Chrome beta disses plug-ins, speeds tapping on Android

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Google released a beta of Chrome 32 on Thursday, fulfilling a promise to block many plug-ins and speeding up some tap operations on Android.

And Imgur fans will be eager to know that the new release also brings support for animated WebP images, a feature already added to Google’s image format but that had to overcome hurdles before finding a place in Chrome, too. Some advocated for a shift to plain old video, but animated GIFs have attained newfound popularity. Google promises smaller file sizes with animated WebP as an alternative, said Urvang Joshi, the Google programmer who championed animated WebP support for Chrome, in a blog post Thursday.

In September, Google announced that it will ban plug-ins that use the NPAPI technology for interfacing with the browser and giving it extra abilities. The ban doesn’t affect Adobe Systems’ Flash Player, by far the most widely used plug-in, and will only affect several other widely used plug-ins after a more graceful phase-out period.

On Android, the Chrome 32 beta ditches a 0.3-second delay that bogged down the process of tapping on a link. The delay was necessary to make sure people weren’t double-tapping to reformat a Web page for a mobile device. The delay is disabled for Web pages that Chrome judges to be designed specifically for mobile screens — another incentive for Web developers to adjust to the mobile market.

The new browser also supports the Vibration interface, which lets Web apps buzz your phone the way native apps already can. That’s one small step of the laborious process of trying to bring Web apps up to parity with those written directly for Android and iOS apps.

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Dolce and Gabbana File Appeal

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DOMENICO DOLCE and Stefano Gabbana‘s lawyer has filed a 90-page appeal of their tax evasion convictions at a Milan courthouse this week, requesting a full acquittal of his clients.

Referring to Gado Slr – the Luxembourg-based holding company that the prosecution claims Dolce and Gabbana set up to transfer earnings, therefore avoid paying tax in Italy – the design duo’s legal representative Massino Dinoia said that they were only ever concerned with, “those issues that concern the image of the fashion house and the creation of products, while all that pertains to the commercial phase, such as the organization and the administration of the company structures, concern other offices and individuals.”

Dolce and Gabbana have always strongly denied any charges or allegations against them concerning tax evasion. A date for the appeal court has not yet been set.

Now that’s how to support the troops! Abbey Clancy looks very naked at charity bash

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Abbey Clancy attends Fashion for the Brave in support of the British Forces at war at The Dorchester

 

They met on Strictly Come Dancing and Abbey Clancy’s long legs obviously made an impression on dazzling designer Julien Macdonald.

Leggy TV presenter Abbey looked completely amazing at Fashion for the Brave on Friday evening in a stunning gown which basically made Jaimie Alexander look covered up.

But it was all in the name of raising money for our boys – which WAG Abbey is bound to do in her sheer panel dress which revealed her toned… everywhere.

Fashion For The Brave is a high profile fashion event to raise money for the Household cavalry Foundation and Soldiering On.

Every year the charity gala features a custom dress by a top designer.

 

Abbey Clancy attends Fashion for the Brave in support of the British Forces at war at The Dorchester

The model, who is married to footballer Peter Crouch, and dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec landed in the bottom two in last week’s show and Clancy admits she has been gripped by nerves.

Clancy, who joined some of the show’s stars to sell poppies in London’s Covent Garden as part of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, said: “My own brain is my main competition. I need to just get past the nerves.

“Seeing as though we were in the bottom two last week it’s high hopes.

“All we can do is our best and I’m really loving the experience and we’re just going to go out there fighting and hope people will pick up the phones and vote for us.”

It’s All In The Deetz

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IF you haven’t heard of Deetz yet, you should make a beeline before everyone else does. After only six weeks of being in store at Harvey Nichols, its latest autumn/winter 2013 collection was already more than 60 per cent sold out.

“We don’t have anything similar to Deetz,” said Harvey Nichols contemporary buyer Vikki Kavanagh. “The collection is fun and easy to wear, with its own unique handwriting.”

The British label – named after Beetlejuice character Lydia Deetz – was established by sisters, McQ and Matthew Williamson freelance designer, Amy Currie and Vogue‘s Lauren Milligan with the first collection landing in Harvey Nichols in January earlier this year. Its aesthetic centres upon a playful approach to darkness; colourful prints infuse gothic with irreverent humour – some of which are based on a harmless, dysfunctional family of skeletons, with members including lovebirds Clarence and Gloria, married couple Mr and Mrs and intellectual beauty queen Miss Ogny.

“Deetz pieces stand up by themselves as a total look,” continued Kavanagh. “They have a distinct handwriting. The Deetz customer is confident in herself and enjoys a contemporary edge.”

A former Scottish Fashion Award nominee (Currie is from Glasgow), the label is currently up for the Scottish Style Awards’s Best Womenswear accolade – with the winners revealed at a ceremony this weekend. While Deetz is still sold exclusively at Harvey Nichols in the UK, the brand has also received international acclaim and is soon to be sold at Avenue 32 – as well as American retailer Intermix, where it will sit alongside luxury labels such as Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler.

“It’s been such a whirlwind two seasons,” Currie told us. “I can hardly believe our third season will be in stores in just a couple of months. We’re trying to grow slowly – adding new shapes and stockists gradually – and focus on what our customers love: perfectly-cut shapes, luxe fabrics and unique illustrations. Just an easy, quirky glamour.”

See the full collection at Deetz.co.uk, or shop theHarvey Nichols edit here.