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The latest version of the Google Chrome web browser has been updated to version 10, with improved security and rendering times amongst the changes. The update includes a new version of V8, Chrome’s JavaScript engine, which promises to speed up complex JavaScript web pages and apps.

Google’s own benchmarks recorded a 66% increase in speed over the old version of V8. Other speed enhancements come in the form of hardware GPU acceleration for web videos, putting many of the dedicated graphics cards in today’s modern PCs to use (and taking a load off the CPU).


According to Google: “Attention has turned on finding ways to make more effective utilization of the underlying hardware to achieve better performance and power savings.  There’s clear indication that getting the GPU directly involved with compositing the contents of a web page can result in very significant speedups.”

Currently the GPU acceleration technology can be seen in action over at YouTube’s HTML5 site.

Chrome 10 also includes the hotly tipped Adobe Flash sandbox feature, providing users with a safety net whilst viewing Flash content. Currently the sandbox is only available on the Windows version, though this version undoubtedly needs it the most. On top of this the familiar Options window has now been integrated into a web page, along with a search feature for quick-access to your preferences.



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There is also now an option to synchronize passwords to your Google account, giving you access to all your saved login details across multiple computers. You’ll need to have Chrome installed of course, and as an extra security precaution you can choose your own custom encryption passphrase (to prevent account hijacking).

Web apps can now make use of Chrome’s background pages feature, meaning you can choose to still receive notifications even after closing a tab. Google explains that the app “will continue to run until Chrome exits. The next time Chrome starts up, any background windows that were previously running will also be re-launched.”

These windows are not going to be visible but they will be able to perform tasks like checking for server-side changes and pre-emptively loading content into local storage.” Chrome places an icon in the system tray (Windows & Linux) or a context menu on the dock icon (Mac OS X) to notify users they still have a background page running.

There’s even more to the update than this, for a full list of features check out the Chrome blog.

Do you use Chrome? Why (not)? Would you sync your passwords to your Google account? Let us know what you think in the comments.

  1. Doug
    March 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    AIbek,

    I think so too. Unfortunately, your web site apparently contains no clue about how to post a question. Do I need to download a user's guide, find an online tutorial?

  2. Aibek
    March 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    :-) Doug

    Thanks for the input, you raised some interesting points. I think it would make an interesting question for MakeUseOf Answers, http://www.makeuseof.com/answe...

    Why FF takes 6 times less space than Chrome?

    What you think? :-)

  3. Doug
    March 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Well, I hope I didn't suggest I was *worrying* about it. Occasionally I *think* about things, perhaps a little differently, having been introduced to the idea of engineering 'elegance' at a tender age. A few years ago, I noticed that a Quickbooks upgrade, installed, took four times the space of the previous, reduced functionality, increased my base file company file size by 50%, and ran slower. A second level tech support person at Intuit bragged to me about their new code, apparently unable to get his head around the fact that the bigger, shinier product was in fact in many ways inferior to the previous.

    I don't wish to imply that's the case here, but I haven't heard anyone saying that Chrome 10 renders FF, IE etc obsolete, that it's a quantum leap in web browsing, that it's a whole new experience yadda yadda. Maybe there is really a speed increase , or maybe that's a PR stunt (interesting how some people take Google's claims at face value while scorning Microsoft's).

    Those of you who find it better than Firefox: as a percentage, how much better do you think it is overall? 10-20%? 50%? 100%?

    Even if it's twice as good, what requires it to take up 6-7 times as much disk space?
    Just curious.

    A poor analogy would be my month-long autumn trip to Europe. Why did I take only 11 pounds of luggage when the airline allowed me 70? A recent posting from another forum provides a better one: concerned with the USA's propensity for confiscating electronic devices and stealing data, a guy was talking about the best way to upload his data, then download it once safely in the country. I wondered how it was that he 'needed' 400gb. He never replied, perhaps because he'd never reflected on electronic bloat.

    Unlike me, he'd probably be unimpressed with EDXOR - it's old, but if you have Windows, check out how much functionality has been crammed into 35k! I use it almost every day, for example to quickly kill Firefox that's 'already running but not responding.' http://members.ozemail.com.au/...

    Now THAT'S elegance. A web browser that requires 170 megabytes of disk space? Just curious....

  4. Mark @ Make Them Click
    March 11, 2011 at 12:12 am

    And the latest Chrome is even more hopeless with Adobe programs.

    Flash and pdf'S permanently crash Chrome

    Why can't these guys get it right.

  5. Mark @ Make Them Click
    March 11, 2011 at 1:12 am

    And the latest Chrome is even more hopeless with Adobe programs.

    Flash and pdf'S permanently crash Chrome

    Why can't these guys get it right.

  6. Wayne
    March 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I have found all the add-ons I used in FF now are available for Chrome & work just as well. Chrome is so much faster than FF.

  7. DarkDuck
    March 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I use Chrome since v.1 and absolutely happy with it!
    Had small deviation to Chromium for a while and then returned back to Chrome. It works well on any machine i've tried it so far.
    I don't understand why people stick to dodgy and buggy FF which has its own rules to interpret standard HTML codes...

  8. darkduck
    March 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I use Chrome since v.1 and absolutely happy with it!
    Had small deviation to Chromium for a while and then returned back to Chrome. It works well on any machine i've tried it so far.
    I don't understand why people stick to dodgy and buggy FF which has its own rules to interpret standard HTML codes...

  9. Vibin @ TechFume
    March 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    It made my chrome a bit slow (Speed dial 1 was good at performance). Design is not as good as the first version (the hover effect and shadow effect etc which were present in version 1). But One major thing I liked is Bookmark search because I have more than 150 bookmarks and its quite hard to search, speed dial 2 makes it easy! and I don't use Del.icio.us for Bookmarking, so the feature is of no use to me !

  10. Adam
    March 10, 2011 at 12:44 am

    I moved to Speeddial2 (the link above) - which is from different developer. Must say it's much better - faster, better designed and with lot of extra options (delicious integration, bookmarks and history search, more theming and
    miscellaneous options, browsing statistics, ... as well as ability to export your settings). I think you can bookmark your App from context menu.

  11. Doug
    March 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I know it will appear irrelevant to most people here, but installed, Firefox takes up 17% of the space Chrome does....

    • Aibek
      March 14, 2011 at 9:45 am

      I dont think that something to worry about these days.

      • Doug
        March 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

        Well, I hope I didn't suggest I was *worrying* about it. Occasionally I *think* about things, perhaps a little differently, having been introduced to the idea of engineering 'elegance' at a tender age. A few years ago, I noticed that a Quickbooks upgrade, installed, took four times the space of the previous, reduced functionality, increased my base file company file size by 50%, and ran slower. A second level tech support person at Intuit bragged to me about their new code, apparently unable to get his head around the fact that the bigger, shinier product was in fact in many ways inferior to the previous.

        I don't wish to imply that's the case here, but I haven't heard anyone saying that Chrome 10 renders FF, IE etc obsolete, that it's a quantum leap in web browsing, that it's a whole new experience yadda yadda. Maybe there is really a speed increase , or maybe that's a PR stunt (interesting how some people take Google's claims at face value while scorning Microsoft's).

        Those of you who find it better than Firefox: as a percentage, how much better do you think it is overall? 10-20%? 50%? 100%?

        Even if it's twice as good, what requires it to take up 6-7 times as much disk space?
        Just curious.

        A poor analogy would be my month-long autumn trip to Europe. Why did I take only 11 pounds of luggage when the airline allowed me 70? A recent posting from another forum provides a better one: concerned with the USA's propensity for confiscating electronic devices and stealing data, a guy was talking about the best way to upload his data, then download it once safely in the country. I wondered how it was that he 'needed' 400gb. He never replied, perhaps because he'd never reflected on electronic bloat.

        Unlike me, he'd probably be unimpressed with EDXOR - it's old, but if you have Windows, check out how much functionality has been crammed into 35k! I use it almost every day, for example to quickly kill Firefox that's 'already running but not responding.' http://members.ozemail.com.au/~nulifetv/freezip/freeware/edxor.htm

        Now THAT'S elegance. A web browser that requires 170 megabytes of disk space? Just curious....

        • Aibek
          March 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm

          :-) Doug

          Thanks for the input, you raised some interesting points. I think it would make an interesting question for MakeUseOf Answers, http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/.

          Why FF takes 6 times less space than Chrome?

          What you think? :-)

        • Doug
          March 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

          AIbek,

          I think so too. Unfortunately, your web site apparently contains no clue about how to post a question. Do I need to download a user's guide, find an online tutorial?

        • Doug
          March 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

          2 days later - wow! Was 'Ask a question' there before? I sure didn't see it...I looked at the answers page in four different browsers to make sure it wasn't an html glitch.

        • Aibek
          March 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

          He Doug,

          Sorry for the delayed reply. You're right the button wasn't there wehn
          you emailed me. it was added later on.

          Aibek

  12. Randy Addison
    March 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I had the same issue as RobM. But I just restarted the browser and restarted the computer once and it all worked fine after. Well, anyway, I don't know but Chrome 10 works good for me.

  13. blast0
    March 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I still use Firefox as my primary browser because the add-ons just work better

    • Vibin
      March 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      You can visit Chrome's new webstore containing numerous apps and extensions....Just one more year and Chrome will beat FF in no: of addons too !

  14. Adam
    March 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I think new Chrome is much faster. Btw hou do you compare chrome's new tab concept to plugins such as newly released speeddial http://j.mp/etlk5m ?

    • Vibin
      March 9, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      I'm currently using the first version of Speed dial and it's awseome ! But you can't access your chrome apps if you install Speed dial. I don't know if they have fixed it in the new version (Speed dial 2)

      • Adam
        March 9, 2011 at 11:44 pm

        I moved to Speeddial2 (the link above) - which is from different developer. Must say it's much better - faster, better designed and with lot of extra options (delicious integration, bookmarks and history search, more theming and
        miscellaneous options, browsing statistics, ... as well as ability to export your settings). I think you can bookmark your App from context menu.

        • Vibin
          March 9, 2011 at 11:56 pm

          Yeah, Installed it just now, adding dials ! One thing I found is it doesn't give Image URLs for popular sites like Google,Gmail etc

        • Adam
          March 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm

          Do you like it so far?

        • Vibin
          March 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm

          It made my chrome a bit slow (Speed dial 1 was good at performance). Design is not as good as the first version (the hover effect and shadow effect etc which were present in version 1). But One major thing I liked is Bookmark search because I have more than 150 bookmarks and its quite hard to search, speed dial 2 makes it easy! and I don't use Del.icio.us for Bookmarking, so the feature is of no use to me !

  15. Tim Brookes
    March 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I get that all the time. Windows, Linux whatever. I put it down to Facebook being terrible, and use Tweetdeck instead if I can.

    Chromium works pretty much flawlessly elsewhere. I find Firefox a bit clunkier, and prefer the look and feel of Chromium.

  16. RobM
    March 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Facebook has been slow as hell since I installed Chrome 10. Anytime I type in a box, it takes 3-5 seconds for the text to appear.

    • Tim Brookes
      March 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Have you tried restarting? Facebook is loading fine on my updated Chromium 10 (Ubuntu 10.10).

      • DarkDuck
        March 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm

        mine is working well with FB too...

    • Vibin
      March 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Are you repeatedly getting the pop-up of notification number ?

      • Tim Brookes
        March 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

        I get that all the time. Windows, Linux whatever. I put it down to Facebook being terrible, and use Tweetdeck instead if I can.

        Chromium works pretty much flawlessly elsewhere. I find Firefox a bit clunkier, and prefer the look and feel of Chromium.

        • Vibin
          March 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

          FB should fix it ASAP. but you can get rid of that by clicking the notifications tab and waiting for 5 seconds..then the number will disappear automatically.

        • Tim Brookes
          March 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm

          Cheers for the tip!

        • Vibin
          March 9, 2011 at 11:37 pm

          My pleasure :-)

  17. Adam
    March 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I think new Chrome is much faster. Btw hou do you compare chrome's new tab concept to plugins such as newly released speeddial http://j.mp/etlk5m ?

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