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Google rolling out theming options, tab grouping, and tab previews to Chrome 77

We've been talking about it from the coal mine to the beta stage to its release last week. Now, Google is bringing life into Chrome 77 with server-side updates to a few existing features and the introduction of a couple others that will roll out over this season — from new ways to manage your tabs to new, simple themes, here's what's being flagged in this gradual roll-out.

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Roll for initiative: Google Search simulates more types of dice for your tabletop RPG enjoyment

Ugh, not only did you show up late to the weekly D&D session, you forgot your snazzy dice at home, and now you've got to use the cheap house set — which we all know throws 1s way more often. When was the last time those off-weight bits of plastic confirmed or even landed a crit? Well, if your DM allows it, you might be able to use Google next time. Spotted over the last month or so, Google Search's "roll dice" tool has added support for more types of dice, including those used by tabletop RPGs like D&D or Pathfinder, plus the convenience of in-line bonuses.

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Google's college search tools now help you pick a 2-year degree or program

No need for guidance from Naviance or U.S. News & World Report: just in time for incoming high school juniors to start worrying about higher education, Google is pushing out a big upgrade to its knowledge graphs on colleges and universities. Search users can not only just look up cost breakdowns and graduate outcomes for 4-year institutions, but also 2-year schools as well as 2-year programs at most colleges and universities.

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Google introduces a new podcast section about stuff you're searching for

We all like to follow certain podcasts because they present content you expect in a way you can expect. But what if you just need a crash course on a topic? It used to be that you couldn't just put in a search term as you could on YouTube and grab a variety of shows about a certain topic or featuring a certain person. It is the case now, though — you can use Google search to find people and topics on podcasts.

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[Update: New test] Google could remove Voice Search from the Search widget, replace it with Lens and Discover

Google is no stranger to making unannounced changes to apps and services, and sometimes the changes don't even show up for all users or devices. At least some Android users have noticed an alteration to the Google Search widget today. The microphone icon is gone, replaced with Discover and Lens.

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Google announces redesign for News tab in desktop Search

Google has been working quite a bit on its news offerings over the past year. An overhauled Google News app launched a year ago, and has continued to get updates since, but the News tab in desktop Google Search has has had the same design for ages. That will soon change though, as Google has announced a redesign for the tab.

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Google app beta's new search sharing helps shame your lazy friends

New functionality has cropped up in the beta version of the Google app. Users can now share search results, potentially saving time: instead of telling someone to Google something, you can just share a link that'll do it for them. It's sort of like LMGTFY, but slightly less passive-aggressive.

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Google app starting to show 'in this video' bookmarks for YouTube search results

Search is Google's bread and butter, its raison d'être, and almost certainly the company's most widely used product. Last month Google revealed a new focus on instructional how-to content in Search, and we've received reports that Google is showing "in this video" bookmarks below YouTube video results in searches made from the Google app.

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[Update: Rolling out to all] Google tests Material Theme icons for desktop search menu filters

Google began a Material Theme refresh of its desktop search UI last fall comprising tweaks all users see now, including a search "box" with rounded corners, more white, and a persistent search bar. The next step may be nigh, as the search engine is testing the addition of Material Theme icons that sit beside each search menu filter (e.g., News, Maps, Images, etc.) and are colorized when their corresponding filter is active.

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Google is clamping down on sites that spam with multiple search results

Ever run a query through Google sometimes and then wonder why half, if not all of the first page is a splatter of results featuring one site, just with different pages? If you're looking up a business or restaurant, you might only be getting Yelp listings. Or maybe you're looking for semi-scandalous news and it's all the Daily Mail? Well, the search behemoth is trying to kill off search spam with a change to its results optimizations focusing on site diversity.

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