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16 Dec 12 Chrome To Get Even More Search-Friendly


Chrome To Get Even More Search-Friendly

One of the best parts about Chrome has always been the omnibox, and the ease with which searching the web is compared to browsers that came before it (though some have caught up in this regard now). Google has made additional search-related improvements to Chrome over the years – most notably the addition of Google Instant. But more search-friendliness is on the way.

Google announced today that it is going to begin testing variations of Chrome’s New Tab Page in which the user’s default search provider will be able to add a search box or “otherwise customize” the page.

“While you can search straight from the omnibox in Chrome, we’ve found that many people still navigate to their search engine’s home page to initiate a search instead,” says software engineer David Holloway on the Chromium blog. “The goal is to save people time by helping them search and navigate the web faster.”

“We’ll also allow search engines to display the user’s search terms right in the omnibox, which avoids the need for a second search box on the results page,” adds Holloway. “This new capability, along with other ways to improve search suggestions, are exposed in a new Embedded Search API, an extension of the existing SearchBox API. Search engines can implement any part of the specification if they’d like their users to experience a customized variation of the NTP experience.”

A small set of users on the Dev channel on Windows and Chrome OS how have Google selected as their default search provider will start seeing test variations starting today. Halloway says Mac will be coming soon.

Article source: http://www.webpronews.com/chrome-to-get-even-more-search-friendly-2012-12

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14 May 12 Enable instant search in Chrome


If you’re using any modern browser you’d know typing a query in the search box takes you directly to a search engine results page.

 

But in Chrome you can actually use Google’s instant search feature to make everything that little bit faster by predicting what you’re going to search for.

 

To turn on Google Instant in Chrome, head to the browser, then the settings page. On the “Basics” page, down the bottom, you should see the box to tick off “Enable Instant for faster searching”.

 

Check the box, and if you don’t like it, you can turn it off at any time.

Article source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/technology/enable-instant-search-in-chrome/201205146281.html

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07 Jan 12 Chrome Beta Adds Speed, IE9-Like Download Reputation Protection


With Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft introduced the concept of protection from downloading malware based on “application reputation.” Google has now announced that the next major update to its Chrome browser will include a similar feature that protects users from downloading an installer file that, according to Google engineer Dominic Hamon, is “known to be bad, or is hosted on a website that hosts a relatively high percentage of malicious downloads.”

The protection targets the “social engineering” type of threat, rather than being a straightforward virus blocker. Often, users will see a Web site claiming to offer programs for protecting or speeding up their computers, while in fact the software being offered is spyware, adware, or another type of malware.

The new beta of Chrome 17 will also implement more pre-rendering of Web pages as you type in the browser’s combined search/address box. This is a nice browing-speed enhancer. For example, if often visit Facebook, typing just the letter “F” will autofill to the full www.facebook.com URL, as it does in most browsers. But in the Chrome 17 beta, not only will the address flesh out in the typing area, but the actual site will load in the browser window.


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This pre-rendering follows a tradition of Google trying to get you to the site you want as quickly as your computer and the Internet allow. We’ve already seen Google Instant, which loads search results before you finish typing, and pre-loading with Instant Pages, in which Chrome tries to predict the next link you’ll click on and pre-render that. Of course, the basic speed of the browser’s operation, especially in JavaScript performance, was what made Chrome so popular in the first place.

In a separate update, the released version of Chrome 16 was also updated to version 16.0.912.75 to address several security flaws. The three highest-priority among these included “use-after-free in animation frames,” heap-buffer-overflow, and a stack buffer overflow in glyph handling vulnerabilities.

For a deep dive into all of the browser’s features and strengths, read our Editors’ Choice review of Google Chrome.

For more from Michael, follow him on Twitter @mikemuch.

For the top stories in tech, follow us on Twitter at @PCMag.

Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398468,00.asp

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07 Jan 12 Latest Chrome Beta Prerenders Websites You’re Likely to Visit


Google Chrome has gained some psychic powers in the latest beta release. In an effort to make pages load faster, Google’s browser will now prerender pages as you type in the URL bar.

The latest Chrome beta is available through the Google Chrome beta channel. Be aware that the beta channel has more bugs and potential problems than the stable Chrome release.

The new prerendering feature in Chrome 17 beta is reminiscent of Google Instant, which returns search results as you type. Here, instead of pulling in search results, Chrome watches what you’re typing and makes educated guesses about the pages you’re likely to visit. “If the URL auto-completes to a site you’re very likely to visit, Chrome will begin to prerender the page,” writes Dominic Hamon, a software engineer at Google.

The end result of the new prerendering feature — provided Chrome guesses correctly — is that frequently visited pages will load a bit faster. In my testing the new feature seemed to work most reliably with bookmarked pages (which means the URL is guaranteed to auto-complete). The rest of the time it was hard to notice any real speed improvement. If you login to Chrome and allow your Google account to track your browsing history, Chrome might be better at guessing which pages to prerender [Update: As Peter Kasting, software engineer at Google, notes in the comments below, logging into Chrome "only affects prerendering insofar as it tries to ensure that all machines have access to the same data on what you've typed before. Google never analyzes your synced data, compares it with other users' actions to make better predictions, etc.; the prerendering heuristic is calculated locally".]

Along with the prerendering, Chrome 17 also extends Chrome’s Safe Browsing tools to help protect you from malicious sites and, now, malicious downloads. Like Firefox, Chrome now scans downloaded files (for now .exe and .msi files) looking for viruses or malware attacks. If a file you’ve downloaded is known to be bad, or comes from a site with a “relatively high percentage of malicious downloads,” Chrome will warn you about it and suggest you discard it.

Article source: http://www.webmonkey.com/2012/01/latest-chrome-beta-knows-which-websites-youll-visit/

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07 Jan 12 Chrome Beta Adds Speed, IE9-Like Download Reputation Protection


With Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft introduced the concept of protection from downloading malware based on “application reputation.” Google has now announced that the next major update to its Chrome browser will include a similar feature that protects users from downloading an installer file that, according to Google engineer Dominic Hamon, is “known to be bad, or is hosted on a website that hosts a relatively high percentage of malicious downloads.”

The protection targets the “social engineering” type of threat, rather than being a straightforward virus blocker. Often, users will see a Web site claiming to offer programs for protecting or speeding up their computers, while in fact the software being offered is spyware, adware, or another type of malware.

The new beta of Chrome 17 will also implement more pre-rendering of Web pages as you type in the browser’s combined search/address box. This is a nice browing-speed enhancer. For example, if often visit Facebook, typing just the letter “F” will autofill to the full www.facebook.com URL, as it does in most browsers. But in the Chrome 17 beta, not only will the address flesh out in the typing area, but the actual site will load in the browser window.


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This pre-rendering follows a tradition of Google trying to get you to the site you want as quickly as your computer and the Internet allow. We’ve already seen Google Instant, which loads search results before you finish typing, and pre-loading with Instant Pages, in which Chrome tries to predict the next link you’ll click on and pre-render that. Of course, the basic speed of the browser’s operation, especially in JavaScript performance, was what made Chrome so popular in the first place.

In a separate update, the released version of Chrome 16 was also updated to version 16.0.912.75 to address several security flaws. The three highest-priority among these included “use-after-free in animation frames,” heap-buffer-overflow, and a stack buffer overflow in glyph handling vulnerabilities.

For a deep dive into all of the browser’s features and strengths, read our Editors’ Choice review of Google Chrome.

For more from Michael, follow him on Twitter @mikemuch.

For the top stories in tech, follow us on Twitter at @PCMag.

Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398468,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121

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06 Jan 12 Chrome Gets Instant Pages, Better Malware Detection


Google announced the latest Beta release of its Chrome browser today. And no, this post was not paid for by Google. The release, Google said improves security and speed.

Speed has always been one of the big draws to Chrome, and one of the biggest points Google has always made about the browser.

Now, with this beta, Chrome will actually start loading pages in the background before you’re even finished typing the URL in the omnibox. Essentially this is the browser equivalent of Google’s Instant Pages, which took Google Instant a step further to load search results quicker.

Maybe soon, all you’ll have to do is think of the page you wish to visit, and Google will deliver it.

“If the URL auto-completes to a site you’re very likely to visit, Chrome will begin to prerender the page,” explains Chrome software engineer Dominic Hamon, who also goes by the title “Speed Demon”.

“Prerendering reduces the time between when you hit Enter and when you see your fully-loaded web page–in some cases, the web page appears instantly,” he adds.

The security part comes in with the Safe Browsing feature, which has received some improvements with the latest update. It now includes functionality to analyze .exe and .msi files that can be downloaded.

“If a file you download is known to be bad, or is hosted on a website that hosts a relatively high percentage of malicious downloads, Chrome will warn you that the file appears to be malicious and that you should discard it,” explains Hamon. “We’re starting small with this initial Beta release, but we’ll be ramping up coverage for more and more malicious files in the coming months. Remember, no technical mechanism can ever protect you completely from malicious downloads. You should always be careful about which files you download and consider the reputation of their source.”

The features will surely be much more appreciated when they come to the stable release.

Article source: http://www.webpronews.com/chrome-gets-instant-pages-better-malware-detection-2012-01

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