Chrome Remote Desktop exits beta and can now be used by anyone

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Google is giving everyone access to the Chrome Remote Desktop application starting today. It was previously in an invite-only beta, but now the company has released it for the masses. Android devices running 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above can run Chrome Remote Desktop.

As the name suggests, Chrome Remote Desktop will allow users to access their computers directly from a smartphone or tablet. Just how responsive a user’s experience will be may vary depending upon the device’s power and the connectivity. Regardless, it is a handy tool to have by your side. To get started, users need both the application available in the Play Store as well as the one found in the Chrome Web Store.

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Office Online makes its way to the Chrome Web Store

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Microsoft is showing love to all platforms in 2014. And now the company has released the PowerPoint, Excel, and Word web applications into the Chrome Web Store. Now Microsoft’s Office suite is fully accessible from a Chromebook, a thought that would have been laughed at just months ago when the company was running ‘Scroogled’ advertisements. After installing the applications, the Office suite is just a click away.

Source: Office Online Blog
Via: Engadget

Chrome Remote Desktop hits invite-only beta

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Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop app has taken one step closer to an official release today, with an invite-only beta going live in the Play Store. Unfortunately, that means you probably won’t be able to test it out, but considering Google publicly releases a ton of products with beta tags, this might be widely available sooner than you think.

The app appears to work pretty similarly to most other remote desktop clients. You install the Chrome extension on your PC, then install the Android app from the Play Store, then sign into your Google account to start a connection. Pretty simple, for better or worse.

There’s no shortage of remote desktop apps available for Android, but a (free) Google option might convert a few users.

source: Droid Life

New Photowall experiment is nifty, collaborative photo collage for Chromecast

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Google has released a nifty new Chrome Experiment app, Photowall for Chromecast, that works with the Chromecast using the Chrome browser or your Android device. Using your smartphone or from your computer, you simply connect to your Chromecast device and you are then able to add images to a new Photowall. Perhaps a little bit unique is the fact that the app can be used from several different devices so a group of people, at say a party or family get together, can all take their own photos and add them to the wall. The app handles all the updating and displays the results almost immediately on your TV thanks to the Chromecast connection. » Read the rest

Google Now is a go for all Chrome desktop users

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The wait is finally over. After nearly 2 months in Beta, Google Now is coming to all Chrome desktop users. This version of Google Now will show a subset of the Now cards that you see on your mobile device. It will use your device’s location, which you can edit on your Android or iOS device at any time. If you use multiple devices, you need to manage your location settings for each device independently. Location Reporting must be turned on for the devices that you want to be part of the Google Now reporting.

The rollout will take a couple of weeks, so don’t expect it to be available today unless you are one lucky soul.

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Google Docs and Sheets get official add-ons in Chrome

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Google is ramping up their productivity suite by bringing add-on extensions to Google Docs and Sheets. This means users will now be able to browse different extensions for Docs and Sheets that can do things like add a built-in bibliography to a paper, or create labels within a document, all through several third-party add-ons. These add-ons are synced through your Google account, so they’re carried across all of your documents automatically.

Currently, there’s just a handful of add-ons available, but Google expects that to increase pretty quickly. Among the first few available are Avery, an extension for making and printing labels, EasyBib, an easy way to create a bibliography for your paper, and Merge, which allows users to send customized emails from Docs. They’re pretty useful and you can start playing with them right away.

source: Google Drive Blog

Close-up of a Chrome-branded device leaks, features Samsung’s faux leather

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Another unexpected leak has arrived on this Saturday afternoon. What we are looking at, courtesy of @evleaks, is a Chrome-branded device that features the same faux leather back featured on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Along with supplying the image, @evleaks says “Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 design language marches on…” So what exactly is this unidentified device? More likely than not it is a Chromebook. It features Chrome’s logo alongside the Chrome name. » Read the rest

Hands free voice search added to Google Chrome Beta

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Google has added the ability to search the web with your voice in the newest release of Google Chrome Beta. Just like in Google Now, users can initiate the search by saying “Ok Google”, after which you simply say what you want to search. This feature will be rolled out to U.S. English users on Windows, Mac and Linux over the next few days.

Not only can this feature be used for search, but a number of other features will also be added. For example, you can say “Ok Google, set a timer for 30 minutes.”

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Google releases public beta of Google Cast extension for Chrome

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Google has released a public beta of the Google Cast extension for Chrome, in order for those who are interested to get a peek at what is upcoming for the extension. The beta release will get new features before the stable release. Right now, it doesn’t seem like there’s that much new to offer, but that will surely change in the near future.

If you’re interested, you need to go to the Chrome extension link that is in the source link, and you’ll be good to go once you disable the stable release, if you have it installed.

Source: Android Police