How To Enable Night Light Mode in Chrome OS

Night Light Flag in Chrome OS

With many of us spending hours a day looking at computer displays, eye strain is a real problem for many.  This is particularly true late at night or early in the morning when we tend to view these screens in low light situations.  If the screen is to bright or has too much blue, it can cause eye strain.  To combat this, developers have rolled out a feature named Night Light.

Night Light essentially filters out the blue light in a display, turning it a warm sepia color, which reduces eye strain.  While Google has introduced this in Android, up until recently it wasn’t even an option in Chrome OS.

The feature made its way into the beta builds of Chrome 60 back in September but it wasn’t until Chrome 62 that it made it to the Stable channel.  Now, in Chrome 63, you still have to enable it manually to make it an option that is available to you on your Chromebook.  In this How To, I’ll show you where to find it and how to enable Night Light on your Chromebook.  I’ll also show you how to configure it to where it automatically turns on at a particular time each day.

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Minor Chrome for Android Update Rolling Out Today

Google Chrome for Android

Chrome for Android has a new update rolling out today that brings several security fixes to the browser.  The new version is build 62.0.3202.84 for those keeping score at home and should be hitting all devices over the course of the next few days.

The update contains a number of security updates to the browser that have been identified by external sources.  While the exact details of what was addressed are not disclosed, Google did link to the GIT repository for the update on all of the changes.  The abridged version is that this update fixes some buffer overflow issues, credentials issues and invalid printer URIs being used.

Ultimately for consumers, the bottom line is that this build is going to protect you against malicious code that could compromise your phone or your data.

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Chrome OS Update Brings KRACK Fix and Other Improvements

Toshiba Chromebook 2

An important update to Chrome OS has just been released to the Stable Channel for most devices.  Build 62.0.3202.74 (Platform version: 9901.54.0/1) is making its way out now with devices that are running the App Store expected to get the update over the course of the next few days.

The update includes a number of new features or improvements but perhaps the biggest update is a patch to address the KRACK vulnerability.  In case you missed the news, KRACK was a WiFi defect that could allow someone to break the encryption on your connection – thus exposing your data effectively “in the clear”.  Google, Microsoft and Apple amongst others have been working feverishly to patch the vulnerability on their devices, which more-or-less impacted every WiFi enabled device out there.

At least from a Chrome OS perspective, this update patches the OS so that you are no longer susceptible to KRACK.

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Chrome for Android Update Brings Accelerated Downloads

Google Chrome for Android

The Chrome team has released the latest update of the browser for Android.  The updated build is version 62.0.3202.66 for those keeping score at home and should be rolling out via the Play Store over the next few weeks.  This is the first build in the 62 train for Android that has hit the production release.

This new version contains the normal security and performance improvements that you have come to expect from this big monthly updates so no real news there.  No, the news is in the new features.

Accelerated downloads are now a part of the browser to allow for faster downloading of files while on your phone or tablet.  If you aren’t familiar with Download Accelerators, essentially what they do is break up large files into smaller bits which are faster to download than one big file.

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