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Extensions coming to Chrome browser

Last week, the Chromium development team announced that the extension system has finally been released to the dev-channel. This is an important step, since it means users of the most bleeding edge version will now have the extensions system on by default, without requiring them to boot Chromium with the –enable-plugins flag.  

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The downside of automatic updates

Just days after a report co-authored by Google claimed that the automatic update feature of the Chrome browser help improve security by silently installing patches without asking for approval from the user, the managed to demonstrate the downside of this approach.

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Silent updates: improving security?

A paper comparing the update mechanisms for several different webbrowsers was published by Google and ETH Zurich yesterday. The full text can be found here, with a blog post accompanying it. As expected, Firefox and Chrome are updated fastest; Firefox because of the in-your-face warnings when a new version is available, and Chrome because updates [...]

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Chrome market share

There was a lot of talk today about Chrome’s market share. It started with a curious editor at Cnet:   So I persuaded CNET’s tech guys to give a window on what’s going on here at CNET News. The result surprised me: 3.6 percent of those visiting the site in October used Chrome, up from [...]

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New Chrome Mac build

Since the previous one proved to be pretty popular, I figured I’d create an updated build of Chrome (or more precisely: a build of the Chromium TestShell) for MacOS X. This is based on revision 5273 of the code. Download Chromium Testshell build_5273 Update: Chrome builds can now be found on a separate page. As you [...]

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Chrome TestShell build for MacOS X

I received some private messages as a response to this post about a CrossOver version of Chrome; apparently I’m not the only one interested in seeing Chrome run on the Mac. So I took the time to build the Chromium TestShell for MacOS X; it’s not a full-fledged browser yet, but it’s built from the [...]

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New Chrome builds available now

For those that are interested: Google has released a new beta for their Chrome browser. Here are the hoops you have to jump through to get it: First, go to their developer site and run the channel chooser. This will allow you to choose between “regular” and “development” channels; choose the latter if you want [...]

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Chrome for Mac update: Crossover provides easy-to-install Mac port

Good news for Mac and Linux users. CodeWeavers has developed a port of Chromium that’s easy to install and use. I just tried the MacOS version, and while the first run takes some time it runs pretty fast after that. Contrary to the Wine method, this version does support https-enabled sites. Please keep in mind [...]

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Google Chrome on MacOS X? Not so fast…

When Google posted this note about the development work being done on the MacOS and Linux versions of Chrome (or Chromium?), lots of weblogs suggested that there might be a beta release later this year. I’d like to point out that this is not necessarily the case: if you look at the actual status on [...]

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Google Chrome, the first bugs (and impressions)

My first impressions of Google Chrome: this looks like a welcome addition to the browser landscape, and I expect it to steal a lot of market share from Firefox in particular. The interface is a lot cleaner than Firefox 3, you don’t have to jump through hoops to go to a site with an invalid [...]

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