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Is This the First “L” Android Version Appearance and a New Chrome App UI?

The crew over at reddit found an interesting set of screenshots in an Android related issue over at the Chromium bug tracker. Are you seeing the goodies in the image above? There are a couple of things that should immediately stand out. If not, there are more below.

Note:  Before I could even get this posted, Google removed the issue thread for this bug.

First, is that an “L” in the notification bar showing that the phone is plugged in with USB debugging enabled? If it is, then this would be the first time we are seeing a device running the “L” version of Android, which has not yet been announced by Google. If you’ll remember, Kit Kat devices showed a “K” or a key lime pie for USB debugging up until Android 4.4 was officially announced, which then caused the switch over to the Kit Kat bar icon. 

So is that an “L” icon? It’s so simple, that you really can’t tell. It could be an icon from another app that we just haven’t seen before. I’ll let you decide.

If that isn’t an “L,” which could be the case, then at least we have a potential new version of Chrome to talk about. As you can see, in the screenshot at the top of this post, along with the comparison shot below of the current Chrome Beta (right) to this potential new build (left), there are a number of differences. First, Chrome seems to be floating on the home screen, rather than being forced to be full-screen. You can see the background or wallpaper in the notification bar and on the sides of the Chrome browser. Is that happening because of this sign-in pop-up? All I know is that the current version of Chrome takes me to a sign-in page in Chrome when I click “Sign in,” it doesn’t pop-up a box like this while making Chrome appear to float.

All of that aside, there are some new UI elements going on here as well. The lock icon has changed in the URL bar, as has the action overflow or “menu” button next to the tab toggle. In the new action overflow button, we are seeing rounded dots, like we have in Google Play. The top navigation bar seems to be less dark to me as well, maybe lightened slightly.

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Finally, here is one last look at this build of Chrome on a tablet that appears to be running Kit Kat. You will notice it isn’t floating and the debugging icon has changed to the one found on Kit Kat. So what was that whole floating thing about? You got me.


Interesting stuff indeed. Any thoughts? Anything we are missing?

Via:  reddit | Chromium

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Chrome OS adds support for “supervised users,” allows for stronger control over alternate user accounts

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Multi-user support on Android tablets is a very attractive feature, allowing administrators to create accounts for others who live in their homes, and even restrict access to specific apps/settings on those alternate accounts.

Now, Google will be bringing a similar feature to Chrome OS, called “Supervised Users.” Chromebook and Chromebox owners will be able to set up secondary accounts on their Chrome OS devices. These secondary accounts will not require an associated Google account, and the administrator will be able to view the supervised users’ browsing history and put limits on web surfing.

Source: +Francois Beaufort


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Google brings ‘Supervised Users’ setting to Chrome OS

If you are a parent and utilize a Chromebook in your home, then chances are your kids use it too. I have a 13-year-old and keeping her safe and away from things she doesn’t need to be doing online is a daunting task. If you have handed over the Chromebook you can block things through the router, but if you share it then you don’t want to be restricted. Finally there is another option for parents out there that Google has recently added to the Chrome OS, Supervised Users.

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This snazzy little option can be enabled through the primary user account and gives parents a ton of control over Chromebooks and Chromebox devices. A supervised user doesn’t need a Google account or even an email address in order to use the Chrome OS. You as the account holder can follow a few simple little steps to create a supervised user and have control over what that users can access, view and even check back on the browsing history.

To get started you will want to head to your Chrome Settings. While you are at it, you might want to check out the Google support pages about it all too.

Source: +FrancoisBeaufort Via 9to5Google

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Kick With Chrome lets you be a soccer star on your browser

With the whole world still in the midst of World Cup fever, every child (and some adults too, for sure) is now dreaming of becoming the next football superstar for their country. But if you’re sitting in front of the computer, you can still take the first step towards that with the newest Chrome Experiment called Kick With Chrome.

With just Google Chrome open on your desktop or laptop, whether Windows or Mac, you can play three different kinds of football games: Infinite Dribble, Space Kick, and Shootout. You can use the chrome app on your phone or tablet to control the games. Infinite Dribble lets you become a tiki-taka master just by tilting your device so you can dribble past roadblocks and defenders. While some famous footballers like Wayne Rooney and Sergio Ramos have kicked balls to outer space during important games, Space Kick lets you do exactly that, only this time you win if you kick it as high as you can. The Shootout game would be good practice for your penalty kicks or blocking those shots from going inside the net.

While the game is meant to be played on a desktop with your phone or tablet as a controller, it can also be played just directly on your device. This game experiment was made possible with the use of several technologies, like the HTML5 Fullscreen,Accelerometer and Vibration APIs which are responsible for the rich mobile experience, while WebRTC DataChannel and WebSockets lets your mobile device and desktop connect with each other in real time.


All you need to do is open this on your desktop and then the mobile version on your phone or tablet. Who knows, next World Cup you just might win the Best Kick With Chrome player award or something.

SOURCE: Chrome

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Kick with Chrome brings World Cup excitement to your browser

Google is releasing a trio of games to complement the World Cup, but this time the games aren’t hitting any app store. Instead, Kick with Chrome, which includes Infinite Dribble, Space Kick, and Shootout, will be debuting as web apps for the Chrome browser. With this mini game experience, you can load up the game on Chrome on Mac or PC, for example, and use the Chrome app on your smartphone to control the game.

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Google Chrome’s Newest Game Experiment, Kick With Chrome, Makes The Cardinal Sin Of Calling It "Soccer"


Looking to kick back and kill a few minutes this afternoon / evening / morning / whatever time it is where you are? Google’s got a brand-new set of football-themed mini-games out via the Kick with Chrome experiment today.


The games include Infinite Dribble, Space Kick, and Shootout. Shootout is actually a multiplayer penalty-shot game, so that one could be fun with friends. Infinite Dribble is a tilt-based endless… dribbler, and Space kick is a sort of vertical platformer.

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Microsoft releases OneNote Clipper for Chrome, Springpad migration tool

Microsoft has released a Chrome extension for their note-taking app OneNote called OneNote Clipper. You can install the extension either by going to the OneNote website, or the Chrome Web Store. From there, OneNote Clipper lets you save webpages and clips to OneNote to be viewed later.

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Google Play Movies & TV now supports offline playback for Chromebooks

Google has rolled out the latest update for Play Movies and TV. This particular update deals with the Chrome side, specifically for Chromebooks. We are referring to the Google Play Movies & TV Chrome app (extension) which now supports offline playback.

Bottom line here, this means you’ll now be able to download your movie (or television show) from the Play Store in advance for times when you know you will be outside the reach of WiFi. Or alternatively, for times when you know you will be in a place with a spotty or congested connection such as on an airplane. The updated Chrome app (extension) can be found in the Chrome Web Store.


The offline support will work with videos that are purchased or rented. And from that point it is simply a matter of clicking the button to download. This is a nice update, and puts the Chromebook back in line with other devices as Play Movies & TV had already been allowing Android users to download in advance.

Aside from the offline playback support, this latest app (extension) update added a few other goodies. Google mentioned how this update brought Info Cards and an improved Chromecast and local playback experience to those watching movies through the Chrome browser.

SOURCE: +GooglePlay

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New Chrome add-on helps secure users emails


Google has just released an early version of a new Chrome add-on called End-to-End that helps secure a users email beyond what providers should already be doing. This will allow users to not have to set up complex encryption tools, and instead can just use the extension.

According to Google, users should be aware that currently the add-on is just an alpha release, and that there are likely still a few bugs in it. The officiall version won’t be released to the Chrome Store until the extension is fully tweaked and ready. Click on the source link to download the add-on for yourself.

Source: Google Security Blog

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Koush brings AllCast Receiver plugin to Chrome browsers; promises AllCast Sender app, too

AllCast just keeps getting better… and better… and better. After bringing AllCast Receiver for Android — an app that will allow you to cast all the media you want to any other Android device you own — Koush has brought it in the form of a Chrome extension.

This means you can beam all your photos, video and music to any computer that has a Chrome browser with the plugin installed. This is ideal for folks who might not have any AllCast-capable devices (which pretty much includes any DLNA-compliant device, a Chromecast, and the aforementioned stable of Android devices out there) but happens to own a PC.


A couple of caveats to note: video does come with support for subtitles, but not wireless headphones. You can also use AllCast’s mirroring feature using Mirror+WebRTC, though he notes it’s not ideal. Finally, the extension does require the latest AllCast app update that hit Google Play the other day, so make sure you’re up to date if you plan on using this.

As long as you understand that, though, you can head right here for the extension. More exciting than anything with this launch is the revelation from Koush that an AllCast Sender extension is going to be coming to Chrome soon as well, so we’re definitely keeping our eyes peeled for that one. You can see all this goodness in action with the video embedded above.

[via Google+]


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AllCast can now send media to any Chrome Browser


Recently, Koushik Dutta released an AllCast Receiver app that essentially turns any Android smartphone or tablet into a receiver device for receiving media casts from other smartphones and tablets. Koush took this one step further and released an app in the Chrome Web Store that will allow you to cast your media to any computer with a Chrome Browser.

It supports audio, video (with closed captions), and even mirroring via Mirror+webrtc (although not ideal). To use this new feature, you will need to make sure you download today’s AllCast update from the Play Store, and of course, install the Chrome app on your desktop, laptop, or Chromebook.

Koush is also promising a Chrome Sender app in the near future as well.  We have a video and download links after the break.

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AllCast now sends your phone’s media to anything with a Chrome browser

AllCast Receiver for Chrome controlled by Android

For Koushik Dutta, it’s not enough that his AllCast app can stream an Android device’s content to set-top boxes and other mobile gear; he now has it streaming to PCs, too. His new AllCast Receiver for Chrome lets you send photos, videos and your device screen to anything with a Chrome web browser on the local network. If you want to use your Chromebook as a makeshift TV, you can. It’s not quite as slick as sharing content between native apps, though. You can’t use the wireless headset feature with video, and screen mirroring isn’t seamless. With that said, this is still one of the easier ways put your phone’s media collection on a bigger display.

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Chrome Beta For Android Version 36 Brings Back The Google Doodle To New Tab Pages, Adds Smarter Search Suggestions And Improved Text Rendering


Update Wednesday continues with yet another new apk. This time we’re being treated to a regular version bump for Chrome Beta. The changelog isn’t as dramatic as we’ve seen in previous updates to the browser, but it’s hard to turn down improvements and bug fixes. The focus seems to be a little more on fine-tuning the experience as we should see smarter suggestions for text entry and improved text rendering on non-mobile optimized web sites.

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Koush releases AllCast Receiver app for Chrome

AllCast has introduced a great new Chrome app to join their excellent media-beaming app on mobile. AllCast Receiver for Chrome allows users to share audio, video, and live mirroring from mobile to your Chrome browser on desktop and elsewhere. Though it’s not ready yet, a sender is in the works so you can shunt content from the Chrome browser to other screens as well.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 27, 2014


With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Hands on with the LG G3

Hands on with Quick Circle on the LG G3


LG G3 carrier information for the United States

Verizon updating HTC One (M7) to Sense 6


Google bans external Chrome extension installations for Windows browser


Chromecast coming to Japan beginning tomorrow


Google reportedly acquiring Dropcam, pushing further into the home

Google reveals new self-driving car sans car parts

Home Automation

Google reportedly acquiring Dropcam, pushing further into the home


Asus prepping two new ZenFone models for release

Verizon updating HTC One (M7) to Sense 6

Lenovo’s upcoming flagship leaks, big things to come?

LG officially unveils the Smart and Simple G3

Hands on with the LG G3

Hands on with Quick Circle on the LG G3

LG G3 carrier information for the United States

See LG’s “Simple is The New Smart” ad for the G3

LG G3 wallpapers now available, download them here

Walnut backing for Moto X replaced by Rosewood on Moto Maker

Oppo confirms May 30 unveiling date for N1 Mini

Samsung rolling out KitKat update to international Galaxy S4 Active


LG’s G Watch could feature cellular connectivity


Asus releases teaser video for “The Next Incredible Thing”

Another Flounder spotting hints at 64-bit Nexus 8 tablet

Toshiba announces low-powered, low-priced Excite Go 7-inch tablet

Benchmark results for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 8.4 appear online


Verizon updating HTC One (M7) to Sense 6

Samsung rolling out KitKat update to international Galaxy S4 Active


Spotify notifies everyone that one user’s account was breached

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Google bans external Chrome extension installations for Windows browser

ChromeGoogle’s been threatening it for some time now, but it’s finally happened. Windows users can no longer download and install third-party extensions that don’t come from the Web Store. Users of the stable Chrome build will now see that the browser won’t allow you to install those extensions. This probably won’t impact most people, but developers and experimenters will be disappointed to hear this news.

If you’ve already side-loaded extensions, those will automatically become disabled today. If you want to continue using these, you must download the dev-channel of the browser. This news only impacts Windows users – Mac and Linux users can curiously continue side-loading all the extensions they want.

Source: Google


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Google to Shutdown Chrome Extensions Not Installed From the Chrome Web Store

Shady, third party YouTube downloaders, your run has come to an end (sort of). Google announced today that it will begin shutting down Chrome extensions that were installed outside of the Chrome Web Store (CWS). They also announced that going forward, users can only install extensions that are hosted on the CWS. At this time, this new change seems to only affect Windows users. 

Google noted in a post to the Chrome blog, that malware can be hidden in extensions, allowing the bad guys to do damage to your life while working silently in the background. Dirty extensions could track your browsing activity or inject unwanted ads into your Chrome experience. If you notice oddly placed ads or a sluggish browser, you may have a bad extension installed.

If you are a “developer,” Google will “continue to support local extension installs during development as well as via Enterprise policy.”

To find out more details on this new extension policy, hit up the source link below.

Via:  Chrome Blog

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‘Ok Google’ voice support rolling out for Chrome desktop users

The hands-free ‘Ok Google’ voice search arrived for Chrome desktop users back in February. At the time the support was limited to desktop users willing to play with a beta release, but there is a bit of good news for those who had been waiting. Google has said the hands-free voice search is now rolling out for all Chrome users.

Well, for desktop Chrome users in the US anyway. On the flip side, this support will be available for those using Chrome on Windows, Mac or Linux systems. Additional language support is expected, however Google has yet to provide any sort of firm timeline. For now though — this means those in the US will be able to perform a desktop based search with their voice.

The ‘Ok Google’ support will be available at the Google homepage and also when opening a new browser tab. You’ll simply need to say ‘Ok Google’ and follow that with your search command. This can be used for general searches, or something a bit more specific such as “Ok Google, how many ounces are in a cup.”

You can also use this to set timers and create Google Now reminders. The timer command is as follows; Ok Google, set a timer for 30 minutes. Naturally, you can substitute the time you need. Similarly, the Google Now reminders are created by saying “Ok Google, remind me to (what you need a reminder for).

Those looking to make sure this is turned off can navigate to Settings -> Advanced -> Privacy and make sure to uncheck the option for “Enable “Ok Google” to start a voice search.”

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Chrome for Android updated with undo tab close and Chromecast support


Chrome for Android has been updated with some of the features that have been available in the beta version. The first notable feature is the ability to undo when you close a tab. It also brings full screen HTML5 videos as well as subtitles, which also means that you will be able to cast some of these videos to your Chromecast.

The build is 35.0.1916.122, and will be rolled out in stages. We have the Play Store links below, but if the update doesn’t show up for you, we have the APK download link as well.

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Chrome for Android adds closed tab undo, Chromecast support

The stable branch of Google’s Chrome web browser for Android has finally caught up with features foreshadowed in the beta version. But along with those, Google has also added limited support for throwing videos to a Chromecast dongle.

Last month, Chrome Beta added a trio of new features to the Android browser that takes it to the same level of functionality as its desktop counterpart. First is the ability to undo closed tabs, giving you a chance to quickly revisit the stack of most recently closed tabs. It also added playback controls for HTML 5 videos playing in fullscreen. And finally, a rather mysterious multi-window support was also mentioned, probably for the sake of LG’s and third-party implementation.

This time, the changelog for the new stable version adds a new feature: streaming videos to Chromecast. This is almost like the functionality on Chrome for the desktop, except it only casts videos and not whole tabs. Google notes that only some videos work with this feature, but doesn’t exactly mention which ones.

As always, Google’s app updates roll out in a staggered way, so some will be getting the new version, which is now at version 35, a bit later than others.

Download: Chrome Browser (Stable) on Google Play Store

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Google Chrome Updated With Many New Features


If you use Google Chrome on your Android device, it just got a big update. Today the stable version of Chrome was updated to version 35.0.1916.122 and has features for everyone.

One of the biggest new features is support for devices with multi-window features. So if you have a Galaxy Note device or any other with that feature, you can now browse the web and, say, check your email at the same time.

Google Chrome now also has an undo close tab button, allowing you to do what the feature suggests. Chrome also can stream “select” videos you are watching while you’re browsing to a Chromecast. It’s unknown what videos you can stream at this time, but more Chromecast support is always great.

Finally, Google Chrome also has support for regular HTML5 video controls and you can now see subtitles in full-screen videos if they are available. Of course, there are various bug fixes as well. Here are the full release notes:

  • Undo Tab Close
  • Fullscreen video with Subtitles and HTML5 controls
  • Support for some multi-window devices
  • Support for casting some videos with Chromecast
  • Other bug fixes

These features have been in the beta builds of Chrome for about a month now, but this is great for people who don’t use that version. The update is currently being rolled out, but if you’d like you can download the APK here. How do you like the new Google Chrome features?

Source: Google Play via 9to5Google

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Chrome Stable Hits Version 35, Brings Undo Close Tab, Better Fullscreen Video Support, And More


While Chrome Beta users have been on version 35 for the last several weeks, those who prefer to stay with the Stable build are finally getting a taste of what’s been cooking under the beta hood for a while now. This includes some navigation enhancements, improved video support, and a few others.

What’s New

  • Undo Tab Close
  • Fullscreen video with Subtitles and HTML5 controls
  • Support for some multi-window devices
  • Support for casting some videos with Chromecast
  • Other bug fixes

Version 35 is rolling out through the Play Store now, so jump in and grab the update.

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Chrome for Android Sees Update to v35, Includes Undo Button and Chromecast Support

Back in April, Chrome Beta for Android received an update that introduced what has become one of my favorite features in the mobile browser – an undo button for closed tabs. That feature has finally made its way to Chrome stable, thanks to build 35.0.1916.122 that is rolling out today. Now, when you accidentally close a tab or close one before realizing that you need back into it, you can do so with a pop-up undo button.

The update also brings fullscreen video with subtitles and HTML5 controls, support for some multi-window devices, and support for casting “some” videos with Chromecast.

Grab it on Google Play. 

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5 cool things you should be doing with Pushbullet


Back in the day there was a popular app called Chrome to Phone. This Google-made app allowed Chrome users to send links to their Android device with the click of a button. It was great at doing that one task, but it couldn’t do much more. Google eventually abandoned the app for Chrome tab syncing, which opened the door for an app called Pushbullet.

Pushbullet is Chrome to Phone on steroids. It can be installed on Android, iOS, Chrome, and Firefox. Every device you install it on becomes a destination that you can “push” things to. You can send links, photos, videos, files, and much more, but that is just one small part of the app. Pushbullet is one of the coolest apps out there right now. If you’re looking for a reason to give it a try we have 5.

Notification Mirroring


Notification mirroring is undoubtedly the coolest thing Pushbullet for Android can do. Every notification you get on your phone/tablet will be displayed in a pop-up on your PC. Some of notifications can even be clicked to open their respective website. You can also dismiss a notification from your Android notification shade right from the pop-up on your PC. To set up notification mirroring follow these steps:

  1. Open the Pushbullet Android app and go to Settings.
  2. Tap Enable/disable Notification Mirroring Service.
  3. Check the box next to Notification Mirroring Service.

You can  turn notification mirroring on or off for specific apps. For example, you might not care to see when an app is auto-updating in the Play Store. If you’re worried about the notification mirroring using data you can set it to only mirror while connected to WiFi. Never miss a notification again.

Send anything to any device


Like we mentioned above, at its core Pushbullet is basically a souped-up Chrome to Phone. So you might expect it to be able to send stuff to other devices. Chrome to Phone was good at sending links from Chrome to Android, but Pushbullet can do much more than that. You can share URLs, photos, notes, APKs, videos, and many other file types. Pushbullet also gives you the ability to send stuff from your phone to your PC with Android’s built-in sharing feature.

When you send links from certain websites, such as Google Maps or YouTube, to Android they will open in their respective apps. The nice thing about Pushbullet is it won’t automatically open the apps like Chrome to Phone did. The notification will be waiting for you to take action on it. There are tons of situations where this can come in handy.

Use it with IFTTT


Pushbullet recently released a channel for IFTTT. This was already an incredibly awesome feature, but with the release of IFTTT for Android it’s even better. With Pushbullet + IFTTT you can turn anything in your life into a notification. Package status changes? Get a notification. Weather about to get nasty? Get a notification. Favorite team just scored a run? Get a notification.

If you’re looking for an IFTTT recipe to get you started check out the one we have for “Android Wallpaper” posts. Every time we post new wallpaper you will be sent a link so you can download the wallpapers. There are hundreds of other Pushbullet recipes available on IFTTT, plus you can whip up your own. The only limit is your imagination. Head on over to IFTTT to get started.

Use it with Tasker


If you use Tasker more than IFTTT there is a bunch of cool stuff you can do as well. With Tasker you can trigger Pushbullet notifications based on any profile you have set up on your Android device. You could send missed calls/texts from your Android phone to your tablet, push a notification to all devices when you arrive/enter a location, and much more. Just think of it as everything awesome about Tasker, plus the ability to talk to all of your devices. To learn more about the Pushbullet plug-in for Tasker head here.

Create a quick to-do list


Need to create a quick to-do list? Pushbullet can do that too. Open up the Pushbullet app or extension and select the List option in the “Push What?” menu. You can give the list a title and then add things to do. The list can be sent to any of the devices you have connected. The list will stay in your notification shade until everything is completed. This can be handy if you want to remember to do things when you are using a specific device, or if you want the to-do list to be available on all of your devices.


You may be thinking to yourself “there are already apps out there that can do most of this stuff.” That’s true, but the beauty of Pushbullet is you only one app. You don’t have to load up your phone with a special app for every type of notification you want. This one powerful app can do it all. You can download Pushbullet for free right here. Are you a Pushbullet user? What are some things that you do with it?


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Google Adds New Educational ‘Spell Up’ Game To Chrome, Works On Desktop And Mobile


I have a confession to make: I’m a terrible speller. I know what you’re thinking, “how can someone who writes for a living be bad at spelling?” Honestly, if it wasn’t for spellcheck, I probably wouldn’t have this job right now. So, thanks for spellcheck, um, spellcheck inventor!

Considering how many times a day Chrome has to correct stupid spelling mistakes (like mine), I think Google realized an intervention was due.

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LG announces the Chromebase, their Chrome OS desktop

LG is rolling out their Chromebase today, an all-in-one desktop running Chrome OS. Saying it has “everything a home computer needs to suit a modern lifestyle”, LG is packing all we’ve come to like about Chrome device in a stylish desktop solution. Though it made an appearance at CES this year, the Chromebase is now available for consumers.

The 21.5-inch Full HD screen sports a 1920 x 1080 resolution, delivering “accurate color reproduction, stunning contrast and an impressive ultra-wide viewing angle”. A pair of 5-watt speakers built right in provide the audio, which should be more than ample amplitude.

A equally stylish mouse and keyboard are packed in, and the Chromebase can act as a monitor for when you want to plug a laptop in via HDMI. An Intel Haswell processor is included, and you’ll get a 1.3-megapixel webcam with microphone for video chats.

Of course, with Chrome OS, you’ll get all the web apps that make the desktop a powerful solution for those with their work in the cloud. The Chromebase is being made available May 12 from select retailers (LG only mentions NewEgg), and will be on sale everywhere May 26. The desktop will retail for $349.99, and come with 100GB free Drive storage for two years.

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Google Play Movies soon will be accessible offline for Chrome OS

We’re keeping an eye on the Google-Intel Chrome OS livestream, and this little nugget just dropped:

Google Play Movies will be available offline on Chrome OS later this year.

That’ll help with the major criticism with Chrome OS — that the web browser-turned laptop becomes all but useless without an Internet connection. That’s never been 100 percent true, of course, but neither is it completely false. And being able to watch movies offline is a huge step in the right direction.

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Google+ Post Gives Further Insight Into The Upcoming Google / Chrome Bookmarks Overhaul, AKA "Google Stars"


Bookmarks – we all use them. Sometimes. Maybe. Maybe not since like 2011 in my case (I really, really don’t like bookmarks). But bookmarks have remained a relatively unchanged experience on desktop browsers even since the Netscape days – you CTRL+D, the page goes into a list, maybe that list has folders, and that’s that.

This stale experience has helped give rise to read-it-later apps, content aggregators, and even social networks (Pinterest, for example).

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VideoStream for Chrome allows you to stream any video to Chromecast



It can sometimes be difficult to find a way to stream local video files to your Chromecast, but Tekzilla is trying to change that. They’ve made an extension for Chrome called VideoStream, which allows you to push virtually any video file through to your Chromecast to play on your HDTV. Almost any file type you can think of is supported, from AVI, to WMV, to MKV and tons of others.

There’s even an Android remote control app to make it easier. You can find a link to download past the break.

Source: Chrome Web Store, TekZilla
Via: Engadget

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Google, Intel co-hosting Chrome OS event next week to showcase new devices


Here comes the next wave of Chrome OS devices. On Tuesday, May 6, Google and Intel will be co-hosting a Chrome OS event once again. Google’s vice president of product management Caesar Sengupta will be joined by Intel’s Navin Shenoy, the vice president and general manager of the mobile computing group. A panel will also join the two at Tuesday’s event.

What will be going down aside from the panel’s Q&A session? Brand new Chrome OS devices will be announced. This means we will see new Chromebooks and likely new Chromeboxes. This event is only the start of what should be a fun month of May. Following Tuesday’s event, Motorola has something scheduled for May 13 and LG for May 27.

Any kind of Chrome OS device you are looking forward to in particular?

source: 9to5Google

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