Effective July 2018, Google’s Chrome browser will mark non-HTTPS sites as ‘not secure’

After years of pushing for ‘secure by default’ web sites, Google will identify insecure sites in the Chrome browser beginning mid-Summer. The post Effective July 2018, Google’s Chrome browser will mark non-HTTPS sites as ‘not secure’ appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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Google emails warnings to webmasters that Chrome will mark http pages with forms as ‘not secure’

Have forms, login fields and other input sections on your HTTP website? Chrome is going to mark them as not secure. The post Google emails warnings to webmasters that Chrome will mark http pages with forms as ‘not secure’ appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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Skype updates Chrome extension to make it easier to send call links in tweets, emails, and calendar invites

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Skype is introducing an update to its Chrome browser extension, one that makes it easier to share call links across a number of communication conduits.

With the Chrome extension installed, users will now see a little Skype icon in Twitter’s tweet composition window, which, when clicked, adds a link for anyone to join in your call.

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Above: Twitter & Skype

Additionally, the new Chrome extension makes it easier to generate call links directly from within the web-based email clients Gmail, Google Inbox, and Outlook.com, as well as Google and Microsoft’s respective calendar applications.

The update is a minor move in the grand scheme of things, but it represents part of Microsoft’s growing push to make Skype as widely accessible as possible. Skype for Web finally launched back in 2015, while earlier this month the new WebRTC Skype Linux app graduated from alpha with a bunch of new features.

 

 

 

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This Chrome extension reveals how Facebook is tagging your photos

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It’s no secret that Facebook has been getting pretty, pretty good at recognising objects and people in your photos.

So if you’re worried — or just merely curious — there’s now a Chrome and Firefox extension that will reveal all.

SEE ALSO: Get ready to see more captions on Facebook videos

It’s called Show Facebook Computer Vision Tags, and it’ll show a list of labels that Facebook has assigned to your images. The tech giant has been doing this since April 2016.

The extension is also a way to see how good Facebook is at determining what is in your photos, accurately assigning the tags “sky,” “outdoor” and “nature” to the picture below, for example. Read more…

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Eliminate Jargon on Your Landing Pages With Our Free Chrome Extension

What would you think if you wound up on this landing page?

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Check out some of the terms being used:

“The Next Generation of Awesome”
“Bleeding edge solution”
“Age of disruption”
“World class features”

Might your BS detector start going off?

These words are superlatives — meaningless filler. The language is flowery (and not in a good way).

And while this is an extreme example, jargonistic, superlative-laden landing pages are everywhere.

They lack specificity and don’t drive home any message. They aren’t persuasive and their unique value proposition is a blur. They make people feel lost  — like they just crawled out of a fallout shelter for the first time in 35 years.

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Wait, where am I?

The worst part? You could have meaningless drivel on your landing page and not even know it.

No sweat. We created a Chrome extension that can help (props to Henneke Duistermaat who inspired this whole idea with her post 17 Words to Stop Using on Your Landing Pages).

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download and install Unbounce’s Dejargonator Chrome Extension
  2. Run it on any landing page or website — offending phrases will be highlighted in red. (You can test it on this extra sleazy page here.)
  3. Hover over the red text and see what’s wrong:
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  5. Finally, update your page to be
    • Less sleazy and superlative-y
    • More specific (and thereby more persuasive)

Simple enough? Download the plugin below.


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Microsoft blocks Google Chrome & other browsers from Cortana in latest Windows 10 release

Microsoft says blocking third-party browsers & search providers improves user experience and is in keeping with how competitors act with their own digital assistants.

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