Chrome 5 Beta Released

Now that Chrome version 4 has been officially released as a stable browser version, Google has now given users a chance to check out the Chrome 5 beta. Javascript performance has improved in this version, as I ran a SunSpider test for my previous Chrome version and overall benchmark speed has increased when comparing to this new 5.0.307.1 version.



From Chrome OS Diet to Cherry and now the latest, Zero, Hexxeh has been the primary source for Chrome OS build releases ever since Google released the Chromium code to the masses in November. They’ve been popular mostly because they work with a lot of existing hardware, plus the builds are small enough to fit on any USB drive. We got a chance to ask some questions of Hexxeh, who just released Chrome OS Zero a few days ago and talks about how he got started, future job prospects and some technical features in his latest version.

Interview w/ Chrome OS Zero’s Hexxeh


It’s about time Verizon got some more bad press for the crap they do to limit users. They may brag all they want about having the “better 3G network” but they are a very shady company that is all about locking out features in phones to make a buck. Now they have taken that a step further, they have removed a feature once present on Blackberries, and did it without warning with a silent update. Users have started to take notice and they don’t seem to like it on CrackBerry or on Verizons forums.

Verizon has unilaterally updated user Storm 2 BlackBerries and other smartphones so that their browser search boxes can only be used with Microsoft Bing.

The move is part of the five-year search and advertising deal Verizon signed with Microsoft in January for a rumored $500m.

Previously, the search box – baked into the top of Verizon’s browser, above the url address bar – could be set to search Google, Wikipedia, and other sites.

[source: The Register]


Google on a release bender?

The past few days has seen many projects come out of Google. A short list of them:


LHC suffers power failure

The Large Hadron Collider has once again suffered a power failure, this time taking CERN’s web site associated with the LHC also offline. Some believe that it may be that the Higgs Boson is somehow disabling the LHC from the future so that it is never discovered.


New iPhone in the wild?

So, there I was, reading my Twitter updates and what do I spy? According to a MacRumors Apple is testing out a new version of the iPhone, referred to in the article as version “iPhone3,1″. This would make it a “major” revision, hopefully adding a bunch of new features to the iPhone. I know the folks that use the Verizon network have been hoping to get an iPhone when the Apple/AT&T contract is supposedly up sometime in 2010. I’m not 100% sure Apple would go through trouble for a carrier that is not compatible with the majority rest of the world. It would probably be good for the US sales, but how would Apple have to change the OS to deal with voice/data limitations of Verizon’s 3G network?

[source: MacRumors]

What would you like to see in the new iPhone?


Cydia Crashing

Like many people around the globe I have a jailbroken iPhone. Normally this is a great thing, allowing me to run a few things you just cannot get on a “vanilla” iPhone. Anyways, while going on an install bender [happens perhaps once a month] I decided to check out an audio mod.

The mod was called Mobile Volume Sound. Now normally I install things and everything is a-ok, it either works/does what I though it did or it doesn’t and gets removed. This time around after a SpringBoard restart Cydia would launch but while “Loading Data” it would just close, no error. Everything else on the phone seemed to work just fine, even the newly installed audio mod.

I tried restarting my phone, fixing permissions, no joy for this sad panda. As the phone still functioned and my only issue was Cydia I put off this “problem” until tonight. After a bit of Googling [sorry Google I know you hate to be used as a verb] I came across some information that allowed me to take a few pieces and put them together to actually solve my issue.

***Below is what worked for me – what may work for you could be different. I’m not responsible if you brick your phone***



Google launches Google Chrome OS

This past Thursday (11.19.09) saw Google release a preview of it’s long awaited “web” OS.

Today we are open-sourcing the project as Chromium OS. We are doing this early, a year before Google Chrome OS will be ready for users, because we are eager to engage with partners, the open source community and developers. As with the Google Chrome browser, development will be done in the open from this point on. This means the code is free, accessible to anyone and open for contributions. The Chromium OS project includes our current code base, user interface experiments and some initial designs for ongoing development. This is the initial sketch and we will color it in over the course of the next year.

Source: Google Blog

I heard Leo Laporte talking about it today (podcast is TWig) and it sounded like a really cool idea, but I’m just not sure how it’s going to really work out. If Google could perhaps have an “offline” version then I could see it gaining ground in the netbook market for sure.

To read about either Google Chrome (the browser) or Google Chrome OS you can go to chromium.org and check it out. Also let me know what you think of Google OS, is it the future of netbooks, or a non-starter?


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