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New Chromecast devices target HDTVs and sound systems

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Google rolled out a pair of second-generation Chromecast media players, including a replacement for the original HDMI Chromecast and an audio-only model.

Google today formally introduced its expected second generation Chromecast media streaming adapter, and as had been widely expected there are some welcome enhancements, along with the addition of an audio-only model. Both versions — dubbed “Chromecast 2015” and “Chromecast Audio” — are priced at $35, and are currently shipping within about two weeks of new orders. Also today, Google announced a pair of new Nexus smartphones based on Android 6.0 (aka “Marshmallow”): the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X (see farther below).

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The Linux Foundation Says You Should Install Linux on Your Chromebook

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The Linux Foundation is now recommending that users with new and shiny Chromebooks should really install Linux along their Chrome OS distros.

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Google's Android mobile software piles on more users

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About 1.4 billion devices around the world now use the Android mobile operating system, said Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The figure is up from the 1 billion that Google announced in May. Pichai said many of those users are in emerging economies such as Vietnam and Indonesia. The US Census Bureau estimates about 7.3 billion people live around the world, which means Google has extended the reach of its Android software to more than 19 percent of the Earth's inhabitants.

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Installing Linux on a Chromebook: What you need to know

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Chromebooks are more powerful than you realize already, but zooming around the web in Google’s browser is just the beginning of what Chromebooks are capable of.

Chrome OS is built on top of the Linux kernel, and you can install a full Linux environment alongside Chrome OS on your Chromebook. This gives you access to Steam and over a thousand PC games, Minecraft, Skype, and everything else that runs on desktop Linux.

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Google open-sources language-agnostic, scalable software tool

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Google's latest open source offering, Bazel, automates the building and testing of software, along the lines of Ant or Maven.

But Bazel, now out in beta, surpasses those solutions. It's also language-agnostic, highly scalable, and able to generate builds that are bit-exact on both a developer's machine and the build cluster.

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Google Releases Open Source Plans for Cardboard v2 Viewer

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Google released the second version of their Cardboard VR viewer back in May. Sticking to their commitment to make the design of the handheld HMD completely open for third-party manufacturers, the company has now released the complete design specification for Cardboard v2.

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Also: Kit For Google Cardboard 2 Now Free To Download

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 – An Amazing Chromebook, Good Linux Laptop, and Decent MacBook

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I went shopping for a laptop yesterday, with a fairly high budget and thoughts of a new MacBook, but came home with a $300 Toshiba Chromebook 2 instead. Now obviously a Chomebook gives up something to any Mac in terms of capability but my decision was possible because my laptop isn’t my primary workstation. That being said the new generation of Chromebooks represent a great value and a huge leap in quality over my first-gen Acer C720. With it’s elegant design and amazing display (IPS up to 2400×1350) most casual observers wouldn’t know that you weren’t using a Mac.

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GNOME 3.18 Will Not be Identified as Android When Connecting a Google Account

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GNOME's Debarshi Ray announced the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the second Beta build of the upcoming GNOME Online Accounts software, a core component of the GNOME 3.18 Beta 2 desktop environment.

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GNOME 3.18 Will Finally Present Proper Google Drive Support

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With the forthcoming GNOME 3.18 release, yet another one of the features is proper Google Drive integration.

With GNOME 3.18 there is Google Drive integration for accessing your files from Google within GNOME applications.

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Google Chrome Turns Seven, Advances with Security and Performance Gains

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After seven years of development, Google continues its rapid pace of release and enhancement for its Chrome browser. On the seventh anniversary of the first Chrome public release on September 2, Google released Chrome stable version 45 and Chrome beta 46.

Google Chrome debuted on September 2, 2008 after months of speculation about Google's intentions regarding entering the browser market. The first Chrome browser entered the market at a time when Microsoft's IE still dominated, though Firefox was making a dent in that market share. Today, according to multiple sets of stats, including Statcounter, Google Chrome stands as the world's most popular web browser.

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