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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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Chrome Canary users can now spellcheck multiple languages at once

Chrome Canary users can now spellcheck multiple languages at once

If you’re bilingual and use Chrome, we've some good news: you can now enable Chrome Canary to spellcheck multiple languages at once, cutting down on the editing time and eliminating the need to use third-party tools to expedite the revision process. You’ll need to manually enable the feature and select which languages you want to be monitored, but after that it’ll happen automatically, no additional tweaking necessary. News of the feature first surfaced earlier this summer, but it is now available for all Chrome Canary users to enjoy.

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Firefox moves toward cross-browser extensions with Chrome and Opera

Firefox moves toward cross-browser extensions with Chrome and Opera

Mozilla takes a giant step towards Firefox's total compatibility with browser extensions from the Chrome and Opera extension ecosystems. The plan is to switch out the extension API used for Firefox with one by the name of WebExtensions. With this API, developers will be able to create extensions that work with multiple browsers at once, bringing Firefox back into the mix where once they were excluded. This is all part of Mozilla's move toward a more user-friendly browser on all platforms.

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You can now LINE all you want on your PC

You can now LINE all you want on your PC

Almost ironically, the instant messaging services that burst in popularity on mobile devices are now trying to stake a claim on desktops as well. Viber has long had a desktop version of its app. WhatsApp now has a web version that supports different browsers. Now LINE is adding to that list, but in a sort of different way. Yes, it's still somewhat web-based but it is going for something even more specific. LINE is now making available a new PC version, this time as a Google Chrome extension.

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ZTE SmartHome revealed as ZigBee-enabled home control device

ZTE SmartHome revealed as ZigBee-enabled home control device

This week at MWC Shanhai 2015, ZTE revealed the ZTE SmartHome, a device they call their "first ever smart home gateway." This device works with wireless protocol, ZigBee, and 4G LTE connectivity for always-connected functionality. This device is set to be the center of your smart home, with an application for smartphones and tablets to control smart home devices of all sorts. In addition to a ZTE-made app for mobile devices, this device can also be controlled via web browser from Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Google Chrome.

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Google wants to make adverts self-contained stores

Google wants to make adverts self-contained stores

Impulse purchases look set to be made easier, at least if Google has its way, with AdWords gaining a "Buy on Google" button directly in adverts themselves. The new quick-grab option is part of a "Purchases on Google" push from the search giant's advertising arm, which also includes support for turning the advert into a browsable product carousel, hooking in reviews, and directing people to their nearest local store.

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