Apple’s web browser has joined its latest OS, and joins the dots on a raft of new features that we’ve been promised for a while. These include iCloud tabs and a new tab view — both Mountain Lion only — alongside a new smart search and unified search (with support for Chinese search giant Baidu) and address bar. If your older OS is missing out on those iCloud tabs, there’s some other good news, Reading Lists will now work without being online — which all sounds very in-flight friendly. There’s also a Do Not Track option to cover your internet tracks, but for all the minute detail on some new developer additions, we’d advise hitting the source below.
Update 1: We’re not spotting a Windows release yet — and nor can we see whether it will work on Snow Leopard. Let us know in the comments if you manage to grab the latest iteration. For anyone on Lion, the update will be available from the Mac App Store.
Update 2: The latest version may not arrive on Windows — with all references to the old version now gone from Apple’s site. As 9to5Mac notes, nightly WebKit builds are still out there if you have a sudden pang for Safari. We’ve reached out to Apple to confirm.
With Google tasking itself to organize all of the world’s information, you’d think its own Chrome Web Store would be a bit easier to navigate. Apparently this revelation dawned on someone at the company, because it’s just introduced several enhancements that should help users find new and useful extensions for their browser. Along with faster autocomplete searches and new subcategories, you’ll now find badges that denote an application’s offline functionality and games that can be played on Google+, with additional badges said to be in the works. There’s even a new trending section, where users can discover recently popular titles that rank from “warm” to “on fire.” If it’s been a while since you’ve last visited the Chrome Web Store, now could be an ideal time to peruse the new features. You might even start a trend.
Google just announced movie rentals in the Android Market at its I/O conference. Chris from the Android services team just hit the stage at Moscone and demonstrated renting movies on the Android Market from your phone, tablet or PC with a single click. “Pinning” mirrors the experience with apps and books, you can select it on your PC and download to the device in the background for offline viewing. Movies are live in the market right now, support on all Android 2.2 or higher devices is expected “in a couple of weeks” and tablets will get support bundled with their upgrade to Android 3.1. On the PC, it ties back to the recently expanded YouTube rental service with the same restrictions (30 days to watch, 24 hour window once you start watching) and pricing, making that per-movie VOD price a bit easier to swallow with its cross-platform support and we even spied a few HD selections for $4.99