UK retailer aiming to launch Chromecast on March 1

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Folks over in the United Kingdom still do not have access to Google’s Chromecast, but according to a listing by retailer Currys, that is about to change. The UK retailer has March 1 as a potential release date. We say potential because a Google spokesperson told The Next Web that it is merely a provisional date that has yet to be confirmed. Hopefully the wait will be worth it for people in the United Kingdom as Google just opened up the Cast SDK to everyone.

Source: The Next Web

Chrome apps may soon work without the entire Chrome process running

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A new report by The Next Web hints at Google working towards minimizing the API needs of Chrome web apps. This means that the web apps can be used without requiring the the whole Chrome process to run.

The Next Web discovered an experimental project called app_shell which indicates that Google is working on a minimal environment where Chrome apps can run by using only the Chrome elements that are required by the app to work. The “[App Shell] Add README” includes the following description about the project:

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Google and LEGO partner for new Build with Chrome app

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Google’s Chrome team and LEGO have partnered to bring the fun of building with LEGO bricks to your browser with the Build with Chrome experiment. Built using WebGL 3D graphics technology, the collaboration between the two companies gives users the ability to build amazing creations and pin them to a virtual globe. The idea originally came from a team in Australia that built it as an experiment that Google is now opening up to everyone. The timing of the change from experiment to release was probably helped along with the upcoming release of THE LEGO MOVIE. » Read the rest

Chrome exploit allows malicious websites to listen in on you

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Here’s the drawback to Google recently implemented voice recognition into Chrome; malicious websites can utilize that voice recognition to listen in and possibly record you.

Before you freak out, that sounds significantly worse than it actually is. The “exploit,” according to developer Tal Ater, involves a website asking for your permission to use your microphone for whatever purpose. Afterwards, that site can exploit a bug in Chrome’s voice recognition to listen in on you. A site may launch a pop-up to continue listening in even if you’ve closed the tab for that particular site. » Read the rest

Google acts to remove adware laced Chrome extensions from web store

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In December, Google added some language to its policies that targeted rogue Chrome extensions designed to deliver ads by replacing links in existing web pages. The new policies were not scheduled to be enforced until June, but Google has already moved to ban two extensions that had effectively become vectors to deliver adware. Both Add to Feedly and Tweet This Page were removed from the Web Store. » Read the rest

Google is still working on Chromoting, a remote desktop application

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Remember that Chromoting application that we saw back in July? The Chromium team is still working on it. Ron Amadeo happened to find this out courtesy of a bug report from the Chromium team. The bug report makes it seem like the Chromium team is now working on the visual design for Chromoting since the functionality looks to be near completion. A release is likely scheduled for May when Google holds their I/O conference.

Source: Chromium, +Ron Amadeo

Google Now integration with Chrome getting closer, now available in latest Chrome Canary build

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Who wants Google Now integration with the Chrome desktop? Well it’s coming, and today’s news is a hint that it could be here sooner rather than later. It is now available in the latest Google Canary build (34.0.1788). If you’re not familiar with Google Canary, it is basically an Alpha build for either Windows or Mac. It is reserved for developers, but any “early adoption” fan can use it. Just expect bugs, but it does get updated daily.

Google Now cards are displayed using Chrome’s notification interface in the Windows system tray or the Mac menu bar. Assuming you use Google Now on your mobile device, you will be able to see certain cards on the desktop including weather, sports scores, commute traffic, and even reminders. It will use your device’s location for location-specific cards.

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Google Chrome 32 update includes Chrome OS-style UI for Windows 8, tab indicators

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chrome_32After being in beta for quite some time, Google has released a stable version of Chrome 32 – and it’s a big one. If you’re on Windows 8, you now have a Chrome OS-style interface complete with its own windowing system and a web app launcher. If you aren’t on Windows 8, you’ll still get malware blocking, and notifications whenever tabs are playing audio or using your webcam. There’s also now a beta supervised users feature for parents to review their children’s browsing habits.

A full list of the big changes:

  • Tab indicators for sound, webcam and casting
  • A different look for Win8 Metro mode
  • Automatically blocking malware files
  • A number of new apps/extension APIs
  • Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance

Source: Google Chrome Releases

LG to unveil the Chromebase at CES, an all-in-one computer powered by ChromeOS

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LG sent out a presser tonight announcing that they will be showing off the Chromebase at the Consumer Electronics Show next month. What is a Chromebase you ask? It’s an all-in-one computer powered by Google Chrome. It features a 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, an Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB iSSD storage, 1.3MP webcam, 5W built-in speakers, HDMI-in, USB 2.0 x 3, USB 3.0 x 1, LAN, keyboard, mouse, and cable organizer.

“LG’s Chromebase is an exciting new form factor that expands the options available to customers who want a fast, simple and secure computing experience for the home, school or office,” said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management, Google. “LG Electronics makes great devices that customers love, and we’re glad to welcome them to the Chrome family.”

We will be sure to get some hands on time with the Chromebase at CES, but for now, hit the break for the presser.

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‘Ok Google’ hotword heads to Chrome, just in time for your Thanksgiving cooking

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If you head over to the Chrome Web Store now, you can add an extension that activates voice search by using the ‘Ok Google’ hotword. On their Google+ page, Google unveiled the new desktop extension with a GIF showing just how effective this new feature can be. While prepping your Thanksgiving dinner, Google exclaims that “rather than stopping midway through to wash your hands and type in a search, you can just speak to your laptop” by simply using the hotword. If you have a Moto X or Nexus 5, then this feature should be very familiar to you.

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