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.

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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

    Chrome for iOS refreshed with Material Design, Handoff, iPhone 6 support and more

    Google Chrome 40 for iOS iPhone screenshot 001

    Google on Tuesday issued a much appreciated refresh to its Chrome mobile browser for the iPhone and iPad. Chrome version 40 brings out a reworked appearance built around Material Design, Google’s guidelines for the look and feel of software across mobile, desktop and the web.

    Material Design in Chrome brings “bold graphics, fluid motion and tactile surfaces,” as per release notes accompanying the 58-megabyte download.

    In addition to Material Design, the new Chrome also supports Handoff, an iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite feature allowing you to start browsing on your iPhone or iPad and pick up on your Mac’s default browser right where you left off.... Read the rest of this post here


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    Skype on a Chromebook. Things have changed

    Update - We’ve now got a fix, click here to read the update!

    I added a post back in October which detailed how to get Skype working on your Chromebook. It got a few hits, as did the video demo, which was recorded on the floor in my garage. Classy.

    Since then I’ve had far too many emails about it, with many asking where the article is, where the links to the various bits are and whether there’s a quicker way of doing it. Basically, people want a quick fix and don’t want to read my explanation of how or why it works. Bagghhh! You kids. Society is going to the wall. Annyywayyy..

    It looks like the method, which you can find below for reference, no longer works. Whether Google have updated something we’re not quite sure, but I’m determined to find another way.

    Here’s the quick and dirty method. Do let me know if it still works on yours. I’ve tried it on a couple of Chromebooks but it now fails to load and shows this…

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    1 – Grab your Chromebook. Hopefully you’re reading this post on it, so head now to the Chrome Web Store and install Kids Sight Words.

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    2 – Now download one of these ZIP files. You’re basically going to run the Android Skype app on your Chromebook…

    Double-click on it to open it so you can see the contents. It’s going to look a bit like this in your File Manager and you should see a folder called “com.skype.raider.android”. Don’t do anything else just yet..

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    3 – Go to Tools->Extensions and Enable Developer Mode.

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    You then need to click “Load Unpacked Extension”. Go to your open ZIP file from above. Go into the “com.skype.raider.android” folder. Don’t worry about click any particular file – just go to the folder and click OK / Open.

    There’s a small error that appears, which can be safely ignored. However, when you do try to run the app it fails. We’d love to know if you’ve found a way around this or if it does indeed work on yours.

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    Use your iPhone to access Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop

    Google said it would allow both iOS and Android users to leverage its Chrome Remote Desktop feature on-the-go, but Apple faithful have yet to get the chance... until today. Once you've installed the desktop app from the Chrome Web Store, access to that machine with an iPhone or iPad is a few taps away. The Android version rolled out last April, and despite a lengthy wait, those who prefer iOS can now make use of the tool. Looking to take it for a spin? The app is available for download at iTunes.

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    Source: Google Chrome (Google+), iTunes

    10 terrific Chrome extensions you may have never heard of

    10 Great Chrome Extensions

    Google Chrome has quickly become one of the most popular browsers in the world on both desktop computers and mobile devices, but there's plenty it can't do on its own. Thankfully, there are thousands of extensions to improve upon the browser, 10 of which The Next Web featured in a recent article on its site.

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    Slingbox will now suggest YouTube videos based on what you’re watching

    It's getting to the point where when a gadget can't access YouTube it's more noteworthy than one that can. With that in mind, how the venerable Slingbox 500 and Sling TV interact with Google's video empire is pretty damned neat: the platform now uses YouTube as a contextual overlay for whatever it is you're watching. One of the examples the outfit gives is say you're checking out Jimmy Fallon do his Neil Young impression on The Tonight Show. Using Audible Magic's tech, and in this hypothetical case, Sling will serve up the last clip of the talk-show host doing so. Pretty cool, right? There's also a new "Trending on YouTube" gallery that is exactly what it sounds like. Naturally, there's a standalone app for accessing Mountain View's streaming video catalog as well.

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    Google’s new Bookmark Manager surfaces in latest Chrome Beta

    Google Chropme (Bookmark Manager, teaser 001)

    Following Wednesday’s release of a stable version of the 64-bit edition of Google Chrome for Mac, the Internet giant issued a new version of Chrome Beta for Mac, Windows and Linux that includes an all-new Bookmark Manager feature that previously leaked via screenshots (it was called Stars).

    With Bookmark Manager, it will be a lot easier for Chrome fans to manage their saved bookmarks, delete unwanted ones, file them under folders and more.

    And when creating a new bookmark, Chrome will let you select an image and add a note or snippet so you can find it more quickly later. “Google will also suggest a folder if it seems like it could be a fit,” the team said in a blog post.... Read the rest of this post here


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    You have to try this hidden game in Google’s mobile Chrome browser

    Google Chrome Hidden Game

    Google knows that it's a bummer when your phone has no Wi-Fi or LTE connection. Because of this, it's hidden a game in its Chrome mobile browser that you can play when your phone isn't connected to the web.

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