I know I do it all the time: "I'm just writing to say..." or "Sorry to bug you, but..." or "This would be the best way to handle it, I think." Women have a tendency to pad their opinions with qualifiers designed to make them seem "less pushy," but which also minimize what they have to say and take away their power. Now, a new Chrome extension has been designed to help fight this gendered tick.Read More
We would say, "it's the best thing ever!" but we're afraid of what it would replace that with.
We might as well just come to terms with the fact that Upworthy-style "You won't believe what happens next!!!" kind of headlines are the wave of the future. I mean, even CNN's doing it now. Best just accept it and move on, right? Or we could filter them out with honest headlines, of course. That's where the new Downworthy app comes in.Read More
Set-top boxes don't really work for flatscreens anyway...
The next big thing isn't big at all. It's the size of a USB flash drive, fits into an HDMI port on your TV, and turns that TV into a screen for your phone, tablet, or computer. And it costs an affordable $35. All hail the Chromecast, announced today at an event in San Francisco.Read More
If your interoffice communication is getting a little dull, try the OTR Chrome extension. It's basically SnapChat for work.
We've talked about SnapChat before. It's a photo-sharing app that deletes the pictures you send after a few seconds, so people use it mostly for pictures of their genitals. That's not very appropriate for business, so someone went ahead and made a SnapChat-like Chrome extension that lets you send pictures and messages to coworkers.Read More
If there's one genre of video game that always managed to avoid piquing my interest, it's the series of marble mazes that were created. These games -- like Super Monkey Ball -- revolve around navigating a rolling ball across a shifting plane. The particulars are always mildly different, but that's the general idea. Google's actually done the mighty and somehow made me interested in this type of game thanks to one of their Chrome Experiments. See, this particular doodad, called World Wide Maze, turns any website into a marble maze you can control with your phone.Read More
We panicked along with everyone else yesterday when Gmail went down. Without email, how would we find out about all the new T-shirt designs and Kickstarter campaigns that are happening? It was maddening. Sure, the outage only lasted about 20 minutes, but it really messed up a very brief part of our day, and even included issues with Google Chrome, and we want answers. Thankfully, Google engineer Tim Steele has them.Read More
Everybody talks trash about Internet Explorer. It's just what you do. And yes, Internet Explorer might not be quite as bad as it used to be, but you'd still be hard pressed to find a loyal fan. Those of us who are loyal fans of other browsers might have something to start worrying about. Windows RT, the ARM version of Windows 8 designed for use on tablets, effectively cripples all third-party browsers, and will force hapless users to go crawling back to IE whether they want to or not. Unsurprisingly, Google and Mozilla are less than pleased, and are making their opinions known.Read More
Late last year, Google's Chrome browser finally overtook Firefox in global usage. Now, Chrome is making new strides in its quest for dominance and coming to Android. For the moment, it's still in beta and relatedly only available for Ice Cream Sandwich users, but even so, it looks pretty sweet. Along with speed increases and better UI, mobile Chrome intends to make good use of its desktop sibling.Read More
A forthcoming update to Google's Chrome browser will soon add support for gamepads, as well as cameras, microphones, and real-time chatting. While most Chrome users are focused on mere browsing, these additions could be a major step for bolstering Google's ambition to take more everyday computing onto the cloud, with Chrome as the centerpiece.Read More
The giant brains at Google have rolled out a bold new web app for their Chrome web browser that really pushes the boundaries of what browsers can do. Called Chrome Remote Desktop, the app allows users to take control of a computer remotely and securely, all within a Chrome window. While this technology has been an established tool, especially for long-suffering IT support workers, placing it within a browser is an interesting move. Currently in Beta, the app uses a secure one-time code to allow access to the host computer. Both computers must have the app installed to function. The system is designed to work cross-platform on Mac, PC, and Linux, which is a pretty strong mark in the app's favor. It also works in the Chrome OS, which is likely the focus of the app in the long run. After all, Google is aiming to lower the cost of doing business with their web-based OS, and bundling a valuable piece of IT software will likely help in that regard. The app is pretty massive, a whopping 17mb, and is available for download from the Chrome App Store.Read More
When Chrome, the web browser backed by search giant Google, was first unleashed onto the internet it brought the innovation of the "Omni Box;" a single text field that accepted URLs as well as search terms. After three years, it seems that Google is further simplifying by doing away with the URL bar altogether. The feature appeared in Canary, Chrome's nightly build project. In it, the menu buttons move up to the tab-bar level, along with the navigation buttons. To view the tab bar, users can double click the tab they are in, or hit CTRL+L. For netbook users, the extra thirty pixels of visible real estate should be a welcome boon. However, there are some concerns that users could be more vulnerable to phishing scams, since they can't immediately see the URL of the site they are visiting. There is currently no word as to whether this feature will make it into the final distribution of Chrome. If you're curious about trying it out, download Canary and bask in the glow of an dead simple interface. (Conceivably Tech via Life Hacker)Read More
The Chrome browser has survived three years in the Pwn2Own competition it has fallen to the French security firm VUPEN. The hack takes advantage of so-called "0-day" vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system and could allow nefarious types to download and execute code within the browser. So far, the hack only seems possible on Windows computers.Read More
We're big fans of Google Chrome, and based on our site stats, more than a quarter of our readers are too. We're not fans, though, of the "sad tab" page which pops up whenever Chrome blows up, as happens with some frequency whenever Google updates the browser with a few bugs still intact. That said, we approve of the new sad tab page in the latest Chromium build, which shamelessly panders to its techy early-adopter audience by quoting Dr. McCoy. Some foreign Chrome users report a gorier crash page with a bullet hole through the sad tab's head. This seems excessive. (via Unofficial Google OS)Read More