Google Now notifications now alive in Chrome test version

Google Now notifications have arrived in early test builds of Chrome. (Credit: screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET) Google, taking a big step in its effort to make Android and Chrome equally good homes for people’s digital lives, has at last built its Google Now anticipatory notification service into its browser. Google Now cards for Chrome are active in the very rough...

giveaway / January 16, 2014 / Software / 54 Comments

Chrome, Opera pass Epic Citadel demo’s Web graphics test

The Epic Citadel demo of Unreal Engine 3 running in a browser using high-speed JavaScript and WebGL. (Credit: screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET) Chrome and Opera have become the first browsers to match Mozilla Firefox’s support for Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 and the Web-based Epic Citadel demo that’s built on the 3D graphics technology. The demo’s computing challenges include 3D...

giveaway / November 27, 2013 / Software / 58 Comments

Google modernizes Octane JavaScript speed test

A Microsoft anime video promoting Internet Explorer gave a nod to two JavaScript speed tests, Mozilla's Kraken and Google's Octane. (Credit: screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET) Google has updated its Octane speed test for measuring JavaScript performance, expanding its scope and rounding out the benchmark with computing tasks from rival browser makers Mozilla and Microsoft. With the expanded scope, Google tries...

giveaway / November 7, 2013 / Software / 44 Comments

Facebook to test PayPal competitor for mobile buys — report

Facebook is looking to expand its presence in mobile with a new payment feature, according to a new report. The social network is planning “in the next month or so” to test a mobile-payment service that would allow consumers to pay for products with only their Facebook credentials, All Things Digital reported on Thursday, citing people who claim to have...

giveaway / August 15, 2013 / Software / 77 Comments