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Your Guide to Private Browsing

InPrivate, Incognito, Private Browsing -- whatever they want to brand it -- all modern browsers offer a special mode designed to keep what you do online a secret from prying eyes. Despite different names and origins at different companies, they all work in basically similar ways: A new browser session is created that operates separately from your existing one, with its own history and cookies...

Clear Your Browser's Cache and Cookies to Protect Your Privacy

You probably already know this (we know you're very smart!), but it bears repeating: your browser saves a whole lot of data about what you do. Beyond just your browser history, the most visible trail of what you do on your PC, there is also your browser cache and cookies. Cookies are used by websites to keep you logged in and to track your browsing habits to provide targeted advertisements, while...

Google, Mozilla Adding New 'Do Not Track' Features to Browsers

Yesterday, both Mozilla and Google introduced new browser features capable of preventing third-party advertisers from tracking Firefox and Chrome users, respectively. And, while both services aim to give users greater control over their online information, they operate in noticeably different ways. Mozilla's new system alerts third-party advertisers and companies whenever a Firefox user doesn't...

Adblock Plus for Chrome Lands, One Less Reason to Stick With Firefox

Adblock Plus, one of our favorite extensions, is finally available for Chrome. It was only announced recently that the beloved extension would be coming to the Google browser -- but, to speed up the process, the Adblock Plus crew teamed up with the guys behind AdThwart, an ad-blocking add-on already available for Chrome. They changed the name to the more familiar Adblock Plus, and the two...

Give Back by Browsing With Chrome for a Cause

Google wants you to browse the Web for charity. All you have to do is install a Chrome extension. Chrome for a Cause simply counts the number of tabs you open, and, at the end of the day, you'll have the option to contribute your tabs to one of five worthy causes. Ten tabs plants a tree, and 100 builds a shelter. The program runs from now through December 19th....

Chrome OS Puzzle-Solver Scores a New Google Cr-48 Laptop

Google loves to make people solve puzzles. The company often posts them in obvious places for all the world to see, so it was a bit of a surprise when Sylvain Zimmer, and a few of his co-workers at music site Jamendo, spotted an equation hiding in the background of one of the new Chrome OS marketing videos. Zimmer immediately started trying to decipher and solve the lengthy string of symbols and...

Google Goes Big With Chrome Web Store, Chrome OS, Cr-48 Notebook

As if we hadn't already had enough Google news this week -- with Android Gingerbread, eBooks and the Nexus S hitting yesterday -- the Mountain View crew just served up a heaping helping of Chrome news. While updates to the Chrome browser look great, the new Chrome Web Store and Chrome OS led the event. Part of Google's push for an increasingly Web-centric computing experience, these products...

DropMocks Offers Easy Drag and Drop Image Sharing

DropMocks, an HTML5 project from Google's Glen Murphy, is a wonderfully simple image sharing site. To use, just drag a set of images from your desktop into the open DropMocks window (Firefox 4 and Chrome will work best) and the images will automatically upload and display in a CoverFlow-style gallery that can be shared with anyone. DropMocks galleries aren't private and don't offer many display,...

Internet Explorer Holds Less Than Half of Web Traffic, Chrome Use Triples

While Firefox is holding steady with a roughly 30-percent market share, Internet Explorer is continuing to drop. For the first time, the Microsoft browser is accounting for less than 50-percent of Internet traffic (although just barely at 49.87-percent). The continued erosion is primarily thanks to Chrome, which has tripled its market share to 11.54-percent. IE9 certainly has its work cut out for...

0Boxer Makes Gmail a Game

Everything is a game these days. Foursquare hands you rewards for eating out, Xbox Live turns playing games into a game, and Epic Win turned to-do lists into experiential point-earning quests. 0Boxer extends the same idea, in a somewhat more basic form, to your e-mail inbox. Using it is simple; sign up at 0Boxer.com, install the add-on, then start using Gmail as usual. You'll then be awarded...

Internet Explorer 9 Competes With Chrome in Speed, Design

Microsoft will officially launch Internet Explorer 9 later today, and it looks to be the most significant update the browser has seen since the jump from IE6 to IE7. Users will immediately notice the cosmetic changes that takes the trendy "less is more" design ethos to almost fundamentalist extremes. IE9 trims even more fat from the interface than its quite spartan competitor Google Chrome. The...

'Graph Your Inbox' Visualizes Your Gmail in Chart Form

'Graph Your Inbox' is an awesome, while possibly useless, Chrome extension that panders directly to our geekiest inclinations. It sits in the Chrome toolbar, and, when you click it, you're prompted to enter search terms. ("Creepy", "hate work" and "jellybeans" are fun to try.) It simply parses results from a Gmail search, so all of the same operators (e.g. label and 'from') will work. But rather...

Has the Browser Interface Always Been the Same? We Think Not.

Niraj Chokshi over at The Atlantic wrote that, despite Google's waxing nostalgic upon the changes to its Chrome browser over the past two years, the way we surf the Web hasn't really changed since the days of Mosaic. We smell a challenge! We suggest that Chokshi take a look at pioneering 'net artist Olia Lialina's essay 'Prof. Dr. Style' -- required reading for new media artists and Web geeks....

Google Chrome Celebrates Turning Two With 6 Update

It was two years ago this week that Google unveiled its browser experiment Chrome. In the ensuing 24 months, it's matured immensely and gone gold on both OS X and Linux, to complement its official Windows version. The browser has added bookmark and password syncing, support for themes and extensions, and, most importantly, significant speed increases. According to Google, today's Chrome is a full...

Arcade Fire and Google Team Up for HTML5-Powered 'The Wilderness Downtown'

For a band whose lyrics pine so heavily for a technologically simple past, Arcade Fire has really pushed themselves into the forefront of Internet marketing with the announcement of their third feature length album, 'The Suburbs.' First, the Canadian septet drafted a handwritten postcard to their fans announcing their upcoming single, scanned it and uploaded the missive for the blogosphere to...