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When Google Chrome launched in 2008 with its colorful "3-D hockey puck" logo, most people didn't realize that there was another Google browser launch alongside of it -- Chromium, a nearly identical browser with a nearly identical logo (the same hockey puck, in a nearly colorless ice blue). Chromium is the Chrome browser that tech types and developers interested in the technical side of Chrome use -- it's where Google puts cutting-edge features before they are ready for public release. Chromium is otherwise identical to Chrome. There's one other difference - while Chrome is proprietary, Chromium is open source - the code is viewable, and is modifiable. To anyone interested in the code that makes chrome take, a look at chromium can be very interesting. Why have two different kinds … Continue reading
When you have a dozen browser tabs open, it can be hard to know which ones have sound playing that you would like to turn off. Chrome has long had a popular solution -- it places a little speaker icon on every tab with active sound. It is one of Chrome's most popular features. The feature does leave some room for improvement, though. Even when you do know which tab has sound, it can still take some work to know where on the page the offending media player is (some pages can have tiny video players buried three-quarters of the way down). The latest version of Chrome has a one-click mute function right on the tab. Since the feature is still experimental, it isn't turned on by default. It … Continue reading
If you often download free ringtone managers, file format converters, games, password protectors and driver downloaders by obscure vendors, you're going to come across a type of malware called a browser hijacker, sooner or later. You'll find one day that the homepage and search engine on your browsers have changed all of a sudden, and you may find advertising appearing in strange places on your browser. Often, you can't even be sure what software was responsible for your problems -- the changes may appear days after you install a piece of free software, or even after you uninstall it. This shouldn't fool you, though -- when vendors put malware in their free downloads, they often program delayed deployment into them to throw their users off their scent. Browser hijackers … Continue reading
You can use your mouse to do everything you need on your browser. Yet, using a mouse can often slow you down. If you can click a couple of keys for every common browser-related task, you can usually work far more efficiently. Here are several keyboard shortcuts that you can use on most popular browsers in Windows. S+Right-click on a web image Holding down the S key on your keyboard and right-clicking on any web image does different things in different browsers. On Chrome, it opens a new tab with a reverse image search for the image on Google. While you could do the same thing with a right-click and selecting Search Google for this image , the keyboard shortcut is faster. On Firefox and Safari, the same keyboard … Continue reading
If you have the standard Chrome browser that everyone uses, you only get to experience the best features that Google thought of months earlier. If you would like to try very latest that Chrome has -- 64-bit processing, HTML 5 and so on -- you'll need to step out of your comfort zone and try a version that's under development -- or, in Google's lingo, an under-development channel. You may need to put up with a bit of instability in the process. It could be worth it, though. You'd get to be on the cutting edge of browser technology. Google's different channels for Chrome Google makes Chrome available in four channels. The public launch channel, the one that most people run, is named the Stable channel. The three under-development channels are named Beta, Dev and Canary. … Continue reading
As stable a browser as Google Chrome is, it does occasionally suffer from crashes. When this happens, Chrome puts out a blank browser window with a humorous picture and a jokey line that goes something like Aw, snap! or He's dead, Jim! . You shouldn't have to see these crashes occur often - no more than once a month or so even if you look at webpages all the time. If you seem to get a couple every day, though, you could have a problem -- one that you can fix. If you haven't been keeping track, Chrome does it for you. You simply need to type the string chrome://crashes into the address bar/Omni box. Right away, you'll get a list of all the crashes that your installation of … Continue reading
Chrome offers powerful capabilities to help make browsing smoother on mobile devices. These tips below should help you use the browser to the best effect. Using swipe gestures On the iPhone, iPad and on Android phones, Chrome recognizes special swipe gestures that allow you to easily move among open tabs. The gestures recognized are different for different devices, though. On Android phones, you simply need to flick your finger left or right on the browser window to move among open tabs. On Apple devices, you need to do the swiping at the edge of the screen. Curiously, Google doesn't implement any of these swipe gestures on Android tablets. Switching among different tabs on Chrome is easy on all phones Tapping Chrome's tab button lets you view all your open … Continue reading
In January 2014, Google was informed of new Chrome vulnerability that could allow any website to turn the microphone or camera on your computer on and spy on you. Google hasn't so far taken the vulnerability seriously. If you aren't comfortable with having this security hole on Chrome, here's what you can do. How does this vulnerability work? Any time you give permission to websites to access your camera or microphone, Chrome makes a permanent record of your preference - every page on that website will be able to access your camera and microphone any time you visit in the future. This is a threat not because the website could suddenly decide to go rogue one day and begin to listen in on your conversations, but because it could … Continue reading
Most computer users with a moderate level of technical understanding recognize the term virtual memory or page file . RAM is cheap today - skimping on your RAM wouldn't save you much money. When RAM was expensive 5 years ago, though, putting a computer together with 1 GB on-board made sense. Since Windows still needs a substantial amount of RAM to function smoothly, it is designed to improvise - it sets a section of the hard disk aside and uses it as if it were RAM. This is the computer's virtual memory. While this method works, it slows the computer down since. RAM disk is the exact opposite of virtual memory. While using virtual memory requires making the computer believe that the hard disk is actually RAM, using RAM … Continue reading
Ten years ago, when many people were still stuck with dial-up connections, webpages were lightweight at no more than 1 MB each. Now that broadband is widely available both to home and office users, webpages have blown up into elaborate, multiple-megabyte designs to take advantage of the available speed. Complex webpages turn out to be a problem when you need to view them on a laptop that connects to the Internet over a tethered smartphone connection. If every webpage you open gobbles up 20 MB of your phone’s data limit, you’ll soon find yourself having to pay data overages. What you need is a way to make sure that the webpages you visit don’t use much data. Here are the best ways to achieve this aim. Stop videos and … Continue reading