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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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Vivaldi web browser takes on the giants with big 1.0 release

Vivaldi web browser takes on the giants with big 1.0 release

Many might think we have more than enough web browsers today. There's Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and maybe even Microsoft Edge on the side. There are also a ton of other browsers here and there, like Opera, but those are pretty much the biggest players. Opera co-founder and former CEO Jon von Tetzchner, however, obviously thinks otherwise. There is always room for one more, and that one more is Vivaldi, which is announcing its entry into the big leagues with its first stable, public 1.0 launch.

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Acer Chromebase 24 all-in-one gets relaunched for Meetings

Acer Chromebase 24 all-in-one gets relaunched for Meetings

In early 2014, Google announced its new Chromebox for Meetings initiative that put Chrome OS almost literally at the heart of the enterprise, providing both computing power and software for making easy and secure video conferences. At that time, Chromeboxes themselves, even with the Meetings part, were fresh off the grill. Along with ASUS and HP, Acer was one of the earliest to adopt Google's business-friendly solutions. Now it's at it again, not with a Chromebox, but with its Chromebase 24, delivering what is the first ever Chromebase for Meetings.

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Google’s Chrome app launcher will be nixed this summer

Google’s Chrome app launcher will be nixed this summer

The Chrome app launcher will be retired this summer, and the reason is mostly simplicity and user-preference. Says Google, it has come to realize that most Chrome users prefer to launch applicable apps inside of Chrome itself, not through the separate launcher. There’s no point in keeping something most people don’t want, and so Linux, Mac, and Windows users will lose access this upcoming July.

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The top bounty for hacking Chromebooks just doubled

The top bounty for hacking Chromebooks just doubled

Google wants to give you $100,000, and all you have to do is show how insecure its Chromebook is. The company has doubled its top bounty for Chrome OS exploits, having seen no security researchers or experts step forward over the past year to collect the previous prize with a working hack.

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Chrome Music Labs brings interactive music lessons to the web

Chrome Music Labs brings interactive music lessons to the web

Google has introduced its new Chrome Music Lab, an effort to tech everyone about music by providing free interactive online tools. The idea is that just about everyone has access to the Internet, and as such it should be leveraged as a teaching tool for music — it may not be able to teach someone how to play a specific instrument, but it can expand one’s understanding of music in general.

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Slack debuts voice calling on desktop and Chrome apps

Slack debuts voice calling on desktop and Chrome apps

As was predicted just yesterday, Slack has revealed that it's bringing native voice calls to its virtual office/messaging/collaboration service. The feature will start rolling out today as a beta in the official Slack desktop apps as well as the Chrome plugin. Once activated, users don't need to rely on any additional apps or services external to Slack to make a voice call, including the recent integration with Skype.

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John Oliver fights Donald Trump (Drumpf) with facts and Chrome

John Oliver fights Donald Trump (Drumpf) with facts and Chrome

John Oliver has released an entire "Last Week Tonight" segment on Donald Drumpf, including a Chrome Extension to boot. Why Drumpf, you might wonder? Because that is Donald Drumpf's ancestral name. For real. After calling out Oliver's former boss John Stewart for having had a more Jewish-sounding name in the past, Oliver found that Drumpf had a different family name as well. With a Chrome extension, you too can see Drumpf's true name plastered across the internet: Drumpf.

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Google Docs now offers voice commands for editing, formatting text

Google Docs now offers voice commands for editing, formatting text

Apple's Siri is rumored to be on its way to OS X, but Google now offers some impressive voice input features on the desktop through its Docs software. The company has announced the online-based Docs has been updated with new voice recognition software, going beyond the basic text entry feature introduced last September, and now supporting commands for editing and formatting as well. The only limitation at this point is that you need to be using Docs on Google's Chrome browser.

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