Google Chrome and Outlook just got their biggest change EVER on iPhone

Apple started to roll out the latest version of its iPhone operating system, iOS 14, late Wednesday night. While there’s no shortage of exciting new features in the update (we highlighted nine of our favourites here), there is also a fundamental change to the way Apple handles third-party alternatives to its default apps buried in iOS 14.

For the first time, Apple will allow iPhone owners to pick an alternative to its Safari web browser and Mail email client. While alternatives to these apps have existed in the App Store for more than a decade, iPhone owners have never able to set any of them as their default option.

So, when clicking on an email address in a text message – iOS would immediately throw you to Apple Mail. If you wanted to use another email client, you’d need to copy the email address from inside Mail, close the app, load-up your preferred app, paste the address, and start writing your email. Exhausted? Yeah, us too. And the same thing happened with web addresses for websites too – iOS would always throw you to Safari, even if all of your bookmarks, payment details, usernames and passwords were all stored in Chrome.

Thankfully, after thirteen major overhauls to its smartphone operating system, Apple will now allow iPhone owners to choose whether web links should open in Safari or another option, like Chrome, by default. Emails can also be opened or sent from a rival app, like Gmail or Outlook.

Of course, there will be iPhone owners who update to iOS 14 and never even notice this fundamental shift has happened. However, if you’re a keen fan of Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera or another other web browser – or you rely on Outlook or Gmail for work, this is a brilliant change.

And it could also be a huge boost to Google and Microsoft.

For example, while Google Chrome accounts for almost three-quarters of all desktop web browser traffic – and is the default option on the vast majority of Android-powered devices, which is the most widely-used mobile operating system on the planet, it isn’t anywhere near as popular on iOS.

According to analysis by NetMarketShare, Chrome accounts for a measly 5.63 percent of all web browser traffic on iOS, compared with 92.5 percent for Safari. But that could be about to change with the arrival of iOS 14.

Until now, iPhone users would have to manually copy-and-paste links they found in emails or text messages to get them to launch in a new tab in the Chrome browser. Frankly, that’s so time-consuming and frustrating that we’re surprised as many as 5.63 percent of all iPhone owners bother each time they want to check out something online.

For those who use Google Chrome on their MacBook or Windows 10 PC to keep track of their passwords, login details, favourites and more, this is a huge boost. As they’ll now be able to use Chrome in the same way as their other devices – but on the iPhone.

iOS 14: How To Change Default Web Browser From Safari

To switch from Safari to another option, you’ll need to install your web browser of choice from the App Store. After that, head to the Settings app and scroll down the list of installed apps until you find the browser you’ve just installed. Tap on the app and you’ll find an option to change the default. Simply tap on the web browser you fancy – and then you’re done!

The ability to enjoy the same experience as Safari users have enjoyed for years with a third-party option, like Chrome, should encourage more people to check out the other browsers already populating the App Store. Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, Dolphin and a slew of others are already awaiting with numerous features not available in Safari.

And there are even more options when it comes to email.

iOS 14 is available to download right now and will work with iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE and iPhone SE (2nd generation), and iPod touch (7th generation). To kickstart the installation, head to Settings > General > Software Update.



Long lost Google Chrome feature could return and fix browser's worst problem

Google Chrome fans could see an update rolled out which will address what is arguably the biggest flaw with the market-leading browser. Earlier this year the Chrome community was set abuzz with claims that the software’s notorious habit of gobbling up RAM could finally be getting addressed. It looked like the millions of Google Chrome users on Windows 10 would see a huge amount of memory space freed up thanks to a feature dubbed ‘Segment Heap’ which Microsoft and Google had been working on.

The feature is designed to slash the amount of RAM that apps use on Windows 10 machines, and testing had shown it reduced the memory usage of Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser by a staggering 27 percent.

That’s a huge reduction in RAM usage, and it looked like Google were set to deploy the feature in Chrome as well.

However, after testing Google later held fire on plans to utilise Segment Heap with Chrome – disabling it in the Canary version of Chrome 85 in July.

The reason behind that while the feature did help cutback on RAM usage, testing showed it had the knock-on effect of making a PC’s CPU work overtime.

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Bruce Dawson, a Google Chrome programmer, explained that tests showed using Segment Heap lead to a 13 per cent increase in CPU consumption.

At the time the Chromium member said: “M85 already has a number of other optimisations and landing this change (simultaneous (memory) improvement and (performance) regression) at the same time makes the comparison even more difficult.”

“Although I have heard encouraging things about memory savings from lab tests I don’t see any way for us to leave this enabled until we have clean telemetry data and lab tests on 20H1, neither of which will be happening in time for M85. So, the plan is to disable this for M85 (thus giving us another telemetry data point) and reconsider in the future.”

And now, months after the decision to put Segment Heap on the back burner, it looks like work on the feature could have resumed.

As revealed in a post by Windows Latest, a Google senior developer has requested Microsoft’s help on GitHub to clear two Segment Heap flags.

The developer explained: “These flags would be useful for all Chromium-based browsers”.

It remains to be seen how seriously Google is looking into enacting this feature in Chrome, and how far away they are from making it work.

But given the huge reduction in RAM usage it offers Google Chrome users will be hoping a general release is not too far away.

In other Google Chrome news, the handy new Tab Groups feature is now available to everyone.

As the name suggests, the feature helps Google Chrome users stay organised and group relevant tabs together.

The Tab Groups feature was added to the latest version of Chrome 85 (85.0.4183.102) and is really straight-forward to use.

To create a new tab group, simply right click on a tab and then select add to new group.

You can choose a colour coded icon for each group, give different groups names and then add other relevant tabs to these groups.



Google Chrome just got a vital update and we guarantee you'll want it

Google has begun rolling out one of its most vital Chrome updates in years. The US technology firm has started updating browsers across the world with a new feature that instantly blocks annoying adverts that require too much memory.

This should have three vital benefits for users with their browser able to run more smoothly. Blocking these ads will also eat up less of your precious mobile data which could end up saving money on the monthly smartphone bill. Finally, battery life on phones and laptops could also be vastly improved and that’s very good news.

Anyone who uses Chrome, especially on a MacBook, will know how quickly it can suck the life out of a battery and any improvement would definitely be welcomed by users.

Google says that it is trying to improve the ad experience by discouraging advertisers from creating messages that use large, poorly compressed images and video.

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As Google explains, “A small fraction of ads on the web use an egregious amount of system resources.

“These poorly performant ads (whether intentional or not) harm the user’s browsing experience by making pages slow, draining device battery, and consuming mobile data (for those without unlimited plans).

“In these egregious cases, the browser can unload the offending ads to protect the individual’s device resources. This is a strong intervention that is meant to safeguard the user’s resources with low risk because unloading an ad is unlikely to result in loss of functionality of the page’s main content.”

This update has begun arriving on browsers this week but Google’s releases can take time to push out to everyone so be patient.

This update comes as Chrome is expected to get another vital new feature next month.

Google has revealed that Chrome will be getting an upgrade in version 86 that warns users when they’re entering information into an insecure website.

Although Chrome already includes a warning it’s been decided that it’s simply not clear enough.

In a blog post, Google explained, “users found this experience unclear and it did not effectively communicate the risks associated with submitting data in insecure forms”.

As a result, Google is shaking up how they warn Chrome users with Chrome version 86, set to be released in October.

Chrome will warn users twice when they are trying to submit information – the first warning will appear as they are trying to fill out a text box. Underneath a message will appear in red saying “this form is not secure autofill has been turned off”.

If users decide to continue on despite this warning or miss it entirely then they will be greeted with a full page alert when they try to submit the form.



Your Chrome browser is getting a whole lot faster thanks to new Google update

Google Chrome is the most popular desktop browser in the world, and it boasts a frankly staggering lead over its rivals such as Microsoft Edge and Firefox. According to the latest stats from NetMarketShare, Google Chrome currently holds a jaw-dropping 72.12 percent slice of the desktop browser marketplace. Not only that, but Chrome has a seemingly insurmountable lead over its rivals – with Edge and Mozilla’s Firefox having a 9.24 and 7.27 percent share of the desktop browser marketplace respectively.

There are many reasons Chrome has moved into such a leading position, such as its great feature set with the browser the place to find many innovative features first.

But arguably one of the biggest reasons Google Chrome is so popular is its speed and reliability.

Not ones to rest on its laurels though, the Mountain View firm has managed to expand upon one of Google Chrome’s strongest aspects with its latest update.

Chrome version 85, which was released on the stable channel this week, actually manages to make the market-leading browser even faster.

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The latest Chrome update is able to deliver up to 10 percent faster page loads thanks to a technique known as Profile Guided Optimisation (PGO).

Outlining this feature in a blog post, Chrome’s Engineering Director Max Christoff said: “From the very beginning, we built Chrome to be the fastest browser possible. The faster Chrome is, the faster you find the information you want or finish the task you need to do. With M85, users will find a noticeably faster Chrome, thanks to our two latest improvements: Profile Guided Optimization, which delivers up to 10 percent faster page loads; and Tab Throttling, which helps reduce the impact of idle background tabs, coming to the Beta channel.”

Thanks to this feature, Mac users will see the browser load pages up to 7.7 percent faster while Windows users will see the browser speed up by up to 11.4 percent.

Browser responsiveness will also increase by 3.9 percent on Mac and 7.3 percent on Windows machines.

Christoff also said that Google will be adding a new feature known as Tab Throttling to the beta version of Chrome 86 in September.

Describing this other new addition, Christoff wrote: “We know you need a lot of tabs to do your work, and with tab throttling – now rolling out on Beta channel – Chrome will give more resources to the tabs you’re using by taking them back from tabs that have been in the background for a long time. We see improvements not only in loading speed but also battery and memory savings. Watch this space for more on that work when it is broadly available!”

The latest Google Chrome news comes after last month Google stopped testing a Windows 10 memory optimisation that had been developed by Microsoft.

The test for the SegmentHeap feature, which was aimed at reducing Chrome gobbling up RAM, was stopped after Google discovered it had the knock-on effect of increasing CPU usage.

Google engineer Bruce Dawson found that SegmentHeap was able to reduce Chrome’s memory usage by 30 percent – but the CPU trade-off was too great.

After weeks of testing Dawson explained: “The plan is to disable this for M85 (thus giving us another telemetry datapoint) and reconsider in the future.

“The CPU cost (10 percent slowdown on Speedometer 2.0, 13 percent increase in CPU/power consumption) is too great for us to keep.”



Millions of Google Chrome users need to update browser to stop high risk hacker threat

Google Chrome users need to make sure they download the latest update for the world’s most popular browser which thankfully has fixed a ‘high severity’ flaw with the market leading software. The vulnerability in question was rated 8.3 out of 10 on the industry standard CVSS scale. This is the second highest threat level that be awarded to a vulnerability, behind ‘critical’ flaws.

As reported in a post on Threatpost, the flaw (CVE-2020-6492) would have enabled nefarious parties to execute arbitrary code on a victim’s machine.

If you’re unfamiliar with the lingo, in essence this type of attack is when a bad actor runs a piece of code on a victim’s machine in order to get admin access.

With these type of privileges, a threat actor could wreak havoc on a system – stealing sensitive data or adding and removing programmes without a victim noticing.

The threat which affected Google Chrome was highlighted by Cisco Talos’ Jon Munshaw who outlined the issue in a blog post on Monday.

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Munshaw said: “The Google Chrome web browser contains a use-after-free vulnerability in its WebGL component that could allow a user to execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser process.

“This vulnerability specifically exists in ANGLE, a compatibility layer between OpenGL and Direct3D that Chrome uses on Windows systems.

“An adversary could manipulate the memory layout of the browser in a way that they could gain control of the use-after-free exploit, which could ultimately lead to arbitrary code execution.”

The flaw affected Google Chrome versions 81.0.4044.138 (Stable), 84.0.4136.5 (Dev) and 84.0.4143.7 (Canary).

Cisco worked with Google to devise a fix for the flaw, which is being rolled out in the Chrome 85 stable channel this week.

Thankfully, Google Chrome has an automatic update feature – with the browser checking for patches regularly and applying it when you close and re-open the software.

However, if you haven’t closed your browser in a while, you might see a pending update.

Here’s how to check if you have a pending update for Chrome…

• On your computer, open Chrome

• At the top right, look at the More icon which is three dots arranged vertically

• If an update is pending, the icon will be coloired:

– Green: An update was released less than two days ago

– Orange: An update was released about four days ago

– Red: An update was released at least a week ago

If you need to update Google Chrome, here’s how to do it: On your computer, open Chrome > At the top right, click More > Click Update Google Chrome (Important: If you can’t find this button, you’re on the latest version) > Click Relaunch.

The discovery of the latest Google Chrome vulnerability comes after earlier this month a major flaw was found in Chromium-based browsers Chrome, Opera and Edge.

The vulnerability allowed bad actors to bypass the Content Security Policy (CSP) on websites in order to steal data from visitors.

The flaw affected versions of Chromium-based browsers on Android, Windows and Mac.

And according to PerimeterX cybersecurity researcher Gal Weizman, it potentially affected billions of people.

Chrome browsers from version 73 released in March 2019 all the way through to the 83 build were affected.

The Chrome 84 patch released in July fixed the vulnerability.



Google Chrome has an important new feature that you can't afford to ignore

In a blog post, Google explained “users found this experience unclear and it did not effectively communicate the risks associated with submitting data in insecure forms”.

As a result, Google are shaking up how they warn Chrome users about these ‘mixed forms’ with Chrome version 86, set to be released in October.

Chrome will warn users twice when they are trying to submit a mixed form – the first warning will appear as they are trying to fill out a text box. Underneath it a message will appear in red saying “this form is not secure autofill has been turned off”.

If users decide to continue on despite this warning or miss it entirely then they will be greeted with a full page alert when they try to submit the form.

This warning will say: “The information you’re about to submit is not secure. Because the site is using a connection that’s not completely secure, your information will be visible to others”.

Users will then have the option to submit the information, despite this warning, or go back a step. Outlining why this feature is being added, Google said: “Beginning in M86, Chrome will warn users when they try to complete forms on secure (HTTPS) pages that are submitted insecurely.



Switching from Google Chrome to Edge could save you money on your next online shop

Not only that, but when you get to checkout, Edge will now suggest discounts that are available from the retailer or on the selected item. This feature is dubbed Show Coupons As Autofill Suggestions and can be enabled or disabled in the settings page.

As reported by BleepingComputer, neither of these features are working quite yet.

With any luck, Microsoft will flip the switch on the new money saving feature in the near future to make sure you save as much cash as possible during the checkout process. If you’ve been thinking about switching away from Google Chrome, could this be the new addition that finally tips the balance and convinces you to make the move?



Google Chrome is changing Incognito Mode to make it faster to hide your browser activity

Google is making a drastic change to its immensely popular Chrome browser to make it faster to jump into an Incognito Mode browsing session. The latest update brings a new shortcut for your desktop to immediately jump into the privacy-focused mode with a single click.

As it stands, it takes quite a few more clicks than that. Anyone who switches to Incognito Mode browser window within Google Chrome will need to navigate the menus within the app, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N on your keyboard. That’s not ideal, especially if you regularly favour this mode.

For those who don’t know, Incognito Mode lets you browse the web without recording your browsing history. Any data inputted in forms, including address and phone numbers, will not be saved by the Chrome – as it does in the non-Incognito Mode browser windows. Cookies and site data are also not saved.

Downloads and bookmarks will still be saved when using an Incognito Mode browser. And of course, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will be able to see everything that goes through your home broadband router – so things might not be as private as you thought.

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Google markets its Incognito Mode as a way to shop for gifts without leaving a trace that loved ones can find on the home PC.

The winking face emoji that appears in Chrome after you open a number of Incognito Mode tabs suggests that Google thinks its users – some 65 percent of all desktop users worldwide – might be using the feature for something a little cheekier. The ability to create a shortcut on your Windows 10 desktop that launches you directly into a new Incognito Mode window should make quickly shopping for anniversary gifts when everyone leaves the house a much speedier affair.



Microsoft just blocked Windows 10 users from removing its Google Chrome rival

Microsoft Edge was rebooted back in January – switching the web browser from Microsoft’s own code to the open-source Chromium codebase that powers industry-leader Google Chrome. That means the overhauled Microsoft Edge is compatible with every website that works with Chrome (which is basically all of them, since Chrome now accounts for a whopping 65percent of all desktop traffic worldwide), can use every one of the thousands of extensions built for Chrome, and enjoys the same speed and security benefits.

But, why would you pick Microsoft Edge over Google Chrome? Well, Microsoft has improved on Chrome in a number of ways, including better battery life when using Edge on a laptop compared to Chrome, new ways of managing tabs (that impressed Google so much, it nabbed the feature for Chrome), and more.

Microsoft is clearly chuffed with its new Edge browser as it has recently made it the new default browser on Windows 10 installs. But longtime Chrome or Mozilla Firefox users who don’t want anything to do with Edge might be miffed to learn that Microsoft won’t let Windows 10 users remove the Chromium-based Edge from their PCs.

According to a blog post penned by Microsoft, as soon as the transition to the new version of Edge is complete, PC owners will no longer be able to remove the browser from their computers – at least, not using the traditional method. Microsoft wants its new Edge to be ever-present on your laptop, desktop, or tablet.

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According to Microsoft in the blog post, “We want to ensure all Windows customers have the latest Microsoft Edge browser for the performance, privacy, security, productivity and support features it offers. The new version of Microsoft Edge is included in a Windows system update, so the option to uninstall it or use the legacy version of Microsoft will no longer be available.”

While the new-and-improved Edge has been generally well received. In fact, Microsoft Edge is now the second-most popular browser worldwide – leapfrogging Mozilla Firefox. However, we’re not entirely convinced that means every Windows 10 users will be happy with the un-delete-able new feature.

Fortunately, users desperate to rid themselves of Microsoft Edge have discovered a workaround to ditch the browser, so that Google Chrome is the only browser taking up space on their hard-drive. Here’s how it works.

  • Navigate to C: Program Files (x86) Microsoft Edge Application
  • Select the current version number
  • Locate setup.exe
  • Navigate to the file path within Command Prompt
  • Execute the following command: setup.exe –uninstall –system-level –verbose-logging — force-uninstall

It’s recommended that only experienced Windows 10 users attempt to uninstall Edge using this workaround. For everyone else, try to put the ever-present Microsoft Edge out of your mind and return to Chrome. Or, who knows, maybe you should switch to Edge and ditch Chrome so you don’t have to carry two browsers on your hard-drive. But then, that would be playing right into Microsoft’s hand, wouldn’t it?



Next Google Chrome update wants to end the nightmare of expensive mobile bills

Download Later is currently in testing in the Chrome Canary app, which offers users the chance to test and provide feedback on unfinished features. Once Google is happy with how a feature is performing, it will roll out the functionality to Chrome app users worldwide on Mac, Windows, Android, Chrome OS and iOS. Fingers crossed Download Later is given the stamp of approval sooner rather than later.

But if you can’t want, you’ll need to download (without scheduling until tomorrow morning, alas) and load-up the Canary build of Chrome. Enter the following into the address bar and hit the Enter key: chrome://flags.

Search for Enable Download Later as one of the options, then select Enabled from the drop-down menu. You’ll need to restart Chrome Canary to get the feature up-and-running. Of course, if you’re not keen, you can do the inverse to switch off the feature.