Chrome: Over the weekend, Google unveiled Chrome Remote Desktop, a new Chrome extension that allows you to remotely control and manage another Mac, Windows, or Linux system through Google Chrome, as long as you have the extension installed on both systems. More »
Chrome users began reporting the specious detection of the browser early Friday in a quickly growing thread on a Google support forum.
Numerous users complained in Google Forums about the warnings they received in Microsoft Security Essentials, a free, consumer grade anti virus software from Microsoft. According to various reports, WSE identified a problem with Google Chrome web browser and has tagged it as: PWS:Win32/Zbot.
Fortunately, Microsoft became aware of the problem and issued the following statement:
An incorrect detection for PWS:Win32/Zbot was identified and as a result, Google Chrome was inadvertently blocked and in some cases removed from customers PCs. We have already fixed the issue…but approximately 3,000 customers were impacted.
Microsoft told users to update Security Essentials with the new definition file, then reinstall Chrome.
For its part, Google slapped a red warning banner at the top of its Google support pages that read, “Alert: Google Chrome has been incorrectly marked as malware by Microsoft security software.”
Wow, that’s certainly one way to win the browser war. - Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security
Includes updated “New Tab” page.
As reported earlier by FavBrowser, the latest Google Chrome 15 Beta release now includes an updated tab page, featuring the following categories:
Furthermore, you can now rearrange apps or even create a new apps section, simply by dragging an app to the bottom of the page.
Makes web a beautiful place.
Google Chrome has recently unveiled a recent project of their own, called “Johnny Cash Project”.
What is it all about? The search giant has asked Johnny Cash fans from all over the world to come together and create a memorial music video for his last recording.
The final result is amazing and can be viewed in the following page.
Few days ago, Google has released the first stable build of Google Chrome 14 web browser for you to download.
The following update brings two new features (see below) and over 20 security related fixes:
- Web Audio API, enabling developers to use cool sound effects for their applications or games.
- Native Client, an open source technology, which allows C and C++ code execution inside the web browser.
Mac OS Lion X should also be pleased as Google Chrome 14 now supports full screen mode and overlay scrollbars.
In addition to that, Chrome Web Store has added additional 24 countries support: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Google's brought some good news for those of us who've been tolerating Chrome in Mac OS X Lion: they've released an update for proper compatibility. It's not that Chrome didn't work before, but it didn't fully support the new UI and—more importantly—wasn't terribly stable. This latest release promises to fix those things while also adding support for C and C++ code, seeking to blur the lines between web and native desktop applications. All good things for Mac users, we think. More »
Well, good news for Google Chrome users, there is such extension for you as well. In addition to displaying the mentioned notifications, this one will also play the chat sound for your convenience.
According to the same document, in case developers start focusing on all the web browsers, they will have to wait multiple years to get a direct Harmony support.
Here is an excerpt from the document:
What will Google developers be using?
We will strongly encourage Google developers start off targeting Chrome-only whenever possible as this gives us the best end user experience.
Developers who can focus solely on Chrome can expect to be able to see some Harmony features in Chrome (behind a flag) by the middle of 2011. Developers focusing on all browsers will have to wait multiple years for direct Harmony support, due to the relatively slow pace of the standardization process.
Whether or not Harmony claims are true, remains to be seen, but in case they are, Google’s position is pretty much justified, if you ask us.
Web browser benchmarks on Windows and Mac OS X.
With the recent Firefox and Google Chrome releases, TomsHardware has decided to test all the competitors in both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.
There’s no time to waste, so let’s dive into the results.
Page Load Times
More than three years ago, on September 1st of 2008, Google has released the very first version of its web browser, which had a pretty significant impact in the industry.
Then, few years later, Google has introduced the Chromebook, a new breed of computing for a quick Internet access.
What kind of beast will it bring next? Let’s wait and see.
Cheers to the progress and happy birthday to Google Chrome,
The default, or shall I say more prominent, installer for the Google Chrome web browser offers only single user account installations only. More precisely, it can only be installed for the user account that is currently logged into the operating system. That’s not a problem for single user systems, but if you maintain computers with multiple accounts, you might want to use an installer that will install the web browser for all user accounts at once.
What many users do not know is that Google is offering an alternative installer for Windows administrators who want to install the Chrome web browser for multiple user accounts.
The alternate Google Chrome installer for Windows is available here on this help page at the Google Chrome support website. A click on Alternate installer for all user accounts leads to the multi-user installer for Windows.
The installer is an offline installer, it comes with all program modules and does not need to download additional contents from the Internet during installation.
These alternate installers don’t require network connection to install Chrome, so you can install Chrome while being offline. Once installed, Chrome will attempt to automatically update whenever it detects that a newer version of the browser is available. However, your network configuration may prevent the browser from updating properly. It’s recommended that you bookmark this page and come back periodically to manually download newer versions of Chrome.
It should be obvious that administrator rights are required to run the Google Chrome multi-user installer under Windows. It also needs to be noted that running the installer will replace all other versions of Chrome that may be already installed on the computer.
Users of the system will be notified automatically that the browser has updated to a system-wide version during the next browser start. They may need to recreate profile information, especially so if they have used a more recent build of the browser before.
Administrators need to uninstall a version of Chrome that is already installed in the administrator account before they run the alternate Chrome installer.
It’s Friday, Friday…
Another month passes by as we look at the August market share stats to find out, how web browsers competed at the end of summer.
Internet Explorer is approaching the 50% market share mark, as it’s now down another 1.13 point, from 52.72% to 51.59%.
Firefox is the new IE and it continues to show, this time its market share has decreased by 0.4 point, down from 21.47% to 21.03%.
Another month and another gain for Google Chrome, in August Google’s web browser market share grew by another 0.97 point, from 13.49% to 14.46%.
Combining both desktop and mobile versions of Safari, its market share continues to climb as well, up from 7.37% to 7.71% (0.34 point increase).
Despite reporting growth in the latest financial report, all major trackers show Opera’s market share contraction, this time it went down from 1.62% to 1.58% (0.04 point decrease).
Available in the latest Dev builds.
With all the upcoming changes, it looks like Google Chrome users will soon enjoy a new tab page, borrowing elements from Opera and Maxthon web browsers.
As you can see from the screenshots below, updated Tab Page groups data into the following categories: Most Visited, Apps, Bookmarks and Recently Closed.
In addition to that, the new Bookmark Manager now displays sites in a Speed Dial like fashion, offering a much more refined experience for its users.
Whether such updates are set for the upcoming Google Chrome 15 Stable release, remains to be seen.
Now here is something interesting I noticed today.
When downloading the latest stable version of the Adobe Flash Player, a checkbox appeared, offering me to install Google Chrome as well.
However, if you hit F5 several times, it will suggest you a different kind of software, making us wonder, how much such promotion cost for the Google (if any?).
Google has updated the Chrome OS, adding speed, stability and support for a few key Web applications, including Netflix and Amazon's new Kindle Cloud Reader released yesterday. The update also adds support for a Chrome Web Store installation of Citrix Receiver and support for virtual private networking, which will help enterprise and education users access their organizations' software and networks.
Not sure how our moles could have missed that, but the stable version of Google Chrome 13 is now available and is ready for you to download.
The following release includes Instant Pages, a feature announced few months ago, which is explained in the video above.
Furthermore, Google Chrome 13 Stable includes a print preview feature as well as improved omnibox and other enhancements.
Chrome: Google's Instant Pages feature, previously available to Chrome beta users, is now available in the latest stable version of Chrome to load Google search results much faster. You can see the side-by-side speed comparison in the video above. More »
It’s August already as we look at the July’s web browser market share numbers. As you will see form the stats below, this month was awful for everyone but WebKit.
Internet Explorer is first in our list and there are no surprises here. It has lost some of its market share again, down from 53.68% to 52.71% (0.97 point decrease).
Firefox 5 did not change the situation for Mozilla as its browser market share continues to grind lower, down from 21.67% to 21.47% (0.2 point decrease).
Google’s Chrome growth is in a steady uptrend, nothing new here, up from 13.11% to 13.49% (0.38 point increase).
Start Google Plus is a great extension for Chrome and Firefox that lets you update Twitter and Facebook from within Google+, also adding feeds from both social networks onto your main page. We mentioned it in our Facebook to Google+ migration guide, but felt it deserved to be highlighted on its own because it's so useful. More »