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Report: Microsoft is scrapping Edge, switching to just another Chrome clone

Enlarge Getty / Aurich Windows Central reports that Microsoft is planning to replace its Edge browser, which uses Microsoft’s own EdgeHTML rendering engine and Chakra JavaScript engine, with a new browser built on Chromium, the open source counterpart to Google’s Chrome. The new browser has the codename Anaheim. The report is short on details. The […]

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Pixel Slate review: Paying the “Google” premium for Chrome OS

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Google spent a lot of time and effort trying to convince everyone that Chrome OS isn’t just for laptops. The fruits of the company’s labor have been slowly revealing themselves over the past year through software updates and the few Chrome OS tablets that are already available. But Google officially ushered in […]

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Chrome OS could soon get another tablet feature that it always needed

Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends Some Chromebooks and the new Pixel Slate work good as tablets, but not every website reads nicely on the devices. That might soon change, as Google is apparently adding a tablet view option to Chrome OS, according to Android Police. It is not clear when the tablet view option will be coming, […]

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The Best Google Chrome games

The Chrome Web Store offers a lot more than just a healthy dose of extensions, themes, and other nifty apps. It also houses an impressive collection of games that can be directly played on the browser for a small fee, or nothing at all. Many of the same great titles that are available on your […]

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Chrome 71 will block any and all ads on sites with “abusive experiences”

Enlarge Isaac Bowen / Flickr Google is promising to punish sites that offer what the company calls “abusive experiences.” Chrome 71, due for release in December, will blacklist sites that are repeat offenders and suppress all advertising on those sites. The behaviors deemed abusive cover a range of user-hostile things, such as ads that masquerade […]

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First Look at the Revamped Chrome OS on Google's Pixel Slate

With the Google Pixel Slate, unveiled on Tuesday, we finally know how Google is planning to light a fire under the currently quite boring non-iOS tablet market. When it ships later this year, the $ 599 Pixel Slate will come with a significantly redesigned version of Google’s Chrome operating system. It’s a secret weapon of […]

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Google taking new steps to prevent malicious Chrome extensions

Google has announced plans to further restrict Chrome extensions in a bid to crack down on the number of malicious extensions found in the Chrome Web Store. We’ve seen a spate of malicious extensions this year; the extensions do things like steal credentials and participate in click fraud schemes. The malicious extensions take advantage of […]

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Google announces “Project Stream”—a “test” of game streaming in Chrome

Enlarge Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Google just announced “Project Stream,” a “technical test” of a service designed to stream AAA video games à la Playstation Now and GeForce Now. We’ve heard rumors of a “Project Yeti” gaming service for some time now, and this looks to be the first sign of a real “Google Gaming” product. The Project […]

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Native support for Windows file sharing coming to Chrome OS

Enlarge / Adding an SMB location to Files. François Beaufort Chrome OS 70 will include native support for SMB file shares (spotted by Paul Thurrott), giving it built-in access to files stored on Windows servers. With this, Chrome OS users can add SMB file shares to the Files app and use them to store and […]

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Google celebrates a decade of Google Chrome, launches major redesign

The new Google Chrome. Check out that new tab bar. With multiple tabs open, the background changes to gray allowing for some tab separation. Still, background tabs only get a vertical separator, rather than distinct shapes. Here’s everything in incognito mode. The new design takes up more space. The tab and address bar (shown here, […]

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Chrome now using native Windows 10 notifications, Action Center

We’re now rolling out support for native notifications in Chrome 68 using the Windows 10 Action Center—super exciting! Would love to hear your feedback! pic.twitter.com/UIDzaroR9D — Peter Beverloo (@beverloo) August 8, 2018 As of today, Chrome users on Windows 10 are going to start seeing Chrome notifications delivered as regular Windows notifications. This means that […]

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Today’s the day that Chrome brands plain old HTTP “not secure”

Enlarge Tony Alter / Flickr Since February, Google has planned to brand non-HTTPS sites as “Not Secure,” and today, with Chrome 68, that change is being rolled out to a wide audience. With the change, every site now gets a label in its address bar: “Secure” if the site is loaded over HTTPS, “Not Secure” otherwise. In […]

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future

Enlarge / Hellllloooooo Chrome OS tablets. Valentina Palladino Chrome OS took over schools with clamshells, but now Google is shaking things up with slabs. After a spring announcement, Acer has built the first Chrome OS tablet, the $ 329 Chromebook Tab 10, to give teachers and students a more flexible device to use for schoolwork […]