Google's New Chrome update is interesting...

I don't use Chrome browser at all. But I have it installed on my iPhone and MacBook - well its work related.

Every once in a while Chrome gets an update on my iPhone and I make it a point to check only if there have been new additions or changes to the browser. Today when I checked my App Store updates, Chrome was on the top of the list and the first update said "New look with Material Design bringing bold graphics, fluid motion and tactile surfaces". I had to check it out.

The one thing that struck me right away was the missing address bar. At first it put me off but then it made complete sense. Also, the title of this blog post has the word "interesting". I realized after using this browser for a few minutes that I was enter a search more often then entering entire URL addresses (I do that out of habit). Because now I wasn't tapping the address bar, but Google's search box. 

Google would like more people searching for websites then entering actual website addresses, because even though the search result will provide the website users intended to browse as the first result, chances are its a promotion. 

Eric Schmidt mistakenly suggests Chrome's incognito mode can foil the NSA

“If you’re concerned, for whatever reason, you do not wish to be tracked by federal and state authorities, my strong recommendation is to use incognito mode, and that’s what people do,” Schmidt explained. 

So what’s the problem here? Incognito mode is designed for—and serves—a completely different kind of privacy protection than the one Schmidt implied.

Oh Dear Lord!