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The Nexus 5 and Galaxy S4

While there is no formal ceremony or rite of passage, it seems clear to me that 2013 was the year that Android finally came of age as a fully mature mobile OS to power the world. Rather than a fancy coronation ceremony, let's take a look back at the highlights of the past 12 months in Android.  Read More

LG's Chromebase is the world's first all-in-one PC powered by Google's Chrome OS

We've already seen a multitude of Chromebooks and a Chromebox, and now LG's Chromebase joins the list of Chrome-based computers. Set to be officially unveiled at CES next month, the Chromebase is the world's first all-in-one PC powered by Google's Linux-based Chrome operating system.  Read More

Useful Chrome extensions for useful people

It's the world's most used web browser, but how many users are using extensions to get the most out of Google Chrome? (Probably very many. That's just the sort of annoying question journalists like to ask by way of an introduction.) Here are some of my favorites, not geared towards any particular profession, which I think could prove useful to my fellow generalist web users out there in the world. There are no gimmicks; no bossy extensions telling you what or what not to do; merely usefulness, hopefully.  Read More

Here's how to get more out of your Chromecast with the Chrome browser

Google's Chromecast currently doesn't have a whole lot of options beyond its handful of officially supported apps. Here's how to get a little more out of Chromecast, from mirroring your desktop to playing your own video files.  Read More

Google just added new capabilities to Chrome apps, allowing them to look and feel a lot li...

Chromebooks have lowered the price of admission for owning a laptop. Though many Chromebook owners are content to funnel all of their personal computing through a web browser, not everyone wants to sacrifice the native apps that platforms like Windows and Mac OS X can provide. The Chrome OS platform, however, just took another step forward in becoming a viable desktop alternative, with the addition of new browser apps that, well, no longer look the part.  Read More

DexType and Leap Motion combine for gesture-based typing

The news release announcing the availability of the Leap Motion controller and supporting software isn't even cold yet, and the first applications that make use of its gesture recognition capabilities are already making a break for freedom. Asetniop creator Zack Dennis has joined the fray with an alternative to the physical keyboard he's calling DexType. Essentially a Google Chrome browser plugin, the Dex-typist uses mid-air point and poke gestures to select characters from a strip at the bottom of the screen.  Read More

Google pushed some big updates out to its desktop and mobile versions of Chrome

Google Chrome, one of the best web browsers around, is available on just about every major platform. And it just got a little better. Just a week after Google I/O, the search giant has been busy pushing out big updates to Chrome on desktop, Android, and – soon – iPhone and iPad.  Read More

Google Now is expanding: landing in Chrome browsers, and improving on Android.

As search technology advances, it’s going to become more and more like human interaction. Apple’s Siri might have popularized conversational search, but many of us feel that Google Now quickly surpassed it – with its faster and more accurate results. Soon much of Google Now’s functionality will be arriving on PCs, by way of the Chrome OS and web browser. Not stopping there, Google also added some improvements to Android’s Google Now.  Read More

The Thinkpad X131e Chromebook from Lenovo

Lenovo has announced a rugged laptop designed specifically for the education sector. The system runs on Google's Chrome OS and depending on its reception, could spell bigger things for the future of Google's browser-based operating system.  Read More

Unbaby.me replaces Facebook baby photos with images of your choosing

Having a baby is perhaps the most life-changing event one can experience, so it’s only natural for proud parents to share the news on their social network of choice. However, in the quest to spread infant-related joy to the world, some parents over-share. Chome-only browser extension Unbaby.me provides a solution to this distinctly modern problem by removing baby photos from your Facebook News Feed and replacing them with pictures of cats, dogs, bacon, or whatever else you'd prefer to see.  Read More

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