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A new rich notification feature, a different kind of WebKit and a raft of security fixes made it into the latest stable version of Google's Chrome browser.
Don't look now, but that's a rich notification
Google's release of Chrome 28 – which you probably didn't notice, thanks to the usual stealthy auto-update – brings important security updates, Google's own Blink web rendering engine, and a new system of rich app notifications. Here's a quick look.
Why, hello there
The big addition in Chrome 28 is the aforementioned notification system, which lets developers create customizeable pop-up messages.
All in one place
This doesn't mean, however, that you're about to get your screen blotted out by pop-ups – the notifications collect in one place, like the drop-down bar in Android.
Given that the web can easily cause enormous amounts of information overload on its own, the ability to toggle notifications from different sources on and off seems important.
Google's new fork of the ubiquitous WebKit rendering engine appears for the first time in a stable branch in version 28 of Chrome. Yeah, it's not going to be an earth-shaking change, particularly at first, but hey, it's there now.
Google paid Russian researcher Andrey Labunets $21,500 for fixing several bugs, including a high-priority issue in sign-in and sync. A further $6,267 went to Collin Payne for his work in fixing the only critical-rated vulnerability in Chrome 28, a use-after-free with network sockets.
Chrome Canary, the bleeding-edge development and testing build of the browser, is all the way up to version 30. CNET reports that Google is working on adding support for higher-definition screens in Windows environments.
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