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Google Chrome's tabbed options page now enabled by default

When Google made the decision to introduce an in-tab bookmark manager for Chrome, it only made sense that other personal pages -- like your settings -- would move to tabs as well. A tabbed options page for Chrome began taking shape in July 2010, when we shared a video of the feature working in Chromium. Now, it's become the default in Chrome Canary. It's just as easy to get around in the...

Google Chrome Canary hits v10, Crankshaft turbocharges V8 JavaScript engine

With all the Chrome OS and Chrome Web Store hoopla today, a post over at the Chromium blog went mostly unnoticed -- and it's definitely noteworthy. Freshly baked in the Chromium snapshot builds and Google Chrome Canary is Crankshaft, an enhancement to Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine that has yielded some impressive gains. Crankshaft is made up of four components: a runtime profiler for...

Google Chrome Canary coming to other OSes?

The Google Chrome Dev channel received an update yesterday, and while its changelog was a lengthy one, most of the changes were stability fixes and interface polish. There was, however, an interesting note on one of the less significant entries. Revision 67228 removed some un-needed text from the channel changer in Chrome OS -- which lets you choose to listen for updates to the stable, beta,...

Google Chrome adds option to hide any extension's button

Google Chrome extensions can be truly handy, but there's at least one feature power users have been clamoring for since the beginning: the ability to hide an extension's browser action button. Good news, Chrome Geeks: the Canary build now lets you hide extension buttons. Just right-click the icon you want to disappear and select hide button, and it's gone. If you should happen to get removal...

Google Chrome to make your settings searchable

Updates to Chrome Canary tend to fly under the radar a lot of the time -- many of the changes are subtle, and Google doesn't blog about Canary the way it does Chrome's Dev, Beta, and Stable channels. One visible addition to Chrome Canary 9.0.591.0 is the arrival of a search box on the tabbed settings page. As Chrome continues its evolution from mere browser into a 'platform,' the settings...

Google Canary passes Chromium -- is Chrome development going the way of Android?

When Google Chrome first arrived, those who wanted to experience the most up-to-date version downloaded the most recent Chromium snapshot. The open-source builds were always piping-hot and received new features before they arrived in Chrome's Dev channel. Now, however, the tables are turning. With the arrival of Chrome Canary on Windows, Google began pushing their own open/closed...

Google Chrome Canary update finally brings password sync

If you're like me, you may have tried to force Google Chrome's password into action already. It's been possible to add passwords to sync for quite some time via a command line switch, though I found that Chrome would simply spin its wheels once you tried to log in to your account after adding the switch. As of this revision on October 21, password sync was officially enabled by default --...

Apps make their return to the Google Chrome New Tab page

For quite some time, Chrome displayed your apps -- such as they were -- at the top of its new tab page. One day, however, the section was removed and it's still not visible in the Dev Channel build. Fortunately, a little Canary told me that Apps are on the way back. As you can see, the New Tab Page in Chrome Canary 8.0.550.0 has brought back Apps. The section is collapsed by default so that...

Google Chrome gets outdated plug-in blocking

Firefox added built-in checking for outdated plug-ins a while back, and it was announced back in June that Google Chrome would soon add the feature. After all, surfing with older, unpatched versions of Flash, Java, or QuickTime poses a security risk, and browser security is a vital part of Chrome's core. Following the update to 7.0.542.0 in Chrome's bleeding-edge Canary build, Windows users...

Google offers up WebGL demos to flaunt Chrome's hardware accelerated rendering

Internet Explorer 9 isn't the only pony in the hardware accelerated rendering race. Just about everyone is getting in on the GPU action, and Google's offering up some new partner-created demos to show what Chrome can do. The WebGL-powered demos include a wall of photos by CoolIris, virtual aquarium, an animated grassy field, and a slick little paint-your-own-figurine -- on which I wasted far...

About:labs lands in Google Chrome -- brings tab overview to Mac, side tabs to Windows

Chromium -- Google Chrome's open source cousin -- recently debuted the new about:labs page which brings easier access to bleeding-edge features. The Labs page provides a simpler, GUI-based system for enabling things like side tabs which you previously had to activate via command line switches. In the latest Chrome Canary update, Labs has arrived. That means Mac users can now enable tab...

Google drops Chrome Canary build down the Chrome mineshaft

Ever find yourself wishing you could run two versions of Google Chrome -- like the stable version and the dev version -- side-by-side? It's been a tad tricky to do that in the past, but Google has just made things about as easy as they can possibly get -- by introducing another Chrome build. Yes, Google is offering a Vista-esque four flavors of Chrome now -- with the release of Canary, a...