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Chrome OS security: 'Sandboxing' and auto updates

Posted by Oyya-Info on Tuesday, November 24, 2009, In : Security 
With most computers threatened by attacks coming through Web applications, it's no surprise that security would be a key piece of Chrome OS, Google's browser-based operating system that stores data in the cloud.

Google showed off its new lightweight operating system designed for Netbooks and cloud computing on Thursday. As anticipated, it will rely on many of the same security features and concepts used by the Chrome browser.

"The browser is the operating system. We've expanded the browser to...


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Chrome extensions arriving in developer version

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, September 10, 2009, In : Google 

Support for extensions to customize Chrome, the top-requested feature for Google's browser, has begun arriving for adventurous users.

Previously, extensions worked only for those who enabled the feature with a command line switch. Now the feature is enabled by default in the developer preview version of Chrome on Windows, Aaron Boodman, the Google engineer who oversees the extensions work, said in a blog post Wednesday.

"We're ready for a few more people to start using extensions--the kind ...


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Google's 64-bit Chrome starts emerging--on Linux

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, August 20, 2009, In : Google 

Google has begun work on a 64-bit version of Chrome for Linux, a move likely to whip Linux loyalists into a lather of excitement.

"The V8 team did some amazing work this quarter building a working 64-bit port. After a handful of changes on the Chromium side, I've had Chromium Linux building on 64-bit for the last few weeks," said Chrome engineer Dean McNamee in a mailing list message Thursday

V8 is Chrome's engine for running programs written in the JavaScript language common on the Web. Chr...


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Google Chrome gets bookmark sync with version 4.x

Posted by Oyya-Info on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, In : Business Tech 
Google has issued the first developer preview version of its Chrome browser to reach the version 4.x milestone, a phase that should bring some advanced features in the forthcoming HTML 5 specification for Web pages but that for now just sports a cloud-based bookmark synchronization tool.

"Once you set up sync from the Tools menu, Chrome will then upload and store your bookmarks in your Google Account. Anytime you add or change a bookmark, your changes will be sent to the cloud and immediately...


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Will Google Chrome's speed displace Firefox?

Posted by Oyya-Info on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, In : Reviews 
If "only the paranoid survive," as former Intel CEO Andy Grove used to say, then Mozilla, the organization behind the open-source Firefox browser, needs to put its paranoia on overdrive.

That's the sense I got reading through Redmonk analyst Stephen O'Grady's billet-doux to Chromium, the open-source project behind the Google Chrome browser. O'Grady has long been friendly to Mozilla and a dedicated user of Firefox. When his head is turned by another browser, it's time for concern.

Yes, Firefox...


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New Chrome beta reflects bigger Google challenge

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, August 6, 2009, In : Google 

Features that Google brought to its developer preview version of Chrome--themes, a revamped new-tab page, a tweaked Omnibox for searching and entering Web addresses, and support for HTML 5 video--have now arrived on the browser's better tested beta version intended for broader use.

Individually, these features in Chrome 3.0.195.4 (download) are niceties. Collectively, they show Google is steadily moving ahead with its browser project, which was ambitious even before Chrome OS arrived on the...


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Chrome gives Google bookmark sync religion again

Posted by Oyya-Info on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, In : Webware 

Google ditched its browser sync plug-in for Firefox a year ago, but the idea is resurfacing in Chrome in a way that makes me think of possibilities the technology could hold for Chrome OS.

The company is preparing to build a system to synchronize bookmarks across different versions of Chrome, Google's Tim Steele said in a mailing list posting on Friday. Google envisions extending the feature to other data types, including passwords, Steele and fellow programmer Idan Avraham said in a follow...


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HP researchers develop browser-based darknet

Posted by Oyya-Info on Sunday, July 26, 2009, In : Security 

Two researchers for Hewlett-Packard have created a browser-based darknet, an idea that could make it easier for businesses to keep eavesdroppers from uncovering confidential information.

Darknets are encrypted peer-to-peer networks normally used to communicate files between closed groups of people. Most darknets require a certain level of technological literacy to set up and maintain, including taking care of the necessary servers. However, HP researchers Billy Hoffman and Matt Wood plan nex...


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Google building 3D hardware boost into Chrome

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, July 23, 2009, In : Google 
Departing significantly from what other browsers offer, Google has begun building its O3D plug-in for hardware-accelerated 3D graphics into its Chrome browser.

"The O3D team is working on getting O3D integrated into the Chromium build, and we're close to being able to complete our first step towards integration," said programmer Greg Spencer in a mailing list announcement Wednesday about Chromium, the open-source project that underlies Chrome itself. "I'll be making the Windows build of Ch...


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Chrome security in limelight with Google OS plan

Posted by Oyya-Info on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, In : Security 

The techniques Google uses to protect Chrome users from browser-based attacks have taken on new importance with the company's plan to make the software the centerpiece of a Netbook operating system.

Two weeks ago, Google announced plans for the open-source Chrome OS designed for people who spend most of their time on the Web. The Google Chrome operating system is a "natural extension" of the Chrome browser, Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, engineering d...


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Google fixes flaws in Chrome

Posted by Oyya-Info on Friday, July 17, 2009, In : Google 

New versions of Google Chrome are out, fixing bugs and patching security holes in both the stable build and the beta build.

Two serious security flaws have been plugged. One had allowed for malicious code exploitation within the Chrome tab sandbox. Found by the Google security team, the threat was serious enough that Google has declined to be more specific until "a majority of users are up to date with the fix," the company said in a blog post.

A second security risk caused by memory corru...


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Google sees separate paths for Android, Chrome OS

Posted by Oyya-Info on Friday, July 10, 2009, In : Google 
Among the many questions raised in the wake of Google's announcement of Chrome OS is exactly how the project fits in with Google's Android mobile operating system.

Essentially, nothing has changed, said Google's Andy Rubin at a press conference Friday morning highlighting Google and T-Mobile's partnership on the launch of the new MyTouch 3G smartphone. "You need different technology for different products," Rubin said, explaining that Google's approach to product development means that projec...


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Why Chrome OS? Google says, why not?

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, July 9, 2009, In : Google 

Google has long worked on expanding its reach beyond mere Internet search. And as many had suspected, it confirmed late Tuesday night that it plans to develop a lightweight operating system based on Linux and Web standards for personal computers.

Why? Well, Google's standard response to any question about why it's working on something other than search is to de...


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Google plans Chrome-based Web operating system

Posted by Oyya-Info on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, In : Google 

That Google operating system rumor is coming true--and it's based on Google's browser, Chrome.

The company announced Google Chrome OS on its blog Tuesday night, saying lower-end PCs called Netbooks from unnamed manufacturers will include it in the second half of 2010. Linux will run under the covers of the open-source project, but the applications will run on the Web itself.

In other words, Google's cloud-computing ambitions just got a lot bigger.

"Google Chrome OS is being created for peo...


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Google Chrome ads coming to TV

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 

Google plans to make its first foray into the old-fashioned world of television advertising with spots promoting its Chrome browser this weekend.

Google Japan had already released a 30-second video promoting Chrome on YouTube, but the company will distribute that video through the Google TV Ads network this weekend as an experiment to see if it can drum up interest in Chrome, its new browser. Google said it's using the research it has done on measuring the relevance of television ads in o...


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Google Chrome patch fixes vanishing scrollbar

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 

Did you pine for those missing Gmail scrollbars when using the latest version of Chrome, as I did? Pine no more, because Google said its latest developer release of the open-source browser gives them back.

Chrome 2.0.177.1 is on the developer preview release channel, not the better-tested beta or stable channels, so not everyone will get it. (You can sign up for the developer or beta channels by downloading the Chrome Channel Changer, but be warned that you have to uninstall them if you w...


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Google opens update software to scrutiny

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 
In an attempt to better show what its software is up to, Google has released the source code of its Google Update software, a project code-named Omaha that can automatically install new versions of programs, including the Chrome browser and Google Earth.

"Some users can be surprised to find this program running, and at Google, we don't like disappointing our users. We've been working hard to address these concerns, and releasing the source code for Omaha is our attempt to make the purpose of G...

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