Items tagged with Chrome

It's not too often that Chrome browser updates are particularly notable these days since Google uses a rapid release cycle that sees frequent upgrades. But every once in awhile there's an update that brings something interesting to the table rather than mostly bug fixes. Case in point, Google this week promoted Chrome 42 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and with the numerical update comes support for the Push API and Notifications API.When used in conjunction with one another, these APIs allow websites to send notifications to Chrome even after closing out the site in question.... Read more...
It's always fun to see which security flaws get exploited at Pwn2Own, and this year's event has proven to be no exception. In fact, it could be considered to be one of the most exciting events to date, with JungHoon Lee exploiting three major browsers, and securing a record $110,000 payout for one of the flaws. Starting the day off, JungHoon (aka: lokihardt) breached a time-of-check to time-of-use vulnerability in the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer, breaking out of the sandbox via a privileged JavaScript injection, allowing him to execute medium-integrity code. This flaw netted JungHoon $65,000.... Read more...
Google has long offered some serious protection in its Chrome Web browser from malicious software, and in some cases, I'd almost call it too protective. Nonetheless, the warnings the browser provides are good, because as unfortunate as it is, a lot of people end up downloading and installing something that's bundling more than they're bargaining for. Well, with Google's latest update to its 'SafeBroswing' mechanism, the level of protection is being taken step further. Now, if a site is known to be hosting malicious software, a warning will come up before the person is able to enter the website.... Read more...
When we reported on the release of Microsoft's latest preview build last week, we mentioned that while Cortana made an entrance, the much-anticipated Spartan browser did not. But little did we realize that some of Spartan made the cut, in the form of an experimental rendering engine hidden under IE's hood. As we learned in late December, Microsoft has separated its Trident engine into two separate versions: one is for Spartan, now called EdgeHTML, while the other remains with Internet Explorer. The reason Microsoft doesn't simply forego the lesser version is due to compatibility, which... Read more...
Google has a slick remote access tool that Android users have been using to connect to their PCs since April. Now that Chrome Remote Desktop is available on iTunes, iOS users are free to see what all the fuss is about. The Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS puts your PC Desktop on the small screen. Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS lets you control your computers from an iPhone or iPad. (Of course, CRD also lets you control one PC from another computer or Android phone, too.) The touch nature of the app means that some actions are a little tricky (typing, for example), but by and large, it makes for... Read more...
The Internet is a wonderful place overflowing with information and different kinds of content. It also has its seedier sides; places where you wouldn't want your children stumbling into. Parental controls can only do so much, and while the burden ultimately falls on mom and pop to protect their kids from the web's back alleys, Google is taking it upon itself to give them a hand. Beginning next year, the search giant will roll out kid-specific versions of its services for the 12-year-old and under crowd. There's no specific timetable for this just yet, though Google's execs say this is a full-time... Read more...
For fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, Google released “A Journey through Middle-Earth.” It is an interactive map of the Middle-Earth where everyone can explore all 27 locations that were shown in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. But now the map has been updated to include a peer-to-peer battle game. “Completely new for this year’s version is a peer-to-peer battle game where you can challenge your friends to a test of skill,” says Google Chrome product manager Ellison-Taylor. “The peer-to-peer gameplay experience was built primarily using the latest web technologies, including... Read more...
Google has a history of trying things that may or may not have long-term success in the market, and creating Chrome OS for the Chromebook was certainly one of those things. Somewhat amazingly, the Chromebook has managed to gain enough traction to hang around for future iterations, as seen with Samsung's newly revised Chromebooks 2 launched this week. The refreshed 11.6-inch model has an Intel Celeron 2 (N2840) processor within (2.58GHz), 2GB of system memory, a 16GB eMMC storag echip and a 1366x768 resolution display. The unit also offers up to nine hours of battery life, anti-reflective technology... Read more...
As HBO mulls the addition of a streaming-only option for its content, Verizon and Sony consider cloud-based pay-TV replacements, and Roku celebrates sales of 10 million devices, it's obvious that the future of television looks different than what we've dealt with in the past. Google's Chromecast is amongst the least expensive and most flexible options when it comes to selecting a portable streaming apparatus, and this week, it's getting even better. The Google team has added the WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD apps to Chromecast, as well as Twitch for gamers and iHeartRadio... Read more...
We suspect quite a few folks will be rejoicing over this one. This week, Google announced that its 64-bit experimentation with Chrome in Windows was a success. Thus, it's planning official, bona fide 64-bit support for Chrome Stable once Chrome 37 hits. As you'd expect, benefits in the departments of "speed, stability, and security" are on the top of the changelog. In graphically-heavy benchmarks, the 64-bit version of Chrome has been found to "improve speed," with the VP9 codec that's used in HD YouTube videos boasting a 15 percent improvement in decoding. Stability measurements from people opted... Read more...
They might not be the most powerful PCs out there, but Google's Chromebook and Chromebox series has one thing locked-down: Value. That's something proven in spades with Acer's new Chromebox CXI, a compact desktop PC that starts at a mere $180. You might think that a sub-$200 PC would have to look like a sub-$200 PC, but I'd argue that the CXI doesn't: Most Chromebooks and Chromeboxes up to this point have featured ARM processors, but the CXI is an exception: Under the hood is Intel's Celeron 2957U, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. Yes - that's modest, but it's x86, and remember, we're still... Read more...
It's been a mini-roller coaster ride for Google's Chrome browser, which flirted with surpassing the 20 percent market share threshold around this time two years ago. Fast forward to today and Chrome has finally managed to leap over the hurdle, landing at 20.37 percent to close out the month of July, according to the latest data from Net Applications. That's enough to maintain a second place finish ahead of Mozilla's Firefox browser, which has been on a slow and steady decline for more than a year. The last time Firefox enjoyed a 20 percent share of the market was in May of 2013 -- it now sits at... Read more...
Does your laptop battery seem to give up the ghost a little bit quicker when you use Google's Chrome browser to surf the web? You're not alone -- this is a known issue that's been around since at least 2010, though it's largely been swept under the rug. Until now, that is. Google has vowed to fix the issue, and to fix it soon. Even though this has been a problem for the past several years, it went largely unnoticed by the general public until more recently when Forbes contributing writer Ian Morris shed some light on the topic. According to Morris, the culprit is that Chrome doesn't fully let go... Read more...
Our innocence lost, we now know that the National Security Agency (NSA) effectively strong arms technology companies far and wide into dishing out our personal information. It's a bum rap, and it may make you think twice about firing off that email to a friend or family member criticizing one of the government's policies, lest you both end up on some secret list. And then there are black hat hackers to worry about, especially if you're in possession of valuable data. As an added measure against third-party shenanigans, Google is adding a new tool to Chrome that should offer some additional peace... Read more...
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