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Newest Version of Google Chrome Allows Web Apps to See and Hear You

You might feel that Google already knows too much information about you, but the web search kingpin seems to feel otherwise.

The latest release of Google’s Chrome web browser allows users to give web apps permission to access their computer’s webcam and microphone without the need of a plug-ins such as Flash and Silverlight.

This neat, but somewhat creepy, feature uses Google’s getUserMedia API and is Google’s first step in support of WebRTC, a new real-time high-quality video and audio communication standard.

Adding the getUserMedia API to Chrome gives developers more flexibility when creating browser-based applications. For example, someone could possibly use this platform to develop a web-based video chat client, free of plug-ins. A user would simply need to authorize the application and point and click.

The latest version of Chrome add high-resolution support for Mac Retina displays. This makes Chrome the first non-Safari web browser to feature support for Apple’s super sharp display.

Chrome’s latest release also adds extended gamepad support and Cloud Print devices now appear in the print dialog.

[via: Google]

 


Mark Hearn

Mark Hearn is a nerd's nerd if ever such a thing existed. Covering the mobile scene for several years, he also has a love for film, sports, gaming...

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