Chrome 4 Now Supports the HTML 5 Web SQL Database API

by Abel Avram on  Feb 18, 2010 8

Google has announced support for the HTML 5 Web SQL Database API, and others are likely to follow soon or have already started on support for this API. In the meantime, the completion of the specification is blocked because all the implementers involved have chosen to use SQLite as underlying database, and multiple independent implementations are required for standardization.

Google Will Stop Supporting Older Browsers

by Abel Avram on  Feb 15, 2010

Google has announced they will stop supporting older and less secure browsers like IE6, Firefox 2.x, Chrome 3 or Safari 2 starting with Google Docs and Google Sites editor from March 1st, 2010.

5 Security Enhancements in Chrome

by Abel Avram on  Feb 04, 2010

Google has added five security enhancements to Chrome in order to make browsing more secure: cross-documents message posting, Strict Transport Security, Origin and X-Frame-Options header fields, and Reflective XSS Filter. Some of these features have already been or are to be implemented by other browsers.

The HTML 5 sandbox Attribute Improves iFrame Security

by Abel Avram on  Jan 28, 2010

The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) is working jointly with W3C on developing the HTML 5 standard, which has been at "Last Call" at WHATWG for the last 3 months. During this time one feature which has changed more significantly is the sandbox attribute of the iframe element. sandbox can be used to isolate untrusted web page content from performing certain operations.

Chrome News: Mac and Linux Beta, Extensions and Web Sockets

by Abel Avram on  Dec 10, 2009

Google Chrome’s latest additions are: Chrome Beta for Max and Linux, Extensions for Windows and Linux, and Web Sockets., A DNS Number for Faster Browsing

by Abel Avram on  Dec 04, 2009 6

Google is offering two DNS servers for public use, namely and, in an attempt to further speed up browsing.

IE and Firefox Will Be Using DirectX for Rendering

by Abel Avram on  Nov 25, 2009 3

Both IE and Mozilla teams are currently working on using DirectX/GPU for page rendering while Google is considering it.

Google Works on a Protocol Intended to Replace HTTP

by Abel Avram on  Nov 13, 2009 11

Google proposes SPDY, a new application protocol running on top of SSL, a protocol to replace HTTP which is considered to introduce latencies. They have already created a prototype with a web server and an enhanced Chrome browser that supposedly loads web pages twice as fast.

Running HTML 5 Inside IE with Google Chrome Frame

by Abel Avram on  Sep 23, 2009 2

Google has just released an Internet Explorer plug-in called Google Chrome Frame that enables Chrome rendering inside IE. That means that any page targeted for Chrome Frame will be rendered using Google’s rendering engine, including HTML 5 elements supported by Google, while the page is viewed with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

HyperSpace, a Browsing Environment with a Small Footprint

by Abel Avram on  Jul 29, 2009 4

Phoenix Technologies has created HyperSpace, a small OS that supports only browsing. HyperSpace precedes Google Chrome OS which is supposed to offer the same functionality with some differences.

Google Is Creating a New Free Operating System Called Google Chrome OS

by Abel Avram on  Jul 08, 2009 7

Google has announced they are working a new operating system called Google Chrome OS. Based on a Linux kernel with a new windowing system, the new OS is targeted at netbooks first and will be open sourced and free.

Microsoft Researches a Browser-based OS, Code Name Gazelle

by Abel Avram on  Jun 30, 2009

A Microsoft Research team led by Helen J. Wang has created Gazelle (PDF), a browser-based OS, with the declared intent to tighten security when going online.

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