Chrome 23.0.1271.10 Beta Adds Better Media Experiences; Adds Phone and Email Support for Chrome to Apps; Skip CAPTCHA When Creating a Gmail Account

Chrome 23.0.1271.10 released to the Beta Channel for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame adds some really great improvements including better communication, media experiences, and more tools for developers to take video engagement to the next level.First up, the new PeerConnection API, added to Chrome allows developers to create web apps with real-time audio and […]

Chrome 23.0.1271.10 released to the Beta Channel for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame adds some really great improvements including better communication, media experiences, and more tools for developers to take video engagement to the next level.

First up, the new PeerConnection API, added to Chrome allows developers to create web apps with real-time audio and video calling without the need for a plug-in. "Together, PeerConnection and the getUserMedia API represent the next steps in WebRTC, a new standard which aims to allow high quality video, audio, and data communications on the web," Google posted.

Check out this video chat demo to see how the PeerConnection API can be combined with other web technologies to create fun new video chat experiences.

In addition, today's update also includes track support for HTML5 video, and it can be used to make videos accessible, split videos into sections, and create new unique video experiences.

"Track support provides an easy, standard way to add subtitles, captions, descriptions, chapters, and metadata to videos," informs Google. It also provides developers with a unified, programmatic mechanism for doing all these things in the HTML DOM and Javascript. In this demo, track is used to enhance a video of a bike ride with metadata including a Google Map showing the biker's route and Google Street View from the biker's location.

Finally, the new MediaSource API provides a video playback solution that adapts video quality based on changing computer and network conditions to prevent excessive buffering and startup delays for videos. In other words, "your video will play silky smooth for users with no annoying stutters," Google blogged.

Watch how smooth this demo video plays despite fluctuations in your network speed.

Chrome 23.0.1271.10 Beta adds better communication and media experiences

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In other Chrome releated news, Google adds "phone and email support for Chrome for Google Apps for Business, Education and Government customers."

Moving forward, "Google Apps customers may contact Google via phone or email to receive support on Chrome installation, functionality, security, browser policy settings and Google Apps interoperability for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux," Google posted.

Organizations running Windows, download the Microsoft Installer version of Chrome and centrally configure and deploy it to your employees. For organizations that support multiple operating systems, users or IT can download the Chrome client directly.

Google also announced of celebrating this Friday which is a World Teachers' Day, through offering free tools like YouTube Edu and Google Apps for Education, and by developing cost-efficient devices like Chromebooks.

In a blog entry, Google notes, that "more than 20 million students, faculty and staff worldwide use Google Apps for Education." In addition:

  • "400+ universities are posting lectures and/or full courses online using YouTube Edu
  • 600,000 staff from the Philippines Department of Education will now be using Google Apps
  • Universities across the continents are signing up for Apps, including schools in Poland, Spain, the Netherlands and Africa
  • More than 500 schools and districts went back to school with Chromebooks this fall
  • Seven of the eight Ivy League universities and 72 of this year's top 100 U.S. universities (as determined by 2013 U.S. News and World Report's ranking) have gone Google with Google Apps for Education," informs Google.

Finally, now when you create a Gmail account, there's a new option that lets you skip the CAPTCHA: "skip this verification (phone verification may be required)". After enabling this option, Google ask you to verify the account by sending a text message or making an automated call.

Please note, Google periodically ask you to verify your account when you log in to Google account. "In an effort to protect our users from abuse, we sometimes ask users to verify their identity before they're able to create or sign into accounts. Requiring proof of identification via phone is an effective way to keep spammers from abusing our systems," informs Google.

Google Accounts adds skip this verification (phone verification may be required)

Google Account now ask to verify the account by sending a text message or making an automated call

Update 10/05: In the latest Help Desk Hangout On Air, the Chrome team gave 11 reasons to use Chrome at work.

In the video "you'll learn about productivity on the web and the power of web apps, and about how Chrome reaches the lightning speeds it does. Also, a tour of how businesses can tweak and customize Chrome to fit their needs."

Can I configure Chrome to fit my needs as a business? How would I do so?
Sure. We've built an MSI installer for Chrome for business to make the transition easier. You can manage group policies easily using our pre-built templates, too. We don't recommend it, but you can turn off auto-updates, too. Aside from these special business tools, Chrome comes with all of its standard customization features, too.

Can I still have the benefits of using Chrome (like speed, security) on an older computer?
Definitely. We think Chrome's speed and security are particularly noticeable on older computers, in fact. Give it a try!

How is Chrome a more secure browser?
Sandboxing on Chrome adds an extra layer of protection between your computers and malicious websites that try to install unwanted programs or take your personal information. Chrome also protects you against what may be malicious websites by displaying clear warnings. Keeping up with auto-updates helps keep your browser prepared to keep your computer safe, too.

Update 10/12: Here are some Chrome tips:

  1. Have you even wanted to learn more about a word or phrase while reading online, next time, just highlight the term(s) and then drag it to your tabstrip to the right or left of your current tab--a new tab will open with search results for the highlighted text. You can also try the Dictionary extensionso when you highlight a word the definition will hover over it.
  2. If you frequently keep a site (or a few) always open, you can pin those tabs so that they open the next time you launch Chrome. Topin a tab, right-click on it then select "Pin Tab".
  3. To access your bookmarks and quicklysync your tabson any your other gadgets where you're signed into Chrome. Just go to the "Other devices" menu when you open a new tab to find them. The back and forward buttons will even work, so you can pick up browsing right where you left off.
  4. Using incognito windows you can browse in stealth mode. WithIncognito Mode, pages you view won't appear in your browser history or search history, and they won't leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close the incognito window
  5. Want tohide your bookmarks bar? You can also use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Shift+B (Windows and Chrome OS) and ⌘-Shift-B (Mac) to toggle the bar on and off.
  6. To save a webpage as a PDF, press Ctrl + p (Mac: Cmd + p) to bring up the print dialogue, then Destination > Change.
  7. To get more space to browse - you can togglefull-screen modewith these handy keyboard shortcuts: Fullscreen Key on a Chromebook, F11 on Windows & Linux, and Cmd+Shift+F on a Mac.
  8. If you accidentally closed a window --Just use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+t to open the last tab you closed. Keep using this shortcut to open your previous tabs.
  9. Bookmarks are just a click away. Like a page? Click on the Star next to the omnibox, and the page is automatically bookmarked.
  10. Use apps from theChrome Web Store to do things like get notifications, take notes, edit screenshots, and more.
You can learn even more tips for using Google Chrome by checking out the help center.