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Chrome 32 lets you easily find and close those noisy tabs

If you've ever wondered which of your 200 browser tabs is making all that racket, the latest Chrome Beta can lend an ear.

When a tab is streaming audio in Chrome 32 Beta, an indicator will appear next to the close tab X. The indicators will change depending on the source, so streaming audio will be denoted by a speaker icon, a red circle will indicate a Web cam, and Chromecast's box icon will notify you when you're broadcasting a tab to your television.

Another change in Chrome 32 Beta gives some attention to Windows 8 Metro … Read more

Open pages in Chrome as panels with PIP Viewer extension

You can juggle multiple tabs in Chrome, and you can juggle multiple windows. With Chrome extension Picture in Picture Viewer, you gain a third option: the ability to open a Web page as a Chrome panel. It's a great way to dock your Facebook news feed, Twitter feed, or a YouTube video, whether you are keeping an eye on a TED talk or a Cleveland Browns game from the mid-1980's when Bernie Kosar was at the height of his powers.

When the Picture in Picture Viewer extension installs, it places a button to the right of Chrome's … Read more

Google to ban external sources for Windows Chrome extensions

For Google, it's not enough to warn you when an extension attempts to install from outside the Chrome Web Store. Starting in January, Windows users will be able to install extensions only from the official store, as Google blocks all other extension sources.

Erik Kay, Chrome's engineering director, wrote in a blog post that the current security mechanism isn't enough. It asks users if they want to install the extension when it comes from outside the Chrome Web Store, but "bad actors" have figured out how to bypass it.

The malicious extensions that get installed … Read more

Google Apps dropkicks support for IE 9

With Internet Explorer 11 only a few weeks old, Google Apps will support only the current version and IE 10, Google announced on Tuesday.

The move -- which Google says follows its established practice of supporting only the current and prior major versions for competing browsers -- could help push Google Chrome's adoption rate. It's unlikely that Chrome, which automatically updates to its latest version, would ever not work with Google Apps.

However, with Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 in the near future, companies that need IE support for other enterprise Web apps probably will hold on … Read more

Android 4.4 gives apps vastly better Web technology

Chrome for Android has been available for more than a year, but the improvements it offered over the operating system's more basic browser weren't available to developers who wanted to draw upon the browser's abilities for their own native apps.

Until now.

With the KitKat release of Android, Google updated a programming interface called WebView so it now employs Chrome instead of the earlier WebKit-based browser. That enables apps with many modern browser features such as WebRTC for real time audio and video chat, WebGL for accelerated 2D and 3D graphics, and a full-screen option.

The new … Read more

Review: Ginger Chrome Extension brings Ginger's contextual spelling and grammar check

Ginger Chrome Extension brings Ginger's advanced spelling and grammar checks to your browser. Ginger's unique algorithm considers context when checking spelling and grammar -- reducing errors introduced by incorrect checking. If you've ever had to reject or correct changes made by spelling and grammar checkers because the program couldn't understand your sentence, you can see how contextual corrections could make a difference. Ginger's Chrome Extension helps you avoid errors when browsing, posting, and entering data online by flagging errors and suggesting corrections. Ginger Chrome Extension is free but requires Ginger to work, but Ginger is … Read more

How to make Chrome's new tab page look like iOS 7

Apple's new mobile operating system for the iPad and iPhone, iOS 7, has a distinctive look that's easily recognizable. The design isn't for everyone, however, as Jason Parker noticed from comments left in his iOS 7 review. If you do appreciate the new look of iOS 7, there's a Chrome browser extension that might be for you.

The IOS 7 New Tab Page Chrome extension replaces the regular new tab page with an interface that looks just like iOS 7. It comes with a default set of "apps," which are just shortcuts to Web … Read more

Moving from Windows or OS X to a Chromebook

Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular. The affordable computers currently account for four of the top five best-selling laptops on Amazon, ranking higher than Apple's MacBooks and various Windows 8 laptops. With price tags under $300 and a strong advertising budget provided by Google, the Chromebook's success shouldn't come as a complete surprise.

The question remains, however, who's buying these computers? I rarely see a Chromebook out in public, and chances are you've never seen one. In fact, the only time I run into a Chromebook is at an industry event, usually being tested by another … Read more

Rumor Has It: Microsoft wants space on your face

It's time to start talking about the iPad 6.

Just kidding. While the iPad rumor mill stops to catch its breath for a second, I'll round up everything we got -- and maybe more importantly, what we didn't get -- at the Apple event on Tuesday.

Also this week, LG filed for some Chrome trademarks, which has me wondering whether we'll see a Chromebook from LG soon, and Microsoft could throw its hat into the smartglasses ring, which I wouldn't really mind.

Thanks for watching!

Editors' note: I mistakenly said that the "new iPad&… Read more

Chrome's parental controls step closer to adulthood

Google Chrome's rumored parental control feature moved into Chrome beta on Tuesday, and it stands to make Chrome and Chrome OS even more appealing to parents and teachers.

Chromebooks have done well in the United States, capturing around a quarter of the sub-$300 PC market in the past year. The low-price laptops also have gained attention from educators, in part because of their price, but also because they include keyboards, essential for teaching children typing skills.

Supervised Users would give Chrome OS a long-missing feature: multiple accounts that can be differentiated by privilege status. For now, a supervised … Read more