Google News


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Google News is a custom internet newspaper with articles from 4,500 different news sources and all the search functions of Google.

Google News has undergone many changes over the years, but overall functions remain essentially the same regardless of updates. For example, in 2018, Google added a variety of artificial intelligence updates designed to include cool features such as newscasts and fun elements from other Google-owned properties, such as YouTube and Newsstand.

The core of Google News remains the same, however, regardless of the endless updates deployed. For example:

Not every website is a “news” website, so Google News and the search box restrict your search to only items Google classifies as “news.”

Top Stories are listed towards the top of the page, or above the fold in newspaper terms. Scrolling down reveals more news categories, such as World, US, Business, Entertainment, Sports, Health, Technology and Science. Many of these suggestions are based on assumptions Google is making about news items that would interest you, but you can personalize your experience, too.

A grouping of the main news sections is in the left navigation pane. To get to a particular type of news quickly, simply click on a news grouping that interests you.

A variety of news section comprise the right-hand navigation pane. You might see sections such as In The News, Recent, Fact Check, Editor’s Picks, Sports, etc.

Across the top of the page are four buttons: Headlines, Local, For You and your country. Selecting a button gives you a choice of options. Headlines provides news from anywhere in the world, Local offers news stories in your actual location, and For You offers stories based upon your specific interests.


In the image above, note how Google News shows the news source and the date it was published. (e.g. “Reuters 1 hour ago”) This lets you find the freshest news article. It’s particularly helpful to watch for this dateline with breaking stories.


Just as a newspaper offers part of a news article on the front page and then directs you to an interior page, Google News items only provide the first paragraph or so of a news item. To read more, you must click on the headline, which will direct you to the story’s source. Some news items also have a thumbnail image.


Google News clusters similar articles, as seen in the image below. Often many newspapers will republish the same article from the Associated Press or they’ll write a similar article based on someone else’s article. Related stories are often grouped near an example story. For example, an article about a high profile celebrity wedding would be grouped with similar articles. That way you could find your preferred news source.

Customize Google News

You can customize your Google News experience in several ways.

Change country localization by clicking the down arrow next to the country noted at the top of the page. Scroll down to select a new country.

Create new sections or reorder the way your news page looks by selecting Manage sections in the bottom of the left-hand navigation pane. For example, you could create a news section called “educational technology,” and you could specify that you would like Google News to find fewer articles from ESPN and more from CNN.

See more Editor’s Picks by clicking the double arrow at the top of that section in the right-hand navigation pane. As you click that double arrow, the box will preview more picks from a variety of selected publications.

Add more of your specific interests to your newsfeed through the Manage sections area, too. Click Your interests, then enter the topics you want to see.

Google Chrome Browser

Google Chrome browser is an open source program for accessing the World Wide Web and running Web-based applications.

The Google Chrome Web browser is based on the open source Chromium project. Google released Chrome in 2008 and issues several updates a year. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android and iOS operating systems. The Google Chrome browser takes a sandboxing-based approach to Web security. Each open website runs as its own process, which helps prevent malicious code on one page from affecting others (or the computer operating system at large). The browser also supports Web standards such as HTML5 and cascading style sheets (CSS).


Chrome is a free Internet browser officially released by Google on December 11, 2008. Its features include synchronization with Google services and accounts, tabbed browsing, and automatic translation and spell check of web pages. It also features an integrated address bar/search bar, called the omnibox.

Google based the look of Chrome OS, its operating system for Web-based applications, on the Chrome Web browser. Chrome was the first major Web browser to combine the search box and the address bar, a feature that most competitors have since adopted. It also allows users to sign in with their Google accounts, which enables them to sync bookmarks and open Web pages across multiple devices. In 2010, Google launched the Chrome Web Store, an online marketplace where users can buy and install Web-based applications to run inside the browser. These apps are available as either browser extensions or links to websites.

'What is Google Chrome?': How to use Google Chrome and set it as the default browser on your computer

  • Google Chrome is a web browser, available on both mobile devices and desktop computers, that’s known for its ease-of-use and customizability.
  • Google Chrome doesn’t come as the default browser on most devices, but it’s easy to set it as your default web browser on a PC or Mac.
  • Chrome is free to both download and use, and can be seen as an alternative to browsers like Safari, Edge, or Firefox.

If you’re a Mac user, then you’re probably pretty familiar with the web browser Safari, and if you’re a PC user, you’re likely familiar with the Microsoft Edge browser.

Google Chrome, on the other hand, is a web browser that can be used on both Mac and PC, as well as mobile devices.

Here’s a breakdown of what Chrome offers, and how to make it the default browser on your Mac or PC.

A breakdown of Google Chrome's features

Google Chrome allows its users to customize and control their user experience to a degree most other browsers don’t, and this is largely thanks to Chrome extensions.

A Chrome extension is a software modifier that can block ads, translate languages, manage your browser’s theme, and so much more.

While on the surface, Chrome might seem a simple browser, once you customize it with extensions it can be a tool that’s both powerful and easy to use.

Extensions added to Chrome from the Chrome Web Store will appear at the top-right corner of your screen.

Google Chrome is also unique in how much you can customize your homepage experience. You can choose from thousands of themes, or even upload your own images to use as your background.

But what really sets Chrome apart from other browsers, is its security. Chrome is excellent for its protection against malware, which is important whether you’re using macOS, Windows, or any other operating system.

So, now that you know the benefits and features of Google Chrome, here’s how to set it as your default browser on a Mac or PC.

Overview and benefits

Chrome works quite well with Google sites and services such as YouTube and Gmail. It also manages its system resources differently than other browsers. Its V8 JavaScript engine was developed from scratch at Google, and may improve your experience on heavily scripted websites and applications. Essentially, it should make the things you do on the Internet faster.

After being installed, the Chrome browser is automatically configured to download and install updates when they’re available. To verify updates are being installed automatically, see: How do I update my browser?

Incognito mode

Chrome offers a private browsing option called Incognito Mode. This mode allows you to browse in an isolated sandbox web session. It gives you temporary control over your browsing history and session identity, because when you close the browser, your logins and history are deleted. However, it does not guarantee anonymity.

To launch a new incognito browser, press Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows, Linux) or Command+Shift+N (macOS X). Essentially, when you’re in Incognito Mode, the browser doesn’t log what you’ve been doing during your last Internet session.

Chromium projects and browser

The Chromium projects are open-source, community-driven projects to develop technologies for Chrome and ChromeOS. The Chromium browser is similar to Chrome, but is developed exclusively with Chrome’s open-source components.

Ungoogled Chromium project and browser

  • Ungoogled Chromium is a development fork of the Chromium browser which strips out selected browser components. The project’s stated goals are to:
  • Disable or remove offending services and features that communicate with Google or weaken privacy.
  • Strip binaries from the source tree, and use those provided by the system or build them from source.
  • Add, modify, or disable features that inhibit control and transparency.

Google Chrome and Drive Released for iPhone, iPad

Google and Apple don’t get along as well as they once did, but that hasn’t stopped at least one of these companies from developing apps for the rival’s operating system.

Google Chrome is now available for iOS, bringing this web browser to a new array of devices. At this point, the main advantage of using this app instead of Apple’s Safari is that it keeps items like bookmarks synchronized with the desktop version, so fans of the Windows version of Chrome can pick up their phone or tablet and have immediate access to their favorite sites without much setup.

On the other hand, the web browser is initially drawing mixed reviews from users. The first iOS version is not as fast as Safari in some situations, for example. This is because Apple places limitations on third-party browsers that it doesn’t on Safari.

Google Drive, Too

Google Drive is also now available for the iPhone and iPad. This ties into Google’s cloud-based file storage system. At this point, it serves only as a way to view files that are stored online, as there is no way to edit them.

Currently, this app less is functional that accessing Drive through the Safari web browser on an iOS device. Still, editing is likely going to be added at some point, especially in the wake of Google acquisition of Quickoffice.

Google Chrome is available now in the iTunes App Store, and so is Google Drive. Both are free.

Naturally, there are already Android versions of both these applications, as well as desktop versions.

How the Google Chrome Browser Works

In the browser game, software developers have constantly updated their products to include all the latest and greatest additions in the name of staying competitive. Brand loyalty and trust have also been influential in keeping Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in the top two most popular browsers even while Mozilla’s Firefox rose to popularity in the early 2000s. But Google is taking a different approach. Will it pay off?

In September 2008, Google began capitalizing on the brand it built in its first decade of business by releasing its own Web browser. Sharing the name of Google’s Chrome operating system, the Chrome Browser is currently available for Windows XP, Vista and 7, Mac OS X, and Linux (both Gnome and KDE desktops). At the same time it released its first browser, Google launched the open source project Chromium to encourage community contributions that could enhance Chrome over time.

Statistics show interesting trends in Web browser use since Google released its first Google Chrome Browser [source: W3Schools]:

  • Though Firefox is the most popular browser today, the number of Firefox users has remained somewhat steady (varying between 42 and 47 percent) since 2008.
  • The number of Internet Explorer users has decreased steadily since 2008, dropping from over 50 percent down to 24.9 percent.
  • The number of Chrome users has increased steadily since 2008, reaching 25.9 percent to take the number two spot in May 2011.

These numbers suggest the possibility that Firefox holds No. 1 because half of Internet Explorer’s users have migrated to Chrome. Was it a brand loyalty shift from Microsoft to Google? Firefox users are a fiercely loyal bunch, too, but only time will tell whether Google will eventually convince them to make the switch.

Google is quick to assure users that aside from sporting the Google brand, Chrome boasts a simple, fast and secure browsing experience. The browser is a standalone piece representing the larger Google Chrome OS project. Chrome OS is, in a sense, replacing your computer’s entire operating system with just a Web browser. So, instead of using applications outside your browser, the browser becomes the portal to all your applications, both locally and on the Internet. For more on this OS side of Chrome, see our article How the Google Chrome OS Works.

This article covers some of the Chrome browser’s advantages and challenges, and it takes a brief look at both the simple interface and the wealth of extensions and apps. Let’s start by turning back the clock to the birth of Chrome and looking at its journey to distinction.

Google's New Approach to the Web

When Google launched the Chrome browser in 2008, it was dramatically different from the big two of the time: Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox. Both of these browser giants packed the tops of their windows with buttons and menus for searching subjects, reloading pages, managing bookmarks, printing pages and other actions you might want to take while you’re on the Web. You could even add more features to these browsers to customize your browsing experience.

With the Chrome browser, Google took a completely different approach to the browsing experience. Google’s vision for Chrome has been to turn the Web browser from a passive means of viewing and listening to information to an interactive portal optimized for Web apps. To accomplish that, Google needed to make Chrome more streamlined, with less emphasis on the browser itself and more emphasis on the power of the Web.

Web users were already familiar with the simplicity of Google’s home page: a big white page with the Google logo, a simple text box for entering search terms and a couple of buttons to launch the search. The Chrome browser reflects that same simplicity. Chrome has a window with the Web page itself and two toolbars: an address bar with the four most commonly used control buttons (back, forward, reload, and home) and a bookmarks bar for managing links to the sites you visit most. Chrome’s only built-in menus are its settings menu, accessible using the small wrench icon on the far right, and an “Other bookmarks” menu for bookmarks not shown on your toolbar.

As of this writing, nearly three years following the first Chrome release, Chrome has maintained its simplicity. It also prompted IE and Firefox to simplify their own interfaces. As with IE and Firefox, you can add more features to the Chrome browser by installing extensions. We’ll take a closer look at extensions later alongside a more unique Chrome feature: apps from the Chrome Web Store. You can install and use these apps in your Chrome browser the same way you might install apps on your iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device.

Now that you know Chrome’s primary goal, let’s look at how you can integrate the browser into your user experience.

Chrome Browser Basics

When you first open the Google Chrome browser, you’ll have little more than an address bar and a few links to get you started. If you’re already comfortable with Web browsing, you’ll probably just enter a Web address and go from there. As you continue using Chrome, though, you’ll want to be familiar with these other functions:

  • Navigation buttons — By clicking the icons to the left of the address bar, you can go back to a previous page, forward to a page you backed up from, refresh a page and go to your browser’s home page.
  • Bookmark star — If you want to bookmark a page in Chrome, click the star on the far right of the address bar. The star changes from white to yellow to symbolize your choice, and a small dialog box appears to confirm your choice and let you change the name and bookmark folder.
  • Bookmarks bar — This is one of two places you can save bookmarks. The bar provides fast, one-click browsing to your favorite sites. Add bookmarks here by choosing “Bookmarks bar” from the list of folders when you save the bookmark. For each bookmark in the bar, Chrome displays the favorites icon associated with the Web page and the title you set for your bookmark (the Web page title, by default).
  • Other bookmarks — This is your other option for saving bookmarks in Chrome. If you bookmark a page that you don’t need on the bookmarks bar, you can add it to this menu instead.
  • New tab button — Tabbed browsing is a standard feature of most Web browsers today. Even with only one page open, Chrome has a tab at the top with the favorite icon and title of the page. You can open a new tab by clicking the new tab button, with a plus sign (“+”), to the right of your open tabs. Click the tabs to switch between them, or toggle between tabs by holding down your Shift key and pressing the Page Up and Page Down keys.
  • Settings menu — Click the wrench icon on the far right of the address bar to access additional built-in features like changing the language. We’ll look at each of these more later.

Like other browsers, Chrome has a bookmark manager. To access it, click the Settings menu and select “Bookmark manager.” Chrome opens its bookmark manager in a separate browser tab as if it were a Web page. Besides editing and deleting bookmarks there, you can also add folders and drag and drop both bookmarks and folders to organize them into a hierarchy. Chrome saves your changes as you make them, so just close the browser tab when you’re finished.

When your bookmarks bar fills up, Chrome displays a double-arrow icon on the right. Click that icon to show the bookmarks that don’t fit in the available space. Here’s a useful tip to save space: Add folders to your bookmarks bar. Folders under your bookmarks bar become drop-down menus of related bookmarks. This keeps your bookmarks easy to access without filling up your bookmarks bar.

Those are the basics for Chrome! Google has truly kept the interface simple with a focus on getting you from page to page efficiently. But what if you want more from your browser than just managing bookmarks? Chances are Chrome has what you need either built in or as an add-on feature. Let’s look at the built-in features hiding in that Settings menu.