‘Contributor by Google’ invites begin arriving as Google makes changes to tier pricing

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Google has today started sending out a new round of invites for the “Contributor by Google” program it announced in November of last year. The service, which removes AdSense ads from your daily browsing for the price of a $2-10 monthly subscription, also saw some notable changes from when it was first shown to the world. Google has now detailed new tiers which will be available to those who have been invited to try out the expanded program…

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Chrome 43 Beta launches, Chrome OS updated w/ redesigned Files interface, updated calculator app, more

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Chrome 43 Beta is making its official debut today on a variety of platforms (including Chrome for Android, Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS), and with it comes several new features—with MIDI for Web being perhaps the most notable.

Google has also this evening announced an update to Chrome OS that bumps it to version 42.0.2311.87. The update, which comes on the heels of Chrome 42, adds a handful of new features and visual changes. First off, the Files app has been refreshed to feature a Material Design interface…

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Chrome 42 for Android introduces website notifications, improved ‘add to home screen’ function

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Google has pushed out version 42 of its Chrome browser for Android. Like the desktop counterpart that debuted yesterday, Chrome 42 for Android introduces support for push notifications from websites, allowing you to keep up with changes to your favorite sites without having to constantly check back.

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Google to announce new Chrome for Work products at Chrome Live 2015

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Google has today announced a new event called Chrome Live, and it’s kicking off for the first time on April 22nd, 2015 at 10 AM PDT. Focusing primarily on Chrome for Work, the event is said to feature two keynotes—one from Amit Singh, the president of Google for Work, and another from Rajen Sheth, the Chrome for Work director of product management… Read more

Next version of Chrome will stop trusting many Chinese websites as Google responds to security breach

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Users trying to connect to many websites in China through Chrome will soon see a message that the website’s security certificate is not trusted, advising against proceeding.

In a far-reaching response to a recently security breach, Google plans to cease recognizing all web security certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) – which includes many government, banking and ecommerce sites in the country …  Read more

Acer announces Chromebase w/ touch screen, sends invites to April 23 event

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Acer has today announced the latest addition to Google’s Chrome OS lineup with a new Chromebase all-in-one desktop with a touch screen. The announcement comes following the company’s introduction of the very first 15-inch Chromebook earlier this year, which like this device, was first of its kind.

The company has also sent invites to an event taking place at the World Trade Center on April 23rd… Read more

Google announces new $149 Chromebooks, convertible Chromebook Flip, & sub $100 Chromebit dongle

Google today announced some new Chromebooks from partners Haier and Hisense that become some of the most affordable options yet at $149.

It also gave a first look at new types of Chrome OS devices arriving soon from Asus, including a sub $100 thumb drive-like Chrome OS computer called Chromebit and the first fully convertible Chromebook called Chromebook Flip. Read more

Google releases new Chromebook Pixel 2 with USB C fast charging, wide angle camera: $999/$1299

Google just announced an updated version of its Chromebook Pixel notebook alongside a new online Google Store where it plans to sell all of its Google branded devices.

The big standout feature for the new Chromebook Pixel is USB C, the new USB standard that Apple just introduced on its new 12-inch MacBook this week. Google has one USB C port on each side. Read more