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Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Last week, Google updated Chrome to version 42 (beta). In that update, there was a small (possibly overlooked) feature that brings push notifications to your phone for websites than enable the feature. The update is part of Google’s Fizz initiative, which aims to bridge the wide gap between native mobile apps and web apps for mobile. That same update is creating a bit of buzz, but also confusing the matter of apps a bit, as push notifications for mobile websites are now available — just like native apps.

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Meerkat pops it’s head up on Android with public beta

Meerkat pops it’s head up on Android with public beta

When Meerkat was soft-launched earlier this year, it caught the Twittersphere’s attention in a big way. Then Twitter cut Meerkat off from its social graph for a hot minute, which came just ahead of Periscope landing on the scene. With Twitter taking the live-streaming reigns, many figured Meerkat was going to be a ‘fun fact’ in the history of streaming apps. Instead, Meerkat is branching out, and has announced a public beta for Android, which is wide open for anyone who is interested in trying Meerkat out.

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iOS 8.4 revamps Apple’s Music app, and the changes are “beautiful”

iOS 8.4 revamps Apple’s Music app, and the changes are “beautiful”

Apple has pushed out the iOS 8.4 beta update, and chief among its features is a revamped Music app, one that Apple touts as being "beautiful" and, of course, easier to use than the previous version without sacrificing functionality. The new Music app design is complemented by several new features that round out the user experience, including “streamlined” use of iTunes Radio, making it easier to go back to favorite stations and to choose from existing curated Featured offerings.

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BitTorrent’s Project Maelstrom web browser gets beta release

BitTorrent’s Project Maelstrom web browser gets beta release

In the game of desktop web browsers these days, you have to be different to hope to stand a chance against the big guys. And that's exactly what BitTorrent is attempting with their browser software, dubbed Project Maelstrom. What makes it different? Instead of getting data from centralized servers, websites can be delivered via peer-to-peer connections, just like how that new Hollywood movie gets passed around so quickly. While the browser was in alpha only a few months ago, a beta is now available to download for Windows PC users.

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It’s Chrome OS’ turn for the Google Now upgrade

It’s Chrome OS’ turn for the Google Now upgrade

Google has been increasingly pushing its Google Now virtual assistant and its "cards" convention across its different services and apps. The last one to get card-y was YouTube, where the cards will replace the older popups that relay additional information about videos. Now Google is teasing the next product to get a Google Now makeover, one that is probably long overdue anyway. The beta channel of its Chrome operating system has just gotten a new "Chrome Launcher 2.0", and the most outstanding feature is the presence of Google Now.

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New Chrome extension throttles down webpage data usage

New Chrome extension throttles down webpage data usage

Sometimes, you just need to throttle down on your data consumption when browsing. Maybe you’re tethering a computer to your smartphone and don’t want to gobble up plan data, or are on a public WiFi network. Maybe the WiFi in your hotel is slow. Whatever the case, it’s sometimes best to use as little data as possible to get the job done. To that, Google has unveiled a beta Chrome extension that will compress webpage data for you.

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Apple starts rollout of iOS 8.3 public beta program

Apple starts rollout of iOS 8.3 public beta program

When OS X Yosemite was rolling out, Apple unleashed a public beta program to ease interested consumers into the new-look desktop OS. Via mobile, the aesthetic changes were made long ago in iOS 7, but features are coming at a rapid clip. To that, Apple is also seeding a public beta program for iOS today, starting with iOS 8.3. Still rolling out (read: if you visit the link below and it doesn’t show up, don’t worry), the beta gives just about anyone an early peek into what’s next.

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PS4 software version 2.50 to include button remapping, rest mode enhancements

PS4 software version 2.50 to include button remapping, rest mode enhancements

It's a been a while since Sony has released an update to the PlayStation 4's software that really added any new features to the console. But it appears that will change soon, as version 2.50 seems to be in the works, with members of the PlayStation MVP program getting invites to beta test the software update. Invites are said to come via message from the PlayStation Network through March 9th, while the following info about new features comes from those who've already downloaded the beta.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta arrives with Photos

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta arrives with Photos

Those who are signed up to be part of Apple's OS X Beta Program have scored the first public beta for OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 today, perhaps most notable for its inclusion of the new Photos app with which we have previously gone hands-on. That alone is enough to drum up excitement, but the pre-release comes with some other goodies, as well, including those new more diverse emojis and new support for Google's two-factor authentication account security feature.

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Apple rumored to bring public beta program to iOS

Apple rumored to bring public beta program to iOS

On release of OS X Yosemite, Apple opened up a fairly open public beta of the new desktop operating system. It worked really well, too. Those who were clamoring to get a chance to see changes ahead of time could, and it contributed some really important feedback straight to Apple. A new reports suggests the same may be happening for iOS, as upcoming releases could see a public beta — a first for iOS. This program is said to start as early as March, too.

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