Thank the internet gods for search engines. Without tools like bing, Google or blekko, no one would stand a chance of finding anything online. Prompted by just a few keystrokes, their powerful blend of math, ingenuity, and unicorn tears bring the world to our doorsteps. Unfortunately, search engines are so good at their jobs that they sometimes bring us way more of the world than we want them to. Thanks to content farms, reblogging, and other search result padding endeavors, it’s getting more difficult by the day to locate the information that you’re after. To solve this issue, you can dust off those Boolean skills of yours and input a set of search parameters as long as your arm, or if you’re a Google Chrome user, you can install Personal Blocklist, our Browser Extension of the Week.
At the rate things were going, it was only a matter of time before Google's Chrome browser skipped ahead of Mozilla Firefox, and according to at least one Web analytics company, it's finally happened. This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who's paid attention to the browser market. Chrome has been gaining ground ever since it was released, while Firefox long appeared to plateau, and even fall back a step a time or two.
Thanks to the impressively wide repertoire of modern web browsers, these days it’s possible to accomplish so many different things within them. Soon you will be able to enjoy web-based games a lot more than you already do. This is due to the fact Google is getting ready to include plug-and-play support for gamepads in Chrome.
Over the years, Firefox has made the second position on browser market share charts all its own by refusing to budge either way. A few years ago, it was ridiculously difficult to even imagine a market scenario with Mozilla's browser at any place lower than number two. But the release of Chrome three years ago started threatening the improbability of such a scenario. Now, there is strong indication that the unthinkable might have already happened.
With few exceptions, Microsoft's share of the browser market has been steadily declining since at least November 2009, which is how far back Net Marketshare lets us look. Back then, Microsoft's Internet Explorer was the dominant browser on desktops with a 64.46 percent share. And today? It's still dominant with a 52.63 percent share of the market, but the gap is quickly narrowing.
Last month’s release of Chrome 14 brought along with it Native Client (NaCl) support, paving the way for the execution of native C code within the browser. Native Client is meant to turn the browser into a playing ground for serious 3D games and powerful apps. That said, there haven’t been any real signs of that transformation in the few weeks (a seriously long time in Chrome years) since Chrome 14’s launch. But a new development might just help expedite the whole process.
Earlier in the week Microsoft unveiled a new online security test to help educate users on the dangers of surfing with outdated browsers. The concept is noble, but they also succeeded in stirring up the Mozilla folks, and with just cause. The site yourbrowsermatters.org gives visitors the impression it is verifying features to assign a well-researched security score between 0-4, when in reality, it does little more than check the agent string to see what brand and version you are using. Internet Explorer 9 rakes in a perfect score of 4, IE 8 comes in at 3, and the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome come up at 2 & 2.5 respectively.
Since Google gifted the users of Google Calendar the ability to access the contents of their accounts even when there’s no internet connection to be found, many of us have come to rely on the reliable and easy to use service even more than we already did when it was still strictly an online-only affair. For anyone that relies on Google Calendar to help them navigate their day, The Google Calendar extension for Chrome will be a welcome addition to your virtual arsenal. We’ve found it so useful that we’re showcasing it as our Browser Extension of the Week.
Like any dependable sidekick, Google Chrome has proven to be reliable, fast, and easy to work with; so much so, in fact, that we decided to feature the various apps, games, and utilities Chrome has to offer in a weekly series. But to make things easier for all you Chrome fans, we've decided to compile the last 30 weeks worth of posts and bring them to you here, in one huge comprehensive list of reading apps, games, utilities, and more.
Check em' out below, and by all means, let us know what we missed in the comments. Enjoy!
Earlier today we told you that Microsoft Security Essentials was being accused of killing Chrome, and now we have the details. Turns out Redmond totally messed up on this one. Security Essentials was indeed removing or blocking Chrome on many users’ PCs. After scrambling for most of the day, Microsoft has a fix available.