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Google adds AI writing help to Chrome

Google adds AI writing help to Chrome

The latest AI addition arriving in Google Chrome M122 is its ‘”help me write” feature, which, shockingly enough, aids users with the written word. But while other types of AI might help you with a covering letter or longer article, Google’s ‘help me write’ is very much about improving short form content. Think sales listings, short emails, and brief restaurant reviews.  “The tool will understand the context of the webpage you’re on to suggest relevant content,” the company explained in a blog post. “For example, as an avid gardener, if I’m writing a review for garden shears, Chrome will pull out relevant details about the item from the page to support my recommendation so it’s more valuable to other hobbyists.” However, a tool like “Help Me Write” isn’t an entirely new concept. Microsoft Edge already has its equivalent with the ‘compose’ tool, so it’s arguable that, in introducing this feature, Google is simply attempting to play catch-up. However, Google was careful to add a few disclaimers about the software. It notes that the tool “doesn’t provide …

Chrome for Mac Gains ‘Help Me Write’ Generative AI Feature

Chrome for Mac Gains ‘Help Me Write’ Generative AI Feature

Google today announced the launch of a new “Help me Write” feature that is available for the Chrome browser on both Macs and Windows PCs. It is a tool that is able to help users start writing something, or refine something that’s already been written. Help me Write uses the Gemini model that Google announced back in December. At the time, Google said that Gemini was its most capable and general model to date, created through large-scale collaborative efforts by teams across Google. According to Google, the Help me Write feature can be used for everything from online reviews to support requests to product listings. The AI model is able to understand the context of the webpage that the user is on to provide suggestions for relevant content. As an example, a person writing a review for a pair of shoes might see suggestions that include key features from the product page that support the user’s opinion to make a review more valuable. For an online listing of something that’s being sold on eBay or …

The 10 Best Free VPN Extensions for Google Chrome

The 10 Best Free VPN Extensions for Google Chrome

Quick Links The Best Free VPN Extensions for Chrome Best VPN for Chrome: Free vs. Premium Are you thinking about using a free VPN for Chrome? There are many Chrome VPN extensions to choose from, so you need to be sure you’ve picked the best VPN for your needs—and we’ve uncovered some of the best options. The Best Free VPN Extensions for Chrome There are heaps of Chrome VPN extensions, each offering the world and using the same marketing language. It doesn’t make it easy to figure out which VPN actually protects your privacy over those that are security smoke and mirrors. Here’s our pick of the ten best free VPN Chrome extensions. 1. Browsec VPN Number of free servers: 4 Server locations: UK, USA, Singapore, Netherlands Data cap: No limit The big selling point of Browsec VPN is its connection speed. It offers up to 100 Mbps, which is far in excess of many other Chrome Store VPNs. On the downside, Browsec is based in Russia. It’s a country that’s not known for its …

Need Google Chrome to load pages faster? Enable this feature to speed it up

Need Google Chrome to load pages faster? Enable this feature to speed it up

John Lamb/Getty Images Google Chrome holds 64.4% of the global market share for web browsers. The next most popular browser is Safari at 18.82%. That’s a huge gap.  There are many reasons for Chrome’s domination, including Android’s global market share still hovering around 70% globally and Chrome being the default browser on Google’s OS.  Also: Update Google Chrome to get these new security features There are, of course, other reasons why Chrome is so dominant. One of them is speed. According to Cloudwards, Chrome is ranked as the fast browser for speed when loading pages. However, even with this big advantage, you can always find areas where you’d like Chrome to be faster. A case in point is page preloading. Google Chrome includes a feature called Preload Pages that informs the browser to preload pages you might visit. Chrome predicts the pages you visit the most — based on your history and habits — and preloads them in the background. Whenever you do visit one of these pages, it should load very quickly. If you’re looking …

Apple and Google Just Patched Their First Zero-Day Flaws of the Year

Apple and Google Just Patched Their First Zero-Day Flaws of the Year

Later in January, Google released Chrome 121 to the stable channel, fixing 17 security issues, three of which are rated as having a high impact. These include CVE-2024-0807, a use-after-free flaw in WebAudio, and CVE-2024-0812, an inappropriate implementation vulnerability in accessibility. The final high-impact vulnerability is CVE-2024-0808, an integer underflow in WebUI. Obviously, these updates are important, so check and apply them as soon as you can. Microsoft Microsoft’s January Patch Tuesday squashes nearly 50 bugs in its popular software, including 12 remote code execution (RCE) flaws. No security holes included in this month’s set of updates are known to have been used in attacks, but notable flaws include CVE-2024-20677, a bug in Microsoft Office that could allow attackers to create malicious documents with embedded FBX 3D model files to execute code. To mitigate this vulnerability, the ability to insert FBX files has been disabled in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Windows and Mac. Versions of Office that had this feature enabled will no longer have access to it, Microsoft said. Meanwhile, CVE-2024-20674 is …

Microsoft Edge steals your data from Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge steals your data from Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge is increasingly aggressively snatching your open tabs from Google Chrome in an attempt to get you to switch. The new Microsoft Edge has shown to be a good browser since its release in 2020, but Microsoft has never stopped aggressively pushing Edge over competing browsers, mainly Chrome. Google and Microsoft have been at odds over this matter for years; Microsoft even temporarily hid the Windows 11 default browser’s options. The Verge reported that after updating a Windows computer, Microsoft Edge would instantly launch and display every tab open in Google Chrome on the same device. Even though Edge has never requested to sync data with Chrome and hasn’t been utilized on that computer. The same thing occurred on another machine after an upgrade and a system restore. Another strategy Microsoft is using, which is starting to receive notice this week, is to have Edge copy all of your open tabs from Google Chrome so you may resume where you left off if you end yourself in Edge. Transferring data from Chrome to Edge each …

Best VPN for Chrome 2024

Best VPN for Chrome 2024

Based on our years of testing and using VPNs across operating systems and browsers, these are the top factors you should consider when choosing a VPN for Chrome: Platform compatibility If you’re looking for a VPN for Chrome, your primary consideration will be whether the VPN offers a Chrome extension. Most of the top VPN providers offer plugins for Chrome and other browsers, but some do not. Check that the VPN you’re considering offers a Chrome extension before purchasing. Alternatively, you can use your VPN provider’s native device app for platforms like Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS/iPadOS and Linux, which works with an installed Chrome browser. Privacy A VPN’s Chrome extension doesn’t deliver the same level of privacy that a full VPN app does, but you’ll still get basic privacy protections through the plugin because it provides browser encryption and hides your IP address from the websites you visit. An important privacy feature to look out for in your VPN’s browser extension is WebRTC blocking, which can help prevent your IP address (and location) from leaking to …

Google Debuting Chrome Feature Where AI Writes Your Posts For You

Google Debuting Chrome Feature Where AI Writes Your Posts For You

“We will will all suffer in the end, fed a mediocre stew of regurgitate.” Write Bot Google is gearing up to release a new feature for Chrome that’s essentially an in-browser, AI-powered writing assistant — a move that just might drown the Internet in even more AI-generated spam. “Writing on the web can be daunting, especially if you want to articulate your thoughts on public spaces or forums,” wrote Google Chrome vice president Parisa Tabriz in a Tuesday post. “So in next month’s Chrome release, we’ll launch another experimental AI-powered feature to help you write with more confidence on the web — whether you want to leave a well-written review for a restaurant, craft a friendly RSVP for a party or make a formal inquiry about an apartment rental.” To use the new writing assistant, you first log onto the Chrome browser, which dominates the market with an estimated 3-plus billion users. To activate the AI writing assistant, you “right-click a text box or field on any site you visit in Chrome and select ‘Help me …

Chrome browser receives three new generative AI features

Chrome browser receives three new generative AI features

Google has announced the release of three new generative AI features in Chrome (M121) aimed at enhancing user experience through machine learning and AI technologies. These features, which are experimental and available initially in the U.S. for Mac and Windows PC users, include tools for organizing tabs, creating custom browser themes, and assisting with writing on the web. However, they are not available for enterprise and educational accounts at this time says Google. Google’s Chrome browser is taking a significant step forward with the introduction of three innovative features that aim to improve the way users interact with the internet. These new tools, which are now available to Chrome users in the United States on Mac or Windows PCs, utilize advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to make browsing more efficient, personalized, and helpful when it comes to writing. Chrome browser AI features For many of us, managing a multitude of open tabs can be overwhelming. Chrome’s new AI-driven Tab Organizer is here to tackle this problem. It learns from how you use the browser and then …

Google Chrome adds three new AI features to make your internet browsing life easier

Google Chrome adds three new AI features to make your internet browsing life easier

Google Using the Chrome browser is about to get a little easier and a little more efficient thanks to the addition of three new AI-assisted features set to roll out soon. First up is something Google calls “tab groups,” which lets users organize a large collection of tabs. With this feature, Chrome will automatically suggest and then create groups based on what tabs you have open – especially useful if you’re working on multiple projects at once or planning a trip where you’re, say, researching hotels and trying to find the best restaurants.  Also: What Google Chrome’s incognito mode really does (and doesn’t do) for you To use this feature, Google says, you’ll just right-click on an open tab and select “Organize Similar Tabs.” The browser’s AI will find tabs that are about similar things, group them together, and suggest a name and emoji to make them easier to find. Second, Chrome is adding an AI-powered writing assistant that the company says will help users write with more confidence in public spaces — like an …