3/9/2011

Google releases stable version of Chrome 10

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google has released version 10 of its browser. The update brings hundreds of bug fixes as well as many features that have been available on the Chrome beta and dev channels to users interested in using Chrome’s latest builds. Chrome 10 also addresses 23 security vulnerabilities in the WebKit-based browser (easily more than Google has ever fixed before): 15 rated as High, three rated as Medium, and five rated as Low.

The new Chrome version is significantly faster in some respects (a 66 percent improvement in JavaScript performance on Google’s own V8 benchmark suite) and adds features such a new settings interface with a search box that shows you the settings you’re looking for as you type, the ability to synchronize passwords across your computers and encrypt them with your own secret passphrase for extra security, as well as the options to sync bookmarks, extensions, preferences, themes, and more.

Sony adds extra features to iTunes movies

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Some of Sony Corp.’s movies sold through Apple Inc.’s iTunes store are now available with extra features that enable people to search scenes for actors and bits of dialogue by typing terms into a computer.

Other features allow viewers to choose clips to share on Facebook and Twitter and check where songs from a soundtrack appear. A link to the iTunes store makes music purchases easy.

Facebook lets users report suicidal friends

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Facebook has introduced a service that allows users to report friends who have posted suicidal content on their account pages.

The Report Suicidal Content form, asks for the URL where the comments were made, the user’s full name and other information. From there, “A Facebook administrator will review your report and take any available action from our end,” although the social network doesn’t say exactly what that means.

Given the explosive growth of Facebook, it was probably inevitable that the site rolled out a service like this one. On Sunday, authorities in Washington state recovered the body of a 12-year-old girl who hadn’t been seen since mentioning on Facebook that she planned to kill herself.

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