Looking for "Add to Feedly" or "Tweet This Page" in the Chrome Web Store? You won't find them now, as Google has removed them for violating Google's TOS. It just so happens that both extensions were created with code that is also used to set up advertisements. While neither extension had more than 100,000 users, those who had adopted Chrome took to forums to level complaints against the removal.
We like building our own PCs because there's a certain satisfaction that comes from hand-picking the right combination of parts, putting them together, and then fine tuning their collective performance both on a hardware and software level. A home brewed PC is never finished -- we can always add, subtract, or upgrade components, and over time, our machines become a living entity that grows alongside us. What started off as a lean, mean, pixel pushing machine may eventually end up as a whisper quiet home theater PC (HTPC).
Let’s face it, the light-and-fast Google Chrome browser is the only way to surf the web—no question. But whether you’re new to the browser or an old veteran, we’ve got some tricks to improve your mileage. Our Google Chrome Optimization Guide will show you which Google Chrome extensions to download and ways to tweak settings you didn't even know were there.
Downright malicious browser plugins and add-ons are obviously a massive security risk, but make no mistake unpatched or outdated extensions are just as big a headache. For this reason, Mozilla has a blocklist service to deal with plugins that jeopardize the security, stability, or performance of Firefox. The latest addition to the Firefox blocklist happens to be the ubiquitous Java plugin. Hit the jump for more.
So you've dipped your toes in the Stream, started a news feed wildfire using only a Spark, and, well, hung out in Hangouts. Not bad – you've certainly jumped feet-first into the social world of Google+. But dabbling is not the same thing as mastering, young grasshopper; grab your Google Bar and let us be your sensei in the art of Google+-Fu.
If's there's one thing we hate, it's Brussels sprouts. If there's two things we hate, it's Brussels sprouts and sneaky programs that automatically install add-ons into our Internet browsers. Turns out we're not the only ones. Those pesky unapproved add-ons have been a thorn in the side of Mozilla, who shoulders the blame when the invaders cause crashes and browser lagging. When Firefox 8 rolls around, unauthorized add-ons will be a thing of the past: the browser won't allow installations without the express permission of users.
Today Google announced a new Chrome extension that aims to give users more control over online privacy. The extension is called Keep My Opt-Outs, and does mostly what the name suggests. It allows you to opt out of advertising tracking cookies while using Chrome. Google pointed to the statement from the FTC late last year about investigating the possibility of a do not track registry as the impetus for this new add-on.
The extension has a leg up on the HTTP header scheme Mozilla is developing. The extension will be able to store your preferences for opt-outs permanently. So if you clear your cache, all your opt-outs will remain in effect. With the Mozilla solution, you would lose all those cookie preferences. Chrome has very elaborate controls for cookies as it is, so users can even access those elusive Flash cookies.
This may not be the biggest shift in the browser landscape. After all, many Chrome users that care about ad tracking have already blocked ads. Google does, however, point out that more than 50 companies that support opt-outs that are compatible with Keep My Opt-Outs, and the top 15 ad networks are among them. Will you be getting the extension?
Google's Chrome browser didn't gain full extension support until late in the game, but developers have apparently stepped up to the plate in a big way. After looking over the Chrome Extension Gallery, TechCrunch is reporting that Chrome has surpassed 10,000 extensions. It's only been a year, and Chrome is closing in on Firefox with nearly 13,000 extensions.
Chrome has always been admired for its raw speed, but many users held back due to the lack of extensions support. Firefox tends to be a little slower, but the huge number of add-ons kept users locked in. The recent surge in Chrome usage could have a lot to do with the roll out of full extension support. The ball is really in Mozilla's court now, but early reports on Firefox 4 are very positive.
Google pushes out new versions of Chrome at warp speed, and Firefox has a reputation for slow, steady development. Even if Firefox 4 is a winner, Chrome might fly past it again in short order. Do you think extension numbers are telling a tale?
Facebook Connect is all over the web these days. You'd be hard-pressed to find a major site that doesn't offer to help you "Like" them, even MaxPC uses it. But if you're a Chrome user, and you're also sick and tired of seeing Facebook Connect banners everywhere, a Google engineer by the name of Brian Kennish has come up with an extension called Facebook Disconnect.
This Chrome extension was inspired by the recent Facebook privacy issues, and the developer says he made this on his own with no encouragement from his employer. Facebook Disconnect doesn't just remove the Facebook Page elements. It actually stops traffic going to Facebook from the sites you visit. As such, Facebook cannot track you around the web.
This add-on does not affect your ability to access Facebook itself; you can still use the social networking site by going there. Facebook widgets and buttons around the web will just be gone. If you want to try out the extension, you can get it here.
“It's still a bit too early for that, but we're indicating willingness to do so," Håkon Wium Lie, Opera Software's chief technology officer, told reporters. "We think it would be fairly easy to write up that specification, if there is willingness.”