Google Chrome steps up fight against Spectre attacks

Doris Richards
July 18, 2018

Google has made a decision to release an update for Chrome version 67, which would have closed the security gap, but that the browser is consuming a lot of memory (RAM).

Security measures have been put in place for all desktop users who have updated to Chrome 67, the internet giant announced, as the widespread bug continues to threaten computer users. The good news here is - some new changes have already landed in the Chrome's nightly 'Canary' build and the redesigned Chrome is now available for Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS that enables the new Material Design UI by default. Also, these small little upgrades to the Material design can be spotted on the Canary build right now.

Touch inspired changes to Google Chrome are being introduced which means more rounded parts of the user interface and more while space. Therefore it is expected that the Canary build comes with its bugs and issues and the software is prone to crashes and freezes. You used to have to open the page of Google Maps for places if you want to leave a rating. For that, go to the search bar and type chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md to "Refresh" and then chrome://flags/#views-browser-windows.

Responding to Beaufort's Google Plus post, Chrome fans were divided about the new design.

The new design on Chrome takes a much more minimalistic and more straightforward feel with all the tabs, the address bar, the buttons going through a revamp. This build reportedly will use about 10% more RAM than before, thanks to new fixes against Meltdown and Spectre. "Given the large scope of this change, we are keeping a 1% holdback, for now, to monitor and improve performance", Google Chrome team member Charlie Reis explained.

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