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  1. Google Chrome will soon get faster on Windows, Linux and macOS Last year Google introduced support for “back-forward cache” on Android, which enables instantaneous page loading when users navigate using backward or forward button. As per a new document spotted by us, Google Chrome 92 update will also enable default support for back-forward cache on desktop platforms, such as Windows, Linux and macOS. In Google Chrome, if you open and close a page, it’s immediately unloaded to clear out memory. For nearly two years, Google has been testing back-forward cache
  2. Google Chrome's new privacy feature restricts online user tracking In the latest move to improve the privacy of the Chrome browser, Google is adding support for a new HTML tag that prevents user tracking by isolating embedded content from the page embedding it. Currently, web browsers allow third-party iframes to communicate with their embedding page. This can be done using postMessage, attributes (e.g., size and name), and permissions. With browser developers restricting third-party cookies to prevent user tracking, advertising companies have p
  3. Google Chrome’s media player is getting several new features and improvements Google rolled out new media playback controls for Chrome in January last year. The feature added a new icon next to the address bar for easy access to media playback controls. Recently, Google rolled out an update for the media controls on the Chrome Canary channel, which added a progress bar and dynamic backgrounds to the interface. The company is now working on bringing even more features and improvements to the media player, including an output picker, artwork adjustments, volume controls, and more.
  4. Acid Tabs adds rule-based auto tab groups to Google Chrome Google introduced support for tab groups in the Chrome browser in 2020, a feature , designed to improve the manageability of tabs in the company's browser. Tab Groups enable users to bundle tabs together for better visual distinction. The ability to collapse tab groups was added as well to free up space on the browser's tab bar. Google is testing auto-create functionality and other feature add-ons currently to improve the functionality further. Acid Tabs is a new browser extension for Google Chrome that adds rul
  5. Google Chrome is getting a new Progressive Web App feature As more companies and independent developers are switching to Progressive Web Apps as their preferred solution for native apps, Microsoft and Google are slowly adding new PWA features to improve the web apps experience on Windows and other platforms. For those unaware, Progressive web app, or PWA, is the latest web technology that allows anyone to use web sites as native mobile or desktop apps. In the latest effort to improve the web apps experience, Google appears to be working on a new
  6. Google Chrome Hit in Another Mysterious Zero-Day Attack Google late Tuesday shipped another urgent security patch for its dominant Chrome browser and warned that attackers are exploiting one of the zero-days in active attacks. This is the fourth in-the-wild Chrome zero-day discovered so far in 2021 and the continued absence of IOC data or any meaningful information about the attacks continue to raise eyebrows among security experts. The newest Chrome update -- 90.0.4430.85 -- is available for Windows, Mac and Linux users and is being rolled out via the brows
  7. Google Chrome's upcoming Memories feature will supercharge your browser history Prioritizing open tab and bookmarks over chronological results Searching for websites you know you've saved or seen somewhere in Chrome can be a bit of a hassle despite the handy history overview, accessible via the overflow menu in the top right corner of the interface. When you search through it, it only gives you a chronological view of all the sites you've ever visited, without taking into account if a page is currently opened in a tab or saved as a bookmark. An upcoming feature is
  8. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge zero-day vulnerability shared on Twitter A security researcher has dropped a zero-day remote code execution vulnerability on Twitter that works on the current version of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. A zero-day vulnerability is a security bug that has been publicly disclosed but has not been patched in the released version of the affected software. Today, security researcher Rajvardhan Agarwal released a working proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit for a remote code execution vulnerability for the V8 JavaScript engine in Chr
  9. Google Chrome’s new Live Caption feature rolls out to transcribe speech in videos Google first showcased its amazing Live Caption accessibility feature at Google I/0 2019. The feature was first rolled out to the Pixel phones with Android 10 update and subsequently arrived on many non-Pixel phones, including the Galaxy S20 series, OnePlus 8 series, OnePlus Nord, and more. As the name implies, Live Caption provides real-time captions for audio playing on your device. It works with videos, podcasts, and even phone calls. This comes really handy if you have a hearing impairment or want
  10. Google fixes the third actively exploited Chrome 0-Day since January Google has addressed a new zero-day flaw in its Chrome browser that has been actively exploited in the wild, the second one within a month Google has fixed a new actively exploited zero-day in its Chrome browser, this is the second zero-day issue addressed by the IT giant within a month. The flaw, tracked as CVE-2021-21193, is a use after free vulnerability in the Blink rendering engine. Google addressed the issue with the 89.0.4389.90 version for Windows, Mac, and Linux, which will be
  11. Another Google Chrome 0-Day Bug Found Actively Exploited In-the-Wild Google has addressed yet another actively exploited zero-day in Chrome browser, marking the second such fix released by the company within a month. The browser maker on Friday shipped 89.0.4389.90 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, which is expected to be rolling out over the coming days/weeks to all users. While the update contains a total of five security fixes, the most important flaw rectified by Google concerns a use after free vulnerability in its Blink rendering engine. The bu
  12. Google Chrome to block port 554 to stop NAT Slipstreaming attacks Google Chrome will block the browser's access to TCP port 554 to protect against attacks using the NAT Slipstreaming 2.0 vulnerability. Last year, security researchers disclosed a new version of the NAT Slipstreaming vulnerability that allows malicious scripts to bypass a website visitor's NAT firewall and access any TCP/UDP port on the visitor's internal network. Illustration of the NAT Slipstreaming 2.0 attack As this vulnerability only works on specific ports
  13. Google Chrome is dropping support for some really old CPUs In a policy document, the Chromium development team has announced that they are dropping support for all x86 CPUs which do not have a minimum of SSE3 (Supplemental Streaming SIMD Extensions 3) support, starting in Chrome 89. This generally means pre-Intel Core 2 Duo processors (e.g. Intel Atom and Celeron M processors) with most post-2005 processors supporting SSE3 already. Windows 10 itself only requires SSE2 support. Chrome will start posting a warning with Chrome 87 that support for such hardware w
  14. Google fixes Chrome zero-day actively exploited in the wild Google has addressed an actively exploited zero-day security vulnerability in the Chrome 88.0.4324.150 version released today, February 4th, 2020, to the Stable desktop channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. "Google is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2021-21148 exists in the wild," the Google Chrome 88.0.4324.150 announcement reads. This version is rolling out to the entire userbase during the next days/weeks. Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop users can upgrade to Chrome 88 by going
  15. Yes, I'm actually at the point of paying money to make Google Chrome more tolerable in terms of RAM usage and performance. And so far, it's working out well. I have a love/hate relationship with Google Chrome. On the one hand, I love it a lot. I love the broad ecosystem of extensions, and the compatibility across all the devices I use, regardless of operating system. It's less a browser and more a platform for all I do online. But I also hate it. It's a massive performance hog (and I'm an Adobe Creative Cloud user, so that's saying something). I
  16. How to hide the extension icon (jigsaw) in Google Chrome An extension icon that looks like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle is displayed when you have at least one extension installed in Google Chrome. Google added the icon to the Chrome browser as an experiment initially but has now made it a permanent addition to Chrome. Designed to improve the manageability of browser extensions, it is handy to hide and show individual extension icons, and to access other extension related functions such as opening the preferences of the add-on or removing it from Chrome.
  17. Facebook's API eliminates the trade-off between content loading at once or chunking up work. A Facebook application programming interface called isInputPending will be available in Chrome 87 and may help speed up content loading. The isInputPending API started as an origin trail in 2019 and after feedback Facebook updated. Now the API is available in the Chromium project. Facebook and Chrome engineers worked to move the API through the pipeline. Today, web sites are making a tradeoff between loading content as quickly as possible by doing the wo
  18. Homeland Security cybersecurity agency says update Google Chrome as attackers hone in on new security flaws. Within the space of just three short weeks, Google has patched no less than five potentially dangerous vulnerabilities in the Chrome web browser. These are not your common vulnerabilities either, but rather ones known as zero-days. A zero-day being a vulnerability that is being actively exploited by attackers while remaining unknown to the vendor or threat intelligence outfits. Once the vendor becomes aware of the security flaw, day zero,
  19. In mitigating the risk of the phishing attack variant, Google is following in the footsteps of Safari and Firefox An upcoming update to the Google Chrome browser will tackle the risks associated with reverse tabnabbing attacks. In a tweet dated November 9, Google developer Mike West wrote that Chrome version 88 and beyond would “match Safari and Firefox's behavior of treating target=_blank links as noopener by default”. Chrome 88 is due to be released as a stable build on January 19, 2021. On Chromium’s Gerrit collaboration pa
  20. NetMarketShare announced on Sunday plans to shut down its public browser share reporting tool, which has been available for more than 14 years. Net Applications, the owners of NetMarketShare, is widely known for being a provider of usage share statistics for web browsers and operating systems. According to Net Applications, the data provided by NetMarketShare is a primary source in "tens of thousands of articles and publication". NetMarketShare browser market report The NetMarketShare website is still active, but starting November 1
  21. Google today released Chrome 86.0.4240.183 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to address 10 security vulnerabilities including a remote code execution (RCE) zero-day exploited in the wild. The zero-day was reported by Clement Lecigne of Google's Threat Analysis Group and Samuel Groß of Google Project Zero on October 29, 2020. No details regarding in the wild attacks The RCE vulnerability is tracked as CVE-2020-16009 and it is described as an inappropriate implementation in V8, Google's open-source and C++ based high-performance WebAssembly and JavaScript engin
  22. Google Chrome will now block all offensive site popups Abusive notifications can be used to spread malware or steal user credentials (Image credit: Shutterstock) With the release of Chrome 86 earlier this month, Google is now automatically hiding popups on websites that display abusive notification content to visitors. The search giant first introduced its “quite notification permission UI” back in Chrome 80 and it was later improved upon in Chrome 84 when the company began automatically enrolling sites in its notificati
  23. Google is testing the addition of shopping advertisement cards on Chrome's new tab page Google is testing a way for the new tab page on Chrome to display shopping advertisement cards based on users’ search history and preference. The feature is currently hidden under a flag called ‘NTP Shopping Tasks Module’ (spotted by Techdows) in Chrome Canary which can be enabled from chrome://flags. The flag provides users the ability to even enable recommendations based on fake data for representational purposes. The shopping card
  24. Prosecutors for the Justice Department and state attorney general offices are discussing ways of curbing the search giant's market power as they prepare to sue the company. Justice Department and state prosecutors investigating Google for alleged antitrust violations are considering whether to force the company to sell its dominant Chrome browser and parts of its lucrative advertising business, three people with knowledge of the discussions said Friday. The conversations — amid preparations for an antitrust legal battle that DOJ is expected to begin
  25. Google Chrome 86 is out with password changing improvements and security patches Google released a new version of the company's Chrome web browser on September 6, 2020. The new stable version of the web browser is being rolled out gradually as usually. Desktop users who want the upgrade right away can run a manual check for the update by loading chrome://settings/help in the browser's address bar. Chrome should pick up the update and install it automatically; the version of the browser is revealed on the page as well. Chrome 86.0.4240.75 is
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