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Google Chrome 5.0.375.55 is the current stable version for Chrome, and the very first stable for Mac and Linux.

You can find more information for the stable release on the Google Chrome Releases blog post.

More details about what’s specifically new for the Mac version can be found on the Official Google Mac blog.

Flash integration will be enabled by default with the upcoming Flash 10.1 release!

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Google has put up a cute little site called GiveChrome.com, which can be used to send Google Chrome browser as a Christmas gift to your friends.

It definitely a great way for introducing someone new to the Google Chrome browser.

Have fun!

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Really exciting news for all Mac and Chrome fans!
The first official Beta version of Google Chrome for Mac has been released today.

The version number is


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Google Public DNS (vs OpenDNS)

Google Chrome browser … Google Chrome OS … and as of today Google Public DNS!

Google has just announced the release of a new public free DNS service. The aim of this service is to make the Web even faster and safer for everyone around the world.

Here is how to configure your router or computer to start using it.

Until now the major alternative player to the default ISP DNS servers was OpenDNS.
It’s really interesting that shortly after Google’s announcement, there was an immediate answer by the Founder of OpenDNS, David Ulevitch. He is making some really interesting points.

Twitter already hosts tweets/comments about both OpenDNS and Google Public DNS, you might try searching there for other people’s opinions.

Asking which service is faster, is not that easy to say yet, as results differ from country to country,  and of course it is only a matter of a few less or more milliseconds for each request.

You can try both services, read what each one has or promises to offer, and decide for yourself.

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Well, not exactly with Google, but with the aid of Google!

Here is a Google “search story”, watch it and you ‘ll understand what I am talking about:

You can find more stories on the Search Stories YouTube channel.

via the Official Google Blog

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Google Image Swirl is an experimental interface from Google for searching images.

Image Swirl expands on technologies like “Find Similar Images” and “Picasa Face Recognition” to group similar images together and build hierarchies out of these groups.

The interface is showing similar images together in groups/clusters, and you can easily navigate and explore other relevant groups.

You can try Image Swirl now at http://image-swirl.googlelabs.com/.

Official Announcement

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Google has finally updated the Google Earth iPhone app.
Google Earth 2.0 comes with some new features and overall greater performance.

New features:

  • Login to Google Maps, and view your own created maps, or custom maps shared by others.
  • Browse photos, Wikipedia articles, business information etc. more easily.
  • Added new languages, now supporting a total of 31 languages.

Update/Download Google Earth 2.0 through the App Store on your iPhone to start enjoying the new features.

Official announcement and more details

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Google Storage is now cheaper

A couple of days ago Google has announced cheaper prices for extra storage.
Storage space is being used in Picasa Web Albums, Gmail and Google Docs.

Here is the summary of the new prices:


This is even cheaper than the Amazon’s S3 service, which is currently at $0.150 per GB per month. 20GB would cost $3 per month, or $36 per year (without calculating the data transfer costs).

We might be getting closer to the release of the rumored Google Drive.

Click here to purchase more Google storage space

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Yesterday, I have been browsing my Google Reader feeds, and I stumbled upon a  post from the Chromium blog. The actual title was “Introducing Google Chrome Frame“. Since that was something I have never heard before about, I just had to read it.

Well, it turned out that “Google Chrome Frame” is a plugin for Internet Explorer (IE) browsers.
What does it do? It brings the Google Chrome’s web and javascript engine into the IE browser. Therefore you might be using IE’s user interface but under the hood you are running Google Chrome.

Google Chrome’s engine gives you all modern browser advantages, support for HTML5, full support for all Web Standards (100% on Acid3 test), exceptional javascript performance etc.

You can directly install the Google Chrome Frame plugin on Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8.

Now, let’s see Google Chrome pwning IE in action:

The plugin is installed on an IE7, XP SP3 machine.

We are going to create a simple HTML file, which is showing the browser’s version (in Javascript terms, the User Agent string).

Here is the exact code:

	<title>Google Chrome Frame test!</title>
	<a href="javascript:alert(navigator.userAgent)">User Agent</a>

The HTML page is displaying a simple link, which upon click it pop-ups a Javascript window displaying the browser version.

Let’s see what it does by default in IE7:

It is the default IE7 rendering engine.

Now, we are going to add a simple string in front of the http:// part of the page’s url, i.e. the result would be cf:http://&#8230;

The “cf:” triggers the Google Chrome Frame to be enabled for any site on the Web.
And the result is:


Yeap, this is it, Google Chrome engine powering the poor old IE.

Another way to automatically trigger the Google Chrome Frame is the presence of a special “meta” tag. Of course this is something that the Web developer has to add on a page.

So let’s go and that meta tag on our previous code:

	<title>Google Chrome Frame test!</title>
	<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">
	<a href="javascript:alert(navigator.userAgent)">User Agent</a>

And now without including the cf: url prefix, the result is:


Chrome, or Google,  did it again!

Now start adding the Chrome meta tag on your Web pages 😉

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