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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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ASUS ChromeBook Flip Review : tiny hero, shiny and chrome

ASUS ChromeBook Flip Review : tiny hero, shiny and chrome

Witness this - a web-browser notebook that flips back into a tablet, made with metal, sporting a touchscreen, that won't break your bank. That's what ASUS has up for grabs with the ASUS Chromebook Flip (C100). This is like the first in a line of Chromebook Flip machines from ASUS because they've done something we'd be surprised if consumers didn't latch on to like mad. That's a low-cost Chrome OS notebook that doesn't look or feel low-cost. It feels positively premium, believe it or not, and it does just what a Chromebook should - make full use of the internet.

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Google TouchBot: testing touch lag so you don’t have to

Google TouchBot: testing touch lag so you don’t have to

Everyone hates a laggy interface, but not everyone has the capability to scientifically quantify and measure lag in order to fix it. Google, however, isn't like everyone and has the resources, not to mention the need, to measure the lag between a touch gesture and the interface or program's response. It looked to Finland for answers, where OptoFidelity, a company specializing in test automation, gave birth to Chrome TouchBot, a robot that does exactly what its name says: run a series of touch-based tests on Android and Chrome OS devices.

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Chromebox for meetings boosted with new bundle

Chromebox for meetings boosted with new bundle

Early last year Google introduced Chromebox for meetings, which included a Chromebox equipped to facilitate face-to-face meetings. This included an HD camera, microphone, and speaker, as well as a remote control, and was targeted at businesses and others who might need to do face-to-face video conferences. Today the company has announced an update to this, saying that its new offering enables these meetings in bigger spaces — namely, it allows groups of up to 20 people to talk with others elsewhere. Google boasts that Foursquare and Netflix, among others, have tested it out already.

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Use Skype straight from the web–beta goes worldwide

Use Skype straight from the web–beta goes worldwide

Skype just became easier to access, around the world. As an alternative to downloading the Skype app or program, users can turn to their browsers for their communication needs using Skype for Web (beta). The web version isn't just for checking instant messages. It's designed to provide the same video and phone calls associated with the full app. As we noted when the beta first launched stateside, users will still have to install a plug-in before initially using the site, but that seems to be only a small hurdle.

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Google has big plans to tame Chrome on Macs

Google has big plans to tame Chrome on Macs

Google is hard at work giving Chrome a Mac makeover, finally waking up to complaints that the browser is a resource hog in OS X. While Chrome may be capable, especially when outfitted with one or more plugins from the well-stocked Extensions store, it's also become notorious for hammering battery life on Mac notebooks, and generally consuming more than its fair share of system resources.

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