Jun 032014

A browser is one of the most resource-intensive things you can run on a computer. Start a multi-tab workload and it’s not uncommon to quickly gobble up multiple gigabytes of RAM. To help deal with the Web’s ever-growing thirst for system resources, Google is catching up with the Internet Explorers and Safaris of the world by releasing a 64-bit version of Chrome.

The new version was announced on the Chromium blog, along with a list of benefits that the switch to 64-bit brings to the table. Thanks to compiler optimizations and a more advanced instruction set, Google says it is getting big speed boosts.

via 64-bit Chrome is faster, more stable, and more secure | Ars Technica.




Jul 252012

Drag and drop a folder of files and you’re out of luck. Currently browsers just ignore folders dropped into them. Chrome, however, recently added folder support to its bag of drag-and-drop tricks. You’ll need to be using Chrome 21 or better (currently in the dev channel).

If you’d like to see how the new folder parsing works, HTML5Rocks has a quick little tutorial on how you can add support for folders to your web app.

The JavaScript required to support folders consists of an extra loop to tunnel through folders and get to “Entry” objects. That’s a slightly different syntax than what you might have seen if you’ve read tutorials on the File API in the past — using “Entry” instead of “File”. There are two new properties as well — .isFile and .isDirectory.

MORE:  Chrome 21 Adds New Drag-and-Drop Tricks | Webmonkey | Wired.com.


Apr 052012

Most Web browser reviews focus on one thing: speed. Speed is all well and good, but browser benchmark scores fail to answer a fundamental question: which browser is best for business?

In an enterprise environment, speed is simply one concern among many. There are bigger questions: How secure are these browsers, and how well do they keep users from getting viruses or visiting fraudulent websites? How often are they updated, and how easy is it to apply these updates to multiple managed systems? How important do the companies behind these browsers think that the enterprise is? We set out to compare Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Opera to answer these questions and more.

For our purposes, we’ll assume that all else is equal in your environment—that your shop doesn’t live and die by a particular Firefox add-on or an Intranet site that won’t render in anything that’s not Internet Explorer 6. If you’ve got extenuating circumstances that dictate which browser you use, as many businesses do, consider these facts if you’re trying to decide on a secondary or alternate browser for your systems.


via Ars browser shootout: which Web browser is best for business?.


Oct 112011



As the London Evening Standard reports, it’s just a small “pop up” store within a U.K. computer retailer called PC World. Right now, it only sells Chromebooks and headphones, and it will only run for a few months until Christmas.

It’s called the Chrome Zone — the same name as the outlets in several U.S. airports that let you pick up a Chromebook before you fly out on Virgin Airlines.

It’s just an experiment for now. According   to a Google spokesperson “It’s something Google is going to play with and see where it leads.”

via World’s First Google Retail Store Opens in London | Online Marketing Trends.

Sep 062011



Facebook quietly launched a Like button browser extension for Chrome a couple months ago, TechCrunch has discovered today. The extension appears as a button to the right of the search and address box in the Chrome interface, and as an option in the right-click menu. As one might expect, it lets you like any web page, share content and your commentary back to Facebook, and see the number of other Facebook users who have liked a post.

via Facebook’s Unannounced Like Button Extension for Chrome Is Live and Waiting for Users.