Unknown Chrome features

Chrome – the most popular web browser is full of hidden features which could make our life simpler, if we only had known them.

Choosing search engines on fly

Surely, you know that Chrome allow to set up many search engines as google, yahoo, ask and whatever you want. One of them is always indicated as a default SE and it is used by the omnibox’es search mechanism.
There are not many people who know that they can change this “default” search engine ‘on fly’ – during entering text int the omnibox. Just try to write yahoo and press Tab key and the omnibox will be switched to use Yahoo for searching. If you have other websites setup as the search engines you can switch omnibox to search in this websites at any moment by typing its domain name followed by Tab key. For instance if you are a video fan it would be fine if you enter vimeo.com into the list of Chrome’s search engines. For now you will be always able to find a your favorite video through vimeo.com directly from the omnibox. It will be enough to type ‘vimeo’ in omnibox and press tab to make the omnibox switch to search engine other than the default one.
To insert a new website into the Chrome’s list launch Settings scroll down to Search and click the ‘Manage search engines’. If you want to add a new website you must enter a name, a keyword (used in the omnibox) and address with so called search parameter. For example the correct url for youtube should look like
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%s

Calculator

Type 5*6 in in the Chrome’s omnibox. You will get a result of this arithmetical calculation and more: you will see a modest calculator ready to process new, even more complex expressions.

Image searching

Maybe sometimes you are not able to download an image from a website. Thanks to a searching for a similar image feature, this won’t be a case anymore. Simply right click on the image, and hit the Search Google for image option. Chrome will launch a new tab, and using Google’s reverse image lookup it’ll search for similar images on the web.

Chrome’s Task Manager

When you click Shift+Esc Chrome displays its own task manager which provides details about processes running by Chrome itself. Those are plugins, extensions and tabs. Sometimes you may want to end an useless process and free a some memory or other computer resources.

Recovering Closed Tabs

If you have closed a tab accidently while working on it, press Ctrl+Shift+T and it’ll reopen the last closed tab. Moreover you can retrieve up to 10 recently closed tabs by pressing Ctrl+Shift+T as many time as needed.

A timer

Chrome can remind you to end cooking or go somewhere. Just type in the omnibox ‘set timer for 10 minutes’ or ‘set timer for 45 seconds’ and Chrome display a timer and after 10 min or 45 sec. you will hear an alarm signal.

Apple security patch

When Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist from United Arab Emirates, received a suspicious text message with a link,he contacted with Citizen Lab, which worked in conjunction with San Francisco-based Lookout, and reported the matter to them. Lookout and Citizen Lab worked with Apple on an iOS security patch, trying to defend against so called “Trident” spyware. The researches have uncovered cyber attack targeting dissident’s iPhone.

How the virus breaks into a phone

There is a common scheme of cyber attacks. A target gets a text message or email with a link. If a victim click the link, it opens a web browser, loads page, exploits vulnerability and installs a spying software which gathers information: localisations, contacts and even conversations.
Due to Mansoor’s reaction on the attack, when he shared his concerns with The Citizen Lab, researchers have also unique opportunity to show the work of “shady cyber arms dealers” who command high prices for morally questionable services, Lookout vice president of security research Mike Murray told AFP.
The activity of such hacking groups can be a serious danger in countries where governments are not able to resist the temptation to use such tools against political opponents.

As a result of this cyber attack, Apple released a security update on Fri, 26 July.

How to enable the Location Service in Windows 10

Due to a bug in Windows 10 after disabling the Geolocation Service by changing startup type to Disabled you cannot enable it anymore. This can make some problems in other applications that need access to our location. Personally I have had troubles with Cortana.

If you want check the location settings you must start from Settings application.If you did, you would have seen a Setting main window. Just click Privacy icon on it.

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Now the Privacy tab is open and if you click on the Location, you may see that the button Change and Location switch are inactive (grey). This means that the Geolocation service doesn’t run.

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You can launch Task Manager and find the service with a name lfsvc at Services tab . If it is stopped try to start it  (right-click  on the service and choose Start from a displayed menu). Even if you are able to start our problem  won’t be solved in future (after the computer restarting). If you have still Task Manager open just right-click and choose Start Services from the menu.

servicesThe new application (Services) will open its window on the screen. Don’t do anything now with this app but run a regedit tool (press Win+R, write reedit and press Enter). Now try to find  a key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lfsvc\TriggerInfo\3\

and delete it.

When you have done, go back to open window of Services, find Geoloaction Service in the list, right-click on the row and choose Properties.

When you see the small window with properties just choose Automatic at the field Sturtup type.

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That’s all. You have setup a Location Service on for a long time.