New Chrome beta for OS X released

As the flash war between Apple and Adobe heats up, other companies seem to be taking their own stance on the issue. Among these, Google seems to be taking the high road and incorporating all of the available standards in its latest beta release of the Chrome browser.

As the flash war between Apple and Adobe heats up, other companies seem to be taking their own stance on the issue. Among these, Google seems to be taking the high road and incorporating all of the available standards in its latest beta release of the Chrome browser.

In addition to embracing new HTML5 technologies, the latest version of Chrome also includes Adobe's flash player. Hopefully regardless of the outcome between Apple and Adobe, Chrome will allow us to keep surfing without errors. Along with speed improvements and bug fixes, the major new features in the latest Chrome beta are the following:

  1. Preference synchronization to accompany the browser's "bookmark syncing" feature.
  2. Use extensions in "incognito mode."
  3. HTML5 improvements for geolocation, application cache, web sprockets, and file drag and drop capability.
  4. Google's "Native Client" mode enabled using by launching Chrome from the command line using the "--enable-nacl --no-sandbox" flags.
  5. Lastly, the update includes Adobe's flash player, which will be updatable with Chrome's built-in autoupdate feature.

Oh, and the folks at Google are making their own speed tests (rather amusing):



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