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The Chrome Dino is the latest athlete to enter the Olympics

The Chrome Dino is the latest athlete to enter the Olympics

You'd be forgiven for forgetting the Olympics are right around the corner — so soon, in fact, that some of the preliminary events begin today. Postponed a year from the initial launch date, Tokyo 2020 continues to be unlike any Olympic event in recent memory. While there's no chance of you catching any of the games in person, you can enjoy a new Olympics-themed minigame from Google starring everyone's favorite dinosaur.

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Buy yourself a glow in the dark Chrome Dino, because why not

Buy yourself a glow in the dark Chrome Dino, because why not

Dinosaurs may be extinct, but my local internet provider makes sure I encounter one every now and then — yes, I'm talking about the Chrome dino that appears when my internet goes down. If the game has soothed your frustration or distracted you from the terror of not being connected, you might want to get yourself one of these adorable figurines that can sit at your desk.

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Chrome QR-code sharing feature goes live in Canary (with a little dino help)

Chrome QR-code sharing feature goes live in Canary (with a little dino help)

Late last year, a new QR-based feature for sharing URLs was spotted in development for Google Chrome. Previously, the button it added to the omnibar did precisely nothing, but as of today, the Canary Channel version of Chrome actually spits the QR code graphics —adorable Chrome dino and all.

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

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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