How Often Does Google Update Chrome?

Large Google Chrome logo on Windows desktop

Google updates Chrome regularly with new features, security updates, and more. Chrome downloads those updates and installs them automatically. But how often does that happen? It depends—turns out the Chrome update process is pretty complicated.

Major Stable Versions Every Six Weeks

Chrome is developed in the open and anyone can install the unstable versions. But, when it comes to the Stable branch, builds are released roughly every six weeks. For example, Chrome 73 was released on March 12, and Chrome 74 was released on April 23rd—six weeks to the day.

While it hasn’t always been like this—originally, Chrome updates were pretty sporadic—the Chrome team committed to six-week release intervals back in 2010 and has been relatively consistent since then. Sometimes releases come in four weeks, other times in eight. But generally speaking, it’s always somewhere right around the six-week mark.

It’s also worth noting that Google can adjust the stable release schedule around Chrome “no meeting weeks” and holidays.

Security and Bug Fixes When Necessary

Google Chrome update page

While you can pretty much count on major version releases coming out regularly, bug fix and security updates are much less predictable. Just combing through the Stable release update changelogs shows that there have been three updates since Chrome 73 was released on March 12th, and there’s no discernable interval between each release. That’s pretty much par for the course for these types of updates.

But at the very least you can count on Chrome getting a few bug fix and/or security updates in between major releases.

Chrome will install both major stable updates and smaller updates automatically when they’re available.  You can always open the menu and head to Help > About Google Chrome to check for and install any updates immediately, too.

When Is the Next Version Arriving?

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Nobody Wanted Microsoft’s Doomed Sets Feature (We Just Wanted Tabs)

Sets tabs plus unhappy Windows 10 BSOD

It’s official: Sets is dead. That’s no surprise. Sets was doomed from the start because Microsoft turned it into a complicated mess that no one wanted and few Windows users could understand. Sets was all about what Microsoft—not customers—wanted.

People Wanted Tabs in Some Apps—That’s It!

Add tabs to File Explorer in Windows 10 Feedback

Microsoft axed Sets because it was too complicated. But no one asked for Sets to be so complicated in the first place.

Since Windows 10’s release, one of the top feature requests in Windows 10’s Feedback Hub has been “Add tabs to File Explorer.” Right now, it has the fifth most upvotes with 23399 votes in favor.

Microsoft’s last response to this issue was nine months ago when a Microsoft engineer named Ryan P wrote Sets was vanishing for the time being “to continue making it great.” He promised, “Sets will return in a future [Work In Progress] flight.” At some point between then and now, Sets was canceled. But no one bothered telling Microsoft’s users until Microsoft employee Rich Turner tweeted something related.

That’s a shame, because—as we can see in the Feedback Hub—no one was asking for a complicated feature with a built-in browser engine. People wanted tabs in File Explorer as well as console (Command Prompt, PowerShell, and Linux Bash shell) windows—and maybe Notepad.

RELATED: Windows 10’s “Sets” App Tabs Are “No More”

Sets Inserted Edge and Bing Into Every App

Sets on Windows 10 showing Edge's new tab page with a Bing search box
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Sets was really complicated. We documented how it worked when it was available in Insider builds of Windows 10 for a short time in 2018.

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6 Best Mobile Payment Apps

Mobile payment apps let you send money to
anyone using nothing but your phone. Most banks include money-sending
capabilities already, but what makes dedicated mobile payment apps different is
that you don’t need to open a full-fledged bank account to use them. Plus, you
might already have the app on your phone!

Most payment apps for Android and iOS can be
set up in seconds because they just need your debit card number. Others might
use your bank routing number and account number, but either way, you have full
control of which of your banks get used for sending and receiving money.

Best of all, each of these apps are 100% free
for most of the features, and nearly all have zero fees. There are a few
limitations with each service, but they aren’t large enough to stop most people
from using them.

Cash App

Cash App is one of the easier-to-use free money transfer apps. Just add your debit card to your account to send people money in seconds, and it will show up in their account immediately. It’s just as easy to request money, too.

Something really neat about Cash App is that
you get a unique username, called a $Cashtag, that anyone with the app can use
to send you money. You’ll even get your own unique website (more of a simple
profile) where users can visit from a computer and send money directly to you
without disclosing any of your personal information.

Once you have money in your Cash App account,
you can keep it there and use it free with the included debit card, which is
also free and even supports cash-back features. Or, you can transfer your Cash
App funds to your own bank via the account/routing number.

You’re also able to buy Bitcoin with Cash App.
The weekly Bitcoin purchase limit is $10,000, and while that might be a stretch
for most people, it’s nice to know the option is there should you get the
crypto itch.

Cash
App Limits
:

  • Within seven days: $250, after
    which you must verify your social security number and other personal
    information to raise the limit to $2,500 /week
  • Weekly cash-outs: $25,000
  • ATM withdrawals: $250
    /transaction, $250 /24 hours, $1,000 /week, and $1,250 /month
  • Fee (based on amount) when
    withdrawing instantly to bank; no fee for standard withdrawals that take a few
    days

You can use Cash App from their website or via the Android or iOS app.

Google Pay

Google Pay is Google’s attempt at the mobile payment market, and they’ve done a decent job. The service used to offer a debit card but currently only works online from the website or app, but it has really high limits if you plan on using it for large payments.

Something we like about Google Pay is that it
can hold cash in your Google account so that you can decide how much money to
disperse to your bank accounts, if you have multiple. Or, you can choose a
default account so that any money sent to you goes into your bank immediately
(and it usually is immediately).

When you go to make a new payment to someone,
either by selecting the contact or entering their email/phone, you have full
control over which account the money comes out of: a bank, debit card, or your
Google Pay balance. You can also add a memo to the transaction for easier
record keeping.

You can send and request money through Google
Pay, and even sign up for reminders to get alerted when it’s time to
send/request money again (like for rent, work, etc.).

Google
Pay Limits
:

  • Single transaction: Up to $10,000
  • Within seven days: Up to $10,00
  • Florida residents: Up to $3,000
    every 24 hours
  • Transactions over $2,500:
    Recipient must add a bank account to get the money

Google Pay can be used online in a web browser or from an Android or iOS mobile device.

PayPal

PayPal has been around a long time, but it’s still one of the better mobile payment apps you can download. It lets you send money all around the world, and much like Cash App, also lets you get a free PayPal debit card.

Unfortunately, the fees are a bit confusing to understand, so it’s important to read through them thoroughly. Most people, though, who trade for personal reasons should have no problem using PayPal absolutely free.

Like Cash App, you can get a PayPal.me address
PayPal users can visit to easily send you money. PayPal accounts are also
assigned a unique QR code; share it to have others send money to you easily by
just scanning your code, or scan theirs to send the money.

PayPal
Limits
:

  • Single transaction: 2.9% fee if sending or receiving money with a credit or debit card (no fee for bank accounts)
  • Instant debit card withdrawal: $5,000 /transaction, /day, and /week; $15,000 /month
  • There are other PayPal fees to consider

Use PayPal online or from the mobile app: iOS or Android.

Zelle

Zelle is by far the simplest app in this list. When it’s all said and done, it’s a true bank-to-bank transfer app. Unlike the apps already mentioned, there isn’t a place within your Zelle account where money gets held up until you move it again. In other words, when someone sends you money, it goes right into your bank of choice…usually in seconds!

After downloading the app, you must tie your
phone number to a debit card number, and from there you can send money to or
request money from anyone. If they don’t yet have Zelle, they can add their
debit card to the app to accept your transfer or send money to you; there’s a
14-day grace period for cases like this.

The Zelle service is already built-in to some
banking apps, but if your bank doesn’t support it, then the app is the only way
you can use it, and it’s super easy
to use. The screenshot above is enough to understand just how basic this app
really is.

One side note is that you can, if you so
choose, set up two Zelle accounts: one using your email address that’s tied to
your Zelle-enabled bank, and another with your phone number through the Zelle
app. If you have multiple bank accounts that you like to move money between,
Zelle will work as your own free wire transferring service!

Zelle
Limits
:

  • $500 within a seven day period if
    your bank doesn’t support Zelle

You can get Zelle for Android and iOS.

Facebook Messenger

Most people already have Messenger installed on their phone or open in their browser, so sending money over Facebook’s messaging service might be the easiest way yet. You don’t even need to pull out your bank information!

To do this, tie your debit card or PayPal account to your Facebook account, and then open a new message with the person you want to send money to or request money from.

From a computer, click the money symbol in the
toolbar, type an amount in the Pay
or Request section, and immediately
exchange money right there while texting. From a phone, use the Pay Friend mini app from Messenger’s
slide-out apps menu.

Messenger
Limits
:

  • Works only for users in France,
    the US, and the UK
  • You can only send money to people
    living in the same country as you
  • Sending money via PayPal is
    available only in the US

Using Messenger to get or send money from friends can be done through a browser on a computer or with the Android or iOS app.

Mezu

Mezu is a unique money-sending app because it’s completely anonymous, lets you send money to anywhere no matter where they live, and even includes a game where you can make money (albeit normally small amounts).

Here’s how it works: enter how much money you
want to send to have the app generate a temporary code, and then share the code
with someone before the time runs out for the money to transfer to their
account instantly. No personal details are shared, and you can send quite a bit
before reaching limits.

You can also request money from people, send
money to contacts (no code required, but it’s not anonymous), and even create
location-based deposits where anyone in the vicinity can drop money into your
account without you having to share codes.

A few times a week, Mezu hosts a game called
Mezu Money Time. After listening to an ad for a couple minutes, you compete
with other players to see who can enter the given code the fastest. Every game
is different but usually, the fastest players are awarded some money, often
anything from $2 to $20.

Tip: Install Mezu through this link and you’ll receive $5 the first time you send money with the app.

Mezu
Limits
:

  • Within seven days: $2,999.99
  • Single transaction: $499.99
    anonymously
  • Single transaction: $1,999.99 with
    a contact
  • Withdrawal: $2,999.99 for any
    single withdrawal

The Mezu service runs on mobile devices only, both iOS and Android.

ZAGG Slim Book Go for iPad (9.7-inch) Review: About as Versatile as an iPad Laptop Case Can Be

ZAGG Slim Book Go
Cameron Summerson

If you’re looking for a way to get more out of your iPad by turning it into a makeshift laptop, look no further than the $99 ZAGG Slim Book Go. It’s a robust little accessory that adds a lot of versatility.

What It Is: A Laptop-like Accessory for Your iPad

iPads have come a long way since they were first introduced, with many users opting for their simplicity over a traditional laptop. The one thing that’s missing for most users is an easy way to bang out a bunch of text at one time—using the on-screen keyboard is fine for short, simple bits of text, but if you’re looking to do more than an external accessory is the way to go.

And while there’s no shortage of iPad-specific (or even compatible) models floating around out there, the ZAGG Slim Book Go has a few interesting tricks up its sleeve to make it a real contender for your iPad-turned-laptop keyboard needs.

ZAGG Slim Book Go folded up
Cameron Summerson

First, it has all the features you’d expect from a portable keyboard: it’s Bluetooth, so it connects quickly and wirelessly; it’s backlit for easy typing in dim environments, and it can sync with two different devices for easy switching. But all those are expected features—things that any manufacturer would be chastised for not including.

It’s the other stuff that makes the Slim Book Go an option worthy of your consideration.

For starters, the detachable laptop-style form factor is excellent. The Slim Book Go is two parts: the keyboard and a case. The case part goes on your iPad and serves not only to protect it, but also to physically connect to the keyboard by way of strong magnets in each of the two units. The case also has a handy, versatile, and intelligently-designed kickstand so using it with the keyboard—either connected or separately—is easy.

ZAGG Slim Book Go broken down
Cameron Summerson

But that’s not all. The case, which initially felt bulky to my hands that are otherwise only familiar with the iPad in its naked glory, also has another useful trick: a bay for your Apple Pencil. You can tuck the Pencil away here, close the lid like a laptop, and have it all neatly tucked away. Together. I don’t use the Pencil, but I can see how this would be a killer feature for anyone who does and likes to keep it close at hand.

Otherwise, the design is pretty straightforward. As I mentioned earlier, the keyboard and case connect easily via magnets, which gives the entire thing a unified look and feel—not unlike a laptop. But, you know, with your iPad.

I’d be lying if I said I was taken aback by its form factor or overall look out of the box—it’s honestly pretty dull looking. But hey, it doesn’t need to be because it does what it’s supposed to do so damn well.

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