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Big Change Coming to Google Chrome

By | February 21, 2011 | 11 Comments

A lot of news about Google Chrome lately, no? This time it’s about how the next iteration of Google Chrome will implement a feature that only Internet Explorer 9 has so far and that feature is: dropping the address bar.

Despite being one of the most minimalist web browsers already, the next Google Chrome version will save even more screen space.

Don’t worry, the address bar will reappear when users move the cursor over the spot where the address bar normally is. It is a feature that only the beta of Internet Explorer 9 currently boasts but Google seemingly intends to take it a step further.
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Introducing Google Chrome Web Search Blocklist Extension

By | February 16, 2011 | 4 Comments

Google, always out to improve their search engine to allow for maximum efficiency, has released the Personal Blocklist extension for Google Chrome which allows users to block certain sites from showing up in their search results.

Introducing Google Chrome Web Search Blocklist Extension
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Weekly Browsers Recap + Bonus Links, February 14th

By | February 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, February 14th

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Pwn2Own: Google to Give Away CR-48 Laptop and $20,000

By | February 3, 2011 | 7 Comments

Pwn2Own: Google to Give Away CR-48 Laptop and $20,000The 5th Pwn2Own contest is here and there are some special treats for all you exploiters.

In addition to already offered prizes by Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) (a total is $105,000), Google Inc. will also be giving away a CR-48 laptop running Google Chrome OS and $20,000 to one lucky hacker who will exploit a security hole in Google Chrome web browser.

Contestants are welcomed to hack the following browsers:

Microsoft Internet Explorer
Apple Safari
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

All of them will be running on a 64-bit, Windows 7 or OS X machines.

As for Opera inclusion, it’s still the same “low market share” argument.

Microsoft Releases H.264 plug-in for Chrome

By | February 2, 2011 | 4 Comments

Microsoft Releases H.264 plug-in for ChromeBack in January, Google has announced its plans to remove H.264 codec from the Chrome web browser.

Well, Microsoft has decided to spice some things up and announced the availability of “Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome” (Windows 7 only).

In addition, Dean Hachamovitch the Corporate Vice President of Internet Explorer has posted a a lengthy, explaining the current industry situation and expressing his concerns about WebM (just like Google did with H.264).

To sum it up: Microsoft is fully behind H.264 and sees no reason to drop it.

Weekly Browsers Recap, January 17th

By | January 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, January 17th

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Google Chrome Release Cycle
Google has recently published an interesting release cycle slideshow for Google Chrome…
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Google Chrome Release Cycle

By | January 14, 2011 | 7 Comments

Google has recently published an interesting release cycle slideshow for Google Chrome web browser that reveals some interesting points.

Here are some points that can be drawn from the presentation:

Google Chrome is treated as an online service rather than actual software, explaining the reason for such release cycles.

Instead of wasting time on feature branches (that can take weeks of debugging), Google Chrome team works on a centralized trunk, allowing to release more frequent updates.

The current release pattern is based on a six week release cycle.

Features are designed in a way to be disabled with a single patch (if required).

For the full list, see the slideshow above. Doesn’t work? Try direct link.

WebM Ready for Hardware Acceleration

By | January 13, 2011 | 2 Comments

WebM Ready for Hardware Acceleration

It looks like Google’s WebM VP8 hardware decoder IP is now available for the chip makers. According to the recent announcement, they can now start working on a WebM playback support for their chipsets.

Same report also states that Oulu team is set to release a VP8 video encoder in the first quarter of 2011 as it’s currently ran in an FPGA (Field-programmable gate array) environment.

Google Removes H.264 Codec from Chrome

By | January 12, 2011 | 9 Comments

Google Removes H.264 Codec from ChromeIt looks like the search giant will soon remove a H.264 video codec from the upcoming Google Chrome web browser release.

“Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies,” said Mike Jazayeri, the product manager at Google Inc.

According to the blog post, changes will occur in the next couple months and this is just a notification encouraging content publishers and developers to make necessary changes.

Weekly Browsers Recap, December 27th

By | December 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, December 27th

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Internet Explorer is the Best Browser
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