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Safer Browsing on Android, 2015 According to Twitter… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 08-12-2015

Google gives Chrome a safety boost, Twitter launches #YearOnTwitter, Facebook shuts down its creative arm, Netflix adds originality to its lineup, and floppy disks are still a thing!


Google Turns on Safe Browsing Mode

Google has made it safer for Android users iCan't: 5 Things Android Users Take For Granted and iPhone Users Just Can't Do Have you ever thought that there might be a reason Android users brag about their customizability? Sure, as an iPhone user, you can add and configure apps, change your wallpaper, and otherwise make yourself feel... Read More to browse the Web, as long as they use Chrome to do so. This is because the latest update to Chrome for Android enables Safe Browsing mode by default. Which should prevent Chrome for Android users accessing known phishing sites and encountering malware Malware on Android: The 5 Types You Really Need to Know About Malware can affect mobile as well as desktop devices. But don't be afraid: a bit of knowledge and the right precautions can protect you from threats like ransomware and sextortion scams. Read More .

Safe Browsing has always been a feature on the desktop version of Chrome, and has been available as an opt-in feature for mobile users since 2013. However, Google has resisted enabling it by default until now because of the amount of data involved. The company has now found a way of sufficiently compressing the data so that Safe Browsing can be enabled by default.

Anyone with Chrome for Android version 46 or version 47 should be protected by default. To make sure this is the case click on Settings, and then Privacy, and ensure the Safe Browsing option is ticked. You can also visit Google’s Safe Browsing test page to ensure everything is working as it should be.

Twitter Looks Back Over 2015


Whether or not you personally use Twitter, it’s surely impossible to deny the part Twitter plays in the modern world. News stories often break first on Twitter The Absolute Best Ways To Follow The News On Twitter Twitter is the coolest, most user-friendly way to keep up with the news of the world, yet sometimes we still over-complicate it. With all of the different accounts and followers and feeds flying around, it... Read More , with a single tweet from someone on the scene being the initial indication of a breaking news story. Hashtags then come into play, and the story spreads around the world.

With this in mind, Twitter’s look back over the major events of 2015, as detailed on the social network, makes for fascinating reading. Important hashtags Hashtag Activism: #powerful or #pointless? #BringBackOurGirls, #ICantBreathe, and #BlackLivesMatter have seen wide international coverage in the past year – but are hashtags an effective means of activism? Read More seen this year include #ParisAttacks (to spread word of the terrorist attack in France), #MarriageEquality (celebrating the legalization of gay marriage), and #IStandWithAhmed (defending Ahmed Mohammed, whose homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb).

There are plenty of other moments and movements which either started or spread on Twitter worth exploring. In fact, there are so many that Twitter has set up a dedicated website ( detailing the trends, influential people, and popular tweets seen over the course of 2015. You should check it out, and then start using Twitter 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More if you haven’t already done so!

Facebook Kills Its Creative Labs Arm


Facebook has unexpectedly shut down its Creative Labs division, along with the apps it had previously created. Creative Labs was responsible for the Slingshot, Riff, and Rooms (read our first look at Rooms Chatrooms Aren't Dead. Meet, From Facebook Facebook has released a new app that allows for semi-anonymous chatrooms. Called Rooms, it's currently available for iOS, with an Android and iPad native port not far away. Read More ) apps, which were all created in-house by developers and designers working together.

The social network told CNET, “Since their launches, we’ve incorporated elements of Slingshot, Riff and Rooms into the Facebook for iOS and Android apps. We haven’t updated these apps in some time and we’ve decided to officially end support by removing them from the App Store and Google Play.”

This suggests Facebook is concentrating its resources on improving its main app rather than creating a host of single-purpose apps. It could also stem from that fact that both Slingshot and Rooms were accused of being rip-offs of existing apps Apple Pay Suffers Major Blow, Facebook Accused of Plagiarism [Tech News Digest] Also, Twitpic lives on, PS4 owners share games, the brutal truth for $10, and a meta Google Glass review. Read More : Snapchat and Room, respectively.

Netflix Doubles Down on Original Shows

Netflix The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix This guide offers everything you need to know about using Netflix. Whether you're a new subscriber or an established fan of the best streaming service out there. Read More is doubling down on original content, lining up 31 scripted series for 2016, compared to 16 it produced in 2015. The streaming service is also planning at least 12 documentaries, 10 stand-up specials, and 10 feature films. Which, when combined, adds up to a phenomenal amount of content only available through Netflix.


Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos made the announcement at the UBS Media Conference in New York yesterday (Dec. 7), saying, “This is high quality stuff. This is programming people want to watch.” And Netflix knows exactly what people want to watch, as it’s able to track exactly what people watch and search for.

Producing original content is an expensive business, but it also makes a lot of sense for Netflix. For one, it ensures the service has a constant stream of new content available to its users wherever they are in the world. It also gives people an extra incentive to actually subscribe to Netflix over the competition Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Which Should You Choose? It has been years since we've compared heavy-hitting streaming services, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. And with changes in pricing, content, quality, and interface, we thought it was time to revisit the topic. Read More .

Floppy Disks Are Still a Thing

And finally, we discover that floppy disks are still a thing 5 Useful Things You Can Create With Your Old Floppy Disks Read More . Once ubiquitous on all computers, floppy disks are no longer being produced, which means the stock that’s out there is dwindling fast. Tom Persky, owner of, is taking full advantage of the situation.

As he admits in the video, “I just forgot to get out of the floppy disk business.” However, doing so is actually proving to be quite lucrative, as Persky collects old floppy disks, wipes them, formats them, relabels them, and then sells them on. Genius. [H/T Silicon Republic]


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you use Google Chrome on Android? Do you use Twitter on a regular basis? Are you sad to see the end of Facebook’s Creative Labs? Which Netflix Originals do you watch? When was the last time you used a floppy disk?

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  1. Anonymous
    December 8, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    My Google privacy settings do not give me the Safe Browsing option to tick. I see "Protect you and your device from dangerous sites", which I assume does the same thing.