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Tech destroys the walls between our personal and work lives—I'm fighting to rebuild them

I am weirdly zealous about separating my work life from my personal life. My sanity, such as it is, depends upon not having anxieties about my job bleed into my home life, and keeping the chaos and distractions of my personal, family, and creative life from disrupting my work time. After over a decade of almost exclusively working from home, I’ve put a lot of thought and effort into how I can configure the various components of my Google-powered digital life in a way that is efficient and deliberate rather than stressful and schizophrenic.

But as more aspects of our lives become enveloped by the technological, the easier it is for the demands of our jobs to shove their way into our hours off the clock.

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[Update: Now in Stable] Chrome tab groups are live in Canary on Android

We've known for a while that the Chrome team was working on tab groups. The feature first showed up in Canary on the desktop, but it's now made its way to Android, also in the Canary channel. It's hidden behind a flag though, and works... sort of.

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[Update: Now in stable] Chrome testing search-friendly omnibox with faster URL copy and share actions

Part of the changes introduced with Chrome's Duet interface (previously known as Duplex) is a new search button in the bottom bar that lets you jump to the address bar and perform a Google search. But until now, it wasn't clear that you could start typing a new query immediately, as the URL was still there and highlighted. A new Chrome flag has been added to clarify things, plus make it easier to share or copy the current page's URL. 

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Report: Chrome will soon let users block tracking cookies, except those from Google

Most browsers currently differentiate themselves from Chrome with a greater focus on user privacy, ranging from simple cookie blockers to blocking any resources that could remotely be used to identify you. If a report from The Wall Street Journal is to be believed, Chrome might implement its own tracking blocker albeit one that wouldn't affect most of Google's own scripts and cookies.

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Chrome Beta 75 improves dark theme, lets web apps share files, and more [APK Download]

Chrome 74 was released only a few days ago, which means v75 has moved up to the Beta Channel. This release doesn't have any drastic changes, but it does continue to improve the dark theme, and there are some fancy new APIs that web apps can use.

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Chrome will soon support dark themes in websites

Web browsers currently handle dark mode in one of two ways. Some of them, like Samsung Browser, simply invert the colors of the web page. This sometimes breaks the site's design, but it works universally. Another approach is to let sites know that dark mode is activated, and let them use an alternative theme. Chrome appears to be joining the latter camp, as the browser's development team announced support for the 'prefers-color-scheme' browser feature.

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The story of how a conspiracy inside YouTube helped kill Internet Explorer 6

Back in 2009, the Internet was a different place. The iPhone was just two years old, and the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, just saw the light of day. Most people accessed the web primarily through their desktop machines, and a significant portion of them never bothered to update their aging Internet Explorer 6 – much to the dismay of many web developers. Then, in a sudden change, usage of the browser went down as Google started to pull support for the browser. Ex-YouTuber Chris Zacharias published a post on his personal blog where he explains that this wasn't a management decision, but how he and the rest of YouTube's engineers conspired to kill Internet Explorer 6.

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New 'inception bar' phishing method spoofs Chrome's address bar when you scroll

A new type of potential phishing attack has been discovered by developer James Fisher. Called the "inception bar" by its creator. The attack allows for a site to spoof a URL in the mobile version of Chrome when scrolling, subsequently locking them into a false UI. In fact, the site detailing this newly-discovered flaw makes use of it, appearing to show an HSBC URL.

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Chrome 74 adds dark mode, accessibility improvements, new Translate shortcut, and more [APK Download]

In this crazy world we live in, it's comforting to know that some things will never change the sky is blue, the sun rises in the east, and Google releases a new version of Chrome (roughly) every six weeks. Chrome v74 is now available on desktop and mobile platforms, and while it doesn't include a massive number of noticeable changes, there is still plenty to talk about.

Dark mode

Slowly but surely, Google is adding a dark mode to all of its applications in preparation for Android Q. Chrome's dark mode first made an appearance early last month, and has finally trickled down to the stable channel with Chrome v74.

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Google Earth Timelapse invites mobile users to zoom through history

Google Earth Timelapse has grown since it debuted in 2013. It started off by giving us satellite windows into certain areas to see how they've progressed across roughly three decades. Since then, it has taken the entire world, made it zoomable and scrollable, and has given us an easy way to see it change year after year after year. But Timelapse has only been available to desktops for the past while up until today, when Google announced it was enabling the program on mobile web browsers.

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