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Google’s invests in Magic Leap for more augmented reality

Google’s invests in Magic Leap for more augmented reality

You’ve probably never heard of Magic Leap, and that’s cool (we hadn’t either). You might be hearing a lot more from them in the near future, though. The startup just finished a venture capital funding round that garnered them a cool $542 million. Leading that funding round was Google, but not Google Ventures. The company proper is making the investment, which also puts Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai on Magic Leap’s board. After their tongue-in-cheek cardboard giveaway at Google I/O, it seems augmented and/or virtual reality is a serious game for Google.

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Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

The Security Key is not something you probably have in your pocket right this minute. It’s a newer sort of verification system made in partnership with the FIDO Alliance, now working with Google and Google Chrome for an added layer of security for Google websites. With this system you’ll never need worry about being scammed by a website pretending to be Google - not even once. You will need an official U2F Security Key to make it all work to Google's satisfaction.

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Hangouts has new look, voice calling for desktop

Hangouts has new look, voice calling for desktop

Google is rolling out a new Hangouts app today, meant to keep your desktop less cluttered while still letting you chat with whoever you need to. With the update, you can work on projects without having the annoying boxes to deal with. Messages come and go like conversations might, tucking neatly back under the icon. It’s a new look for Hangouts on the desktop, but borrows heavily from a mobile app some love to hate. Google also skipped over a key demographic this time around.

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Chrome updates for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays

Chrome updates for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays

Google has updated Chrome for iOS to suit the higher-resolution display of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning no more enlarged fonts and outsized graphics. The new version of the browser comes a day after Google released a new version of Gmail to suit the Retina HD panels on the larger handsets, fitting more information on-screen at any one time. However, the new Chrome version isn't just about a resolution change, with new Drive integration also added.

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Photoshop heads (streaming) to Chromebooks

Photoshop heads (streaming) to Chromebooks

Google appears to have scored a rather significant hit with the cloud computing universe as they team with Adobe for streaming Photoshop. In the near future, users will be able to work with a full (streamed) version of Photoshop from their Chromebooks with Chrome OS, utilizing the full power of non-local computing and the web.

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Chrome’s daily Canary build hides a T-Rex game inside

Chrome’s daily Canary build hides a T-Rex game inside

What should you do when you lose your Internet connection? At least after the initial panic has passed? While some would advise users to detach and relax, Google, unsurprisingly, seems to want you to remain glued to your screen. How? By introducing a game inside the Chrome browser that could keep you entertained while you wait to be reconnected to the World Wide Web.

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In-app browsers for iOS may be sniping your data

In-app browsers for iOS may be sniping your data

The hits keep coming for iOS today, don’t they? A new report suggest in-app browsers for iOS can log you keystrokes, right down to your username and/or password. Via a video, which you can see below, Developer Craig Hockenberry shows just how vulnerable you are outside of Chrome or Safari.

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Chrome for iOS updated, adds extensions

Chrome for iOS updated, adds extensions

As iOS 8 finds its way to more devices, Developers will start to update their apps. Though Safari is the default browser for Appel products, many insist on downloading Chrome to take its place. Those fancy extensions Apple bragged up for iOS 8 and Safari are now available on Chrome, via an update.

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ARChon runs Android apps on any platform via Chrome browser

ARChon runs Android apps on any platform via Chrome browser

So you can officially run four Android apps on Chrome OS, and unofficially a bit more than that. But what if you don't have a Chromebook or a way to run Chrome OS yourself? Well, now there's a way for you to run Android apps too in your desktop, depending on the apps you use and your patience.

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Chromecast might be your iPhone 6’s best friend

Chromecast might be your iPhone 6’s best friend

This morning Google updated their standard Google Search app for iPhone, making it more Chromecast friendly than ever before. Inside the Google app, Google Now for personalized TV recommendations appear. You’ll also get traffic information now - but it’s all about Chromecast, really.

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Android apps are now running on Chrome OS

Android apps are now running on Chrome OS

Everyone is going cross-platform these days. Microsoft’s Windows is (by and large) Windows, regardless of what device you use it on. Apple’s handshake deal between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite keeps things separate but friendly, and now google is getting into the mix. The fist round of Android apps running on Chrome OS are live, with heavy-hitters like Evernote leading the charge.

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Google releases demo of LastPass/1Password competitor

Google releases demo of LastPass/1Password competitor

Built in to Chrome in the newest experimental build you’ll find a password generator that may make the creators of 1Password and LastPass sit on the edges of their seats. While we must assume that those services will be far ahead of Google’s effort at the start, outpacing the competition is nothing Google is a stranger to.

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