Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: Chrome, Chrome Extensions, Google, SPONSORED POST | Comments Off on Three Chrome Extensions You Can’t Live Without
On its own, Google’s Chrome is a pretty neat browser, however extensions can either increase or weigh down its potential exponentially. So, exactly what are extensions – I hear you whisper? Essentially, they’re small apps that add extra – external – functionality. For Chrome, there are literally tens of thousands of available extensions, performing a huge variety of functions – everything from find shopping coupons, to extensions that make your computer run much faster. A visit to Googles Chrome Web Store Extensions page can be overwhelming, so we’re going to simplify things for you, here are 3 extensions you can’t – or shouldn’t – live without.
For newbies to the Chrome browser, consider this your extensions starter pack. If you’re a Chrome power user, you’ll no doubt be familiar most or some of these, but you might learn about some you’ve never heard of before. Once you’ve tried any one of these extensions, you won’t know how you ever lived without them :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 15th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: Alphabet, bmw, Domain Name, Google, Technoid Computer News | Comments Off on Google Restructures Under Alphabet, Ooops… BMW OWNS DOMAIN!
The behemoth that is Google has announced a surprise corporate restructure, forming a new parent company dubbed Alphabet that will include the internet search unit as one of several entities.
Google chief executive Larry Page announced the change, saying he would hold the same title at Alphabet, the new holding company for the technology giant’s newer ventures including research arm X Lab, investment unit Google Ventures and health and science operations.
The new chief executive at the search unit – Google – will be the current vice president, Sundar Pichai.
Alphabet will include units focusing on life sciences such as a glucose-sensing contact lenses and the health research firm Calico. Google X, which handles research on self-driving cars and internet balloons, will also be a separate unit.
Other units to be separated include the drone delivery project Wing, Google Fiber’s high-speed internet, the home automation unit Nest and investment arms.
But Ooops… Google’s new holding company – Alphabet’s – website is abc.xyz because Alphabet.com is owned by Alphabet, a BMW-owned fleet management service. Even though only a few people had ever heard of BMW’s Alphabet before, the company clearly isn’t going to let all of this free publicity just sit there unfettered, BMW says it has no intention of letting go of the domain name :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 10th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: Apple Hack, Freak, Google, Hack, Microsoft | Comments Off on Tech Giants Scramble to Fix ‘Freak’
As Google, Apple and Microsoft scramble to patch a long missed security flaw it might be timely to remember how we got here. Way back at the latter end of the last century – the 1990s, when Netscape browser was all the rage and – SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption was brand-spanking-new, the U.S. government wanted control over export of “weapons grade” encryption.
Its theory was that domestic communications could benefit from stronger, 128-bit encryption, but ‘backdoors’ should be available to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement when it came to foreign communications, the concept of weaker, “export grade” encryption was born.
Turns out that this theory and it’s legacy backdoor, a vulnerability that we’ve come to know in recent days as ‘FREAK’ still exists in up to 30 percent of U.S. web servers. It’s a sad example of how zombie-security from the era that gave us grunge can come back and bite us on the posterior.
Meanwhile, Apple and Google are saying they’ve developed fixes/patches – though we note Apple has yet to deploy – to mitigate the ‘Freak’ security flaw. Initially thought to be immune, Microsoft released an advisory which warned hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are also vulnerable to the security vulnerability :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 3rd, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: china, China Censorship, China-Technology-News, gmail, Google, Great Firewall of China | Comments Off on China Kills Last Remaining Gmail
China-tech watchers are saying China has all but blocked the last remaining ways for people to access Gmail, Google’s email service.
They say Gmail traffic in China was shut down last week after Chinese authorities apparently plugged the third-party applications that allowed users to get around existing hurdles. Only a trickle of emails have got through since.
Gmail is the world’s biggest email service and has been largely inaccessible from within China since the run-up in June to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.
But users could still access the service by using third-party mail applications, rather than the webpage. Gmail users could access emails downloaded via protocols like IMAP, SMTP and POP3, allowing users to communicate using Gmail on apps like Apple iPhone’s Mail and Microsoft Outlook :: Read the full article »»»»