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Chrome browser may be listening in (but don’t burn your mic yet)

Chrome browser may be listening in (but don’t burn your mic yet)

Google's Chrome browser is under fire after speech recognition researchers identified a vulnerability that allows websites to clandestinely record users through their computer's microphone, though some have questioned quite how serious the exploit actually is. Google has known about - and even had a working fix - the flaw for four months, Tal Ater claims, but for the moment sites that are given permission to access the user's microphone can go on recording from it even after the primary tab is closed.

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Google Chrome extensions pulled down for ad policy violations

Google Chrome extensions pulled down for ad policy violations

The battle with ads, and their cousin spam, is a never ending one. While a well-placed ad or two can generate legitimate interest, not to mention revenue, for some, there are those who would unconscientiously go beyond limits as evidenced by recent events surrounding two Google Chrome extensions.

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Google Now cards land in latest Chrome Canary build

Google Now cards land in latest Chrome Canary build

If you are a fan of Google Now cards, you will be glad to hear that they are now available in the latest Chrome Canary build for Windows and Mac computers. To activate the feature you need to type the address "chrome://flags/#enable-google-now" into the browser and then select enabled. Once you enable the feature and restart the browser, Google Now cards will appear.

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Chrome for Mobile update brings data compression, page translation and app shortcuts

Chrome for Mobile update brings data compression, page translation and app shortcuts

The latest iteration of Google's Chrome for Mobile browser -- both the iOS and Android varieties -- will be bringing some new handy features with them. Among them, and perhaps most notably, will be data compression for both of the mobile OS apps, allowing iOS and Android users to reduce the amount of data their mobile browsing habits use up, something that brings Safe Browsing with it in tow.

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Chrome makes noisy tab icon mainstream in latest browser release

Chrome makes noisy tab icon mainstream in latest browser release

Google has rolled its noisy-tab feature into the stable release of Chrome, giving users of the browser a visual clue as to which tab might be frustratingly playing music or video in the background. Outed back in November as a beta feature, the noisy tab indicator - a tiny speaker icon which sits next to the "close tab" cross - is now a core feature of Chrome 32, released today, among a number of other features Google says should make browsing safer.

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LG Chromebase hands-on: 21.5-inch Full HD all-in-one

LG Chromebase hands-on: 21.5-inch Full HD all-in-one

LG has unveiled the Chromebase, an all-in-one system sporting a 21.5-inch Full HD display and running Chrome OS. LG points towards this as being a world's first type of device, but more to the point, this should provide a solid option for someone who is looking to run Chrome OS, but wants to avoid a notebook. The LG Chromebase is available in black and a multi-color white and silver option.

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Toshiba Chromebook 13.3 hands-on

Toshiba Chromebook 13.3 hands-on

With Chromebooks gobbling up more and more of the market, it isn't any wonder we are seeing more and more companies joining the party. The latest, and the first from Toshiba is a 13.3-inch Chromebook with Haswell. This particular model won't be available until sometime in mid-February, however Toshiba has priced it, offered a complete set of specs and has it on display here at CES.

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Acer Chromebook C720P refreshed with 2GB of memory and Moonstone color

Acer Chromebook C720P refreshed with 2GB of memory and Moonstone color

Acer has boosted its Chromebook line with a new configuration option, the C720P-2600. With this refresh of sorts, the laptop will be available next week in Moonstone White, and with the new color will also come a slight increase in memory to 2GB. Beyond that, the laptop remains largely the same as the original model, and will be sold at retailers for $299.99 USD.

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Chrome Web Store policy change cracks down on toolbars

Chrome Web Store policy change cracks down on toolbars

Toolbars are the bane of many who browse the web, particularly when they're unwanted and stealthily applied to one's browser. Once in place, toolbars can slow things down, not to mention appearing messy and taking up valuable screen real estate. The Chrome Web Store has never been a friendly place for toolbars, but that hasn't stopped them entirely from cropping up, and as a result Google has announced an upcoming policy change to further stymie them.

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LG Chromebase puts Chrome OS on a Full HD all-in-one

LG Chromebase puts Chrome OS on a Full HD all-in-one

LG has taken the wraps off the LG Chromebase 22CV241, a new all-in-one desktop running Google's Chrome OS on a 21.5-inch, Full HD display. Running the web-centric platform on Intel's fourth-gen Celeron processor, the Chromebase is seemingly aiming to displace the PC or Mac you might ordinarily put in a kid's room or kitchen, doing everything Windows or OS X might regularly be asked to, but without the maintenance.

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Google Play Movies and Music score Chromecast optimization for playback via the Web

Google Play Movies and Music score Chromecast optimization for playback via the Web

Google has announced a tweak for Chromecast users concerning casting from the Web: Google Play Movies and Music optimization. With this change, those who don't have their smartphone or tablet available can cast their preferred content from either Music or Movies straight from the Web, no issues or hassles to trifle with. One only needs to have the Google Cast extension on their Chrome browser, and the rest is little more than a click away.

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Chrome Apps come to Mac

Chrome Apps come to Mac

Google has announced the release of Chrome Apps for Mac. The platform was initially released in September for Windows and Chrome OS. Chrome Apps work like mobile apps but for the desktop.

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