Google Chrome’s Latest Update Automatically Blocks Autoplay Videos

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Google Chrome finally gives us an update we ALL need: the option for blocking autoplay videos with sound.

This is indeed a very good news if you’re someone who likes to browse the internet while otherwise supposed to be engaged in something else (you know, like work). Google Chrome will finally roll out an update that blocks those annoying autoplay videos.

The feature was originally set to be released with Chrome 64. It is now set to be included in version 66 which is scheduled to be released next month.

“This will allow autoplay to occur when users want media to play, and respect users’ wishes when they don’t,” Google said in a statement last year when the first announced their intentions. “These changes will also unify desktop and mobile web behavior, making web media development more predictable across platforms and browsers.”

Once this is rolled out, autoplay for videos will now only be allowed when the media does not play sound. It will also play audio when the user taps/clicks on the video or if the user has previously shown an interest in media on the site.

This is very good news for users.  However, it might not be so for advertisers who rely on ads that blast out their spiels whether you like it or not.

This is a big year for changes in the browser. In February this year, Chrome rolled out ad-blocker. Later this year, the browser will mark all non-HTTPS websites as “non-secure”. This will hopefully encourage more websites to adopt to the HTTPS encryption. This “not secure” tag is going to be released with Chrome 68 in July.



Critics Doubtful Of Google’s Chrome Ad Crackdown

Search giant Google will now remove web ads that annoy users when browsing the internet. Google will install new filter in its Chrome browser. The filter will eradicate the lucrative ads.

Google starts cracking down lucrative ads


And here’s the catch: Google’s Chrome browser would also include blocking the company’s own ads on offending sites. But the irony is that the search engine giant is convincing people to turn-off Google’s ad-blocking software.


Ad publishers criticized Google’s ad-blocking software. They said Google deprived them of revenue derived from the ads displayed on web pages.


Responding to this, Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, Google vice president, in a blog post, said that the move would make the web healthy if they would filter out disruptive ad experiences.


But Roy-Chowdhury’s statement is not enough to convince the publishers. Still, Google’s methods are being attacked. Emarketer said that the company, including Facebook, has dominated the online-advertising market.


In fact, Chrome is one of the popular browsers as it represents roughly 60 percent market share. Now, the company is focusing on 12 ad formats.  But this was slammed by the Coalition for Better Ads.


The group Coalition for Better Ads, which includes Google, Facebook, News Corp. and the News Media Alliance, criticized the blackballed formats. The blackballed ad formats are pop-ups and large ads that hover above the page.

According to Paul Boyle, senior vice president of public policy for the newspaper alliance, said the standards should be voluntary, saying that Google is transforming the standards into a de facto law.

Mozilla rolls out update for Firefox web browser

Firefox has been updated by Mozilla to further improve on the performance of the latter for Android devices as well as desktop users.

Mozilla has rolled out the updates for their Firefox Web browser and users shall notice the difference in performance in its developer and gaming features.

The company reduced memory add-ons to improve the speed of Firefox.

The web browser can now support compressed textures, enabling developers to create intense graphics in gaming, which gamers will be happy about.

Mozilla also improved the Javascript engine and WebGL capabilities of the Firefox.

Mozilla has also rolled out a Javascript Debugger that is built with Firefox. It can be used to remotely debug apps through Firefox in your smartphones.

The update is applicable on almost all Firefox browsers for Android.

The browser for Android now features the “Awesome Screen” feature popular on the desktop application of Firefox. This feature allows the users to store bookmarks, data, passwords and browsing history.

Users can now also sync their Android Firefox browsers to their desktop Firefox browsers.

Another new addition is the much improved HTML5 capability of the new Firefox browser. This update creates new possibilities for web applications.

What is your impressions on the new Firefox then?

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Mozilla developing browser for the iPad

Safari has been the lording it over the browser wars for the iPad. Developers who have created browsers to unseat the Safari have had difficulty in doing so.

Now, Mozilla is trying to change the way iPad owners are browsing the Web.

Mozilla developers are working on a Firefox Web browser for the iPad. Called the Junior, Mozilla unveiled their new project in a video presentation delivered by the company’s Product Design Strategy team.

According to the company, Junior is “an iPad browser that makes browsing more fun, more ergonomic and re-thinks browser user experience from the ground up.”

Alex Limi, Firefox’s product designer said, “We wanted to make something entirely new. We wanted to look into how we could reinvent the browser for a new form factor.”

He even added that he had a miserable experience using the Safari browser on the iPad.

During the demo, the team said that their prototype browser cover the iPad’s whole screen and would give users a “magazine feel.”

Other browsers who have wanted to unseat the Safari are Axis by Yahoo!, Atomic, Dolphin, Opera Mini and Skyfire.

Amongst all browsers,  Firefox by Mozilla holds 20.2 percent of the market.

Will you switch to Junior then?

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Google Chrome hacked with sandbox bypass

A Russian student who studies in Canada has successfully hacked into a fully patched Windows 7 64-bit version. He used a remote code execution vulnerability/exploit in Google Chrome.

Sergey Glazunov is a security researcher who finds security holes in Chrome and reports it directly to Google.

He earned $60,000 due to his exploits. He targeted two distinct zero-day vulnerabilities in the sub-system of the Chrome extension. Google is trying to partner with hackers to find holes in the system. In exchange they pay the hacker for his job. They call the Pwnium hacker contest which they are running this year.

Justin Schuh of Google said that, “It didn’t break out of the sandbox [but] it avoided the sandbox.” Glazunov’s exploits bypassed the browser sandbox in its entirety.

He also added, “It was an impressive exploit. It required a deep understanding of how Chrome works. This is not a trivial thing to do. It’s a very difficult and that’s why we’re paying $60,000.”

Sergei is a regular contributor in the Google bug bounty program. He also did a similar sandbox bypass bug before that is similar to his work. Schuh said that these types of full code execution that executes code outside the browser sandbox from a very small percentage of bug submissions.

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Google’s Android browser tops mobile web browsing

Internet Explorer’s popularity has been constantly declining over the years. Yet, it still is among the top web browsers for personal computers. Mobile devices on the other hand have their own king. IE has really not mattered at all and Opera has been lording it over the browser competition for mobile phones.

Unfortunately, Opera’s hold on the top spot has been lost. According to StatCounter, Android’s built-in Web browser is now the new leader in the field.

The main reason for the change in leadership is basically the same reason why the IE is still the most used browser in the whole world. And that is because Android’s account for over 50 percent of all smartphone sales.

Last month, StatCounter reported that Android had a 22.67% share of the market. Opera comes in at second with a 21.7% share and iPhones built-in browser ranks third at 21.06%. Nokia’s Symbian is at fourth with an 11.24%.

Though the hold of Android on the top is precariously unstable due to the fact that Opera has its supporters. Google is also bringing the Chrome Web browser to Android. So this might slice the market share of Android.

But the problem for Opera is, can they prevent the Chrome for mobile from eating their share?

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Google dominates search engine usage in UK

Internet users form the United Kingdom are fond of visiting search engines as data showed that these sites are the most they frequently log on. This shows that search marketing is still one of the most important elements of social advertising.

According to data compiled by Experian Hitwise, about 2.3 billion hits were accumulated by search engines in the first month of 2012. This shows a rise from the previous data collected during the same month last year that said that search engines were visited about 2.2 billion times.

The most popular search engine still is Google. According to the data, the search giant had 90% market share in UK. Though the figure signifies dominance in its class, the data revealed that Google dropped 1.11% from the previous month but was up .27% if we compare to January 2011.

Microsoft’s Bing gained .59% market from December 2011. They have a 4% market share of UK’s search engine usage. Yahoo! on the other hand also saw a positive growth of .45% from December 2011.

According to market research analyst of Experian Hitwise James Murray, “Search is one of the most crucial elements of online marketing and our data shows that search is growing, with nearly 100 million more visits going to search engines this January than last January.”

Google’s Chrome 17 introduces pre-page loading

Who doesn’t want a faster web browsing experience?

Google is about to make dreams into reality with their new Chrome 17. With the latter’s entry in the market, web browsing could be improved. Google’s latest browser loads and renders pages which the user is most likely to visit so that the appear straightaway.

The Chrome 17 is still  available in beta stream. It pre-renders so that it reduces the time between the user hitting return and the appearance of a loaded page.

Security features called “safe browsing technology” has also been improved so as for users to be protected from malware attacks. With the prevalence of sites that gives its visitors downloads with malicious software, this could be a big boost for your privacy and computer’s health.

Dominic Hamon a software engineer from Google said that, “if a file you download is known be bad, or is hosted on a website that hosts a relatively high percentage of malicious downloads, Chrome will warn you that the file appears to be malicious and that you should discard it.”

He also added that, “remember, no technical mechanism can ever protect you completely from malicious downloads. You should always be careful about which files you download and consider the reputation of their source.”

Microsoft FINALLY Retires Internet Explorer 6! (IE6)

Let us pause for a minute of silence to remember Internet Explorer 6…

The old browser was finally laid to rest — at least in the United States. The 11-year-old IE6 has seen its share of flaws in the years it served its users.

The news was reported as new data showed that no more than 1% of American website visitors are using the browser.

All over the globe, the IE 6 is still being used by at least 8% of individuals. Most of its users are based in Asia, majority of them lives in China.

Its poor performance is attributed by two major factors.

The first one is its poor design and security. The Internet Explorer 6 has been the brunt of the browser community for quite awhile.

Then, the IE 6 came as the default browser of the Windows XP. The XP still has a lot of users in the world. Far bigger in number than Vista users.

Last year, Microsoft launched a countdown site to encourage people and track them tho upgrading to later editions. The company announced last month that they will use Windows Update to force updates to IE6 and IE7 browsers. Those individuals who update their computers manually are the only ones who still run the IE6.

Internet Explorer browser share continue to slide

Microsoft’s in-house browser, Internet Explorer, seems to have difficulty in finding ways to stop the continuing fall of their market share.

The Internet Explorer has lost eight-tenths of a percentage point last month to finish with a share of 51.9%. These figures are based on metrics company Net Applications. They also added that IE dropped 7 points and only had one month when they did not lose share during the past year.

One company that benefited much from IE’s woes is search giant Google. Their browser Chrome grew its share by nine-tenths of a percentage point to end at having a 19.1% share. They are expected to reach 20% by the end of February.

According to head of IE marketing Roger Captiotti in a blog post last Dec. 30, “we’re pleased to say IE9… will soon take the top spot from IE8 on Windows 7, with usage share expected to come in at nearly 25.6% this month.”

Google Chrome is the one gaining the market share losses of IE and Mozilla Firefox. The latter lost three-tenths of a point last December and 1.9% for 2011. They ended with a 21.8% share for the year.


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