Google

Google flips switch on Chrome's newest defensive technology

With 'Site Isolation' in use, the browser should be better protected from Spectra-like attacks designed to steal info such as log-on credentials

Command-line

How to check the security of your Google Chrome extensions

The other day, a friend called me and said that his Google Chrome browser is acting weirdly and may need reinstalling. According to him, every time he searched for something on Google some unknown website appeared with suspicious results. I asked him to remove every Chrome extension and only add …

Tech Trends

Switching to a Chromebook? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’re considering making the switch from a traditional PC (or Mac) to a Chromebook, you may be concerned about the transition. Not to …

Software

The original Amazon Echo: Is it time to upgrade?

If you were one of the lucky ones like me, then you managed to snag the original Amazon Echo for $99 shortly after Amazon first introduced it at the end of 2014. Back then, you had to request an invitation to make the purchase -- the team at Amazon wasn't sure of how much demand there'd be for …

Smart Homes

Google Roundup: Eight New Features Plus A Major Security Upgrade For Chrome

Google was busy this week with upgrades and new features for its apps and devices, and a major security update for the Chrome browser. Here are some of the changes Google rolled out recently.<p><b>Google Home supports URL and iCal calendars</b><p>The Assistant in Google Home will now tell you about events from …

Tech Trends

Google Chrome Has A Nasty Surprise

With over 60% market share, Chrome is the undisputed king of web browsers. A key factor behind this is Google’s commitment to keeping it seamlessly updated with essential fixes and optimisations, but now the company has admitted Chrome’s latest upgrade comes with an unavoidable nasty</i> …

Google Chrome

A look at Chrome’s new tab design

Chrome's big UI revamp takes gets another version on nightly builds.<p>Chrome is getting a major redesign soon, and this week new changes have started …

Tech Trends

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Rumored specs, price, release date

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, as they're assumed to be called, could be radically different phones compared to their predecessors, the current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.<p>Google went through a bit of its own shakeup when it acquired HTC's phone hardware team in September 2017, which it has since folded …

Mobile Technology

Google Chrome UPDATE: Users warned as huge change coming they may NOT like

GOOGLE • GETTYGoogle Chrome - Users have been warned about big changes coming to the internet browser<p>Google Chrome fans have been put on alert about …

Google Chrome

Google Chrome's number-one competitor claims it fixes one of the biggest problems with Chrome -- here's how to see if works for you

It’s conventional wisdom that Google’s Chrome web browser is often the culprit when your computer slows down.<p>Chrome is often known as a “memory hog,” …

Software

How to set up a VPN on Android, iOS, Windows, Chrome OS…

The easiest way to set up a VPN on any platform is to use an app from your provider. Download it to your device, type in your username, password, and other required info, and you’re good to go.<p>However, not all providers offer apps for every platform. The software may be available for Windows, but …

Information Systems

Chrome OS may let you resize picture-in-picture windows for Android apps

Google announced in May that Chrome OS would get picture-in-picture mode for Android apps with the Android P update. The company has been testing the …

Android News

What makes a Chromebook so secure?

One of the things you'll see written whenever there's talk about Chromebooks is how secure the platform is. If you're <i>into</i> computers or software …

Android News

New FCC rule to simplify internet deployment addresses big Google Fiber ‘obstacle’

Google Fiber set out to disrupt the ISP industry eight years ago, but has since scaled down its ambitions. Among other factors, physically deploying fiber served as a big obstacle to Google’s plans. The FCC is now set to approve a system that could increase high-speed broadband deployment across …

Tech Trends

Surface Go vs. Chromebook: Which is better for you?

Microsoft's Surface Go is going to be available soon, and it's an intriguing device: $400 gets you a well-built tablet with full Windows. You can use …

Windows 10

Why wait for Prime Day? Amazon Echo Show now as low as $100

Happy Friday, friends! Just a quick reminder that on Monday and Tuesday, newsletter subscribers will receive two Cheapskate emails: one for the daily deal, one for Prime Day stuff. (Haven't subscribed yet? Head to the subscriptions tab on your CNET Profile page, then scroll down to the Deals …

Smart Homes

How to Speed Up Your Chromebook

When you first cracked the box for your Chromebook, it was new and snappy. But over time, it’s gotten sluggish and frustrating. If you’re looking to …

Chromebook

Google Chrome's new protection against Meltdown and Spectre bugs will slow your computer down

Good news! Google has added new safeguards to its Chrome web browser to protect you from the critical Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities …

Google Chrome

Should you buy the Google Pixelbook or Microsoft Surface Pro?

If you're in the market for a Chrome OS device, the Google Pixelbook is one of the best ones you can currently get. The Pixelbook is ultra-fast, has …

Android News

Google Chrome Will Hog 10 Percent More RAM Thanks To Spectre Patch

The good news is that Google has a patch for their Chrome browser that is supposed to protect against Spectre. The bad news is that it took them …

Google Chrome

Google Pixelbook vs Samsung Chromebook Pro: the best Chromebooks compared

By David Nield<p>If you're after a lightweight Chromebook for your next computer you're spoilt for choice: plenty of manufacturers now have laptops …

Chromebook

107: Android notification rumors, Multi-controller in Daydream, Fuchsia Friday | 9to5Google Daily

Today we’ve got our Alphabet Scoop where we talked about a rumored overhaul to Android notifications, multiple controller support in Daydream, our Google Podcasts review, Fuchsia Friday from our Kyle Bradshaw, and the top Google deals from 9to5Toys.<p>9to5Google Daily is available on Google Play, …

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Google's Spectre Fix Increases Chrome RAM Usage by 10 Percent - ExtremeTech

Google’s Spectre Fix Increases Chrome RAM Usage by 10 Percent<p>By on July 13, 2018 at 9:02 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on …

iOS

Motorola joins Android Go w/ new Moto E5 Play variant for Latin America, Europe

With rumors that Samsung is expected to release its first Android Go phone, Motorola today announced a variant of the Moto E5 Play that takes advantage of Google’s optimized version of Android for low-end devices.<p>Unveiled in April along with the G6 line, the E5 is one of the Lenovo company’s most …

Tech Trends

YouTube widely rolling out full bleed video thumbnails on Android [Gallery]

Earlier this week, we spotted YouTube for Android testing full-width video thumbnails in various feeds throughout the app. Today, this new design is widely rolling out for an immersive full bleed look.<p>All video thumbnails in YouTube previously featured a consistent white border. Now, these cover …

Android News

Fuchsia Friday: ‘Cobalt’ is OS-wide Google Analytics

We all know Google is in the business of analytics, whether it’s as a service to help web developers or to help improve the relevance of ads you’re shown. Android developers even have the option of putting Google Analytics into their apps to better understand their users actions and decisions.<p>It …

Google Analytics

Google loses head of Pixel Visual Core, Titan, and other chip development to Facebook

As Google doubles downs on consumer hardware with the Pixel and Home, in-house chip development becomes increasingly important in order to own the entire stack and create an optimized experience. Those efforts might’ve taken a blow recently as Facebook poached an important Googler working on …

Wear OS

A guide to buying a Chromebook

Laptops are still a popular gadget despite the rise of smartphones and the threat of tablets.

Business (New Zealand)

Google app 8.12 preps deprecating ‘Feed’ widget, Podcasts episode search [APK Insight]

The latest beta version of the Google app is rolling out this afternoon after skipping a release last week. Version 8.12 details how the last remnant of Google Now will soon be killed, while there are minor tweaks to Podcasts and Lens.<p><b>About APK Insight</b>: In this ‘APK Insight’ post, we’ve decompiled …

Apps

Multiple controller support is coming to Daydream according to latest Google VR SDK

Just before I/O 2018, Google and Lenovo launched the first standalone Daydream headset with the Mirage Solo VR. We noted in our review that this impressive hardware is limited by the app ecosystem, but upcoming support for multiple controllers in Daydream might allow for more applications.<p>“Multiple …

Virtual Reality