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If you're a Google Chrome user, on the 17th of June your browser will have downloaded and installed an audio listener onto your computer as reported by We Are Change.
This was discovered by a user noticing that microphone and audio capture were now switched automatically to "Yes" on their PC, allowing Google to listen in to what's going on through the help of your beloved internet browser without consent.
Said to be added in order to ensure "Ok, Google" working quickly and efficiently, many users are upset about this claimed breach of their privacy as it basically means Google can listen in at any time without asking you to install this update.
Google has recently done the world some good, by detecting and shutting down any unnecessary Flash content in Chrome, which improves battery life on mobile devices and notebooks.
But the company isn't just stopping there, as it's just the first change in Chrome in order to reduce the battery consumption foorprint of its popular browser. Senior Chrome Engineer, Peter Kasting, recently took to Google+ to talk about some of the changes the Mountain View-based search giant is going, which has them starting with how Chrome renders background tabs.
Up until now, Google has rendered all tabs with the same priority, but as you can imagine this isn't great on battery life. From now on, Chrome will be prioritizing foreground tabs over background tabs, which is sure to save some battery life. The team is also working on reducing the CPU usage that is used during Google searchers, by shifting the number of wakes down from around 390, to just 120, cutting CPU usage from 0.3% to 0.1%.
Following our recent news which saw Firefox place 'read-it-later' support directly into the browser, Mozilla has now launched a marketing campaign titled with the slogan 'FoxYeah' in a bid to win over more users.
The spiel at the top of the page reads "know someone who needs to download Firefox? #FoxYeah you do! Go ahead, send them a personal invite below," and seems like a bid to turn its users into some form of fan-boys, advocating for a brand they support.
With panels on the foxyeah.Mozilla website telling users to do things like invite followers, 'invite your peeps' and more, he page continues on for quite some time telling you which people you should invite from random walks of life.
Firefox has added something new, described as the "world's most popular save-for-later service" and going by the name of Pocket.
This service sets out to store any article, video or website you wish for later use, being then saved to your online account and follow you wherever you may go (and log in).
Some people have been arguing that Chrome's restoration of bookmarks, history and more is why they prefer this browser over Firefox and it seems that Mozilla is now adding some new features like this in order to further compete with what Google has to offer.
Google knows that its Chrome browser is a serious consumer of RAM, but the development team is reportedly very aware of this, and are working on lowering Chrome's RAM consumption.
Thanks to a Reddit AMA session, a Chrome for Android engineer said: "We are actively working on reducing battery usage and we are looking into when Chrome is in the foreground and in the background. Since its inception Chrome has been focusing on security and performance of the web across all supported platforms. Performance sometimes has come at the cost of resource usage, but given the importance of the mobile platform this is one of the top things we are looking into".
Google has a serious focus on mobile, but it is not forgetting desktop users at all. As for the desktop side of things, Google added: "We are profiling Chrome to improve our start-up speed and proactively fighting memory bloat and memory leaks. For example, this year the first gesture latency and mean input latency has decreased steadily".
For users wanting to test Microsoft Edge (Project Spartan), it is now available in Windows 10 Technical Preview builds. The new Web browser will be available across all Windows 10 devices, and has been "built for the modern Web."
Features include built-in Cortana, inking capabilities to write or type directly on a page, distraction-free reading, and a custom-built rendering engine. Internet Explorer will be available in Windows 10, but Microsoft wants users to embrace Edge. IE will no longer be the default browser, as Edge looks to phase out IE.
Microsoft may face a difficult challenge convincing IE users to migrate to Edge - and lure Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera users to the browser. The company must offer some type of incentive to get users to give Edge a try, especially if they are familiar using other browsers.
Build 2015 - After months of teasing Project Spartan, the browser that will replace Internet Explorer in Windows 10, Microsoft has unveiled Microsoft Edge during its Build 2015 developers conference.
Microsoft Edge sports a flat, minimalist look with some smart features like Cortana voice commands and annotation for websites. Edge features a new tab page that displays websites alongside useful information like weather, and more. The company is also making it much easier for developers to bring over extensions from competing browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
We should see and hear more about Microsoft Edge as we slide closer towards the release of Windows 10, which is still rumored for July.
With Android Device Manager already being a great tool for Android users in the case of losing their smartphone, Google has gone a few steps further. While Android Device Manager lets you remotely lock the thief out of your device, or even erase information remotely, things have gotten better.
Google has now introduced a new "find my phone" feature that allows you to look for your smartphone directly from the Google search bar. All you have to do is type in "find my phone" into any Google search bar, and it will bring up a map, and display the last known location of your smartphone.
The Mountain View-based search giant has said that this new "find my phone" feature is aimed towards finding your phone when you've only lost it somewhere close, or when you've left it in the car, or at work. The new find my phone feature doesn't have the abilities of wiping or locking your device, but it's a nice convenient step by utilizing the power of the Google search bar.
I've just tested it now, and it works perfectly. Thanks, Google.
Google has just pushed out Chrome 42, which now includes the new Push API and Notifications API. These two new APIs "allow websites to send notifications to web surfers even after they've closed or navigated away from said site", reports Techspot.
The Mountain View-based giant stops websites from being overly forward with its notifications, as it mandates that developers must have consent for permission to its the Push API. If your system doesn't automatically update to Chrome 42, you can always grab the latest version of it, for Windows, from here.
Until now, we've just been told about Microsoft's replacement for Internet Explorer, but now Project Spartan is being blasted out to users running the latest preview of Windows 10.
You'll need the latest preview built (10049) that will include Spartan, where you'll have access to playing around with Cortana and her voice commands, annotation features, and quicker rendering. It's not a polished product by any means, but it gives you the chance to play around with it before Windows 10 launches later this year.