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Chrome Beta 42 allows sites to push native notifications to their users even after the given page is closed (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Gaming execs:   Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015.  GamesBeat Summit is invite-only -- apply here . Ticket prices increase on April 3rd! A week after releasing the stable version of Chrome 41 , Google released Chrome 42 beta for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. While the new version actually arrived on Monday, the company today offered details about the new features, including push notifications, ES6 Classes, and Add to Home Screen promotion on Android. Chrome is arguably more than a browser: With hundreds of millions of users , it’s a major platform that Web developers have to consider. In fact, with regular additions and changes, they have to keep up to ensure they are taking advantage of everything available. While Chrome 42 is supposed to be a “performance-focused build,” according to a Google Groups posting that states many Chrome component teams have made performance improvements a priority for this release, it also includes many new features worth outlining. Chrome 42 beta offers two new APIs ( Push API and Notifications API ) that together allow sites to push native notifications to their users even after the given page is closed. That may sound intrusive, but Google says the user has to grant explicit permission for this to be possible. Once given the green light, a developer can use the Google Cloud Messaging to remotely wake up their service worker , which in turn can run JavaScript for a short period. In this release, Google requires showing a user-visible notification that includes a “Site Settings” button where users can easily disable notifications. Next up, Google has added new JavaScript ES6 features. Most noteworthy are ES6 classes (JavaScript’s strict mode is required to use these), which help developers who have trouble adapting to JavaScript’s prototype-based inheritance. While many libraries have introduced their own patterns for emulating classes, this is the first attempt to provide a single, uniform, and standardized syntax to describe them. While Chrome 32 introduced the ability for Android users to add home screen shortcuts to their favorite websites via a menu item, Chrome 42 beta takes the functionality a step further by offering a banner.

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Google is done selling the Nexus 5 (Rich McCormick/The Verge)

Google has stopped selling the Nexus 5 , the company's 2014 flagship Android smartphone. A Google spokesperson told The Verge today that "while some inventory of Nexus 5 still exists (with our retail and carrier partners), our focus is on the Nexus 6 at this time." Searches for the older model on Google's new hardware store today showed that the Nexus 5 was no longer available for purchase from the company. The Nexus 5 is no longer available to buy on the Google Store The news corroborates  a report released at the tail end of 2014 that said Google had discontinued production of the  well-liked phone , and once stocks were depleted, it was "gone." Google disputed the claim at the time,  telling The Verge that the Nexus 5 would "continue to be available for sale on Google Play and through select retailers in Q1 2015." The timing of this new statement means both were correct — Google did indeed plan to stop selling the Nexus 5, but its supplies kept it in stock for the first quarter of 2015. The effective retirement of the Nexus 5 comes as Google  tweaks its storefront to separate hardware and digital products. Previously the Nexus 5 — along with other Google and Android devices such as smartwatches and Chromebooks — was sold by the Google Play Store, alongside digital products like apps, music, and movies. As of today, the search giant has split software and hardware up, moving the latter to a new destination simply called the Google Store.

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Five Best All-In-One Computers – Lifehacker

Lifehacker Five Best All-In-One Computers Lifehacker Like most PC all-in-ones, the XPS 27 ships with Windows 8.1, and can make use of the Modern UI thanks to its touch-sensitive display. Keyboard and mouse are included, as are wireless N and Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and more. Like the Lenovo, the XPS ...

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Nike+ app gets four new device partners in Garmin, Tom Tom, Wahoo Fitness, and Netpulse (Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom)

After going it alone with health tracking hardware, Nike is expanding relationships to use its Nike+ app with non-Nike devices. The company announced four new hardware partners on Friday — Garmin, Tom Tom, Wahoo Fitness and Netpulse  — with a new “Partners” app feature to connect the Nike+ app with third-party devices. The updated Nike+ Running App makes pairing with the new partners easy. Users will see a “Partners” screen when they update or download the app. The “Connect a Partner” button guides users to settings to manage preferences and establish the seamless connection between Nike+ and the partner apps and devices. The idea here is to expand the use of Nike+ and give the app’s users more freedom to choose a wearable device or software platform. That’s a sharp change from Nike’s several-year approach of exercise tracking with devices ranging from footpod step-trackers and, more recently, its FuelBand wearable band. Change has been in the wind for some time, however, as Nike first kept its software limited to Apple iOS devices for several years and recently releasing a Nike+ app for Android . And roughly a year ago there were reports of Nike abandoning its own hardware efforts and laying off much of the Fuelband team . As a long-time runner, I welcome the change from app to platform; it’s long overdue.

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Oracle now bundles Ask toolbar adware with Java for Mac installations by default (Ed Bott/ZDNet)

Summary: For years, Oracle has tormented Windows users by bundling adware with its Java installer for Windows PCs. Now Oracle has begun including the same adware as part of a default installation of Java for the Mac, using the same deceptive techniques. For several years, Oracle has been bundling the Ask toolbar with its Java software for Windows PCs , often using deceptive methods to convince customers to install the unwanted add-on. With the latest release of Java for the Mac, Oracle has begun bundling the Ask adware with default installations as well, changing homepages in the process. The unwelcome Ask extension shows up as part of the installer if a Mac user downloads Java 8 Update 40 for the Mac. In my tests on a Mac running that latest release of OS X, the installer added an app to the current browser, Chrome version 41. (In a separate test, I installed Java using the latest version of Safari, where it behaved in a similar fashion.) As with its Windows counterpart, the Java installer selects the option to install the Ask app by default. A casual Mac user who simply clicks through the dialog boxes to complete the installation will find the app installed and enabled in their browser, with the New Tab page changed to one with an Ask search box. I found it interesting that the Chrome Web Store listing for the Ask Search Extension reveals that the app's developer is listed as "chromewebstore12." That developer name is used by three related Ask apps and might lead an unsophisticated user to think that the app is an official offering from Chrome. The previous Ask Search Extension, with more than 5 million installs and several dozen one-star reviews, is listed as being developed by APN LLC, which is identified in the license agreement for the Java installer. What's Hot on ZDNet Windows 10: Will your PC run it? Hillary Clinton's little email fuss: Beyond 'servers in the basement' Microsoft delivers first public preview of Office 2016 for Mac ​No reboot patching comes to Linux 4.0 As with its Windows counterpart, the Ask search page returns low-quality results that are heavily loaded with ads, most of which are not clearly distinguished from organic search listings. In an apparently unwitting acknowledgment that its software isn't really a "convenient browsing tool," as its description suggests, the Help menu for the Ask button on the Chrome toolbar leads directly to a page containing uninstall instructions.

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Acer launches new CXI Chromebox with fourth-gen Intel Core i3, up to 8GB RAM, 4k monitor support, $350 for 4GB RAM, $400 for 8GB (Matt…

There are not many options for computers running the Chrome OS in desktop form. Acer just released a new one and it’s a monster of sorts. Packed inside the svelte box is a powerful little machine that costs nearly double that of other Chromeboxes but sports computing power unheard of from a Chrome OS device. Called the CXI Chromebox, Acer tapped the new 4th generation Intel Core i3 4030U dual-core CPU to power the little guy. A 16GB SSD provides local storage, and it’s available with up to 8GB of RAM, which allows support for a 4k monitor. Prices start at $350 for the 4GB option and climb to $400 for the 8GB model. This Acer costs nearly double the Chromebox offerings from HP and Asus, but packs enough horsepower to justify the higher price. Google’s Chrome OS is finding friends in different industries. In late 2014, research group IDC pegged laptops running the operating system as the best-selling device across the entire category in 2014. Microsoft has recently made moves to counter Chrome OS’s growth by offering Windows to OEMs at lower prices and firms such as HP have followed suit with lower-cost models. Yet if this Acer model proves anything, it’s that Chromebooks and Chromeboxes are going to keep getting better and Microsoft needs to find the right answer.

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Google releases beta version of Cloud Pub/Sub, a messaging API for connecting applications and services in real-time (Rohit Khare/Google Cloud…

Many applications need to talk to other varied, and often distributed systems reliably and in real-time. To make sure things aren't lost in translation, you need a flexible communication model to get messages between multiple systems simultaneously. That’s why we’re making the beta release of Google Cloud Pub/Sub available today, as a way to connect applications and services, whether they're hosted on Google Cloud Platform or on-premises. The Google Cloud Pub/Sub API provides: Scale : offering all customers, by default, up to 10,000 topics and 10,000 messages per second Global deployment : dedicated resources in every Google Cloud Platform region enhance availability without increasing latency Performance : sub-second notification even when tested at over 1 million messages per second We designed Google Cloud Pub/Sub to deliver real-time and reliable messaging, in one global, managed service that helps developers create simpler, more reliable, and more flexible applications. It's been tested extensively, supporting critical applications like Google Cloud Monitoring and Snapchat's new Discover feature. Some common use cases include: Integrated messaging between components of an application   –  for example, processing an office transfer in an HR system: developers need to control the distribution of updates to the company directory, to security badging, to the moving company, to payroll, and many other services. Robust data collection from smart devices   –  for example, mobile device endpoints: providing developers with the ability to integrate sensor data from the endpoints with real-time data analysis pipelines, automatically routing the data streams to an application. Pricing for Google Cloud Pub/Sub is based on usage  –  starting at 40¢ per million for the first 100 million API operations each month, which covers many application integration use cases. Higher-volume workloads, such as streaming information from a large number of endpoints to a big data store, benefit from Sustained Use Discounts that reduce the price to 25¢ per million for the next 2.4 billion operations. Beyond that threshold, which corresponds to sustaining about 1,000 operations every second, the discount drops the price to only 5¢ per million operations. And here is the good news  –  we'll be waiving Google Cloud Pub/Sub charges during the beta period, and initiating pricing at GA. Larger message payloads over 64KB will be billed in 64KB increments. There will be fees for long-term storage of data and data transfer between regions based on Google Cloud Storage pricing and Google Compute Engine networking pricing, respectively. You can activate Google Cloud Pub/Sub today from the APIs & auth section of the Google Developers Console and monitor key metrics with Google Cloud Monitoring dashboards.

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Chrome 42 will be the last version to support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Gaming execs:   Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015.  GamesBeat Summit is invite-only -- apply here . Ticket prices increase on March 6 Pacific! Google today announced Chrome will be dropping support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). This change will go into effect with the release of Chrome 42, which is currently slated to arrive in mid-April. Android 4.0 was first released in December 2011. When Chrome first arrived as a beta for Android devices in February 2012, it was only available for ICS, still the latest version of Android at the time. Since then, Google has released 24 new Chrome versions and three new major Android versions (Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Lollipop). Here is the company’s explanation as to why it is dropping support for Android 4.0: In the last year, we’ve seen the number of Chrome users running ICS drop by thirty percent. Developing new features on older phones has become increasingly challenging, and supporting ICS takes time away from building new experiences on the devices owned by the vast majority of our users. The FAQ adds a bit more detail: While the number of Ice Cream Sandwich devices is shrinking, supporting them in terms of engineering effort and technical complexity is increasingly difficult over time. Each new feature or web capability that’s added to Chrome must be built and tested for ICS. Often workarounds and special cases have to be added specifically for ICS, and that adds code complexity, slows performance, and increases development time. The number of ICS devices is now sufficiently small that we can better serve our users by phasing out support for earlier devices and focusing on making Chrome better for the vast majority of users on more modern devices.

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Mozilla launches 64-bit Firefox Developer Edition for Windows (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Mozilla today released Firefox Developer Edition 38, which for the first time includes a 64-bit flavor for Windows. You can download the new version now directly from Mozilla.org . So, what does a 64-bit version of Firefox offer for the user? The short answer is: running larger applications, faster execution, and increased security. A 32-bit browser is limited to 4GB of address space, and since web applications are getting bigger and bigger, this can actually be an obstacle. Browser-based games, for example, especially those with native-like gameplay, are often much larger than typical online apps mainly because they have high-quality assets that must be stored in memory for synchronous loading. For example, here’s a game built with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine: “For some of the largest of these apps, a 64-bit browser means the difference between whether or not a game will run,” Mozilla says. 4GB isn’t the only limit worth remembering: heap sizes, for example, are recommended to be 512mb in a 32-bit browser, while they can go up to 2GB in a 64-bit version of Firefox. As for execution time, Mozilla says 64-bit Firefox is faster because it can access new hardware registers and instructions. This speeds up how quickly JavaScript code can run. The increased address space also lets Firefox use hardware memory protection and improves the effectiveness of ASLR (address space layout randomization). The end result means it is harder for malicious web content to exploit the browser. Here is the full changelog for Firefox Developer Edition 38: New: 64bit Windows builds ( download here ) New: BroadcastChannel API implemented (more at hacks.mozilla.org ) New: Implemented srcset attribute and element for responsive images New: Implemented DOM3 Events KeyboardEvent.code Changed: autocomplete=off is no longer supported for username/password fields Changed: URL parser avoids doing percent encoding when setting the Fragment part of the URL, and percent decoding when getting the Fragment in line with the URL spec Changed: RegExp.prototype.source now returns “(?:)” instead of the empty string for empty regular expressions Changed: Page load times improved by speculative connection warmup Developer: Optimized-out variables are now visible in Debugger UI Developer: XMLHttpRequest logs in the web console are now visually labelled and can be filtered separately from regular network requests Developer: WebRTC now has multistream and renegotiation support Developer: copy command added to console Mozilla launched Firefox Developer Edition in November, replacing the Firefox Aurora channel, which sat between the Nightly and Beta channels.

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Judge halts movie industry-backed probe against Google (Jeff John Roberts/Gigaom)

A federal judge has agreed to put the brakes on an investigation into Google by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood after the company complained that Hood’s inquiry was an illegal censorship campaign cooked up by Hollywood. In a Monday ruling, U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate issued an order that will temporarily bar Hood from forcing Google to comply with the terms of a 79-page subpoena. “Today, a federal court entered a preliminary injunction against a subpoena issued by the Mississippi Attorney General. We’re pleased with the court’s ruling, which recognizes that the MPAA’s long-running campaign to censor the web—which started with SOPA—is contrary to federal law,” Google wrote in an update to an earlier blog post describing the case. The ruling by Judge Wingate came from the bench, and a written version is expected to follow in the next week or two. “Google has the better side of the legal arguments,” the judge told the court, according to a spokesperson for the company. The ruling is a major victory for Google, which filed a lawsuit challenging Hood’s 79-page subpoena in December. The ostensible goal of the subpoena is to help Hood discover if Google is violating Mississippi laws by exposing internet users to drugs and pornography. Google, however, filed a court challenge on the ground Hood overstepped federal laws that shield internet companies from liability for what others post online

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Google will soon send solar-powered drones into the sky – Mashable

brandchannel.com Google will soon send solar-powered drones into the sky Mashable Sundar Pichai, senior VP at Google who oversees Android, Chrome and Google apps, took to the stage Monday at Mobile World Congress to outline how the company is working on three big programs aimed at connecting some of the 4 billion people ... Mobile World Congress: Google Confirms US Mobile Network Plan brandchannel.com Watch out, carriers: Google is starting its own wireless service TechRadar Google wants to become a mobile carrier RedOrbit all 687 news articles »

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Meerkat for iOS lets you live stream video to your Twitter followers (Amanda Connolly/The Next Web)

No, this is not an app livestreaming meerkats going about their day. It could be though. Meerkat for iOS lets you live stream video on Twitter in one click. Once you’ve downloaded the app and found your good side, all you have to do is hit ‘stream’ and your video goes live instantly, showing up on your followers’ Twitter feeds. If any of your friends have Meerkat, they’ll get a notification alerting them to your live stream and they can comment and interact with you using the app. We trialled the app and found the stream to be pretty clear and steady. However, at present the app seems to zoom in quite a bit while capturing video, so an elongated selfie stick may be required if you plan on videoing on the go. While there are similar apps on the market like TwitCam and the Livestream app , Meerkat’s simple interface and ease of use could make this one a definite competitor appealing to brands and bloggers alike, provided that the zoom function is sorted. Meerkat is only available on iOS at the moment with no confirmation of an Android version just yet. ➤   Meerkat   iOS

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YouTube App Now Has Built-In Video Trimming And Inline Previews, Turns Long Home Videos Into Great Shareable Moments (Cody Toombs/Android Police)

Cody Toombs 2015/02/27 7:08am PSTFeb 27, 2015 171 34 24 Total Shares 229 Baby's first steps, carrying the cake out on grandma's birthday, receiving your diploma at the graduation ceremony. These are great moments you want to show off, but who wants to sit through 20 minutes of dad coaching his toddler to stand on two legs? Life happens in short bursts, but we start recording everything early, just so we don't miss the good stuff. YouTube has finally enabled video-trimming in the Android app so we can shave off that excess footage and turn those slow home movies into quick clips our friends will actually want to watch. Video trimming couldn't be more straight forward. It is now a part of the upload process, appearing immediately after selecting a video to upload. A preview timeline shows up with two handles to control where the video begins and ends. It only takes a couple of seconds to chop off most of the unwanted content. To achieve more fine-grained control, hold down on either handle and the view zooms in for roughly 1/30th of a second precision. To check out your handiwork, just press on the play button for an inline preview. We've known that video trimming has been on the way for a few months, ever since the first signs turned up in a teardown back in November . There have been reports from randomly selected users who received early access to this feature, but availability has been very limited. After an announcement on the YouTube Creators page, it seems video trimming has been turned on for everybody. This is the first of many editing features that are expected to appear in the YouTube app, including Instagram-like video filters and substituting licensed music for your audio , so keep watching for more to come. Alternate Title: YouTube App Now Has Built-In Video Trimming, Because Nobody Wants To Watch Your Baby ALMOST Walk For 20 Minutes

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