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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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Latest Windows 10 build leaks online, reveals private browsing for Edge

Latest Windows 10 build leaks online, reveals private browsing for Edge

Microsoft's Windows 10 continues to move closer to release sometime this summer, and with it eager fans look forward to each build leak in order to get early looks at what's coming. The latest leak appears to be of build 10123, which was obtained by Chinese website ITHome. They have shared a handful of new screenshots for both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10, revealing tidbits like changing live tile colors, a 'Backup and Restore' feature, and private browsing for the new Edge browser.

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Apple Watch OS hacked to run web browser

Apple Watch OS hacked to run web browser

Remember back in September during the debut of the Apple Watch when one of the company's bigwigs was on stage and talked about how pinch-to-zoom and scrolling on a tiny touchscreen was a terrible way to interact with a device on your wrist? Well, never take anyone's word for it, be like developer/jailbreaker Comex and try to experience first-hand just how awful it can be. Ok, joking aside, it is a bit impressive that this soon after release, Watch OS has been hacked to run a web browser, displaying the Google homepage on the smartwatch's screen.

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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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Itching to play MS-DOS games on Twitter? Think again

Itching to play MS-DOS games on Twitter? Think again

Ah MS-DOS games on Twitter, we have known you only so briefly. After a bit of excitement over the revelation that you can not only retweet but also play old-school MS-DOS games right from inside a Tweet, it seems that the fun and games are over. At the expense of getting branded as a kill joy, Twitter pulled the plug on the Internet Archives' latest experiment. That said, it is quite understandable considering it violated Twitter's rules, but it's still a downer that one of the easiest ways for a classic game to go viral is now off limits.

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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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Mobilegeddon isn’t just Google’s doing

Mobilegeddon isn’t just Google’s doing

Don't believe the hype. Today you'll see one massive amount of stories about how Google's newest update to Google Search will bury websites not prepared to be "mobile friendly." Barring the odd "old web" website or local government council site, the web is basically already there. Google wouldn't enact a sweeping set of changes if they suspected their business model would be drastically altered. And for those of you worried, Google has put together a handy guide to get you through this tough time, including a "Google Mobile-Friend Test" site.

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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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BitTorrent’s Project Maelstrom web browser gets beta release

BitTorrent’s Project Maelstrom web browser gets beta release

In the game of desktop web browsers these days, you have to be different to hope to stand a chance against the big guys. And that's exactly what BitTorrent is attempting with their browser software, dubbed Project Maelstrom. What makes it different? Instead of getting data from centralized servers, websites can be delivered via peer-to-peer connections, just like how that new Hollywood movie gets passed around so quickly. While the browser was in alpha only a few months ago, a beta is now available to download for Windows PC users.

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Facebook launches standalone Messenger for the web

Facebook launches standalone Messenger for the web

You can chat with friends and family via Facebook Messenger on your phone or tablet, but to get to Messenger via the web, you have to navigate through Facebook’s website. At F8 this year, Facebook made sure we all knew Messenger would become more platform than app, so today’s announcement is really no surprise. If you head over to messenger.com, you’ll now be greeted with a standalone web version of Facebook Messenger, which exactly mimics the mobile version of the service platform.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track browser default

Microsoft drops Do Not Track browser default

Microsoft has announced that it will be changing its Do Not Track default in future iterations of its browsers -- namely that it will no longer be enabled by default. The company points to industry standards and the refinement of such, with the latest draft saying that the "signal sent MUST reflect the user's preference", and, further into it, that "In the absence of user choice, there is no tracking preference expressed." Says Microsoft, given that latter portion, it has elected to change the Do Not Track default to avoid any "misunderstanding" regarding whether the chosen implementation follows the standard.

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