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Chrome Gets an SSL Warning Page Similar to Firefox

As an ex-firefox user, I have fond memories of the SSL warning page from Mozilla. Google is bringing something similar to Chrome; something that looks and works the same way.

The new SSL alert page spotted by  has:

  • The SSL alert message explaining the nature of the connection the website
  • Instructions/Suggestions on how to proceed
  • Technical details
  • A link to ignore the warning and proceed to the page

Here, take a look!

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Is it a good thing to have the UI similar to Firefox’s, to reduce the learning curve for users? Or is. should Google be spending more on improvising and innovating?

Comments?

Ubuntu Ubuntu 13.10 May Ship With Chromium As Default Browser Instead of Firefox

Ubuntu developers are pondering the idea of making Chromium the default browser for the next major release of Ubuntu, v. 13.10 code named Saucy Salamander.

“In a discussion on the subject at the current Ubuntu Developer Summit developers expressed broad support for the change, saying that they are “leaning towards” supporting such a switch” reports OMG Ubuntu. “Switching to Chromium will also allow Unity Web Apps to appear in so-called ‘chromeless’ windows. At present the Firefox implementation of Unity Web Apps opens in a ‘new tab’ rather than a chromless window).” they added.

chrome news  Ubuntu Ubuntu 13.10 May Ship With Chromium As Default Browser Instead of Firefox

Chromium, Not Chrome

If the switch happens, Ubuntu will ship with Chromium and not Chrome. Chromium is the open source version of Chrome. It is mostly Chrome, minus some proprietary code added by Google. There are a few features that will be missing and will need some additional tweaking to get working.

And for Ubuntu, they do not ship with proprietary code bits. And that is why the Chromium, and not Chrome as default browser. Users however can install Chrome on their Ubuntu computer and get all the features they want, and the regular updates.

Anyways, things are still in the discussion stages. Stay tuned for more updates!

You Can Try WebRTC on Chrome for Android Beta Now

WebRTC wants you to use your browser to make voice and video calls. When this feature hits Chrome for Android, you do the same thing, from your phone. Video calling through the browser it is.

If this is the first time you are reading about it, WebRTC is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple Javascript APIs. So far Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome has this feature working. Chrome’s latest stable build supports WebRTC and Firefox nightly builds.

But with the last update for Chrome for Android beta, this feature is now on your Android phones too. You just need to enable the WebRTC flags from chrome://flags and restart the app.

You can visit http://simpl.info/getusermedia/ to give this a try. This page doesn’t do much, but it will help you test if this feature is working. You will be asked to allow the webpage to access your camera and mic. Once you touch Allow, you will start seeing video from your phone’s camera there.

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That’s not much, I know. But if you want to know what WebRTC is aiming at, take a look at this video (from Mozilla)

via François Beaufort

“First Versions of Chrome OS Were Based on Firefox”

That’s news to me. I am sure it is for most of you. Here is the deal. Jeffrey Nelson, an ex-Googler and the guy who created Chrome OS (before it was Chrome) has written detailed article about how Chrome OS was born, and how it run Firefox, not Chrome, because Chrome was yet to be born!

The First Response – You Can’t Use it On An Airplane

First, Chromebook was initially rejected by Google management.  In fact I wrote the first version as early as July 2006 and showed it around to management.  Instead of launching a project, the response was extremely tepid.  My boss complained, “You can’t use it on an airplane.”

Sounds familiar?

Chrome OS Was Based on Firefox

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Or Google OS was. Because the OS was called Google OS when it was created for the first time.

Second, Google OS was not originally written for Chrome or called “Chrome OS”.  The first versions were all based on Firefox.  When I wrote the first version in 2006, Google had not yet started developing a web browser of its own, nor had the name “Chrome” exist as a Google product.  Chrome versions followed in 2007, after internal beta test versions of Chrome started to be passed around inside Google.

The First Priority Was Speed, Not A Web OS

Surprising, again!

Fourth, the main priority of Chromebook – originally – was not to write a webapp-only operating system.  In fact, the main priority when I started constructing the operating system was the need for speed – to create a super-fast operating system.

If you are a Chrome OS /Chromebook user, or love reading about Google and their products, you will definitely love this article.

via /r/ChromeOS

Chrome Can Now Talk to Firefox Through WebRTC

WebRTC is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple Javascript APIs. The WebRTC components have been optimized to best serve this purpose.

Teams at Mozilla and Google have been working to integrate this new communication platform into their browsers and things are almost ready.

Here is a video call between Chrome and Firefox, using WebRTC.


To try this yourself, you’ll need desktop Chrome 25 Beta and Firefox Nightly for Desktop. In Firefox, you’ll need to go to about:config and set the media.peerconnection.enabled pref to “true”. Then head over to the WebRTC demo site and start calling.

For developers looking to include this functionality in their own apps, there are a few places you can go to get more information. You can look at the source code of the AppRTC demo, a library that makes writing cross-browser WebRTC apps a snap, and a document detailing some of the minor differences between browsers.

via Chromium Blog.

Google Chrome Browser for Windows RT – No, Not Yet!

Is Chrome an app on Windows 8 RT? Is it available from Google or Microsoft apps store for Windows 8.1? Unfortunately, no. Google is yet to announce Chrome for Windows RT. It sure is a disappointment.Read on to understand why Google Chrome is not available for Windows RT.

Google Chrome for Windows RT – No, Not Yet!

I got to see a few video reviews of Windows RT tablet on Google Plus. (Anyone getting one?). I did some search to see if Chrome is available for Windows RT. But no, the Chrome download page for Windows 8 says “Not Yet Available on Windows RT

Back in June, when they announced Chrome for Windows 8, the team did mention that Windows RT supported is not included.Chrome won’t run in WinRT, i.e. Windows 8 on ARM processors, they said.

Why is Chrome Not Supported on Windows RT?

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Because Microsoft won’t let Google do so. The guys at Mozilla expressed their concerns too!. Users of Windows RT (ARM) also need choice of browsers!

For the past eight years, users and developers have enjoyed a Windows platform environment that offered users a choice of browsers to navigate their digital lives.  It wasn’t always that way. Prior to the launch of Firefox in 2004, there was really only one browser for Windows – Internet Explorer. Only IE and Firefox had meaningful market share on the Windows platform from 2005-2009. The choices further increased with the introduction of Chrome, and today users can choose from a wide range of browsers. It’s hard to imagine what it used to be like. Unfortunately, the upcoming release of Windows for the ARM processor architecture and Microsoft’s browser practices regarding Windows 8 Metro signal an unwelcome return to the digital dark ages where users and developers didn’t have browser choices.

So, looks like Windows RT users will have to stick with Internet Explorer, at least for now. Things may change if Microsoft changes their policy, but I don’t see that happening, anytime soon.

Did you get a Windows RT tablet, or are you planning to get one? Let me know!!

Google Chrome Will Support “Do Not Track” Soon

Meet the new security feature coming to Chrome, “Do Not Track” It is already available for Firefox, IE and Safari. Google will ad this feature to Chrome by end of the year.

So, What Is “Do Not Track”

Well, it does pretty much the same thing as what the name says. Here is the official description of this initiative. donottrack.us provides guidelines on how this can be implemented as well.

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Do Not Track is a technology and policy proposal that enables users to opt out of tracking by websites they do not visit, including analytics services, advertising networks, and social platforms. At present few of these third parties offer a reliable tracking opt out, and tools for blocking them are neither user-friendly nor comprehensive. Much like the popular Do Not Call registry, Do Not Track provides users with a single, simple, persistent choice to opt out of third-party web tracking.

Good news for all those extra security conscious mind here! Will you be enabling this feature/installing extension when it is available?

Uninstall Google Chrome Completely from your Computer (Windows or Mac)

Looking for a way to remove Google Chrome from your computer? This guide helps you uninstall Chrome from Windows or Mac computers.

Remove Google Chrome

I have got a few tips that you can try out. These are tips you can try if you are not able to uninstall Google Chrome, and also if you are trying to remove Chrome and re-install it.

I met a lot of people complaining about Google Chrome on G+. It was a little surprising for me because I am a die hard fan of Chrome. But, there are a lot of people who had unpleasant  experiences with Chrome and wanted to remove it from their computers.

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Uninstall Google Chrome

So, how do you remove Chrome from computer? How do you remove your synced data (passwords, bookmarks, and your form data etc) from Google servers? Or, instead of removing Chrome completely from your computer, how to stop it from being your default browser?

Let’s find out.

How to Change Default Browser from Chrome To IE or Firefox

If you are not quite satisfied with Chrome at the moment and trying to get rid of it now, I would suggest you just make it a secondary browser and leave it on your computer. It may come handy later, when you are looking for a different browser to test something etc. Here is how to do that. (If you just want to remove Chrome completely, skip this part of the article)

Windows XP

1. Go to your Control Panel

2. (Classic View) Open Add or Remove Programs

3. Select Set Program Access and Defaults and choose Custom

4. On Choose a default Web browser, choose one of your existing web browser

5.OK

Windows Vista

1. Go to your Control Panel
2. (Classic View) Open Default Programs

3. Click Set program access and computer defaults.

4. Select Custom, you need to click the drop down to view the list.
5. On Choose a default web browser, select one of it.
6.OK

Windows 7 

1. Go to the control panel > default programs > set your default programs
2. Click on Internet Explorer
3. Click on Set this program as default.

How To Uninstall Google Chrome – Remove it Completely

Here is how to uninstall Google Chrome from your computer. This will remove the program from your computer. Later, I will tell you how to remove your data from Google servers too, if you had opted for the “Chrome Sync”

Windows

Go to Start > All Programs > Google Chrome > Uninstall Google Chrome.
If you want to delete your user profile information, like your browser preferences, bookmarks, and history, select the “Also delete browser data” checkbox.
Select the default browser you’d like to use.
Click OK in the confirmation prompt.

Apple Mac – OSX 

Go to the folder containing Google Chrome.
Drag Google Chrome to the Trash icon in the Dock. You’ll need administrative rights if it’s installed in your Applications folder. To remove the Google Chrome icon from your Dock, simply drag it out of the Dock with your mouse.

Manually Uninstall Google Chrome in Windows

If the normal uninstalling method did not work, here is how to uninstall Chrome from Windows manually. Make sure extensions are displayed for your files. Here’s how:

  • Go to the Start menu > Control Panel.
  • Double-click Folder Options.
  • Click View.
  • Make sure the “Hide extensions for known file types” checkbox is deselected.
  • Right-click this link.
  • Click Save Link as and save the file name as remove.reg. (Select “All files” as your file type.)
  • Exit Google Chrome completely.
  • Double-click remove.reg on your desktop.
  • In the confirmation window, click Yes.
  • Click OK.
  • Go to the Start menu > Run.
  • Enter one of the following commands in the text field, depending on your operating system:
  • Windows XP:%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google
  • Windows Vista: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google
  • Delete the Chrome folder in the directory that opens.
  • Google Chrome should now be uninstalled.

How To Remove Your Chrome Synced Data From Google

Uninstalling the Chrome from your computer may not remove your data saved on Google servers. This may include your bookmarks, passwords and other settings etc  depending up on what you have selected while turning Chrome Sync on.

It is useful to leave this on Google servers if you want them saved somewhere or planning to install Chrome later or on a different computer. When you sync it on a new computer, all these data will be downloaded and made ready for you!

However, if you wish to remove this completely from your Google account, that is possible too. Here is how. (ps: Please be sure to use this ONLY if absolutely necessary.)

Go to Google Dashboard here – https://www.google.com/dashboard/

Login using your Google account which you used to Sync data on Chrome.
Look for “Chrome Sync” (it may take a while for its content to show up, you will see “requesting ChromeSync data”
Click “Stop sync and delete data from Google” and confirm.

Some More Stuff You May Need!

Yes, I’ve got some more stuff here for you. Some additional “remove” “delete” topics. Check them out!

Hope you got to uninstall Google Chrome following the steps explained here. If you have any further questions, please drop me a comment!

Firefox User’s Guide to Chrome

This is a guest post by Peter Mugi of Cloud High Club – Peter is a big fan of cloud-based OS (e.g. Chrome OS & Joli OS), web apps and online services.  He is a proud owner of a Cr-48 Chromebook.

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 Image via Tech18.com

Firefox was once the major (probably only) browser in my computer.  It’s speed, stability, expandable functionality (through add-ons) and customizable theme are very appealing to ordinary IE users like me.  Despite my switch to Mac brought in a new friend, Safari, my love for Firefox had never died.

Some years later I switched to Chrome.  From all aspects you could consider it as an advanced version of Firefox.  It offers the same advantages of Firefox – speed, stability, functionality and theme.

Although now I’ve became a loyal Chrome user, I do not intend to criticize Firefox or promote Chrome here (it could be another long blog post, though).  Both of them are great products that have gradually improved over the years, particular Firefox 4 that impressed me a lot.  This article was written to help long-time Firefox users to get used to Chrome if they choose to switch (or vice versa if you are leaving for Firefox).

This article was written with reference to Firefox 4 and 5 and Chrome 12 on Windows 7.

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Use Facebook Inside Google Plus #Chrome

Update: I have removed a major part of this post since the extension mentioned here was not so clean;). I have another extension that you can install, with much more functionality, and straight from the Google Chrome Web Store. Check it out here.

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Once installed, the extension will add a Facebook icon on top of your Google Plus page which gives access to your facebook stream from G+. Installing this script is pretty much easy and takes only few clicks.  The Google+Facebook extension is currently supporting Chrome and Firefox only.

 

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chrome news  Use Facebook Inside Google Plus #Chrome

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