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You Can Shout ‘ENHANCE!’ Like a TV Detective With This Voice-Controlled Browser Game

Half the fun of watching CSI years ago was the over-the-top crime scene technology that detectives had at their disposal. Their impossibly-capable photo-processing software could turn a handful of pixels into a poster-sized print. It was equal parts ridiculous and hilarious, which is probably why this voice-controlled, image-enhancing browser game is so much fun. Read More >>

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Everything You Need to Know About the Plan to Kill Internet Passwords

Passwords just don’t work all that well for our modern-day websites and web apps: They’re insecure, they’re hard to remember, and they’re a lot of hassle to manage for only the basic account protection that they provide. Now Chrome and Firefox are leading the charge to kill off passwords on the web for good. Read More >>

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This Creepy Chrome Extension Pauses YouTube for You When You Look Away

Ever wish your computer would stare back at you while you hunt for that one good SNL skit on YouTube? If “yes” is your answer, do I have the tool for you. Read More >>

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Google Declares Victory for HTTPS in Chrome 69 [Nice]

For a long time, Google and other web-minded businesses like Mozilla have been pushing HTTPS as a way to address the shortcomings and security flaws inherent in HTTP. And if Google’s reports are any indication, it seems to be working based on data claiming that over 82 percent of Chrome pages in the US are loaded over HTTPS. Read More >>

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Signal’s Disappearing Messages Have a Huge Flaw on Macs

A bevy of secure messaging options exist to serve the needs of whistleblowers, journalists, and those wanting greater privacy in general, and among them Signal has become one of the most trusted. It even comes baked in with “disappearing” messages that users can set to self-destruct anywhere from five seconds to one week after they’re checked. Read More >>

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Chrome Is Changing How It Mutes Autoplaying Videos — Again

Google’s quest to kill autoplay videos with sound has been a confusing ride over the last year. But last month, Chrome finally went all the way and started muting autoplaying videos on sites by default. Now, Google is changing the way its mute system works... again. Read More >>

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Here’s What Those New Full-Page Warnings in Chrome Mean

Starting today, Google Chrome users will encounter a full-page warning whenever visiting a website whose SSL certificate is not registered with a public certificate log. Read More >>

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Microsoft Protects Users From Phishing Scams With a Windows Defender Chrome Extension

Phishing scams are pretty dastardly things, and supremely irritating. It's got to the point now where you can't ever trust a link in your inbox, even if everything looks legit. Even GMail's spam filters can't differentiate between scams and genuine emails from Amazon about stuff I've actually ordered. What's more plenty of people still fall for them, which is one of the reasons why Microsoft has gone and released a Windows Defender extension for Chrome. Read More >>

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Google Boots Fake Ad Blockers From Chrome Web Store

A researcher with AdGuard discovered five fake ad-blocking extensions in the Chrome Web Store that used hidden scripts to manipulate users’ browsers. The good news is, after AdGuard published the report, the Chrome team removed all five of the extensions from its store. Read More >>

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Chrome Finally Mutes Autoplay Videos by Default—Here’s How to Make Sure It Works

Well, would you look at that. Google Chrome is finally getting its act together, at least when it comes to all those annoying autoplay videos. Read More >>

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Finally, a Chrome Tablet Worth Getting Excited About

Companies keep trying to make tablets for education happen. Two weeks ago, Acer announced the Chromebook Tab 10, a confusingly named slate running Chrome OS that was designed with students and teachers in mind. Then Apple followed that up with a revamped iPad featuring some new education apps and Apple Pencil support. But to me, neither of these devices truly hit the spot, because they still lack the one feature you need for real productivity: a keyboard. Read More >>

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Google Is Banning All Cryptocurrency Mining Extensions From Chrome Store

A post on Google’s Chromium blog today makes it clear: The search giant won’t allow any new cryptocurrency mining extensions on its browser’s web store, and those already on it will soon get the boot. Read More >>

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The Tabletification of Chrome OS Continues

What started out as a super lightweight OS for low-powered laptops has expanded to run on desktops, pricey 2-in-1s, and even mini PCs, while also adding support for most of your favourite Android apps. But now, it seems Chrome OS is headed to the classroom, in tablet form only, with the oddly named Chromebook Tab 10. Read More >>

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Google’s Big Ad-Blocking Update Comes to Chrome Tomorrow: Here’s What We Know

It’s been in the works for nearly a year and Google’s great ad-pocalypse is now upon us. On Thursday, the Chrome browser will begin to automatically filter out ads that don’t meet certain quality standards. Your browsing experience is about to change a little bit. Here’s what you need to know. Read More >>

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Google Will Soon Start Shaming All Sites That Don’t Use HTTPS as ‘Not Secure’

HTTPS, or the secure version of the ubiquitous Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, can’t solve every problem when it comes to online security. As far as preventative measures go, however, it’s relatively cheap to implement and serves as a strong baseline before tackling other, more difficult issues. Read More >>