Google Chrome gets its own QR code & barcode scanner

Here’s one more app you can delete from your iPhone: that QR code and barcode scanner you only occasionally use. With an update rolling out today, Google’s Chrome mobile browser can do t

One Drop’s smart glucose monitoring hardware gets a green light from the FDA

Last summer, One Drop raised $8 million in Series A funding for its diabetes management app. At the time, the company said the money would go, in part, to developing hardware designed specifically fo

Google makes Chrome 15% faster on Windows

Google is currently making a concerted effort to make its Chrome browser faster and leaner. The company announced a project to bring down memory usage earlier this month, for example. But it also quie

Google pollutes new Chrome tabs with ‘article suggestions’ – here’s how to disable them

You know what people love? When you take something familiar and useful and replace it with content "for you" that you actually didn't ask for. That's one of the more visible changes in the latest vers

Chrome is helping kill HTTP

2016 might be the year that HTTP finally dies. Chrome’s security team announced today that the browser will start marking websites that use insecure HTTP connections to transmit passwords and cr

Google will phase out Chrome apps for Windows, Mac and Linux

First, if you’re using Chrome apps on Windows, Mac or Linux, I’m sorry for your loss. Second, please take some solace in the fact that you really were one of a kind. As Google noted in a blog post

Google’s Omnitone surround sound project brings us closer to web-based VR

As has been the case with so many industries, the pendulum of VR will eventually swing back from dedicated apps toward web-based systems -- and when that happens, Google will be ready. It published de

Linux users can now make Skype calls from the web in Chrome

The Skype team today announced that anyone using a Chromebook or Chrome on Linux can visit to make one-to-one and group voice calls on top of the messaging features they get today. The A

Facebook from other sites with new Save and Share Chrome extensions

Facebook colonized the internet with its Like button that sees 10 billion views per day around the web. Now it’s getting a makeover for mobile alongside the launch of two new Save and Share Chro

A one word review of macOS Sierra

Hi! That new macOS X Sierra thing is almost out! There are so many new cool features. You can talk to your computer in humanish language. You can pay for stuff with your iPhone because if you have a

Google Keep gets support for #labels and a new Chrome extension

Keep, Google’s note-taking service, is getting an update today that introduces support for hashtag-style labels and an updated Chrome extension that will make it easier to save links to sites a

Google says Chrome now has more than 1 billion users on mobile

Google released version 50 of its Chrome browser last week and it has been rolling out to users for the last few days. The major new feature in Chrome 50 is support for improved push notifications. T

Google’s Chrome Web Store will boot apps and extensions violating new user data guidelines

Google is cleaning up its Chrome Web Store – the marketplace where you can browse for extensions and apps for its Chrome web browser. The company says it’s making changes to browser&#82

Why browser extensions change the way we work

Browser extensions change the way we work. They alter facets of your job by changing the experience of the apps on which you rely so they conform to your workflow -- versus having to open 17 separate

Google Chrome For Android Will Soon Support Interactions With Bluetooth Beacons

Google announced today that it has begun to support physical beacons in its Chrome browser for Android. The feature, which has been tested in the iOS app since last summer, is heading to Chrome 49 for

Fear Leads To The Dark Side So Install This Chrome Extension To Stop Star Wars Spoilers

You’re a Star Wars fan. At least, your chances of being a Star Wars fan are very high, considering what I know about our lovely TechCrunch readership. Plus, you clicked on this headline. Star Wa

Chrome’s Browser On Android Can Now Save Up To 70% Of Your Data

For some time, Google has been developing technology to reduce data consumption on mobile devices. Last January, the company officially introduced an optional data compression feature into its Chrome

Google’s Lack Of Product Isolation Would Support A Chrome OS And Android Merge

Chrome OS, the "cloud" operating system that Google introduced for laptops, and Android, the operating system on phones and tablets, may become one, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. T

Google Drops Notification Center From Chrome, Cites Low Usage

Google is making a change to how Chrome pushes notifications to users. Google's Chrome browser started supporting push notifications from web apps to the desktop five years ago and a few years later,

Facebook Works With Google To Let Mobile Web Users Get Push Notifications Via Chrome

A big reason developers hate mobile websites is that they lack the push notifications which help re-engage people with native apps. That was a serious problem for Facebook . It sees a ton of users on
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