Mike Becky

Tag Archive for ‘Chrome’

Ad-Blocker AdGuard Struggles With Google’s Extension Rules ➝

Cindy Harper, writing for Reclaim the Net:

It was clear even when it was first announced in a paper in 2018 that Google’s Manifest V3, a new extension API for Chrome, would present a big problem for developers of extensions designed to block ads, but also trackers and certain types of malware – and for users who want improved privacy and control over their browsing experience.

Manifest V3 was first incorporated into Chrome 88 and released in January 2021. Since early 2022, new extensions using Manifest V2 are no longer accepted in the Chrome Web Store, and the last part of the phasing out of this API, which will break all extensions based on it, is expected to take place by January 2023.

If you use Chrome and want to continue using ad blockers, you should consider switching to another browser. I currently use Brave and although it’s based on Chromium, they already have plans to continue supporting Manifest V2 after Google sunsets it in Chrome.

➝ Source: reclaimthenet.org

Extension Fingerprints ➝

From the webpage:

Chrome extensions can be detected by fetching their web accessible resources. These are files inside an extension that can be accessed by web pages. The detected extensions can be used to track you through browser fingerprinting.

This is a pretty nifty tool to help illustrate browser fingerprinting based on extensions. When I open this in Brave on my Mac, I’m seeing that 0.002% of users share the same extensions with me, that seems like it would be pretty accurate for targeting.

➝ Source: z0ccc.github.io

Web Developers Form Advocacy Group to Allow Other Browser Engines on iOS ➝

Tim Hardwick, writing for MacRumors:

Apple is being challenged by a group of developers to end WebKit’s dominance on its mobile devices and allow other browser engines on iPhone and iPad, following accusations that the current situation amounts to anti-competitive conduct.

For those unfamiliar with WebKit, Apple’s browser engine powers Safari and other areas of the operating system where web content is displayed. Apple requires all third-party browser apps on iOS and iPadOS to use WebKit, but many browser developers are not happy with the limitations this imposes on them.

The latest pushback comes in the form of “Open Web Advocacy” or OWA, a project launched by UK-based developers who want third-party access to all the features that Safari enjoys but which are not available in WebKit.

One prevailing argument opposing this is that Chrome would become the dominant web browser on iOS in addition to its existing dominance on all other platforms. But the solution to that isn’t to prevent Chrome from existing on iOS or artificially hindering its abilities. The solution is to build better alternatives and convince people to use them.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

On Being Frustrated With the Current State of Browsers ➝

Michael Harley, on the state of the web browser market:

Has the Internet just become an ad delivery network? Is there so much money sloshing around from ad people that software companies/teams doing browser development are simply unable to pass it up? They have to take the money because it’s so much, but everyone seems to recognize people don’t want to be served ads, or tracked across the web. The browser developer organizations recognize the concerns of users but really all they’re willing to do about it is use the word private in the title of their ad tracking platform.

Maybe I’m being too naive, rigid or unrealistic but I don’t want to be served ads at all. I’m sorry that businesses have built their websites using an ad-based model but that’s not my problem. Offer me a subscription service, and if it’s valuable enough to me then I’ll pay for a subscription.

I’m currently using Brave because, despite my lack of interest in their ad network or BAT, I appreciate that they’re trying to build a business model that doesn’t rely on Google or other major tech companies for funding . And it’s easy enough to disable the features I dislike.

I’m not thrilled about it being built on Chromium, though. I hate the idea that there could be a future where the entirety of the market is Safari, Chrome, and Chrome-based browsers. But until Mozilla gets their act together and spends a little more time building a great browser and a little less time encouraging censorship, I’ll have to settle with the least offensive option.

➝ Source: obsolete29.com

Microsoft Discouraging Chrome Downloads With Prompts in Edge ➝

Tom Warren, writing for The Verge:

Windows 10 and Windows 11 have both started displaying new prompts when people navigate to the Chrome download page, in an effort to discourage people from installing Google’s rival browser.

This is pretty scummy, but not surprising at all given Microsoft’s history of anti-competitive behavior.

You really shouldn’t be using Google Chrome, though. Try Firefox or Brave instead.

➝ Source: theverge.com

Chrome Team Approves Patch to Block ‘View Source’ ➝

mhoye, writing on Mastodon.social:

Seriously, the Chrome team just landed a patch that lets sites block “View Source” right in the middle of the Chrome Dev Summit.

If not for “View Source”, I wouldn’t have learned HTML and CSS, I wouldn’t have built my own WordPress themes, and I wouldn’t be working at Automattic right now.

There is no rational reason for doing this.

➝ Source: mastodon.social

Chrome Experimenting With Follow Feature Powered by RSS ➝

Adrienne Porter Felt:

Starting today, we’re experimenting on Chrome stable with a Following feature. You can choose websites to follow, and their RSS updates will appear on Chrome’s new tab page.

I’m not particularly fond of Chrome, but this is the type of feature I want to see in web browsers. Not necessarily because I plan to use it — I already have a pretty nifty RSS setup — but because it might mean an uptick in RSS usage among less technically-savvy users

➝ Source: mobile.twitter.com

Why Google Abandoned Its Bottom Toolbar-Focused Chrome Redesign ➝

There’s a lot you can do to improve the user interface of mobile web browsers, but I’m not convinced that sticking everything into a toolbar at the bottom of the screen and hiding crucial features is the right way to go.

➝ Source: 9to5google.com