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Google announced today the official release of Chrome 5 for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It arrives less than a month after Google made the new version available through its beta channel. This release reflects Chrome's rapid pace of evolution and Google's strong commitment to advancing Web technology and performance.
Google has enhanced the browser's cloud synchronization framework, extending it to support browser preferences and themes in addition to bookmarks. Chrome 5 ships with the Flash plugin included by default, an addition that was made possible by Google's recent partnership with Adobe.
This release marks a significant milestone for the browser, because it is the first official stable release of Chrome for Mac and Linux. Chrome was previously only distributed for those platforms in the form of beta and developer builds.
"Since last December, we've been chipping away at bugs and building in new features to get the Mac and Linux versions caught up with the Windows version, and now we can finally announce that the Mac and Linux versions are ready for prime time," Google said in a statement on its official blog.
When Chrome was first launched in 2008, it was only available for the Windows operating system. Mac and Linux versions emerged the following year and quickly advanced towards parity with the Windows version.
Although building Chrome for Linux posed some early challenges, the developers were able to deliver an impressive port with native theming and a complete feature set. Chrome development now appears to be largely in sync across all three of the major operating systems. It seems likely that we can expect to see simultaneous cross-platform releases for subsequent versions.
Chrome and the open source Chromium variant are rapidly gaining traction on Linux and Mac OS X. Statistics from popular Linux websites such as OMG!Ubuntu show that Chrome and Chromium are collectively approaching almost 40 percent market share among Linux enthusiasts.
Chrome was a hot topic at the recent Ubuntu Developer Summit, which I attended earlier this month. The Ubuntu developer community elected to include Chromium as the default browser in the next major version of the Ubuntu Netbook Edition. The browser's excellent performance and highly responsive user interface make it an obvious choice for netbooks, but it won't displace Firefox yet as the default browser in the conventional desktop version of Ubuntu. One of Google's Chrome engineers attended the event and participated in the discussions.
Google intends to use Chrome as the centerpiece of its own Linux-based mobile operating system, which could potentially start appearing on devices later this year. The idea of a browser-centric Chrome OS seemed a bit far-fetched when it was first announced last year, but it's starting to look a lot more attractive as said browser matures.
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by Randy Nelson
Pac-Man's Japanese release. The doodle (Google's term for its event and holiday-specific logos) is accessible on its main page and is a full 255-level game complete with a 256th level "kill screen," just like the original coin-op.
The interactive doodle -- a first for Google -- is the brainchild of senior user experience designer Marcin Wichary, whose earliest exposure to Pac-Man came at age five while traveling across his native Poland with his father, a game technician, to repair arcade machines. Wichary worked with Google doodler (yes, it's a real job) Ryan Germick to create the finished design.
So, for today at least, you can tell your boss: "I may be browsing the web and playing a game, but I'm also being part of something historic."
Note: Joystiq assumes no responsibility for any repercussions that result from playing Google's Pac-Man doodle at work.
This is the future. A device that aggregates online and broadcast TV effectively. I hope this is a build, over the Android OS, so it will integrate with mobile devices easily. I also hope this isn't the beginning of the giant riff between Google and Apple, although they are two different companies, with two different modus operandi. I think this may be the beginning of the divide for the two and we the consumers will have to choose. I'm guessing this is part of the HTML5 battle too, between H.264 and WebM project with VP8.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Remember all those times we've been told about the inevitable merging of the web with TV, where finding shows would be as easy as finding porn pizza places online and we'd be able to simply click during an ad to purchase the product? Well, the Google TV Logitech Box ($TBA) gets us awfully close. Based on Android and running the Chrome browser, Google TV works with your current paid TV subscription as well as the vast majority of video online, channeling Google's search mojo to make it all easy to find and seamless to switch between. The Logitech box will house an Intel Atom processor and will integrate with any HDTV and set-top box to bring the Google TV experience to your house, complete with a specialized Harmony remote that packs a keyboard, remote control, and touchpad. Apple TV, you've outgrown your usefulness.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
ZANESVILLE: Thomas H. ''Dunny'' Dunn, 68, of Zanesville, died 8:15 a.m. Monday, May 17, 2010 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Monday, March 16, 1942 in Zanesville, the son of Harry W. Dunn and Alberta Lee (Pride) Dunn. Tom married Diana M (Davis) Dunn on Saturday, April 20, 1968 and was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church. He was a veteran of The United States Air Force. Since 1979 Tom has been a sales representative for Southeastern Ohio Media Group, General Graphics Division. He was an avid golfer, a member of the J C's Beer Box League, the K of C #505 and the Eagles #302.
Tom is survived by his wife of the home; a daughter: Christine Dunn (Stephen Rosenbaum) of Burton, TX; a son: Kendall ''Kenny'' L. (Natalia) Dunn of San Paulo, Brazil; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a sister: Linda M (George) Purks of Zanesville; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 2010 at The Hillis & Hardwick Funeral Home, 935 Forest Avenue where a Christian Vigil Service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m., Friday at St. Nicholas Catholic Church with Fr. Martin Ralko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery with VFW Post 1058 conducting Full Military Honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Zanesville District Golf Association Scholarship Fund, PO Box 2453, Zanesville, OH 43702-2453 in Tom's name.
To sign the online register book or to send a personal condolence note please visit www.HillisHardwickFH.com
Dunny always brought a smile with him, everywhere he went. I love him and will miss him dearly. My heart goes out to the Dunn family in this time of need. Love you all.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
May 18th, 2010 at 8:17 amLOST creator tweets fan made finale trailer
A hardcore LOST fan spent 32 hours cutting together his favorite scenes to bring us a fan-made finale trailer that is nothing short of awesome. Even LOST creator “Damon Lindelof” gave it some love via Twitter.
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