of the best of them for you here.”

BetaNews: Update Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux to protect against a dangerous zero-day vulnerability

BetaNews: Update Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux to protect against a dangerous zero-day vulnerability. “A serious security vulnerability has been discovered in Chrome, forcing Google to push out an emergency update to the browser. Affecting the Windows, Mac and Linux versions of Chrome, the high severity vulnerability is being tracked as CVE-2021-21148.”

The Verge: Chrome is blocking popular extension The Great Suspender, but there’s a way to recover your tabs

The Verge: Chrome is blocking popular extension The Great Suspender, but there’s a way to recover your tabs. “Google has apparently blocked The Great Suspender extension from Chrome, with existing users now receiving a message that it has ‘been disabled because it contains malware.’ It’s also been removed from the Chrome Web Store, with any links to it now leading to a 404 page. Some are worried about losing their tabs, but Reddit users have found a way to recover them (via XDA-Developers’ Mishaal Rahman).”

The Register: In a trial run, Google Chrome to corral netizens into groups for tailored web ads rather than target individuals

The Register: In a trial run, Google Chrome to corral netizens into groups for tailored web ads rather than target individuals . “Google’s cookie banishment plan followed shortly after its Privacy Sandbox announcement, a set of proposals since augmented with suggestions from other ad tech firms – there have been about 30 of them to date – that redefine how online ads get auctioned and how behavioral ad targeting can work without the privacy risks.”