Brave Browser App Looks to Block Intrusive Ads, Replaces With Clean Ads to Help Content Creators

A new Internet browsing application is about to the hit the streets, called Brave, aimed at combating intrusive ads that slow down your mobile browsing experience. If you have ever been the victim of slow load speeds on websites, it’s most likely that ads are the culprit. With Brave, ads that slow your load speed will be replaced by ads that are “clean,” meaning that the site owners will still get paid, but your browsing experience won’t be greatly hindered.

When you first load up a webpage, a site using ad technology that tracks you can place cookies and other miscellaneous content onto your browser, which in turn, allows an ad to show things relative to what you have been looking at online. For example, if you browse Amazon, then head to another website, you might see an ad for whatever it was you were looking for on Amazon. This is nothing new, but for anyone not looking to be tracked constantly on the web, Brave wants to solve this problem, while also not hurting content creators. (more…)

Be a Jedi in Google’s Latest Chrome Experiment, Lightsaber Escape

In the latest Built for Chrome experiment, appropriately titled Lightsaber Escape, you can be a Jedi warrior, attempting to escape an Imperial battleship while fighting Stormtroopers. For gameplay, your phone acts as a lightsaber controller, with syncing taking place between the Chrome app on your phone, and the Chrome browser on your desktop computer.  (more…)

Google Safe Browsing Now Protects Hundred of Millions of Chrome Users on Android

Google’s Safe Browsing, the security service behind Chrome that protects you as you cruise the internet by warning you of potentially harmful or dangerous sites, is now protecting millions of uses on Chrome for Android. Google announced the availability of the service this morning, noting that you are likely already covered by it, assuming you have Chrome 46 or higher installed.  (more…)

Chrome Beta 48 for Android Adds Cast Presenting, Custom Notification Buttons

Chrome Beta 48 has been announced at Google’s Chromium blog with a couple of specific features for Android users.

In the latest beta, Google has added in “presenter mode” when Casting, which is a way of displaying websites on your phone to nearby devices using Chrome in a presentation format. It’s basically like a slideshow that is controlled from your phone or tablet by connecting through a Chromecast or other Cast-ready device. (more…)

Chrome’s Data Saver Will Now Save Even More Data by Not Loading Images

Ever heard of Data Saver in Chrome on Android? It typically pops-up across your device’s screen when you open Chrome for the first time, asking if you want to conserve on data usage by allowing Google to compress web pages before you load them. The feature was introduced around the time that carriers started ripping you off “optimizing” their network by limiting your data plans and killing off unlimited, but it now will serve a new purpose or additional purpose.  (more…)

Google Awakens the Force With Star Wars Themes for Apps, Includes Gmail and Maps

Because there was not already an over saturation of Star Wars crap for you to buy in stores, Google has launched Star Wars themes for your apps, just in case you needed more Force in your life. If you have a Google account, and use it for Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, and other Google services, you can experience what the Light or Dark side have to offer their users.

To start, you will need to choose a side – Light or Dark. Once a side is chosen, you will begin to see Star Wars themes throughout many of Google’s applications, whether it is on an Android device or desktop computer. For example, I chose the Dark side, opened my Gmail, and I was greeted with a darkly colored Empire theme. In addition, if you open Google Maps, find your home, you should see a Death Star.  (more…)

Chrome Dev Gets Colored Toolbars Without Merging Tabs!

Through Chrome 39 and Lollipop, Google introduced a little customization option for websites like ours who want to give visitors a semi-custom experience when they stop by. The new option allowed for us to offer a colored toolbar to Lollipop deivces, which we proudly turned on as Droid Life pink. The pink color has been viewable on the site since last November, but many of you probably never noticed it.  (more…)