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Every Google Chrome user should try this

ZDNet

It feels like browser bookmarks haven't moved on since, well, since bookmarks became a thing in browsers. A big part of the reason why people have so many browser tabs open is because bookmarks are such an inefficient way to store things we want to go back to on the internet. Then the other day I came across something that gave bookmarks the performance and usability boost that I'd been waiting for all these years. BrainTool is a Google Chrome plugin that combines bookmarking with note taking and adds a sprinkling of tags to give you a fresh take on storing web links for future reference. At the core of the tool is a side panel that is essentially a nested list of tags, under each are the links that you've chosen to save, along with some text.


Palo Alto Networks names Google's Amit Singh as new president

ZDNet

Palo Alto Networks on Friday announced that its Board of Directors has named former Google executive Amit K. Singh to serve as the company's new president, effective November 1. Singh will succeed Mark Anderson, who will move into an advisory role until May 1 to help with the transition. Singh will report to Palo Alto Networks CEO Nikesh Arora, who joined the company in June. At Google, Singh most recently served as vice president of business and operations in emerging computing platforms, including augmented and virtual reality. He joined Google in 2010 to head up its enterprise business, then called Google for Work, after spending 20 years at Oracle. At Oracle, he helped the company acquire and integrate PeopleSoft, Agile and Demantr.


Google tracks your location even if you switch off location tracking

New Scientist

Google records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to, an investigation has found. The Associated Press reported that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data, even if you have used a privacy setting which states it will prevent Google from doing so. Computer science researchers at Princeton University in the US confirmed the report's findings. For the most part, Google is up-front about asking permission to use your location information. An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating.


Google Chrome tests out a more personal New Tab page

Engadget

A recent change to the Chrome Dev build on Android could indicate a new feature coming to the browser soon. Android Police points out that users are seeing a Google Now-powered content list on their devices, and I was able to pull it up easily after installing the test version of the app on my device. Google Reader it isn't, but it does bring the personalized suggestions closer to people who might not open the Search bar as often as their browser.


(VIDEO) The Washington Post Registers 5X Mobile Boost From Google's Progressive Web Apps

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

But the epitaph was premature. Over the last couple of years, the gatekeepers of the HTML standard have introduced new technologies that augment the mobile web with features approximating app capabilities. Meanwhile, efforts like Google's AMP are reducing the cruft that can slow down mobile web pages to the chagrin of users.