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Chrome will soon load pages 26% faster

Chrome will soon load pages 26% faster

There's one thing that can be said of just about anyone using the internet. We always want everything to load faster. Unless a page opens the second after you click on it, it's just too slow. Thankfully, modern internet speeds and browsers are pretty snappy, but Google thinks that it can do better.

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Chrome browser can soon cast content without Cast extension

Chrome browser can soon cast content without Cast extension

Web browsing was, in the beginning, a more personal activity, with users hogging the screen, reading web pages and viewing pictures of cats. As the Web embraced more types of content, it has expanded to become a social, or at least group, experience, from watching videos to giving presentations. It seems appropriate then that web browsers be able to display their content on some external screen or display. Google made that possible in Chrome via the Google Cast extension but soon the ability will come built into the web browser, no additional software needed.

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Acer Chromebase 24 is first with Intel Core inside

Acer Chromebase 24 is first with Intel Core inside

This week the folks at Acer have revealed the Acer Chromebase 24, the first Chromebase with Intel Core processors inside. This machine also rolls with features that point it directly at video conferencing and business, with four digital microphones and an adjustable HD webcam. This is the largest Chrome OS device on the market - the largest display, that is to say - with a 23.8-inch Full HD panel up front. This device's chassis has the ability to tilt from - 5-degrees to 30-degrees, for optimum viewing and conferencing.

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Remove irrelevant Facebook posts with this Chrome extension

Remove irrelevant Facebook posts with this Chrome extension

Years ago when I first joined Facebook, it was a nice way to keep up with what my friends were doing. The posts were in a simple, chronological order that made it easy to catch everything I wanted. But the best part was that the only posts I saw were ones that my friends made or shared. These days, it's filled with recommendations and posts from pages that my friends like. Well now there's a way to fix that.

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Google Star Wars game is spoiler free (we checked)

Google Star Wars game is spoiler free (we checked)

Those of you just days from the first global release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are about to be treated to a radical experience. Today Google has released a Chrome-based game which uses your laptop computer's Google Chrome web browser and the Chrome web browser on your smartphone to play an augmented reality game. You'll be using your phone much like you'd use a Wii controller, while the game's content is shown on your desktop machine's big screen.

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Android “Data Saver Mode” for Chrome might also block ad images

Android “Data Saver Mode” for Chrome might also block ad images

What may be Google's most important update to their Chrome web browser for Android devices in years has just been revealed. This update allows a "Data Saver Mode" for the web browser, one that will allow you to browse the internet without images. Google suggests that you'll be able to "save even more data - up to 70 percent" by removing "most images" while you're "loading a page on a slow connection." Simple as that. This Data Saver might even end up blocking some ads on the mobile web.

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Block Star Wars spoilers with this Chrome extension

Block Star Wars spoilers with this Chrome extension

With the first Star Wars movie in a decade coming out soon, there's one thing that we're all trying to avoid: Spoilers. It can be easy to avoid spoilers for smaller movies and TV shows, but with a franchise as big as Star Wars, it can seem almost impossible. Thankfully, you can use technology to censor such things for you.

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Google Hangouts activates guest mode for meetings

Google Hangouts activates guest mode for meetings

Google's latest bid to make their products more instantly-available to users is in "guest" mode in Google Hangouts. This feature allows people with Google accounts to host Google Hangouts meetings in which invited guests can join the conversation without needing a Google account of their own. This system requires joining guests to tap a button or two, write in a name so people know who they are on the call, and begin to chat.

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New Chrome exploit threatens Android with complete control hack

New Chrome exploit threatens Android with complete control hack

A security researcher, speaking at the PacSec conference in Tokyo, has revealed his discovery of a critical exploit in the latest version of Chrome for Android that could allow an attacker to gain total control of a user's device. Even the latest phones running the most up-to-date version of Android can fall victim to the hack, which is carried out when a user visits a website that has a line of malicious code.

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Google Chrome extends support for Windows Vista

Google Chrome extends support for Windows Vista

Just when you thought we were getting close to the end of software support for the most notorious version of Windows, it's dashed! Google has announced "the end of software support" for Windows Vista and Windows XP. That'd be super great, except for the fact that they'd already announced the end of software support for those operating systems before. Before, Google suggested that they'd be ending Chrome web browser support for Windows XP and Windows Vista this December. Now they've done (another) extension.

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Google says there’s “no plan to phase out Chrome OS”

Google says there’s “no plan to phase out Chrome OS”

Last week we spoke about when and where it'll make sense for Google to create a wave of Android notebooks. The rumors were that Chrome OS was eventually going to be folded in to Android, and that Chrome OS would no longer exist - sort of. Today Google has taken to their own Google Chrome Blog to say that there's no such plan at the moment. "there’s been some confusion," said Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, "about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will be folded into Android."

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Three things to know about the Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

Three things to know about the Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

Lenovo's Ideapad 100S Chromebook is a version of its Ideapad 100S that runs Google's Chrome OS operating system rather than Windows 10. In many ways, the two laptops are the same, but Chromebooks and Windows PCs have some fundamental differences and so not everything is identical. We recently gave the Chromebook version a quick review, and while you should check it out, we're also back with three primary highlights.

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