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  • Google Calls Out Rivals' Web Benchmark Tools, Rebuilds Them To Better Gauge Chrome

    Google Calls Out Rivals' Web Benchmark Tools, Rebuilds Them To Better Gauge Chrome

    When it comes to Chrome, Google has long been addicted to speed. And for many tasks on the web today, that speed is related to how fast your JavaScript engine is. Google has long held that their’s is the fastest. But it’s hard to know for sure because there are a few different benchmark suites to test such speeds — and the most popular ones are made by companies with stakes… Read More

  • Google's Chrome Team Lends Their Support To The It Gets Better Project With A New Video

    A few weeks ago, a video entered wide circulation in the tech press for two reasons: 1) it featured lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Apple employees talking about their difficulties growing up. And 2) it was very, very well made. But the truth is that the It Gets Better Project has been around since last September, when columnist and author Dan Savage kicked things off with his… Read More

  • Yep, Google Just Pushed Chrome Canary For Mac Out Of The Nest

    Yep, Google Just Pushed Chrome Canary For Mac Out Of The Nest

    This morning, we noted that Google was getting ready to release an OS X version of the Chrome Canary build. Sure enough, just hours later, here it is. Canary is the pre-Dev build of Chrome meant for users who enjoy testing new things early and often and don’t mind some bugs and hiccups along the way. It’s meant to be run alongside the more stable builds of Chrome, so you can have… Read More

  • Google Chrome Canary About To Hit OS X — Chrome 16 Due Before End Of Year

    Google Chrome Canary About To Hit OS X — Chrome 16 Due Before End Of Year

    Users of Google Chrome are probably aware of the three channels you can use depending on how cutting edge you want to be (and how much you mind bugs): Dev, Beta, Stable. But ever since last year, there’s actually been a fourth channel as well that’s less publicized: Canary. Sadly, it has been a Windows-only build until now. But it looks like that’s about to change. Given the… Read More

  • Google Chrome Can Now Clean Up Flash's Cookie Mess

    Google Chrome Can Now Clean Up Flash's Cookie Mess

    I still don’t particularly like the fact that Google decided to bundle Adobe Flash with their Chrome web browser about a year ago. Apple preference aside, the last thing I want is the buggy, often insecure, and performance killing plug-in shoved in my face. More importantly, I think it’s a maneuver that will only serve to slow the transition to HTML5. But Google has their reasons. Read More

  • Google Is A Bit Unpolished When It Comes To Chrome

    Google Is A Bit Unpolished When It Comes To Chrome

    Today during the Q1 2011 earnings call, Google had a few things to say about Chrome and Chrome OS that were interesting. Well, more like intriguing — because they were a bit odd. First of all, a few times during the call, Google executives touted the fact that Chrome now has 120 million active daily users. This is supposedly up 40 percent in the past year, which sounds about right. But… Read More

  • Google's New Chrome Icon: Less Simon-Like, More Hurricane-Like; Easier To Draw

    Google's New Chrome Icon: Less Simon-Like, More Hurricane-Like; Easier To Draw

    For a few weeks now, anyone using Chromium (the open source browser on which Google Chrome is built) will have noticed something: a completely new icon. It’s simpler and cleaner, and overall looks a little bit less like a Simon. And more recently, users of the developer builds of Chrome will have likely noticed the new icon as well. And soon everyone will see it, Google explains in a… Read More

  • Speedier, Easier Google Chrome Browser Now Out Of Beta

    Speedier, Easier Google Chrome Browser Now Out Of Beta

    Three weeks ago, Google kicked off the Year of the Rabbit with a beta version of Chrome 10. Today, the company is launching a stable release of the upgraded desktop browser solution, which it points out comes with a speed boost that corresponds to a 66% improvement in JavaScript performance on the V8 benchmark suite. Get it here, while it’s hot. Read More

  • First Piece of Mozilla's Web Apps Project Arrives, But Can it Outfox Chrome?

    First Piece of Mozilla's Web Apps Project Arrives, But Can it Outfox Chrome?

    At great long last, Mozilla has revealed the first developer release of their Web Apps Project, which aims to build the infrastructure for an open web app ecosystem. Back in May of 2010, Google announced plans for what would become the Chrome Web Store. Mozilla responded immediately with plans for its own web store, now known as the Web Apps Project. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Google was first to… Read More

  • Burning Chrome

    Burning Chrome

    “A good player goes where the puck is. A great player goes where the puck is going to be”—The Great One Google made a few interesting announcements this week. First, Google Docs Viewer support for a sheaf of new document types, including Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop and PostScript. Second, Chrome’s new ability to run background apps that run seamlessly and invisibly… Read More

  • Google Details Chrome's Background Feature: Run Web Apps Without Seeing Them

    Google Details Chrome's Background Feature: Run Web Apps Without Seeing Them

    Google has been on a mission lately to outline some of the cooler, newer features coming to Chrome on their Chromium Blog. Today brings one of the biggest yet: Background Apps. This feature has existed on various builds of Chrome/Chromium for some time now. But Google hasn’t been touting it, and it wasn’t really clear how it would be used and/or useful. Well today, it’s… Read More

  • One Browser Input To Rule Them All: Here Come The Chrome Omnibox Extensions

    One Browser Input To Rule Them All: Here Come The Chrome Omnibox Extensions

    If Chrome’s best feature is its speed, it’s second best feature has to be the Omnibox. I’m still not sure why every browser doesn’t simply offer one box for both searching and typing in URLs. But the Omnibox is about to get even more powerful, as developers have started fleshing out extensions to take advantage of it. Google first talked about the Omnibox API back in… Read More

  • The Missing Native/Web App Link: Google Says Native Client Almost Ready To Go

    The Missing Native/Web App Link: Google Says Native Client Almost Ready To Go

    We’ve written a number of things about the contrast between native apps and web apps. The common consensus these days is that the two will eventually converge — but that has been happening more slowly than some have been hoping, particularly in the mobile space where native apps dominate. On the more traditional side of things, the transition is happening faster, but something… Read More

  • 'Year Of The Rabbit' Begins As Chrome 10 Hops Into Beta With 'Crankshaft' JavaScript

    'Year Of The Rabbit' Begins As Chrome 10 Hops Into Beta With 'Crankshaft' JavaScript

    As they have made abundantly clear over the past several months, Google hates talking about the version numbers of Chrome. Well, except when they have something to talk about. Which is actually quite often. Today brings another post highlighting some new features in Chrome 10, which has just hit the beta channel of the browser. “In the spirit of the lunar new year, we’re excited… Read More

  • Google Opens Developer Preview Of Chrome Web Store In 15 More Countries

    Google Opens Developer Preview Of Chrome Web Store In 15 More Countries

    After months of anticipation, Google finally unveiled the Chrome Web Store this past December. But a lot of users were disappointed with the launch for one very big reason: it was U.S.-only. Starting today, Google is finally taking the initial steps to change that, as they’ve opened a developer preview of the Web Store for 15 more countries. Note that this doesn’t mean the store… Read More

  • My6sense Injects A Relevance-Based Tweet Stream Into Twitter.com

    My6sense Injects A Relevance-Based Tweet Stream Into Twitter.com

    Twitter’s greatest strength is also often its greatest weakness: it’s a simple, constantly-updating stream. This keeps information fresh and flowing, but it also means that if you step away for a few hours (or even a few days — crazy, I know), you’re likely to miss a lot. And it means that scanning your Twitter stream can sometimes be tedious. A new product launching… Read More

  • After Failing To Get Hacked Last Year, Google Paying For Chrome To Be In Pwn2Own 2011

    After Failing To Get Hacked Last Year, Google Paying For Chrome To Be In Pwn2Own 2011

    Last year, after two full days of hacking, only one web browser emerged from Pwn2Own unscathed: Google Chrome. IE8, Safari 4, Firefox 3, and even Safari on iOS actually all fell after just one day, but no one could seem to penetrate Chrome. In fact, despite a $10,000 bounty to crack their “sandbox”, no one even tried, likely figuring it was futile. And so this year, Pwn2Own… Read More

  • Google Creates An Opt-Out Extension For Those Likely Blocking Their Ads Already

    Google Creates An Opt-Out Extension For Those Likely Blocking Their Ads Already

    First of all, let me say that I think it’s awesome that Google has finally created a simple solution to allow users to opt-out of advertising tracking. This new Chrome extension already seems like a much better idea than the somewhat convoluted controls or browser plug-ins that they’ve created in the past to placate government agencies and concerned users. It’s also great… Read More

  • If You're A Good Person Or A Web Browsing Fiend, Download This Chrome Extension Now

    If You're A Good Person Or A Web Browsing Fiend, Download This Chrome Extension Now

    I’m addicted to browser tabs. I probably open several hundred of them each day during my regular web browsing. And today brings good news: Google wants to reward me for that. Well technically, Google wants to reward charities on my behalf for my obsessive web browsing. A new initiative today called “Chrome for a Cause” asks you to download a Google-made Chrome extension that… Read More

  • Good News, Adblock Plus Fans – Soon, There Will Be A Google Chrome Extension

    Good News, Adblock Plus Fans – Soon, There Will Be A Google Chrome Extension

    Adblock Plus, easily the most popular Firefox browser extension, recently hit the 100 million downloads milestone. Soon, the developer(s) behind the add-on will be releasing a beta extension for Google Chrome. We should note that the most popular Chrome extension today is also an ad-blocker, made by Michael Gundlach, who’s trying to turn this into a full-time job (as well). Read More