An effort is currently underway to switch Google Chrome over to BoringSSL, an OpenSSL fork the search engine giant announced last month. Weaning the world’s most popular browser off of the two cryptographic software libraries it currently uses (OpenSSL on Android and Mozilla NSS on all other platforms) is proving somewhat difficult at this early stage, though.
Browser vendor says Aura enables a better, more responsive experience
Norwegian browser vendor Opera Software on Thursday released Opera 21 for Windows and Mac. Opera 21, the seventh iteration of the browser since it ditched the Presto browser engine in favor of the Chromium project, is the first stable build to pack the Aura hardware-accelerated graphics engine.
It's the dawn of a new era for Opera Software. The Scandinavian browser maker just finalized its Opera 15.0 browser, but more than just a version upgrade, this latest release is packing a brand new engine underneath the hood. Pop the top and you'll no longer find Presto working its magic, as Opera Software decided to switch to Google's Chromium-based Blink rendering engine, which is a fork of WebKit.
Acer quietly launched its second Chromebook, the C7, earlier this month, making it available through Google Play, BestBuy.com and Best Buy stores. Now, according to the Taiwanese PC maker, the $199 Chrome OS-running device has become popular enough to force some other e-tailers to begin selling it.
On Thursday, British hacker Liam McLoughlin, more popularly known by his nom de plume Hexxeh, announced the release of a Raspberry Pi port of the open-source Chromium browser. The talented hacker, whose highly fruitful association with Chromium OS dates back to its very inception, has been busy playing around with the Raspberry Pi ever since he got hold of one back in April. This release of Chromium for Raspberry Pi Beta is a testament to all his hard work.
After being absent for over a year, offline functionality finally returned to Google Docs in September 2011. This time, though, things were slightly different as the feature was powered by HTML5 and not Google Gears, and offline access was restricted to viewing alone. On Thursday, the second day of Google’s annual I/O developer conference, Google made things much better by announcing the return of offline document editing for Chrome and Chrome OS.
The initial response to the first Chromebooks has been rather lukewarm. But that is unlikely to deter Google, which is in it for the long haul. Now all eyes are going to be on the first few installments of changes and new features. Lack of offline functionality is being seen as the Achilles heel’ of Chrome OS. It will become a touch more usable offline when Google Docs offline support returns later this summer after a long hiatus. There are signs of the much awaited return of Docs offline support being just around the corner.
Google Chrome has amassed quite a favorable reputation for security with both users and security researchers. To its credit, it is the only web browser to have never been hacked at the annual Pwn2Own hacking competition. In fact, on the first day of this year’s Pwn2Own contest (Mar 9-11), Google even offered a $20,000 cash prize to anybody who could circumnavigate the browser’s sandbox “using vulnerabilities purely present in Google-written code.” While no one managed to claim the prize back then, researcher from French security firm VUPEN now claim to have finally “Pwnd Google Chrome and its sandbox.” Hit the jump for more.
In a season of outages, when internet-based services seem to be having a tough time staying online, the last thing anyone wants to talk about is an upcoming cloud-based operating system. But that is exactly what we are about to do. MPC readers, let us ignore the bone-chilling horrors of the past week that are otherwise likely to linger with many of you for a long time, so that we can concentrate on reports of an upcoming Chrome OS netbook from Samsung called “Alex.” The existence of this netbook came to light through a Chromium bug report. Hit the jump for specs.
Considering the fact that Chrome earned its stripes as a minimalist browser optimized for speed, the increasing size of Chrome's distribution binaries isn't really something to be proud of. Google has now decided to put the kibosh on this trend. To this end, it has set up a task force that will weigh in with with ways to “bring down the size of Chrome distribution binaries.”