With DirectWrite (Windows only) support and more.
It seems like there was a while since a decent Chrome update, which actually brought useful features, at least up until now as the latest Beta version does deliver.
First in the list is DirectWrite support, which is Microsoft’s latest text layout and glyph rendering API introduced in Windows 7. Thanks to this, text will no longer look like from the Windows XP era (see the picture below).
Talk about priorities.
A battery draining bug that was first reported back in 2010 is now being investigated by Google, according to the reports.
The issue stems from a poorly set system clock tick rate (1.000ms) while Microsoft themselves recommend developers to use (15.625ms). So what does that mean? It means that the processor is being woken up far more frequently that it should be, affecting battery usage by as much as 25%.
Starts testing mozjpeg 2.0.
When it comes to standard JPEG compression, it’s not exactly all sunshine and rainbows, in fact, most of the times the pictures look rather bad.
Well, things might change for the better soon, at least for Facebook pictures as the company has just announced its plans to test Mozilla’s mozjpeg 2.0 format. In addition to that, the social giant has also donated $60,000 in an effort to fund the development of said format and mozjpeg 3.0.
Consumer is the winner.
Even though Chromebooks prices aren’t that big of a deal anyway (unless you are buying Chromebook Pixel), it looks like you might be able to get one even cheaper in the future.
Recently, MediaTek made some code contributions to the Chromium OS and tested an entry level ARM Cortex A7 processor, which is a big step down compared to the already inexpensive, Samsung Cortex A14/A7 SoC.
Brings ZTE P80 phone support and few goodies for BB users.
If you are still rocking any of the older phones then good news, a new update for Opera Mini has been just released and is now available for download at m.opera.com
What’s new? Here’s a full list of reported changes (not a lot but still better than nothing):
Freedom of ads.
After it was reported that Google is paying AdBlock to whitelist their ads, it looks like German media houses decided to take a different approach.
According to Spiegel, the RTL Group and ProSiebenSat.1 Media of Germany have filled a lawsuit in the Munich District Court against Eyeo, the company behind AdBlock Plus. In addition to that, other companies like Focus Online and Chip Online are considering whether or not they should do the same.
Good news for all you Chromecast users out there, the upcoming app update (version 1.7) will allow you to mirror your Android device to the TV! All you have to do is select “Cast Screen” in the app menu and select the Chromecast device.
Which means that you can now share anything on your TV, including photos, maps, the possibilities are endless.
If you got about an hour to spare then Opera has recently posted a Google Hangouts video with Opera Max lead Sergey Lossev, where he answers questions covering the future plans, and so on.
WebVR API it is.
Earlier this year, Mozilla has announced its plans to support the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and now it looks like Google is too joining the party.
As revealed by Brandon Jones, the search giant has created the experimental branch that have WebVR support enabled, which would allow developers to utilize APIs and create appropriate content for the Oculus Rift users. On a slightly negative note, various WebVR features won’t be added to the other builds of Chrome until the API matures a bit.