Flock 3 Goes Social with Chrome

Flock always aimed to be a Web browser built around social media, providing integrated and easy access to social networking tools and updates while users are browsing the Web. Now, Flock has released a beat of Flock 3—for Windows only, so far—that builds on the browser’s social media focus while swapping out the engine under the hood: where previous versions of Flock were build on the Mozilla engine, FLock 3 is based on the Google-backed Chromium project, which is the same engine powering Google’s Chrome Web browser.

flock 3 goes social with chrome browser window

“Most of the Flock team started building browsers on Mozilla in late 2004, before Firefox 1.0 was released (we built Netscape 8.x together, which was Firefox-based, before working on Flock 1.x),” wrote Flock’s Clayton Stark, in the Flock blog. “As we start this new chapter with Chromium, it seems important to mention that I believe chromium.org would not even exist had mozilla.org not come before it. We didn’t choose Chromium over Mozilla as much as we chose Chromium after Mozilla.”

flock 3 goes social with chrome sidebar

On the surface, the Flock 3 beta bears a strong resemblance to its predecessors, however, it does sport several new features that assist folks with accessing, consuming, and participating in social media. A right-side sidebar in the browser window effectively becomes the browser’s social networking center that enables users to read and reply to social networking updates; the sidebar can also be neatly hidden and configured. The sidebar also provides filtering capabilities: for instance, users can choose to filter for friends just on Twitter or Facebook, categories contacts (e.g. friends, family, work, bowling league, etc.)

A “Talk about this Page” button automatically makes a shortened URL of the current page suitable for use in a tweet or social networking update. Flock asks for your Facebook and Twitter account information when launched—if you don’t use those services, there’s not much point to using Flock over a conventional browser. Users will also want to create a Flock account to take advantage of social networking tools. Flock’s address bar not only handles searches, but also wheels through users’ history, favorites, and status updates—including those from your friends—so users can quickly find just what they want. Flock also supports Chrome extensions to add even more functionality to the browser.

Although Flock particularly register in the assessments of browser market share world wide (Internet Explorer still dominates, with Firefox a distant second and Chrome, Safari, and Opera typically battling for a distant third place), Flock claims to have about 8 million users worldwide. A beta version for Mac OS X should be available next month.


Google is giving its G Suite web apps new touches of visual improvements

Your G Suite applications will soon have a different look. Several of the web apps are getting updated with subtle visual improvements inspired by Google's Material Design guidelines. 

Delete tracking cookies from your system by following these quick steps

Cookies are useful when it comes to saving your login credentials and other data, but they can also be used by advertisers to track your browsing habits across multiple sites. Here's how to clear cookies in the major browsers.

Pinning websites to your taskbar is as easy as following these quick steps

Would you like to know how to pin a website to the taskbar in Windows 10 in order to use browser links like apps? Whichever browser you're using, it's easier than you might think. Here's how to get it done.

Firefox will disable Flash on its browsers by default in 2019

Mozilla's Firefox browser will continue to do its part in deprecating the Flash plugin this year with new plans revealed to disable it by default in an upcoming Nightly build, followed by a stable release in September.

Watch out for these top-10 mistakes people make when buying a laptop

Buying a new laptop is exciting, but you need to watch your footing. There are a number of pitfalls you need to avoid and we're here to help. Check out these top-10 laptop buying mistakes and how to avoid them.

Don't spend a fortune on a PC. These are the best laptops under $300

Buying a laptop needn't mean spending a fortune. If you're just looking to browse the internet, answer emails, and watch Netflix, you can pick up a great laptop at a great price. These are the best laptops under $300.
Product Review

LG Gram 14 proves 2-in-1 laptops don’t need to sacrifice battery for light weight

The LG Gram 14 2-in-1 aims to be very light for a laptop that converts to a tablet. And it is. But it doesn’t skimp on the battery, and so it lasts a very long time on a charge.

Dell XPS 13 vs. Asus Zenbook 13: In battle of champions, who will be the victor?

The ZenBook 13 UX333 continues Asus's tradition of offering great budget-oriented 13-inch laptop offerings. Does this affordable machine offer enough value to compete with the excellent Dell XPS 13?

Take a trip to a new virtual world with one of these awesome HTC Vive games

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.

The Asus ZenBook 13 offers more value and performance than Apple's MacBook Air

The Asus ZenBook 13 UX333 is the latest in that company's excellent "budget" laptop line, and it looks and feels better than ever. How does it compare to Apple's latest MacBook Air?

AMD Radeon VII will support DLSS-like upscaling developed by Microsoft

AMD's Radeon VII has shown promise with early tests of an open DLSS-like technology developed by Microsoft called DirectML. It would provide similar upscale features, but none of the locks on hardware choice.

You could be gaming on AMD’s Navi graphics card before the end of the summer

If you're waiting for a new graphics card from AMD that doesn't cost $700, you may have to wait for Navi. But that card may not be far away, with new rumors suggesting we could see a July launch.

Is AMD's Navi back on track for 2019? Here's everything you need to know

With a reported launch in 2019, AMD is focusing on the mid-range market with its next-generation Navi GPU. Billed as a successor to Polaris, Navi promises to deliver better performance to consoles, like Sony's PlayStation 5.

Cortana wants to be friends with Alexa and Google Assistant

Microsoft no longer wants to compete against Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant in the digital assistant space. Instead, it wants to transform Cortana into a skill that can be integrated into other digital assistants.