Chromebook Pixel Unboxing Video (YouTube)

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Chromebook Pixel (Photo credit: Stratageme.com)

Google’s premium laptop Chromebook Pixel is a nice expensive toy, but how nice?  Well, if you ask me, I would say probably not much.  Nonetheless, if you ask other people, I bet some of them would bet that I’m wrong.  I’m not going to be mad though, because everyone has their own opinion.  This is why I don’t mind to embed the YouTube video right after the break which shows you the unboxing of Chromebook Pixel.  Oh, if you insist on asking why I do not think much of Chromebook Pixel, you can just check out my other article which is “Nice Try Google, But You Can Do Better Right? Chromebook Pixel Is Nice, But It Should Be Nicer!!!”  By the way, check out the awesome unboxing of Chromebook Pixel right after the break.

How To Add And Delete Users In Chrome Browser

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google chrome (Photo credit: toprankonlinemarketing)

Some of you might not know that you can add and delete users in Chrome browser.  Chrome browser lets you add and delete users once you signed into Chrome browser with a Google account.  This particular feature allows you to share Chrome browser with another user who uses your computer, but this user doesn’t necessary use different Google account.  So, in a way, by using different users with the same Google account, each user can store different browser history and bookmarks.  Anyhow, I’d created a video on how to add and delete users in Chrome browser, and you can check it out right after the break!

Update:  For your information, once you had deleted the main user in Chrome browser, you will be logged out of your Google account entirely!  This will not affect your Google account anyway, but just that Chrome browser will not remember your Google account.  Also, extensions will be deleted if a main user (i.e., user which ties to Google account) gets deleted.

Firefox Version 9 Aurora To Boost Javascript Performance And Improve Experiences For Users And Web Developers

Aurora is version 9 of Firefox.  Firefox’s stable version is 7.0.1, and it already has a beta in progress which is Firefox version 8.  What after Aurora?  Well, there is a nightly built which has been bumped to version 10 of Firefox.  Confuse yet?  Don’t be, because if you’re a regular user of Firefox who only wants to play with the stablest version there is of Firefox, then Firefox version 7.0.1 will be perfect.

So, what about Aurora?  According to sources, Aurora utilizes a new feature known as type inference to boost Javascript’s performance.  Regular users don’t really have to know what type inference is though, because it’s more of how one algorithm is able to smartly assign data types to particular variables.  According to sources, Javascript’s performance can be improved by assigning correct data types to variables.  Technically, I don’t know the true meaning of using type inference, but I surmise it has to do with the efficiency of memory.  If my guess is correct, the efficient memory allocations will help boost Javascript’s performance, but do take this deduction with a grain of salt.

Aurora carries a new feature known as Data Management Window, and this feature allows users to specifically assign which websites can access users’ information such as browsing data, cookies, passwords, and so on.  To access this feature, one has to type about:permissions into the URL address bar.

For web developers, Firefox Aurora comes with better support for HTML5, DOM level 3, server-sent events, networking technologies, and tools such as Scratchpad, Web Console, Web Developer Menu and others.

Aurora supports Mac, Windows, and Android.  I’m not sure if Aurora is available for Linux or not, because I’d not heard anything of Aurora and Linux.  Nonetheless, I might update this post on Aurora and Linux compatibility when I’ve the chance to test Aurora out on Linux.  I don’t have an Android device, therefore I can only repeat what the source says about Aurora on Android.  The source says that Android users will have a new look and feel of Firefox through Aurora.  I guess the only way to find that out for Android users is to download Aurora and test it out.

In conclusion, Aurora has a solid feel to it when I’m using it.  It feels really fast!  With faster Javascript, Aurora can load websites with heavy Javascript elements faster.  With better tools and support for HTML5, Firefox Aurora is definitely making it easier for web developers who want to create applications and add-ons for Firefox.  Other experimental features are in the work, and a noticeable experimental feature is Data Management Window.  I recommend users to test out Aurora!  Users can download Aurora through Cnet and Mozilla’s official website at here.

Sources:  http://www.ghacks.net/2011/10/01/firefox-9-features-changes/, http://www.ghacks.net/2011/09/04/firefox-9-gets-big-javascript-performance-boost/, http://blog.mozilla.com/futurereleases/2011/05/27/firefoxaurora/

Firefox 6 Will Be Released On Tuesday

Just a slight improvement to Firefox 5, Firefox 6 wil officially be released on Tuesday.  The official release isn’t going to stop Mozilla to release the final code today through its FTP server.  You can try to look up for Mozilla FTP server somehow and download Firefox 6 before the official release of Firefox 6 comes out tomorrow.

Source:  http://www.techspot.com/news/45079-firefox-6-quietly-released-ahead-of-official-launch.html

Speed Up IE9 On Desktop By Turning On Accelerated With Graphics Feature

Want to speed up Internet Explorer 9?  IE9 allows you to leverage the power of your graphic card to speed up the loading of webpages and various other web elements.  Since the feature is available, and if you don’t mind allowing IE9 to use the power of your graphic card, you can turn this feature on.  How?

  1. Fire up your IE9
  2. Go to Tools or use the combination of keys (Alt + X)
  3. Click on Internet Options
  4. Go to Advanced Tab
  5. Check the box that is labeling with Accelerated with graphics at the very top!
  6. Click Apply at the very bottom
  7. Click OK to exit everything.

That’s it!  I hope you find this feature will improve your web experience with IE9.  Alternatively, you can always try one of those elite browsers out there (e.g., Chrome, Firefox).

Chrome On Windows 7 Got Pwned By VUPEN Security With Zero Day Exploit

Google was offering hackers money to throw every trick of their trade against Chrome web browser to prove a point that Chrome isn’t hackable.  Unfortunately, just recently VUPEN Security company who provides defensive and offensive computer securities to governments and Fortune 500 companies had successfully hacked Chrome browser on Windows 7.  The company was able to come up with a zero day exploit that is not yet in the wild, I hope, to exploit Chrome browser and launch a calculator on Windows 7.  I’m not sure this same trick can be done on Mac OS X or not.  Anyhow, check out the video right after the break on this.

Sources:  http://www.vupen.com/demos/VUPEN_Pwning_Chrome.php,
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20061269-245.html