Lifehacker: How to Open Chrome Links With Your Keyboard

Lifehacker: How to Open Chrome Links With Your Keyboard. “We wrote about Vimium, the Chrome extension that adds customizable keyboard shortcuts, back in 2010 and 2012. But I think we buried the lede: If you install Vimium, you can open links without using your mouse, and without hitting the tab key over and over. If you browse the web a lot, you probably use your keyboard for everything but clicking links. Now you can ignore your mouse for minutes at a time.”

Chrome’s New Ad Blocker: Here’s How It Works (Tom’s Guide)

Tom’s Guide: Chrome’s New Ad Blocker: Here’s How It Works. “In a blog post today (Feb. 14), Google spelled out the rules for its Better Ads Standards policy, which will block ads ruled as especially “intrusive.” These include autoplaying video ads that include sound, large sticky ads that take over the lower-third of the screen, and ads that blanket the entire screen and require users sit through a countdown process.”

Google Blog: Read web pages offline with Chrome on Android

Google Blog: Read web pages offline with Chrome on Android. “Last year, we introduced the ability to download any webpage, so you can view the whole page completely offline. More than 45 million web pages are downloaded every week—and today we’re adding improvements to make it even easier to download pages.”

Google Online Security Blog: A secure web is here to stay

Google Online Security Blog: A secure web is here to stay. “For the past several years, we’ve moved toward a more secure web by strongly advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption. And within the last year, we’ve also helped users understand that HTTP sites are not secure by gradually marking a larger subset of HTTP pages as ‘not secure’. Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’.”

Wired: The Chrome Extensions We Can’t Live Without

Wired: The Chrome Extensions We Can’t Live Without. “Nearly two-thirds of internet users turn to Chrome for their browsing needs, but far fewer take full advantage of its available extensions, the add-ons that elevate it from good to great. If you’re one of those plain vanilla Chrome users—or if you’ve only dabbled in the extensions game—check out these sprinkles of joy that the WIRED staff swears by.”

Google Blog: Even better translations in Chrome, with one tap

Google Blog: Even better translations in Chrome, with one tap. “Today, neural machine translation improvement is coming to Translate in Chrome for nine more language pairs. Neural machine translation will be used for most pages to and from English for Indonesian and eight Indian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. This means higher quality translations on pages containing everything from song lyrics to news articles to cricket discussions.”

Look Out: Chrome Extension Malware Has Evolved (Wired)

Wired: Look Out: Chrome Extension Malware Has Evolved. “YOU ALREADY KNOW to be wary of third-party Android apps, and even to watch your back in the Google Play Store. A flashlight app with only 12 reviews might be hiding some malware as well. But your hyper-vigilant download habits should extend beyond your smartphone. You need to keep an eye on your desktop Chrome extensions as well.”