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Google’s Hangouts for Chrome updated with slick new design

Google’s Hangouts for Chrome updated with slick new design

Good news if you use Google's messaging app Hangouts on your desktop! The company pushed out a new interface design for the Chrome app, featuring the now commonplace Material Design aesthetic that debuted with Android Lollipop. The app now better matches the mobile versions on Android and iOS, and is all-around more pleasing to the eye. The update is available for Chrome users on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, however those last three operating systems will require users to go to the settings menu and choose "Disable transparent UI."

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Tone Chrome extension shares URLs via audible beeps

Tone Chrome extension shares URLs via audible beeps

E-mail, instant messaging, social networks. Advancements in these technologies and services have made it super easy to share things like web pages to someone half way around the world. But for sharing the same things with people in the same room, things have sometimes become more complicated. That is the motivation, or the justification, for Google's newest Chrome extension simply named Tone. What Tone does is to share a web page to other Chrome browsers within hearing distance. That last bit is essential, because Tone conveys its message through sound.

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Chrome extensions will only be available through web store

Chrome extensions will only be available through web store

As of early last year, and as first announced in late 2013, Chrome extensions had to be on the Chrome Web Store in order to be downloaded — for Windows users, that is. The move was an effort to improve security by preventing malicious extensions from being downloaded from some random web location and installed. Google says that it saw a lot of success with this, and so it will be extending its scope in the near future. In doing so, Chrome may be more secure for all.

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Google launches Color Enhancer browser extension for Chrome

Google launches Color Enhancer browser extension for Chrome

There are millions of people around the world who use the Google Chrome browser to surf the web for work and play. The problem for some of those users is that they have some form of color blindness making it difficult to use some web pages. Google has announced a new browser extension that has been launched to help people with color vision issues.

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Hisense $149 Chromebook review – Watch out, iPad

Hisense $149 Chromebook review – Watch out, iPad

This review contains a Chromebook, one that's set to take the lowest end of the laptop market for a ride. For those of you that have a single tablet sitting on your coffee table for anyone to use, this Chromebook's for you. If you've ever considered replacing the device you've been sharing from your pocket with one that sits on your mantle - this Chromebook's for you. This is the Hisense Chromebook, and it's simple. It's also so inexpensive that you won't cry (much) if your child destroys it. And what do you do with your hands when you're just sitting around at home, watching TV? That's right, fiddle around on the internet.

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Google unleashes Chrome Dev channel on Android

Google unleashes Chrome Dev channel on Android

Like a fast growing tree, web browsers like Firefox and Chrome follow separate branches of development, released at different points in time to cater to different classes of users. At the most basic, you have stable branch for fully tested versions, a beta for those still in testing, and a development release for the latest and greatest, even if it means less testing. It's that last part that Google is finally allowing users to enjoy on Android, releasing the Chrome Dev channel for the mobile browser.

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Project Spartan is now ‘Edge’, and will have Chrome extensions

Project Spartan is now ‘Edge’, and will have Chrome extensions

Spartan was a cool working title for Microsoft’s browser. I really enjoyed it, but they’re not keeping it. Instead, they’ve come up with a new, ‘edgy’ title (pun intended). Instead of Spartan, they’re going with ‘Edge’. That’s right, Edge. Like from U2. The browser brings all the cool stuff we already knew about, like reader mode and notations, but is also sniping a bit of energy from another great browser. According to Microsoft, a bit more work on Edge will bring Chrome extensions.

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Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Last week, Google updated Chrome to version 42 (beta). In that update, there was a small (possibly overlooked) feature that brings push notifications to your phone for websites than enable the feature. The update is part of Google’s Fizz initiative, which aims to bridge the wide gap between native mobile apps and web apps for mobile. That same update is creating a bit of buzz, but also confusing the matter of apps a bit, as push notifications for mobile websites are now available — just like native apps.

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Chrome for iOS updated with notification center widget, new app extensions

Chrome for iOS updated with notification center widget, new app extensions

Google recently released a new update to the iOS version of its Chrome browser, allowing the app to take advantage of some of the newer iOS 8 features. Overall, the app has several new improvements that make it easier to use, including some new gestures, but most prominent are the browser's new widget for the Today section of Notification Center, as well as support for new app extensions. This update brings Chrome for iOS up to version 42, and is already available for both iPhone and iPad.

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Google preps first-ever Chrome Live event to woo businesses

Google preps first-ever Chrome Live event to woo businesses

Google might now be synonymous with search and Android more than anything else, but it isn't about to let its other platform fall by the wayside. It has been pushing Chrome more aggressively in recent weeks, particularly with Chrome OS and surrounding devices. Now, it is about ready to let Chrome come out of its skin. In two weeks' time, it will be holding its first ever "Chrome Live" online event that will be pushing Chrome forward into a relatively new territory and with a slightly new name: Chrome for Work.

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Acer’s first Chromebase all-in-one is no joke

Acer’s first Chromebase all-in-one is no joke

This morning Acer announced what they suggest is the industry's first Chromebase All-In-One Desktop with Touch Display. We know good and well that this isn't the first Chromebase device in the world - there's an LG Chromebase as well, for example - but it IS the first Chromebase All-In-One machine with a touchscreen monitor. This bit trumps the LG Chromebase we saw about a year ago, of course. And just so you're aware - this is one of the few product announcements you'll see today, April 1st, April Fools' Day, that isn't a prank.

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New Chrome extension throttles down webpage data usage

New Chrome extension throttles down webpage data usage

Sometimes, you just need to throttle down on your data consumption when browsing. Maybe you’re tethering a computer to your smartphone and don’t want to gobble up plan data, or are on a public WiFi network. Maybe the WiFi in your hotel is slow. Whatever the case, it’s sometimes best to use as little data as possible to get the job done. To that, Google has unveiled a beta Chrome extension that will compress webpage data for you.

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