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The new Google Assistant can directly control Chrome on the Pixel 4 (Update: More actions)

One of the promises of the new Assistant, as it was demo'ed by Google at I/O, is its direct integration with several apps on your phone. Instead of being an Assistant for Google's services first and foremost, the digital helper would put its smarts at every developer's disposal, letting them hook it up to several actions inside their apps. We've already gotten a small preview of this integration when we saw a few actions Assistant could perform inside Photos, Messages, WhatsApp, YouTube, Gmail, Maps, and Chrome. But we know there's more potential there, and Chrome is one of the first to implement broader support for Assistant, with direct browser actions accessible through voice commands.

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Google fixes Chrome bug that broke local storage for some web and Android apps, old data not lost

Google Chrome 79 began rolling out on desktop and mobile platforms last week, and a bug in the release was later discovered that caused data stored by web applications (as well as native apps using a WebView container) to vanish. After a few days of troubleshooting, the Chrome team is now rolling out a fix.

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Google Chrome testing new Raw Clipboard Access feature to expand copy/paste functions

Being able to move around information is critical to how many of us get work done, and Google appears to be testing out a new feature in Chrome that aims to improve copy/paste functionality in the popular browser. Dubbed Raw Clipboard Access, its Github page reveals that the new system would allow for a wider range of formats to be copied and pasted.

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Google pauses Chrome 79 rollout on Android after bug wipes data in some apps (Update: Fixed)

Chrome 79 started rolling out on desktop and mobile platforms a few days ago. Unfortunately, a bug has cropped up that wipes data in certain apps that use Android's built-in WebView, which has riled up both developers and regular users.

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Chrome 79 rolls out new VR and AR capabilities to everyone, adds password checkup feature, and more

It has been three weeks since the last Chrome release, and right on schedule, Chrome 79 is now rolling out across desktop and mobile platforms. This isn't the largest update we've seen recently, but there are a few changes worth highlighting. Let's jump right in!

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Chrome for Android might soon get its own screenshot editor

Screenshot editing made it into stock Android relatively late as it only recently arrived with Android 9. To make up for this oversight, Google seems to be determined to add isolated solutions to as many of its apps as possible and has already equipped Google Photos and Search with their own markup tools. It looks like Chrome is poised to follow as evidence points to yet another screenshot editor, this time meant for the Android version of the browser.

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Google is rolling out stolen password protection in Chrome 79

Google first introduced a Password Checkup Chrome extension this February to help you check if your login information had been breached, which it integrated with the password manager inside your Google Account in October. After testing this feature natively in the beta of its browser, the company is now rolling it out with the new stable version of Chrome 79. While it's at it, Google is also enhancing some phishing protection mechanisms.

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Chrome working on QR code-based page sharing, featuring the offline dino

QR codes are pretty ubiquitous these days, used for everything from setting up two-factor authentication via key-generating apps to promoting folks to follow your Snapchat. Chrome might be next up to use the feature to share content, with a new (but currently non-functional) QR code page-sharing feature spotted in Chrome Canary. Best of all, the QR codes generated may feature a Chrome dino.

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New Chrome extension makes Google Tasks a full-screen, first-class citizen on desktop

Google Tasks sometimes feels like an afterthought, shoved into the sidebar at sites like Google Calendar and Gmail. If you rely on its to-do list functionality, but you'd like something with more of a standalone feel, a new Chrome extension turns Google Tasks into its own full-screen thing. The aptly named "Full Screen for Google Tasks" gives you a bigger and better interface that Google should have provided in the first place, though it isn't perfect.

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Chrome gets larger thumbnails and snippets for recommended articles on the new tab page

Chrome's new tab page is always undergoing design changes and improvements. One day you see shortcuts to downloads and bookmarks there, the next they're gone. The latest change involves article recommendations, which are now showing up for many users as larger thumbnails with text snippets.

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