Google Chrome is rapidly winning the hearts and minds of tech enthusiasts everywhere not just for its blistering speed, but for its unrelenting commitment to security. Saying a browser is secure is easy, but making it so is something completely different. To help keep their developers on track the team has come up with a set of seven core security principles, and the complete list makes for a rather interesting read, and we’ll highlight a few of our favorites after the jump.
Last August, offline Gmail returned to Google Chrome after a brief absence, during which it went from being a Gears-based feature to an HTML5-powered Chrome Web Store app. Now Google has updated that app. Hit the jump for more.
Depending on your state of awareness and the depth of your internet search habits, you may have noticed that not everyone posting content to the internet can speak or write in English. Shocking, right? You could disregard the foreign characters and move on to the next page returned to you by your search results, but there’s a very good possibility that the piece of information you’ve been looking for is hidden amidst all those crazy looking words. Instead of risking the loss of an important piece of data, Chrome users can turn to Google Translate, our Browser Extension of the Week.
Google’s Chrome browser has had a feature for the last few months that pre-loads web pages when you are searching on Google. Now that feature has been expanded in the new Chrome beta to include pages typed into the omnibox. Sites that Chrome auto-completes will load in the background before you press enter. The result is what appears to be blisteringly-fast page loads.
Whether you're making a purchase from an online store, signing up for a new service or renewing an old one, when online forms work, they work very well... until your web browser crashes and the burning rage of one thousand suns eats all that was once good in your life as a result. Fortunately, for Chrome and Firefox users, the days of form-related hissy fits may soon be nothing more than an ugly memory, thanks to Lazarus, our Browser Extension of the Week.
Trying doing a search for "browser" using Google. Notice anything odd? Yep, Google's Chrome browser is suspiciously missing from the front page search results, which is exactly where you would expect it to be. Instead, you have to flip through several pages of search results to find a link to Chrome's homepage (it was on page 7 at the time of this writing), representing a self-inflicted demotion as Google attempts to police itself.
Mozilla Firefox is still the world’s second most popular desktop browser ahead of Google Chrome, as per Net Applications. But as far as Mozilla is concerned, that’s probably the only positive to have come out of the analytics firm’s latest monthly browser usage data.
The Microsoft PR team in charge of Internet Explorer has a difficult job on its hands. Finding the upside of declining market share isn’t exactly the easiest job in the world you know. As a result of the overall trend working against IE, the message this year has been mostly focused around browser share in Windows 7. When you limit the dataset to this one narrow focus, Microsoft appears to be making at least some progress at bouncing back, though mostly at the expense of Mozilla.
Some people have been questioning why Google would dump nearly a billion dollars into a three-year search deal with Mozilla and its Firefox browser instead of leaving Mozilla high and dry after their existing agreement expired. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that the new deal is three times higher than the previous one, and is more than Microsoft was willing to pay Mozilla to have Bing featured as the default search. Why give all that money to a competitor? That's the wrong question to ask, according to one of Chrome's developers.
Chromebooks from the likes of Acer and Samsung have been on the market for over six months now. In this time, there have there have been reports of these Chrome OS-running netbooks selling very poorly. Google even slashed their prices last month in a bid to spur demand among holiday shoppers. It’s difficult to say how helpful that move has been, if at all. But there is something that will definitely be very helpful for existing Chromebook users looking to do more with their machines while offline.