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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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Offline Google Play movies for Chromebooks coming soon

Offline Google Play movies for Chromebooks coming soon

Google is adding offline playback support for Google Play movies in Chrome OS, allowing Chromebook users without WiFi to still watch the films and TV shows they've bought. The update, which is expected to roll out in the coming weeks, further unties Chrome OS from its dependence on the cloud, one of the initial complaints that reduced the flexibility of Chromebooks for some users.

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Google Stars detailed in dogfood session

Google Stars detailed in dogfood session

This year Google will introduce a system tentatively called "Stars." This system will organize your media. It’s organized in its most basic terms into Images, Webpages, and Videos, and it’ll all be based on a tiny Star graphic in the right-hand side of your Chrome web browser’s address bar.

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