Chrome showing ads for some, will get gamepad support in 2012

By Jos · 13 replies
Nov 25, 2011
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  1. Google has reportedly started to promote some of its own products through ads in Chrome. Although they are rather unobtrusive, appearing in a yellow-tinted box at the top of the…

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  2. Yeah, nothing is really for free, we only think it is .. bang ;)
  3. firefox is better anyway :)
  4. Google thrives on ads, so it will never allow extensions like Adblock to have full functionality on their browser. And if that wasn't bad enough, now this... Thank God I've switched back to Firefox, it's still the king in its latest iterations.
  5. My problem with Firefox is that the UI just doesn't feel as fluid and smooth as the Chrome UI. Especially when it comes to managing and moving tabs around and dragging tabs off the tab bar to create their own window is really smooth in Chrome compared to Firefox.

    That was kind of irrelevant to this article, so here: I don't really mind the ad, all I did was click X on the ad and I haven't seen that ad or any other since. But it'd be cool if they didn't take this further.
  6. If Ads in the browser is the new Google's way... time to switch to another browser. (I almost uninstalled Google's Chrome when I saw the Netbooks' ad. Spotted the x for dismiss the ad just before that.)
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,973   +2,527

    Must I keep repeating myself? Firefox with "NoScript" to block "".

    For fast, fast, relief of that "nose up your a** discomfort that surfing with Chrome can bring.

    Yeah, I know..Chrome's faster.....Wheeeeeeeee, Am I talking a lot? Zero to internet in 2 seconds flat is quite a rush.. The faster I get on the web, the more important I feel. Chrome's free you know. Chrome makes me feel important! Am I talking too much...?
  8. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    I don't mind either as long as these ads do not become injected in my browsing of other sites. In a new tab is not bad. And they look as innocuous as most of their adds, it is fine.
  9. Been with Firefox for almost ten years now, since it was called Firebird. I'm not gonna change, even though I love Google and its product and philosophy, Chrome SUX.
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    Have you not seen this

    It blocks most of the annoying ads. No browser is perfect. :)
  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    I have & use Google Chrome (my fastest browser), Firefox & its relative SeaMonkey which is my default browser.
  12. Shinuz

    Shinuz TS Rookie

    Doesn't really bother i'm a firefox user anyway :)
  13. I'm a Firefox user, but I doubt anyone will switch from Chrome over a little unobtrusive ad like that. Many people were using Chrome before there was even a proper ad blocking extension. Even the Adblock Plus for Chrome doesn't block all the ads (mainly in videos on sites apart from Youtube). If you're set on not having any ads, well you're probably already using Firefox with Adblock Plus.

    Firefox 8 is blazing fast, in fact according to statistics, faster than Chrome 15. However I don't see a difference in speed, not without benchmark tools. I use Firefox for the well coded extensions. Chrome extensions are nearly on par, but due to how Chrome extensions are coded, they simply can't be as efficient and can't accomplish _all_ of the same things.

    Aside from that, I just find Chrome's interface ugly. Unfortunately you can't customize the interface. I mean here take a look at my customized Firefox:

    (the tabs are over to the far left when the window is maximized, obviously)

    You can make Firefox look any way you want. It could be identical to Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, or you could make it what you want (like I did).

    As for the memory usage debate, Firefox 8 has some major improvements, but I don't really care. It cost me $50 with tax and shipping for 8GB of DDR3 for my laptop.
  14. As long as it is unobtrusive I don't understand why there are so many of you complaining and threatening to uninstall the browser. It has brought a great web experience and Google continues to bring software technology for free to the public with the help of its ad revenue.

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