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Chromecast Review (2015): Utilitarian Smart TV Masterpiece

Chromecast Review (2015): Utilitarian Smart TV Masterpiece

The 2015 version of the Chromecast is just nice enough to want to upgrade from the original and certainly worth the cash for new users. Chromecast is, at its core, a doorway for your smartphone to access your TV. Like its predecessor (also called Chromecast), this device acts as the courier for content from the internet to your living room, allowing your smartphone (or tablet, or laptop) to act as the controller and the explorer. This version of the Chromecast is faster than the original and a bit more versatile as it works with a cord now instead of just a dongle.

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Google OnHub has Chrome OS inside

Google OnHub has Chrome OS inside

A group of developers opens up the Google OnHub smart router's software to find that it runs Chrome OS. That means the device is a Chromebook - or a Chrome... Hub... as it were. While it doesn't mean you're going to be connecting the machine to a display and using it as a Chromebox any time soon, it does mean that there's far more potential for this OnHub device than Google is letting on initially. This all points to smart home control.

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Chromecast Audio and Chromecast 2 hands-on: smart media double-down

Chromecast Audio and Chromecast 2 hands-on: smart media double-down

Today we see the tiny vinyl-record-looking device known as Chromecast Audio launch alongside the Chromecast 2nd-gen. Both devices are hockey-puck looking devices, both made of strong plastic and designed to be out-of-the way - but look good if they happen to be spotted. While the original Chromecast was a dongle attached immediately to an HDMI port, with no concern for the crowded plugs around it, this generation the Chromecast duo both have slightly more extended connections - they know they're not the only devices sticking out of your TV or your speaker system.

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Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio revealed by Google: everything goes smart

Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio revealed by Google: everything goes smart

Today the Chromecast has been redesigned and detailed by Google in three new colors - Coral, Lemonade, and Black. This device has its own HDMI cable and a magnet to keep the cable stuck to the device when not in use. This device has "significantly improved Wi-fi support". This device has a new set of antenna inside for optimum connectivity for Wi-fi for ultra-quick connectivity. This is one of two new devices being shown today by Google's Chromecast team - the other goes by the name Chromecast Audio.

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Chrome users can now get Facebook notifications on Android

Chrome users can now get Facebook notifications on Android

Facebook has just revealed that it's taken advantage of Google's new feature allowing websites to send push notifications through the Android version of its Chrome browser. This means Facebook users can choose to notifications about updates on the social network directly in the mobile browser, even if the Facebook app isn't installed on their mobile device. This was the result of collaboration between Google and Facebook, with a goal of developing a new standard for web notifications.

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YouTube forces AdBlock users to watch unskippable video ads [Updated]

YouTube forces AdBlock users to watch unskippable video ads [Updated]

Browser extensions that block website advertisements are becoming very common these days and their use is expected to only grow in the next few years. Some websites that survive on advertising have turned to things like tip jars or even politely asking users to turn off their ad-blockers. Google's YouTube, however, is taking a bit more of a direct approach: users with the AdBlock Plus extension installed are forced to watch video advertisements before the actual content video plays.

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Google Chrome promised to be faster, less resource hungry

Google Chrome promised to be faster, less resource hungry

Google's Chrome browser is a great many things but one thing it is not, depending on you ask, is lightweight. Of course, those claims have sparked many a browser war. But whether you adhere to the church of Firefox or the religion of Chrome (or maybe even the new cult of Edge), there will always be room for improvement. In version 45 of Google Chrome, those improvements are promises in droves. Or really in three main ways that would actually matter the most to users.

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Acer unveils new Chromebook, notebooks, desktops, and Revo Build mini PC

Acer unveils new Chromebook, notebooks, desktops, and Revo Build mini PC

This week Acer is unveiling a variety of Windows-based PC products, convertibles, and a Chromebook, too. The Aspire U5-710 all-in-one PC was introduced alongside the Acer Revo Build Series mini PCs. Also at IFA 2015 Acer showed off the new Aspire V Nitro series notebook line as well as a refresh of the R 13 Convertible Notebook line. The Acer R11 Chromebook has also been shown off for the first time, complete with a 360-degree hinge with four use modes.

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Lenovo Chromebook 100S arrives this holiday season

Lenovo Chromebook 100S arrives this holiday season

Lenovo has many Windows 10 options coming this holiday season, but perhaps Microsoft’s OS isn’t to your tastes. You’re looking for something simple and lightweight, perhaps something better suited for taking notes in class while your Macbook stays tucked away safely at home. Enter Lenovo’s new Chromebook 100S, its’ budget-friendly Chrome OS laptop with a starting price of $179 USD. This makes it a touch cheaper than its newly unveiled Ideapad 100S, which runs Windows 10 and has a starting price that is $10 higher.

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Google’s new logo on Android and everywhere: identity evolved

Google’s new logo on Android and everywhere: identity evolved

This morning Google revealed their new logo and design language evolution, complete with Android implementation. We're having a look with what Google describes as "designers from all across the company, including Creative Lab and the Material Design team" at what it took to design this logo and this new look. We'll see first how the new look will appear in a web browser on your desktop or notebook computer. We'll also see how it'll appear on Android - colors, animations, and everything in-between.

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Chrome will auto-pause select Flash content starting September 1

Chrome will auto-pause select Flash content starting September 1

The battle against Adobe Flash content on the web continues to move forward. Google has just revealed that starting September 1st, its Chrome browser will automatically pause Flash content on web pages. This option has actually been available for some time now for beta users, but Google says it will soon become the standard default setting for all users. The setting works by detecting and pausing Flash content that isn't "central to the webpage," or, in other words, advertisements.

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