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Google Chrome and Chromium add protection against malicious downloads

Google Chrome already sports a number of security-minded features, from Incognito mode to a software sandbox which makes exploiting the browser a Herculean task. Now, Google has announced additional protection for Chromium and Chrome users. Built upon the Safe Browsing API, the new feature introduces protection against malicious downloads. If a download link appears in the Safe Browsing...

RockMelt Beta 2 redefines bookmarking, gets new Twitter app, is based on Chromium 10

RockMelt, the Chromium-based social Web browser has reached a new milestone today. Following its first public beta that was released in early March, RockMelt Beta 2 has started being pushed to the browser's users. The new version brings many new features, alongside the usual bug fixes, performance enhancements, and a new base for the browser -- Chromium 10, which also powers Google Chrome's...

Google Chrome slated for bloat removal

Over the course of its rapid progression from version 1.0 to 10.0, Google Chrome has packed on the pounds, so to speak. The introduction of features like the internal Flash player, PDF reader, sync engine, and extension and app support have all been contributing factors in the growth of Chrome's footprint. Now, however, Google is starting to take a look at where Chrome can be slimmed down. A...

RockMelt, the Facebook-powered Web browser, enters public beta

In November 2010, RockMelt launched the private beta of its social Web browser. The app features tight Facebook integration and offers plenty of social networking conveniences for its users. Now RockMelt has entered open beta testing, and the app is available for download by anyone who wants to kick the tires. Like Flock, RockMelt offers at least one feature we really like: a master...

Chromium, Chrome's open-source brother, has a new logo

The latest nightly build of Chromium 11 now has a new two-dimensional logo. There's absolutely no information about why the change took place -- which is a little bit odd for an open source project -- but we assume it's to further differentiate Chromium from its closed-source and commercial cousin Chrome. The Chromium Code Review page for the patch simply shows Googler Elliot Glaysher...

Google saddened by Chrome crashes due to outdated video drivers

Gamers and other enthusiasts know the importance of keeping their video card's drivers current, but it's not something the vast majority of the computing public pays any attention to. If the computer is running OK, there's no need to update drivers, right? As it turns out, there's a very good reason to update: your old driver might be causing your Web browser to crash excessively. That's...

Chrome OS "panels" and Google Talk Chrome Web app go cross-platform

Back when we had the chance to play with some more mature builds of Chromium OS, one feature we particularly liked was its slick, panelized Google Talk funcationality. It later disappeared, replaced by a Gtalk app in the Chrome Web Store -- but while Google talks about 'the same platform everywhere,' the Gtalk Web app only worked on Chrome and Chromium OS. What about all us Windows, Mac,...

Google Chrome's backgrounding features make the browser even more like an OS

Your operating system can run processes in the background -- things like realtime antivirus protection and streaming movies and music around your home -- and so can Google Chrome. Background apps have existed in Chrome and Chromium for some time, but now that the Chrome Web Store is open and its apps are available for installation, Google has posted a blog about why backgrounding is cool. ...

Google's Native Client updates to Pepper API, looks set to fragment the Web

Native Client (NaCl), Google's attempt at bridging the gap between pure JavaScript Web apps and installed programs, creeps ever closer to a stable release, and ultimate inclusion in other browsers, including Firefox. The plug-in, which allows the browser to safely execute native compiled code, has retired its NPAPI interface in favor of Pepper (PPAPI), and now has a much-improved SDK. NaCl, as...

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...

Chromium can now create shortcuts for Chrome Web Apps

Google Chrome can already create application shortcuts for your favorite sites via the wrench menu. The option had disappeared for a while, but made its return earlier this year. Adding Gmail to your taskbar is as simple as loading it in a tab, clicking the wrench, choosing tools and then clicking create application shortcut. Recently, Chromium added that same functionality to Chrome Web apps....

Flock 3.5 upgrades to Chromium 7 even on Mac OS X

Clearly threatened by the recent competition put up by RockMelt, Flock has brought in both speed and security updates with a new Chromium 7 core. Even the maligned Mac OS X version of Flock has been blessed with a move from the old Gecko engine to the speedier WebKit-based Chromium. In the social stakes, Flock touts a 'one of a kind' sidebar full of networking and sharing goodness, with Facebook,...

Hands-on with RockMelt, the underwhelming Chrome 6-based Facebook-connected Web browser

The day you've all been dreading has finally come: RockMelt, a Web browser that forces you to log into Facebook, is here. Lee covered its release earlier today, but now I'm going to give you my hands-on impressions Looking through the accompanying gallery is by far the best way to understand what RockMelt is, but read on if you want my opinions. RockMelt is, for all intents and purposes,...

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...

Chrome 9 goes Dev, brings laundry list of changes

Google Chrome 9 has arrived for Dev channel users, and while the list of changes in 9.0.570.0 is a lengthy one you're not going see any major differences. Not just yet, anyway. A number of the updates lay the groundwork for features that will be "coming soon." There's been a lot of work focused around Cloud Print, for example. Google Instant integration has also been tweaked, and a number of...