Category: Google Chrome
No Opera in sight.
Over the WebRTC, which doesn’t seem to be standardized.
Back in 2012, WebRTC, Google’s proposed web standard for audio, video chat and P2P file transfers, has gained a wide acceptance among various web browser vendors, including: Firefox, Opera, Maxthon and Google Chrome. While Apple is yet to implement and comment on WebRTC, Microsoft did raise some concerns and suggested their own web standard. That was back in August.
Meet the ThinkPad X131e.
When Microsoft introduced Surface, people wondered whether or not other manufacturers will “fight back” and start releasing laptops with other operating systems. With Ubuntu and similar Linux distributions being out of the picture, it looks like at least one more manufacturer has solved the issue and is about to enter the Chromebook market: Lenovo.
Targeting students, Google promises a battery that lasts 6.5 hours, which should be more than enough to get you through the day. The hardware itself is far from impressive, it’s the average 11.6 inch laptop with a 1366 x 768 resolution display, Intel’s Core i5 or i7 processor and few ports here and there.
Provides a glimpse into the future.
If you thought that talking to your phone and/or tablet is a bad idea, wait till you read this. As of now, the latest beta build of Google Chrome 25 includes a support for the Web Speech API, which allows developers to integrate voice controls into their web applications.
For example, assuming that voice recognition isn’t that bad, you could “write” an email to your boss without touching a finger.
The first public beta build for Android.
It looks like Google has decided to turbo charge the competition as they just announced the availability of the very first Google Chrome Beta build for Android.
This isn’t just a minor release though, especially since previous build was based on the Google Chrome 18. That’s a pretty significant bump. As far as features go, Google Chrome 25 Beta for Android includes major performance improvements (think 25-30% increase), new HTML5 features (such as CSS Filters) and as you can expect from all Beta builds, some bugs that are yet to be ironed out (see list here).
December, 2012 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera – Up; Firefox, Safari – Down
When you look back, in 2011 a lot of people thought that Internet Explorer was pretty much doomed and that Google Chrome and Firefox will dominate the desktop space for an indefinite amount of time. Well, look how things have change… or did they?
Ever wanted to know what happened to web browsers before (and after) the world has come to an end? Well, now you can, we have the technology.
With disabled silent extensions.
After abusing the silent extensions feature for some time now, the 3rd parties are about to get smacked.
According to Peter Ludwig, the Product Manager of Google Chrome, the recently released version of Google Chrome (25) will disable the silent extension installation feature. Not only that but the add-ons that were previously installed using this method will be automatically disabled as well. However, it will be done in a respectful manner thanks to a one time prompt, which will offer an option to re-enable some or all of the installed extensions.
With a new tab page.
It looks like Google continues to aggressively promote its services. Starting with Google Chrome 25 Dev, users will have an opportunity to see the upcoming tag page, which puts Google search right at your face. While disabled by default, it can be turned on by typing chrome://flags in the address bar and enabling “Enable Instant extended API”.
So what exactly does it do?
With audio fixes.
While the majority of news this week were mostly about Firefox and Mozilla, it’s time to end that with the news from Google Chrome.
Turns out, the search giant has just release an update for the iOS platform, which fixes one of the widely reported announces: inability to play audio files when web browser is minimized. Well, things are about to change as the latest build does just that: allows you to play audio while running in the background.