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Google’s Chrome Faster Now

Google has updated its Chrome Web browser with a number of new features aimed at making the browsing experience feel faster, especially on laptops and other less powerful devices. The new version, Chrome 45, is also designed to take it easier on the batteries of those devices, addressing a shortcoming often attributed to previous versions of the browser, according to Google.

Currently,Chrome can analyze running Web pages to figure out when they’re idle or not performing many tasks. From there, it takes the freed processor time to clean up old memory and filter out junk. According to Google, this process can free up 10 percent of the amount of memory being used, compared with Chrome 43,

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  1. In the top-right corner of Chrome, click the Chrome menu

    >Update Google Chrome. If you don’t see this button, you’re on the latest version.

  2. Click Restart. Your tabs and windows will be saved. If you’d prefer not to restart right away, click Not now. The next time you restart your browser, the update will automatically be applied.

Chrome’s Voice Recognition & The privacy Problem

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Chrome bugs allow sites to listen to your conversation. When exploiting bugs in Google Chrome malicious sites can activate your microphone, and listen in on anything said around your computer, even after you’ve left those sites.

Even while not using your computer – conversations, meetings and phone calls next to your computer may be recorded and compromised. As long  as Chrome is running anything can be recorded.

Google is still waiting for the Standards group to agree on the best course of action, and your browser is still vulnerable. Most sites using Speech Recognition, choose to use secure HTTPS connections. This doesn’t mean the site is safe, just that the owner bought a $5 security certificate. When you grant an HTTPS site permission to use your mic, Chrome will remember your choice, and allow the site to start listening in the future, without asking for permission again. This is perfectly fine, as long as Chrome gives you clear indication that you are being listened to, and that the site can’t start listening to you in background windows that are hidden to you.

The main problem is Chrome’s microphone permissions policy. Once you’ve given an HTTPS-enabled site permission to use your microphone in Chrome, every instance of the site has permission, even windows that pop up unnoticed in the background. And since the code is running in a different window, it won’t set off any of Chrome’s recording icons. The only defense is to manually revoke the microphone permission,  most users would never think of doing it.

Google Chrome’s Upcoming Blink

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April of 2013, Google announced that its Chrome browser would move away from the then WebKit engine to a new, Google-backed (but still open-source) engine called Blink. Reasons included a desire to improve performance and reduce complexity. 

The team’s goals focus is on mobile device performance, “in part because Web engines (e.g. Blink) are not nearly as good on performance-constrained devices as they need to be.” Google considers smooth scrolling and animation, input responsiveness, and load time to be key factors on mobile devices. In addition, the company wants to improve on these while reducing memory usage and power consumption.

Other goals include “improving the mobile Web platform itself,” blurring the line between locally installed applications and apps run in the browser window. Google wants to enable “better-than-AppCache” offline modes for apps, Web apps that support push notifications, and apps that support hardware-specific features like screen orientation.

Google also moved away from WebKit so that it could deprecate code it wasn’t using, and that kind of cleanup will continue in 2014. Google wants to remove unspecified “large platform features,” but with “minimal breakage.” For the rest of the codebase, the team wants to “modularize and homogenize” it, making it easier to make changes to specific features without breaking other things. Finally, developers will be getting tools that will help them analyze “mobile design [and] performance” and some new mobile app guidelines from Google. The team wants to reduce the amount of time it takes for developers to begin using a feature once that feature ships.

What sorts of things can you expect from Chrome?

  • Deliver a speedier DOM and JS engine
  • Keep the platform secure

 Chrome and Blink  and All major browser engines now share the exact same parsing logic, which means things like broken markup, <a> tags wrapping block elements, and other edge cases are all handled consistently across browsers. This interoperability is important to Chrome and they want to defend it in the  next 12 months?

Short Term & long term Goal

Their main short-term aim is to improve performance, compatibility and stability for all the platforms where Chrome is shipped. In the long term they hope to significantly improve Chrome and inspire innovation among all the browser manufacturers. In addition, will be increasing their investment in conformance tests (shared with W3C working groups) as part of our commitment to being good citizens of the open web.

Google Chrome Voice Search Up and Running

 

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You can ask Google questions with your voice and you’ll hear the answers. First must update or download version 27 of the Chrome browser for this feature to work.  Go to Settings, then  click Help to let Chrome figure out  if it needs updating. You will also need a microphone in your laptop or desktop so that Google can “hear” your searches. (You can make sure the browser sees your mic by checking under Settings, “Show Advance Settings”, click on the “Content Settings” under Privacy, and giving Chrome permission to access your microphone and camera under “Media”.)

 

Google’s Vision

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Soon you will be able to search with just voice, on all desktops and laptops running the Chrome browser, without  the microphone button that already exists. Just utter “OK Google” and ask your question. ”

Soon, you’ll be able to just say, hands-free, “OK Google, will it be sunny in Santa Cruz this weekend?” and get a spoken answer. Then, you’ll be able to continue the conversation and just follow up with “how far is it from here?”

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Google Chrome for a long time was seen as the web browser that was pushing web standards the most. It was faster in terms of JavaScript performance than any other browser on the market, supported web standards that others did not, and always scored highest in the HTML5 Test.

Since last year, Mozilla started to improve Firefox in many ways closing the gap between the browser and Google Chrome in many regards.  It still has not beat Chrome in some benchmarks or the HTML5 Test, but Firefox has  improved significantly in that time. In some ways, it passed by Chrome and there are no signs that Mozilla will slow down anytime soon.

MathML, the Mathematical Markup Language, before. Its main aim is to provide mathematicians with the means to use math expressions on the Internet.A test has been created to test a browser’s MathML support. It works similar to the popular Acid3 test which tests a web browser’s web standard support.

Elements are drawn on the screen and a smiley face is displayed if the web browser supports all the web technologies used to draw it. The first of the major web browsers to do is the latest Nightly version of the Firefox web browser. Take a look at the screenshot below to see how it should look like.

MathMl test

Other browsers display all kinds of errors messages at the time of writing, below is Google Chrome Canary’s rendering of the page:

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According to Frédéric Wang, the company removed features that it did not plan on supporting in short term from the browser after they have forked WebKit and decided to work on Blink.

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