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Chrome OS 68 rolling out with Material Design updates, PIN sign-in support, and more

Chrome 68 was released about two weeks ago, and Chrome 69 just arrived in the beta channel. There's usually a week delay between Chrome and Chrome OS being updated, and now Chromebooks are being updated to v68. This release includes an updated Material Design UI, PIN support for signing in, camera improvements, and more.

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Chrome 68 Beta bug gives the tab switcher a very basic look, but it should be temporary

According to several reports we've received over the past couple of weeks, a bug appears to be happening for Chrome 68 Beta users that transforms their neat card-based tab switcher into a super basic list of open tabs. If you're affected, you only need to give it some time, it should revert back to the regular switcher after a day or two.

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Chrome 68 marks HTTP pages as not secure, finally blocks redirecting ads, and more [APK Download]

The first beta of Chrome 68 was released almost two months ago, and now the stable version is available across desktop and mobile platforms. This update includes the long-awaited blocker for redirecting ads, a new warning for HTTP pages, an improved download manager on Android, and more.

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[Update: More details] Chrome will display all HTTP sites as 'not secure' starting July 24

HTTPS adoption has surged over the past few years, mostly thanks to the availability of free SSL/TLS certificates from Let's Encrypt. Browser vendors have also been encouraging sites to switch to HTTPS, and Google said earlier this year that Chrome would eventually mark all HTTP-only sites as 'Not Secure.'

Chrome 68 is due to be released tomorrow (at least on desktop platforms), and it's the first release that will display a 'Not secure' message in the address bar on HTTP pages. Chrome already displays the message on HTTP sites with data entry fields, but starting tomorrow, all non-secure pages will be shamed.

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Chrome Beta 68 shrinks install banners, allows third-party web apps to handle online purchases, and more [APK Download]

The first beta release of Chrome 68 is here, not long after the public release of Chrome 67. This version includes the new Payment Handler API, some new developments with Chrome's redirecting ad blocker, changes to web app install banners, and more.

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Chrome 68 will make annoying 'Add to Home screen' banners less conspicuous

Since the version 42 beta, Chrome for Android has included a pop-up banner allowing you to add a website shortcut (or Progressive Web App) to the home screen of your phone for easier access. While useful, the banner is unfortunately rather obtrusive, taking up too much space on the screen and getting in the way of the content you're trying to view. Thankfully, Chrome's developers have a solution to this problem.

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Linux apps in Chrome OS won't get proper sound and graphics support until December (at the earliest)

One of my favorite announcements from Google I/O was Linux app support for Chromebooks. Starting with Chrome Dev 68, you can install Android Studio, Wine, Git, Visual Studio Code, and thousands of other Linux applications on the Pixelbook. The company didn't reveal many details at the time, but now we know a bit more about how it works and when to expect it.

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Linux app support going live on Chrome OS Dev channel

The first evidence of Linux application support on Chrome OS appeared in February, and more details have continued to trickle out since. Earlier this month, a Terminal app began appearing on Chrome OS Dev, confirming that "your favorite native apps and command-line tools" would be supported. Google has also been working on its own GTK theme, so Linux apps feel right at home on Chrome OS.

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Chrome will show all HTTP sites as 'not secure' later this year

For years, HTTPS was regarded as only necessary for sites handling critical information, like bank portals. The movement for all sites to use HTTPS has gained traction over the past few years, partially thanks to the availability of free SSL/TLS certificates from Let's Encrypt, and partially thanks to browsers encouraging sites to switch. Starting with version 68, Chrome will start marking all HTTP sites as 'Not Secure.'

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