Chrome and Skype for iOS updated for iOS 8
The recent release of iOS 8 has instigated a flood of apps releasing revamps for the new operating system, with today bringing updates from Google's Chrome, and Microsoft's Skype. The Google Chrome browser for iOS allows users to sync their open tabs and bookmarks across devices, search by voice, translate web pages and more. Chrome v.37.0.2 now supports using third-party App Extensions to post and share content, adds iOS 8 compatibility, and other stability improvements and bug fixes.
Netflix announces availability of Post-Play feature for Google Chromecast
TV and movie streaming platform Netflix has announced that its Post-Play feature is now available for use with Google Chromecast devices. Netflix "casted" to Chromecast is now capable of playing the next episode in a TV series automatically after the end of an episode. Customers using Android or iOS devices sending content to a Chromecast dongle can utilize this function as they already have been able to when viewing Netflix on their device alone. PC support is expected to be made available in the future.
Major online retailers open up pre-orders for March 14, 2014 release
The small form factor Asus Chromebox has gone up for pre-order at a handful of online retailers ahead of a March 14 release. Previously, the desktop machine was listed for a release in March without a firm date attached. Pre-orders cover only the Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4GHz-powered low-end option for the Google Chrome OS-based machine.
HP Pavilion 14, first HP with the Google Chrome OS
HP has created its first Chromebook, the Pavillion 14. The new web-based notebook joins similar offerings including the Google Chromebook from Samsung and the C7 from Acer. While HP is charging a premium for its device, it is quick to point to the additional 2-inches of diagonal screen real estate offered by its 14-inch display as a selling point.
Security suite removes browser app from computers
A new virus definitions update for Microsoft's Security Essentials (MSE) has inadvertently misidentified Google's Chrome browser app as containing a trojan and being a "severe" threat. MSE has been caught removing Chrome from users' computers. Microsoft has acknowledged the mis-categorization and issued a patch, but not before hundreds of users were forced to reinstall the browser on their computers.
Chrome 11 beta also brings new icon
Google has released the latest version of its Chrome browser in beta form. The release notes for Chrome 11.0.696.16 highlights two significant updates to the browser, including an HTML5 speech input API and GPU-accelerated 3D CSS. Additionally, the browser now sports a new Chrome icon.
iPhone developer woes
In brief: With the release of Snow Leopard many developers had to release updates to ensure their software would continue to function properly. Some of the more recent updates relate to two iterations of the Google Chrome web browser. The latest developer build of Google Chrome, v18.104.22.168, fixes multiple problems that were encountered after updating to Snow Leopard.
Google Chrome 1.0 launches
As promised just yesterday, the full, non-beta version of Google's Chrome Internet browser is now available for download. The simple-appearing browser, which thus far supports only Windows Vista and XP SP2 systems, was released in beta form back in September and promises to make web browsing faster, easier and safer. It will allow users to perform Google searches straight from the address bar, which will return suggestions for searches and web pages as they type.