Google Chrome 123 removes Theora support, adds zstd compression for HTTPS

Google Chrome 123 is available in the stable branch, and comes with several changes, new features and improvements. As mentioned in the title, it completely removes the Theora codec. The new tab page now allows opening tabs from other devices with one click. The browser now supports the Zstandard (zstd) compression algorithm, in addition to t gzip, brotli and deflate algorithms for content download. For a small percentage of US users it brings up a few AI-powered features like automatic tab organizer. And much more.

New Bing pop-up ads in Chrome try to trick you into changing your default search

Microsoft has updated the server part of its services and added two files BCILauncher.EXE and BingChatInstaller.EXE to Windows 11/10 to show Bing pop-up ads to Google Chrome users on Windows 10/11. Some users may accidentally set Bing as their default search engine in Chrome after receiving the notification, as it requires an interaction.

Google Chrome will soon allow installing any website as a desktop application

To allow the "Install page as app" option for any website, you can now enable two flags in Chrome Canary. An X user has brought to light this upcoming feature of the Chrome 124 browser. It will allow users to install any web page as a desktop application.

This new Google Chrome feature will block attacks on home networks

Google is currently testing a new feature aimed at protecting users on private networks from attacks originating from malicious public websites. This feature, called "Private network access checks for navigation requests," will be available in the upcoming Google Chrome 123 browser, initally in a "warning only" mode.

Chrome is testing automatic micropayments for site monetization

Google Chrome developers are reportedly working on automatic micropayments for site monetization (Web Monetization), which will allow you to automatically pay to site owners for viewing their content. The transactions are assumed to be quiet and done without a confirmation from the user. Google considers this as a good alternative to ads on websites.

Google Chrome for Windows on Arm is now a thing, and you can test it

Google has made an important update to Chrome by introducing native Arm64 support for Windows. This move brings Chrome up to speed with its support for Arm on Linux and Mac, which has been available for years. The latest Chrome Canary build now allows users to install and test Arm64 architecture directly on Windows devices with Arm processors, eliminating the need for emulation.

Chrome 121 stable adds cool experimental AI features

Google released Chrome 121 for everyone running the stable version of the browser. It disables third-party cookies for 1% of users, improves Safe Browsing protection, adds a new sidebar button to the toolbar, introduces link handling for PWAs, and more. There is also a surprising set of AI-powered features, currently experimental.

Starting January 4, 2024 Google will start disabling cookies in the browser

Google has announced that starting on January 4, 2024 they will start disabling third-party cookies in the Chrome browser among approximately 1% of users. This trial will be conducted on a global scale and will involve a limited number of Chrome users. In the latter half of 2024, Google plans to completely stop using third-party cookies for all users.

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