The latest version of Google Chrome (which is available now) will finally do something to prevent background tabs from killing your laptop’s battery.
Many of us spend most of our time on the web, but all too often browsing sessions can descend into a sprawling mess of memory-hogging, audio-playing tabs that bring your computer and your productivity to a shuddering halt. It doesn’t have to be that way. These extensions and tricks can bring some simplicity back to…
As we move towards eventually annotating the entire internet for truthiness, Washington Post reporter, Philip Bump, has created a Chrome Extension to fact check our President Elect’s notoriously dodgy tweets.
One of the great things about Google Chrome is that it offers thousands of third-party extensions that developers have come up with to add features, boost performance, and fix problems. Here are 17 Chrome extensions that we’d have a difficult time living without.
Having to close a tab with audio blaring from an auto-play ad is one of the web’s greatest annoyances, but at the same time, most of us want to hear videos coming from YouTube or Netflix. How do you mute one without the other? Fortunately, there are a couple of easy solutions available.
One great feature we lost in the transition from iTunes to all-you-can-eat streaming services is the smart playlist. When you have 30 million tracks to choose from, queueing up everything you’ve not heard for six months makes less sense. Thankfully, you can bring the feature to Google Play Music with a simple Chrome…
There are plenty of extensions out there for customizing Chrome’s New Tab page and Infinity is one of the latest ones to catch our attention. It creates a simple row of icons for speedy access to your favorite apps and sites, and you get convenient links to search and weather reports thrown into the mix, too. Here’s…
The chrome://flags page is a strange and wonderful trove of hidden settings for Google’s browser. It lets you peek under the hood of the application and tinker around with some experimental options not yet ready for prime time. Here are 16 of the most useful flag settings you might want to tweak.
With a billion or so users to its name, Chrome has been a huge success story for Google since its introduction in 2008. Right from the start, the browser aimed to be as lightweight and user-friendly as possible, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some advanced features hidden away behind the scenes—and with that in…
A fan of the simple ‘start menu’ on show in Chrome OS? You can use it on Windows and Mac computers as well—and it offers more features than you might think. As well as launching your online apps, you can perform quick calculations and run web searches from this pop-up box as well.
Google’s Chrome browser has a neat history erase tool that lets you blitz your browsing logs from the last hour, day, week or month—or from the beginning of time. However, that history can be useful to search back through, and if you only want to exorcise one site from Chrome’s memory, here’s how to do it.
Google Chrome has this slight problem where it hoards RAM and battery like Smaug hoards shiny things. It sucks, and it completely ruins an otherwise perfect browser. Apparently, Google is aware of Chrome’s problems, and it has a 12-step program to fix things.
You probably think of Chrome as a web browser—and so you should—but it has a few more tricks up its sleeve than you might have realized. Here are three of our favorite alternative uses for the software, which to a large extent work the same in Mozilla Firefox too.
Remember when we all switched from Firefox to Chrome? Chrome was stripped down, simple but fast as hell. It was like browsing the web on a whole new computer. These days Chrome is bloated, slow, and constantly crashing on me. I've finally reached the breaking point.
Google Chrome already alerts you to which tabs are playing audio, but you can also use these icons as mute buttons if you're prepared to delve into the browser's hidden settings file. The feature was previously available in the developer channel of the program but has now graduated to the stable editions for Windows,…
You know that nifty little feature on the Nexus 5 and other Android handsets that let's you voice summon Ok Google from any screen? Well, according to Google's François Beaufort, you'll soon be able to do just that on your Chromebook as well.
Chrome: Flix Plus, a new extension from us at Lifehacker, adds new features and tweaks to Netflix.com, letting you filter its recommendations, remove spoilers, use keyboard shortcuts, and a whole lot more.
Sure, Chrome's New Tab page is useful enough, and forged from the analysis of millions of user experience clicks, but why stick with what Google wants to serve up to you? There are several impressive extensions that can transform your New Tab page and provide some handy extra functionality.
NASA's ISEE-3 was launched in 1977 and sent data home for 20 years. Recently, NASA discovered the abandoned satellite is still transmitting data, and turned over the controls to a group of citizen scientists. ISEE-3 zooms by the moon tomorrow, and thanks to a new Google project, you can ride along at home.