Neowin: Google is bringing Live Caption to Chrome, now available in the Canary channel. “Last year at I/O, Google announced a series of new accessibility features for Android, one of which was Live Caption. Essentially, this capability allows for a device to recognize speech in any video the user might be watching on the phone, and add subtitles to the video in real-time. The feature ended up rolling out to the Pixel 4 family in October, followed by other Pixels and select Android devices. Now, the feature seems to be coming to the desktop thanks to Chrome.”
Make Tech Easier: 4 Best Reader Extensions for Chrome Reviewed . “The Internet is a simultaneously informative and distracting place, replete with information but also with a thousand panes, links, sidebars and banners that try to pull you away from what you’re reading at a given moment. A reader extension helps keep you focused by removing all the extraneous bits and just leaving you with the stuff you’re reading. These extensions also let you change font sizes, styles, and backgrounds for optimized reading. They’re handy, so we’ve decided to test four of the best reader extensions for Google Chrome and tell you just how good they really are.”
Make Tech Easier: 5 Chrome Extensions to Speed Up Your Browsing . “Chrome is known as the fastest browser, but for some people even fastest isn’t enough. Moreover, Chrome is also a huge memory hog and may lead to a slower browsing experience on low-end devices. Thankfully, there are many Chrome extensions available that will speed things up for you exponentially.”
CNET: Chrome now can stop an important type of network snooping. “Google Chrome has begun locking down an important type of communication that can leak private information to internet service providers or others who can snoop your web browser’s network activity. Chrome 83, released Tuesday, incorporates a new technology called DNS over HTTPS.”
Tom’s Guide: Google Chrome security alert impacts billions: What to do now . “Google last week issued an update to its Chrome web browser that includes a fix for a critical security flaw. But because it doesn’t want evil hackers exploiting the vulnerability, the browser maker didn’t give many details other than that the flaw involves ‘use after free in speech recognizer.’ Thanks to Sophos security researcher Paul Ducklin, we have a somewhat better idea about the fix inside Chrome version 81.0.4044.113 for Windows, Mac and Linux users — and why and how you should check to make sure you have the update.” If you’re using Linux, check to see if you’ve upgraded — I had to reinstall Chrome to get the update.
ZDNet: Exclusive: Google removes 49 Chrome extensions caught stealing crypto-wallet keys. “Google has removed 49 Chrome extensions from the Web Store that posed as legitimate cryptocurrency wallet apps but contained malicious code that stole crypto-wallet private keys, mnemonic phrases, and other raw secrets.”
Tom’s Guide: Huge Google Chrome upgrade will put an end to tab insanity. “We’ve all been there: You have dozens of Google Chrome tabs open at once, and you completely lost track of the one you really need right now. Fortunately, Google has a new solution to our collective tab hoarding problem. As spotted by Laptop Mag, Google’s new Tab Groups feature is rolling out in the Chrome 81 build of the popular web browser. This feature lets you group up tabs as if they were files in a folder, allowing you to have discrete labels for each.”