Google has launched a new beta version of its Chrome browser with a number of new features, including additional privacy controls and seamless integration of translation functionality.
The company says the new beta will give users greater choice and control over their privacy as they browse the Web.
In addition to Chrome's existing incognito mode – a handy way to browse the Web without leaving traces of website visits or a download history on your computer – users now have even more in-depth control over their privacy settings in the new "Content Settings" section of Chrome's Privacy Options dialog.
As well as the above, users of the new beta can now also do the following:
Add cookie rules for specific websites (such as 'allow', 'ask', or 'block')
Block all third-party cookies
Automatically clear all cookies when the browser is closed
Block loading of all images
Add image rules for specific websites
Block loading of all plug-ins
Add plug-in rules for specific websites
Google Chrome's option dialogs also provide a link to the Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager, where users can view and control the local objects that Adobe Flash stores on their computer.
The new Chrome beta will also add a feature to help our users navigate the multilingual Web: instant machine translation of Web pages, without the need for any browser extensions or plug-ins.
When the language of the Web page you're viewing is different from your preferred language setting, Chrome will display a prompt asking if you'd like the page to be translated for you. Users can also set an option to automatically translate all pages they encounter in a particular language.
Wieland Holfelder, Google 's Engineering Director in Munich, says: "Browsers are perhaps the most important piece of software for computer users today. We're innovating quickly with Chrome, and continue to work towards our three central principles: speed, security and simplicity. With the new release, we also give users even more choice and control over their own privacy while surfing the Web. The translate feature will hopefully open up the web for people to discover new, compelling content – no matter what language it's written in."