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Google’s Chrome 76 browser rolling out today with several new features

Google has released today version 76 of its Chrome web browser. Users can use the browser’s built-in updater to update their browser to the latest release. Starting today, Chrome latest version number is now 76.0.3809.87.

ONE STEP CLOSER TO FLASH’S DEATH

For several years Adobe Flash has been blocked by major browsers in one way or another even though it is not truly dead until 2020. In Chrome 76 version Flash is block by default. You can still access Flash as explained in a recent article: “The Chrome 76 beta by default blocks Flash in the browser. However, users still have the option [chrome://settings/content/flash] to switch back to the current “Ask first” option — where explicit permission is required for each site after every browser restart — for several more releases.”

NO MORE INCOGNITO MODE DETECTION

Paul Irish the developer of Google Chrome says that websites will no longer be able to detect when your browser is in Incognito Mode.

 Wikipedia explains privacy or incognito mode: “Private browsing, privacy mode or incognito mode is a privacy feature in some web browsers to disable browsing history and the web cache. This allows a person to browse the Web without storing local data that could be retrieved at a later date. .. This privacy protection is only within the browser application as it may leave traces on the hard drive and memory of the device,[1] or via websites by associating the IP address at the web server.[2] “

This new feature of incognito mode will cause problems for publishers such as the New York Times that use the detection schemes to keep you from reading an infinite number of free stories and guide you into paying for a subscription.

SITES CAN SWITCH TO DARK OR LIGHT MODE BASED ON THE OS THEME

An enhancement for dark mode is that web developers can program their sites to automatically serve up a dark version of their website when it sees your dark mode browser. Dark mode means user interfaces that work to decrease light output by changing the way that information is present on the screen. Specifically, IT pros use the term “dark mode” to talk about light text showing up on a dark screen background.” IT means “information technology”.

Other few changes you can read on Google’s Chromium blog post. Chrome is by far the most popular browser with over 69 percent of desktop browser and 60 percent of mobile browsers.

-> New in Chrome 76 on Google

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