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You can now LINE all you want on your PC

You can now LINE all you want on your PC

Almost ironically, the instant messaging services that burst in popularity on mobile devices are now trying to stake a claim on desktops as well. Viber has long had a desktop version of its app. WhatsApp now has a web version that supports different browsers. Now LINE is adding to that list, but in a sort of different way. Yes, it's still somewhat web-based but it is going for something even more specific. LINE is now making available a new PC version, this time as a Google Chrome extension.

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ZTE SmartHome revealed as ZigBee-enabled home control device

ZTE SmartHome revealed as ZigBee-enabled home control device

This week at MWC Shanhai 2015, ZTE revealed the ZTE SmartHome, a device they call their "first ever smart home gateway." This device works with wireless protocol, ZigBee, and 4G LTE connectivity for always-connected functionality. This device is set to be the center of your smart home, with an application for smartphones and tablets to control smart home devices of all sorts. In addition to a ZTE-made app for mobile devices, this device can also be controlled via web browser from Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Google Chrome.

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Google wants to make adverts self-contained stores

Google wants to make adverts self-contained stores

Impulse purchases look set to be made easier, at least if Google has its way, with AdWords gaining a "Buy on Google" button directly in adverts themselves. The new quick-grab option is part of a "Purchases on Google" push from the search giant's advertising arm, which also includes support for turning the advert into a browsable product carousel, hooking in reviews, and directing people to their nearest local store.

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ASUS ChromeBook Flip Review : tiny hero, shiny and chrome

ASUS ChromeBook Flip Review : tiny hero, shiny and chrome

Witness this - a web-browser notebook that flips back into a tablet, made with metal, sporting a touchscreen, that won't break your bank. That's what ASUS has up for grabs with the ASUS Chromebook Flip (C100). This is like the first in a line of Chromebook Flip machines from ASUS because they've done something we'd be surprised if consumers didn't latch on to like mad. That's a low-cost Chrome OS notebook that doesn't look or feel low-cost. It feels positively premium, believe it or not, and it does just what a Chromebook should - make full use of the internet.

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Google TouchBot: testing touch lag so you don’t have to

Google TouchBot: testing touch lag so you don’t have to

Everyone hates a laggy interface, but not everyone has the capability to scientifically quantify and measure lag in order to fix it. Google, however, isn't like everyone and has the resources, not to mention the need, to measure the lag between a touch gesture and the interface or program's response. It looked to Finland for answers, where OptoFidelity, a company specializing in test automation, gave birth to Chrome TouchBot, a robot that does exactly what its name says: run a series of touch-based tests on Android and Chrome OS devices.

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Chromebox for meetings boosted with new bundle

Chromebox for meetings boosted with new bundle

Early last year Google introduced Chromebox for meetings, which included a Chromebox equipped to facilitate face-to-face meetings. This included an HD camera, microphone, and speaker, as well as a remote control, and was targeted at businesses and others who might need to do face-to-face video conferences. Today the company has announced an update to this, saying that its new offering enables these meetings in bigger spaces — namely, it allows groups of up to 20 people to talk with others elsewhere. Google boasts that Foursquare and Netflix, among others, have tested it out already.

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Use Skype straight from the web–beta goes worldwide

Use Skype straight from the web–beta goes worldwide

Skype just became easier to access, around the world. As an alternative to downloading the Skype app or program, users can turn to their browsers for their communication needs using Skype for Web (beta). The web version isn't just for checking instant messages. It's designed to provide the same video and phone calls associated with the full app. As we noted when the beta first launched stateside, users will still have to install a plug-in before initially using the site, but that seems to be only a small hurdle.

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Google has big plans to tame Chrome on Macs

Google has big plans to tame Chrome on Macs

Google is hard at work giving Chrome a Mac makeover, finally waking up to complaints that the browser is a resource hog in OS X. While Chrome may be capable, especially when outfitted with one or more plugins from the well-stocked Extensions store, it's also become notorious for hammering battery life on Mac notebooks, and generally consuming more than its fair share of system resources.

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Chrome adds new ‘Touch to Search’ feature for Android

Chrome adds new ‘Touch to Search’ feature for Android

Android users will have another reason to boast over iOS. Chrome is rolling out a new Touch to Search feature, giving users a quick and easy way to contextually search from within the browser. Of course, it's only available on Android mobile devices. This one-touch search is a welcome feature instead of having to fumble around to highlight, copy, paste, and search on your mobile browser.

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Chrome tames Flash with smart plugin pausing

Chrome tames Flash with smart plugin pausing

Chrome may certainly be a capable browser, but it can also be a system-intensive one, and that's something Google is teaming with Adobe to address. Figuring Flash animations gone wild to be one of the biggest demands from webpages in Chrome, the two companies have come up with a system to hit pause on secondary content - thus easing up on your laptop battery life - while still keeping the primary content running.

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