Showing posts with label Chrome. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chrome. Show all posts

Wednesday

Which Is The Most Power Efficient & Battery Friendly Browser?

Posted By: Arin Dey - June 22, 2016
We all know that Google's Chrome browser and Mozilla's Firefox have been most used browsers in recent few years. But recently, Microsoft claimed that the recent number 1 browser Chrome may not be a friendly tool for your laptop's battery. In a battery test video, the software giant has pitted its Edge browser against Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers by streaming the same HD video for hours.

Which Is The Most Power Efficient & Battery Friendly Browser?

The below results came up after the test (in hours : minutes : seconds):
  • Chrome: 4:19:50
  • Firefox: 5:09:30
  • Opera: 6:18:33
  • Microsoft Edge: 7:22:07
As per the above results, Microsoft proved that it's Edge browser lasted 70% longer than Chrome. It also claimed that even for non-video tasks, its browser lasts 36 to 53% longer than the rivals.
Microsoft-Edge-power-Consumption-by-Browser
Picture Credit : Microsoft

These tasks, as claimed by the company, include things like opening sites, tabs, reading emails, scrolling articles and watching small videos. Microsoft has also reportedly published data it collected from millions Windows 10 PCs. In a blogpost, the software giant claims, "We designed Microsoft Edge from the ground up to prioritize power efficiency and deliver more battery life, without any special battery saving mode or changes to the default settings."


According to the latest data from NetApplications, Chrome is now the most popular browser in the world. The browser has over 45% share in the market. The biggest loser, according to the study, is Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which went from 41.37% down to 38.6% during the month of May.

Microsoft is working to make Microsoft Edge even more efficient with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update soon. No doubt about that, once immensely popular Internet Explorer is almost dead now and a re-birth has been given as Edge to it. Let's see how it goes in it's journey ahead competing it's rivals.

Thursday

How To Use WhatsApp On Your Web Browser

Posted By: Arin Dey - January 22, 2015
People have beeing trying different approaches to access their WhatsApp app over PC and browser. This time WhatsApp team has made it very easy to connect your web browser to your WhatsApp client on smartphone.

How To Use WhatsApp On Your Web Browser

Prerequisite to use over web browser : You have to have latest WhatsApp version installed on your smartphone or device.

Visit this page on your mobile phone to install the latest version of WhatsApp Messenger. Please note that this feature is available in its latest version only.


How to enable WhatsApp web on your smartphoneWhatsapp blog site reads as "Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser. Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device -- this means all of your messages still live on your phone."

How to enable WhatsApp web on your smartphone :

1. Open WhatsApp on your smartphone.
2. On the top right corner, click on the option
3. On the dropdown menu you will get the WhatsApp Web option.

This will open your camera and will search for a QR code which will be available over Web browser.

How to enable WhatsApp web on Google Chrome browser :

1. Open https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser.
2. You will see a QR code. You need to scan the code inside of WhatsApp.

Now everything you have in your phone's WhatsApp will be mirrored to the browser.
How to enable WhatsApp web on Google Chrome browser

"You have now paired WhatsApp on your phone with the WhatsApp web client. Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for our web client to work, and please make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone. Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations." WhatsApp blog reads.

Now it will be much more easier to interact with your WhatsApp contacts while you are working at your PC as there is a desktop notification option as well in WhatsApp web.

Tuesday

How To Play Dinosaur Game On Offline Chrome

Posted By: Arin Dey - January 20, 2015
Google Chrome usually shows a T-Rex dinosaur when your computer or phone is not connected to the Internet. A developer has invented a game over this offline message. It is considered that this T-Rex dinosaur is not reaching the internet and similarly Chrome is having trouble reaching the Internet.

How To Play Dinosaur Game On Offline Chrome

May be the offline message screen doesn't show you any interest but you will be amazed to play a game using the same screen. You have to press the space bar to activate or in smartphone you have to tap once and your Chrome tab will quickly turn into a wonderful addictive game. The game shows that the T-Rex will run / jump and your mission is to prevent it from hitting or bumping into the saguaros on its way.

The game is written in JavaScript and you can find the complete source code in the Chromium repository. Codepo8 holds the complete credit for the discovery.

The dinosaur game is available in Chrome for Desktop and for Android as well. Here is an amazing option which lets you switch to airplane mode and give it a shot. 

Sunday

Google To Introduce Child-Friendly Versions of Search, YouTube

Posted By: Arin Dey - December 07, 2014
Google has finally concentrating on the large demographic i.e. under age group 12 by introducing a filtered search. Pavni Diwanji, the vice-president of Google engineering told USA TODAY that it has plans to modify all of its most popular products — search, YouTube and Chrome and this time is for children.

Google To Introduce Child-Friendly Versions of Search, YouTube


Diwanji, who is a mom to daughters aged eight and 13, told the publication that “The big motivator inside the company is everyone is having kids, so there’s a push to change our products to be fun and safe for children. We expect this to be controversial, but the simple truth is kids already have the technology in schools and at home. So the better approach is to simply see to it that the tech is used in a better way.”

The project is full-time and Google is eagerly planning it to get set go, Diwanji didn't confirm that when parents can see the new services to be introduced.

She added “We want to be thoughtful about what we do, giving parents the right tools to oversee their kids’ use of our products. We want kids to be safe, but ultimately it’s about helping them be more than just pure consumers of tech, but creators, too.”

Google will definitely be able to make the Internet a little more kid-friendly. What do you think?

Thursday

Google Chrome "Update Server Not Available" Errors

Posted By: Arin Dey - July 03, 2014
Google Chrome has been the user friendly and widely used internet browser in the world. A lot of features are embedded into it to serve its users better and better. It is updated in a regular basis to protect users with security measures and fixing the bugs. But we often see some errors while updating. Sometimes you might see an error when trying to check for updates in Google Chrome's "About Google Chrome" box.
Google Chrome "Update Server Not Available" Errors
Here are the error codes that you usually get during Chrome update.

1. Update server not available (error: 1)

Issue : It means that Google Chrome can't be upgraded in its current directory.

Solution : You have to check which version of Google Chrome you're running by looking at the version number in the About Google Chrome box.

If the box lists something other than "Google Chrome" (e.g. "Chromium"), then this error is expected. Only Google Chrome supports updating. You can download Google Chrome from http://www.google.com/chrome. Chromium is what you get if you download the source code and build the browser yourself, or copy a build from someone who built it from the source.

2. Update server not available (error: 3)

Issue : It means that Google Chrome fails to communicate with Google Update.

Solution : You have to check if you're running Vista/ 7 and you have configured Google Chrome to always run as administrator. This is a known issue with the Google Chrome auto-updating mechanism and can be avoided by simply running Google Chrome as a normal user.

3. Update server not available (error:4)

Issue : It means some unexpected issue.

Solution :  Check the details in help forum.

4. Update server not available (error: 7)

Issue : It means the update was downloaded successfully, but it failed to install properly.

Solution : You can try restarting your computer. Then check your Windows Task Manager and see if GoogleUpdate.exe or GoogleUpdateOnDemand.exe appears in the list of processes. Then you can try updating again through the browser again.

Checking for update never completes

In case you observe the message "Checking for updates" and a little icon that spins forever, it means that Google Update was unable to communicate with Google Chrome. 

The ultimate solution for this issue is you must be using the latest version of Google Chrome, You can download from http://www.google.com/chrome.

If these steps don't fix the problem, you are required to report the problem to Google Chrome team and wait for an update on that issue.

Sunday

Can Google Chrome Listen To You?

Posted By: Arin Dey - January 26, 2014
A very shocking fact was found for vulnerability in Google’s Chrome browser which allows websites to listen aka record a user through computer’s microphone secretly. Researchers have found that a software was made, which works on principle of speech recognition. 


Tal Ater, a program developer on speech recognition discovered the exploit in Chrome’s speech recognition software on September 13, 2013. Within 10 days of the incident, Google released a patch on September 24, 2013.

Ater writes in a blog post, "On Sept. 24, a patch which fixes the exploit was ready, and three days later my find was nominated for Chromium’s Reward Panel (where prizes can go as high as $30,000). Google’s engineers, who’ve proven themselves to be just as talented as I imagined, were able to identify the problem and fix it in less than two weeks from my initial report. I was ecstatic. The system works. But then time passed, and the fix didn’t make it to users’ desktops. A month and a half later, I asked the team why the fix wasn’t released. Their answer was that there was an ongoing discussion within the Standards group, to agree on the correct behavior — ‘Nothing is decided yet.’”

As per Google, the fix was released but never implemented because Chrome complies with regulatory guidelines despite the vulnerability.

Google expressed the below statement to Engadget:

“The security of our users is a top priority, and this feature was designed with security and privacy in mind. We’ve re-investigated and this is not eligible for a reward, since a user must first enable speech recognition for each site that requests it. The feature is in compliance with the current W3C specification, and we continue to work on improvements.”

How about the bug on Chrome and how the exploit works?

Various malicious sites use pop-under windows which enables it to listen to Chrome users even after they have closed that website page or even closed the main browser window.

Ater added that “This window can wait until the main site is closed, and then start listening in without asking for permission. This can be done in a window that you never saw, never interacted with, and probably didn’t even know was there. To make matters worse, even if you do notice that window (which can be disguised as a common banner), Chrome does not show any visual indication that Speech Recognition is turned on in such windows — only in regular Chrome tabs.”

Ater published a video on Youtube, which shows how the exploit works.

Thursday

How To Save Data With Chrome in Android & iOS

Posted By: Arin Dey - January 16, 2014
The search giant Google will release an update to the mobile version of Chrome. This release is to decrease data usage while browsing by as much as 50%.


Google said in its blog post, "Chrome’s data compression and bandwidth management can reduce data usage by up to 50% while browsing the web on Chrome for Android and iOS. 

How To Enable It ?

Google's Chrome instruction : To start saving data and turn on an even more secure browsing experience, visit “Settings” > “Bandwidth management” > “Reduce data usage.” Then simply turn the toggle to “On.” From this menu, you’ll also be able to track how much bandwidth you save each month as you browse on Chrome."

Image Credit: Google

Next iOS update will also introduce Google Translate which translates webpages while browsing like It does on the desktop and Android versions of Chrome. The Android version of Chrome will add home-screen shortcuts.

Hope you are excited enough to try the features on your Android and iOS devices. You can download the latest releases of Chrome for Mobile (coming soon) to the Play Store and App Store. All the new features and updates will be rolling out in next few days as promised by Google.

Saturday

Google Chrome Is Now The Most Popular Web Browser

Posted By: Poketors - June 02, 2012
Global Stats from StatCounter published a report which says Google Chrome is fast approaching and the most popular Web browser worldwide. Last week, Google Chrome surpassed Microsoft Internet Explorer for the first time with 32.76 percent market share, while Internet Explorer dipped to 31.94 percent. Currently both are having a difference of less than a percentage in market share.


StatCounter is a free, online visitor stats tool. The StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected by StatCounter on a sample exceeding 15 billion pageviews per month collected from across the StatCounter network of more than 3 million websites.

Last year, Internet Explorer was leading the web browser market share with 43 percent, followed by Mozilla Firefox with 29 percent, and Chrome at the third position with 19 percent.

Even though Chrome is now leading worldwide, Internet Explorer still leads in the USA with 37 percent, while Chrome is only 23 percent, followed by Mozilla Firefox 22 percent.

Friday

Google Launched Chrome Browser for Android

Posted By: Poketors - February 10, 2012
Google has launched Chrome for Android Beta, which runs on your Android 4.0. It means that it only works on Ice Cream Sandwich OS phone or tablets. Chrome for Android Beta is focused on speed and simplicity, but it also features seamless sign-in and sync so you can take your personalized web browsing experience with you wherever you go, across devices.

Chrome is now available in Beta from Android Market, in select countries (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil) and languages for phones and tablets with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.


Below are the features of the newly launched Chrome for Android :

  • Browse fast with accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
  • Search and navigate directly from the omnibox
  • Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack
  • Sign in to Chrome to sync your bookmarks and view tabs you have open on your computer
  • Send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline
  • Browse privately in Incognito mode
Google Launched Chrome Browser for Android
Image Credit : Google Play
Speed

With Chrome for Android, you can search, navigate and browse fast—Chrome fast. You can scroll through web pages as quickly as you can flick your finger. When searching, your top search results are loaded in the background as you type so pages appear instantly. And of course, both search and navigation can all be done quickly from the Chrome omnibox.

Simplicity

Chrome for Android is designed from the ground up for mobile devices. Google re-imagined 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.

One of the biggest pains of mobile browsing is selecting the correct link out of several on a small-screen device. Link Preview does away with hunting and pecking for links on a web page by automatically zooming in on links to make selecting the precise one easier.

And as with Chrome on desktop, Google built Chrome for Android with privacy in mind from the beginning, including incognito mode for private browsing and fine-grained privacy options (tap menu icon, ‘Settings,’ and then ‘Privacy’).

Signing in

You can now bring your personalized Chrome experience with you to your Android phone or tablet. Sign in to Chrome to bring your open tabs, bookmarks and omnibox data from your computer to your phone or tablet. That way, you have your Chrome, on all of your devices.


If you sign in to Chrome on your Android device, you can:
  • View open tabs: Need to step away from your computer? Access the tabs you have open on your computer right on your phone or tablet and pick up where you left off.
  • Sync bookmarks: Find your bookmarks on all of your devices. Quickly go to your favorite sites, no matter where you are.
  • Get smarter suggestions: Take your omnibox everywhere. Visit a site often on your computer and you’ll get an autocomplete suggestion for it on your phone, so you can spend less time typing.
  • Send to mobile: Send pages from your computer to your phone or tablet with a single click. You can read them on the go, even when you’re offline.
  • Auto sign-in: Automatically sign in to Google sites, like Gmail, for fast and seamless browsing. [source]

Chrome Users To Get Paid Via Google Screenwise Project

Posted By: Poketors - February 10, 2012
Google is building Screenwise, a new panel to learn more about how everyday people use the Internet. With the introduction of this tool, Chrome users to get paid to surf the web using the Chrome browser while sharing data with Google.
As a panelist, you’ll add a browser extension that will share with Google the sites you visit and how you use them. What Google learn from you, and others like you, will help improve Google products and services and make a better online experience for everyone.

Chrome Users To Get Paid Via Google Screenwise Project
Image Credit : Google

Although Google did not announce anything about this project, Google has a page at www.google.com/landing/screenwisepanel.

Google screenwise page is entitled with ‘Help Us Make Google Better’ and it has the following data:


What’s in it for you?  

Up to $25 in gift cards. Our panel management partner, Knowledge Networks, will give you a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card code instantly when you sign up and download the Google Screenwise browser extension.1 Then you’ll get additional $5 Amazon.com Gift Card codes every three months for staying with it.2 It’s our way of saying “Thank you.”

To be eligible to join, you must be 13 or older, have a Google Account (or sign up for one), and be ready to use the Google Chrome browser.

Amazon isn’t involved in the promotion; Google says it’s using the online research firm Knowledge Networks as its “panel management partner” for Screenwise.

Tuesday

How To Access Bookmarks Easily In Chrome

Posted By: Poketors - February 07, 2012
Google Chrome has proved itself as the fastest browser among all the web browsers available over the net. Now in its newly launched features you can access your favourite bookmarks easily, using Speed Dial for Google Chrome extension. The design is really wonderful and very fast too. Here you can set the number of dials in the page, select your desired theme and background image, and now use site logos as your speed dials.

You don't have to keep different tabs or windows open in the browser and instead of that you can revisit web sites quickly by putting them into Speed Dial and those sites are accessible by single click. If you want to open a new tab or window then all your speed dials will be shown as thumbnail previews. Now you can select your site from the list and visit.

Customize of the background color is easy even you can select different themes, also you can put the search box displayed on Speed Dial’s main screen window.

Download Speed Dial for Chrome

How To Access Bookmarks Easily In Chrome

Features are mentioned below:
  • Use site logos as speed dials!
  • Customized dials thumbnail image
  • Edit dials title and url
  • Add new dials directly from the speed dial page
  • Dials thumbnails are updateable (see the options page)
  • Customzie the distance between the dials
  • Speed Dial grid can be set up to 9×9 matrix
  • Bookmarks bar now displays also folders

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