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Chrome for Android 28 Promoted to Stable Channel; Google +1’d Activity Log Update

Chrome for Android 28 promoted to the Stable channel–now at version 28.0.1500.64 . the mobile browser contains a number of new features such as break down of the language barrier as you browse the mobile web.

Here is a list of features including with this release:

  • Chrome now automatically detect web pages in other languages and offer a Google Translate to your native language.
  • with fullscreen mode on tablets, you can now similar to smartphones, “simply scroll down the page and the toolbar will disappear.”
  • Chrome also gets a new optimized user interface for right-to-left (RTL) languages including Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew.

In addition, in the next few days, Google is rolling out an experimental data compression service which helps you save bandwidth, load pages faster, and browse more securely on your phone and tablet.

By optimizing the pages you visit, this feature can help you save on data usage and bring you a faster, more dynamic web.

Also, it is now easier way to copy and paste with Chrome, “you can now copy slides from one presentation to another, bring shapes from drawings into a slide, or even take tables from a spreadsheet and paste it into a Gmail message — and formatting stays exactly the same.,” google write.

Chrome web clip board

For most copying and pasting, you can use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C for Copy, Ctrl+X for Cut and Ctrl+V for Paste (⌘+C, ⌘+X and Cmd+V on a Mac). This even works when going from one file type to another.

However, keyboard shortcuts don’t work in the following exceptions: “If you’re copying between presentations and another file type; If you want to copy on one computer and paste on another; and If you want to copy something you aren’t going to paste right away.”

The new copy/paste feature can be accessed using keyboard shortcuts or from the right-click menu. To install the app, visit the Chrome Web Store.

If your a on a different browser, you can try out the web clipboard which will also help you copy and paste.

Google Drive for Android now helps you to keep track of important paperwork–“simply click “Scan” from the “Add new” menu, snap a photo of your document, and Drive will turn the document into a PDF,” informs Google.

Because Drive can recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, a simple search will retrieve the scanned document later.

google drive app for android: adds doc scanning

Until now, Google+ stream only included the photos, articles, and videos from people/pages/communities you follow and some posts from the “what’s hot” section. Now, you’ll also see some of the posts +1d by the people you follow.

Starting today, “(W)e’ll occasionally highlight posts that were +1’d by people in your circles – And if you +1 a post, we may highlight it to your friends as well,” says Google.

Circles help you control who can see your activity, as well as what appears in your main stream. If more people from your circles +1 the same post, then it’s likely that you’ll want to read it. In short, +1 is now an indirect sharing tool: “you’re not sharing a post with anyone who is following you (or some of your circles), you’re helping Google provide better recommendations.”

+1s are already used to improve Google’s search results, ads and now the Google+ stream. So with today’s launch, you can now:

  • You can visit settings to decide who, if anyone, might see your +1s highlighted in the stream.
  • In all cases: friends will only see +1s and posts they already had permission to see, we’re just calling extra attention to them
  • And of course: if you’re seeing too much activity from a given circle, you can always turn down its volume, or exclude it from Home entirely.

To control who sees your +1 activity updates, go to this page and change the “visible to” value. The default option is “extended circles”, but you can pick “public”, “your circles”, “only you” or a custom list of circles and people. You can also check the posts you +1d here, “it’s an activity log that starts to show data once this feature is available to you.”

Google is “rolling out this feature over the next few days”, so look for the new “+1’d this” header.

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google +1 activity log

Google’s Creative Lab with Grumpy Sailor bring the medieval England to life to a classroom of year 8 students from Bowral ‘video conference’ with 1348, through “Hangout in History”.

“To bring medieval England to life, we took over one of Google’s conference rooms in Sydney, and placed a monk, a doctor and a widow in front of three separate webcams. A small team of actors led by our ‘doctor’, Jack Yabsley, worked with educators to research and script an interactive 15 minute hangout, which depicted plague victims and their lives as accurately as possible,” said wrote Tom Uglow, Creative Director of Creative Lab, Google.

The live Hangout on Air posted below:

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