Google Docs and Sheets get official add-ons in Chrome

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Google docs and sheets add ons

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

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