Chrome for Android starts answering your questions in search suggestions

Chrome for Android shows the weather in auto-complete suggestions

Google's as-you-type search suggestions have only offered the tiniest bit of help so far. They can handle basic math, but they won't answer questions that require more than a few numbers. However, that might soon change. Chrome for Android now has an experimental feature that answers some of your queries before you've even finished asking. Switch it on and you can get the weather, historic dates and other valuable info without ever seeing Google's usual results page. While the feature isn't all that vital when you have access to Google Now, it may save you the trouble of switching apps (or leaving the page you're on) when you just want to get a small factoid. There's also no hint as to when Google might make the feature standard on Android or bring it to the desktop, but let's hope that an upgrade comes soon -- it could save a lot of unnecessary keystrokes.

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Toshiba, HP unveil new Chromebooks

Toshiba Chromebook 2It’s a Chromebook craze out there with many new companies joining this, still nascent market. Toshiba and HP are among those that have recently updated their offerings; here’s what they came up with… Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 has a 13.3-inch screen and will be available in two different variants: the $249 model packs a 1366×768 display,…

Chrome on Android is the latest Google app to get a flatter design

Google's "Material Design" was a major part of this year's I/O conference and now it's rolling out to an Android app you probably use a lot more than the Play Store: Chrome. The browser's stable version is the latest recipient of the not-quite-flat façade and fancy animations. Lest you think the mobile web-surfing tool's new tricks are only skin deep, however, Mountain View has added a bit more functionality, surely. Signing into the application with your Google account now logs you into the search giant's websites, like Groups, as well. It's pretty easy to see where Page and co. see the hierarchy of importance for their apps, given the sequence of what's getting the Material Design threads and when. Should Gmail be next in line, it likely wouldn't surprise too many people. The odds of Google Voice getting these new duds anytime soon? Slim -- but that's just a guess.

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64-bit Chrome for Mac in the works, test drive the beta now


The search giant Google yesterday posted the first beta of the upcoming Chrome for Mac browser with 64-bit support, following the public release of 64-bit Chrome for Windows earlier this week.

The 64-bit edition of Chrome for Mac was first made available for testing purposes to early adopters earlier this month, via the Mac edition of Chrome Canary.

For those unfamiliar with it, Chrome Canary is an experimental Chrome version for testing upcoming new features in their earliest form, and before they make their way into the beta and then the stable channel.

Mac users on the Chrome beta channel should have been updated to a new 64-bit version of Chrome 38 for Mac. If not, you can download your copy direct from Google and start reaping the benefits of 64-bit browsing.... Read the rest of this post here

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The world’s first Tegra K1 Chromebook, Acer Chromebook 13, should’ve been lighter, nicer

Acer Chromebook 13The other day, Acer announced its very first 13-inch Chromebook which also happens to be the world’s first such device powered by NVIDIA’s powerful Tegra K1 chip, enabling laptop to stay cool without a fan, while providing up to 13 hours of usage on a single charge! That’s all nice, but… simply put, the Chromebook…

The one reason you should consider buying a Chromebook over a Windows or Mac laptop

Chromebook Vs Windows

When Google first announced its plans to offer a lightweight, browser-like operating system, pundits had a field day. Why go up against Windows? Why not use Android? Fast-forward to today, and you'll find that sales of inexpensive Chromebooks are climbing faster than almost anyone expected, particularly in schools. It makes sense, of course – why should a school spend twice as much on a Windows machine when a cheap Chromebook can get the job done?

For personal use, Windows notebooks and Apple's MacBook laptops are seen by many as the obvious choice over Chromebooks because they are so much more powerful and flexible. As it turns out, however, Chromebooks' biggest weakness might also be their greatest strength.

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The EFF has a new tool that will stop websites from spying on you

Privacy Badger Plugin

Things have gotten to the point where many Internet users are starting to assume that almost every website on the Net is spying on them or tracking them in some way. And the sad reality is in most cases, they're correct — nearly all websites people might visit contain some code that is intended to monitor, track or even "spy" on users. So for the privacy conscious among us, is there anything we can do to stop the madness?

The answer, of course, is yes.

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Google makes Chrome OS and Android devices work better with each other

Google makes Chrome OS and Android devices work better with each other

Google is making its Chrome OS work a little better with Android devices. One of the features demonstrated at the I/O conference shows how an Android device could be used to unlock a Chrome OS laptop. Moreover, notifications that pop up on either device will now show up on the other, so you don’t have to go back and forth.

These minor tweaks are part of Google’s strategy to bring the two platforms closer. As part of the plan, Chrome OS will be able to work better with Android apps, and even allow users to start some of them right from the Chrome launcher. At its own show, Google highlighted few examples such as Evernote, Vine, and Flipboard, though it’s still unclear how developers will be able to take advantage of this capability.

The ultimate goal, if you ask me, would be to enable Android device owners to dock their smartphones and tablets in a move that would transform them into Chrome OS-based computers. I can’t help but think of Asus PadFone, which I see as an ideal device for something like this.

Google, of course, is not the only company looking into the whole convergence “thing.” Earlier this month, Apple unveiled the next version of its OS X platform called Yosemite, which too will bring notifications from iOS devices to the big screen. Meanwhile, we’re sure Microsoft is also working on “One Windows” that would work across platforms; and let’s not forget Canonical which will likely be the first player with a truly converged OS – Ubuntu.

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Chromecast can finally mirror your Android device’s screen

Which is better, huddling around a 5-inch screen or a 50-inch TV? Google is making that answer a lot easier with a few upgrades to its HDMI dongle. Chromecast can mirror your device's screen to the flat-panel in your living room. The stage demo included using Google Earth and even Android's video camera app. Even more than that, the HDMI dongle is getting a little more personalized too. You know those pretty-looking images that populate your TV screen when you're using the device? You'll soon be able to customize the images of that ambient feed (seen when idle) with your own personal Google+ photo albums.


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Acer preparing a Tegra K1-powered Chromebook?

Acer Chromebook CB5

Acer is seemingly preparing to launch a unique Chromebook, one that would get its power from NVIDIA’s powerful Tegra K1 chip. While that SoC can “handle” the Unreal graphics, we’re not sure how well it’s suited for “regular” computing. Don’t get me wrong, I think NVIDIA has came up with a great product, I’m just not sure whether Chrome OS will find way to take advantage of that 192-core graphics unit.

Aside from rocking such gaming-friendly SoC, the forthcoming Acer Chromebook CB5 will also ship with 4GB of RAM, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, 32GB of internal storage, built-in webcam and a full-sized HDMI out port.

The device, in case you wonder, was briefly caught at the Swedish retailer only to be promptly hidden from prying eyes. The same page revealed the August 1st as a launch date.

As you may know, this isn’t the first Chromebook that uses ARM-based SoC; Samsung and HP both had few models rocking Samsung’s Exynos Duo and Exynoc Octa chips.

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