Canary-colored Chrome

This week, Chrome gets painted, Microsoft's Security Essentials is upgraded, TrueCrypt adds features, and RIM cozies up to desktop software.

As part of its steamrolling list of updates, Google recently released a new build of Chrome. For those who want to keep up with the browser's latest features, Chrome Canary is where it's at. This version of the software, aimed at testers and developers, will be updated every time there is a successful nightly build. Users who want to stick with the stable version of Chrome can expect updates to come more frequently as well.

The beta released for the new version of Microsoft's Security Essentials anti-malware software is now available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the U.S., Israel, China, and Brazil. The software now integrates with Microsoft's firewall, with an option to turn it off. Because this beta integrates with Internet Explorer, it provides greater protection against Web-based threats.

The popular open-source and free encryption program TrueCrypt has released version 7, which comes with new security enhancements and features. Though there are added features, including new favoriting options and added AES encryption support, TrueCrypt will no longer encrypt device-hosted volumes on floppy disks.

Finally, RIM has released BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 in a limited beta for Windows computers. The company has not stated how long the closed invitation period will last, but has promised to release the software to the public later this summer.