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Google rolls out Chrome 10

Google rolls out Chrome 10

The latest version of Chrome features a Settings search box and improved JavaScript performance.

Google has today begun rolling out version 10 of its increasingly popular internet browser, Chrome.

While Google offers a fairly regular schedule of Chrome updates, with a new version of the browser released roughly every six weeks, this version is notable for a significant increase in JavaScript performance. In fact, in the V8 browser benchmark, JavaScript reportedly enjoyed an impressive speed boost of 66 per cent.

Google has also addressed complaints that Chrome's Settings interface was unwieldy, by adding a Settings search box.

Another long requested new feature is the implementation of password synchronisation, enabling you to sync passwords and logins across multiple systems, in a similar way to Xmarks.

There's also been an improvement when it comes to security, with Flash code now locked down in its own sandbox environment. This is helped by the update to the latest version of Flash, as well as out-of-date plug-ins being blocked as standard.

It's undoubtedly a significant update, with a lot of features that users will find genuinely useful; the password sync in particular seems to be one feature that Chrome has been crying out for.

Do you use Chrome? Are you a stalwart supporter of X-marks? Or do you browse the Net by just reading the HTML code and assembling it in your brain? Let us know (especially if you fit into the last category) in the forums.

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Sawada 9th March 2011, 12:55 Quote
Already ?

Impressive, Google ...
SproutWinkler 9th March 2011, 13:01 Quote
...and seems to be crashing the Flash and Google Gears plugin on almost every page :-(
r3loaded 9th March 2011, 13:20 Quote
Password sync was the missing feature I was really hanging out for. GPU acceleration of HTML5 video is also very welcome - my CPU can while browsing now.
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Or do you browse the Net by just reading the HTML code and assembling it in your brain?
That's what hipsters do, because using a browser is too mainstream. :p
flibblesan 9th March 2011, 13:34 Quote
Got it already and all is well. No crashes or other issues.
Pete J 9th March 2011, 13:42 Quote
I've been using Chrome for a couple of years or so now and I have to say it is brilliant!

Dumb question: will this update be applied automatically?
Jack_Pepsi 9th March 2011, 13:48 Quote
Go to 'About Google Chrome' and it'll start updating and then ask you to restart.
Jamie 9th March 2011, 13:48 Quote
Chrome does keep itself up to date automatically.
Centy-face 9th March 2011, 13:57 Quote
I've been using chrome since it came out and after years of FF and Opera having a speedy browser that does everything I want is just brilliant. I always liked the idea of Xmarks but I never used it now it's in Crome ready to be enabled by ticking a box it's so good.

Also after a while you dont even see the code I look at it and see blonde, brunette, redhead.... I really should stop looking at porn in html.
flibblesan 9th March 2011, 14:03 Quote
BTW top tip for anybody that has issues with the built-in flash plugin. You can switch to using the standalone Adobe flash plugin by following these simple instructions: http://adobe.ly/dFdsnC

It'll also allow you to use beta versions of flash with Chrome too.
ObeyTheCreed 9th March 2011, 14:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by r3loaded
Password sync was the missing feature I was really hanging out for. GPU acceleration of HTML5 video is also very welcome - my CPU can while browsing now.
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Or do you browse the Net by just reading the HTML code and assembling it in your brain?
That's what hipsters do, because using a browser is too mainstream. :p

lol i know that's right
N!ck 9th March 2011, 14:11 Quote
WOW a new version of Google SpyWare ;)
msm722 9th March 2011, 14:16 Quote
Been rocking v10 for a while, super solid and stable - I love it.
mclean007 9th March 2011, 14:48 Quote
HTML code? Ha! I form the HTTP requests in my head and transmit them in binary over fibre by turning a torch on and off really fast, then I process the results by watching the returning light pulses. Plain text, (X)HTML, XML, CSS and Javascript are easy, it's the binary formats that can be trickier. Images are fine, flash a bit tougher, and video (especially 1080p) is a nightmare. I can just about keep up so long as I'm not having to decrypt SSL at the same time :D
Baz 9th March 2011, 14:49 Quote
Seems to be super crash happy at my end :(
Hakuren 9th March 2011, 15:03 Quote
I will sooner switch to *gulp* Internet Exploder than this rubbish.

Opera FTW.
noizdaemon666 9th March 2011, 15:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
... Ha! I form the HTTP requests in my head and transmit them in binary over fibre by turning a torch on and off really fast...

I had to sig that :)

Oh and I tried Chrome, and it kept crashing.

Sticking with good old FireFox :D
blink 9th March 2011, 16:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by N!ck
WOW a new version of Google SpyWare ;)

Yep.
crayfish 9th March 2011, 16:10 Quote
Is it still impossible to disable search suggestions?
microsoftPerson 9th March 2011, 16:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by noizdaemon666

Oh and I tried Chrome, and it kept crashing.


that's a ridiculous statement.
noizdaemon666 9th March 2011, 16:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by microsoftPerson
that's a ridiculous statement.

It isn't, it's merely what happened.

Whether it be down to Chrome or my Vista machine hating every single piece of software ever I'm not entirely sure lol
thehippoz 9th March 2011, 16:52 Quote
chrome is fast.. maybe that's because all the addons are in firefox :D
Guinevere 9th March 2011, 16:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
I can just about keep up so long as I'm not having to decrypt SSL at the same time :D

You've been outmoded, I'm been doing this across multiple tabs for weeks now*

;)

Oh, I also write it all down, it's good to keep a hard copy of the internet around just in case

Got to go, I'm trying to work on picking up wi-fi by counting my brain cells that turn cancerous.
notmeagain 9th March 2011, 17:47 Quote
Have they fixed the omnibar stripping the URI?
It's such a pain in my environment here.

http://88.88.88.88 shows as: 88.88.88.88 in the omni bar.
You copy: 88.88.88.88 and paste it - and LO! the URI is back! - but no chrome, I only wanted the ip address, you smug turd you.

other than that, Chrome is my favorite browser...
Salty Wagyu 9th March 2011, 18:26 Quote
When Chome natively supports smooth scrolling I'll use it, the function provided by extensions are at this time... rubbish.
Saivert 9th March 2011, 19:11 Quote
I had to give up on that Firefox Sync feature. Getting Unknown error while synciing and I have tried deleting my Firefox profile folder and starting over from scratch several times. I guess the server data is messed up, and there doesn't seem to be a way to reset it completely without making a new account. And I really only wanted it for bookmarks syncing between my laptop and gaming pc. Guess I can keep tabs on my bookmarks myself when it comes down to it.
KriTip 9th March 2011, 20:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by notmeagain
Have they fixed the omnibar stripping the URI?
It's such a pain in my environment here.

http://88.88.88.88 shows as: 88.88.88.88 in the omni bar.
You copy: 88.88.88.88 and paste it - and LO! the URI is back! - but no chrome, I only wanted the ip address, you smug turd you.

other than that, Chrome is my favorite browser...

seems fixed

http://img19.imageshack.us/i/capturepvx.png/

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KayDat 9th March 2011, 20:44 Quote
Chromium 11 has a new icon.
FelixTech 9th March 2011, 20:51 Quote
Meh, I'm still refusing to use Chrome due to it's annoying bookmarks handling (although I have no idea if they fixed it). Yes, I want my bookmarks toolbar to be able to overflow into a dropdown, but NO I do not want all of my frigging bookmarks to appear there! Is having a separate bookmarks menu and toolbar too much to ask?
Bridaggs 9th March 2011, 21:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by FelixTech
Meh, I'm still refusing to use Chrome due to it's annoying bookmarks handling (although I have no idea if they fixed it). Yes, I want my bookmarks toolbar to be able to overflow into a dropdown, but NO I do not want all of my frigging bookmarks to appear there! Is having a separate bookmarks menu and toolbar too much to ask?

As long as I've used it, it hasn't been like that. On the very end of the bookmarks toolbar, past the "overflow" drop down is an "Other bookmarks" drop down, that has the rest of them in.
schmidtbag 9th March 2011, 22:47 Quote
holy crap people seriously found chrome's settings to be "unwieldy"? who the hell is THAT dumb? seriously, if you find anything about chrome to be more challenging than any other browser, you have problems
erratum1 9th March 2011, 23:21 Quote
It does 'feel' fast, like my rubbish internet has suddenly been upgraded !
FelixTech 9th March 2011, 23:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bridaggs
Quote:
Originally Posted by FelixTech
Meh, I'm still refusing to use Chrome due to it's annoying bookmarks handling (although I have no idea if they fixed it). Yes, I want my bookmarks toolbar to be able to overflow into a dropdown, but NO I do not want all of my frigging bookmarks to appear there! Is having a separate bookmarks menu and toolbar too much to ask?

As long as I've used it, it hasn't been like that. On the very end of the bookmarks toolbar, past the "overflow" drop down is an "Other bookmarks" drop down, that has the rest of them in.

Exactly my problem. ALL of your other bookmarks appear there, rather than just the toolbar bookmarks that don't fit.
will_123 10th March 2011, 08:03 Quote
Flash has been ridiculous recently on chrome. I came very close to moving across to firefox after a quite a few crashes.
ledbythereaper 10th March 2011, 10:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hakuren
I will sooner switch to *gulp* Internet Exploder than this rubbish.

Opera FTW.

Irony is lost on you isn't it ;)
PQuiff 10th March 2011, 11:08 Quote
Wish it was Aero. Id go back to using it if it was. Ill just stick with opera for now.
notmeagain 10th March 2011, 11:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by KriTip
seems fixed

http://img19.imageshack.us/i/capturepvx.png/

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I sense a trollface.jpg.

It still strips the URI: http:// is not present in the omni bar!
Pete J 10th March 2011, 11:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
holy crap people seriously found chrome's settings to be "unwieldy"? who the hell is THAT dumb? seriously, if you find anything about chrome to be more challenging than any other browser, you have problems

Agree, though I would've been less harsh! The settings menu in Chrome is, in my experience, the easiest to use.
Doctor Hades 10th March 2011, 13:09 Quote
Chrome is fast I guess but I've never liked the placement of the Bookmarks at the right-hand side of the screen as I'm used to accessing them from the menu bar at the left. It's only a small thing and it can be alleviated somewhat by dropping the bookmark folders into the bookmark bar but it's still clumsy IMO.

Also with version 10 they've moved the settings box to show as a new tab and I absolutely hate that!

A good and speedy browser, yes, but I think I'll stick with Firefox has it just has fewer annoyances and version 4.0, even in RC state, is very fast and stable.
erratum1 10th March 2011, 13:13 Quote
Chrome's been ok so far, no crashes.

Also noticed it uses a new version of flash...10.2.154.18 compared to the 10.2.152.32 that the fox uses.
impar 10th March 2011, 13:13 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Doctor Hades
A good and speedy browser, yes, but I think I'll stick with Firefox has it just has fewer annoyances and version 4.0, even in RC state, is very fast and stable.
And fully customizable.
Denis_iii 10th March 2011, 14:04 Quote
Chrome......
Incompatibility with certain websites still evident? (IE and Firefox 3 + 4 Beta don't have)
Wierd crashes caused likely by Flash still evident? (Firefox beta doesn't, Opera awesome flash control)
Opening PDF's within browser or from browser to external app still evident?
Still unable to limit cache size from within settings?
Installation becoming corrupted and require re-install still evident?
Still doesn't remember used url's and download links? (Firefox 4 also does this which PISSES me off)

From my experience Chrome is the WORST browser currently available.
Firefox the best. Opera would be the best aside from incompatibility/bugs with certain websites.
High hopes for IE9.
schmidtbag 10th March 2011, 16:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Denis_iii
Chrome......
Incompatibility with certain websites still evident? (IE and Firefox 3 + 4 Beta don't have)
Wierd crashes caused likely by Flash still evident? (Firefox beta doesn't, Opera awesome flash control)
Opening PDF's within browser or from browser to external app still evident?
Still unable to limit cache size from within settings?
Installation becoming corrupted and require re-install still evident?
Still doesn't remember used url's and download links? (Firefox 4 also does this which PISSES me off)

From my experience Chrome is the WORST browser currently available.
Firefox the best. Opera would be the best aside from incompatibility/bugs with certain websites.
High hopes for IE9.

What websites aren't compatible with chrome? Keep in mind, IE is the problem with the internet. IE alone is the cause for web developers to not use advanced features that all other browsers, including chrome, support. even though ie9 has html5 support, it is still missing handfulls of features.
I use chrome on a 900mhz celeron netbook and flash never causes crashes. My favorite browser is Opera and that I get problems with crashes due to flash.
I admit cache size would be nice to limit.
The only time my install got corrupt was when I switched from the latest beta of chrome to the last stable release of chromium.
Chrome definitely remembers visited URLs, but i'm not sure about download links.

Keep in mind I do use the linux version of chrome (which from what I noticed on their changelog blog encounters the least fixes) but i know many people who use chrome in windows and don't get all of these problems.
TSDAdam 10th March 2011, 16:17 Quote
You can limit the cache size in Chrome, but not from the UI.

There's a command line option - 'disk-cache-size'

I have no trouble with Chrome at all, it's by far my favourite browser now, but saying that, I love the latest beta of Firefox 4 so will be giving the final release some time too :)
leexgx 10th March 2011, 18:58 Quote
opera tick load plugins on demand (under content I think ) this option dropped RAM use by 400mb on ny system (i do have like 50+ tabs open or grouped)

Chrome get the flashblock add-on

both are very useful on low end systems or to block bit-tech O2 flash ads or users who have lots of tabs open like me, but only opera is good for constant 20-60 tabs open (more so when you open opera with 50 tabs as chrome just kills the hdd in i/o)

bit-tech tell your ad sponsors to not use flash ads
ptah 10th March 2011, 22:52 Quote
There is no way I would run a browser designed by a search engine provider. That would be like having the IRS prepare my taxes or a real estate agent setting setting the sale price of my home.

Ask yourself ... where is the add block add on?
schmidtbag 10th March 2011, 23:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ptah
There is no way I would run a browser designed by a search engine provider. That would be like having the IRS prepare my taxes or a real estate agent setting setting the sale price of my home.

Ask yourself ... where is the add block add on?

i see what you mean but chrome is open source (chromium) so its not like they can hide much. and what do you mean by "ad block"? i'm not aware of any browser that has an "add on" for that other than IE, usually its a built-in feature
sausages 11th March 2011, 03:46 Quote
I think Firefox is > all the others.
impar 11th March 2011, 10:15 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by schmidtbag
and what do you mean by "ad block"? i'm not aware of any browser that has an "add on" for that other than IE, usually its a built-in feature
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/
ssj12 12th March 2011, 07:19 Quote
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last time I heard, which was a few months ago, Google's API didn't fully allow ad blocker to block ads effectively like firefox due to it blocking something that firefox allows versus google. Totally forget what it was, but does ad blocker now work 100% like the firefox version?
ptah 12th March 2011, 13:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
i see what you mean but chrome is open source (chromium) so its not like they can hide much. and what do you mean by "ad block"? i'm not aware of any browser that has an "add on" for that other than IE, usually its a built-in feature

I understand that it is open source, but to 85% of users that means nothing. Less than 1% will look at the code with understanding and if anything is said, maybe 14% will really pay attention.

Google can effectively shape the way people access the web. They will have control of the front door and the back door. I don't think it is a good idea (for me, anyway). Seems like common sense.

I like to be able to block adds and flash when feel like it. Some people may quit their day job and build "extensions" (sorry, not add-ons as I previously said) but an add block extension will never be officially supported by Google because that is how they make their money.

I've run Chrome on my Linux system; have not seen a speed increase enough to justify giving up the best. I want total control of my online experience.
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