Windows Developers, Mac users forced to install extensions through Chrome Web Store
Google is expanding the reach of a security policy it introduced last year, preventing users from installing Chrome extensions sourced from anywhere but the Chrome Web Store. Initially put in place for Windows users, the rule is now being applied to the browser's developer channel for Windows as well as the main Mac version of the browser, with the changes taking place over the next few months.
Google's new bookmarking service for Chrome launches
Google has publicly launched its bookmarking service for its Chrome browser, named the Chrome Bookmark Manager. Formerly named Google Stars while in development, the new extension incorporates Google Search with a new user interface. When signed in to Chrome with syncing enabled, users can bookmark a webpage with its one-click save function; this now saves an image and note to make bookmarks more efficient.
Policy change forces Chrome users to install extensions only from Chrome Web Store
Google has updated Chrome for Windows, forcing it to only install extensions sourced from the Chrome Web Store. The change, which prevents the installation of extensions locally, is being billed by the company as an attempt to make it "much more difficult to malware to secretly install unwanted Chrome extensions," and in turn improve security for the browser's users.
Excel Online adds comments, OneNote gains printing options
Microsoft has made a number of updates to its Office Online web apps, just over a month after its rebranding and relaunch. Changes to the online versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote apply to all users of the online productivity suite, with Chrome users also benefiting from the addition of the Office Online apps to the Chrome Web Store.
Two Chrome extensions pulled under new Chrome Web Store rules
Less than one month after it introduced a number of Chrome Web Store rule changes, Google has removed two Chrome extensions from its store for spamming. Add to Feedly and Tweet This Page were both excluded from the store after complaints emerged that they were serving up unwanted advertising to their users, shortly after the extensions were sold by their original developers to another company.
Policy update effectively bans toolbars from Chrome Web Store
Google has updated the rules for its Chrome Web Store, requiring browser extensions to have a single purpose. The change, one which will effectively block toolbars and other similar pieces of code, is hoped to streamline and simplify the browsing experience for Chrome users, as well as speeding up the web browser by removing unnecessary extra weight.
Search giant continues web platform push
Google is celebrating Chrome's fifth birthday by introducing a new generation of Chrome apps "for your desktop." As an evolution of the Chrome Web Store, the new Chrome Apps are capable of supporting many features, such as USB and Bluetooth integration, that had been limited to native software.
Malware plugin installed on over 80K computers through Chrome
Over 80,000 Google Chrome browser users have been hit by a fake, malware infected, version of Rovio’s Bad Piggies that is attracting users because it is free. The malware was detected by Barracuda Labs who warned users about a free web-based version of the game found on the official Google Chrome web store that carries the title Angry Birds Bad Piggies. According to Barracuda Labs, the app installs an ad injector that replaces original ads on sites including Yahoo, MSN and others, instead promoting other products.
Six new countries gain access to the Chrome store
Google has made some changes to its Chrome Web Store, adding a dedicated section for offline apps and expanding the store into six new countries. The official Chromium blog tells that developers will also see other improvements, including enhancements to app and extension performance.
Google Chrome apps now easier to search for
Google on Wednesday detailed some changes to its Chrome Web Store to make it easier for users to search the tens of thousands of apps and extensions. The changes include a new Trending filter that will show the most commonly downloaded apps. The early version of the feature will categorize apps by 'warm' to 'on fire' to indicate their rate of growth.
Rovio hits record app milestone
Rovio iPhone; $3, iPad) and the ad-sponsored Android version (Google Play) along with desktop versions. The company didn't give a breakdown of which versions were most popular, although iOS has historically outperformed Android, even with the paid versus free split.
Chrome OS exploits uncovered at Black Hat
Chrome OS is vulnerable both to extensions and, to some extent, to Google's own approach to security, WhiteHat Security experts led by Matt Johansen revealed in a presentation at the Black Hat conference this week. Because extensions have to reach outside sites and the OS depends on this code for extra features, it's possible to compromise the OS itself by installing a malicious extension. While not an issue by itself, CNET noted that extensions have shown up in Google's own Chrome Web Store explicitly meant to steal information, and others get deep access that could be misappropriated.
Virgin America to give demo Chromebooks, Wi-Fi
Google teamed up with Virgin America in an unusual promo Thursday to spur on early adoption of Chromebooks. Special areas known as Chrome Zones at the departure gates of flights in either direction between San Francisco International and Boston's Logan International, Chicago O'Hare International, and Dallas-Fort Worth International will both serve as pitches for the Chrome OS systems as well as give an opportunity to check out a free Chromebook for their flight. The promo not only gives use of the portable but free Wi-Fi from that system for the whole flight.
Chrome Web Store expands to 41 lanuages, more
During the day two keynote at Google I/O 2011, the company revealed its Chrome Web Store has been launched to 160 million users of the browser and in 41 languages. There is good news for developers too, as Google will only take a five percent cut, with 95 percent of app revenues going to the developer's pocket. Those outside the current markets will only have access to free apps, at least initially, however.
Chrome 9 goes stable, spreads
Google today posted a finished, stable version of Chrome 9. The update is the first non-beta to have the Chrome Web Store built-in and lets anyone in the US reach it through a new browser tab. The store packages apps in a way that Flash, HTML5 or other code behaves more like a conventional app download or sale with a list of installed apps to match.
Microsoft to show Samsung Gloria, Dell tab at CES
Microsoft will try to force itself back into the tablet market again in 2011 with a repeat of its HP Slate demo at CES this year, a new leak detailed today. CEO Steve Ballmer will once more demonstrate examples of Windows 7 tablets and is expected to highlight both an unnamed Dell example and the Samsung Gloria. The Samsung device depends on a slide-out QWERTY keyboard in landscape but uses an on-screen keyboard in portrait mode, the New York Times heard.
Google Chrome Event live coverage
Google today is holding its promised Chrome event, where it's now virtually known to be unveiling a more finished version of Chrome OS for netbooks and the opening of the Chrome Web Store for both Mac and Windows users. Please check our live coverage page at 1:30PM Eastern (10:30AM Pacific), when we'll be providing details directly from the San Francisco event.
Google Chrome OS netbook may show Dec 7
Google's internal Chrome OS netbook may be unveiled at a special event on December 7 if a rumor proves true. The computer would still only be limited to about 65,000 units for "friends and family" and would be running a beta release. Engadget in getting the details raised doubts about whether it would be public facing at all, however, since invitations still haven't been sent to the press and it would overlap with AllThingsD's imminent mobile event.
Chrome 8 arrives with PDF and Web Store
Google today quietly released a finished version of Chrome 8. The stable release adds a new built-in PDF viewer that, like Safari, saves having to use a companion app. The tool is sandboxed to prevent a rogue PDF from compromising the browser and posing a security threat to the rest of the system.
Revenue share much smaller than App Store
Google has shown another preview of its Chrome Web Store, a portal for web-based games and other titles. The system will provide a central location for users to find, purchase and download content directly from the browser. Google representatives highlighted the discovery features, Chrome performance, and utilities that guide developers through the process of publishing on the app store.