Flash Gets Sidelined in Google Chrome Proposal

by James Chesters on  May 17, 2016 1

Google have revealed plans to sideline Flash in their Chrome browser. In the draft proposal "HTML5 by Default" Chrome's technical program manager says "Later this year we plan to change how Chromium hints to websites about the presence of Flash Player. If a site offers an HTML5 experience, this change will make that the primary experience."

GitHub Announces Electron 1.0, Devtron and Unlimited Private Repositories

by Abel Avram on  May 11, 2016

GitHub has announced the Electron 1.0 milestone and a new pricing model including unlimited private repositories for paid plans.

V8 JavaScript Engine 5.1 Brings More ECMAScript Compliance, WASM Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 27, 2016

Google has announced version 5.1 of its V8 JavaScript engine, which improves compliance with the ECMAScript 2017 draft specification and adds preliminary support for WASM, a low-level portable bytecode aimed to enable near-native execution speed.

AVG Plugin Exposes Chrome User Data

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 31, 2015

Anti-virus software vendor AVG has produced a plugin for Google Chrome that negates that browser's security settings, leaving users at risk of having their information stolen or possibly having their system compromised.

Chrome to Lose Windows XP Support in April 2016

by David Iffland on  Nov 13, 2015

Google has announced that they will drop support for Chrome on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 in April 2016.

Chrome 45 will no Longer Automatically Run Flash

by Abel Avram on  Aug 28, 2015

With Chrome 45 only the main Flash content will be enabled, the rest being paused unless the user decides to manually start it.

Google Moves Dart to GitHub and Kills the Chrome Dev Editor

by Abel Avram on  Jun 04, 2015 10

Google designed Dart as a better language for the web, for developers who wanted a more solid language and tools than what existed in the JavaScript ecosystem. Also, they aimed for better performance. While Dart is certainly more robust and better designed than JavaScript and it outperforms JavaScript on several benchmarks, the language has seen several setbacks.

Chrome 44 Beta Brings ES6 Features, Improved Notifications

by James Chesters on  Jun 03, 2015

Google has released Chrome 44 beta: with updates including new ES6 features and improved notification capabilities. The latest beta release for the OS brings computed property names, allowing expression for property names in object literals and class literals.

Google Introduces Smart Lock for Passwords

by Abel Avram on  Jun 02, 2015

Google has announced at I/O 2015 the Google Identity Platform, a collection of tools and APIs for managing identities and dealing with authentication and authorization across Android, iOS and web applications.

GCM 3.0 Sends Messages to Android, iOS and Chrome

by Abel Avram on  Jun 01, 2015

With GCM 3.0, Google has attempted to simplify the registration process and to make their cloud notification system work similarly on Android, iOS and Chrome. There is a new topic group and a messaging diagnostic tool.

Microsoft: Edge Performs Better than Chrome and Firefox

by Abel Avram on  May 21, 2015

This article outlines some of the performance optimizations done for the Chakra engine and the Octane and Jet Stream benchmark results for Edge, Chrome and Firefox.

Chrome 42 Disables NPAPI and Related Plug-ins: Java, Unity, Silverlight

by Abel Avram on  Apr 15, 2015 5

As outlined in the NPAPI Deprecation Guide, Chrome 42, which was due this month and was recently released to the stable channel, has disabled support for the Netscape Plug-in API. The reason is that NPAPI “has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity” and the intent was first announced in 2013.

Google Is Going to Make Pointer Events the Main Event Type in Chrome after All

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2015

Google is going to make Pointer Events the main event type in Chrome, joining ranks with Microsoft, Firefox and leaving out Apple.

Google Proposes StrongMode and SoundScript, Boosting V8 Performance

by David Iffland on  Mar 11, 2015

Google's Chrome team has proposed two extensions to JavaScript in a move to boost the performance of their V8 JavaScript Engine. StrongMode will limit the JavaScript language to only allow parts with guaranteed performance. SoundScript will add user-facing types to JavaScript, not at compile-time, but at run-time in the browser.

Facebook Stetho: Debugging Any Android App with Chrome DevTools

by Abel Avram on  Feb 23, 2015

Facebook has open sourced Stetho, an Android debugging bridge enabling developers to debug their apps using Chrome DevTools.

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