Chrome for iOS gains a cool tab-switching gesture

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

Just days after updating Chrome for iOS with the ability to swipe right or left to navigate backward or forward, the search giant issued another app refresh this morning.

Bumped to version 44.0.2403.67, Chrome’s added a handy shortcut to switch between open tabs without having to reach for an icon in the upper right corner with your thumb.

Google’s mobile browser for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available at no cost in the App Store. Read More


Google finally updates Chrome for iOS with swipe to navigate

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2015

File this one under the “better late than never” drawer. It only took like nearly two years since iOS 7’s debut but Google has at long last given users of its Chrome for iOS browser the ability to swipe right or left to navigate backward or forward.

The iPhone and iPad browser, now bumped to version 44.0.2403.65, also brings stability improvements and bug fixes while laying the groundwork for another major feature addition: Physical Web integration in the Notification Center’s Today view.

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How to halve your data usage on Chrome for Mac, iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2015

Google’s Chrome browser includes a handy feature designed to decrease bandwidth usage by up to fifty percent for mobile users on very slow networks. Called Data Saver, it works by passing webpages you visit to Google servers that compress graphics and other web content.

You can even tell Data Saver to replace the originally requested image with a small placeholder graphic, if the original image is likely not a crucial element of the page.

Here’s how you can reduce the amount of data that Chrome uses on your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad by enabling Data Saver mode to cut your bandwidth usage up to fifty percent, and even more. Read More


How to enable Google Chrome’s new MacBook battery-saving feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

There’s no denying Google Chrome is brutal on notebook battery life. Don’t get me wrong, Chrome is a great browser and used to be my daily driver.

That was before OS X Yosemite came along with Safari Power Saver, a tremendously useful feature that stops power-hungry plug-ins like Adobe Flash from rendering animations and interactive elements on webpages. In case you didn’t know, Chrome has a built-in Flash Player which takes a toll on battery life and sends your notebooks’s fan into overdrive.

But worry not, Google has enabled a power-saver feature of its own in a recent Chrome update. In this post, I’m going to explain how you can enable it in order to instantly improve your MacBook’s battery performance. Read More


You’ll soon be able to open iOS app content straight from Google Search

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2015

Google will soon start indexing iOS apps, allowing you to open content in your favorite apps straight from Google Search, the company announced Wednesday.

Google has been indexing content from Android apps for a while and now it’s about to help Apple fans discover relevant content from iPhone and iPad applications, right inside search.

“Starting today, we’re bringing App Indexing to iOS apps as well,” the company announced. “This means users on both Android and iOS will be able to open mobile app content straight from Google Search.” Read More


Chrome for iOS gains Today widget, 1Password and LastPass support, pull to reload and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Google on Thursday issued an update to its Chrome browser for the iPhone and iPad. Available free of charge on the App Store, Chrome now lets you start using the app faster by providing a nifty little Today widget in the Notification Center with handy shortcuts to quickly access the voice search feature and tab creation functionality.

Moreover, the browser now plays nice with iOS 8’s App Extensions, starting with support for 1Password and LastPass extensions so you can use your previously stored passwords on websites. Read More


How to run Android apps like WhatsApp and Instagram on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 5, 2015

ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, is a tool that allows you to run many Android apps right on a desktop machine. For the most part, the apps look and function like they do on an Android phone or tablet.

Why is this so cool? Well, it means that you can now have access to whole variety of new apps. Some apps, like WhatsApp, have no native desktop counterpart, so it’s especially nice for apps like these.

While it isn’t a perfect 1:1 solution, and some apps outright don’t work, it’s worth trying if there’s an app that you want that isn’t otherwise available on the desktop. In this post and video, we’ll walk you through the steps of configuring Google’s ARC Welder tool, and show you how to run multiple applications as well.

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Google unveils Chromebit, full Chrome-on-a-stick computer under $100, and other new Chromebooks

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

If you need an on-the-fly computer or cannot afford a traditional desktop or notebook, Google may have just the right answer for you.

Unveiled Tuesday, the new Chromebit is a whole new kind of Chrome OS computer on a stick that plugs right into your TV or any HDMI-enabled display.

Similar to a plethora of inexpensive Android computers on HDMI-enabled thumb sticks, the Chromebit is just as portable as it is functional. It comes in your choice of three colors and is priced under $100. Read More


Chrome for iOS refreshed with Material Design, Handoff, iPhone 6 support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2015

Google on Tuesday issued a much appreciated refresh to its Chrome mobile browser for the iPhone and iPad. Chrome version 40 brings out a reworked appearance built around Material Design, Google’s guidelines for the look and feel of software across mobile, desktop and the web.

Material Design in Chrome brings “bold graphics, fluid motion and tactile surfaces,” as per release notes accompanying the 58-megabyte download.

In addition to Material Design, the new Chrome also supports Handoff, an iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite feature allowing you to start browsing on your iPhone or iPad and pick up on your Mac’s default browser right where you left off. Read More


Google’s new Bookmark Manager surfaces in latest Chrome Beta

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2014

Following Wednesday’s release of a stable version of the 64-bit edition of Google Chrome for Mac, the Internet giant issued a new version of Chrome Beta for Mac, Windows and Linux that includes an all-new Bookmark Manager feature that previously leaked via screenshots (it was called Stars).

With Bookmark Manager, it will be a lot easier for Chrome fans to manage their saved bookmarks, delete unwanted ones, file them under folders and more.

And when creating a new bookmark, Chrome will let you select an image and add a note or snippet so you can find it more quickly later. “Google will also suggest a folder if it seems like it could be a fit,” the team said in a blog post. Read More


64-bit version of Google Chrome for Mac launches

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2014

After releasing 64-bit Chrome for Windows and a beta version of Chrome for Mac with 64-bit support back in August, Google today announced that the app is out of beta and available to everyone.

Public release of the 64-bit Chrome for Mac edition marks the end of the road for 32-bit NPAPI (Netscape Plug-in APIs) plugins as the Internet company now requires developers to provide their extensions with 64-bit support.

Most users shouldn’t be affected, however, because the vast majority of plugins and extensions are readily available in both 32-bit and 64-bit form. Chrome 39.0.2171.65 (Google, we need to talk about version numbers!) also includes more than three dozen under the hood changes for stability and performance and comes with a set of new APIs allowing extension developers to take advantage of new features. Read More


This Chrome extensions lets you open Google Drive files in compatible Mac apps

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2014

Google on Wednesday announced a new extension for the Chrome browser which makes it easy to open files stored in your Google Drive in compatible applications on your Mac or Windows PC.

“This includes apps like advanced image and video editing software, accounting and tax programs, or 3D animation and design tools,” wrote the search firm in a blog post.

Simply right-click on the file from Google Drive and select “Open with” to see a list of applications on your computer that can open it. The extension is called “Application Launcher for Drive” and you can download it for free in the Chrome Web Store. Read More


Google Chrome gains iPhone 6 support, ability to download and open files in Google Drive

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2014

The Internet giant Google on Tuesday issued a small update to its Chrome for iOS browser, adding better support for the “Retina HD” iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screens.

The free download also enables another interesting feature — the ability to download and open files directly in the Google Drive application, if installed on your device. Finally, this release includes customary bug fixes and stability improvements.

Google Chrome is available free in the App Store. Read More


Google updates Chrome for iOS with support for App Extensions in Share menu

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2014

The Internet giant Google on Monday issued a minor update to its Chrome browser for the iPhone and iPad adding support for the new third-party App Extensions in iOS 8 using the multi-purpose Share sheet.

This allows you to download apps which advertise their own extensions and actions to the system, making them available in any app that makes use of the standard Share menu, Chrome included.

This edition of Google’s web browser also includes iOS 8 compatibility as well as stability improvements and bug fixes. Read More


64-bit Chrome for Mac in the works, test drive the beta now

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2014

The search giant Google yesterday posted the first beta of the upcoming Chrome for Mac browser with 64-bit support, following the public release of 64-bit Chrome for Windows earlier this week.

The 64-bit edition of Chrome for Mac was first made available for testing purposes to early adopters earlier this month, via the Mac edition of Chrome Canary.

For those unfamiliar with it, Chrome Canary is an experimental Chrome version for testing upcoming new features in their earliest form, and before they make their way into the beta and then the stable channel.

Mac users on the Chrome beta channel should have been updated to a new 64-bit version of Chrome 38 for Mac. If not, you can download your copy direct from Google and start reaping the benefits of 64-bit browsing. Read More


Google issues iOS 8 fix for Chrome

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

Google’s free Chrome for iOS browser is one of a few dozen popular iPhone and iPad applications that crash or refuse to work properly on iOS 8. And although the second beta of iOS 8 claims improved compatibility with third-party software such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, Chrome still wouldn’t work reliably.

Acknowledging as much, the Internet giant has just issued a minor Chrome for iOS update with stability fixes and “compatibility with new iOS versions”… Read More


Chrome iOS update brings improved handling of search queries and other treats

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2014

Google has issued a brand new Chrome iOS browser version, bringing out several nice-to-haves and refinements to its popular Safari alternative for the iPhone and iPad.

In addition to the usual stability improvements and bug fixes, the new Chrome build 35.0.1916.38, available free in the App Store, improves upon its handling of right-to-left input method for Arabic and Hebrew in Omnibox, which in Google’s parlance stands for the browses combined search and address box.

More importantly, the app will now display your exact search term in Omnibox instead of the long search query URL, just like Apple’s Safari. And upon landing on Google’s redesigned mobile search results page, the browser now makes it easy to refine your search queries and view more results… Read More


You can now open local Mac files with supporting Chrome apps, right in Finder

By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2014

Fans of Google Chrome who run the browser’s Canary edition can now associate local files with Chrome apps, right in their Mac’s Finder. What this does is it lets you open local documents using Chrome apps that run in the browser. This is quite handy if you’ve long gone Google and depend on various web apps. Chrome’s Canary build is aimed at early adopters who are willing to experiment with upcoming new features. But don’t worry, Canary won’t mess up your existing Chrome settings… Read More


Chrome for iOS updated with new feature tour, omnibox improvements

By Cody Lee on Apr 30, 2014

Google rolled out an update for its mobile Chrome browser today, bringing the app to version 34.0.1847.18 (c’mon Google). The update includes a new ‘feature tour,’ which offers new users an overview of the browser, and other minor enhancements.

Among those enhancements is a tweak to Chrome’s omnibox. Autocomplete in the omnibox now supports right-to-left languages, which should appease some international users. There’s also the standard cluster of security, stability, and bug fixes… Read More


How to disable the Google Chrome notifications menu bar icon in OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 29, 2014

I’ll admit it. I’m pretty wishy-washy when it comes to the web browser. I had my longest stint with Safari over the past nine months, but now I’m unceremoniously back with Chrome.

A lot has changed with Chrome since I was regular user. There’s the “new” Chrome notifications menu bar icon that never seems to want to go away. In fact, Google has made it nearly impossible for the average user to disable the icon.

Thankfully, disabling the Chrome notifications menu bar is pretty easy if you know where to look. I’ll show you how to just that via our video walkthrough inside. Read More

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