New Intel Broadwell-powered Chrome OS board spotted in Chromium code repository

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A new Chrome OS board named “Auron” based on Intel’s Broadwell chip line recently showed up in the Chromium code repository. Spotted by Googler François Beaufort, this appears to be one of the first devices to use Chipzilla’s 14 nanometer system-on-a-chip. Not a lot is known about this mystery board, but it manages to follow the trend of being named after a popular video game character. Beaufort recently outed a Chrome OS board referred to as “Ryu” from Capcom’s Street Fighter franchise and Auron is a character from the world famous Final Fantasy series.

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Google silently launches Chrome 64-bit Canary and Dev channel for Mac OS X users

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Google recently released a 64-bit version beta version of Chrome for Windows 7 and 8 users and for an encore the company has turned its efforts towards Apple’s OS X. The search giant has silently added 64-bit support to its Chrome Canary and Dev channels for Mac users. If you’re running the latest version of Canary on your Mac, the software should read as 64-bit capable in its About tab.

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Google switching Chrome to its homemade BoringSSL to make its browser safer

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Google has exhausted a lot of resources patching up OpenSSL, so much in fact, the company has elected to create its own fork aptly named BoringSSL. Preparing to move the platform to Chrome, Mountain View recently worked this new implementation into its latest Chromium build. As indicated by its name, OpenSSL is an open source software used for secure connections. Several security holes in OpenSSL recently led to the now infamous Heartbleed scare that worked a large portion of the world into a frenzy.

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Don’t freak out, Chrome’s Incognito mode has a new look

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If you decide to privately browse the web for one reason or another, you might notice something a little different when you go into Incognito mode. Back in April, Google revealed that it was working on giving Chrome’s privacy tab a bit of a makeover and while its functionality pretty much remains unchanged, its landing page’s mascot no longer looks like the neighborhood watch guy.

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Google Chrome for iOS update adds Cast support to web pages, gets a tweaked icon

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Google has released an updated version of the Google Chrome application for iOS today, bringing at least one interesting new feature to the app: mobile websites that have Cast support will now work with all of your Cast-capable devices. It’s unclear how the feature works at the moment, but according to the release notes, developers are going to need to add support to their webpages before they can take advantage of the feature.

Also, as will likely be praised by iOS users everywhere, the version 36.0.1985.49 update goes the way of Google Hangouts and finally gets rid of the infamous “lip” located at the bottom of the app icon:

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Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux in beta

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Google has officially introduced Linux support for Chrome Remote Desktop and provided step-by-step instructions to setup the beta through its Help Center. Linux already supported remote assistance login via PIN passwords, but now it gains long-awaited full remote desktop capabilities. Chrome Remote Desktop is also available for Windows, OS X, Chrome OS, Android and iOS devices.  Read more

A visual look at Google’s nine principles of Material Design

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Google’s annual I/O conference is in full swing and in addition to handing out swag, the company is dishing out media kits to attendees explaining the principles of its new visual language called Material Design. In an effort to further unify Mountain View’s platforms, this animation-focused vibrant style will be used across Android, Chrome and the web. Loaded with colors and fluid animations, Material Design places a huge emphasis on content availability.

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Google announces over 300 million active mobile web users

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Today at I/O, Google’s director of product management for Chrome,Avni Shah announced that the company has over 300 million active users on its mobile browser. Based on the company’s new Material Design, this refreshed version of Chrome features new animations that move at 60 frames per second. One of the new features coming to mobile web is the addition of Recents being able to display Chrome tabs for fast access.

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Google’s latest Chrome experiment lets you flex your fútbol skills

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The World Cup is currently underway and everywhere you go people are talking about the tournament. Whether you’re a fútbol fanatic or just a casual fan of the beautiful game, Google’s got you covered. Today, the company released Kick With Chrome, a browser-based set of three different games: Infinite Dribble, Space Kick, and Shootout. Mountain View calls this playful trio a Chrome experiment “that will help you tap into your inner soccer champion. But in reality it’s a demo showing off several different web technologies.

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Chrome users can now monitor data used by apps and extensions

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If you’re a Chrome user, apps and extensions are most likely a major part of your web browsing experience. While these different types of software tools often make life easier for us, they tend have a lot going on behind the scenes. To help keep people in the know, Google has added an audit feature to its standalone Chrome Apps Developer Tool.

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