Posts Tagged ‘google chrome’

Redesign Arcade Fire’s latest music video through your smartphone

Posted on: September 10th, 2013 by 1 Comment

Though the technology behind music videos has come a long way since Dire Straits’ Money For Nothing premiered on MTV Europe, it hasn’t quite caught up with the respective changing worlds of movies, music and TV. With their video for “Reflektor” Arcade Fire has taken the release of their latest single to a whole new level – in a nutshell, the technology behind the “Reflektor” video allows you to paint effects on the screen with your smartphone whilst the video plays.

The way it works is when you link your smartphone with your web browser, thereby syncing the visual tracking from your computer’s webcam, and the data your phone provides through its gyroscope and accelerometer. This allows the phone to become a tool to manipulate whatever you’re seeing onscreen, giving you the space to alter every scene in the video. You can change each effect by modifying the distance and angle of your phone to the computer screen.

Whilst a traditional shoot still took place on location in Haiti, a specialist team implemented the new technology through the post-production process. Luckily for other developers, the team chose to make the code open-source, as well as go a step further by giving users a tech page portal through which they too could tweak the set-up of the video – something that would apply in real time. The most groundbreaking part of the video hits towards the end of the video, which you can discover here – since the project is a Google Chrome experiment we would recommend downloading that first (if you don’t have it).

A false sense of security with Google Chrome

Posted on: August 9th, 2013 by No Comments

Be careful of storing passwords in Chrome – a serious flaw in its security means that anyone with access to your computer can see your passwords. By just clicking on the settings icon, choosing ‘Show advanced settings’ and then ‘Manage saved passwords’ gives you access to any passwords you’ve inputted whilst browsing. A plain-text option reveals the passwords properly, meaning that they can simply be copied and pasted in an email, or captured in print screen.



The problem is Google is entirely aware of this problem but isn’t willing to address it. In a bizarre statement Justin Schuh, the head of Google’s Chrome developer team, said:

“We’ve also been repeatedly asked why we don’t just support a master password or something similar, even if we don’t believe it works. We’ve debated it over and over again, but the conclusion we always come to is that we don’t want to provide users with a false sense of security, and encourage risky behavior. We want to be very clear that when you grant someone access to your OS user account that they can get at everything.”

In theory this is true, but it should not be suggested by the organization behind one of the three most widely-used browsers on desktops worldwide. Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari all had similar problems, with the difference being that they chose to address it – either through the addition of a master password or through an increase in security features.

If you use Chrome and you’re not the sole user of your computer – or even if there’s any chance that someone else might have access to your browser – be wary of the way you store passwords. Either deselect the option when the standard Chrome request pops up after a log-in, or at this stage, choose a different browser.

Which Browser?

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by No Comments

Battle of the browsers


With a wealth of browsers to pick from, it’s getting harder and harder to decide which one is best suited to your particular browsing experience. You get the popular stereotypes – Internet Explorer is for technophobes, Google Chrome for the ‘geek chic’, Mozilla Firefox for those too stubborn to accept Chrome’s so-called superiority; and Safari for the Apple ‘snobs’. We’ve researched these four ‘top dog’ browsers and have compared their common features to see where their strengths (and weaknesses) lie.


Internet Explorer

Best for: Security. With features like ‘Do Not Track’ and ‘Use Tracking Protection’, IE can put a stop (or at least control) to the websites you visit collecting sensitive data about you. You can also browse ‘InPrivate’, which eliminates passwords, search history, webpage history, and any other information you put in once you close IE. The SmartScreen feature also helps protect you by detecting any potentially harmful websites.

Worst for: Personalisation. IE 10 lacks the option to change themes, and whilst its personal appearance has improved over earlier versions, it still has a lot of catching up to do.


Google Chrome

Best for: Plug-ins, personalisation and stability. Chrome offers a seemingly endless range of extensions and apps to enhance your browsing experience, as well as a sign-in option that gives you the option of accessing your favourite pages on different computers. Chrome also runs different tabs as separate processes, which means if one tab crashes, the other pages are not affected. HTML 5 also runs superbly on Chrome.

Worst for: No integrated RSS reader, which means you cannot get all the feeds you subscribe to in one fluid page.


Mozilla Firefox

Best for: Add-ons. Whilst Chrome is catching up fast, Firefox has always dominated this field, with a range of plug-ins that continue to impress.

Worst for: Stability. Too many add-ons slow Firefox down significantly, causing crashes on an oft-regular basis.


Apple Safari

Best for: Mobile syncing. If you own an Apple device, Safari definitely is the one to go to (no surprise here). Safari also has always offered a very secure browsing experience, guaranteeing that websites bearing malicious code will never get into your computer system.

Worst for: Speed. Speed has always been an issue for Safari, which places poorly in terms of loading graphics-heavy pages. It is also lagging as far as HTML 5 goes.