Google updates Chrome OS stable channel

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Google has announced the stable channel for Chrome OS devices will be getting an update over the course of the next couple weeks. Unfortunately, the update will not be hitting all devices as the Dell Chromebook 11, the HP Chromebook 14, the Acer C720 and the Toshiba Chromebook are all excluded. Those who get the update though will enjoy the following new features:

The Google Chrome team indicates the update will take some extra time to get to users as team members enjoy a holiday break next week.

source: Chrome Releases

Hangouts video calls get Google Drive file sharing support

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Today, you can share a file from Google Drive while taking part in a Hangouts video call. It seems like this feature should have existed for quite some time already, but only now is it available. You will never have to leave the conversation. Hangouts video calls will have a dedicated button within the chat window for file sharing. When the file is attached and shared, a preview appears in the chat window.

Here are the directions provided by Google:

  1. In the video call window’s left side, click the chat icon.
  2. Click the Drive picker icon, and choose the file you want to share with other people in the video call. Or you can paste the link to the file directly in the chat. Keep in mind that if they don’t have permissions to the file, you’ll need to ive the people access to the file.
  3. People in the video call can open the file from the video call’s chat in a new browser tab if they have permission to access it.

The update is rolling out over the next few days; therefore, do not be surprised if it has not appeared just yet. Have patience and, before you know it, the Google Drive file sharing button will be there.

Source: +Google for Work

Business card scanning heads to the Evernote for Android app

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Folks using Evernote on a premium level will be happy to know that the Android application can now scan business cards. The app will pickup on all information labeled on the card and store it online, not to mention organize it into correct fields. Furthermore, it will have increased accuracy when connected to LinkedIn as Evernote will take information from there as well. If the business card owner has a profile, it will be attached to the online business card. Free users of Evernote with a LinkedIn account will receive free scanning for one year.

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Divide Productivity Preview is available in the Play Store, but you’ll need an invite

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More attention from Google is being given to enterprise users of Android. The company launched a preview of Divide Productivity in the Play Store. It works with the Android IT Preview Program to bring over existing enterprise accounts from Exchange/ActiveSync or Notes-compatible infrastructure. The apps included with Divide Productivity are Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Downloads. All of these items can be managed. IT managers will have to request an invite to start using Divide Productivity Preview, and can do so by visiting this page.

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Contributor by Google removes advertisements in return for donations

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Google is experimenting with a crazy idea that will strip advertisements from select sites. And some of the sties are quite massive, so the value is incredible. All you have to do is donate anywhere between $1 and $3. Contributor disperses this money among the sites to pickup the cost of advertisements that are taken away. In its place will be a thank you message over a pixelated image.


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Gmail team talks about the technology that created Inbox

Google_INbox_App_Large_IconInbox was the Gmail team’s method of taking a fresh approach on sorting and managing your email inbox, and so far it seems like it’s gone over smoothly with most users. Inbox hit the market at a time when people expect their apps and services to work flawlessly regardless of what platform they were currently using, so Google’s team of engineers had to figure out the best way to make an app that worked well on the web, plus Android and iOS.
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Google’s mandatory device encryption is slowing down the Nexus 6

Nexus-6-splashPrior to the launch of the Nexus 6 and Android 5.0, we knew Google was moving to making device encryption mandatory for all new devices shipping with┬áLollipop. As far as security goes, that’s a great move, but it looks like it’s actually having some negative effects on the Nexus 6.

Early benchmarks seem to show that Lollipop’s full disk encryption (FDE) are having some fairly significant performance impacts on the Nexus 6. This is especially unfortunate since the Nexus 6 encrypts itself on first boot and there’s no way to turn it off, outside of flashing custom boot images. That’s not exactly a user friendly solution.
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Sprint already dropping price of Nexus 6, issuing refunds for those that already bought one

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The Nexus 6 was going for $299 on contract, but in quick fashion, they have dropped the price down to $249. They even dropped the off contract price down by the same amount, bringing it to $648.

Even better news….those that bought the device from 11/14 to 11/18 will get a refund as a credit on their bill. Nothing like finding out that you’re about to receive some money.


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Google working on a double keyboard for mobile devices to translate languages between two different people

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Patents are interesting in that they show what companies are working on, but at the same time, you might never see the product. Google has applied for a new patent that is rather interesting. It’s a new form of communication on a mobile device for two people that speak different languages.

The application displays two keyboards, one at each end of a mobile device. It’s kind of like a local messenger in that each person would receive the other person’s translated message.


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