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Android embraces Progressive Web Apps that act like local software

Android embraces Progressive Web Apps that act like local software

Google is further blurring the line between local apps and web apps in Android, rolling out the ability to add Progressive Web Apps to the homescreen but with the speed of a regular app. A feature of Chrome, the new functionality is currently only available in Chrome Canary - the most cutting-edge of versions for developers - but will be rolling out to Chrome 57 beta over the next few weeks, Google says. The upshot for users, so the promise goes, is apps that have the visibility of locally-installed software but the flexibility of online services.

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QR code scanner now built in to Chrome app

QR code scanner now built in to Chrome app

This week the folks at Google have updated the iOS (and soon the Android) version of the Chrome web browser. This update uses the camera of the device it's running on to locate and scan QR codes as well as bar codes. This update essentially does away with the need for that additional QR and barcode scanner app that's been sitting unused or barely used in our app drawers for years.

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Chrome on iOS is open-sourced at last

Chrome on iOS is open-sourced at last

Google's Chrome web browser has been brought to the open source universe thanks to years of upstreaming work by its developers. Google historically kept the code for Chrome for iOS separate from the Chromium project because of what they call "constraints on the iOS platform." With iOS for iPhone and iPad, all web browsers are required to have been built on top of the WebKit rendering engine - Google just made it possible to skip that worry.

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Google Chrome now reloads pages faster, more efficiently

Google Chrome now reloads pages faster, more efficiently

There are so many great and almost magical things that web browsers can do these days that you’d be surprised, nay shocked even, to know that most still uses principles and processes dating back to the 90s. One such feature is the innocent-looking “Reload” function that was designed for problems of that age. While still useful today, the actual implementation hasn’t exactly scaled to the present, predominantly mobile browsing age. That is exactly what Google has attempted to do in its Chrome mobile web browser, making page reloading not only faster but also consume less resources.

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New Chrome extension fact checks Trump’s tweets in browser

New Chrome extension fact checks Trump’s tweets in browser

RealDonaldContext is a new Chrome extension that's undertaking a rather large task: fact checking Donald Trump's many, many tweets. Created by the Washington Post, the add-on will insert blurbs beneath Trump's tweets when more information may be necessary. Now if we could just get the same treatment for all public officials, we'd be sitting pretty.

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Flash’s slow death continues with Chrome 55

Flash’s slow death continues with Chrome 55

Google is continuing its plan to phase out Flash in favor of HTML5 today by launching Chrome 55. With this new update, many sites around the web will begin defaulting to HTML5 instead of Flash. There are a few exceptions, but Chrome 55 largely implements the measures Google laid out earlier in the year.

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Chrome 53 on Windows promised to be 15% faster

Chrome 53 on Windows promised to be 15% faster

Web browsers have become more and more critical to modern computing that for many users, they have practically become the operating system, an idea that Google turned into practice with Chrome OS. As such, there is always a need to make web browsers more and more optimized, in performance as well as power usage. As one of the major web browser makers, Google is always looking for ways to improve its performance, which has borne fruit in the latest version 53 and 54 of Chrome for Windows.

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Acer’s new Chromebook 15 serves up 15-inch display, longer battery life

Acer’s new Chromebook 15 serves up 15-inch display, longer battery life

Acer has decided that its time for a new entry in its Chromebook 15 line. Today the company announced a new Chromebook 15 model that offers longer battery life than its predecessors. Acer isn't wasting any time bringing the new Chromebook to market, either, opting to launch the new device today with standard $199 pricing.

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Google low-bandwidth modes for YouTube and Chrome testing now

Google low-bandwidth modes for YouTube and Chrome testing now

Google has announced that it will soon be offering low-bandwidth options for some its more popular apps within India. These low-bandwidth modes are coming to services like YouTube, Chrome, Google Play, and Google News, making them more accessible users who may not have access to the fastest internet connections or are limited severely in what they can do online by low data caps, which is a prevalent issue throughout the country.

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Microsoft challenges Google’s battery test, shows Edge better than Chrome

Microsoft challenges Google’s battery test, shows Edge better than Chrome

The battery test wars between Microsoft's Edge browser and Google's Chrome are far from over, it seems. The back-and-forth between the two web giants began in June when Microsoft showed that Edge outlasted not only Chrome, but Opera and Firefox as well when all were running on the same type of PC. Google retaliated last week, using the latest version of Chrome to prove that it came out on top in battery life. But now Microsoft is back, again claiming to be the best.

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Chrome to begin flagging all websites not using HTTPS

Chrome to begin flagging all websites not using HTTPS

Google aims to step up its campaign against an unencrypted internet by alerting users to any websites that still aren't using HTTPS connections. The search giant has said that when the next version of Chrome launches, it will begin displaying a new warning on any login pages that aren't encrypted, or in other words using HTTP. This is scheduled to start in January 2017 with the rollout of Chrome 56.

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Chrome promised to now use less battery, mobile payments added

Chrome promised to now use less battery, mobile payments added

Google has finally broken its silence and has put out its own “play video until computer dies” timelapse to show just how long its browsers last. But unlike tests from Microsoft or Opera, Google only pitted its Chrome against another Chrome, one from a year in the past. Unsurprisingly, the results do show how much the Chrome browser has improved, adding a little over two hours to “identiical laptops” battery lives. When watching videos on sites like Vimeo at least.

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