Linux users have a lot of choice when it comes to web browsers, but Google Chrome still wins out over all the others, for its extensibility, great syncing features, and usability. More »
Chrome/Firefox: If you regularly mistype your password because you're in a rush, Visual Hashing will turn your password into a colored hash to you can immediately see whether you've typed it correctly or not. More »
We've shown you how to turn your netbook into a Chromebook with Chromium OS, but if you found that your laptop's Wi-Fi or graphics card wasn't supported, there's a good chance Chromium Lime—Hexxeh's new build of Chromium OS—could work. More »
Chrome: If you want to skim through your Facebook news feed without stopping for each YouTube video someone posts, the Facebook Video Player extension will play videos in the upper right-hand corner of your window, allowing you to keep browsing as it plays. More »
Chrome/Firefox/Opera/Safari (Greasemonkey): If you're tired of plain text links that you have to copy and paste in your address bar, free Greasemonkey script Linkify Plus will turn all URLs and email addresses into clickable links. More »
Firefox has a lot going for it, but its interface feels a little dated next to sleek browsers like Chrome. Here's how to make Firefox look and feel more like Google Chrome without giving up your favorite aspects of Firefox. More »
Chrome: efTwo adds a new, more powerful "find on page" feature to Google Chrome, letting you search for multiple words at once as well as variations on each word, not exact matches. More »
Chrome/Firefox: FB Secure is a Chrome extension that gives you precise control over the permissions that a Facebook application or game gets when you connect it with your Facebook account. For example, if you're connecting an app but don't want it to post to your wall, you can deny those permissions while accepting the rest. More »
Chrome: When you right click on a link in Chrome and open it in a new tab, it opens it up in the background. Tabs to the Front switches this behavior to automatically focus on your newly opened tab. More »
Chrome: Stylebot lets you easily adjust the style sheets of nearly any page using a button-based control panel or editing the raw text of the style sheet. Most people will use this for mundane applications such as font changes and hiding ads, but using this powerful extension you can completely reskin sites and share your custom CSS with others using the developer's forum. More »
Chrome: Sick of hearing about Snooki, Charlie Sheen, or anyone named Kardashian? Install the Chrome app ‘Silence of the Celebs' to put any celebrity or political figure on a gag list that will remove posts featuring those names from the top news sites. More »
Chrome: Google recently announced you could reverse image search its database by uploading an image or pointing the engine at an image URL. With the Search By Image extension for Chrome, you can right-click on an image to send it through Google Image Search without copying the URL or uploading the image. More »
It isn't particularly difficult to start a torrent download, but if you're not at your main computer, starting a download and controlling your queue from afar can be a pain. Install one of these browser extensions in Chrome or Firefox to streamline your BitTorrent downloads, letting you monitor your torrents from any computer and start new ones with one click. More »
Beta and Stable Channel Update - The Stable channel has been updated to 12.0.742.122 for Windows, Mac and Chrome Frame; and 12.0.742.124 for Linux
The Stable channel has been updated to 12.0.742.122 for Windows, Mac and Chrome Frame; and 12.0.742.124 for Linux.
The Beta channel has also been updated to 13.0.782.55 for Windows, Mac and Chrome Frame; and 13.0.782.56 for Linux.
These releases contain an updated version of the Adobe Flash Player.
Chrome: Sometimes, when you're reading Wikipedia, you need to open up another article to better understand the one you're reading. Wikipreview saves you from opening them in tabs by showing you a preview of that article when you mouse over it. More »
During the Ubuntu Developer Summit – Oneiric, we reported that there were discussions about Chrome (or rather, its open source version, Chromium) replacing Firefox as the default browser in Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot”. That did not happen and Firefox remained as the default browser for Oneiric.
In an interview with Network World, Mark Shuttleworth confirmed that Canonical is looking to replace Firefox with Chrome in Ubuntu. Shuttleworth said that he is a big fan of the browser from Google and confirmed that there was discussion on the feasibility of Chrome (or Chromium) replacing Firefox in Ubuntu 11.10. That did not happen and the switch will, in all probability, not happen in Ubuntu 12.04 as well because it is a Long term Support (LTS) Release.
So, it may take one year for Chrome to replace Firefox, but Shuttleworth said that it is a real possibility that we may see Firefox being replaced in Ubuntu 12.10. However with the pace of Chrome’s development and Mozilla adopting an accelerated development cycle for Firefox recently, thing could change a lot in a year.
Shuttleworth said that one of the best thing to have happened for Chrome on Linux has been Chrome OS. Because Chrome OS is basically Chrome running on a Linux, Google has invested a lot in optimizing the performance of Chrome on Linux. That has resulted in Chrome on Linux outperforming the other platforms – Mac and Windows.
Whatever the default browser is, users are free to install the browser that suits their need, just like Chrome users do today. So, in essence choosing Chrome/Chromium as the default browser will not affect anything. It will simply be an acknowledgement of the progress that Google Chrome (or Chromium) has made in the last two years.
Which browser do you prefer? Firefox or Chrome/Chromium?
Google has announced the final stable release of its Google Chrome browser version 12.0.742.91. The browser is available for all three major operating systems, namely Windows, Linux and Mac. The announcement came yesterday and the latest version includes hardware accelerated 3D CSS and a new Safe Browsing feature.
The final stable version has removed Google Gears support and there are many visible as well as behind-the-scene changes. The dev team has taken care to release binary packages for supported linux distros like Ubuntu and Fedora. All in all, Google Chrome is on a strong roadmap and it is taking on the web-browser world with speed and features.
The list of changes as it appears on the official announcement post on the Google Chrome blog says,
- Hardware accelerated 3D CSS
- New Safe Browsing protection against downloading malicious files
- Ability to delete Flash cookies from inside Chrome
- Launch Apps by name from the Omnibox
- Integrated Sync into new settings pages
- Improved screen reader support
- New warning when hitting Command-Q on Mac
- Removal of Google Gears
Apart from these changes, there are numerous security fixes that went into the latest stable release. Some of these fixes had bounty points on them. The Chrome Release blog also wrote,
In addition, we would like to thank David Levin of the Chromium development community, miaubiz, Christian Holler and Martin Barbella for working with us in the development cycle and preventing bugs from ever reaching the stable channel. Various rewards were issued.
We’d also like to call particular attention to Sergey Glazunov’s $3133.7 reward. Although the linked bug is not of critical severity, it was accompanied by a beautiful chain of lesser severity bugs which demonstrated critical impact. It deserves a more detailed write-up at a later date.