The world is progressing towards “everything on cloud” phase, making web browsers the most used application for anyone and everyone. It now doesn’t matter much which platform you are using. Be it Windows, OS X, Linux or cloud based operating system such as Chromium, you always need a web browser to access the Internet. The omnipresent presence of web browsers in our day-to-day life has made it such, we never give it a second thought. Anyone accessed the world-wide web ever is already familiar with web browsers. Popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari etc are not new to anyone. But the world of web browsers is not limited to these few web browsers only. There are hundreds of web browsers available for you to try. In tech language they fall in the “alternative” web browser category. These so-called “alternative web browsers” come loaded with some unique features. And there are concrete reasons too to the question “why use an alternative browser?“.
We’ve seen Mozilla Prism and Google Chrome’s application shortcuts, built to display and make websites (web apps) behave as native applications. But both had one disadvantage, you don’t feel any difference over using just the browser. Basically, both just displayed the same look which you would see when opening the website in the browser. You never get the feeling of using an actual native application.
This is why SweetLabs came up with Pokki. Currently in beta, it aims to make you feel as if you’re actually using a desktop app when the next time you open your Gmail inbox or use the Facebook to connect with your friends or tweet to your friends. Pokki is available only for the Windows platform now, with Mac and Linux support coming down the line.
Rovio Mobile, the makers of smash hit mobile game Angry Birds, have unleashed a HTML5 version of the popular game that’s designed to run in Chrome (or Chromium) on any operating system. This release came after an announcement by the makers of the game at Google I/O event. This made Angry Birds, one of the most popular games already available on mobile phones and tablets, available for almost all platforms.
The new release was built using WebGL and uses local-caching so players can continue to cause mayhem even when not connected to the internet.
The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ fortified castles. Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Each of the 70 levels requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy.
If you use Google Chrome web browser, you may be delighted to know that Angry Birds is available for free as a Chrome app. The game features all-new Google Chrome inspired levels. The Mighty Eagle add-on will be available via the new Google Payments in-app purchasing feature at a later date.
You can however play the game online using any browser at chrome.angrybirds.com.
Rovio now have native support for Angry Birds on a number of mobile and desktop platforms such as iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Amazon Kindle, Mac OS X and Windows, but have never supported Linux natively. With the launch of the HTML5 version of the popular game, Linux users can now enjoy the game on their desktops!
Angry Birds is now so much popular that now a Hollywood movie is in production. You can watch its official movie trailer below:
Google Chrome web browser stable has been updated to 8.0.552.237 for all platforms. The latest stable release fixes several security vulnerabilities, making it a mandatory update for all Chrome stable users.
The Google Chrome Releases blog lists 16 different vulnerabilities that have been fixed in the new version of which one received the highest rating critical and 13 of high. Sergey Glazunov, the researcher who discovered the critical vulnerability has received the first “elite” Chromium Security Reward, $1337 reward and several other rewards at the same time.
The releases contain the security fixes listed below.
In this stable release, we’ve focused primarily on hundreds of bug fixes. We’ve also included a few other things that may be of interest to developers, such as full AppleScript support on Mac OS X for UI automation and implementation of the HTML5 parsing algorithm, the File API, and directory upload (via <input type=”file” webkitdirectory>). Also, if you choose to block sites from setting any data in your browser’s content settings for cookies, you can now use a new dialog for managing blocked cookies in bulk.
Normally when a user installs Google Chrome, it is installed only for the current user who installed the software. Installing this way, you will not need administrator rights to install Google Chrome. Thus, anyone, especially in corporate or offices, if you don’t have administrator rights, you can install Chrome and don’t have to forcibly use Internet Explorer. Until now, if users wanted Google Chrome to be available for all the users of a computer, they had to install Chrome using the Google Pack.
Google has recently added a more straightforward location for a system-level setup:
http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?msi=true http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?system=true. The MSI installer only works in Windows, it currently installs the latest Dev Channel build and it seems to be targeted toward enterprise users. The link to the MSI installer will probably be added to Chrome’s download page in the near future.
The Comodo companies are innovative and prolific developers of online security and trust assurance solutions. Comodo, the makers of the popular free Comodo Internet Security Suite and other free security applications have released Comodo Dragon Internet Browser. Comodo Dragon is a fast and versatile Internet Browser based on Chromium. Being based on Google Chrome, so you will get all the features of Chrome with the added benefit of strong security and privacy features.
If you are a Chrome user than adapting to Dragon will be easy and comfortable for you. Even though Comodo Dragon is fast, versatile and secure, you will miss Bookmark Synchronize and extensions features in it.