Incognito browsing, bookmarks now available
The Google Chrome browser launched in 2008 for desktops and in 2012, the company is announcing the long awaited launch of the browser for Android devices running the latest operating system (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), bringing all of the functionality of Chrome to mobile users. Often when a desktop feature becomes available on a mobile device, it is a pared down version, but not in this case, as the full experience is offered on the go.
Google said in a statement that one of their main focuses was bringing speed to mobile browsing – now, when searching, top search results are loaded in the background as you search so that pages appear instantly. Simplicity was another core focus, and Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome and Apps said, “We reimagined tabs so they fit just as naturally on a small-screen phone as they do on a larger screen tablet. You can flip or swipe between an unlimited number of tabs using intuitive gestures, as if you’re holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands, each one a new window to the web.”
Other features include Link Preview so that “hunting and pecking for links” is eradicated as automatic zooming in on links offers precision. Also, the browser will offer incognito browsing for privacy by clicking “settings” and “privacy” so that your browsing instances are not recorded in your history.
Signing in will allow you to open tabs you left open on your computer, autocomplete suggestions based on all Chrome use, and bookmark syncing. Click here to learn how to sync your Google Chrome across all devices.
What if I don’t have Ice Cream Sandwich?
Let’s face it, not everyone has the latest version of Android, so most of this news is something you have to wait for, but there is a core feature that you can sync which is an app that allows you to sync bookmarks between your device and desktop.
Enter ChromeMarks and in seconds you have native access to all of your Google Chrome browser bookmarks. Bookmarks will update automatically if you are signed in to Google Chrome (here is how) on all devices.
It doesn’t offer incognito browsing or faster browsing, but adds a major piece to the puzzle for mobile device users.
Facebook Messenger for Firefox launched, browsing gets social
Facebook Messenger for Firefox is now live, and users can interact with Facebook while visiting any website or page that can be browsed in Firefox, saving steps and truly integrating social into browsing.
Facebook Messenger for Firefox users
As a means of integrating social into Firefox users’ experience, Facebook Messenger has launched as part of the browser, built on a new Social API for the web, and because roughly 20 percent of all time spent online is on social networks, Firefox has sought to organically make that a part of their browser. Users need to update to the latest Firefox, then click “Turn On” on the Facebook Messenger for Firefox Page, and Facebook chat and updates pop up right in the sidebar of Firefox.
Here’s how it works:
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Marrying social with browsing
As shown in the video above, when the feature is enabled, you’ll get a social sidebar which includes Facebook updates and chat, and you can like new comments, tag photos, and get notifications for messages, friend requests and more, turning Firefox into a little Facebooking machine.
The company says the integration is the beginning of making the browser more social, adding that more support for other features and multiple providers is on the way.
“Mozilla is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web,” the company said in a statement, “and we can’t wait to see what cool Web experiences developers will build on our Social API. We want to build a social standard for the Web to give developers more opportunities and users more choice, much like we did with our work on OpenSearch. Imagine using the Firefox sidebar, toolbar buttons and even an AwesomeBar button for news, music, finances, email, group projects and more.”
When users do not wish to be available, Facebook Messenger can be disabled altogether, or simply “hide” the sidebar which will put it away and stop notifications so you can focus.
Google chrome keeps getting faster and faster
When people get frustrated with the speed of their internet, they often blame their service provider, but the culprit could be an outdated web browser. Google Chrome continues to get faster and faster over time, while others appear to be degrading.
Not all browsers are created equal
How do you decide which browser to use? Do you use Internet Explorer because it’s what you’ve always used? How about Firefox? Do you use it because it’s potentially the most common and your contacts have recommended it? Or, do you use Chrome because it’s new and fresh? There are other browsers, but these are some of the main ones. The truth is that all browsers are not created equal. Which browser you choose ultimately depends on what you want out of it.
Let’s take a quick look at Chrome, namely its speed. According to the Google Chrome Blog, one of Chrome’s core principles is speed. As such, Google tests and improves Chrome’s speed regularly. And regularly for Google means every six weeks. They liken it to a car mechanic who comes to replace your engine every six weeks. However, it seems as though Chrome is simply enhanced every six weeks, not completely replaced.
How Chrome is increasing its speed
One way that Chrome continues to increase speed is to diminish and severely lessen wait times, including waiting for the browser to start up and waiting for a dialog box to completely open and load. Chrome has also enabled tests to automatically detect when there is a code issue that slows or may slow it down, both in the long term and in the short term.
When it comes to browsers, you definitely have options. But, if you want speed and precision, it looks like Chrome might be a great option. They’ve already made great progress and improvements, but the best part is that they promise to continue making progress. Just because they are fast today doesn’t mean they aren’t striving to be even faster tomorrow, making Chrome a great browser for both your professional and personal lives.
Privacyfix: browser extension shows who’s tracking you, what to do about it
Everyone knows that by the mere act of using the web, we are all leaking information like a sieve, but Privacyfix shows you where the leaks are and how to fix them.
Do you really know who is tracking you online?
Online privacy. It’s a major issue that can be confusing, frustrating, and very violating. You already know that you can adjust your privacy settings on sites like Google, Twitter, and Facebook, but do you know which changes will affect which information on your account? The more concerning question is do you know which sites are tracking you and storing your information? Well, there’s a free solution – Privacyfix, a Chrome and Firefox extension.
In order to keep yourself and your private information protected and secure and still be able to use your favorite sites, it’s crucial that you understand every site’s privacy settings. Just a few tweaks here and there can fortify your browsing experience and give you peace of mind. The truth is, most of the sites you probably visit track you one way or another. Some want to see what you’re searching for and which sites you’re visiting and others will use targeted ads based on content in your sent and received emails. These sites make ample money off of your information, and it’s time to take back the control.
Privacyfix goes one step further
Privacyfix will show you what information is being tracked and which site is doing the tracking. But Privacyfix takes it one step further. It will actually provide you with a detailed list of which privacy settings you need to update to protect certain types of information. Privacyfix gives you the information you need to make the right privacy changes. These sites shouldn’t be given access and permission to track you by default. But, unfortunately, that’s how it usually works. You can put an immediate stop to it by simply using this free extension for either Firefox or Chrome.
Our modern times have shown us that some people are unworried and completely open to sharing every detail of their private lives with a world of strangers. And, let’s be honest; this is incredibly dangerous, no matter if you’re using it for personal or professional purposes. Information is king, but there should be some separation between your professional life and your home life with your loved ones. Too much of your information out in the open can lead to more trouble than it’s worth.
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