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May 31, 2013

My Linux Mint 15. Configured.

This is my fully customized desktop.
Well, I spent the whole day installing and perfecting my perfect desktop on Linux Mint 15! As you can see from the screenshot above, I have customized everything I could customize.

Wallpaper: I just downloaded my wallpaper from Google Drive and set it as the desktop wallpaper.
Cinnamon: Just found a theme called 'Nightlife - Flax' off the Cinnamon Themes section and installed.
Icons: For the icons, I used the 'Faience' theme - which can be found on Gnome-Look's website
Desktop: The desktop features the Conky system monitor bar (on the right). The theme is 'CONKY-COLORS'.
Cursor: The cursor theme is 'Pulse Glass' which can also be found on Gnome-Look.
Dock: I used a software called 'Docky' using an in-built theme. You can install 'Docky' from your Software Manager.
Menu Bar: The menu bar is just the standard Cinnamon bar with the menu icon changed. The icon size is 72x72 pixels wide. You cna change it by going into Menu settings in Cinnamon settings.
System Theme: For the controls and windows boreders, I am using the 'Adaiwata-Dark' theme. It is also on Gnome-Look.
Font: I am using 'Comfortaa' as my base font for everything. It looks nice and stylish!

So I think that's about it! If you want more information or help with getting the look (similar to mine) feel free to email me or leave a comment below!

Miku's Climb: A three image story

Ok, so I was bored whilst waiting for my Linux Mint 15 install on my laptop. So I made up a three part story about my Miku Nendoroid figurine. Here it goes:
Miku encounters a huge mountain!
Miku decides to climb to the top of the monitor mountain.
Miku has reached the top of Mt Samsung! Mission accomplished!

Linux Mint 15 has been released!

Linux Mint 15
Linux Mint 15 codenamed "Olivia" has finally been released! I have been waiting for this release for a while now and finally it is here!

Some new stuff:
  • A new tool that allows you to manage the software sources called MintSources
  • A new driver manager tool called "MintDrivers"
  • MDM now supports three types of greetersL a GTK greeter, a GDM greeter and a new HTML greeter
  • Artwork improvements (wallpapers, themes...)
  • Update Manager is now able to refresh the APT cache in user mode
  • Software Manager now uses automated pagination
  • And more!
I can't wait to install Linux Mint 15 and try out all the new features that it has to offer.

You can download the variant Linux Mint editions from the official website!

[via WebUpd8]

May 30, 2013

Meet Gmail's New Inbox


It seems like those rumours about a Gmail redesign was true. The latest video released by Google shows an update the the Gmail interface in your browser. You can easily customize the new inbox - select the tabs you want from all five to none, drag-and-drop to move messages between tabs, set certain senders to always appear in a particular tab and star messages so that they also appear in the Primary tab.

Gmial for Android and iOS devices are also getting an upgrade. You will be able to see your Primary mail when you open the app and you can easily navigate to the other tabs.
 
The new inbox is rolling out gradually. The desktop, Android and iOS versions will become available within the next few weeks.

[via Gmail Blog]

SwiftKey hits version 4.1.1 with important bug fixes

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Shortly after releasing version 4.1 of its keyboard that brought new themes and improvements, the bump to 4.1.1 today brings a few important fixes. First up, those of you with Samsung devices using the stock email app will now have proper text input, without a cursor that jumps around in the paragraph you're typing. Also an important fix, the keyboard will no longer have an unusable "execute" button while typing in the new Google Hangouts app. Additionally, two crashes related to personalization features and using the "Pitch" theme on older Android 2.1 devices have been fixed.

May 29, 2013

Shinomiya Natsuki's character single ranked 6th on first day of release

Oricon released their rankings tonight for this week's set of new releases, which includes Natsuki's character single, from Uta no Prince sama Maji Love 2000%. Natsuki came in 6th, which is pretty good, considering he had to compete against popular bands such as Arashi, who came 1st, and 2PM, who came 2nd. Congratulations to my bi-polar prince!

Printers are evil!

My printer was playing up these couple of days and I couldn't find out what the reason was. It wouldn't print anything at all. I had checked that the settings were correct and the network connection was fine. It turned out my printer was being stubborn and refused to print anything because the black toner was "low" (which it wasn't). I asked a friend for advise and he suggested I take out the toner and give it a good shake. So I did it. And now the printer works and everything is good. Goes to show that printers are quite annoying. Here is a hilarious comic strip that summarizes the hell of printers: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/printers.

Google Launcher Starts Showing Up in Chrome New Tab Page

Google Launcher on Chrome New Tab Page
If you’re running a bleeding edge version of Google Chrome (be it dev, chromium or Canary) then take a peek at the New Tab page: there’s something different.

Google have added an additional launcher to the Chrome new tab page most developers builds across all desktop platforms.

It’s not overly flashy. In fact, it’s barely even noticeable. But it’s designed to give users quick access to common Google services – Gmail, Maps, News, etc – straight from the new tab page. What it isn’t however, is a replacement for the old web-app launcher; the pop-over only displays static links to Google sites.

If the launcher looks familiar then you may have read about a recent experiment by Google in which they replaced for the “dark bar” stripped across the Google.com homepage for a minimal grid-like launcher.

[via OMG! Chrome!]

Check out 'Pure'. It's a tiny HTML/CSS library.

Diagram of a sample layout.
If you thought HTML/CSS libraries could get any smaller, wait till you see 'Pure'. It's a HTML/CSS modules library to easily help you create simplistic and organised web pages. The library is ridiculously tiny - only 5.7KB after being mini-fied and gzipped without leaving out any of the extras. It contains a responsive style, design and ease of use. So if you are a web developer, you should definitely check this out!


May 28, 2013

[Lyrics] Be - Song Riders (Devil Survivor 2: The Animation ED)


Edited my Houtsuin drawing. Does he look creepier now? (lol)
I love Devil Survivor 2: The animation. And I need an excuse to procrastinate, so I'm translating the ED song 'Be' by Song Riders. Thank goodness most of it is English lyrics. Unfortunately I don't have CD booklet so I couldn't transcribe the lyrics by sight. I got the jap lyrics from here. Although I did double check the lyrics by ear.
Description: Kanji lyrics, Romaji lyrics and English translated lyrics of Be by Song Riders, the ending song of Devil Survivor 2: The Animation.
Note: Partly transcribed by ear. Translation not 100% certain, I'm still learning the language. The parts in brackets ( ) in the English translation are there to help the meaning flow smoother. I also 'translated' the original English lyrics, just because I wanted to change the Japlish to actual English.

Kanji lyrics

I have not thought about living until yesterday
It just a seemed like one scene of a film
I need lore

Oh, everything has utterly changed
泣きそうになるくらい
目を塞いでも変わらない
思いが反比例

(I take it)
Close your eyes
Imagine how to live
You must do it
I close my eyes
And determined
I'm pressed for choice
Just about a leave, faraway
生きるため It's only one
We gotta choose it
So do we?
Just about a leave, faraway
生きるため It's only one
Can you drive your destiny?
Be it
(Now)

Everybody go
残酷な世界を旅する
生きるしか Chanceは無い
どれだけ目を塞いだって
チクタク迫り来る終焉を
選択肢は無い
答えを探してあがいてもがいても見えない
争い奪って壊し合って繰り返しても止めない
もうどこに居たって同じだって
だから僕は止まらない
また日が沈んで行く

Hold your hand
You don't to meet someones end no more
So do I
For not to leave
Don't wanna get a wrong choice
Just about a leave, faraway
生きるため It's only one
We gotta choose it
So do we?
Just about a leave, faraway
生きるため It's only one
Can you drive your destiny?
Be it

Why? How?
They disappeared.
Still I don't get it, for real
Combine forces you and me.
We trust to get back the peace

Close your eyes
Imagine how to live
You must do it
I close my eyes
And determined
I'm pressed for choice
Just about a leave, faraway
生きるため It's only one
We gotta choose it
So do we?
Just about a leave, faraway
生きるため It's only one
Can you drive your destiny?
Be it

Why? How?
They disappeared.
Still I don't get it, for real
Combine forces you and me.
We trust to get back the peace

Romaji lyrics

I have not thought about living until yesterday
It just a seemed like one scene of a film
I need lore

Oh, everything has utterly changed
naki sou ni naru kurai
me wo fusai demo kawara nai
omoi ga hanpirei

(I take it)
Close your eyes
Imagine how to live
You must do it
I close my eyes
And determined
I'm pressed for choice
Just about a leave, faraway
ikiru tame It's only one
We gotta choose it
So do we?
Just about a leave, faraway
ikiru tame It's only one
Can you drive your destiny?
Be it
(Now)

Everybody go
zankoku na sekai wo tabi suru
ikiru shika Chance wa nai
dore dake me wo fusai datte
chikutaku semarikuru shuuen wo
sentakushi wa nai
kotae wo sagashite agaite mogaite mo mienai
arasoi ubatte kowashiatte kurikaeshite mo yamenai
mou doko ni itatte onaji datte
dakara boku wa tomaranai
mata hi ga shizun de iku

Hold your hand
You don't to meet someones end no more
So do I
For not to leave
Don't wanna get a wrong choice
Just about a leave, faraway
ikiru tame It's only one
We gotta choose it
So do we?
Just about a leave, faraway
ikiru tame It's only one
Can you drive your destiny?
Be it

Why? How?
They disappeared.
Still I don't get it, for real
Combine forces you and me.
We trust to get back the peace
Close your eyes
Imagine how to live
You must do it
I close my eyes
And determined
I'm pressed for choice
Just about a leave, faraway
ikiru tame It's only one
We gotta choose it
So do we?
Just about a leave, faraway
ikiru tame It's only one
Can you drive your destiny?
Be it

Why? How?
They disappeared.
Still I don't get it, for real
Combine forces you and me.
We trust to get back the peace

English translation

I haven't thought about living until yesterday.
Everything seemed so unreal, just like from a movie.
I need to know more.

Oh, everything has utterly changed.
It's enough to bring me to tears.
Even if I close my eyes, the reality won't change,
But my feelings will.

(I'll take life on)
Close your eyes!
Imagine how it is to truly live.
You must do it.
I close my eyes,
And be determined.
I'm pressed for choice,
Should I abandon everything and go faraway.
To survive,
It's the only choice.
We gotta choose it,
So do we?
I'm just about a leave faraway.
To survive,
It's only one (step),
Can you drive your destiny?
Be it (Be the one to choose your own fate).
Now.

Everybody has to make a journey across this cruel world.
My only chance is to survive.
No matter how much I cover my eyes,
There's no avoiding
The end that is looming, as time ticks by.
I struggle as I seek for answers that cannot be found.
There's no end to these desperate struggles, the destruction and breaking (of your soul)
No matter where I go, I keep seeing the same scenarios.
That's why I will not stop (fighting),
The sun will set again.

Let me hold onto your hand,
Because I don't want to see any more lives lost.
I also don't want to leave,
I don't wanna make a wrong choice.
If you're just about to leave faraway,
To survive,
It's only one (moment's decision).
We gotta choose it,
So do we?
If you're just about to leave faraway
To survive
It's only one (choice)
Can you drive your destiny?
Be it (Be the one to choose your own fate).

Why and how did they disappear?
I still don't really get it.
Let's combine our forces,
We'll trust each other and bring back the peace.

Close your eyes!
Imagine how it is to truly live.
You must do it.
I close my eyes,
And be determined.
I'm pressed for choice,
Should I abandon everything and go faraway.
To survive,
It's the only choice.
We gotta choose it,
So do we?
I'm just about a leave faraway.
To survive,
It's only one (step),
Can you drive your destiny?
Be it (Be the one to choose your own fate).
Now!

Why and how did they disappear?
I still don't really get it.
Let's combine our forces,
We'll trust each other and bring back the peace.

[Seiyuu] Suwabe tweets about Google Glasses and DS2 live broadcast

Last night was the third round of the Devil Survivor 2: The Animation live broadcast show. Seiyuu Suwabe Junichi was the host of the show and Nobuhiko Okamoto was invited as guest. I can't comment on the show yet because I haven't watched it, I'm still waiting for some kind person to upload it. But I bet it was full of fun judging from how the first and second round of shows went.
『Google Glass』遂に実物を、見た!触った!試した! マジ新世紀!
Also, Suwabe tweeted early this morning that he got his hands on the latest Google Glasses. He said that "He obtained the real thing (Google Glasses), touched it and tried it! It's really amazing new technology".

Pumpkin's Seiyuu appreciation post: Hatano Wataru

Since I don't have any news to post today, enjoy a picture of one of my favourite seiyuus, Hatano Wataru. Maybe I'll start a daily seiyuu appreciation picture post since my collection of seiyuu pictures is increasing daily.

Linux Mole City


This video was trending on Google+ and it talks about the switch from Windows/Mac to Linux (specifically the Ubuntu OS). The video is quite old (about 2 years) but still applicable and funny nonetheless. Of course though, Linux definitely has improved since then so it is even more easier to make the switch.

Featured Wallpaper: Code Alone

That is me, on the computer.

May 27, 2013

UtaPri merchandise gone too far?

Broccoli goods announced last week that UtaPri scrunchies can be purchased at their store for 700 yen each (that's approximately $7 AUD).
Seriously!? $7 for a piece of rubber covered with some cloth to tie your hair with!
Then they also announced that they will start selling these really UGLY stockings that no one would dare to wear outside the house, for a price of 2,500 Yen (approx. $25 AUD). =="

No second season of K but a movie instead

Last night an event for the anime K, titled "K-Who is the next-" was held. With JunJun, OnoD, Sakurai Takahiro, Kenjiro and Namikawa participating in the event.
It was announced that there will be a movie (rather than the fan-speculated second season) and its tentative release date is set for 2014. No other information is available yet. 
Pictures stolen from Kenjiro's twitter.
Personally I would've preferred a second season, but then I'm not sure how they would develop the story considering the first season ending. Let's just wait and see how the movie turns out (i.e. don't get your hopes high).

Rumoured redesign Gmail app to be released on Wednesday

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Could this be the redesign on the Gmail app? Earlier this week, The Next Web and Android Police got an anonymous tip about a new version of Gmail. The tip was showing off an alleged Gmail redesign that would automatically categorize all your emails and also separate them into different inboxes. What was interesting about the images is that they were very sloppily done.
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The images above are showing the new version of Gmail on Android, iOS and desktop. So it’s not just an Android update to Gmail, but across all three platforms. The Android version is what we’ll be focusing on, and it does have the slide-out navigation drawer and a top-only action bar. Which is just like what we saw at Google I/O earlier this month. Gmail also now sticks profile pictures (most likely from Google+) in front of every email and multiple labels are now readable.

The new automatic email categorization feature makes you think the “SmartLabels” lab feature is graduating into prime time. The SmartLabels automatically tagged incoming emails with “Forums”, “Notifications”, “Promotions”, “Updates”, and “Social Updates”. As noted by Android Police. It’s also worthy to note that these lable show up differently on each platform.

So when is this launching? Well, Android Police’s tipster says this is a draft of an official Gmail Blog post which is set to go live Wednesday at 4pm GMT, which is 12-noon EDT, and 9am PDT. So it should be hitting the Play Store (and App Store, if you use an iOS device).

[via AndroidHeadlines]

May 26, 2013

Pumpkin's Palette: DS2 Ep 8 好きなシーン

Ever since I watched Ep 8 of Devil Survivor 2, I wanted a Houtsuin smug face to hang on my wall, so I drew his face. I also double-sided my Houtsuin drawing with Alcor.
Let's just say the story escalated reeeaallly quickly in ep 8. Like A LOT happened. \no-spoilers, but there were quite a bit of foreshadowing, so I've placed my bet on what the ending will be.
I'm starting to get sad that there's only 5 episodes remaining.

Sunday night Twitter stalking - Valvrave, Shingeki and UtaPri

Wahahaaha. 兵長!!! (@yumemitoga)
@Utapuri0517 snapped these while at the UtaPri Cafe. Jealous MAXXXX!
Woah so cool!! @valvrave (official Valvrave twitter account)
There was a special Valvrave event at the Shibuya Animate shop.

Need for Speed Rivals Teaser Trailer


Check out this awesome teaser trailer for the next Need for Speed game! I am a huge Need for Speed fan and I have played a few of the games in the series (Carbon, Shift, Shift 2, Hot Pursuit, Most Wanted). I definitely can't wait to see what's in store for us this year!

[CD Review] Natsuki Shinomiya's Character songs

This will be pretty brief as I want to get back to watching the Shirokuma Cafe Event DVD.
But I finally downloaded Natsuki's songs. *cue screams*
Wow the lyrics are so beautiful *cries* I thought that I wouldn't like Natsuki songs, only Satsuki songs, but this performance totally surprised me. I did not expect the key change at the end of "Sirius e no Chikai". That song is all about the desire to grow stronger.
While "Yell's" lyrics falls along the same line of Syo's "Challenge" song, whose theme was "YOLO - enjoy life and the world around you, because it'll pass you by before you know it", Yell pretty much talks about "yeah, your life might suck, but hey everything will be fine eventually if you will it to be; just be lucky-go-happy, appreciate the beautiful things around you and keep trying.

Also, anyone notice the slogan at the side of the CD box: "You will find the music more beautiful than kiss!" - Hahaha, well I wouldn't getting an actual kiss from the princes. XD

I might go and translate the lyrics a little later on in the week. But for now back to my Shirokuma show.

May 25, 2013

[Downloads] Natsuki Shinomiya's Character song + Shirokuma Cafe Event DVD

Wanted to share two goodies I discovered tonight.
Firstly, it's Natsuki's character song (from Uta no Prince sama Maji Love 2000%). Download here. (Click on "下载(50.43M)" button)
Secondly, it's the Shirokuma Cafe Event DVD. Download here. (Click on "下载(645.96M)" button)

PSotD - 100万回の愛革命!

Title: 100万回の愛革命! (Hyakuman-kai no Ai Kakumei (Revolution)!)
Artist: Marginal #4
Year: 2013
Notes: Lately I've been delving into the realm of otome CDs (aka drama CDs targeted at the female audience), and Rejet is one of my favourite companies that produce such delicious goodies.
Marginal #4 is a 4 person musical unit comprised of seiyuus: Masuda Toshiki (増田俊樹), Takahashi Naozumi (高橋直純), KENN and Suzuki Yuto (鈴木裕斗). Initially this group was created to perform only at Rejet's live shows. But then the company decided to leech more money off its audience and get the group to release a CD.
There are two parts of the chorus where you will hear this soft "click/Tch" sound, and no, this is NOT a glitch (like I initially thought), it's just the boys kissing the listener. 'Why?' you ask - well this is aimed at a female audience after all, and we like to hear pretty boys kissing us on the cheek?
There's a total of 4 songs in this CD, but I only like the first and the last one. The lyrics of the second song are a bit... er... strong(?), unless I'm reading too much into the lyrics. Okay fine, to be honest the lyrics of all the songs pretty much revolve around how much the boys love/dote on you, they'll do anything to get your attention, love is a dangerous drug and that they want to get close to you \(^^)/.
DDL: here

Gackt Reveals Track Lists of his two 'Best of' Albums

BEST OF THE BEST vol.1 -MILD- [CD]
01.WHITE LOVERS-shiawase na toki-
02.DISPAR
03.GHOST
04.emu~FOR MY DEAR~
05.JOURNEY THROUGH THE DECADE
06.shiratsuyu-HAKURO-
07.LAST SONG~UNPLUGGED~
08.VANILLA
09.koakuma heaven
10.GRAFFITI
11.kimi no tame ni dekiru koto
12.MISSING~egao wo misete~
13.sakura, chiru...

[Blu-ray/DVD]
WHITE LOVERS-shiawase na toki- PV
GHOST PV
JOURNEY THROUGH THE DECADE PV
shiratsuya-HAKURO- PV
Koakuma Heaven LIVE
GRAFFITI PV
sakura chiru PV

BEST OF THE BEST vol.1 -WILD- [CD]
01.DOOMSDAY
02.DEATH WISH
03.REDEMPTION
04.UNTIL THE LAST DAY
05.CLAYMORE
06.FLOWER
07.SAYONARA
08.BLACK STONE
09.ANOTHER WORLD
10.EVER
11.jounetsu no inazuma
12.JESUS
13.STAY THE RIDE ALIVE

[Blu-ray/DVD]
UNTIL THE LAST DAY PV
CLAYMORE PV
FLOWER (G only) PV
EVER PV
JESUS PV
STAY THE RIDE ALIVE PV

The albums will drop on July 3rd. The DVD-version costs 4410 yen, the blu-ray-version 5040 Yen and the Limited Edition box-set 12075 Yen (with DVD) and 12650 Yen (with blu-ray).

Source: jpopasia

May 24, 2013

MeMuMo: Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

Title: Radioactive
Artist: Imagine Dragons
Year: 2013
Comments: This is addictive song! The beat is really catchy and the lyrics are also pretty good as well. Overall, this has probably be my most played on repeat song for this month. Imagine Dragons are quite a good band!

May 23, 2013

Uta no Prince sama Maji Love 2000% - Episode 8 [v.P]

[Sad to say but I kind of lost the mood to properly review this episode. But then again since when have I "properly" reviewed an anime? And what does "properly review" even mean? Yeah okay, you can tell I'm in a down mood because I'm rambling over here. Why the bad mood? Life, stress, deadlines, assignment marking, life. Wanting to do certain things but no time (like drawing fanart: got quite a few ideas/poses stacked up but no time to draw them out) and lack of skills (like translating Masa's Sanctuary song - I just checked the Jap lyrics, he uses a lot of difficult words/phrasing, and it looks like I won't be able to do the translation any justice with my current Jap knowledge). "Yeah whatever pumpkin, I don't really care about your life", well I never asked for you to care, "Seriously I don't care", fine whatever I'll shut up now.]
Picture dump of this episode first. Scattered thoughts about this episode right at end.


New Magi character figurines

The official Magi staff Twitter account tweeted earlier today the following picture of new Sindbad and Ugo figurines, and an Aladdin earphone jack.
The tweet also commented that Sindbad looks rather large (or rather the leaf looks rather small IMO (lol)), and that these figurines were made with quite a lot of detail. 
Which one would you want the most?

PC is still the best gaming platform

PC is still the best
I found this comment whilst going though my daily Android news. The article was talking about a release of a new game on the Android platform. Most people will think that mobiles and tablets aren't really suited for gaming and that consoles are still better, but who can forget the PC?

Google Drive updated with more document features

Google Drive
Google Drive has a big update in Google Play today, with two very cool features being added. The interface of the application has been redesigned, and now we see Google's new cards design at play, looking very much like a mashup of Google Now and Google+.

In addition, users can scan paper items like receipts or bills, and transfer them into pdf files to get stored in Drive, With the new OCR technology, you'll even be able to search through their contents. This should make things a bit easier to use Google Drive for things like expense reports, and the new sheets (spreadsheets) editing tools will make it easier to build that report.

There are also a few other small changes, like being able to download local copies to your Android device and use Google Cloud Print with any compatible printer.

[via Android Central]

May 22, 2013

Ren's character song takes 5th rank on first day of release

Ren was no match for mainstream JPop, AKB48, Perfume and Scandal. He came in #5 ;_;
OLDCODEX's single "The Misfit Go", used as the OP for the anime Arata Kangatari, came in #25, and Song Rider's single "Trauma/Be", used as OP for the anime Devil Survivor 2, came in #24.
Also, earlier tonight Suwabe tweeted "Thanks everyone for picking up (the new CD) today."
Seeing this message made me feel ultra guilty. I'm so sorry Suwabe /cries/ I seriously would've bought your CD if I was in Japan.

Chrome updated to 27, now 5% faster!

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Google has just released the latest stable update to  Chrome, version 27, which has improved page loading by 5% and supporting a new File System Sync API.

The Chrome team have released version 27 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux users. Web page loading is now 5% faster on average. Support for the File System Sync API has been added, allowing websites to save and synchronize data on Google Drive.

This release features a new search customized New Tab Page layout, using the Instant Extended API. This new API improves ranking of predictions, improves spell correction, and numerous fundamental improvements for Omnibox predictions.

Finally, the Chrome App Launcher should now be accessible by default for Windows users.

Chrome 27 also features a slew of security updates, making your browsing experience even more secure.
  • Security fixes with use-after-free scenarios with SVG, clipboard, media, flash, widget and speech
  • Fixes with Memory safety using Web Audio
  • Resolved issues with XXS extraction
Finally, Webkit has been updated to version 537.35 and V8 has been updated to version 3.17.14

Chrome 27 will be last ever release using WebKit. Chrome 28 will use Blink.

[via OMG! Chrome!]