AllCast Receiver for Chrome lets you stream content from mobile to browser


Building off the success of its mobile apps, ClockworkMod aka Koush has announced AllCast for Chrome. Available today at the Chrome Web Store, this fresh baked software lets you share photos, audio and video from your mobile devices to anything running Chrome, like a desktop, TV or Chromebook. Now before you start queueing up a playlist of content, you’ll wanna make sure that you have the latest version of the AllCast mobile, which is set to hit Google Play later today. In the meantime, you can watch this up-and-comer in action to see what the future might hold for your mobile media collection.

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Google drops NPAPI apps and extensions from its Chrome Web Store


Last year, Google announced that it was working towards dropping Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) support from Chrome before the close of 2014. Today, the company took steps towards keeping its word by removing Chrome Web Store apps and extensions that use the aging cross-platform plugin. Not stopping there, this grand purge also applies to search results and category pages.

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Google blocking extensions not listed in the Chrome Web Store for Windows users


Google announced today that it’s now blocking local Chrome extensions to protect Windows users from malicious software. This means that only extensions coming from the Chrome Web Store can be installed on Chrome for Windows. As an additional safety precaution, Google says that previously installed extensions may automatically be disabled and cannot be restored until they’re hosted in the Chrome Web Store.

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‘OK Google’ now available to all US Chrome desktop users

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Wouldn’t you like some hands-free Googling? Well, you’re in luck! The “OK Google” voice activated search feature is now available to all US Chrome desktop users with their language set to English. To get started, open a new browser tab, select the microphone icon in the search box and enable voice search. From that point on, voice activated search will be listening and will be available whenever you open a new browser tab and say the words “OK Google.” We’ve played around with it a little bit and we have to say that so far it’s been surprisingly accurate. Like all novelties, desktop voice search may run its course. If you ever need to disable this feature, go to Chrome’s Privacy settings and uncheck the box marked “Enable “Ok Google” to start a voice search.”

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Chrome OS updated with launcher folders and enhanced window controls

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Google released an update for its Chrome OS today and and in addition to some standard bug fixes and security patches, 35.0.1916.116 adds some noticeable features. For starters, the Chrome OS launcher now supports folders, so users can organize their apps as they see fit. Google has also updated window controls based on user feedback. The minimize button has now returned and the left/right tiling of windows is now accessible by long-pressing the maximize button. Hotwording (“OK Google”) in now available to US Chrome OS users through the New Tab Page and Mountain View has also added captive portal detection during sign-in. This addition will make it easier to connect to public networks at places like hotels, airports and libraries that use a landing page to authenticate users before using the internet.


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Google updates Chrome OS device end-of-life schedule, Cr-48 operating on borrowed time (update)


Nothing lasts forever and if you’ve invested in a Chrome OS-powered device, it’s good to know how much support time you’ll have from Google. The folks in Mountain View recently updated its end-of-life schedule for Chrome OS devices, letting people know how long a specific product will have guaranteed support from Google. What happens when your device reaches its EOL date? It’ll work, however it may no longer receive automatic software updates from Google. This will most likely result in missing features and possible performance issues.

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Google’s Spell Up game for Chrome will prepare you for the bee (video)


Let’s face it, most of us are in a love/hate relationship with spellcheck and autocorrect software. However, “misteaks” do happen from time to time, plus classrooms and textbooks can be so boring. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to beef up your vocabulary without being put to sleep? Enter: Spell Up, a voice-activated, web-based spelling game that’s kind of like a mashup between Jenga and Jumble that can be played from Chrome on your desktop or mobile devices. The concept is that you spell things out using your voice to build tower of words and if you happen to run into a stumper, it all falls down. I’ve personally tried it with Chrome for Mac and for the most part things worked nicely. Just be warned that this game doesn’t jive too well with background noise. So be sure to find a quiet place to play and remember to enunciate your letters.

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Google thinking about adding remote device management to Chrome OS


Google is thinking about adding a new feature to Chrome OS that will give users advanced remote access to their devices. Internally known as “consumer management,” this work in progress will let people remotely lock, erase and locate their Chrome OS equipment. As of now, the feature isn’t available, but you can get a look at it by switching to the Dev channel, going into Dev mode and running a specific set of code.

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Google’s plan to hide URLs in Chrome could make users vulnerable to phishing attacks


An experimental feature in Chrome that is set to prevent phishing attacks, may be backfiring, according to security firm PhishMe. Google is in the process of testing an “Origin Chip” that hides the view of a website’s full URL. This new setup instead displays the domain name of the site being visited, along with a search bar available for fast access. The idea is that only displaying a site’s domain name is far less distracting than a lengthy URL.

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LG’s Chromebase all-in-one arrives in the US May 26 for $349

Alongside a ton of other Chrome OS related announcements today coming out of the Google/Intel event, LG announced that its previously introduced LG Chromecase desktop computer will hit US stores this month. The company originally announced the Chromebase leading up to CES in January where we got our first look at the 21.5-inch all-in-one running Chrome OS. Head below for the specifics: Read more

Lenovo offers its first consumer-oriented Chromebooks to world’s largest customer base, starting at $279


The profile of Chromebooks is likely to get a boost after the world’s largest PC manufacturer, Lenovo, announced its first Chromebooks aimed at the consumer market. Pricing starts at $279.

Lenovo, best known for its Windows laptops, launched its first Chromebook in January – but that one was pitched at the education market, selling in bulk to schools and colleges. This is the first time it has pitched a Chromebook directly at consumers – something which may worry Microsoft. Lenovo has 18.6 percent of the PC market, ahead of HP, Dell and Acer …  Read more