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  • Microsoft is using Bing to discourage Windows 10 users from downloading Chrome and Firefox

    09/04/2015 7:32:45 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | Sep 4, 2015 | Jordian Novet
    Microsoft is using a new tactic to keep Windows 10 users from switching away from its Edge browser. The first time Edge users search for “chrome” or “firefox” using Bing — presumably with the intent of downloading those browsers from Google or Mozilla, respectively — they are shown a serious-looking message at the top of the search results. “Microsoft recommends Microsoft Edge for Windows 10,” it says. A “Learn why” button next to that message brings you to a website showing off Edge’s features... The message only showed up the first time I searched for “chrome” and “firefox” in Edge,...
  • Windows 10 can turn Microsoft into a success again, but it needs to get these 4 things right

    07/28/2015 9:07:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    BT ^ | 07/28/2015
    The global launch of Windows 10 is a pivotal moment for Microsoft as a consumer business, because in recent years Windows has started to matter a lot less.The rise of mobile devices has hit the PC market hard – and no more so than Microsoft, which has around 1.5 billion Windows customers, making it the market leader in that arena. (Snappa) This, combined with Apple’s OS X and Mac computer line-up regularly bucking the trend and actually increasing sales, has left Microsoft and Windows adrift in the technology world, with Google’s Chrome and Android dominating.(Snappa) But a hint of change...
  • 10 reasons Windows 10 is better than Chrome OS and Mac OS X

    07/21/2015 9:25:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 07/21/2015 | Krystle Vermes
    Windows 10 will be the last edition of Microsoft's operating system, so it's no wonder that the tech giant has gone all out to make it the best OS to date. Microsoft has already revealed features, such as a smarter Cortana and Xbox integration, that may appeal to existing Windows users and lure those on other operating systems. Here are 10 reasons why Windows 10 could effortlessly pull you away from your Mac or Chrome operating system when it debuts for PCs and tablets on July 29. 1. Cortana is back and better than ever Forget Siri and all of...
  • Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

    06/23/2015 1:03:36 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 23 June 2015 | Samuel Gibbs
    Privacy advocates claim always-listening component was involuntarily activated within Chromium, potentially exposing private conversations Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer. First spotted by open source developers, the Chromium browser – the open source basis for Google’s Chrome – began remotely installing audio-snooping code that was capable of listening to users. It was designed to support Chrome’s new “OK, Google” hotword detection – which makes the computer respond when you talk to it – but was...
  • Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth

    06/23/2015 12:58:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Privacy Online News ^ | 6/18/15 | Rick Falkvinge
    Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.It looked like just another bug report. "When I start Chromium, it downloads something."...
  • Firefox OS in flux as Mozilla loses technology chief to startup

    06/07/2015 8:48:24 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    Firefox ^ | 06/05/15 | Stephen Shankland
    Mozilla, best known for its Firefox browser and operating system, has lost the man responsible for the core technologies of both products.roject to keep Firefox competitive with browsers like Google's Chrome. His departure is part of major changes Mozilla faces with Firefox OS. While Gal is moving into a new market, a new competitive threat is arriving. Mozilla's former president, Li Gong, is at work on another startup nicknamed Gone Fishing that's building a mobile operating system relying on the same Web-based approach Firefox OS uses, CNET has learned. Gong was the Firefox OS business leader before being promoted to...
  • Microsoft's secret weapon Asm.js Native-speed JavaScript available in Windows 10's Edge browser(tr)

    05/09/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | May 7, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Original full title/subtitle:Microsoft's secret weapon in browser wars: Mozilla's supercharged Asm.js Native-speed JavaScript available now in Windows 10's Edge browser Microsoft has included a surprise feature in its new Edge web browser for Windows 10, in the form of support for the ultra-optimizable Asm.js JavaScript dialect. First developed by Mozilla and championed by the nonprofit's former CTO Brendon Eich, Asm.js is a strict subset of JavaScript that aims to be the "assembly language of the web." By eliminating many of the vagaries of the JavaScript language syntax, Asm.js forces client-side web code into a form that is easy for Just-In-Time...
  • Chrome passes 25% market share, IE and Firefox slip

    05/03/2015 7:18:19 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 31 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | May 1, 2015 3:03 PM | Emil Protalinski
    In April 2015, we saw the naming of Microsoft Edge, the release of Chrome 42, and the first full month of Firefox 37 availability. Now we’re learning that Google’s browser has finally passed the 25 percent market share mark. Between March and April, here is how the browser market changed, according to the latest figures from Net Applications: •Internet Explorer: down 0.71 points to 55.83 percent •Chrome: up 0.69 points to 25.68 percent •Firefox: down 0.19 points to 11.70 percent •Safari: up 0.12 points to 5.12 •Opera: up 0.05 points to 0.48 percent Breaking the IE figure down further shows...
  • Chromium Hack : special 13 character can crash Chrome Browser Tab on a Mac PC

    03/21/2015 7:36:39 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    TechWorm ^ | on March 21, 2015 | Vijay
    No browsers are safe as proved yesterday at Pwn2Own, but crashing one of them with just one line of special code is slightly different. A developer has discovered a hack in Google Chrome which can crash the Chrome tab on a Mac PC. The code is a 13 character special string which appears to be written in Assyrian script *break* Matt C has reported the bug to Google, who have marked the report as duplicate. This means that Google are aware of the problem and are reportedly working on it.
  • Visit the Wrong Website, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer

    08/05/2014 10:18:32 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 58 replies
    W I R E D ^ | 08.05.14 6:30 am | Kevin Poulsen
    Apparently, the feebs have been using malware and the TOR network to snoop on quite a bit more information than one might have suspected. Use the following link here for more info:
  • This Chrome add-on lets you copy and erase text inside any image on the web

    04/23/2014 7:36:52 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 30 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Matt Brian
    What would you say if we told you that it's possible to copy, translate, edit and even erase the text inside any image you find on the internet? Well, you can, and it's a lot easier than you might think. All it requires is a new browser extension, called Project Naptha, made by developer Kevin Kwok. It uses a number of optical character recognition (OCR) algorithms, including libraries developed by Microsoft and Google, which quickly build a model of text regions, words and letters from nearly any image. Once installed, you simply hover your cursor over available image text and...
  • MOZILLA** Interesting posting from an Insider

    04/07/2014 11:00:55 AM PDT · by Bikkuri · 158 replies
    Pastebin ^ | Apr 7th, 2014 | Mozilla Developer
    Hello. I am member of Mozilla's development team and these postings here lately force me now to react. Let me first clarify one thing. I do that because someone has finally to speak out some things... Things which should clearly brought out to the public.... First, the incident about our short time CEO Eich..... many of us do NOT agree with what has happened. There has been a massive amount of pressure inside and outside of Mozilla which brought him to resign from his post. About the ads in the new tab page... Our reasoning for this is to make...
  • Google makes good on threat, flips 'kill switch' on some Chrome add-ons

    02/21/2014 2:18:50 PM PST · by gunsmithkat · 27 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | February 21, 2014 | Gregg Keizer
    All extensions on Windows must be installed from the Chrome Web Store; those that were not will be permanently disabled. Google today upgraded Chrome to version 33, fulfilling its promise to block more add-ons in the Windows browser and quashing 28 bugs.
  • Adware vendors buy Chrome Extensions to send ad- and malware-filled updates

    01/20/2014 9:57:14 AM PST · by Utilizer · 32 replies
    ars technica website | Jan 17 2014, 3:10pm -0800 | Ron Amadeo
    ...ownership of a Chrome extension can be transferred to another party, and the new owners can issue an ad-filled update over Chrome's update service, which sends the adware out to every user of that extension.
  • Has FR been Pigeon Holed by Google Chrome?

    12/26/2013 2:05:09 PM PST · by PeteePie · 54 replies
    None ^ | 12/26/2013 | PeteePie
    I came into work today and fired up Google Chrome, like on any other day. My Google home page usually displays the eight most frequently visited websites in icon/link form. The icon and link for Free Republic has always occupied the number one or two spot, depending on my frequency of visits. But today Chrome looked different. It wasn't just the new seasonal header image but that some of my frequently visited icon images have been replaced by some infrequently visited icon/links. I clicked on 'Do Not Show on This Page' option for these newbies and it replaced them with...
  • Closing the door on Windows: A guide to changing operating systems

    12/18/2013 6:48:46 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 80 replies
    PC World ^ | 16 December 2013 | Tony Bradley
    Is it time for you to dump Windows XP, or maybe to abandon Windows altogether? Windows 8 has improved significantly with the 8.1 upgrade. Nevertheless, for many users, Windows 8’s ...major changes like Live Tiles and the removal of the Start menu—remains an object of scorn. And security has always been a bigger headache for Windows... If you’re still running Windows XP, making the switch to Windows 8.1—or to Windows 7, if you can find it—will probably involve replacing more than just the operating system. Your...hardware may not be able to handle a newer Windows OS; and even if it...
  • Posting glitch with Chrome on Android? (vanity)

    08/24/2013 8:44:59 AM PDT · by Bob · 19 replies
    me | 8/24/2013 | me
    Has anyone else run into a posting glitch using Chrome on an Android device? After receiving a Chrome browser update yesterday, I can no longer post to FR from my phone. (I had never encountered any difficulties before this update.) The first word that I enter as a reply to a thread gets repeated when I hit the space following it. Trying to position after the repeated word to delete it just repeats that same first word over and over. I've tried logging out of FR and back in again with no change. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, Bob.
  • Google’s simple device will shake up television

    07/31/2013 12:17:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 68 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | July 31, 2013, 7:18 a.m. EDT | Carol Kopp
    Commentary: Easy to watch anything on the Internet on your TV*****************************************************Thinking of C-SPAN from their Archives.*********************************By Carol Kopp Here’s what all the noise was about on Monday morning. At Netflix headquarters, people were cheering. At the big cable companies , they were shaking in their boots. At Amazon , one executive might have been trying to explain what went wrong. At Google , they were just quietly smiling. It was all about a thumb-size, $35 gadget called Google Chromecast that came out last week with little fanfare, almost as an afterthought to the announcement of a new version of its...
  • Fail: Chrome, Firefox, and IE all crack during hacking competition

    03/11/2013 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/11/13 | Meghan Kelly
    Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox all fell to the mercy of the hackers Thursday. That is, in a controlled environment. Security firms Vupen and MWR Labs were able to crack the browsers during a condoned bug-hunt, with one company winning $100,000 for finding a huge hole. The Pwn2Own competition is an event at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver. The competition was created by HP’s DVLabs as part of its Zero Day Initiative: an attempt to get more people to find and report bugs as opposed to exploiting them for personal gains.
  • Google's New Chromebook Is a Joke

    02/22/2013 2:25:41 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/22/2012 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – Google unveiled its new touchscreen Chromebook yesterday, and it was not what anyone was expecting. Until now, Google's Chromebooks have been exceedingly cheap, but the Chromebook Pixel will cost a whopping $1,300—for a computer that can only run web apps. Here's what pundits are saying: "What is Google thinking?" asks Jean-Baptiste Su at Forbes. "The Chromebook Pixel is, simply put, a ripoff!" It costs more than the MacBook Air, and it's "not even a real computer. ... Nobody in their right mind should spend that kind of money on a laptop that does so little." Windows 8 got...
  • Google Chrome Browser Warning me about FreeRepublic using "malware" site

    11/04/2012 10:23:06 PM PST · by montag813 · 55 replies
    Google Chrome ^ | 11-05-2012 | montag813
    When I go to the "My Comments" (Pings: link on FR, I get this: Anyone else? Admin?
  • AMD's Hondo Z-Series APU To Challenge Intel's Atom In Windows 8 Tablet Market

    10/09/2012 12:38:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies ^ | Tuesday, October 09, 2012 | Joel Hruska
    AMD is launching its first tablet-optimized APU today, in a bid to challenge Intel's de facto dominance of the Windows 8 tablet market. Dubbed Hondo, the new Z-60 draws less power than any Brazos-based part AMD has launched before. Some of you may remember that AMD launched a tablet processor last year, but the Z-01 -- codenamed Desna -- was an ordinary Brazos core that binned well enough to run within a lower power envelope. It was more a proof-of-concept chip, meant to demonstrate that AMD could, and would, compete in the tablet market. Hondo, in contrast, is a new...
  • Question: Which is faster? Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox?..........

    08/16/2012 10:05:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies
    08-16-2012 | Red Badger
    I am thinking of switching from FF to Chrome. Is it faster? Easier to use? Same??........
  • Google Chrome world’s most popular browser

    05/22/2012 5:04:46 AM PDT · by rawhide · 25 replies ^ | 5-21-12 | George Mathis
    The Internet king is dead, or at least has to share the crown. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the web browser leader since the Netscape coup (circa 1995), has been surpassed globally by Google’s Chrome browser, according to recent numbers from There’s a good write-up at PC Magazine. Chrome now make up about 33 percent of web traffic, a percentage point or two over IE. Firefox has about 24 percent of the market. It is quite a change from a year ago, when Google only had a 20 percent share, IE 45 percent. Since then, Chrome has been on a tear:...
  • Internet Explorer 9 hammers rivals in download blocking test

    07/18/2011 8:39:44 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 28 replies
    Tech World ^ | 15 Jul 2011 | John E Dunn
    The in-house reputation system used in Internet Explorer 8 and 9 is markedly superior at blocking social-engineering attacks than the Google equivalent used by Chrome, Firefox, Apple’s Safari, an independent test by NSS Labs has found. Rating the browsers against a sample set of European malware URLs over 19 days in April, IE 8 achieved a mean block rate of 90 percent, leaving Chrome 10, Firefox 4 and Safari 5 in the dust on 13 percent each. Opera, which uses technology from antivirus company AVG, came in last on 5 percent. When assessing IE 9 with application filtering turned on,...
  • Mozilla cranks out Firefox 5 with cross-platform 'Do Not Track' feature

    06/21/2011 10:28:24 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 20 replies
    The Register ^ | 21 June 2011 | Kelly Fiveash
    Just three months after Mozilla pushed out what was its final big beast of a browser release in the form of the long-awaited Firefox 4, the next iteration of its popular surfing tool is now available online. Firefox 5, as it has been sensibly named, can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android platforms. Few major tweaks have been slotted into this release, which is hardly surprising given the fast, splatter-gun style of updating Mozilla code. The iterate-big-or-die cultural shift inside the open source browser outfit's Towers comes in clear acknowledgement of Google's Chrome schedule. It may be mirroring...
  • Google Chrome releases beautiful "It Gets Better" video for gay teens

    06/25/2011 4:34:56 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 51 replies
    DNCbs ^ | May 4th | William Goodman
    (CBS) - Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" project is, in my opinion, an inspiring and important endeavor with so many gay youths dealing with depression, bullying and suicide. Which is why I think this beautiful video recently released by Google Chrome for the project is one that you should definitely be sure to check out. Per Google Chrome's write-up about the commercial: Beginning with one inspiring video, Dan Savage used the web to create the It Gets Better project--a movement that has generated thousands of uplifting videos that give hope to teens. I couldn't agree more and applaud Google Chrome...
  • Google offers £12,500 and a laptop to the first person to hack its Chrome browser

    02/04/2011 5:55:59 PM PST · by FromLori · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2/4/2011 | GRAHAM SMITH
    It's a move that reeks of extreme confidence, bordering on the reckless. Google is so certain its Chrome browser is unhackable it has promised to award £12,500 ($20,000) and a notebook to the first person who proves them wrong. The company laid down the gauntlet ahead of the fifth annual Pwn2Own hacking competition next month.
  • Google Chrome dumping H.264 video sparks angry responses from Microsoft, others

    01/19/2011 12:48:41 PM PST · by for-q-clinton · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | 13 Jan 2011 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
    Google Chrome is going to drop H.264 video codec, dumping arguably the most popular video standard currently on the Internet in favor of WebM, a format it created.
  • The Death of the Hard Drive

    Stop worrying about when the hard drive in your computer will die. Google wants to kill it permanently anyway. The new Google Chrome operating system, which was unveiled Tuesday, as well as hints and suggestions from Apple and Microsoft, offers us a preview of the PC of the future. And it will come without that familiar whirring disk that has been the data heart of the PC for the past 25 years. The Chrome OS will at first be available on all-black laptops from Samsung and Acer. And because the new platform stores everything -- files, applications, data bits and...
  • Google Unveils Chrome OS, Notebook Pilot Program

    12/09/2010 10:11:50 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies ^ | Dec. 7, 2010, 1:31 PM | Matt Rosoff
    Today in an event in San Francisco, Eric Schmidt and other Google executives took the wraps of Chrome OS and revealed that notebooks running the new sysetm will be available in mid-2011. Google also launched a pilot program for consumers: sign up at and you can apply to get a 12.1-inch non-branded netbook running the new OS.Google promises that notebooks based on Chrome will start up in less than 60 seconds, resume from sleep almost immediately, and--critically--will come with built-in cellular wireless connections. The company is also partnering with Verizon to provide a wide variety of low-cost cellular plans,...
  • Web browser pioneer backs new way to surf Internet

    11/08/2010 6:31:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    MyWay ^ | Nov 7, 4:35 PM (ET) | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE
    The Web has changed a lot since Marc Andreessen revolutionized the Internet with the introduction of his Netscape browser in the mid-1990s. That's why he's betting people are ready to try a different Web-surfing technique on a new browser called RockMelt. The browser, available for the first time Monday, is built on the premise that most online activity today revolves around socializing on Facebook, searching on Google, tweeting on Twitter and monitoring a handful of favorite websites. It tries to minimize the need to roam from one website to the next by corralling all vital information and favorite services in...
  • Attention Auto Makers: Bring Back Chrome Bumpers!

    07/11/2010 2:36:41 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 57 replies
    Notice anything missing on many of today's new automobiles? How about sturdy chrome front and rear metal bumbers?!Plastic bumpers with a styrofoam inside. What does that protect against! Forget the chrome, many of todays new vehicles don't even have bumpers. Instead, their front end just sticks out a little more. Like the ones pictured in a new car lot below:Your off to work early in the morning before the sun comes up. At 5:30 in the morning the parking lot is nearly empty. The sun is just now coming up. For a split second you get "blinded" by the sun. In that second,...
  • Google removes Chrome beta tag on Mac, Linux (Chrome 5 arrives)

    05/25/2010 1:49:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 280+ views
    The Register (UK) ^ | 25th May 2010 19:05 GMT | Dan Goodin in San Francisco
    Google has promoted Mac and Linux versions of its Chrome browser out of beta, marking the first time the search behemoth has brought them into its fold of ready-for-prime-time releases. Released on Tuesday, Chrome 5 brings a variety of fixes and new features to users of Windows, OS X, and Linux. Chief among them is the ability to synchronize bookmarks, browser preferences, homepages, and other settings across multiple computers. The updated browser also makes it possible to use more than 4,500 extensions in an incognito mode.Chrome 5 also incorporates new HTML5 features, including Geolocation APIs, App Cache, web sockets, and...
  • Devious ‘Tabnapping’ Attack Hijacks Browser Tabs

    05/25/2010 12:19:17 PM PDT · by Gomez · 25 replies · 898+ views
    Traditional phishing attacks are reasonably easy to avoid, just don’t click links in suspicious e-mails (or, for the really paranoid, any e-mail). But Firefox Creative Lead Aza Raskin has found a far more devious way to launch an attack — by hijacking your unattended browser tabs. The attack works by first detecting that the tab the page is in does not have focus. Then the attacking script can change the tab favicon and title before loading a new site, say a fake version of Gmail, in the background. Even scarier, the attack can parse through your history to find sites...
  • Orange-Red Vintage Art Pottery Glazes -- Chrome Red or Uranium?

    05/11/2010 7:07:04 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 28 replies · 485+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | May 11, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Did North Carolina potteries use uranium oxide glazes in the pre-WWII art pottery era? For a long time many students of North Carolina art pottery have held that they did, but this author has been unable to find any verifiable example of such a glaze. There are many examples of chromium oxide red-orange glazes, of course, and the colors of these glazes can be very similar. However, chromium oxide is not radioactive -- uranium oxide is, even in a glaze -- and chromium oxide does not glow under ultraviolet light, while uranium oxide glazes often do fluoresce in the presence...
  • Firefox/Chrome Users: Get FR Tree View for Nested Threads on FR!

    04/09/2010 7:15:31 AM PDT · by Dan Nunn · 113 replies · 2,125+ views
    Some of you may know about this gem, but I want to make sure every Firefox and Chrome user knows about the beauty of FR Tree View. I'm not taking credit for it, I don't know which FReeper wrote the software. But it's amazing! It makes following long, nested threads much easier. See a screen shot here: Click to enlarge
  • Chrome: Linux's Best Web Browser?

    01/06/2010 1:20:43 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 741+ views
    Computerworld ^ | January 4, 2010 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    I'm a long time Firefox fan, but I've also grown fond of Google's Chrome browser. In fact, I've pretty much switched to Chrome as my browser of choice on my Windows PCs. Up until now though I've stuck with Firefox on Linux, but now that Chrome is available as a beta on Linux, I'm being tempted to switch. I've been using the Chrome developer builds on Linux for months. It was fast, but it was also unstable so I never seriously considered it as a Firefox replacement. With the Chrome beta, though Chrome is proving to be both faster than...
  • Google betas Chrome for Mac AND Linux

    12/09/2009 8:14:24 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 384+ views
    The Register ^ | 8th December 2009 19:56 GMT | Rik Myslewski in San Francisco
    Google (finally) released beta versions of its Chrome browser for Mac and Linux on Tuesday, along with over 300 extensions for Windows and Linux. Sorry, Mac users - extensions "aren't quite beta-quality on Mac yet", according to a Google blog posting announcing the new-release trifecta. Google offers an introductory video for the long-delayed Mac beta, which notes that the Webkit-based browser integrates Mac OS X's spell-checker and Keychain, plus OS X's built-in sandboxing system. There's also a four-video collection of marketing fluff touting Chrome's speed, stability, and features - if watching cutesy Rube Goldbergian contraptions is your cup of tea....
  • Google Chrome Browser: Mac Beta Almost Ready

    12/02/2009 8:18:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 425+ views
    PC World ^ | Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | Gregg Keizer
    Google is closing in on a beta for the Mac version of its Chrome browser, according to a list of still-to-be-addressed issues. Just eight bugs are holding up the release of Chrome for the Mac, Google's bug tracking database showed Monday morning. Of the eight, only two are marked as Priority 1: Both involve crashes when the browser tries to render content for Adobe's Flash media format. Three weeks ago, a product manager on the Chrome team said that Google would deliver a beta for the Mac in early December.
  • 64-bit Chrome takes centre stage in Linux land

    08/21/2009 12:37:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 548+ views
    The Register ^ | 21st August 2009 11:25 GMT | Kelly Fiveash
    Google engineers have been beavering away at a 64-bit version of the company’s Chrome browser for the Linux platform. According to Chrome developer Dean McNamee, Mountain View’s V8 team has been tinkering with a Chromium Linux 64-bit for several weeks now. V8, in case you were wondering, is the web kingpin’s JavaScript engine. McNamee said in a mailing list post yesterday that Google had done “some amazing work this quarter building a working 64-bit port.” Google has shared instructions with programmers to build a 64-bit version via Chromium, its open source browser project. Some might be surprised to see Google...
  • 6 Reasons Why Firefox Dude May Want to Switch to Chrome

    04/21/2009 2:43:07 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 54 replies · 3,375+ views ^ | Apr. 21st, 2009 | David Pierce
    6 Reasons Why Firefox Dude May Want to Switch to Chrome Apr. 21st, 2009 By David Pierce I did it. About a week ago, I took the plunge. I made Google Chrome my default browser, and now do almost everything within Chrome. I do miss Firefox every once in a while (after all, we were in a relationship for quite a while, and over a number of version changes), but I’m glad I’ve moved on. Chrome is only getting better – rolling out more features, making existing features work even better, and generally getting faster and awesome-er. Here are the...
  • Google Chrome 2.0 Released

    05/25/2009 8:14:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies · 1,259+ views
    G4TV ^ | Friday, May 22, 2009 | Jake Gaskill
    Heads up, Google Chrome-hounds. Version 2.0 of your favorite, lightning-fast, "anti-establishment" browser has been released, and it's quicker and more feature-packed than ever. That is, if you take the word of the massive corporation that designed it. Over at the official Chrome blog, Googleite Darin Fisher says that a few of the new additions were included in the re-beta-ed beta released back in March, but the new version does contain some new features and sports faster speeds and increased stability thanks to the proper squashing of some 300 bugs. One of the new, and predictably appreciated, features lets you remove...
  • Microsoft CEO laughs off Google OS challenge

    07/15/2009 11:51:22 PM PDT · by libh8er · 17 replies · 697+ views
    Microsoft Corp's chief executive attempted to laugh off the challenge of Google Inc's planned computer operating system on Tuesday, conceding only that it was "interesting". "I will be respectful," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said to laughs from the audience at a conference for the company's technology partners in New Orleans, which was broadcast over the Internet. Industry gets feverish after Google action ATF prices slashed, but will airfares drop? Are FII dealings outside market substantial? "Who knows what this thing is? To me, the Chrome OS thing is highly interesting," said Ballmer, choosing his words carefully and drawing more amusement...
  • Moblin: a First Look at Intel's Open-Source OS

    07/15/2009 11:54:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 566+ views
    PC World ^ | Thursday, July 02, 2009 5:35 AM PDT | Keir Thomas
    Moblin is an Intel-created open-source operating system for netbooks and, specifically, the kind of people who use them. On a technical level this means Moblin is built for the Atom x86 chip found in many netbooks, while on a practical level it means Moblin is an Internet- and multimedia-focused operating system. Moblin is less about knocking-up spreadsheets on the move and more about twittering, updating your Facebook account, and watching movies on the go.Fundamentally, Moblin is just another distribution of Linux (based on Fedora), although it's one that benefits from some unique tweaks and a radical user-interface. However, traditional apps...
  • Google Chrome OS Could Be Pivotal in the Cloud Revolution

    07/15/2009 11:43:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 544+ views
    PC World ^ | Tuesday, July 14, 2009 12:18 AM PDT | Michael Scalisi
    Google Chrome OS is arriving just in time to take advantage of the perfect storm of cloud services, cheap hardware, and a new generation of platform-agnostic users. Unlike other Linux-based OSs, Chrome has brand recognition that even the biggest neophyte could get comfortable with. Larry Ellison of Oracle was touting the benefits of the network computer back in 1996. He was ahead of his time. People weren’t ready for the network computer, and the network certainly wasn’t ready for the people. Fast forward to 2009, when many people view computers as mere tools to connect to the Net. Typical uses...
  • Chrome OS: Windows killer? (Or will Google's new OS just leave smudgy fingermarks?)

    07/15/2009 4:58:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 566+ views
    The Register ^ | 7/15/2009 | Jon Collins
    Google’s announcement last week concerning its plans to bring out a fully fledged operating system was inevitably going to put the cat amongst the twitterati. “Let’s see,” asked the pundits, “who else makes operating systems?” Of course the intention was to have the Microsoft marketing monster shaking in its boots, not least to stave off a similar intent by the latter as it launches a number of online services of its own. That’s the top line, but is GoogleOS – sorry, Chrome – really any more than a Google-branded Linux derivative? The answer, in true Vicky Pollard style, is “Yes,...
  • Microsoft to step up Google battle

    07/13/2009 1:35:14 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies · 551+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 7/12/2009 | Richard Waters in San Francisco
    Microsoft is set to broaden its battle with Google this week as it pushes ahead with online versions of some of its core software, including final plans for a “cloud” operating system designed to extend Windows to the internet. The news comes days after Google took aim at Microsoft with the announcement of a PC operating system of its own, dubbed Chrome OS. The rival moves point to an intensification of the battle between the technology giants, with Google trying to extend its internet platform to PCs, and Microsoft moving in the opposite direction. While Google’s PC operating system is...
  • Google's Chrome OS: A Wispy Desktop Adversary?

    07/12/2009 9:23:55 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies · 1,069+ views
    TechNewsWorld ^ | 07/09/09 11:39 AM PT | Erika Morphy
    Google's Chrome operating system may initially have modest aspirations -- to allow speedy Web-surfing on low-cost, lightweight netbooks -- but with the migration of a vast array of computing services to the cloud, there may be reason for desktop OS developers to get a little queasy.Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) announcement of a Chrome operating system, coming just nine months after its launch of the Chrome browser, has the tech sector buzzing over the possibilities. Google is targeting netbooks, claiming to have agreements with several OEMs already inked. How will the option of a Chrome OS be received by the desktop-using masses?...
  • Introducing the Google Chrome OS (MSFT in their sites)

    07/08/2009 4:56:31 AM PDT · by comps4spice · 40 replies · 942+ views
    It's been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser. Already, over 30 million people use it regularly. We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web — searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends. However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. Google...