Google has updated the stable channel of the Google Chrome web browser. The Chrome browser is now at version 12.0.742.91 on the stable channel. The new release combines security fixes, other updates and even a few new features that have been added to that version that were previously only been available on the development channels.
Lets take a look at the feature updates and additions first. Chrome Stable now supports 3D CS and launching apps from the Chrome address bar by simply typing in their name. Apps are web apps that are installed on the Chrome web store.
Probably more interesting than those two features is the ability to delete Flash cookies directly from within the browser by clearing the browsing history. This was previously not possible and improves the privacy of users significantly as abuse of Flash for tracking purposes increased in recent time.
Another new security related feature is the new safe browsing protection that protects users better from malicious files as it blocks those from being stored on the user system by default.
The data synchronization service Google Sync is now integrated into the Chrome settings page, which users can access by clicking on the wrench icon and selecting options from the context menu.
All information about the stable channel update is available over at the Chrome blog. Chrome should already pick up the new release. New users can download Chrome 12 from the official Chrome project website.
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