Thursday January 26, 2017

Google Releases All-HTML5 Chrome 56 With FLAC Support

Those of you who keep Chrome running in the background may want to restart the browser, as it could very well have auto updated. The biggest deal with the latest version is that it defaults to HTML5; Adobe Flash has basically been permanently sidelined for all users. The Chrome team also decided to add FLAC support, a format I am a staunch supporter ofآ—although I have no idea what really prompted that or why they waited until now. (Firefox did the same thing in its latest update.) Maybe someone is even contemplating the idea of letting you upload FLAC to Google Music.

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The latest version of the world's most used browser brings with it a number of new security features and bug fixes. Top of the list is that this is the first stable version of Chrome to be 100 per cent HTML5 by default for all users, meaning if there's an option not to use nasty plugins, it will take it. Chrome already blocks Flash content, but this gives the full enchilada to HTML5, a symbolic milestone in the interwebs history. Chrome 55 brought in the HTML5 first rules but only for a small number of test users. Also new is a clearer labelling of unencrypted HTTP sites, promised for some time as the company continues its crusade to make the web as HTTPS as possible. Anything that collects data but isn't secure will now be marked clearly in the address bar.