Chrome Beta Update Adds Automatic Translation, Content Controls

Windows/Mac/Linux: The latest Beta update for Google Chrome does away with the need for clever bookmarklets by automatically dropping down a translation bar when you're browsing another language. It also adds whitelist-type controls over Flash, Java and other browser content.

The video up top demonstrates Chrome's translation bar in practice. It's worth noting that if you don't want Chrome to offer a translation bar for certain foreign languages (those different from the language you set in the preferences), your best bet is to add that language to your list in Chrome's settings — there doesn't seem to be a way to turn it off entirely.

As for cookies, images, JavaScript, plug-ins and pop-ups, you can now set Chrome up in each case to always block them, always allow them, or accept them only from sites you add to a list. For hardcore fans of NoScript, FlashBlock, and other such web streamlining tools, that's a pretty nice addition.

Here's another Google video detailing the content controls:

Development channel users already have these functions, Beta users should get them with their next update at browser launch, and stable users, Google says these features should arrive in the coming weeks. Want to jump ahead to beta or dev? Use the channel changer.

A polyglot Google Chrome beta, with new privacy features [Google Chrome Blog]


    Translation Bar Privacy Issue: I never allowed Chrome to send the web addresses I visit to 'google servers' to determine the content language. Even if I chose 'Never translate X language' the URLs are sent anyways.
    Many updates were released after the introduction of this forced feature but Google hasn't offered a way to disable it.
    After the great news about Chrome supporting Extensions, I've decided to try Chrome, but I believe this 'translation toolbar' feature has been the most upseting/controversial since the release of Chrome and many have switched back to Firefox until this 'glitch' gets fixed.

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