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Google Fortifies the Security of Chrome with Improved Encryption Protection

Google is all geared up to improve its security settings with its next release of Chrome browser. It is now going to encrypt all search queries sent from the software. The next version of Chrome is now available in the beta channel and all searches will be encrypted using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL).

When a browser uses SSL to encrypt any information from a browser to a website, then you get a green padlock on the web address in the address box. Google calls this little padlock, ‘omnibox’, as it works as a place to put in your search terms as well as insert your URL.

As a user, you will not see much difference in your browsing experience, because of this new feature. Of course, you will notice an improved speed in getting your search results because of Google’s use of the SPDY protocol in the software.

Encryption is the new way to go

Though Google started using encryption for search queries for Chrome users signed in to their Google accounts in 2011, it has now extended to all the browser users whether logged into Google account or not.

Mozilla started encryption for Google searches performed through Firefox browser in July 2012. Apple followed next by enabling search encryption on Safari by September 2012.

Encryption is one of the safest ways to search online today. It prevents a marketer from getting information from a website about searches performed.

Track your Santa online with Google’s revamped Santa Tracker

It’s the time of the year again when Santa starts its magical journey from the North Pole to fill your Christmas stockings with lots of goodies and presents. So gear yourself to track your favorite Santa and his reindeers as they travel all across the world, distributing gifts and presents to millions of children, using Google’s revamped Santa Tracker.

For years, Google has teamed up with Northern American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to track Santa on every Christmas Eve. But this year, after losing its traditional partnership with NORAD to Bing, Google is out with its own Santa Tracker, a site that is loaded with lots of goodies to keep you busy till the jolly old elf makes his way to your doorsteps.

At the center, the site shows up a countdown clock that ticks off seconds and help you track Santa’s scheduled departure from the North Pole. The left corner of the page shows a pull-down menu that offers various links to track down Santa on your smartphones, computers, as well as tablets – Google+, an Android app, Chrome browser extension, and Google Earth app.

Google has revamped its Santa Tracker in a very interactive fashion. The left and the right arrows on the page give you a chance to explore Santa’s village, with plenty of hidden goodies to dig up. Google has also placed lots of ‘Easter Eggs’ throughout the village, each loaded with a hidden surprise once you click on them.

Powered by a custom algorithm, Google’s all-new Santa Tracker with Google Maps and Google Earth allows you to chart Santa’s journey from one city to the other, helping you to spot Santa’s exact location, his next stop, seconds left until departure, and the number of presents that have been dropped till that time.

So, let your kids track their Santa and learn some geography lessons on the way.

Google™ Chrome 21 Beta for web-developers

Google has lately unveiled a novel 21 Beta version for its highly-popular Chrome browser.

Chiefly designed for the web-developers, the 21 Beta version for Chrome browser is to analyze as well as try a couple of new APIs, including getUserMedia API and Gamepad JavaScript API.

Amongst the two APIs, getUserMedia API enables web apps straight access to your web cam and microphone through the browser, eliminating the need of any kind of plug-in. The most amazing aspect about getUserMedia API is that it interacts with the CSS filters and WebGL in order to apply amazing effects on the captured video. While, conversely, Gamepad JavaScript API is a way more multipurpose API as it offers the developers direct access to input from the installed gamepad.

Apart from this, the newly released 21 Beta for Chrome browser also comes equipped with Google Cloud Print.

Google™+ History to import your past web records

Google, the search engine giant, is working on a state-of-the-art API for its 11-month-old Google+ platform.

Dubbed as Google+ History, the latest API will include support for third-party app platforms. That means, it will enable the users to add past updates, events, status updates, pictures, and check-ins onto your Google+ profile from a range of mobile and social networking platforms like Twitter and Foursquare. This data from the past would then be imported and displayed in attractive tiles called ‘moments’.

Google’s Ken Norton explained in his fanfare-less announcement, “The idea behind Google+ history is that you do a lot of things on the web, but you might only want to share some of them. Right now Facebook’s Open Graph API often catches users by surprise. Even though they’ve authorized auto-sharing, they might not realize the article they read or video they watched is being broadcasted to friends”.

With some lines of code, your app can save a visited restaurant or a song listened by you alone on your Google+ History. And from there you can share it with your friends and family on your Google+ profile.

This new API is primarily a convenient way to enhance your Google+ profile with your past content and give it a Facebook Timeline-like look.

Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean arriving in mid July

After releasing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google has officially announced to release the next version of Android, called as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Expected to be available in second quarter of 2012, this newest version of Google’s Android operating system will consist a mixture of noticeable features.
What to expect in Android  4.1 Jelly Bean:
From browsing apps to moving between home screen, 4.1 Jelly Bean is designed to make everything fast and smooth. It will make your Android-based device more responsive by augmenting your device’s CPU as you touch the screen.
Also, the latest Android operating system is expected to facilitate you to take instant action right away from the notifications area. If you want to revert to a missed call or want to mark an e-mail, you need not to follow a long procedure as all this can be done swiftly from the notification area itself. With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, interacting with you favorite apps and customizing the screen of your device is exceptionally easier.
Another aspect that makes this novel version of 4.1 different from the previous ones is the feature to seamlessly take and share photos. Its text-to-speech capabilities are worth noticing as well.
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