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Google has updated its Chrome Web browser with a number of new features aimed at making the browsing experience feel faster, especially on laptops and other less powerful devices. The new version, Chrome 45, is also designed to take it easier on the batteries of those devices, addressing a shortcoming often attributed to previous versions of the browser, according to Google.
Currently,Chrome can analyze running Web pages to figure out when they’re idle or not performing many tasks. From there, it takes the freed processor time to clean up old memory and filter out junk. According to Google, this process can free up 10 percent of the amount of memory being used, compared with Chrome 43,
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Chrome bugs allow sites to listen to your conversation. When exploiting bugs in Google Chrome malicious sites can activate your microphone, and listen in on anything said around your computer, even after you’ve left those sites.
Even while not using your computer – conversations, meetings and phone calls next to your computer may be recorded and compromised. As long as Chrome is running anything can be recorded.
Google is still waiting for the Standards group to agree on the best course of action, and your browser is still vulnerable. Most sites using Speech Recognition, choose to use secure HTTPS connections. This doesn’t mean the site is safe, just that the owner bought a $5 security certificate. When you grant an HTTPS site permission to use your mic, Chrome will remember your choice, and allow the site to start listening in the future, without asking for permission again. This is perfectly fine, as long as Chrome gives you clear indication that you are being listened to, and that the site can’t start listening to you in background windows that are hidden to you.
The main problem is Chrome’s microphone permissions policy. Once you’ve given an HTTPS-enabled site permission to use your microphone in Chrome, every instance of the site has permission, even windows that pop up unnoticed in the background. And since the code is running in a different window, it won’t set off any of Chrome’s recording icons. The only defense is to manually revoke the microphone permission, most users would never think of doing it.
You can ask Google questions with your voice and you’ll hear the answers. First must update or download version 27 of the Chrome browser for this feature to work. Go to Settings, then click Help to let Chrome figure out if it needs updating. You will also need a microphone in your laptop or desktop so that Google can “hear” your searches. (You can make sure the browser sees your mic by checking under Settings, “Show Advance Settings”, click on the “Content Settings” under Privacy, and giving Chrome permission to access your microphone and camera under “Media”.)
Soon you will be able to search with just voice, on all desktops and laptops running the Chrome browser, without the microphone button that already exists. Just utter “OK Google” and ask your question. ”
Soon, you’ll be able to just say, hands-free, “OK Google, will it be sunny in Santa Cruz this weekend?” and get a spoken answer. Then, you’ll be able to continue the conversation and just follow up with “how far is it from here?”