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Google Releases Chrome 59 (venturebeat.com) 72

An anonymous reader writes: Google has launched Chrome 59 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Among the additions are native notifications on macOS, settings being revamped to follow Material Design, the Image Capture API, Headless Chrome, and more service worker improvements. You can update to the latest version now using the browser's built-in silent updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome.
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Google Releases Chrome 59

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  • by DontBeAMoran ( 4843879 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2017 @10:42AM (#54560365)

    I'm a bit surprised they're not already at version 590.

  • For Wednesday June 7th, 2017: "Google Releases Chrome 60".

    For sometime this weekend: "Google Releases Chrome 61"

    For next week: "Google Releases Chrome 62"

  • by grungeman ( 590547 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2017 @10:46AM (#54560405)
    We have been developing a web application for the last two years and I have become more familiar with Chrome than I ever had intended. There has been frustration from time to time (lots of crashes in a "stable" version last summer, a change in performance profiling that made life difficult for a while), but all in all I must say that Chrome is an amazing piece of software. I have not seen a crash in a while (and we are doing some wild stuff, believe me) and with every new release Javascript on Chrome just feels a little bit faster. Before I get too sentimental I just want to say "Thank You" to rhe Chrome and Chromium team.

    And I really hope and pray that in one of the next releases we will see SVG Font support [chromium.org]. That would be awesome.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      It's funny how opinions differ; I really really really hate chrome. They keep making things harder and harder to do in the UI because they keep dumbing it down.

      I just tried to look up security certificate info for a site and have just discovered you can't any more. You used to be able to click on the padlock to access it!

      The worst thing is I feel I am forced to use it because so many sites seem to use Chrome-specific site code.

      It's like the Netscape vs IE wars all over again, except Google is winning.

      RIP An

      • by cjjjer ( 530715 )

        I just tried to look up security certificate info for a site and have just discovered you can't any more. You used to be able to click on the padlock to access it!

        Average Jane and Joe User don't care about a sites certificate and the trust chain. Nor do they care about the settings in it's place. I am surprised that Google even has those. I often feel that the only reason Google has not updated it's UI to a Fisher Price UI is because they still want cred in edgy category.

    • Done that and I would have to agree with you. You get a completely different perspective on Chrome when you are doing an app.

      The danger, however, is losing the perspective that Joe Sixpack gets of Chrome and there are a few pretty big issues that need to be addressed.

    • And I really hope and pray that in one of the next releases we will see SVG Font support [chromium.org]. That would be awesome.

      Extremely unlikely. They had SVG font support at one point. They deliberately removed it, way back when they were still with WebKit.

      • by tepples ( 727027 )

        Old SVG font support (where the wrapper was actually SVG) was found to have security issues that browser developers couldn't figure out how to fix. New SVG font support is SVG glyphs in OpenType, which is a different wrapper format that somehow changes things.

        • Old SVG font support (where the wrapper was actually SVG) was found to have security issues that browser developers couldn't figure out how to fix. New SVG font support is SVG glyphs in OpenType, which is a different wrapper format that somehow changes things.

          Just a smaller subset, which is also what makes it more complicated to implement as they can't just send it to the SVG interpreter without introducing the same security issues.

          Though note the "security issues" here are just code for rarely used and poorly maintained code. I tried fixing a few bugs there and clean it up in WebKit, but it was too late and it was deleted anyway, and to be honest, even after investing time in it. That might not have been a wrong decision. Just which they did the same with the r

  • Has anyone else been experiencing the random hangs on v58 on startup, multiple linux machines with very different hardware i have with v58 do this.
    • Yup. Happens to us on Windows 7, 32 and 64 bit. Different hardware, different generations of machine images, etc. It's still a problem in 60 (the Canary track) so no, they haven't fixed it yet.

  • Or '59 chrome? [superchevy.com]

  • by eril ( 759876 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2017 @11:03AM (#54560547)

    One of the projects I work on is creating bots used to buy things like tickets (on Ticketmaster, Live Nation, etc...), or shoes (yeah, that's a thing...rich kids with too much time on their hands). The thing is, though, that these sites have very sophisticated methods of identifying bots; most of the time, if I navigate the checkout process with a bot, I get hit with a CAPTCHA, but if I navigate the site with a regular, mainstream browser, there's no CAPTCHA. So by offering headless operation, one could just programmatically drive Chrome and avoid having to deal with a CAPTCHA.

    • by aicrules ( 819392 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2017 @11:07AM (#54560583)
      More power to you for making a buck on this type of thing, but I am betting you get a lot of hate messages about this.
    • by bill_mcgonigle ( 4333 ) * on Tuesday June 06, 2017 @11:19AM (#54560685) Homepage Journal

      Here's a HOWTO [google.com].

      I use wkhtmltopdf in one of my apps, but pagination doesn't work well (at least with the way I have it set up). I wonder if Chrome would do a better job.

      • I use wkhtmltopdf in one of my apps, but pagination doesn't work well (at least with the way I have it set up). I wonder if Chrome would do a better job.

        wkhtmltopdf is a pile of garbage that works for basic pages, at the cost of a significant footprint and high cpu. bugs have been around since ages (like some css crashing the soft) that seemingly nobody cares about. and the soft is maintained, but check out the forums to see how nice the developer is.
        tl;dr Chrome can only do better.

    • So now malware can simply use an existing install of Chrome and totally mimic an end user in a way that makes it appear they were actually performing some actions.

      Now we'll end up with banks or stores refusing to cover theft losses because they will say it passed all of their tests to insure a real user was using the system, so the customer must be lying about their claim of theft.

      And of course it will make it much more annoying to use web sites which will have to work all the harder to ensure a kind of Tur

    • Microsoft has offered a headless WebBrowser component since Internet Explorer 4. Headless Chrome doesn't really give bot-makers a tool that has never existed before, just a bit of competition.

    • Your Horoscope for today, June 6, 2017:
      Procyon - the dipstick
      Are you ready for a fresh start on a project that once spanked you Procyon? You should be because Taurus the Bull is in Uranus. I sense your inherent level of batshittastic inspiration is peaking. You might find yourself in the mood to color-code your STD medications. And don't be afraid to wave fake plastic handguns at police officers -- you are invincible today!
  • Seriously, Google should rename their browser "Gyara" so I can use this joke on my favorite song from a video game ever.

    https://youtu.be/WYbHYoHYcto [youtu.be]

  • Perhaps it is unrelated, but they finally fixed the bug I had on Fedora 25 / XFCE whereby attempting to open a link from outside chrome (such as from an email client) would kill chrome if it (chrome) wasn't on the visible workspace. I lost count of how many times I lost all my open tabs because of this annoying bug.

  • If you look at market share statistics, there's a large pool of Chrome 49 users, which is the last version to support XP. It should either release a new version or help users upgrade. Windows XP is three years out of date now, and no one knows how to deal with it. Chrome is the new IE in terms of market share, so it needs to take responsibility as Mozilla can't do it as they are too busy playing about with their web extensions to listen to its users.

  • I can't wait for the next big fad to come along in software so developers will put their energy into something else and quit putting notifications into everything.

  • What good is a web browser without a monitor?

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