Chrome 69 to Arrive With Cool New Features

Main features of one of the most popular web browser are revamped design, more powerful omnibox, and better password manager
06 September 2018   967

On September 4, 2018, Google announced the release of Chrome 69 with an updated design, an improved omnibox and an updated password manager. Also, the company recalled that the first version of the browser came out exactly 10 years ago, and shared both memories of the past tense and plans for the future.

What's new in Chrome 69 for users

  • Updated design and personalization. Elements of the browser have received more rounded forms, acquired new icons and a color palette. You can also customize the start page for yourself: set the image that will be displayed on each new tab, and add your own shortcuts to the URLs of your favorite sites.
  • Security and autocomplete. The developers presented advanced field of autocomplete for entering passwords, addresses, and payment card numbers. In addition, the password manager has been improved: the browser can generate it for a new site and immediately save it for both desktop and mobile versions.
  • Omnibox. The address bar, which also serves as a search engine, now shows detailed answers to questions: from the results of matches to the weather in the city and the translation of words. The bonus is the search function for open tabs in three browser windows. You must enter a site name, and Chrome will prompt you to switch to the appropriate tab. In the future, developers promise to implement the search for files on Google 
  • Under the hood. In addition to external changes, developers also announced accelerated browser downloads, improved usability and optimized memory usage. Also, the team fixed about 40 bugs, spending $ 29,000 within the Bug Bounty program.

What's New in Chrome 69 for Developers

  • New CSS-property scroll-snap-type for creating smoother animation when scrolling through photos in the gallery.
  • Meta-tag viewport-fit and environment safe-area-inset-* variables to use the entire screen area on smartphones with "bells" with other design elements that can overlap some content. 
  • Web Locks API to coordinate the use of shared resources. If one script uses a particular resource, for others it is blocked and will be available only when code execution is completed.
navigator.locks.request('network_sync_lock', async lock => {
  // The lock has been acquired.
  await do_something();
  await do_something_else();
  // Now the lock will be released.
});
  • Two new methods for JavaScript arrays - flat () and flatMap ().

Previous version of the browser - Google Chrome 68 - was released in late July 2018. The application received a gray "Not Secure" datagram for HTTP sites, new APIs, as well as separate buttons for exiting the full-screen mode and adding emoji.

Node.js v12.0.0 to be Rolled Out

It has giant list of updates, improvements and changes
24 April 2019   98

The release of Node.js 12.0.0, a platform for executing network applications in JavaScript, is available. Node.js 12.0 refers to branches with a long period of support, but this status will be assigned only in October, after stabilization. Updates for LTS branches are issued for 3 years. Support for the last LTS branch of Node.js 10.0 will last until April 2021, and the year before last LTS-branch 8.0 until January 2020. Support for the intermediate branch Node.js 11.0 will be discontinued in June 2019. The lifetime of the LTS branch 6.0 will end on April 30.

These are some of the large list of updates and new staff:

  • V8 engine was updated to version 7.4 with support for asynchronous stack traces, increasing await performance, parsing JavaScript and calls when the actual and declared number of arguments does not match;
  • TLS 1.3 is now supported in the tls module and TLS 1.0 / 1.1 is shutdown by default;
  • Enhancing protection and checks on the size of allocated memory in the Buffer class;

Get more info at official website.