Do you use online cloud storage service? Do you have multiple accounts with multiple cloud storage services? Do you use Google Chrome browser? If you say yes to all of these questions, then Jolicloud Drive Extension for Google Chrome can help you manage multiple online cloud storage services at once with ease. In the video right after the break, I briefly introduce you to Jolicloud Drive Chrome Extension. Enjoy!!!
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Google’s premium laptop Chromebook Pixel is a nice expensive toy, but how nice? Well, if you ask me, I would say probably not much. Nonetheless, if you ask other people, I bet some of them would bet that I’m wrong. I’m not going to be mad though, because everyone has their own opinion. This is why I don’t mind to embed the YouTube video right after the break which shows you the unboxing of Chromebook Pixel. Oh, if you insist on asking why I do not think much of Chromebook Pixel, you can just check out my other article which is “Nice Try Google, But You Can Do Better Right? Chromebook Pixel Is Nice, But It Should Be Nicer!!!” By the way, check out the awesome unboxing of Chromebook Pixel right after the break.
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I don’t want to repeat what others have already wrote about the release of Firefox 8 today! I just want to emphasize that Firefox 8 is safer for users, but will be a pain for some application developers. I’m not sure if that even sounds about right, because some web developers might not care. Nonetheless, it’s good to know that users don’t have to worry how certain third party software they install onto their computers might automatically install toolbars and extra Firefox extensions without the knowledge of the users, because Firefox 8 will notify the users if they want to allow third party software’s extensions or toolbars to be added to their Firefox browser or not.
Mac OS X Lion’s users might be disappointed with Firefox 8 in one aspect. It is that Firefox 8 isn’t yet added an easy button to allow full screen mode. Unlike Firefox 8, Google’s Chrome 15 has visibly displayed two slant arrow heads button (i.e., one arrow head slants up and the other slants down) at the uppermost right corner so when users hit on it, Google’s Chrome will go into full screen mode instantly. Of course, users can go into full screen mode with Firefox 8 on Mac OS X Lion by go to View > Enter Full Screen or using shortcut keys, but somehow it seems these methods are somewhat cumbersome. In case non-mac users have no idea, full screen mode isn’t a big deal to Windows at the moment, but this feature is a big deal for Mac OS X Lion.
In case you have missed the news, Google has released newer version of its Chrome browser to 13.0.782.215 which addresses 11 security vulnerabilities. Some Mac users might not be able to upgrade since an unknown bug which prevents users from update Chrome and complains that users don’t have sufficient permission to do so. Don’t sweat, just drag the old Chrome app/folder in application folder to Trash. Become root and change the permission of Chrome app/folder inside Trash to the specific user that you want to use to trash the Chrome folder/app. Use that very user to trash the Chrome folder/app inside Trash. Now, you can install newer version of Chrome onto your Mac. Windows users should not have any problem in upgrading to newer Chrome version. You can check out MSNBC article “Google updates Chrome, fixes 11 flaws” to read on what sort of security flaws that the previous Chrome version had.
If you’re using Google Chrome browser, then you need to update/upgrade it to latest stable version which is Chrome 13. According to PCWorld, Google patched 30 bugs in Chrome browser. New features of Chrome 13 are Instant Pages and Print Preview for Windows and Linux users (Mac users will have this soon).
To my understanding, somewhat flimsy though, that Instant Pages for Chrome browser will dispatch an algorithm which tries to guess what results would be in fact the results that you most likely to click on, and when you actually click on the results that Instant Pages had it right, then the webpages you are trying to load will load way faster! In a way, it’s as if Google is trying to read your mind and load the webpages that you want to load sooner or later beforehand. Well, at least that how it looks like as Google tried to explain in the video below. For how it actually works, I doubt I know, but I can see that Google might want to learn an individual’s search behaviors such as how each of us would click on what type of things on a search result page. Nonetheless, like I said, I’m not entirely sure what sort of magic Google has concocted for Instant Pages to work or how Google will improve it to the point of mind reading its users.
Enabling Instant Pages by going to Chrome >> Preferences/Options >> Basics >> Enable Instant for faster searching and browsing. I think we have been experiencing part of Instant features such as instant results from Google Search for quite sometimes already, but Instant Pages is a newer feature which allows us to load websites way faster, but I’m not 100% sure this is the case! Anyhow, I guess when enabling Instant feature in Chrome browser, you and I will get faster results from search and loading websites.
Print Preview is something Chrome browser has been missing, because people like us have gotten used to previewing print pages on Microsoft Office and Open Office and so on that we kind of feel somewhat uncomfortable when Google Chrome isn’t allowing us to do something simple as previewing the pages that we want to print! The wait is now officially over for Windows and Linux users who use Chrome browser, because Print Preview will work for them now when using Chrome. Unfortunately for Mac users, they have to use beta version of Chrome to enjoy the feature, because this very feature is still in testing phrase for Mac users.
I’m happy to know that Google Chrome newest stable version yet which is Chrome 12 can now automatically scan for malicious downloads. According to USAToday, Chrome 12 boasts that it will not need to know the malicious web destinations ahead of time, and yet it will be able to detect malicious downloads. So, it sounds Chrome 12 is super safe! Still, some hackers out there may eventually know how to circumvent Google Chrome’s newest yet battle strategy. For now though, don’t we love nothing more than a browser such as Chrome to exhibit such amazing security feature? I think so, because with Chrome 12 we may feel surfing the web and downloading data somewhat safer than what not.
If one day the browsers can replace all security software, that will be the day that I’m truly happy! No longer anybody needs to download a bunch of security software to hog evermore computer’s resources. No longer anybody needs to buy even more security software just to know later they still can be hacked as usual. It will be a death knell for many security software if light weight browsers can be configured to prevent computer viruses and malware. Firewall? Sure, a browser can become a user interface for IPTables for Linux users. Imagine that eh? How about such a browser can also configure Windows’ firewall with preset safest firewall settings? Don’t worry, such browsers will allow users to modify security rules of Windows’ firewall down to the tiniest detail so whatever specifications and needs will be met.
You see, Chrome is heading in the direction that I have to say, “I’m loving it!” You see, it doesn’t matter if a computer has installed the best security software. When a user downloads something destructive, the security software has only one chance of identifying such malicious download; we know more than often, many security software tend to miss the mark completely, especially with those zero-day exploits. The truth is that no antivirus software can boast for sure that they will catch 100% of all virus types out there in the wild. As Internet connection gets faster, the needs for downloads will increase many more folds. It’s obvious that we will get infect by virus easily if we are not evermore vigilant about our downloading behaviors. So, in the end I don’t see that many differences between a browser with capability of detecting computer viruses versus an antivirus software. The big difference is that a browser may likely be free of charge, but most antivirus software come with decent price tags.
Chrome 12 has other new features too, but I let you read them at USAToday’s “Google Chrome 12 is now stable release.” You don’t have to wait for Google to push the update to your browser automatically, because now you can venture directly to Google Chrome’s website and download the newest stable version. Don’t forget to install it after you download it, eh? I think by installing the latest version, the older version will be overwritten automatically. Just make sure you actually quit Chrome before the installation of the newest yet stable version of Chrome begins.