Opera’s World Record Speed Test Video Mocks Google Chrome

Remember the uber-cool speed test video created by the Chrome team? If you don’t, check it out (embedded below). Right now!

Google benchmarked their browser against lightning, sound and even potatoes. Unfortunately for Chrome, and fortunately for us, the folks at Opera got inspired by Chrome’s awesome speed tests and decided conduct one of their own.

The Norwegian comedy duo of Odd and Even Johansen were tasked with finding out if Opera was faster than boiling a potato. The result is pure comic gold. Here is the brilliant parody by Opera.

There is nothing subtle about the above video, but its always fun to watch rival companies taking a dig at each other. Google, now its your turn.

Launch Incognito Mode For Google Chrome Using Launchy

Earlier today, one of my friends on asked me how to run in incognito mode using Launchy, the best app launcher for Windows. The answer in itself was not a one-liner, so I decided to write up this post to explain how this can be done.

The initial steps are a bit long but once you are done you will be able to quickly launch Chrome in Incognito mode using Launchy. In fact, following the same trick you can also add other apps or use other modes in Chrome.

Step 1: Create a shortcut to incognito using the steps given here http://techie-buzz.com/tips-and-tricks/start-chrome-in-incognito-mode.html.

Step 2:  Don’t delete the shortcut, instead cut it and paste it into a folder of your choice, for example, C:\shortcuts. Once you have pasted the shortcut there, just rename the shortcut to something you can remember, say incognito.

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Step 3: Open Launchy and right click on the search box and select options or click on the starred circle icon in the corner.

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Step 4: In the catalog tab click on the + symbol under the Directories text area. Now browse to the folder where you placed the shortcut and then add it to Launchy.

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Step 5: Select the folder you just added to the directories list and in the left hand side in the text box type *.lnk and click on the + button. After you have done that, click the "Rescan Catalog" button on the bottom of the tab and wait till it finishes rescanning the catalog. That’s it, you are all set to launch incognito mode using Launchy.

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Next time you want to launch Chrome in incognito mode through Launchy, just type in incognito and Google Chrome will launch in incognito mode. Hope this helps.

Switch To Chrome Incognito Mode and Vice Versa With a Single Click

The Incognito mode in Google Chrome is a great option for browsing websites privately and prevent your browser from recording all your information. However, launching Chrome in the Incognito mode takes a couple of steps and requires you to open a new browsing window and then go to the desired website.

IncognitoSwitcher is a Google Chrome extension that makes switching to the Incognito mode easier.  Once you install the extension, an incognito icon is added next to your address bar. Now, whenever you want to switch to the incognito mode, click on that icon and it will switch the mode without opening a new window. This way the browser mode is switched without interrupting your browsing experience. Whenever you want to switch back to normal mode, just click the icon once again.

Double clicking the icon would switch the whole window to incognito mode. You can also set keyboard shortcuts and switch between the two modes with a single key stroke. By default, Ctrl +i functions same as a single click and Ctrl + Alt acts as the double click.

Download IncognitoSwitcher from here.

[Via Ghacks]

Google Chrome Keeps Crashing After PC Comes Out of Sleep

If you are using the dev version (6.0.408.1 dev) of , you might have come across a mighty annoying bug where Chrome crashes every time you put the PC into sleep mode and then bring it out of sleep.

Also Read: Best and Most Useful Google Chrome Extensions 

This has been happening for quite a few days and has annoyed me to no end. In fact, I have started to save the Chrome session and then close the browser and then restore the session whenever I bring the PC out of sleep mode.

If you have been annoyed too, you are not alone, several users are facing this problem. I did file a bug with Chromium, however, my bug was merged with another bug since many users have reported the issue.

Though it looks like the issue will not be rectified soon, at-least not until Tuesday after the long weekend. Till then try using the session saver extension to save your session before you put the PC into sleep or switch to using the Google Chrome beta or stable releases.

Google Chrome For Mac and Linux Graduates Out of Beta

has been a really wonderful fresh air of breath in the web browsers domain, and Windows users have been able to enjoy the stable version of Chrome for quite sometime now. However, Mac and Linux users have have had to do with Dev and Beta versions of the browser.

However, starting today, Mac and Linux users will be able to download and use a stable version of Google Chrome to Mac.

Chrome for Mac Stable

The stable version of Chrome for Mac was announced at the official Google Mac blog with more details on the Google blog. The newer version of Chrome is faster than the beta versions and come with several goodies included. There has been over 213% and 305% improvement in the JavaScript performance based on the V* and SunSpider benchmarks respectively.

Beta users of Google Chrome for Mac and Linux will be automatically upgraded to the stable version. You can also download the new stable version of Chrome by visiting http://google.com/chrome.

Ubuntu Is NOT replacing Firefox with Google Chrome. Its Chromium!

Word have been spreading around that Ubuntu is replacing Firefox with Google Chrome for Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. This “news” seem to have started out with a post at ubergizmo, which TechCrunch picked up and then posted (refering to Ubuntu Netbook Edition with the no-longer-in-use name Ubuntu Netbook Remix). With Neowin too joining in with a post today, it is spreading like wildfire.

However the truth is that it is not Google Chrome which may replace Firefox; it is Chromium. (We wrote about it four days ago.)While Google has released most of the Chrome code to the Chromium Project, Chrome still has some closed-source codes and come packaged with proprietary software (Flash). Anyone with even a slight understanding of the Ubuntu Philosophy (and Licensing) would understand that Ubuntu can never have Google Chrome as a default application.

Two days ago, when this misinformation has just started spreading, Ubuntu Developer Jorge Castro wrote a blog post clarifying that it is not Chrome but Chromium that they are considering as a replacement for Firefox in UNE 10.10. Unfortunately his message did not go through. This is what he wrote:

I’d like to clarify some things about our session on default applications and Chromium.

  • Chrome and Chromium are not the same thing. Chrome is a non-free build of the Chromium project.
  • It is impossible for us to ship Google Chrome as a default web browser without compromising  our beliefs. You can read more about our licensing and how that relates  here.

I hope that clears things up, you’ll be hearing more updates in the usual development channels from the Desktop team as the cycle progresses.

Hopefully, this post in clears things up. :)

Download Google Chrome 6 Dev Channel Release

Google-Chrome-6 Google Chrome 6 is here. The latest dev channel build sports the version number 6.0.401.1. The new release does not, however, include any major new features.

Unlike other browsers, Chrome’s version number is not determined by the presence or absence of new features. In fact, 6.0.401.1 is just a regular bug fix update to the previous dev channel release, Google Chrome 5.0.396.0.
Google’s unusual numbering scheme has allowed Chrome to gallop ahead of Firefox, at least when it comes to version numbers.

The summarized changelog is given below.

  • All
    Don’t prepend scheme on copying an incomplete hostname. (Issue 43585)
  • Windows
    Much better display/eliding of RTL and mixed-direction strings in the omnibox dropdown. (Issue 41716)
  • Linux
    Make sure scheme is prepended to addresses that are cut (as opposed to copied) from the omnibox. (Issue 43569)
    Fixed rendering of monospaced fonts on Linux (Issue 43252)

Known issues include some form fields not submitting the form on hitting enter. You can find more information about this release here.

Google Chrome: The New Beta is Faster Than Ever

Google Chrome has rolled out a new beta in its product lineup and they are happier than ever since Google Chrome is faster than ever.

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The official Google Chrome blog says,

Today’s new beta release incorporates one of Chrome’s most significant speed and performance increases to date, with 30% and 35% improvement on the  V8 and  SunSpider benchmarks over the previous beta  channel release. In fact, looking back in time, Chrome’s performance has improved by as much as 213% and 305% on these two benchmarks since our very first beta.

As clear from the above quote, the new beta has speed, speed and more speed. An improvement of 30% to 35% is remarkable and there soon, there will be a time when Google Chrome will be the leader in web-browser technology.

Though, the new beta is not all about speed. There have been other significant changes. The synchronization feature now works not only for bookmarks but also for the themes and other browser settings. Installing add-ons in incognito mode is also possible and many new HTML5 features have been incorporated encouraging the use of HTML5.

This is also the first Chrome beta that features automatic security updates for the Adobe Flash plugin.

This new beta release can be tried for Windows at the  beta channel, or you can download the  Mac and  Linux versions at the respective links.

Get a Facebook ‘Like’ Button on Any Website With This Chrome Extension

Facebook’s recently launched “Like” feature, which aims to make the whole web more social, is the most actively discussed topic right now. Webmasters across the world seem to be debating whether to implement the feature or not. Buy if you use Google Chrome, you don’t need to wait to see your favorite website implement the feature.

The Google Chrome extension let you ‘Like’ any website with a couple of clicks. Once you install the add-on from here, a small facebook icons appear next to your address bar. Clicking on that button while browsing any website would allow you to show your likeness for the website and also display recent activity from your friends. However, you do need to be logged in to Facebook to access this feature, if you are not, a pop-up window will ask you to do so first.

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Whenever you ‘Like’ a webpage, the activity will show in your Facebook feeds, so make sure you don’t click on any websites that you don’t want to show up on your Facebook profile. It is a great little tool to make your browsing more social and share good stuff from across the web with your Facebook friends.

[Via DownloadSquad]

Trojan Horse Poses As Google Chrome Extension

Within a fairly short time, Google Chrome has managed to make a name for itself. Its impressive performance coupled with Google’s aggressive promotion has allowed it to zoom past Opera and Safari. However, fame always comes with a price to pay.

The increased adoption of Chrome has prompted malware developers to focus their attention on Google Chrome. According to BitDefender, there is already at least one malware, which is specifically targeted at Chrome users.

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The trojan in question spreads through unsolicited emails, which lures unsuspecting users by promising better e-mail management features in Chrome. Once a user clicks on the supplied link, he is taken to a look-alike of the official Google Chrome extensions page, which serves an executable file (.exe) that spreads the infection.

It is worth noting that the malware does not directly exploit Google Chrome. Instead, it just uses it as an vehicle for fooling gullible users. The lesson in this case is simple – always pay attention to what you are downloading and from where you are downloading.