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Google I/O 2014 - Just how powerful is Google's web browser on mobile? Very powerful - with over 300 million users using the browser on their mobile devices each and every day.
This number might just pass you by, but keep in mind that this time last year Google had just 27 million monthly users on Chrome for mobile. This is a 10 fold increase, something that everybody needs to sit up and take notice of. Google is truly dominating the web browser game on both the desktop and mobile.
Google Voice Search is the most used feature on my HTC One M8, and has been on my previous two phones as well. In fact, I use all of Google's voice command features so much, that I forget how to type on my phone's keyboard sometimes. During last years Google I/O conference the company announced that Voice Search was coming to Chrome, and followed through on that promise in February of this year for Chrome Beta users.
Today Google announced that it has released Google Voice Search for Chrome to everyone running the latest version of its Chrome browser. To use the new feature, users simply have to say OK Google when opening a new tab. Depending on the question, Google may respond audibly or return search results in the browser. At the moment, the feature only works for users with Chrome set to the English language, but it will be expanding to other languages in the future.
After more than a year of steady development, Google has finally added its Google Now service to the stable channel of Google Chrome for Mac and PC. Today Google announced that it has finally refined Google Now for the desktop enough to include it in the next stable release of its Chrome browser for Windows and Mac, and says it will begin rolling out in the next few days.
Once the feature has been added to the Chrome browser on your device, you can turn it on by signing into the same Google account you use on your Android or iOS device. This will sync your Google Now cards, searches, and other relevant data to your PC or Mac. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage location settings for each PC, Mac device, and mobile device you use the service on to ensure accurate results.
Unreal Engine 4 is quite a beautiful engine, requiring some heavy hardware to get it running, but running it within a browser? Well, Mozilla has done just that with its Firefox browser.
Mozilla released a video showing Unreal Engine 4 running from its Firefox web browser to demonstrate "the power of the Web as a platform for gaming." The video above shows off Epic Games' "Soul" and "Swing Ninja" demos powered by Unreal Engine 4. These videos mark the first time we've seen UE4 running within a web browser without plugins, and according to the post, the engine is being designed to scale between everything: consoles, mobile devices, PC and of course, the web.
Mozilla's CTO and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Brendan Eich, said: "This technology has reached a point where games users can jump into via a Web link are now almost indistinguishable from ones they might have had to wait to download and install." Epic Games' Tim Sweeney joined in, where he said: "We were blown away by what this Mozilla-pioneered technology achieved with Unreal Engine 3 on the Web, so we had no hesitation in working with Mozilla to port Unreal Engine 4. We believe the Web has a crucial part to play in the future of game development and deployment, and Mozilla has proven it is the catalyst to make this happen."
The Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 Web browser reportedly had a flaw that allowed U.S. military veterans and French aerospace workers to be targeted. The Veterans of Foreign Wars non-profit group has reported the use of malicious code on its site, and federal agencies are now investigating the security incident.
"Microsoft is aware of limited, targeted attacks against Internet Explorer 10," the company said in a statement. "Our initial investigation has revealed that Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 are affected."
Security group Websense identified the same type of code on a website belonging a French aerospace organization - and a similar attack could be linked to an attack on the Japanese financial industry, which was blamed on possible Chinese cyber criminals.
Even though both IE9 and IE10 featured the unpatched vulnerability, hackers were only targeting IE10 users.
Today, Mozilla announced that it will soon begin selling ads within Firefox, its internet browser. This announcement serves as a followup on an earlier announcement made by the company last year when it said that its browser would begin blocking third-party advertising software automatically by default, something that sent the online advertising industry ablaze with chatter on the topic.
Mozilla says that the ads will appear within Firefox's "New Tabs Page," and will feature both locally targeted as well as mass market ads via a new initiative called "Directory Tiles." Mozilla unveiled a beta version of the Directory Tile system last year for users who opted in to receiving tailored content delivered to them based on their browsing history, and the company says that from its testing, it now sees more than 100 billion "tile impressions" annually. This opens up a big advertising niche that Mozilla hopes to capitalize on.
"Some of these tile placements will be from the Mozilla ecosystem, some will be popular websites in a given geographic location, and some will be sponsored content from hand-picked partners to help support Mozilla's pursuit of our mission," Mozilla said in a blog post. "The sponsored tiles will be clearly labeled as such, while still leading to content we think users will enjoy." A spokes person for Mozilla followed up by saying: "We are looking to partner with like-minded content owners and creators, such as leading publishers and curators as well as innovative advertising agencies."
Today, Google announced that its engineers working on the company's Chrome Browser have built-in a new feature that automatically warns users of changes made to browsing settings by malicious software. The announcement came via a blog post from Linus Upson, Google's vice president of Engineering.
"Despite this, settings hijacking remains our number one user complaint. To make sure the reset option reaches everyone who might need it, Chrome will be prompting Windows users whose settings appear to have been changed if they'd like to restore their browser settings back to factory default," said Upson. "If you've been affected by settings hijacking and would like to restore your settings, just click "Reset" on the prompt below when it appears."
The blog post went on to say that resetting everything back to original defaults will disable all user-installed extensions, apps and themes, and that users will need to re enable them if they wish to continue using them. Google made no mention on how this new feature will affect extensions and apps that inject ad-ware such as popups and audio onto the users screen, but we sincerely hope that it marks them as malware as well.
Microsoft Internet Explorer is still the No. 1 Internet browser based on overall market share, but continues to battle heavily against critics. Since the launch of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft has worked diligently, listening to user input and making drastic changes to overhaul the browser.
As part of the company's "Rethink" campaign, Microsoft wants to show Internet users the benefits of 3D graphics rendering and an innovative touch-based user experience. In addition, the company is opening up to web developers hoping to optimize code for modern Internet browsing that continually changes.
"What if Internet Explorer could show you a web that did things you didn't think were possible?" Microsoft noted on the Rethink website. "From gaming to entertainment, we are helping to create entirely new experiences on the Web that are fast, beautiful and perfect for touch. See for yourself..."
Microsoft continues to fight back against Firefox, Chrome and other competitors, capturing 57.91 percent of the market. Firefox is No. 2 with 18.35 percent and Chrome has 16.22 percent of the market, as Microsoft continues to ask for feedback from users.
Google has pushed out an update to its popular web browser, Chrome, bringing it up to version 32. Chrome 32 includes tab indicators, a new look for Windows 8 Metro mode, and an automatic blocking of malware downloads.
The tab indicators function is the stand out feature here, where Chrome will now indicate which tab among your sea of tabs, is producing sound. This is great if there's a video ad playing on one of your tabs, but you don't know where. Now you just have to look for a speaker icon on your tab, and you can shut it down. Not only that, but Chrome 32 will display which tab is using your webcam, or casing your TV through Chromecast.
If you're a Windows 8 user, Chrome now looks much better on Microsoft's latest OS. It looks exactly like Chrome OS within Windows 8, which is a little sneaky of the Mountain View-based search giant. But, this is a feature that might push me to testing out a Windows 8.1-based machine, because I'm so intertwined into Google's countless services.
Today Google announced that it has began cracking down on multifunction extensions for its Chrome web browser. These type of browsers typically slow down a users machine by consuming massive amounts of system resources even while at idle.
A new Chrome Web Store policy has been put into place that states that all extensions must be designed with a single purpose, and extensions that do not fit the bill will be removed from the Web Store. Single-purpose design for extensions has "always been the intent of the Chrome extension system," Google's, Erik Kay, writes in a blog post. "These multi-purpose extensions can crowd your browser UI and slow down your web browsing - sometimes significantly. We're making this policy change to fix these problems and give users more control over their browsing experience,"