CheapCast update brings free Chrome tab beaming

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cheapcast_tabCheapCast, a free Chromecast alternative, has been missing a key Chromecast feature since its beginnings. However, today’s update to version 0.4.1 brings that missing feature – the support to beam browser tabs straight from your device to your television via HDMI or WiFi. This apparently only works with tabs and not fullscreen casting, and DRM’d services like Netflix and Google Play Movies “actually might never work,” but this is a free solution that will allow you to stream most Flash-based video content.

Check out the Play Store download link after the break to enjoy the new feature.

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Tesla Model S to run Chrome browser, possible Android emulation in the future

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The Tesla Model S is already a pretty cool vehicle in an almost sci-fi way, and it’s about to get just a little bit better thanks to some Google integration. Tesla CEO talked about ways to improve the model S, and one thing on the road map was to add a Google Chrome browser to the 17-inch touch-screen interface in the center console of the car. The computer behind it already runs a version of Linux, which Chrome already runs on, so it’s not too much of a jump to see that happening in the next few years. That would be very useful for navigating with Google maps and the like, or just giving the passenger something to do on long road trips.

Aside from Chrome integration, Musk talked about possibly setting up the console to run an emulated version of Android, giving users access to apps in windows on the console. I’m not entirely sure how well everything would work without an internet connection, but assuming they can get the kinks worked out past that, it could be really cool to have different travelling apps running in your car.

If you’re interested, you can check out the full interview with Musk below. The Android discussion starts at about 37 minutes, but the entire piece is very interesting. » Read the rest

Acer announces C720 Chromebook, pre-orders starting today

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Chromebooks everywhere! Following the announcement of HP’s new Chromebook comes Acer’s new 11.6-inch Haswell-powered C720 Chromebook. The notebook will run for $249.99, and you can pre-order it now on either Amazon or Best Buy online. It should launch by the holidays…

The new Chromebook has a speedy Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell processor and a nice design. The display is 11.6-inches, is 1366 x 768 pixels and is anti-glare. The battery will keep you up and running for about 8.5 hours, and it has 4GB of DDR3L RAM, and 16 GB SSD storage. Unlike previous Chromebooks, free Google Drive storage is not included. I’m sure this wasn’t a major selling point for most consumers anyway.

The C720 has all of the essentials as well, including both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, HDMI, and an SD card reader. It’s WiFi only and has no 3G/4G option- there are no plans to bring cellular connectivity to it in the future.

Source: TechnoBuffalo


Android-exclusive Easter egg discovered on Google Chrome app

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New Easter egg alert! It’s pretty useless, but fun nonetheless…and addictive.

Open Google Chrome on your Android device, and press the tab button. If you have multiple tabs open, close all of them but one. Slide your finger up from the bottom edge of of the page five times. Tap it again, and you’ll get a “flip” animation.

How people discover these Easter eggs, we’ll never know— but we always love messing around with them when they’re outed. Try it out for yourself! If you can’t get it to work, hit the break to see it in action.

Update: Sorry guys!! Yes, this has been around for a long time. We completely forgot about it, but hopefully we helped out those of you that never heard about it.

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Nominate someone who makes “your web amazing” and they could win the HP Chromebook

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Hot off the heels of its announcement this morning, the HP Chromebook 11 is already taking part in a giveaway. On Chrome’s Google+ page, they announced the “#giveachromebook contest. The goal is to reward someone that makes “your web amazing” so that a “Chromebook can help them do their thing even better. At the time of this writing, there are just 992 Chromebooks left so you better start nominating people! » Read the rest

Google rolling out updates to Chrome for Android and for the desktop

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Google announced today some new features that are being added to the Chrome browser on both the desktop and in the Android version of the browser. On the desktop, Google has added a new menu item in the right-click popup menu that will let users “Search Google for this image.” Users could already search by image via the image results page. This change makes it much easier for users to access that functionality and they will be able to initiate the search from any web site. » Read the rest

Google releases “World Wide Maze” Chrome Experiment game in celebration of Chrome’s 5th birthday

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Google’s at it again with yet another Chrome Experiment, allowing you to connect your mobile Chrome browser to your desktop Chrome browser quickly, seamlessly, and yes, awesomely.

This game, known as “World Wide Maze,” lets you roll around on your favorite websites (latitudinally), as if it were a maze. The game is pretty sick, I must say, and you should definitely go ahead and give it a try.

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Chrome desktop apps could come to Android devices in the near future

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Yesterday was not only Chrome’s 5th birthday, but more importantly, it was the launch of the first native Chrome apps. It is these apps that could drive the Chrome OS into being a true daily driver for many rather than something to dabble with. We have also heard that Chrome and Android will remain separate, but there will probably be more of an overlap in the future.

It is possible that Google could bring these Chrome desktop apps to Android soon. They didn’t say it specifically, but Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, a project manager overseeing the Chrome Apps project said this…

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It’s Chrome’s 5th birthday and Google launches a ‘new breed of apps’ to celebrate

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I can’t believe that today is already Chrome’s 5th birthday, and to celebrate, Google is launching a “new breed of apps.” These apps are similar to what you would expect when you download an app on your smartphone or Windows desktop. This means more functionality such as working offline, better notifications, and sandboxing.

They are also introducing a Chrome App Launcher for Windows. It will reside in your taskbar and it launches these desktop apps in their own windows, just like other Windows desktop apps. It even includes a search box.

To download these desktop apps, go to the “For your desktop” collection in the Chrome Web Store. Some of these new apps include Pixlr Touch Up, Wunderlist, and a game called Cracking Sands. But there are many more. Hit the break for the full list of features.

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Latest Google Chrome beta includes new gestures and nifty image search features

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Good news for you Chrome Beta users out there as the fine browser’s development team has announced a major overhaul of the popular browser, which should make more than a few of you out there very happy. Right off the bat, Google has included some new image search functionality— users can now press on an image and then have the option to search for that particular image within the default search provider (presumably Google). Additionally, the Chrome team went ahead and included some pretty slick gestures that allow the switching of tabs to be even more seamless and smooth. Users will now have the option of swiping horizontally across the top toolbar to quickly switch tabs or drag vertically down from the toolbar to enter into the tab switcher view. So yes friends— it appears that life just gotten a little better for us Chrome users, right?

The new features are available in the latest beta now, though there’s no word on when a full rollout will hit the masses just yet. Here’s hoping we’ll see everything available for the rest of the Android world sooner than later.

source: Chrome Blog