Chrome’s push notifications reach your Android phone

Push notifications on Chrome for Android

Chrome's website push notifications are no longer confined to your desktop -- they now surface on your phone, too. Grab Chrome 42 for Android and you can opt into alerts from websites that show up no matter what you're doing. You won't have to worry about missing out on breaking news, even if your favorite sites don't have dedicated apps. You'll also have an easier time adding home screen shortcuts for those sites if you always want them close at hand. It'll be a while before many of the sites you frequent can deliver notifications (eBay, Facebook and Pinterest are some of the early adopters), but it's worth upgrading now to get ready.

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Source: Chromium Blog, Google Play

Google Chrome for iOS gets easier to use with one hand

Pull to refresh in Chrome for iOS

Don't like that Chrome makes you use two hands to comfortably surf the web on your iPhone 6? Your life just got a bit easier. Google has updated Chrome for iOS so that you can pull down to not only refresh web pages, but open and close tabs. At this rate, you might only have to reach up when you want to type in a site address. There's also a Today View launcher widget that includes voice search, suggested answers for common searches and support for password managers like 1Password and LastPass. All told, you should spend more time browsing and less time stretching your fingers -- that's a worthwhile upgrade in our books.

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Source: Google Chrome Blog, App Store

Chrome for iOS gains Today widget, 1Password and LastPass support, pull to reload and more

Chrome 42 for iOS Today widget iPhone screenshot 001

Google on Thursday issued an update to its Chrome browser for the iPhone and iPad. Available free of charge on the App Store, Chrome now lets you start using the app faster by providing a nifty little Today widget in the Notification Center with handy shortcuts to quickly access voice search functionality and create new tabs.

Moreover, the browser now plays nice with iOS 8’s App Extensions, starting with support for 1Password and LastPass extensions so you can use your stored passwords on websites in the Google mobile browser.... Read the rest of this post here

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How to run Android apps like WhatsApp and Instagram on Mac

WhatsApp Android Mac OS X

ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, is a tool that allows you to run many Android apps right on a desktop machine. For the most part, the apps look and function like they do on an Android phone or tablet.

Why is this so cool? Well, it means that you can now have access to whole variety of new apps. Some apps, like WhatsApp, have no native desktop counterpart, so it’s especially nice for apps like these.

While it isn’t a perfect 1:1 solution, and some apps outright don’t work, it’s worth trying if there’s an app that you want that isn’t otherwise available on the desktop. In this post and video, we’ll walk you through the steps of configuring Google’s ARC Welder tool, and show you how to run multiple applications as well.

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Google unveils Chromebit, full Chrome-on-a-stick computer under $100, and other new Chromebooks

Google Chromebit image 001

If you need an on-the-fly computer or cannot afford a traditional desktop or notebook, Google may have just the right answer for you.

Unveiled Tuesday, the new Chromebit is a whole new kind of Chrome OS computer on a stick that plugs right into your TV or any HDMI-enabled display.

Similar to a plethora of inexpensive Android computers on HDMI-enabled thumb sticks, the Chromebit is just as portable as it is functional. It comes in your choice of three colors and is priced under $100.... Read the rest of this post here

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Google Chrome beta adds push notifications

Chrome's push notification feature has graduated from the Canary channel and is now part of the latest Beta release. And you know what that means, right? It's just one step away from being incorporated into the stable browser. Chrome Beta 42 (for all platforms) comes with two new APIs that allows websites to send you notifications even if the browser isn't open. Each message comes with "Site Setting" beneath it, though (as you can see below the fold), providing a way to quickly switch off notifications from that particular service or website.

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Source: Google Chrome Developers (Google+), Chromium Blog

Google holds its next I/O developer conference on May 28th and 29th

Sundar Pichai shows Android Wear at I/O 2014

Attention, Google fans: the company's big developer conference is kicking off early this year. The internet giant has announced that I/O 2015 will take place on May 28th and 29th, about a month ahead of where it was in 2014. Sign-ups start at noon Eastern on March 17th, although the company is once again running on a lottery system that picks guests at random. As for what's going to show? Google isn't saying anything yet, but there's bound to be talk of Android's rapidly growing ecosystem, Chrome developments and internet services aplenty. What do you hope Google will show? Let us know what you think!

[Image credit: Stephen Lam/Getty Images]

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Source: Google

Google explains why it’s not fixing web security in old Android phones

Android Cupcake, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean statues

You might not be happy that Google isn't fixing a web security flaw in your older Android phone, but the search giant now says that it has some good reasons for holding off. As the company's Adrian Ludwig explains, it's no longer viable to "safely" patch vulnerable, pre-Android 4.4 versions of WebView (a framework that lets apps show websites without a separate browser) to prevent remote attacks. The sheer amount of necessary code changes would create legions of problems, he claims, especially since developers are introducing "thousands" of tweaks to the open source software every month.

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Via: Android Police, Wall Street Journal

Source: Adrian Ludwig (Google+)

Skype on a Chromebook in minutes

Gah. The amount of emails I’m getting about this is insane. I updated my instructions on how to get Skype working on a Chromebook earlier this week and I’ve already got people saying that I’ve hacked my Chromebook or done some other weirdness. Others have stated that this is still too much faffing around and it’s easier just to get another laptop.


Yes, yes there is a small element of “faff”, but my Chromebook cost me £100. It doesn’t owe me anything and, for the money, I’m prepared to spend less than 5 minutes getting this working. Sure, the Android Skype app I’m using here could be quicker on initial boot, but once you’re done, you’re done.

So, just one last time, I’m going to show you how to get this working. This time, in video. In the footage I refer to the original post, so do check that out if you want to get this working.

Knock the YouTube video up to HD so that you can see the text on the Chromebook more clearly..

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  • Chrome for iOS plays nicely with Mac browsers, big iPhones

    Chrome 40 on an iPhone 6

    At long last, Google has overhauled its Chrome browser for iOS to fit into the company's Material Design language -- and thankfully, it's a lot more than a fresh coat of paint. The newly released Chrome 40 gives you the expected bright colors, flat surfaces and fancy animations of Google's latest interface philosophy, but its big deal is rich support for iOS 8. The app is now fully compatible with larger iPhones, and it'll hand off web links to the preferred browser on your Mac (if you're running OS X Yosemite, that is). If you're a fan of Chrome but wish that it fit better into Apple's world, you'll want to swing by the App Store for the update.

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    Via: 9to5Mac

    Source: App Store, Chrome Releases