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Google Chrome gets an enormous update

Google Chrome 17 is here! Update now to experience a new user interface.

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Google Chrome 17 has finally been released. We had already told you earlier that the Chrome team, had plans to release the next big version of Google Chrome which included vast new speed improvements and security features.

Google Chrome Version 17 was out on February 8th. If you haven’t upgraded yet, its time to do so now. Just visit this page and install the official update. In case you are already a Chrome user, just click the wrench icon and press on About Google Chrome, the update will be installed momentarily.

After update you won’t notice any big changes in its looks, but there are some here and there. Chances are, you haven’t looked carefully. For e.g. the new tab button now doesn’t show a plus sign, its blank and looks attractive now.

The New tab button in Google Chrome 17

The new Chrome also gives you an option to set up chrome with your Google account. After you sign in, you can then sync all your Chrome Bookmarks, History and Settings onto your Google Account which can then be accessed by any device.

Sign in and sync in the new Google Chrome 17

Another new thing you will get to see is a refined new look for your History tab. Check it out in the pic below. The links appear in a collapsed list view now. An Actions icon appears for every history, giving you finer control over which items you want to see in your History tab. The Chrome buttons also have a new texture, and the check mark icon now looks more cute.

A new look of the history tab in Google Chrome 17

Coming to Security, if Chrome detects a malicious site, it will block the downloads and give you a warning before proceeding to download. As far as Speeds are concerned, you may want to give this one a try. Try typing a site name in the Chrome address bar. After auto-completing it, Chrome will begin pre-rendering the page before you even click. I checked out the homepage of Mashable.com and the stories loaded pretty quick. I got to see some significant speed improvements in this version.

Google Chrome 17 up to date

All in all, i am happy with this new version of Google Chrome. If you have anything to add, drop a comment below and share your personal experience of the new Chrome with us.
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Google Chrome gets Speed Updates

Google Chrome gets so fast that it loads your webpages even before you type

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Google Chrome gets a major overhaul. More Speed, More Secure and More Smart. The Beta Version is now available for download. You can test its speed by downloading from the link provided at the bottom of this post.

Chrome is my favorite browser. Although i have installed Firefox, Opera, Maxthon and a load of other browsers too on my computer, i use Chrome the most frequently. Simply because its fast and i like things to get done quickly. The new Chrome is all about adding more speed.

Google Chrome - Faster and more Secure

According to the official Google blog post,

To get you where you want to go even faster, Chrome will now start loading some web pages in the background, even before you’ve finished typing the URL in the omnibox. If the URL auto-completes to a site you’re very likely to visit, Chrome will begin to prerender the page.

This is a great feat, isn’t it guys? I bet there is no other browser which pre-renders a webpage, atleast till now! Apart from the speed improvements, the Google Chrome Team is also focused to provide the browser with extra security features when downloading a file. Kinda like, the Safari, but this is more Google.

When you download executable files such as .exe and .msi, which are considered as threats to your Computer, the new Chrome will automatically notify you that its dangerous and ask you if you want to still consider downloading it. I guess this was a major security feature which completely lacked in the previous versions.

I hope the Google Chrome browser will continue to be the best browser in the world.

Download the new Google Chrome Beta over here.

If you liked this article, please don’t forget to pass on your comments! Which is your favorite browser by the way?
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Google Chrome in 3D – First ever Web Browser in 3D

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Chrome in 3D

Google likes to play a lot of tricks. Their April Fool Joke of Chrome 3D was one of the best. In case you missed it, see it here:
Chrome 3D powered by CADIE

Later they said it was an April fool joke in the Chrome Blog:
Chrome without 3D

No more tricks anymore. Google is now really going to integrate 3D into its web browser. This is one of the first technologies to integrate 3D into a web browser. The first initiative was taken by CSS 3 project.

Chrome 3D April Fool Joke

First 2D. Then 3D. Next what, 4D ? Keep rocking Chrome 😛

Google has launched a new project for Chrome that will let the browser run a wider range of 3D graphics content without downloading additional drivers.

The project will be an open source project aiming to give a better interface to users. This project code named the ANGLE (Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine), seeks to let Chromium run WebGL content on Windows computers.

There was a blog post on this on the Chromium Blog here:
Introducing the ANGLE project.

WebGL is a developing cross platform aiming to set web standards for accessing low level 3D graphics hardware based on the OpenGL ES 2.0 API (application programming interface) that can be implemented directly in a browser without a plugin.

WebGL has already been implemented in several browsers. The only difference in this project is that, this is independent of WebGL drivers. All other browsers which are currently using WebGL have to build plugins for integrating this new technology.

OpenGL is an API for 2D and 3D graphics rendering, available on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems.

Google Chrome Angle Competition to Microsoft

The best competition to this technology is none other than Microsoft’s own graphic rendering engine DIRECT 3D, which is part of the company’s DirectX graphics technologies. Microsoft being popular and the most successfully running company today, has managed to get into the gaming industry through its excellent graphics support in Direct X. Most well known PC games today are dependent on Direct X graphics.

But a post on Wolfire tells us why we should use OpenGL and not Direct X. Wolfire is a gaming company which still uses OpenGL for its games instead of Direct X.

The main problem with the wolfire concept is that Windows OS cannot render WebGL content because the OpenGL drivers are not installed, even though the computer has powerful graphics hardware. Computers running OS X or Linux are fine, however, since those operating systems use OpenGL as the primary 3D API.

This problem will cease with the release of the ANGLE project. This project will allow you to use the WebGL content without having to find or install any new drivers. Since ANGLE aims to use most of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API, it may help developers working on mobile and embedded devices. This is quite a good news for developers as they can make apps which can work on both Windows, OS X and Linux based systems. This should set a new standard in the graphics market.

ANGLE should make it simpler to prototype these applications on Windows and also gives developers new options for deploying production versions of their code to the desktop.

ANGLE will be released under a BSD license, and the project is on Google’s Code Web site:
The Angle Project

This new project is determined to change the way we look at graphics. Don’t be surprised if tomorrow you get games which do not require Microsoft’s Direct X, but give you even better quality. This is the new aim of every developer. Surely no one likes installing a bunch of apps just to run another app. Every app should be independent and the ANGLE project is built on this concept.

Google Chrome to kill Windows

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Chromium OS Simplified

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Chromium OS

Chromium OS is the open source development version of Google’s Chrome OS. Chrome OS’s source code was released on November 19, 2009 under the BSD license as Chromium OS.

Most people fail to understand about the Chromium OS. Here are a few things which you should know about the Chromium OS.

What is Chromium OS ?
Chromium OS is a lightweight, lightning-fast operating system for your netbook, laptop or even desktop. With the familiar environment of Chromium/Chrome, the entire web is at your fingertips in seconds. HTML5 & Flash are fully supported, allowing you to enjoy the very best that the web has to offer.

What’s the difference between Chromium OS and Google Chrome OS ?
Google Chrome OS is built on the Chromium open source project. You should call this OS as Chromium OS.

What makes Chromium OS so unique ?
The Chromium OS simplifies your task. Here is the comparison of the Chrome OS vs normal boot to start a web browser:
Chrome OS

Will Chrome OS be able to run my PC games ?
Basically you are mistaken. The Chromium OS is meant only for web browsing. This is to simplify the task of using the internet. Nowadays most people, especially businessmen, don’t care about offline files. They just need to access their mail and online documents. For this purpose, the Chromium OS was built. This will store nothing on your Hard Drive except your OS files.

Why should I be bothered about opening a browser quickly ?
Its just this, nowadays, the most commonly clicked icon on the desktop is the web browser. This OS will allow you to open your web browser directly.

Does that mean I cannot store files on my notebook ?
No, you cannot. But the Chromium OS has cloud storage. This means that all your files are stored on the net. The files are transferred quickly and can be used from any place in the world.

How much will the OS cost ?
The Operating System costs absolutely nothing ! Its free. But you do need to buy a netbook which is compatible with the Chrome OS.

Can I get the source code for this ?
Its ready in the Chromium site. Go there for further details for developers.

Do I need an internet connection for running Chrome OS ?
YES. The internet is a must for logging in itself. Chrome OS uses your google account to log in to the OS.

Features of Chromium OS:

  1. Faster Boot
  2. Faster Chrome Browser
  3. Uses your Google account to log in
  4. Everything is online
  5. HTML 5
  6. Linux Kernal
  7. Cloud Storage

How do I get the Chromium OS ?
To legally get the Chromium OS, you have to wait for Google to launch Chromium Netbooks with optimized hardware. This means you cannot download and run the Chromium OS on your desktop or laptop.

But here is the good news:

Chromium OS, the open source build of Google’s upcoming web-focused Operating System, was made into a thumb-drive-friendly build early on by a helpful hacker named Hexxeh.

Hexxeh has before released his Chromium OS ZERO Build which became quite famous. Now, he has released his latest build the FLOW.

Flow is the latest in the line of Hexxeh’s hugely popular ChromiumOS builds. Flow is the most exciting version yet, bringing even more hardware support, an auto-updater, webcam support and an improved application menu & directory. All this, requires only a 2GB USB drive (download size is 327MB)

You can get the latest build of the unofficial Chromium OS on Hexxeh’s site.

Try it out and tell us what you think about the Chromium OS….

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Google Chrome leaping ahead of Safari

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Latest news which would upset Apple and would actually bother Microsoft too. The news is that Google chrome which launched nearly a year ago is on a hit. It actually got ahead of Apple Safari which was in the race from a long time.

Our old Microsoft Internet Explorer is still on 1st. Thanks to the windows users who are using the default shipped browser.

The Mozilla Firefox is 2nd which is favorite of millions of people. The most secure and the fastest browser in the world. I guess the 80% of the guys reading this article will be using the same browser.

Here comes the new competitor in this race. All new Google Chrome. There is going to be a new revolution here. As it has been a big achievement in short time.

What has changed:

1. Microsoft Internet Explorer: This will make clear why Microsoft. Share in November 2009 was 63.62% and now loosing few points it goes to 62.69% in January 2009 Oops 2010, Well what astonished me most was that January hasn’t even begin. A straight 1% drop in 1 month is too much. My advice to Microsoft , even if you are ahead at least try to do something new. Just Look at this graph:


2. Firefox: Well some point drop for Mozilla Firefox too. Share in November 2009 was 24.72% and in January 2010 is 24.61%. I think Mozilla can deal with it. The new Mozilla release can fix it .

3. Google Chrome: Do I even need to write here. Got in 3rd place after few months of release. That’s a big achievement. So lets pray that it gains more popularity (I know Google will do that like the way it is advertising it.)

The Browser Graph located at : http://goo.gl/caSo

Market Share can be found here: http://goo.gl/wMuJ

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Google Extensions and Chrome for Mac and Linux.

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A couple of days ago (9/12/09) Google finally released Google Chrome Extensions. Yes they did if you didn’t already know. And it was launched with love, as google stated its a earlier christimas present to all of us.
google chrome beta release

The reason I have posted this a couple days late is because I am not one of the many users of Google chrome. As you may remember Google Chrome was released in September of 2008. And since then chrome is one of the most known web browsers.

Since Chrome was released out of beta, Google was receiving a hard quantity of emails requesting to have add-ons, or today known as extensions.

Well Google took all that feedback and has finally released Google Chrome Extensions (Go to GCE). Along with the launch they added 300 extensions to the gallery. Though it doesn’t sound really large quantity of extensions there were a few they caught my eye.

Google has made sure they added from the basic needs, to advanced needs. That’s right starting all way from RSS readers, to a application speed checker for webmasters. The gallery is full of useful, and not so useful extensions. Though I am not complaining cause they are all free!

Okay, I am not forgetting about Developers. Google has also made a developers center, which includes guides, and how Google extensions work so you can create your own.

Also if you are a Mac OS user, guess what? You can now get chrome now as well. Google Chrome for Mac (beta) is now available to download. But sadly you don’t have to ability to use Google extensions.

Linux OS users are also able to use Google for Linux (beta) as well. And not like Mac OS users, you can also enjoy the grace  of extensions.

Lately it seems that Google doesn’t seem to stop giving. Google is continuously growing, and giving a lot lately. Thanks Google for the presents

I have placed the links for all of the resources i have talked about in this article, below.

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