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Certain extensions—like Gmail notifiers, for example—are great when your browser is running, but can't run when it's closed. Chrome's added a new feature that will let extensions stay open, even if you don't have any open browser windows. More »
Adobe Flash Player is now sandboxed in the latest dev channel release of Google Chrome, bringing a huge security benefit to Chrome users.
Chrome's Dev channel recently brought in a feature that could selectively disable plug-ins like Flash and Java until you clicked to activate them on a page. Neat! But now if you go looking for the setting, it's not there. Until you enable it from the
about:flags page (by typing
about:flags into your address bar). You'll find it at the very bottom at moment, as the list of "Flags" grows with every release. [via #tips] More »
Google's Chrome browser has previously offered Google account syncing for preferences, themes, even extensions. Now, with the latest update, anyone using the Dev version of Chrome can sync their passwords across systems. If you're considering the move, though, also consider adding more security with an encryption passphrase. [Google Chrome Releases via Download Squad] More »
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Windows/Mac/Linux: A new stable channel release of Google Chrome just came out and it brings integrated Flash to the browser—Chrome will now update and manage Flash for you. More »
Windows/Mac/Linux: Chrome's pretty fast, even if you're not updating with its beta or development channels.
Google's reasons for the move:
We believe this initiative will help our users in the following ways:
- When users download Chrome, they will also receive the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. There will be no need to install Flash Player separately.
- Users will automatically receive updates related to Flash Player using Google Chrome's auto-update mechanism. This eliminates the need to manually download separate updates and reduces the security risk of using outdated versions.
- With Adobe's help, we plan to further protect users by extending Chrome's "sandbox" to web pages with Flash content.
For now you'll still need to use a command line switch to use the built-in Flash plug-in (add
--enable-internal-flash to your command line or shortcut for starting Google Chrome), but in time expect all versions of Chrome to use the built-in Flash player by default. At a time when HTML5 is changing the web and taking over at popular sites, it's a pretty interesting move by Google.
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<!-- /videoId: uZLEH-kDW_s -->It's only available in the daily builds of Chromium source code, but a bookmark manager with better looks, smarter layout, and a better place to open (in a new tab) will be heading to dev, then beta, then stable builds of Google's Chrome browser. The Download Squad blog has helpfully captured the bookmark manager on video. That said, though, Chrome's improved bookmark manager is really just catching up to the norms and standards of the competition. What kind of bookmark manager should a fast-moving, web-connected company like Google be able to turn out? [Download Squad]