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Google working on Never-Slow Mode for Chrome, promises a faster browsing experience while breaking content

The folks over at Chrome Story have spotted a commit to the Chromium Gerrit which points to a new "Never-Slow Mode" being worked on. It's described as "an experimental browsing mode that restricts resource loading and runtime processing to deliver a consistently fast experience," but at a cost: Google warns that it "may silently break content."

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Trusted Web Activities will help Android apps natively integrate web content

There are cases when content can't be embedded into an application, such as a credit card payment verification, and developers need to direct users to an external page. They can do this by using the device's default browser, WebView, or Chrome Custom Tabs (CCT) depending on their need. None of these are ideal in terms of user experience, however, as they would either have limited functionality or show the site's URL on the screen. Google is looking to solve this with the introduction of Trusted Web Activities (TWA), which are essentially full-screen web pages integrated into an application, without displaying the URL or other browser-related interface elements.

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Keep your accounts more secure with Google's new Password Checkup Chrome extension

Keeping your password and private information safe on the internet has never been more fraught. From hackers to identity thieves, it's easier than you think for an account or password to be infiltrated. Google aims to help that problem with its newest Chrome extension.

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Chrome is getting a unified app management page, includes Android apps on Chromebooks

According to the folks at Chrome Story, Chrome's Canary channel just picked up a new app management page, triggered via a new flag. Although it's present across desktop platforms, on Chrome OS this page contains not only Chrome apps (which Google is still trying to retire) but Android apps as well. That's right, Chrome OS is finally picking up a unified way to manage apps — but Linux applications sadly aren't included just yet.

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Chrome will soon warn you if you visit a phishing site with a lookalike URL

Phishing attempts involve a lot of trickery. You think you got an email from your colleague at androidpolice.com when you really received it from someone at androidpollce.com. Or you mistype one letter in a URL and you're taken to a site that looks exactly the same, but isn't the one you wanted. One minute later you've entered your email, password, and maybe credit card on an unknown site and your details have been stolen for good. Even the best of us (and the most tech-savvy and aware) can miss a small letter change, so it only makes sense that there's a more automated and systematic check that could save us from these situations.

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Chrome 72 adds long-press shortcut to tab history, drops support for old TLS versions, and more [APK Download]

It has been nearly two months since Chrome 71 was released, and per Google's usual six-week schedule, Chrome 72 is now available on desktop and mobile platforms. This release doesn't have many user-facing changes, but there are plenty of security improvements and new features for developers.

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Future Chrome update may kill some ad-blocking extensions

Horror stories about Chrome extensions secretly copying user data, injecting ads into pages, or mining cryptocurrency in the background have become all too common. In October of last year, Google laid out its plans to make extensions safer, which included future changes to APIs. As it turns out, those changes may prevent most content blockers from working.

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[Update: Server-side fix rolling out] Chrome's pop-up blocker is going haywire if you're using certain extensions

If you've noticed today that Chrome for desktop is blocking new tabs as if they were pop-up ads, you aren't alone. It seems Google may have rolled out a server-side experiment that, when combined with a handful of different extensions, results in the anomalous, over-aggressive behavior on the part of the browser. Reports are widespread, and for now, the only workarounds are to disable the extensions that can trigger the issue, or pass an additional parameter to disable the experiment when launching Chrome. However, Google has determined the cause so a fix could be coming soon.

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Google is expanding Chrome's 'intrusive' ad blocking to the rest of the world later this year

Last year Google rolled out what was effectively a built-in adblocker for Chrome — though it only applied to "intrusive" ads that didn't meet the standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads. Initially, this only affected sites in North America and Europe, but yesterday the Coalition for Better Ads (read: Google) announced that it's expanding this to all countries later this year. 

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Google is working on adding dark mode to Chrome for Android

Thanks to Google's own leaks, we know that a system-wide dark mode is (finally) coming to Android via the Q release, but until all the apps we use have corresponding dark themes, it won't really matter. That's why we're excited to hear that Chrome for Android is planning a "dark mode experiment," likely similar to the dark theme available on Chrome for Windows.

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