There are some features in the Chrome browser you’ll want to know about.
Google Chrome’s top 10 hidden features by Daniel Johnson, The Telegraph
“From the iPad interface to quick calculations, Daniel Johnson brings you 10 of Google Chrome’s best hidden features.”
Especially note incognito mode:
if you are concerned about privacy and the amount of information collected by Google when you are browsing, incognito mode stops Chrome from storing information about the websites you have visited. It still has your bookmarks but the sites you visit will not be stored in your browser history.
Use CTRL-Shift-N to open an incognito window.
CNet tested browsers for the iPhone – and, I presume, findings will be true for the iPad.
Safari vs. Chrome vs. Opera: Which is the fastest iOS browser?, Sharnon Vatkin, CNet (Mar 4)
Video is fun to watch, so I won’t feel bad telling you that Chrome is the fastest!
Really – there is an extension for the Firefox browser that lets you search Google anonymously – even if you are signed into your Google account. It’s called Searchonymous: it blocks cookies.
Searchonymous Searches Google Anonymously While Signed In, Mihir Paktar, Lifehacker (Feb 15)
Someday soon when you click on new tab in Firefox you’ll see – ads – they are to be called directory tiles – and they are targeted at new users or new Firefox installs. They will gradually morph into items of more interest to you (guess how they know that!). Well – all that empty real estate – wonder that no one did this sooner.
Mozilla to sell New Tab page ads in Firefox, Seth Rosenblatt, CNet (Feb 11)
“Paid advertisements are on their way to Mozilla Firefox’s New Tab page in an attempt to show more sites to first-time browser users.”
Called Directory Tiles, the initiative will use a combination of sponsored sites, popular sites based on geographic location, and Mozilla ecosystem items to fill in blank New Tab pages. Currently, the nine empty boxes on a new New Tab page fill in over time with sites culled from the user’s browsing history, frequently visited sites, and bookmarks.
Brace yourself, Firefox users – Mozilla is rolling out an entirely new look and set of features for the Firefox browser it has code named Australis. The good news is that Firefox will go mobile.
Firefox’s new interface is almost here by Seth Rosenblatt,l CNet (Feb 7)
No orange ball in the corner:
In its place, Mozilla has created a more graphics-friendly interface that looks similar across all platforms. The main menu on Windows, Mac, and Linux is hidden behind an Android-style “three horizontal lines” icon, with Settings options given big, touch-friendly, and easily identifiable icons. The curve angles on desktop Firefox tabs look similar, if not identical, to the curve on Firefox for Android, further reinforcing the unified look.
Nice little video to introduce the new interface. Think I’ll have to give up the menu bar.
Soon we’ll be able to get Google Now notifications in the Chrome browser.
Richer Google Now notification system arriving in Chrome by Stephen Shankland, CNet (Jan 31)
The function gets a computer’s location, makes a request to a Google server based on that location, then shows the resulting notification “cards.” That will give Chrome and Chrome OS Android’s capability to show personalized alerts about weather, upcoming appointments and travel, nearby restaurants, and whatever else Google adds to its Now technology
Some browser extensions spy on you and have adware. How To Geek provides a list in Warning: Your Browser Extensions Are Spying On You. This was a sequel to the original report on Chrome extensions.
Will make us think twice about adding any extensions.
Teachers and students will find these five extensions for Chrome listed by the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning useful — http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/12/5-good-chrome-extensions-for-students.html
I think I should add the EasyBib tool for automatically citing web pages. Evernote’s Clearly in on the list too for stripping out distractions on a page and for clipping articles as you read.
Bookmarklets serve a similar function in a browser to plugins without the overhead of plugins. Instead of adding an extension to Firefox, Chrome, or IE, just stick the bookmarklet for a task – such as clipping to Evernote or saving a bookmark to Diigo – in your browser’s link bar. Click on it when you need it.
This article by Ted Currant – Replace your Firefox and Chrome Plugins with Bookmarklets for Cross-Platform Productivity (Dec 16). He lists his favourites – Feedly, Evernote – and links to other articles.
Mozilla is revamping Firefox and the result will make it more like Chrome and IE 10 and more suitable for mobile.
Enter Australis: Mozilla streamlines Firefox’s look by Stephen Shankland, Cnet (Nov 18)
“The new user interface is designed to be faster, easier to use, and suited for a future with Firefox running on phones and tablets, too. As always, though, change means pain.”