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Google Now Comes To Chrome For Desktops & Laptops

Google’s amazing predictive search tool, Google Now, is finally being made available to people on desktop and laptop computers using the regular release of its Chrome browser. Until now, it had only been available through mobile devices or to those using beta versions of Chrome. Google shared…



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Google Now is Coming to Desktop Computers, via Chrome

Personal assistant Google Now, which monitors your web searches and alerts you about things such as the weather, flights, and traffic as well as providing various event reminders, has previously been available only on Android devices.

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Google Now Cards Hit The Desktop For Mac, Windows and Chrome OS Users

The ever-helpful Google Now service is now available on your desktop for both Mac, Windows and Chrome OS users. This Google Now service features Google Now cards that are run through the latest Google Chrome build (Chrome Canary) and will work for those users who are currently logged-in to Chrome….



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Google Chrome Can Cut Your Mobile Data Usage—But There’s A Catch

The latest Chrome for Mobile update could help lower your data usage, but there’s a caveat—it will pass everything you browse through Google servers. 

Google announced new Chrome data compression and bandwidth management that it says could cut your browsing data usage in half. This is an opt-in feature that you can turn on via the browser’s settings.

The data compression feature is powered by an SPDY proxy connection running on Google’s servers that reduces the latency of Web pages. For instance, when you use Chrome, the proxy is able to process multiple requests and responses over a single connection to your mobile device, and the proxy takes on the task of DNS lookups that would normally be handled by your phone or tablet. The proxy also optimizes images to a compressed WebP format, so less data is used when downloading images. 

There’s more background in this older Google Chrome blog post.

Chrome will bypass the Google proxy (and thus disable data compression) if you’re on a secure (HTTPS) connection or browsing in “incognito” mode. Google takes some further steps to mollify privacy concerns:

Additionally, the content of proxied pages will be cached according to each page’s cache policy as specified by its headers (Expires, Cache-Control, etc.) but not logged. These logs are not associated with your Google Account, and the entire log entry will be removed within 6 months. Google will use both the request and response data to improve the service; for example, more effective optimizations can be uncovered by analyzing timing data for pages loaded through the proxy service.

You’ll be able to track how much bandwidth you save each month by visiting “Bandwidth Management” under “Settings.” 

In addition to the data saving update, Google also announced Google Translate in Chrome for iOS and application shortcuts on Android. 

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Middle Earth Comes To Life On Google Chrome

Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.

From the elvish oasis of Rivendell to the abandoned kingdom of Erebor, director Peter Jackson spared no expense in re-creating J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantastical world of lush greenery, terrifying forest lands, and creatures big and small. In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the trifecta of stunning backdrops, flawless costumes, and sweeping music comes together seamlessly on the big screen (and in eye-popping 3D).

Now imagine the difficulty in developing that same universe for small screens. A Journey to Middle-earth is a Google Chrome experiment that took the challenge head-on. The interactive Web feature for computers, phones, and tablets allows Hobbit fans to see the dwarves’ journey in incredible detail.

Explore the Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell, Dol Guldur, Thranduil’s Hall, Lake-Town, and Erebor in full-screen. You’ll definitely want to pop on some over-ear headphones and experience the Chrome Experiment’s immersive soundtrack. The narration provided in each area will provide background from Tolkien’s novel and the first Peter Jackson-directed Hobbit film. Once you finish swiping through each area, you’ll get a chance to play an interactive game. Try your hand at archery in Lake Town or avoid the wrath of Smaug by delivering only the cleverest response.

Creating the web-based multimedia was no small feat. Engineers used WebGL and Web Audio to produce the interactive’s rich detail and optimize javascript performance. Adapting the experience for all screens was another challenge entirely. The team provided a case study of how they approached the front-end development for the site.

As fans of both Tolkien and Sherlock, we are very, very excited to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug again and again. The film, of course, stars our two favorites: Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Benedict Cumberbatch as the lethal Smaug. The banter between the two of them in the film is priceless.

After watching the film, dive into the Hobbit Chrome Experience at middle-earth.thehobbit.com, then let us know which section of the dwarves’ adventure you’d like to participate in most. 

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