Chrome beta for Android makes it easy to send web video to Chromecast

Chromecast support in Chrome beta for Android

You no longer have to engage in some hidden setting gymnastics just to send web videos from Chrome for Android to your Chromecast. Google has rolled out a Chrome 35 beta that lets you deliver "some" clips from the browser to a Chromecast-equipped TV. The company hasn't said just which videos are compatible, but it notes that YouTube support is rough around the edges. Even if your favorite media site is broken, you can check out a few other notable upgrades: Chrome now does full-screen videos with both HTML5 controls and subtitles, and it boasts improved support for multi-window devices. Head over to Google Play to grab the update if you're a regular web movie watcher.

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Tips to speed up the Chrome browser on Android

Are you a Android phones user? Do you use the Google Chrome browser on your device?

I do and to be honest there is a lot of functionality but it certainly isn’t the fastest browser out there.

I’ve found a couple of tips that you can use on Chrome to speed it up considerably. These tips will work whether you’re using the beta or regular version of the app.

1 – This first tip allows the browser to use more RAM – up to 512MB from the default 64MB. Obviously you’ll want to check how much memory your phone has first. Open Google Chrome on your mobile device and type the following. You can open this story on your phone browser to make this a simple copy / paste exercise..

chrome://flags/#max-tiles-for-interest-area

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2 – The second tip changes how new tabs look. It’s enabled by entering the following into the address bar..

chrome://flags/#enable-new-ntp

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I’ve tried these two commands, and the Chrome browser on Android does perform much faster and is more responsive. There is an increase in RAM usage but it seems like a minor sacrifice given the boost in performance.

As with any tips or tricks you try at your own risk, but do report back to us.

(Via Androidbeat)

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Drag and drop iTunes tracks to Google Play Music using new Chrome lab feature

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Google’s official Play Music app lets you access both Google’s subscription-based All Access and standard music services on your iPhone and iPad, but Apple-imposed restrictions prevent your iOS device from actually uploading song files to Google’s music locker in the cloud.

Desktop users can upload their music using Google’s Music Manager application for Mac and Windows PCs, but now there’s a ridiculously easy way of adding those iTunes tracks to Google Play, using only the Chrome browser.

Now available in the Labs section of the Google Play Music web interface, and only on the Chrome web browser, this nicely done web app lets you upload individual tracks to the cloud literally by dragging and dropping them from iTunes, Windows Media Player or folders…(...)
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LastPass for Android can now fill your app logins in for you

You may know LastPass, the cross-platform password manager, as a safe haven for website login details and common form info. Now, as well as playing nice with Chrome for mobile devices, the latest version of LastPass for Android can fill in app login data for you, too. Once it's updated and you've authorized this new feature, loading up an app with a username / password prompt will trigger a pop-up with suggested login credentials you can choose to inject. Chances are, however, you'll need to tell LastPass which of the logins stored in your vault the mobile app wants -- you can also share your selection if you'd like to help it learn common associations. Because apps are often mobile portals for services you'd load up inside a browser on your computer, it makes sense. Then again, we can't say we sign in and out of apps enough to justify $12 per year for the premium service LastPass' mobile apps require.

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Anyone who browses with Chrome will soon be able to use one of Android’s best features

Google Now Chrome Release Date

Google has been experimenting with putting its voice-enabled Google Now personal assistant onto desktop versions of Chrome for the past couple of months and now it looks like the company is finally ready to roll it out to everyone. Google announced on Monday that "starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks, Google Now notifications will be available to Chrome users on their desktop or laptop computers." To get Google Now on your browser, Google says that you just have to sign into the same Google account that you use for Google Now on iOS and Android.

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Google Now cards now rolling out on desktop in Chrome for Mac

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Rich desktop notifications have been available in Google’s Chrome browser for the Mac for some time now, provided you were on the Canary channel where Google hosts early and unstable alpha releases of its browser. The normals, however, had to wait until desktop notifications for the Now cards made their way into the stable Chrome channel.

According to Google itself, that day is today – people on stable Chrome releases should start seeing Google Now alerts being pushed to their Macs and PCs. The handy alerts are nested right inside the browser’s notification center that sits in your Mac’s status bar (bottom-right if you’re using Windows)…(...)
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Geohot wins $150,000 for exposing ChromeOS exploits

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Google held its Pwnium 4 security competition last week at CanSecWest in Vancouver, Canada. The day-long event ended with hundreds of thousands of dollars being awarded to hackers who demonstrated exploits in Google Chrome. And believe it or not, $150,000 of that went to Geohot.

For those not familiar with the name, Geohot has picked up a number of headlines over the past 7 years. After hacking the iPhone he took his talents to the PS3, where he caused enough chaos to get sued by Sony. And he’s since been spotted at Facebook, iOSDevCamp and various other places…(...)
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You can now mirror your Android screen on Chromecast, if you have a Nexus 5

Koushik Dutta demos Android screen mirroring on Chromecast

Cyanogen's Koushik Dutta has been teasing the prospect of mirroring your Android screen on Chromecast for a few weeks, and today you can finally try the feature -- if you have the right smartphone, that is. An updated version of the Mirror for Android beta includes early support for mirroring to either a Chrome browser or Chromecast, but only if you have a Nexus 5. Google's phone is the sole device with the hardware video decoder needed for this mirroring technique, Dutta says. You also have to get root-level access to the operating system with the current release, although that won't be necessary in the future. Provided you meet the app's exacting requirements, you can give mirroring a spin at the source link.

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Chrome beta for Android lets you send web videos to your Chromecast

Chromecast support in Chrome beta for Android

Want to stream any web video from your smartphone to your Chromecast? Grab the beta release of Chrome 34 for Android. The browser includes experimental support for sending embedded clips to Google's media stick, saving you from launching a native app just to watch something on a TV. As you'd expect, there are some compatibility hiccups at this early stage. YouTube works well (surprise!), but other sites are hit and miss -- you're best off sticking to videos from major, HTML5-friendly hosts like Vimeo. If you're willing to live with some inconsistencies, though, you can try the streaming feature today.

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Samsung Chromebook 2 to have a Galaxy Note 3-like faux leather finish

Samsung Chromebook 2

Google and Samsung are preparing to launch a new Chromebook soon, EVleaks is suggesting. We don’t have all the details yet, but we do know this laptop will have a Galaxy Note 3-like faux leather finish and full HD screen, while getting the power from Samsung’s potent Exynos 5 Octa chip. This in turn should create a device that can work for longer periods of time and one that doesn’t require coolers.

While that sounds cool, we’re still not convinced that an ARM-based notebook can handle the large websites properly. My daily routine involves at least 5 opened tabs, some of which (like GMail and Feedly) are JavaScript-intensive, and I’m not sure this Chromebook will be up for the task. Perhaps I’m wrong, though.

In any case, I’m hoping this to be a 10-inch laptop with a rather affordable price tag. SammyHub says we’ll get all answers in the next few days; stay tuned in the meantime…

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