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Google Releases Chrome 14

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Google shines up Chrome again.

Google's Chrome browser has the ability to keep itself updated, so if you're a regular user (who also restarts the browser regularly), then you should be updated – even if you weren't aware of it.

In either case, you may be pleased to know that Google has officially released the stable version of Chrome 14.

Google says that this release contains two significant technologies which allow developers to create even more powerful web apps and games:

  • The Web Audio API enables developers to add fancy audio effects such as room simulation and spatialization.
  • Native Client is an open-source technology which allows C and C++ code to be seamlessly and securely executed inside the browser. Currently, Native Client only supports applications listed in the Chrome Web Store, but we are working to remove this limitation as soon as possible.

Mac users running Chrome will also appreciate some of the Mac OS X Lion-specific additions, such as overlay scrollbars, which appear only while you’re scrolling and natively supported full-screen mode.

Download Chrome 14 here.

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    CaedenV , September 19, 2011 6:12 PM
    well, that was quick.
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    wiinippongamer , September 19, 2011 6:34 PM
    Best browser around
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    phishy714 , September 19, 2011 6:37 PM
    NEWS: Chrome 19 is now available!

    I swear they pop these things out like crazy
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    Netherscourge , September 19, 2011 6:38 PM
    Oh yea. Weird. I've had Chrome up all day. Just looked at the version number and it's now 14.0.835.163.

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    aftcomet , September 19, 2011 6:48 PM
    Gotta admit it's pretty fast.
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    hellwig , September 19, 2011 6:58 PM
    Phishy714NEWS: Chrome 19 is now available!I swear they pop these things out like crazy

    Yeah, remember when there were different types of releases. Version 2.0 would be a major update. Version 2.1 would be a collection of fixes and minor updates, and version 2.1.1 would be additional bug fixes. Now, Firefox and Chrome are getting a new version number ever couple weeks, which is ridiculous. I want a new major number when something good changes, not just when some timer at Google headquarters expires.
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    rantoc , September 19, 2011 7:03 PM
    "The Web Audio API enables developers to add fancy audio effects such as room simulation and spatialization."

    So the idea is not only to visualy add-spam the user but also by sound...
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    knellie22 , September 19, 2011 7:07 PM
    I don't understand the big deal about browser updates. I don't care to know if/when they're updated. Just keep it current, and working properly & I'm happy.
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    enzo matrix , September 19, 2011 7:21 PM
    But.. but... I've been using Chrome 15 for at least a month!
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    eddieroolz , September 19, 2011 7:58 PM
    These days, version numbers from Mozilla and Google don't mean squat...a bugfix is a major upgrade! /s
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    kancaras , September 19, 2011 8:24 PM
    so many updates, browsers seem to be most imperfect software around. chrome especialy.. its version 14!!
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    tomaz99 , September 19, 2011 8:38 PM
    kancarasso many updates, browsers seem to be most imperfect software around. chrome especialy.. its version 14!!

    so true, arbitrarily changing the version number to 2.1.1 would make it more reliable.
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    cookoy , September 19, 2011 8:42 PM
    every darn software has an updater running on my pc: windows, adobe, apple, google, yahoo. now there's even a facebook update. wtf
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    Hellbound , September 19, 2011 8:56 PM
    I like google chromes speed. But I dont like the lack of customization.. For me, its the simple things like having a bookmark button on the toolbar that is not a downloaded extension (dont want to add a whole bar for bookmarks). Being able to move such button anywhere on the toolbar. Having a highlight button just like the one on Google toolbar for FF and IE..

    I find it interesting that google makes a toolbar for FF and IE that adds readily available options that in order to duplicate on their OWN browser, you have to do a ton of extra clicks... Example: highlight.. On FF, I have the google toolbar and the highlight option is on my screen, its always there. All I have to do is enter what I want and click the highlight button...thats it. Everything is on the surface of the browser. For Chrome, its nice it comes with the browser, but I have to ctrl-F (tbh, I dont like shortcuts) or hit the wrench, select "Find", then finally enter what I'm searching for.

    These are just a few of the issues I have with chrome..

    Oh, one last thing.. The one address bar is a complete waste of screen real-estate.. With FF, left side is address bar, right side google toolbar with all my readily available search options/highlights ect.

    For a productivity individual like myself. I have to stick with FF(with google toolbar) until Chrome makes things easier to customize.
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    back_by_demand , September 19, 2011 9:17 PM
    otacon72They will be at 125 by next Spring.

    That few?
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    jojesa , September 19, 2011 9:30 PM
    "Google Releases Chrome 14" and "I changed my undies"
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    beardguy , September 19, 2011 9:47 PM
    One more reason to not use IE :) 
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    Anonymous , September 19, 2011 10:28 PM
    I don't get the big deal. People applaud Google for quickly releasing new versions with no changes but go hating on Mozilla for doing the same. *shrug*
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    legacy7955 , September 19, 2011 11:25 PM
    I just don't get other than the new features , that I don't use, is there anything truly necessary in updates ect.

    I'd rather have the choice to have the option of only getting the critical updates and not all the new worthless "features" they claim are in the new version.
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    blurr91 , September 19, 2011 11:40 PM
    I'm waiting for Chrome 95 and Chrome 98. After those, Chrome 2000.
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