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Chrome 70 brings Progressive Web Apps to Windows 10

Chrome 70 brings Progressive Web Apps to Windows 10

Web apps have been battling for supremacy ever since browsers could display more than just text and images. Initially there were these heavy and clunky web applets vying for space against desktop apps. Things then took a different turn with the arrival of smartphones and mobile apps. Now with Google as its biggest champion, web apps have taken on a new name and a new strategy. With Chrome 70, Google is aiming to put Progressive Web apps on the same level as native apps, be it desktop or mobile, though it may still need a few rounds of polishing before it gets there.

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Pixel Slate trades headphone jack for a second USB-C

Pixel Slate trades headphone jack for a second USB-C

This morning I was about to get up-in-arms about the lack of a headphone jack on the new Google Pixel Slate. Then I saw what they'd done instead. Lots of devices that've abandoned the headphone jack were released over the past couple of years with no reasonable wired alternative. Google, instead of doing what everyone else did, came to the table with USB-C x2.

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Google Pixel Slate official: Price, release date, details

Google Pixel Slate official: Price, release date, details

The Google Pixel Slate is one giant tablet made to traverse the boundaries between desktop and mobile. This device is sold as a tablet, on it's own, but much like some of the most obvious competition (the iPad Pro, for example), it'll make the most sense with its sold-separately keyboard accessory. This device runs Chrome OS, and because the newest versions of Chrome run Android apps (and have for some time now), you'll find a whole lot of Android going on, too.

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Google Project Stream beta codes are rolling out

Google Project Stream beta codes are rolling out

Want to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey but don’t have the console for it? Not in the mood or in the market to buy one just yet? There is a way now, but you’ll have to pray that the Fates are smiling on you and you are one of the very few lucky ones that have been accepted into Google’s Project Stream beta group so that you could play the game right from your Chrome browser. Which you could, of course, get for free.

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Pixel Slate release details: The big leak

Pixel Slate release details: The big leak

The Google Pixel Slate is one of several surprises set for official reveal on October 9th - and today we're running down the full details. This is the first time we've got what we consider the full picture. That is: Photos (or renders), Code-names, and multiple release-level builds. The latest in a line of leaks is a set of benchmarks that show the many different versions of the device likely headed toward the big event on October 9th as held by Google.

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Chrome extensions promised to be safer soon

Chrome extensions promised to be safer soon

With more and more people "living" on the Web these days, web browsers have become both gateways as well as points of vulnerability. As one of that major gateways, Google's Chrome browser has an even bigger responsibility to ensure users' safety. And because of its Chrome extensions system, that goes beyond just the core of the browser. With version 30 and future releases, Google will be putting its foot down to ensure that those extensions don't end up costing users their privacy and security and costing Google its credibility.

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Google hid a secret text adventure game in search: Here’s how to play

Google hid a secret text adventure game in search: Here’s how to play

This week a new Google Search easter egg was discovered in the wild, complete with a whole bunch of adventurous paths one might take. To play Google's most recently-discovered in-product game, one must drop in on the English-language interface for Google Search. To find the game, on a desktop computer, in Google Search, search for the terms "text game" or "text adventure."

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Chrome 70 will clarify controversial, confusing sign-in changes

Chrome 70 will clarify controversial, confusing sign-in changes

For the most part, Chrome 69 is a significant release, bringing in a new Material Design, a smarter search bar, and more. But thanks to a rather unannounced feature, it has turned into quite a mess. Contrary to its stated goal, the new sign-in consistency only brought more confusion and the usual monopolistic accusations. Now Google is telling Chrome users to keep calm and browse on because Chrome 70 will address, not fix, those concerns.

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Chrome 69 ties Google services with browser login

Chrome 69 ties Google services with browser login

Chrome is, perhaps by now, the world’s top browser in terms of reach. But while the product is made by Google, based on an open source foundation, not all Chrome users would identify themselves as Google users as far as the company’s services go or vice versa. That distinction, however, may soon no longer exist as the latest version of the Chrome web browser makes it so that if you’re logged into one, you’re immediately logged into the other. And if you’re logged off one, you’re also logged of both.

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Chrome is adding Touch ID and fingerprint sensor support for web apps

Chrome is adding Touch ID and fingerprint sensor support for web apps

Google is adding fingerprint authentication to Chrome, with the latest beta of the browser able to tap into biometric sensors like Touch ID on Apple's MacBook Pro. Chrome 70, which was released in the beta channel this week, will allow websites to use fingerprints to authenticate users looking to log-in and more.

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Inbox isn’t Google’s only email app casualty this year

Inbox isn’t Google’s only email app casualty this year

Yesterday, Google announced its decision to discontinue Inbox by Gmail, citing the fact that many of its features are now available in Gmail proper. With that in mind, it isn't surprising to see the purge continue, and now Google has announced that it will discontinue the Gmail Offline Chrome app as well. The shut down officially happens later this year.

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Microsoft Edge warns Windows 10 users to avoid Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft Edge warns Windows 10 users to avoid Chrome and Firefox

For years now, Microsoft has been fighting what really feels like a losing battle against Google and Mozilla, two big players in the internet browser space. Though Microsoft Edge replaced the oft-disparaged Internet Explorer in Windows 10 - and, in fairness, makes its share of improvements - a lot of people out there still prefer to stick with Chrome or Firefox. How do you get those people to give Edge a chance? It's clear Microsoft doesn't know, because it's resorted to using annoying pop-up warnings when users try to install another browser.

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