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Google's new family website will help you keep your kids safe online

Google's new family website will help you keep your kids safe online

Google has launched a new website for parents on families.google today. But if you were hoping for a whole slew of new and improved parental controls for Android, Chromebooks, and Google Accounts all collected in one central place on the web, you might be disappointed. The website is merely a resource that gives parents an overview of which tools there are for safeguarding their kids online and what they need to look out for.

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Chrome OS 89 is rolling out with Phone Hub, native screen recording, and more

Chrome OS 89 is rolling out with Phone Hub, native screen recording, and more

It's Chrome OS's 10th birthday today, and Google announced a slew of cool new Chrome OS 89 features to celebrate. The milestone update improves Chromebooks with several changes to enhance the user experience. Here are a handful of Chrome OS features Google announced today that are coming to eligible devices.

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Google Assistant and Fi get more features for the whole family to enjoy

Google Assistant and Fi get more features for the whole family to enjoy

Google is pushing several new family-oriented features for Google Assistant users and customers of its virtual cellular carrier, Google Fi, that will enable parents to easily and more thoroughly manage their children's relationship to these potent services.

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Chromebooks managed through Google Family Link can now install any extensions

Chromebooks managed through Google Family Link can now install any extensions

Earlier this month, Google whitelisted a few extensions for kids' Chromebooks managed via Family Link, like Zoom, Hangouts, and some educational tools — only installable with parental permission, of course. This makes life easier for those who need to rely on video conferences for learning during these stay-at-home times, but it's still a tiny selection. To improve the situation, Google is now testing support for all extensions on managed Chromebooks in Chrome OS 83+ (we tested using Dev 83 and 84).

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Google now lets you install Zoom and a few other extensions on your child's Chromebook

Google now lets you install Zoom and a few other extensions on your child's Chromebook

With millions of children currently studying from home, and most likely using cheap computers like Chromebooks, glaring omissions in Chrome OS have come under the spotlight. For example, those who were using Family Link to manage their kids' Google accounts and Chromebooks noticed that they can't install any extensions on them. Maybe that was designed as a security measure, but it hindered the use of video conferencing tools like Zoom and Hangouts. Now that's changing.

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[Update: Extra features] Chrome OS 77 begins stable rollout with Google Assistant, improved media management, and more

[Update: Extra features] Chrome OS 77 begins stable rollout with Google Assistant, improved media management, and more

Chrome OS has been on a collision course with Android for quite some time. Adding onto previous additions, like Android’s media controls and Google Play Store support, Chrome OS 77 is bringing even more Android love to the big screen. This time, we're getting widespread Google Assistant support, Family Link bonus time, even better on-device media management, and accessibility upgrades.

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Android Q's parental controls are going live with latest Digital Wellbeing beta [APK Download]

Android Q's parental controls are going live with latest Digital Wellbeing beta [APK Download]

During its I/O press conference, Google announced several improvements to Digital Wellbeing including a tight integration with Family Link, enabling parents to set screen and app usage limitations for their children's devices. The feature was said to be coming in Android Q, but we hadn't yet seen it in any beta release. With today's update to Digital Wellbeing, the integration appears to be going live.

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