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Mobile Chrome Apps closer than you think

Running Chrome apps on your smartphone isn't quite the app singularity that people want, where any app runs on any platform. But Google's about to take a big step toward that future in 2014 with Chrome apps for Android and iOS.

Google is working getting its Web-based Chrome Apps to run on smartphones and tablets with a new project called Mobile Chrome Apps. Google developer advocate Joe Marini told The Next Web that Google would like to have a beta version ready in January.

Erik Kay, Chrome's engineering director, told CNET when Chrome Apps launched in September … Read more

Big changes to little-known Chrome OS Camera app

Webcam support has not been one of Chrome OS's leading features, but that could change with a Camera app update due to make its way to the public in the coming week.

Chrome's official "happiness evangelist" François Beaufort, an open-source and developer advocate on the Chromium project, wrote on Google+ on Tuesday that an update to the Chrome OS Camera app will bring video recording, direct posting to YouTube and Google+, and automatic photo sync support across Chrome devices.

Chrome OS owners who don't want to wait for the automatic update that will … Read more

IE 11 use surges post-launch of Windows 7 version

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 has a chunk of new users thanks to its debut on Windows 7.

IE 11's share of desktop browser traffic jumped to 3.27 percent last month, according to Web tracker Net Applications, a hefty rise from the 1.49 percent recorded in October. But the gain isn't surprising.

Internet Explorer 11 debuted as part of the Windows 8.1 preview launched in June. Microsoft unveiled a version for Windows 7 on November 7, opening the floodgates for a surge in additional adopters. IE 11 is also available as an "important" … Read more

Hobbits, trolls, and elves invade Google Chrome

Turn your Chrome browser into a fantasy portal complete with dwarves worthy of Bilbo Baggins. Journey through Middle-earth is an interactive Chrome browser experience inspired by the new movie "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and developed by North Kingdom.

Explore Hobbit locales such as Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell, and Dol Guldur. Other locations, such as Thranduil's Hall, Lake-Town, and Erebor, will be unlocked as the movie's December premiere gets closer.

In the wild upland woods of Trollshaw, the hunting place of Hill-trolls who terrorize unsuspecting travelers, we learn about its dangerous inhabitants and Bilbo's encounter with them. Run through a maze surrounded by Hill-trolls and hopefully escape without being snatched. … Read more

Chrome 32 Beta lets you try apps before you buy (or install)

Chrome 32 Beta has a useful feature that lets you launch apps from the Chrome App Launcher without first installing them.

If you are using Chrome 32 Beta and are running Windows or Chrome OS, you'll need to enable the experimental ephemeral apps flag to use this feature. To do so, head to this page:

chrome://flags/#enable-ephemeral-apps

The "Enable experimental ephemeral apps" line should be highlighted at the top of the page. Click the Enable link and restart Chrome.

Now, when you open the Chrome App Launcher, for any app that gets returned as a search … Read more

Chrome, Opera pass Epic Citadel demo's Web graphics test

Chrome and Opera have become the first browsers to match Mozilla Firefox's support for Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 and the Web-based Epic Citadel demo that's built on the 3D graphics technology. The demo's computing challenges include 3D graphics covered with 2D textures, rustling leaves, flowing water, reflective stone floors, lens flare, and shadows and other lighting effects.

Mozilla and Epic Games demonstrated the advanced Web programming in March using a combination of Mozilla technologies: Emscripten that converts C or C++ software into JavaScript, and asm.js that can run a specialized subset of JavaScript much faster. … Read more

'Touchless' Chrome's here: Prepare for more search shouting

It's bound to happen to someone this holiday season. You're up to your elbows in a Thanksgiving (or Hanukkah) turkey's chest cavity when you're hit by a nagging feeling that you've forgotten a key part of the recipe. Most of us would have to spend the next five minutes scrubbing bird innards off our hands and then drying them off enough to check the recipe without dirtying the screen or keyboard. Until now.

As of Tuesday, Chrome users can keep their mitts all up in that bird's business and simply shout a search for "super easy and intrusive Thanksgiving turkey recipe" across the room at their browser. So long as you've got a new Chrome extension installed, all you need to do is give the "OK, Google" command that will be familiar to users of Google Now on Android devices followed by your search or question.… Read more

How to enable guest browsing in Chrome for Windows

Have you ever gone back to your computer after letting someone use it for "just a second" and found it in disarray? Maybe they logged you out of all your accounts because they wanted to check Facebook or their e-mail. Or perhaps they did a little window-shopping on Amazon and now you're getting strange product suggestions on the home page. To help you and your guests maintain some sense of privacy while sharing the Web, you can use Chrome's guest browsing mode.

Guest browsing was first available in Chrome OS as a way to let Chromebook … Read more

Autosave makes Awesome Screenshot more awesome

Awesome Screenshot just got more awesome. When I wrote about this Chrome extension last year, I liked its simplicity. It granted you three capture options -- visible part of the page you are viewing, a selected area, or the entire page -- and after taking a screenshot, it opened up a new tab where you could annotate your screenshot and then save it locally or online.

I used it for a time as my default Chrome screenshot utility but eventually stopped because I don't annotate most of the screenshots I take. Sure, it comes in handy once in a … Read more

Chrome beta disses plug-ins, speeds tapping on Android

Google released a beta of Chrome 32 on Thursday, fulfilling a promise to block many plug-ins and speeding up some tap operations on Android.

And Imgur fans will be eager to know that the new release also brings support for animated WebP images, a feature already added to Google's image format but that had to overcome hurdles before finding a place in Chrome, too. Some advocated for a shift to plain old video, but animated GIFs have attained newfound popularity. Google promises smaller file sizes with animated WebP as an alternative, said Urvang Joshi, the Google programmer who championed … Read more