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August 20, 2010

Google Tablet Coming in November?


Today’s big rumor, coming from an un-named single source by way of the Download Squad blog, is that a Google tablet, made by HTC, running Google’s Chrome OS, and available on the Verizon network, will go on sale on November 26th this year. That’s Black Friday.

Or, maybe not: Citing similarly un-named sources among “upstream component makers,” Digitimes asserts that it’s Motorola, not HTC, that is Google’s first choice for a tablet, which Digitimes says will be based on Android. (more…)

August 9, 2010

Chrome extension forces secure Google searches

Google now offers an extension for Chrome that automates the process of adding the secure Google search siteas a search engine to the Chrome 6.x branch. Google SSL Web Search is an extension, still in beta, that works with Chrome 6.0.419.0 and later on Windows and Linux computers.
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August 5, 2010

Google introduces Chrome Canary builds


Mountain View, California-based Google announced today on The Chromium Blog the introduction of a new experimental and version of Google Chrome called Google Chrome Canary Build. The main goal is to update the Canary Build more often than the Dev Channel. However, this means that the Google Chrome Canary Build will be highly unstable, considering that updates will be more radical and not manually tested by Google engineers. Google warns that the “Canary Build is only for users who want to help test Google Chrome and are comfortable using a highly unstable browser that will often break entirely.” (more…)

June 28, 2010

Google Chrome passes Safari in US browser share

Google Chrome is now the third-most-popular browser in the US, behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox, but ahead of Apple’s Safari for the first time, according to a study by web analytics company StatCounter.

Chrome overtook Safari during the week ending June 27, and now has a share of around 8.97 percent of the US browser market, just ahead of Safari at 8.88 percent. Internet Explorer and Firefox still dominate with shares of 52 percent and 28.5 percent respectively, all versions combined, StatCounter said. (more…)

June 15, 2010

10 Great Google Chrome Extensions

With Google releasing a stable version of Chrome that supports extensions, it’s a great time to install some of these enhancements for the Web browser. Google says there are now 1,500 extensions to choose from, which you can find can find and install here.

To get you started, here are 10 of my favorites:
RSS Subscription Extension SmoothScroll Google Translation Bar IE Tab Instant Image Editor Bit.ly Google Mail Checker Plus Shareaholic Google Weather Nothing

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May 15, 2010

Acer to launch Chrome OS devices in two weeks


It’s been some time since we received any new details on Chrome OS, Google’s web-focused operating system for netbooks. But that’s about to change in a couple weeks. We’ve learned from multiple sources that the Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer will launch Chrome OS devices at the Computex Taipei show, which will be held from June 1 to June 5. (more…)

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May 6, 2010

UO: Current Google Chrome is INCOMPATIBLE with Blackboard

Looking at usage logs and trouble tickets for the Blackboard system we’ve been noticing an interesting but problematic trend — a rapid increase in the use on campus of Google Chrome. For example, looking at Blackboard usage stats for the first week of May we’re seeing:
Firefox 39%
Safari 36%
MSIE 16%
Chrome 9%

The reason this is problematic is that the current Chrome is INCOMPATIBLE with Blackboard. Please warn your users that if they want to use Blackboard, they MUST switch to one of our supported browsers: Firefox, Safari, or MSIE (preferably MSIE 8, but 7 mostly works). (more…)

April 1, 2010

Google Fires at Apple, Integrates Flash Into Chrome Browser

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Google continues to stake out its territory online. The search-and-advertising giant announced Tuesday that it will bundle Adobe’s Flash player with downloads of the Chrome browser, putting Google in sharper opposition to Apple — and giving Adobe a powerful ally.

Google’s decision to throw its weight behind Flash is an attempt to protect its turf — the internet — and strengthen its Android and Chrome operating systems for mobile phones, tablets and notebooks. By contrast, Apple’s iPhone and upcoming iPad do not support Flash. (more…)

March 19, 2010

Google patches Chrome days before hacking contest

Story by Computer World about browser security:

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Only browser predicted to survive Pwn2Own gets 11 fixes

Google has patched 11 vulnerabilities in the Windows version of Chrome, including one that earned its finder the first $1,337 check from the company’s new bug bounty program.

Like Apple, which updated Safari last week, Google beefed up the security of its browser just days before the Pwn2Own browser hacking contest was to kick off in Canada. (more…)

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