Tweet from the Chrome Address Bar by adding a Custom Search Engine

TIL: Chrome allows you to define a Custom Search Engine (CSE) by which you can search sites. The cool part is that you’re not really limited to search only, and that you can abuse these CSEs to become more productive. In this post I’ll show you how to tweet from the Chrome Address Bar. 🦊 […]

New in Chrome 80

Chrome 80 recently got released, with some nice new features. To me the highlights are: Support for Optional Chaining SVG favicons, which also support prefers-color-scheme BTW New in Chrome 80 → 💁‍♂️ Also on my list of highlights is Linking to text fragments using a special URL fragment in the form of :~:text=[prefix-,]textStart[,textEnd][,-suffix], but I […]

Native Image Lazy Loading in Chrome Is Way Too Eager

For the Web Performance Calendar Advent, Aaron Peters took a close look at Chrome’s Native Lazy Image Loading, and noticed that it’s a bit too eager: I see the lazy-loaded images being fetched at ~ window.pageYOffset = 8500 on desktop and they become visible at ~ window.pageYOffset = 11500. So, the image lazy-load logic of […]

SVG favicons in Chrome

A commit that landed in Chromium (and which will be available in Chrome 80) is support for SVG favicons. 🎉 🦊 Firefox already has support for SVG favicons, ever since version 41 Since most (all?) browsers always make a request to favicon.ico you can also serve an SVG at that location with the image/svg+xml MIME […]

Ungoogled Chromium is Google Chrome, but without Google

If you’re not too fond of Google but do want a Chromium-based browser that is as close to Google Chrome as it can be (along with some extras), be sure to check out Ungoogled Chromium: ungoogled-chromium is Google Chromium, sans dependency on Google web services. It also features some tweaks to enhance privacy, control, and […]

How to publish your PWA onto the Google Play Store

Thanks to the Trusted Web Activity feature in Chrome 72 on Android, the Google Play Store is now open for Progressive Web Apps. Chrome 72 for Android is now shipping from the Play Store to all users and this version included Trusted Web Activity (TWA), that in a nutshell is a way to open Chrome […]

Let’s play with Chrome’s Face Detection API

Recently Wes Bos sent out this tweet: 😮 Did you know Chrome has a FaceDetector API? — Wes Bos 🔥 (@wesbos) March 20, 2018 Sparked by that tweet, João Miguel Cunha set out to play with it. The code itself is pretty simple: create an instance of FaceDetector and call .detect() on it. That promise […]

Chrome 66 to Untrust Symantec-issued Certificates

Chrome is really tightening up the security game here. In Chrome 66 it will untrust Symantec-issued SSL/TLS certificates, after Symantec has repeatedly screwed up by wrongly issuing certificates for domains, including google.com itself. Thanks to a decision in September by Google to stop trusting Symantec-issued SSL/TLS certs, from mid-April Chrome browser users visiting websites using […]

On “Secure Contexts” in Firefox, HTTPS for local development, and a potential nice gesture by Chrome

👋 This post also got published on Medium. If you like it, please give it some love a clap over there. Earlier today, in a post entitled Secure Contexts Everywhere, it was announced on the Mozilla Security Blog that Firefox from now on will only expose new features such as new CSS properties to secure […]