Google has again abandoned its attempt to simplify the Internet for uninformed users, in one way or another by hiding the “dreaded” address bar of Chrome.
In 20218, Google tried to get rid of URL mapping entirely by showing only search terms in the address bar, but an impractical design forced developers to abandon the idea.
First attempt to hide URL
In 2020, the developers tried again to simplify the search bar and address, this time by hiding all parts of the web address except the domain name. While this approach has drew a fair amount of criticism from users, Google has defended its decision for a while, citing its intention to help people better identify malicious sites.
Second attempt to hide the URL
Apparently, now Google has reconsidered the situation, since they recently decided to close testing of this function, and did not finally implement it into the browser.
In a recent update to the Chromium bug tracker, a developer from Google reported that hiding the URL did not actually improve user security as expected, so they are going to close the experiment.
This change has already been implemented in Chrome 91, so users don’t need to do anything special to access the address bar. By default, only the “https: //” slice is now hidden. To display it, just right-click on the Chrome address bar and select “Always show URL in full.”
It looks like Google has succumbed to public opinion and finally listened to feedback without alienating power users.
Windows 11 latest update brings tons of fixes, fixes annoying crashes with games, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Microsoft has released a fresh update to Windows 11, which brings a large list of fixes for problems that users of the OS have complained about.
As noted on the network, crashes with games were especially annoying. Microsoft explains that games have stopped working when using certain technology to play sound effects. In addition, crashes when reconnecting Bluetooth devices and when using the Wi-Fi hotspot function, among many others, should be fixed.
For corporate users, the Windows 11 update brings the Search Highlights feature, which suggests content based on what day it is. For example, important events and holidays, and corporate users – important contacts and recent files. The new interface appears when the user clicks on the search box on the taskbar and doesn’t type anything.
An optional update for Windows 11, number KB5014668, is available through Windows Update (Windows Update), as well as for manual installation. It is not automatically installed unless the user clicks the “Check for Updates” button.
Google promised a big update to Chrome for iPhone
Google spoke about the upcoming large-scale update of the proprietary Chrome browser for the iOS platform.
Soon, Chrome users on iPhone and iPad will have access to several new features at once. Chrome has long had a password manager – Google Password Manager – for computers and Android devices, and now this service will receive support on the iPhone and iPad. It will auto-complete passwords.
Google also promises better protection against phishing and malware on iPad and iPhone. Enabling Enhanced Safe Browsing for Chrome on iOS will allow the browser to predict and warn users if they visit a web page that Google systems have previously identified as phishing or malware.
Chrome on iOS will also get a leak alert feature. The browser will alert users if their credentials have been compromised.
Another innovation is to help users discover new content and launch Google searches if the app has not been used for a long time. Recently opened tabs will still be available, but Google wants to make it easier for users to browse content and get back to frequently visited sites faster.
In addition, after the update, the translation of sites into the user’s language will be faster. In addition, Chrome Actions (Chrome Actions) will become available, which allow you to quickly change settings or launch functions from the address bar. For example, delete your browsing history, open an incognito tab, or set Chrome as your default browser.
Mars probe will soon receive an update for on-board software based on Windows 98
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express spacecraft will soon receive a software update for its MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding) scientific radar. This will give it the ability to more effectively search for water below the surface of the red planet, as well as track Phobos, the closest moon of Mars.
It is noteworthy that the on-board computer uses a modification of the single-core PowerPC 750 processor with a frequency of 233 MHz and the Windows 98 operating system. This processor is called the RAD750, it has been improved to work in conditions of high radiation levels. Similar processors are installed in the Curiosity and Perseverance Martian rovers, as well as in the Kepler and Fermi space telescopes. Note that the base PowerPC 750 was used in iMac computers.
Engineers at the National Institute of Astrophysics in Italy said they had problems when they tried to improve the performance of MARSIS. One of the reasons was the old software – it was created more than 20 years ago in the development environment for Windows 98.
As expected, the update will allow you to work with MARSIS five times longer, as well as explore a much larger area than before.
Earlier, the NASA Curiosity Mars rover sent new photos from the Red Planet.
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