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Google steps up 2-step security with USB Security Key

With the security situation these days, a password, especially a simple, easy to guess, and reused one, just no longer cuts it. To help users who may or may not have migrated to stronger passwords, some sites and services have implemented two-step authentication that takes advantage of the smartphone that we almost always have with us nearby. Taking that to a somewhat more convenient but more limited level, Google is introducing Security Key, which uses a USB flash drive to implement that very same security feature.

Firefox for Android Beta tests out browser casting feature

There are still people who use Firefox as their browser on both desktops and mobiles, although that percentage is growing smaller and smaller by the year. Last year (2013), that percentage was 20.09%, if the guys at Statcounter are to be believed.* But that is not stopping Mozilla from continuing to develop the Android version of their browser, now coming up with a “mirroring” feature that enables devices to cast a tab of the browser to a Chromecast or Miracast streaming device.

Chrome OS update for Stable Channel released with MTP

Chrome OS’ Stable Channel has recently been updated for all Chrome OS-powered, Chromeboxes excluded. The 38.0.2125.101 update is released for Stable Channel and is expected to roll out in most Chrome devices the next few days.

Battery Genie watches over devices, notifies you of battery levels

One unique situation, especially for those who are consumed fully by tasks that they may be doing at any point in time, is that you lose track of whether your mobile devices have enough charge in them or not. You may be working on something at your laptop while your tablet is left stranded on your couch, draining battery life until it reaches critical levels. Battery Genie was conceptualized for this situation.

Chrome APK Packager now in Google Play Store

We recently wrote about the ARChon custom runtime that allows for running Android apps on any Chrome browser. And then we found this great new tool, the Chrome APK Packager that allows you to pull any app on your phone, bundle its APK for running on ARChon. The good news is that this tool is now more available to Android users as has been released now over the Google Play Store.

Chrome Apps for Mobile: Chromium Webview, more Google services

Lately you've heard of Google's, as well as third party developers', efforts to bring Android apps to Chrome, or to Chrome OS to be exact. Now Google is turning the tables around with an update to its Chrome Apps for Mobile tool that adds access to more Google Play services as well as the latest Chromium-based Webview for Chrome web apps that want to have a presence on both Android and iOS as well.

Google Chrome hack allows Android apps to run on any desktop

Recently, Google made an interesting addition to Chrome which allows it to run certain Android applications through what it called ARC or “App Runtime for Chrome”. There were limits to what ARC could do – like running only on Chrome OS and only for certain apps – but the good Android developers generally dislike limits, so a developer named “Vladimir” went on a process of taking the limits away.

Chrome demo includes debut of password generator

If you’re the type who keeps Chrome to the newest experimental build of the browser then you’re in for a nice surprise if you check out the latest version. Included in the build is a password generator that should give third party software like LastPass and 1Password a run for its money.
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