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  1. Chrome Browser Comes to Android, Extends Reach Even Further

    Late last year, Google's Chrome browser finally overtook Firefox in global usage. Now, Chrome is making new strides in its quest for dominance and coming to Android. For the moment, it's still in beta and relatedly only available for Ice Cream Sandwich users, but even so, it looks pretty sweet. Along with speed increases and better UI, mobile Chrome intends to make good use of its desktop sibling.

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  2. Put Your Twitter Feed Back on the Left With This Handy Script

    Twitter recently gave its web interface a much-needed redesign, and it's actually a pretty good one. But some people might object to how the stream of new tweets suddenly jumped from the left side of the page to the right. Thankfully, for those of you that are scared and confused, there's a quick and easy fix.

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  3. Google's Chrome Browser Will Soon Support Game Controllers and More

    A forthcoming update to Google's Chrome browser will soon add support for gamepads, as well as cameras, microphones, and real-time chatting. While most Chrome users are focused on mere browsing, these additions could be a major step for bolstering Google's ambition to take more everyday computing onto the cloud, with Chrome as the centerpiece.

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  4. Google's Chromebook Ad Inside Chrome Browser is Subtle, Still Annoying

    It's Black Friday, formally the worst day for retailers during the year, so it's not too surprising to see ads popping up in unusual places. I was, however, taken aback when I opened a new tab in Chrome and found that Google was using my homepage as an opportunity to try and sell me a Google Chromebook.

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  5. Google's Chrome Browser Can Now Remote Control Your Computer

    The giant brains at Google have rolled out a bold new web app for their Chrome web browser that really pushes the boundaries of what browsers can do. Called Chrome Remote Desktop, the app allows users to take control of a computer remotely and securely, all within a Chrome window. While this technology has been an established tool, especially for long-suffering IT support workers, placing it within a browser is an interesting move. Currently in Beta, the app uses a secure one-time code to allow access to the host computer. Both computers must have the app installed to function. The system is designed to work cross-platform on Mac, PC, and Linux, which is a pretty strong mark in the app's favor. It also works in the Chrome OS, which is likely the focus of the app in the long run. After all, Google is aiming to lower the cost of doing business with their web-based OS, and bundling a valuable piece of IT software will likely help in that regard. The app is pretty massive, a whopping 17mb, and is available for download from the Chrome App Store.

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  6. The Evolution of the Web [Infographic]

    Cast your mind back to a time, not that long ago, when the Internet was fresh and young. It was the mid-1990s, and the first web browsers crawled forth from the primordial ooze, and into our hearts. To celebrate the third birthday of Chrome, Google commissioned this handsome infographic chronicling the great grand-daddy's of today's modern browsers. What's really fun about this graphic is that it's built in HTML5 and fully interactive. More than just pretty to look at, it's chock-full of factoids about the growth of the net, as well as some useful information about how tools like HTML developed. Perhaps the most interesting are the screenshots of various versions of each browser, with each set practically a museum unto itself. Part historical timepiece and part show-off of their own browser, it's a glimpse back into the foundational days of the Internet we all take for granted. (Google Blog via Engadget)

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  7. Chrome Simplifies, Ditches URL Bar

    When Chrome, the web browser backed by search giant Google, was first unleashed onto the internet it brought the innovation of the "Omni Box;" a single text field that accepted URLs as well as search terms. After three years, it seems that Google is further simplifying by doing away with the URL bar altogether. The feature appeared in Canary, Chrome's nightly build project. In it, the menu buttons move up to the tab-bar level, along with the navigation buttons. To view the tab bar, users can double click the tab they are in, or hit CTRL+L. For netbook users, the extra thirty pixels of visible real estate should be a welcome boon. However, there are some concerns that users could be more vulnerable to phishing scams, since they can't immediately see the URL of the site they are visiting. There is currently no word as to whether this feature will make it into the final distribution of Chrome. If you're curious about trying it out, download Canary and bask in the glow of an dead simple interface. (Conceivably Tech via Life Hacker)

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  8. Security Firm Claims to Hack Chrome, Refuses to Share Information

    The Chrome browser has survived three years in the Pwn2Own competition it has fallen to the French security firm VUPEN. The hack takes advantage of so-called "0-day" vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system and could allow nefarious types to download and execute code within the browser. So far, the hack only seems possible on Windows computers.

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  9. We Approve of Chrome’s New Sad Tab Page

    We're big fans of Google Chrome, and based on our site stats, more than a quarter of our readers are too. We're not fans, though, of the "sad tab" page which pops up whenever Chrome blows up, as happens with some frequency whenever Google updates the browser with a few bugs still intact. That said, we approve of the new sad tab page in the latest Chromium build, which shamelessly panders to its techy early-adopter audience by quoting Dr. McCoy. Some foreign Chrome users report a gorier crash page with a bullet hole through the sad tab's head. This seems excessive. (via Unofficial Google OS)

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  10. Google Drops Support for H.264 from Chrome

    In a controversial move, Google has decided to drop support for the H.264 video codec from Chrome. At the moment, much of the web's video content is encoded as H.264 (including video from Google's own YouTube). In addition, H.264 is a widely used codec for HTML5 video, which aims to replace Flash as the preferred way to serve video to users.

    Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.

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