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A beta all right

Those of you who are using Google Chrome as your regular browser might be interested in the new beta version, which has tinkered around and come up with some cool new ideas, including integration of the translation functionality and enhanced privacy settings. It’s pretty swizzy, to be fair to them.

In the new beta version, ‘Control Settings’ in the Privacy Options dialog allows users to handle the browser’s cookies, images, JavaScript, plug-ins, and pop-ups on a site-by-site basis. For example, you can set up cookie rules to allow cookies specifically only for sites that you trust, and block cookies from untrusted sites. Handy, no? As well as all that, the beta:

  • Adds cookie rules for specific websites (such as 'allow', 'ask', or 'block')
  • Blocks all third-party cookies
  • Automatically clears all cookies when the browser is closed
  • Blocks loading of all images
  • Adds image rules for specific websites
  • Blocks loading of all JavaScript
  • Adds JavaScript rules for specific websites
  • Blocks loading of all plug-ins
  • Adds plug-in rules for specific websites

As if that wasn’t enough, the new version will also translate web pages that aren’t in your preferred language without the need for any add-ons or plug-ins. The browser will ask if you want the page translated and then do it for you. Mind you, given Google Translate’s famously ropey results, that might need some serious work.

‘Browsers are perhaps the most important piece of software for computer users today,’ said Wieland Holfelder, Google's Engineering Director in Munich. ‘We're innovating quickly with Chrome, and continue to work towards our three central principles: speed, security and simplicity. With the new release, we also give users even more choice and control over their own privacy while surfing the web. The translate feature will hopefully open up the web for people to discover new, compelling content - no matter what language it's written in.’

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