Google Releases Chrome 27

May 21, 2013

Google today announced the release of a new version, 27.0.1453.93, of its Chrome browser for all platforms: Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and Chrome Frame.   The new version incorporates some capability iimprovements:

  • Web pages should, on average, load a bit faster (about 5%)
  • The chrome.SyncFilesystem API for access to Google Drive is available
  • Better spell checking and input prediction

The new release incorporates the latest version of the bundled Flash Player, as well as fixes for 14 identified security vulnrabilitues, 10 of which Google rates as High severity.  Further information is available in the Release Announcement.

Because of the security content of this release, I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can.   Windows and Mac users can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism; Linux users should check their distribution’s repositories for the new version.  If you need to get a complete installation package, you can download it here.

Update Wednesday, 22 May, 17:35 EDT

Ars Technica has an interesting short article on the changes in Chrome 27.  The increase in page loading speed was accomplished by switching from a per-tab scheduler to a global scheduler, which allows some additional optimizations of network utilization.

Triclosan, Still

May 21, 2013

I’ve written here a number of times over the past couple of years (most recently here) about triclosan, an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent that is used in a wide variety of consumer products, including anti-bacterial soaps, toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, other cosmetic products, and household cleaning supplies.   The US Food and Drug Administration [FDA] has been conducting a safety and effectiveness review of triclosan for some time now. The review was originally scheduled to be released in April, 2011; last summer, it was promised by the end of the year (2012).  We’re all still waiting.

The Singularity Hub site has an article on this ongoing saga.  It gives a bit more of the history: the FDA issued draft guidelines in 1978, which classified triclosan as “not generally recognized as safe and effective”.  Since the guidelines were never finalized, nothing changed.

The FDA has not given an updated timetable for the release of its review.

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