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Chrome 47 Released ( 61

LichtSpektren writes: Google Chrome version 47 is now available for download. This release features 41 security fixes, very tiny UI changes (except for the built-in PDF viewer, which was redone entirely), and the removal of the desktop notification center. The iOS version has added new keyboard shortcuts and support for 3D touch.
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Chrome 47 Released

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  • >> yet another new "whole number" version of Chrome

    Also, the sun rose again today.

    • Yep, how is this a landmark? Tell us when Chrome 50 arrives. Incidentally, what version of Chromium is now current? I currently use Version 46.0.2490.80 (64-bit) on PC-BSD
    • by donaldm ( 919619 )
      Well on Fedora 23 I have had Chrome "Version 47.0.2526.73 (64-bit)" for a day although that was when I did an update.
    • Does "someone else has installed Linux" headlines grab you more?
  • by NecroPuppy ( 222648 ) on Wednesday December 02, 2015 @02:40PM (#51043087) Homepage

    I don't think I saw anyone who liked the notification center.

    It only took 300+ pages of negative comments and a couple years for Google to realize this was a feature that literally nobody wanted.

    And one that was turned off, by as many people as possible, as soon as they could.

    • In general, Google is now badly managed, in my opinion.

      People are beginning to dislike the increasing levels of control in the Chrome browser and in the Android operating system.

      I stopped using Chrome because of the system services it installs.
    • I think it's a good idea, just as a notification system is in Android and iOS.. Except it should be using the OS's native system, not a secondary one. The problem is.. they haven't done this.. they just removed it completely. Didn't the whole "websites can trigger desktop notifications" thing only come out about a year ago?.. have the abandoned that by doing this?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 02, 2015 @02:46PM (#51043141)

    This new version of Chrome should be yet another reason for Mozilla to collectively shit its pants in fear.

    Chrome consistently gets better with each release. So even if there isn't a new release of Firefox, Firefox has still gotten relatively worse compared to Chrome just by the fact that Firefox hasn't improved. It surely doesn't help that each release of Firefox has typically been seen as worse than the one before it, causing more problems and inconvenience for its ever-dwindling user base.

    Just look at the recent browser usage stats []. Firefox is only around 7% to 8% of the browser market now, across desktop and mobile platforms, and all versions. The desktop version of Chrome 46 alone has about 3.5 times the number of users than Firefox has. Chrome for Android has roughly 2.5 times as many users as all versions. Even Opera Mini almost has more users than Firefox has in total!

    There should be nothing but panic at Mozilla right now when looking at those numbers. Then there should be even more panic when they realize that Firefox is the only product of theirs that sees much use. They're apparently looking to kill of Thunderbird, based on another recent Slashdot submission. Then their other projects, like Persona, Rust, Firefox OS, Servo, and Bugzilla don't have many users.

    In my opinion, Mozilla's influence is dwindling as more and more users leave Firefox for greener pastures. At some point Mozilla will become completely irrelevant. None of the other browser vendors will give a damn what they think or want when they've only got 1% or maybe 2% of the market. When we see how quickly Firefox's share of the market has been dropping lately, the 2% mark will likely be hit sooner than a lot of people expected.

    I think that Mozilla is reaching a fork in the road. One path leads directly to irrelevance. The other path leads to glory, but it involves going in a very different direction. This means the end to Firefox OS, Rust, Servo, and other failed projects. This means restoring Firefox's UI to what it once was. This means removing Pocket, Hello, and the ads from Firefox. This means listening to Firefox's users, rather than ignoring them, or worse, doing exactly what the users said they don't want to happen. I, for one, sure hope that Mozilla does not choose the current path that leads straight to irrelevance!

    • There should be nothing but panic at Mozilla right now when looking at those numbers.

      But what does Netcraft say about the numbers? I know it offers an anti-phishing extension for Firefox [], but has it released any news stories about Firefox's decline?

    • This new version of Chrome should be yet another reason for Mozilla to collectively shit its pants in fear.

      Good. I hope they become irrelevant, simply due to what their attitude towards Opera users was ten years ago - and especially the attitude of Asa Dotzler, one of the most horrible trolls ever to have existed on the internet.

      Soon enough, Mozilla will drop to Opera's market share. I'm going to laugh, oh how I'm going to laugh!

      And then I'm going to start hoping that Opera falls from 2% to 0%, because they had an incredible browser and fucked it up exactly like Firefox did, by chromifying it entirely and aliena

    • So why not juice move to Chrome or Edge or Opera or whatever you like.. Why the allegiance to FF?
    • by Wolfrider ( 856 )

      --It's arguably too late for Firefox. If you like what FF *used* to be, switch over to Palemoon. Pre-Australis interface, continued support for Plugins, even has a 64-bit Linux version. Never looked back after switching.

  • by Ungrounded Lightning ( 62228 ) on Wednesday December 02, 2015 @02:54PM (#51043191) Journal

    Thanks. I suspect some Chrome users will be interested, so this is News for Nerds and Stuff that Matters.

    But I bailed on Chrome a couple years ago - installing and switching to Firefox on my account/machine at the consulting customer that used Chrome for their standard browser.

    The precipitating incident: A typo had brought up a NSFW page, URL autocompletion kept suggesting it whenever its (common) first letter was typed, and both the documented and undocumented methods for removing such "helpful hints" weren't working in that version of Chrome.

    But even before that they had broken several things I used in a "we know what you need better than you" interface change that couldn't be configured-away.

    I'll stick to open stuff, even if it means I don't get the proprietary blazingly-fast rendering engine. Even when Netscape breaks things (like "delay image loading") I (or helpful netizens) have always been able to find a way to get it back, and in principle I could hack the code if it was REALLY important.

    • by LichtSpektren ( 4201985 ) on Wednesday December 02, 2015 @03:04PM (#51043295)
      Go to Settings. Turn off "Use a prediction service to help complete searches". Or/also press the "Clear browsing data" button and clear browsing history and cookies (or delete the offending entries by hand by going to the "History" tab"). Firefox does the exact same thing, btw.

      RE: "I'll stick to open stuff" -- Chrome is almost entirely FLOSS. The only difference from the BSD-licensed Chromium browser is that Chrome adds in the auto-updater, Flash, and Widevine.
    • installing and switching to Firefox

      I think we have drugs that can treat that now.

  • by garyoa1 ( 2067072 ) on Wednesday December 02, 2015 @04:02PM (#51043741)

    They all have flaws. Use one for this, another for that. One has neat add ons, the other has crap. 9 jillion browsers out there and none of them do a decent job.

  • Have the made it possible to disable the new profile management that they forced on everyone in 44?
    I switched to FF after that and haven't looked back.
  • So here come's another shit from google chrome, to be frank how many chrome updates will comes all will be shit as always, as it get crash, even alot issues are ahead with chrome browser like the videos on YouTube [] lags alot
    • Maybe if you say "shit" one more time it will help promote your "shit" videos that promote "shit" what you can do on youtube videos.
  • So the NTLM bug was fixed, but somehow made it into the release. It is fixed in the chromium releases. I'm using 49 at the moment perfectly.
    Users could not authenticate to the squid proxies, and couldnt get out, and our entire shipping department couldnt reach fedex.

    Bug @ []

    We had to push out a group policy for google chrome to turn off updates, but a few users already got smacked with it. We use google gmail/office enterprise, so this hit us pretty hard. Having employees u

  • Oh joy, version 47, (more like 4.7). I can't wait for the end of next year when it is up to 247. That will be awesome. Google has certainly taught us all in high-tech that the bigger your number the better you are than your competition. THAT is what matters my friend, just ask any Googler.
    • Why does it matter to you or anyone else where the decimal point is? It's a version number, not a mathematical scale.
  • I loaded the update on my Ubuntu laptop and Amazon Prime video quit working. I had to scour the net to find the previous version. Once it was loaded watching video worked again.

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