Showing posts with label Chrome. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chrome. Show all posts

Friday, May 1, 2015

This Chrome extension lets you add fancy formatting to your tweets


Ever wanted to add bold text to your tweets or really underline a point?
Now you can. Bedazzle is a Chrome extension that adds the rich text editing features that Twitter currently lacks. Well, sort of…

What the add-on actually does is add a new box to the compose window on Twitter.com. When you select a word and choose a formatting option, it replaces the characters with their unicode equivalents.
It’s a little janky but fun nonetheless, and from my testing, your fancy tweets will show up just fine in most Twitter clients. There are other tools that let you add formatting, but this one does it right in your browser.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Google uses new techniques to speed up Javascript load times in latest Chrome release



Always obsessed with speed, Google shared today that it has improved the way Chrome loads Javascript files in the latest version of Chrome, now loading at the same time as beginning to parse them.
Script streaming in Chrome 41 allows the browser to process asynchronous and deferred scripts as soon as the download of those files begins, not after it’s completed. Previously, the browser would download and then parse the files step by step.
This improvement means that pages can load up to 10 percent faster than previously.

Code caching is also used in Chrome 42 to help speed up sites you frequently visit. Google says that traditionally, the browser compiles a page’s Javascript on every visit, but the new build of Chrome stores a local copy of compiled code for execution on frequently visited sites.
Google touts this technique as saving up to 40 percent of compile time and reducing battery drain on mobile devices, which is great news for everybody.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Google will stop patching Chrome on Android 4.0 next month


Google today said that it would stop serving updates to Chrome for Android on devices running "Ice Cream Sandwich," or Android 4.0.x, in mid-April.
By the time Google halts updates to Chrome on Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the three-year-old mobile operating system's share of all Android editions should have shrunk to just above 5%.

Those ICS users who rely on Chrome will be left without a way to patch security vulnerabilities in the browser, and will have to make a decision: Run Chrome nonetheless; move to a still-supported browser, like Firefox, Opera or a version of the old "stock" Android browser many device makers preloaded on their phones; update Android, if that's possible on the device; or acquire a new smartphone or tablet.

"Developing new features on older phones has become increasingly challenging, and supporting ICS takes time away from building new experiences on the devices owned by the vast majority of our users," wrote Aurimas Lutikas, a Google software engineer, on the Chromium blog today.

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In a FAQ on the Chrome support stoppage, Google explained its reasoning in more detail. "Each new feature or Web capability that's added to Chrome must be built and tested for ICS. Often workarounds and special cases have to be added specifically for ICS, and that adds code complexity, slows performance and increases development time," the FAQ stated.
This was the first time that Google pulled support for Chrome on Android, as the browser's minimum OS requirement has always been ICS.

The last version of Chrome served to ICS devices will be v.42, which Google expects to release in the middle of April. "After Chrome 42, users on ICS devices can continue to use Chrome but won't get further updates," said Lutikas.

Chrome 43, slated to ship in late May, will be the first not to update on ICS.

In the seven-day stretch ending March 2, ICS powered 5.9% of all Android devices that accessed Google Play, the OS's official app distribution mart. The number, then, does not account for the large numbers of smartphones running AOSP (Android Open Source Project) in countries such as China, where use of Google Play is minimal.

By the time Chrome 42 appears, ICS's share should have dropped to 5.2%; the estimate was based on ICS's declines since early December 2014.

One alternative to Chrome for ICS users is Mozilla's Firefox, which requires Android 2.3 (aka "Gingerbread") and later; another is Opera Software's Opera, which runs on ICS and later.

ICS users could also punt, and surf with the often-tweaked older Android browser that many device makers, including Samsung and LG, continued to pre-install on their hardware long after Google introduced Chrome on Android in early 2012.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Google Chrome comes to Cuba

Havana - Google Chrome has finally touched down in Cuba. In a Google+ post Wednesday, Google blames American export controls and sanctions that may prohibit the access of certain tools in Cuba.

"U.S. export controls and sanctions can sometimes limit the products available in certain countries. As these trade restrictions evolve we’ve been working to figure out how to make more tools available in sanctioned countries," the company said in a post.

Although many may have found ways to download Chrome through other channels, the browser is now available across all platforms, such as Mac OS X, Android, Windows and iOS.

According to The Verge, this announcement comes just a couple of months after Google CEO Eric Schmidt and a group of web activists visited Cuba in June, campaigning for "open and free Internet.”

The Cuban government has been trying to make Cuba more Internet accessible by opening more than a hundred Internet cafes and offering DSL service to residents. However, that does not mean that Cubans have easy access to the Internet. Only 3% of Cubans use the Internet, making the country one of the least connected places in the world.

In the past few years, Google has also pushed for Chrome access to Syria, Iran, Myanmar and North Korea.

Google Chrome Extension Lets Users Send Encrypted Emails

Google has plans to make its email more secure, using add-on encryption software that will work like any other extension for Google Chrome.

On its security blog Tuesday, Google announced it’s preparing a Chrome extension called End-to-End to make heavy-duty encryption easier for anyone to use.

Google already offers HTTPS, but its own email stats show only about half of Gmail messages are secured this way.

HTTPS does protect Gmail messages while they’re in transit — the TP in HTTPS stands for "transfer protocol." The OpenPGP standard Google is using in End-to-End will help secure Gmail messages while they’re at rest on the sender or receiver’s machine.

They’ll have to be encrypted and decrypted with public and private keys — so not quite as easy as refreshing your inbox — but as Google says, it will probably appeal to “those who need added protection.”

Google has released the source code for community review before it goes live.

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