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Google’s secret war on native apps, Android tablets

Google’s secret war on native apps, Android tablets

At Google I/O last week, Google dumped some rather big news, at least one of them expected. Android apps are come full force to Chrome OS, with Google Play Store even. Instant Apps were quite the unexpected surprise, but in retrospect Google had already sown the seeds as far back as 2013. But in the midst of the applause and hopeful cheers, there were also some murmuring and the raising of eyebrows. Is all of these just a subtle, cunning ploy by the Web search giant to make Android tablets obsolete, or, in the long run, even phase out native Android apps?

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Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Why would Apple consider adopting a hardware and software model similar to Google's ChromeOS for an Apple Chromebook? Would that be absolute madness? Or would Apple be smart to make use of the ecosystems of apps it already has in place in new and interesting ways? We've not yet seen Google's newest move with ChromeOS take shape in the wild, it's clear that there's some real interest in adopting - nay, accepting - apps made for Android coming to a desktop environment. Now is the time when Apple should open the path from mobile to laptop.

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Chrome removes backspace as back button feature

Chrome removes backspace as back button feature

Have you ever been filling out a form online, only to mess something up, requiring you to hit the Backspace key? If you're lucky, it simply deleted the text that you wanted it to. However, if you were unlucky, it may have just taken you back to the previous page. And if you were extra unlucky, you just lost all of the data you'd worked so hard to enter. Soon that will be an issue of the past, however.

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Expect Play-focused Chromebooks when Android app support arrives

Expect Play-focused Chromebooks when Android app support arrives

Android apps on Chromebooks will arrive with brand new hardware and the possibility of much more expensive software, Google has said. The news today that Google is bringing Android app support to Chromebook also brings the promise of new Chromebook devices; while there's no specific news to share at I/O 2016, the company said, when Android apps arrive later in the year it'll be accompanied by "new hardware built with the Play store in mind," Kan Liu, director of product management for Chrome OS, said.

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Android apps on Chrome release starts today

Android apps on Chrome release starts today

Today is the day for Chrome OS users - Android apps will be coming to the platform via Google Play imminently. This announcement came from Google's Google I/O website this afternoon after the main keynote was completed - appearing, as it were, to show how Google mentioned such an update in said keynote. They didn't, but it's likely they were meant to - either way, the result is the same. Google Play on Chrome OS, enabling hordes of Android apps to approach the desktop machines on the go.

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Google Chrome to completely phase out Flash by Q4 2016. Almost.

Google Chrome to completely phase out Flash by Q4 2016. Almost.

Once and briefly the darling of interactive Web content creators, Flash has fallen by the wayside and has become more of a liability than a feature. Even Adobe has taken steps to de-emphasize Flash content in its own tools, while still keeping backwards compatibility a thing. In its stead is HTML5, which covers almost everything Flash can do, especially videos. To hasten Flash's demise from the Web, Google will disable Flash by default in its Chrome Web browser before the year ends. That said, it will still actually ship Flash even then, just in case.

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NComputing Chromebook CX110 offers virtual Windows desktop

NComputing Chromebook CX110 offers virtual Windows desktop

NComputing has introduced the new Chromebook CX110 for its vSpace customers. The Chromebook is being targeted at educational institutions — one of the largest customers for Chrome laptops — and can offer a Windows experience via vSpace Client for Chromebook. Each of the laptops will come with a one-year vSpace license, enabling users to access Windows applications in addition to Chrome and Web apps.

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What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

Amongst other oddities at Google I/O 2016, it's time for a Google-made Android VR headset. Not just cardboard, but hardware, running Android. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality included. This week it's become apparent that more sources - in the software world - have been given a heads up on Google's VR plans for Google I/O 2016. That is, they've been given the go-ahead on getting excited for what may or may not be a thing Google will reveal at their yearly developer conference. So once again we're going to refer to the bits and pieces we've put together over the past few weeks - and months.

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Windows 10 cuts Google Search and Chrome from Cortana

Windows 10 cuts Google Search and Chrome from Cortana

Cortona's web search abilities no longer include Google in a move Microsoft calls its "Personalized Search Experience in Windows 10." According to Ryan Gavin, Microsoft GM of Search and Cortana, "with Windows 10, we have invested in delivering comprehensive, end-to-end search capabilities that make Windows more personal, intuitive and helpful." It's become apparent that users who've put Google's Search into that mix are no longer welcome.

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Google Keep update brings new Chrome extension, hashtags

Google Keep update brings new Chrome extension, hashtags

Google Keep received an update today, one that gives users “a few new ways” to use the note-keeping service, according to Google. First among the changes is a new Google Keep extension for Chrome, enabling users to save a website — or parts of it — in Keep with the click of an icon. The same extension is also available on Chrome for Android, offering the same functionality.

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Chrome will block deceptive download and update ads by default

Chrome will block deceptive download and update ads by default

Having worked in IT for more than a decade, I'm pretty skilled at picking out fake download buttons and ads that look like legitimate notifications. However, there are still plenty of times where one of these will make me pause, as I have to look for extra clues as to what it really is. If one of these ads is clever enough to give an IT professional pause, just imagine how easily tricked your elderly relatives are, when confronted with them.

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Chrome becomes a good OS X citizen, adds native notifications

Chrome becomes a good OS X citizen, adds native notifications

Sometimes, app developers have ideas for fancy new features that just clashes with the ideas and policies of operating system developers. Sometimes, when you're big enough, you get to push your own way anyway. And sometimes, that eventually turns out to be a bad idea. Google Chrome's Notification Center was one such example, which Google eventually retired because, in the end, no one was using it. Resolving to be better citizens on its respective platforms, Google has added support for Mac OS X's native notifications in the latest experimental builds of the Chrome browser.

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