Google discards extensions that force feed users ads in Chrome

It appears Google is true to its word.

One month after the company announced that it was kicking some toolbars and other "multipurpose extensions" out of the Chrome Web Store -- to keep its browser's interface uncluttered and to protect users from unpleasant surprises -- it has removed two Chrome extensions, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The two extensions, "Add to Feedly" and "Tweet This Page," reportedly had their code updated so that users would see more pop-up ads while using Chrome. Dozens of users took to message boards after the update … Read more

Google Now notifications now alive in Chrome test version

Google, taking a big step in its effort to make Android and Chrome equally good homes for people's digital lives, has at last built its Google Now anticipatory notification service into its browser.

Google Now cards for Chrome are active in the very rough Canary build of Chrome, which is three steps removed from the stable version the company recommends for mainstream use. Not only that, the feature must be enabled by activating the Google Now flag by entering "chrome://flags/#enable-google-now" into the address bar then restarting.

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Chrome users mad at Google for switching up scroll controls

Several Google Chrome forum boards are lighting up with complaints about scroll bar changes. Apparently, people running Windows, and possibly other operating systems, have seen their scroll bars slim down and drop vertical scrolling arrows -- making Web navigation difficult.

"When I got on today I noticed that the scrollbar has changed from one with little boxes with arrows on each end you can click to one that you have to drag," forum contributor Bethany Rice wrote last week. "I was just wondering if its possible to switch back to the other one because this one is … Read more

Apple to refund millions for in-app purchases

CNET Update talks Apple, Google, and the NSA:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Apple's refunding at least $32.5 million for kids' in-app purchases.

- Apple CEO Tim Cook is feeling pretty good about China.

- Google is trying to conserve your mobile data usage through Chrome.

- The NSA is using radio waves to tap into computers that aren't connected to the Internet.

- A new Blackphone tries to quash the surveillance threat.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch CNET every afternoon for a breakdown of the big … Read more

HP's Chromebook 11 is now available with LTE

Hewlett-Packard's Chromebook 11 is now available with LTE -- and can be purchased at Best Buy stores.

The 11.6-inch laptop (see CNET review) running Google's Chrome OS is priced at $379 at Best Buy, where it is beginning to show up in physical stores, as first reported by Liliputing.

That's $100 more than the Wi-Fi-only version but still relatively cheap by Windows 8.1 laptop standards.

HP opted for a 4G/LTE chip from Israel-based Altair Semiconductor.

Altair said in a statement Wednesday that it can be used on Verizon's network for "an additional $… Read more

Chrome's data compression claims huge savings

Mobile browser use is on the rise, but bandwidth caps aren't. To help Google fans get around that problem, the company has added a data compression option to mobile Chrome on Wednesday to help people on rate-limited plans.

Originally announced in beta almost a year ago, Google claims that the feature can now reduce bandwidth usage by nearly 50 percent. Enabling it will also add an extra kick by default to the mobile browser: desktop Chrome's safe browsing, which protects people from malicious Web sites.

To activate data compression, go to Settings, then Bandwidth management, then Reduce data … Read more

Chrome 32 fights back against tab noise

Think of it as Google's annoying horsefly detector, where the irritating insect is one of your dozens of tabs streaming audio.

A new feature in Tuesday's update to Google Chrome brings to the masses a tab indicator to tell you when a site is streaming audio. The feature will add a speaker icon to tabs streaming audio, a red record button when a tab is using your Webcam, and a Google Cast icon when you're sending a tab to your Chromecast.

Google Chrome 32 brings to the fore other new features worth mentioning. It calls out potentially … Read more

Get alerted when someone unfriends you on Facebook

Unfriend Notify is a free extension available for both Chrome and Firefox that alerts you when someone has unfriended you on Facebook. Addictive Tips originally covered it as a Chrome extension, but as it turns out by visiting the extension's Web site, you'll also find a Firefox extension.

Without an extension such as Unfriend Notify, there isn't a straightforward method to discovering who has deleted you as a friend on Facebook. The only two methods available from Facebook directly are to browse through your friends list and try to figure out who is missing, or you can … Read more

Chromebooks on a tear? Fear not: More horsepower coming

LAS VEGAS -- As Chromebooks become more mainstream, they'll gain more processing power to take on games.

Most Intel-based Chromebooks today come with Celeron processors -- that's a step below the low-end Core i3 processor.

New Dell and Toshiba Chromebooks -- shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show this week for the first time -- are both powered by Haswell, aka fourth-generation Core, Celeron chips.

While those processors, so far, have proved adequate for the low-cost laptops, that's going to change later this year as the appeal of Chromebooks broadens and device makers expand their lines, according … Read more

Toshiba Chromebook to arrive at CES, booth photo shows

A photo from Toshiba's booth at CES 2014 indicates that the Japanese PC maker will indeed reveal its new Chromebook at the show.

9to5Google published a photo on Monday from Toshiba's booth with the words "Chromebook for Everyday." No laptops were yet placed on the stand, though.

A Chromebook from Toshiba is no surprise. Toshiba had committed to ship a Chromebook last September. And product details leaked in December with a prematurely posted review showed a model that would cost $279, and ship with a 1.4GHz Intel Haswell processor, 13.3-inch 1366x768-pixel screen, 2GB of … Read more