Tag Archives: Chrome

Around the Blogsphere: Flash, Firefox, Chrome, UWP oh my!

Final Bow for Flash estimated in 2 years

With recent acceptance from Adobe with Creative Suite 2016 parting ways with Adobe Flash, more and more signs point to the final bow (goodbye) to flash in next 2 years. Per a report from Encoding.com, as referenced in The Verge article (http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/27/10840480/flash-dead-in-two-years-webm), Flash makes up only 6% of multimedia for mobile and Web today, down from 14% in 2014. The article points out some interesting observations of what is actually replacing Flash today, with what appears to be a final battle between the royalty-free codec WebM (http://www.webmproject.org/) commonly found in HTML5 and H.264 with its eventual successor H.265 to support 4K video.

Firefox Introduces Push Notifications for Desktop

A feature that has been around for a while now in Chrome and Safari, Firefox now has jumped on the Push Notification bandwagon.  Push notifications with desktop browsers brings the benefit of content providers push information to the user without requiring them to have their site open in the tabs. If you are an active user of Chrome for instance and use Gmail/Facebook, you might have noticed popup notices in the bottom of your screen, these are push notifications (of course, if you allowed such services).  Why is this important? This opens new possibilities in ecommerce for example. Cart Abandonment results in large potential revenue losses. Instead of sending a traditional email which results in loss of valuable time, we can now push a notice to a customer to complete their order in a timely fashion.

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Support in Microsoft Edge browser is still classified as “under consideration”

Chrome for iOS Supercharged

Chrome on iOS has just released a new update (v48). The biggest change is that they trashed their own rendering engine in favor of iOS 9’s extendable engine WKWebView, resulting in significant drop in crash rate and faster JavaScript execution (i.e. it is super fast, putting it on par with Safari).

http://9to5mac.com/2016/01/27/chrome-ios-stability-speed-wkwebview/

Chrome Desktop Enhanced Security

Chrome v48 (for Desktop), released yesterday, has a new security panel in the browser’s DevTools (F12). This will help clarify content origin, certificate validity and other items related to your browsing safety.  Read more here – http://blog.chromium.org/2016/01/introducing-security-panel-in-devtools.html

Visual Studio helps port iOS apps to UWP (Universal Windows Platform, aka Windows 10 App)

Microsoft has a feature in Visual Studio that helps developers port existing iOS app code to the UWP to help close the app gap between Windows 10 mobile platform and well-established iOS. To support this effort, Microsoft has been releasing a series of articles, all of which is introduced here – http://www.winbeta.org/news/ios-developers-get-introduced-to-visual-studios-for-developing-universal-windows-10-apps.

Sharing the sweet secrets of Google Chrome for iOS

Oh Google Chrome on iOS, how I love thee, let me count the ways… in a latest release from Google, Chrome now includes some pretty quaint but also features, I’d like to share…

Pull to Refresh/Create/Close

Arguably one of the coolest new feature (on iPhone, iPad appears to not have) is ability to pull to display a new series of options at top of window… Give it a try! (just do not slide right please :-)).

When you are at the top of the screen then proceed to pull down (using touch gesture of course ;-)) you will notice 3 icons appear, with the middle icon have a blue bubble around it:

Pullto refresh

If you let go at this state, it will refresh the current tab. If you were to instead drag your finger to the left (after dragging down of course) a new tab will be created and displayed. Likewise, if you drag your finger to the right, it will immediately close the tab. Awesome right!

BONUS NOTE:

Continuing on the topic of single handed features in Google Chrome, if you swipe your finger from left to right on the left side of the screen or right to left from the right side of the screen, you can quickly jump from tab to tab.

Search and activate copied links from Notification Center

Not to the level of coolness as the pull to close feature (I prefer the more simpler things to get me really excited), Google Chrome now has a feature in Notification Center. You can now:

  • Create new Tabs
  • Perform searches with voice dictation
  • and even activate links that are currently in your clipboard!

GoogleChromeNotificationcenter

NOTE: if you are not familiar with Notification Center, to see this feature, you need to tap Edit in the same window and then tap the green add icon next to “Chrome” to activate the feature.

Integration with 1Password

Not as obvious but still very useful is ability to access 1Password password locker to retrieve passwords directly from Chrome. This though is not straightforward at all. Here is the visual to access 1Password:

1passwordActivate

  1. Open the web site in Google Chrome
  2. Tap the action menu icon in top right
  3. Tap the icon in top left of the action menu that looks like “export”
  4. Tap 1Password in the new dialog box
  5. Login to 1Password and it should automatically display the password for the site you are on (if the web site is properly listed in your 1Password locker).

There are other cool features recently released like weather in Suggested Search Results menu, but not as cool as features I mentioned above 🙂

Enjoy!