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Google’s Chrome ratings deflate from metric change

Google’s Chrome ratings deflate from metric change

Google's Chrome browser took a small hit in the ratings recently, not due to any decrease in popularity but to an adjustment in the way that usage is measured. Market research firm Net Applications said that the pre-rendering technology used in Chrome had been inflating its usage share. The technology speeds up browsing by pre-loading web pages in the background that it predicts users will visit.

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Google’s Hugo Barra: “Android is a real operating system”

Google’s Hugo Barra: “Android is a real operating system”

This week at MWC 2012, Eric Schmidt stood on stage with Hugo Barra, speaking about Chrome for mobile, a web browser that allows you to connect to your own profile. Barra took the opportunity to show off Chrome web browser on stage to show off the excellence of the browser in real time - fast as can be. He made sure to note that though this browser is working on a mobile platform, it's still Android, and as he says, it doesn't really matter that it's mobile because "Android is a real operating system."

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Opera outs final Mobile 12 version and talks Mini Next at MWC

Opera outs final Mobile 12 version and talks Mini Next at MWC

Mobile World Congress is underway in Barcelona with new phones, software, and more being unveiled left and right. Opera is on hand at the show is talking about the Opera Mini Series of browsers aimed at feature phones showing off features that launch this year on the Mini browsers. The goal of this browser is to give more advanced social media functions and web surfing to feature phones making them a bit more like smartphones.

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Google Do Not Track extension for Chrome available now

Google Do Not Track extension for Chrome available now

After much discussion today on how the Google Chrome web browser's up and coming "Do Not Track" button would be applied to the browser in future versions, Google has gone ahead and released a preliminary extension to make it so. This extension is one that anyone can click to install on their Google Chrome browser with ease, the functionality of it very likely to simply be baked in to future Google Chrome releases. This extension acts to opt your web browser out of online ad personalization via cookies once and for all - permanently.

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Control your web browser privacy in five easy steps

Control your web browser privacy in five easy steps

There's an abnormally large amount of attention being payed to so-called privacy here at the start of 2012, and Google's "Do Not Track" button has fired up the stove for further fanning of flames here in late February. There's a lot of ways to "protect" yourself in the connected, mobile, and communicative world of today, but none is better than this: just keep away from the keyboard. What I'm saying is that should a person want to have total and complete severance from tracking on the web, there's only one way: stop using it. For everyone else in the world that wants to be realistic, here's five steps that will lead you to glory.

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Google bypasses IE privacy says Microsoft

Google bypasses IE privacy says Microsoft

Hot off the news that Safari's privacy measures for users had been bypassed by Google last week, Microsoft is joining in by noting that their Internet Explorer web browser's privacy controls had been modified in a similar manner. Protection tips have been offered up by Microsoft and they've taken this opportunity to push Google into the mud once more as they continue to defend themselves against privacy naysayers. Microsoft has reportedly contacted Google to ask it to "commit to honoring P3P privacy settings for users of all browsers."

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Google Chrome Password Generator tosses logic in the trash

Google Chrome Password Generator tosses logic in the trash

There's a feature coming out in a future version of Chrome (either the browser or the OS or both) which will generate a password for you, one "impossible" for a human to remember, and sync that password across your Chrome account. The reason this method is terrible, I must explain, is that unless this generator also creates a password as long as the system will let it, it's actually just as easy for a machine to crack as one you'd be able to remember on your own, without Chrome's help. This system is made supposedly to keep human password crackers at bay, but the developers at Chrome don't seem to be taking into account that these humans generally don't use their knowledge of you to crack your secrets in the first place.

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Mozilla to name Gecko partners this month

Mozilla to name Gecko partners this month

It seems that this Mobile World Congress is just getting better and better by the moment - this most recent announcement coming from Mozilla that they'll be naming partners for their mobile OS "Boot2Gecko" at the event in a bit over a week in Barcelona! We had out own hands-on with the user interface of B2G or simply "Gecko" yesterday, it appearing to us to be much more of an interesting concept than a final product at the moment. What we've got here is a web-based mobile operating system looking to take a piece of the mobile market with a service that can potentially work from any web browser on any device.

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