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Google Hangouts adds sketch feature via Chrome for desktop

Google Hangouts adds sketch feature via Chrome for desktop

Hangouts on the desktop has an interesting new feature, giving us all the ability to sketch a message out. It’s currently pretty crude, but the ability to annotate pics could come in pretty handy. Just ahead of I/O, Google might have added one of the more useful features we’ve seen in their messaging app in some time.

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OneNote Clipper for Chrome eases Surface Pro 3 snipping

OneNote Clipper for Chrome eases Surface Pro 3 snipping

The useful OneNote Clipper, allowing snippets of webpages to be quickly added from the browser to a OneNote note, has spawned a Chrome extension, Microsoft has announced. The tool - particularly handy if you're using a Surface Pro 3 - aims to streamline the scrapbooking process. Meanwhile, Microsoft is also hoping to sweep a few ex-Springpad users into its app, with a OneNote import tool.

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Google takes a dig at NSA with Easter Egg

Google takes a dig at NSA with Easter Egg

In October 2013, The Washington Post reported on an analysis of documents obtained from Edward Snowden in which details about the NSA's interception of Google and Yahoo data transmissions were revealed. Among the information were a couple slides that were revealed, one in particular that was said to have riled Google workers.

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Chrome gets 64-bit Canary and Dev Channels for Windows

Chrome gets 64-bit Canary and Dev Channels for Windows

Today, Google is announcing a 64-bit Chrome option for those using Windows. If you’re on Windows 7 or 8, and want to test out Google’s snappy new browser, it’s now available for you. The hot new browser comes in the Developer or Canary form, and is ready for download now.

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Chromecast getting sports apps, Google+ Photos support soon

Chromecast getting sports apps, Google+ Photos support soon

Chromecast is getting a touch sportier, and a lot more picturesque. Google has announced three more apps that will now support Chromecast, with two of them edging us toward World Cup bliss. WatchESPN, Major League Soccer, and Google+ Photos are all going casting.

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Chromebooks coming to nine new countries

Chromebooks coming to nine new countries

In a poem written to the world, Google has announced Chromebooks will become available for nine new regions. Across the world, Google is bringing their popular desktop-gone-mobile platform to more users. Unfortunately, Google didn’t provide a timeframe for when these new countries might be seeing Chromebooks.

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Hands-on with Google Stars, a fresh take on bookmarking

Hands-on with Google Stars, a fresh take on bookmarking

Google Stars, the re-imagining of bookmarks, is now available. The Chrome Extension is now available in the Web Store, but shouldn’t be considered a finished product. You’ll get a notice, thanking you for “dogfooding” the extension, when you start it up. To find out if it was an adequate rethinking of bookmarks, we went hands-on.

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Chrome now blocking extensions not on Web Store

Chrome now blocking extensions not on Web Store

Chrome is now starting to block extensions downloaded from outside its Web Store. Google argues the move is meant to block nefarious activity, as most problems occur with extensions downloaded from other sources. To that end, there is currently no way to allow any extensions to be downloaded from outside sources.

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Google patents smartphone/notebook computer duo

Google patents smartphone/notebook computer duo

Google has filed a patent which could spell the end of connected device choices. The patent details a smartphone fitting onto a notebook computer, much as we see with the Asus Padfone. Rather than use all or most of the phone’s hardware to power a computer, this one is meant for another purpose.

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Chromebook support boosted to 5 years

Chromebook support boosted to 5 years

The number of years a company is willing to support a product is an important part of the decision-making process for some, with too little support negating the value of the product. Until now, Google has vowed a minimum 4 years of support for Chrome OS devices, but that will be changing soon.

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Chrome Canary for Mac lets you open files with Web Apps

Chrome Canary for Mac lets you open files with Web Apps

Chrome is evolving into much more than a browser, an a new experimental feature is making that clear. In Chrome Canary for Mac, activating a flag will allow you to open any type of file associated with an appropriate web app. The functionality really hammers home that Chrome is not about OS, it’s about utility.

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This is Acer’s Core i3 Chromebook

This is Acer’s Core i3 Chromebook

Acer took a "look but don't touch" approach when it revealed it was working on a Core i3 version of the C720 Chromebook back in New York City last month, but was feeling a little more accommodating today alongside Google and Intel. From the outside, as you'd expect, the C720 variant isn't especially different from the Chromebook we reviewed earlier; it's on the inside where things get interesting.

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