Changing the rendering engine to something called Blink. Changing over from WebKit. There are also changes dealing with notifications on the Windows desktop OS. Security updates as usual.
After experiencing so many crashes with the past two versions (26 and 27) of Google Chrome, I decided to uninstall it completely from my main computer. The isolated crashes feature stopped working and with each new update of Adobe Flash, the crashes became even more frequent. I watch a lot of streaming video via Flash Player. Only used two add ons from the Chrome App store.
I’m actually typing this up from Opera Browser.
Google Chrome is out and according to the Google Chrome blog:
- Web Pages load faster
- Improvements to the Omnibar (Address/search bar)
- Security fixes
So if you’ve logged on to Google Reader in the past few days, you’ve probably seen the prompt below:
While I only really use it for tracking new “podcast” episode releases, this means I’ve going to have to go back to a desktop client. Hopefully there’s a way to export the subscription list.
For April Fools’ day 2012 the Google Maps team and Square-Enix teamed up to give Google Maps (and Street View) an 8-bit look.
The vid is hilarious. they brought out a Nintendo Famicom (Family Computer) and everything.
From the Google Maps page.
- View 8-bit landmarks
- Be a hero, explore the world
- Find hidden monsters8-bit Quest Maps is our Beta Maps technology and has certain system requirements. Your system may not meet the minumum requirements for 8-bit computations.
The above shows what my area looks like when the Quest Mode is enabled.
When you turn on Street view the blue warrior is placed onto the 8-bit map. The actual street view image also goes into an 8-bit color mode.
What a section of Chicago looks like in the 8-bit view.
I have no clue what those two kids represent though. Anyway. Have an interesting April Fools’ Day this year.
Google has released version 17. The first thing I noticed after the update is the change in the “new tab” button. It no longer shows the + symbol.
Another thing is the item on the upper right when you open a “blank” new tab. Google recommends that you use Google Chrome Sync. To backup (to your online Google account) and sync your bookmarks, settings and history across multiple computers.
History defaults into “edit” mode. You no longer have to toggle edit mode on and off to make specific changes to your history.
key features from the Google Chrome release notes:
- New Extensions APIs
- Updated Omnibox Prerendering
- Download Scanning Protection
- Many other small changes