HEADLINES: Google Releases Chrome 10, New BlackBerry PlayBook Features, and Leaked Photo of 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab

→ by Lalawag < @lalawag >
at 6:15am Mar 9, 2011

Google Releases Speedier, Easier Chrome 10


Google just launched a stable release of the upgraded Chrome 10. The update comes with a speed boost that corresponds to a reportedly 66% improvement in JavaScript performance on the V8 benchmark suite.  Not only is the new browser faster but it also boasts of a simpler settings interface and an extension of Chrome’s sandboxing tech to the integrated Flash Player. Users can now also quickly log on to the websites they frequent even when they switch computers by synchronizing passwords across all their Internet-enabled devices. They can also choose to sync bookmarks, extensions, preferences, themes and more.

Here’s the official changelog:

* New version of V8 – Crankshaft – which greatly improves JavaScript performance
* New settings pages that open in a tab, rather than a dialog box
* Improved security with malware reporting and disabling outdated plug-ins by default
* Sandboxed Adobe Flash on Windows
* Password sync as part of Chrome Sync now enabled by default
* GPU Accelerated Video
* Background WebApps
* webNavigation extension API

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BlackBerry PlayBook to come with 7digital music

RIM has scored a deal to give the BlackBerry PlayBook a preloaded music store. 7digital’s store will be preloaded on the tablet and give access to about 13 million pay-per-track songs. The store, one of the few to have an international scope, is the most popular on BlackBerry phones.  There are already several deals lined up as promises of basic content on the PlayBook, including Kobo’s bookstore as well as extras such as EA games.   The PlayBook is reportedly officially due to ship in March. A Staples leak however has put retail training only at the end of that month and has rumors going that April is a more probable release window. RIM still hasn’t released prices about half a year after first showing the PlayBook.

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Samsung Teases With What (We Hope) Could Be An 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab

Banking on the tremendous popularity of tablets right now, Samsung is  expected to announce an 8.9-inch version of the Galaxy Tab Android tablet on March 22. Another leaked image of the slate has been shown today, this time with complete shots of what looks to be the tablet’s 3.5mm headphone socket.  The tablet certainly appears to be impressively slim.

The leaked image shows a tablet with a very textured surface almost similar with the back of the recent Galaxy Tab 10.1. The extra bowing around the headphone socket suggests that the slate as a whole is little more than the width of that port– which could potentially make it thinner than the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab (0.47-inches thick) and makes a decent competition to the new, thinner iPad 2.  In June of last year before the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab was announced, Samsung’s officials announced their company would be launching a trio of 7, 8 and 10 inch tablets. Samsung currently has already delivered the 7-inch model and announced a 10.1-inch model. The 8.9-inch tablet looks to be the next and final model to be announced.

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