Google Cast Beta extension update allows for 1080p casting of Chrome tabs

Chromecast_dongle (1)Google has updated their Chromecast companion extension for the Chrome browser that brings in a pretty useful new tweak for slinging your browser tabs to your television. If you’re using the beta version of the Google Cast extension in Chrome, you’ll be able to cast your tabs in full 1080p, up from the 720p option that’s available in the stable version.

To top it off, the beta extension allows you to adjust the bitrate of your casted tabs, plus set a limit on the maximum FPS captured from those tabs. If you’ve got a nice router, you can really turn those settings up to get a fantastic experience with your Chromecast, but if you’re dealing with a cheaper or slower router, you may not want to crank the settings up too high.
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Chrome ADB server released for Nexus 5

ChromeADBIf you’re interested in tinkering with your phone, you know how using ADB requires installing the SDK or using a toolkit (my personal method of action). However, thanks to Koushik Dutta, a prolific Android developer and creator of many apps, there is a public version of an ADB server for Chrome, released today. Unfortunately, it only works with the Nexus 5 at the moment, but we can expect him to add more devices in the future, most likely starting with the rest of the current Nexus devices.
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Google testing Ultra Violet “chat heads” for Hangouts on desktop

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Google is reportedly working on a new feature for the desktop version of Hangouts that will make chatting a much better experience for users. This new feature is called “Ultra Violet” and will allow you to set up floating conversations that you can move around your screen, as opposed to just having minimized tabs like we do now.

The circles float around like Facebook’s famous “chat heads” and expand into a full conversation when clicked. Whenever a new conversation starts, another chat head is added to the row below the current conversations, which makes it easy to keep track of which conversations are currently active.
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64-bit support for Chrome now in beta for Windows users

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If you’re running Windows on your computer, you’re in luck.

In Google’s most recent beta version of Chrome, the browser added 64-bit support. The support had been previously available in the Canary and developer editions of the browser, but it was a bit buggy.

Now, the capability is pretty solid (of course there will be a few hiccups), but this is the closest we’ve been to a stable 64-bit browser from Google. If you’re interested in getting the beta release, just head to the source link.

Source: Google Chrome

Google working on fixing laptop battery drain bug in Chrome

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A recently uncovered bug in Chrome showed that Google’s browser was unnecessarily using too much battery on laptop computers due to the way Chrome handled PC processors when it was idling. Chrome sets the processor tick rate at 1 millisecond, even when it’s just sitting in the background not doing anything, which can cause up to an extra 25% battery drain on some hardware. Other browsers, like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, keep the CPU tick rate at the default 15.625 milliseconds when it isn’t doing intensive tasks.
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Google details what’s new in Android L preview, including new design language, performance improvements, and security features

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Google has finally taken the wraps off of what’s new in their Android L preview. You’ll see a new Material Design language that they’ve been hinting at with app releases over the past few weeks and other under-the-hood tweaks, including better graphics and battery performance, security enhancements, and ART becoming the standard runtime moving forward. This new preview comes with 5,000 new APIs for developers, full 64-bit support, and some new tools for web developers, to boot.
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Google wants help to improve Tab Casting with Chromecast

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Google needs your help improving one of the features with Chromecast. Tab Casting, which allows users to mirror content from the Chrome browser to Chromecast, is getting some attention from Google to improve its performance. Right now, the Tab Casting feature has slight lag when sending over a webpage. However, it is nothing that renders the feature useless. To try the new enhanced version, you will need Chrome Canary and the Google Cast Beta extension.

Hit the break for full directions from one of Chrome’s product managers.
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