Google bumps up account security with Password Alert

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Google has released a new, open source Chrome extension to help keep users a little safer from phishing attacks. The new Password Alert extension, which works with both regular Google accounts as well as Google Apps accounts, will notify a user if they have entered their Google password into any site other than an authentic Google sign-in page located at accounts.google.com. Read more

Chrome Beta 43 for Android released with significant performance improvements

Chrome_Beta_Large_IconGoogle has announced the release of Chrome Beta 43 for Android, which supposedly brings some hefty performance improvements to the mobile browser. One of the most common complaints leveraged at Google’s browser is how sluggish it can, so any improvement there is a good thing.

Not only will overall performance improve, but Google has made checking out with Google Wallet even quicker. Personally, I tend to use apps for any kind of purchasing, not the browser on my phone, but some of you may prefer to get it all done within the browser. If you’re one of those users, you’ll definitely appreciate this update. Read more

Chrome 43 Beta released with new support for the musicians of the world

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Google’s Chrome team has released an update to the Beta channel, Chrome 43, with support for MIDI devices, a new Permissions API, and a host of other changes and improvements. The new Web MIDI API included in Chrome 43 means users can make use of connected MIDI devices when accessing an online resource. MIDI devices include things like synthesizers, keyboards, DJ decks and drum machines amongst others. With the update, once a user plugs one of these devices into their system, even an Android tablet or smartphone, the device will be able to communicate with web sites without any additional work by the user to load software or drivers. Read more

Chrome Remote Desktop available as its own Chrome app

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Being able to remotely manage another device is a valuable feature on any platform. Whether it is for file management or support, plenty of people can take advantage of remote desktop access. Starting today, any device that connects to the Chrome Web Store can go ahead and install the new standalone Chrome Remote Desktop app. It allows for multiple connections and a full-screen mode to allow content to be displayed clearly.

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“Add to home screen” banner will soon be coming to websites in Chrome for Android

google_chromeGoogle’s Chrome Android app currently has a feature that lets you create pseudo-app shortcuts to your favorite web sites right on your home screen, but it’s tucked away in the overflow menu of the app. While it’s a useful feature, it’s not used as often as it could be because of that. Google plans on fixing that by adding an “add to home screen” banner to websites in the near future, promoting the feature to users and potentially increasing traffic to those sites. Read more

DIY Chrome App Builder launches on the Chrome Web Store

chrome_browser_material_design_app_iconGoogle has launched a unique little tool on the Chrome Web Store that will allow you to quickly create apps for Chrome OS. That may sound a little simpler than it actually is, which is true; all the tool actually does is package up a web link into an easy set of files that can be uploaded as a Chrome app. You’ll still have to have some kind of web page or web app, and that takes more than a little know-how. Read more

Chrome for Android update includes pull-to-refresh gesture

chrome_41_pull_to_refresh_screenshotRefreshing a page on the Chrome for Android app has been a little inconsistent for the last few months. The original placement of the refresh button was in the address bar before moving to a choice behind the menu button. Hiding behind another button proved to be quite annoying as refreshing a page is a common action. Today’s release of v41.0.2272.92 introduced a pull-to-refresh action from any page. Simply pull down on as you would in other apps and Chrome will refresh the page.

Google also included the usual bug fixes and performance improvements with the update.

Source: Chrome Releases