Google Chrome 76 arrives, makes it harder to use Flash and it is easier to evade paywalls

The last major feature of Google Chrome was the dark mode in Chrome 73 and 74 and version 75 didn't pay much attention, but Chrome 76, today in stable form, has some sneaky features that you may want to know more about.


Although Adobe Flash won't really die until 2020 and has been blocked by some major browser for some years now, Chrome 76 goes one step further. Not only are individual Flash items blocked by default, but now the full browser function is also disabled by default. If you sign up for the beta and go there chrome: // settings / content / flash, you should see that the small "Ask First" setting is disabled instead of on, according to 9to5Google.

Another somewhat covert tweak: Google Chrome developer Paul Irish says that websites can no longer detect when your Chrome browser is in incognito mode. That's going to hurt publishers like The New York Times who use this & # 39; s detection scheme to prevent you from reading an infinite number of free stories – and encouraging you to pay for a subscription.

There is also an intriguing improvement for the dark mode itself. Now web developers can program their sites to automatically display a dark version of their website when it sees your Dark Mode browser, apparently only by adding a little extra code.

You can read about additional changes in the Google Chromium blog post.

Update, July 30: Chrome 76 is now out of beta, exactly on schedule.

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