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Google have just starting pushing the latest Chrome out, Chrome 19. There's a very nifty new feature which is included, which will help people who go between PCs and Android devices, tab syncing. Tab syncing allows you to bring up tabs from other machines, through a menu at the bottom of the new tab page.
Not impressed? Well, pulling up a tab from another machine brings up the tab and its entire browsing history, this means you won't miss out on a single thing moving from PC to mobile device. Personally, I move between an Apple MacBook Pro, my Windows machine and my GALAXY S II running Android 4.0. I can already have my bookmarks, etc synced, but tab syncing is just amazing. It creates a fluid experience from device to device.
Google have said there is a little delay in trying out tab syncing, where they've said:
While Chrome will be updated to the latest Stable version over the next few days, the tab sync feature will be rolled out more gradually over the coming weeks.
Microsoft kinda wants to turn the Xbox 360 into a PC, but kinda doesn't. Today's "kinda does" includes news that the OS and gaming giant will release Internet Explorer 9 to the Xbox 360, which would include Kinect voice and gesture support.
The Xbox 360 already sports voice search functions with Bing, but the results are limited to just media only. Having Internet Explorer would give the Xbox 360 a full-on web browsing experience, in an unrestricted environment. The Verge is reporting this, so it gives the news some big credit.
If the Xbox 360 owner has the Kinect motion-sensing device, they could use it for voice and gesture control within Internet Explorer. This would be a pretty nifty thing to have on the couch, and would really give credit toward Kinect being a huge feature for the next-generation Xbox. Because text can't be easily entered in with a console controller, voice control makes perfect sense. E3 isn't too far away, and I have a feeling we should see and hear about it then.
Microsoft is banning alternative browser on the upcoming ARM-based Windows 8 platform, or so Mozilla is claiming. It seems as though this could be an anti-competitive practice in which Microsoft may end up getting sued. But, let's examine the reasons that Microsoft isn't allowing alternative browsers. Trust me, you'll get quite the laugh.
"They're trying to make a new version of their operating system which denies their users choice, competition, and innovation," said Harvey Anderson, Mozilla's general counsel. "Making IE the only browser on that platform is a complete return to the digital dark ages when there was only one browser on the Windows platform."
Microsoft Deputy General Counsel David Heiner told Mozilla the reasons they wouldn't be able to write a browser for Windows 8 ARM, Anderson said:
- ARM processors, which power virtually all iOS, Android, and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets today, are different from the x86 chips that power PCs. The chips have new requirements for security and power management, and Microsoft is the only one who can meet those needs.
- Windows RT -- the version of Windows 8 geared for ARM devices -- "isn't Windows anymore."
Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 19.0.1084.36 Beta.
There is strangely no changelog on this version - but this is the latest, bleeding edge version of Google Chrome Beta.
You can download it here.
Our Download of the Day is Firefox 12 for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Firefox 12 is finally here! Only five weeks after Mozilla released Firefox 11. Firefox 12 is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can feel like the elite with this, as Mozilla hasn't "officially" released Firefox 12 to the public, yet.
Here are some download links:
Firefox 12 for Windows
Firefox 12 for Mac
Firefox 12 for Linux
Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 20.0.1105.0 Dev.
Google Chrome has hit version 20, and brings a few new tricks to the Internet Browser table. The change log states:
* Updated V8 - 184.108.40.206
* Fixed issues
* Fixed empty apps page crash.
* Fixed a crash in the Cloud Print connector when connecting via Remote Desktop
* Fixed incorrect program icon being shown in the task switcher.
* Fixed downloads page drag/drop.
Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 19.0.1084.24 Beta.
The latest beta of Google Chrome has hit for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome frame. The version has been updated to 19.0.1084.24 and is available at the Google Chrome Beta download page.
Our Download of the Day is Firefox 12.0 Beta 5.
Experience cutting edge features but with more stability
Provide feedback to help refine and polish what will be in the final release
Performance Enhancements: Faster startup time on Mac, Windows, and Linux
Optimized Memory Use:
Improved memory management: For many users, memory use is reduced by 30 percent or more, responsiveness is enhanced
Firefox Sync: Bookmarks and passwords now sync instantly
Enhanced Font Rendering: Fonts are rendered clear and sharp
New platform features and developer tools:
Telemetry: Users can opt-in for automatic memory usage, performance testing and reporting to help improve future versions Firefox
Web timing spec: Measure performance characteristics of websites as users experience them
Azure Direct2D for Canvas: Canvas-based animations on the Web are dramatically faster
You can read more on Firefox 12.0 Beta 5 and other beta releases, as well as download them, here.
Sticking it to the man or sticking up for the consumer? I'll let you be the judge. Nicholas Merrill is creating a new non-profit ISP which he describes as a "non-profit telecommunications provider dedicated to privacy, using ubiquitous encryption." His goal is to create a system that is so encrypted that not even the ISP itself can snoop on its customers.
The system, theoretically, could make it impossible for the ISP to respond to copyright infringement requests or authority requests. You may ask how is this legal. Well, according to Merrill, it depends on a provision in a 1994 federal law called CALEA. The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act makes sure that ISPs are not held responsible for decrypting data if they don't have the information to do so.
If Mr. Merrill creates the service properly, not even the ISP would know what's going on in the system. This would allow them to operate directly under the protection of the CALEA law. Merrill dealt with the government and FBI in a legal battle for 6 years over his NYC ISP. That caused him to come up with this plan to protect himself and his users. He is attempting to raise $2 million in the next couple of weeks before the service launches.
Good old Google Chrome. It's the browser I'm using to write this right now. Unfortunately, I have to open tabs manually across all of my computers and that's quite annoying. However, I no longer have to as in the latest Google Chrome beta, it includes a new feature which syncs your tabs across all of your Chrome installs.
The feature doesn't actually keep the same tabs open across computers. Instead it adds an "Other Devices" menu on the new tab page in which you can select a tab from another computer or even Android device. And it doesn't just come with the single tab--it brings the full history of the tab so that you can go backwards.
There's no word when this will be available in the regular Chrome release, but you can check it out in the developer channel here.