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Google Maps app is updated with new offline features and more ride-service options.

Yesterday, Google Maps added two new offline features. In addition to it, Google Maps also increased the number of international ride-service rate comparison options.

Google Chrome 52 for both Windows and Mac comes with a new Material design look. This new user interface is flat with a number of icons changed. You will notice that the tab shapes, icons, the omnibox are all changed. Thankfully, Google kept an option to get back to the old design if you do not like the new one. Here’s how to get Chrome‘s old look back replacing the new Material design user interface.

Google Chrome Team has promoted Chrome 52 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. A list of changes in the latest Google Chrome update, Chrome 52.0.2743.82, is available here.

If you already use Google Chrome you don’t need to worry about downloading the latest version manually. The web browser should download the update and install it automatically.

Apple introduced support for third-party keyboards on iPhone and iPad since iOS 8. Since then many popular keyboards were ported to the iOS platform. Third-party keyboards are keyboards that generally offers features that are not offered by the stock iOS keyboard by Apple. For example some supports slide to type, animated GIF images, and more. Google recently foraged into the niche and launched their own keyboard, Gboard for iOS.

Google today released Chrome 48 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Chrome 48 adds custom notification buttons and removes support for unsecure RC4 encryption. If you have Google Chrome installed, your browser should have silently updated already. You can confirm it by looking at the version number displayed in the About window. You can also manually check for update using the same. Chrome’s built-in updater will start updating your browser if it has not done it yet. You can also download Chrome directly from google.com/chrome.

Microsoft has finally released Cortana for Android for everyone (only available via Google Play Store in US) as public beta. According to Microsoft, Cortana is the first personal digital-assistant to work across your PC and your phone. Other than its own Windows platform, the Redmond software giant is releasing Cortana for both Android and iOS platform. Today, the first public beta of the Cortana Android app is available to all Android phone users living in the US.

Windows 10 deeply integrates the digital-assistant to offer a better user experience. With the release of the Cortana app for Android devices, the company is making sure that you use Cortana across all the device you carry. Cortana functionality will remain almost same across all the platforms. If you are already comfortable with Cortana on your PC or Windows Phone, you will feel home when using it on Android.

Google Inbox is the new intelligent way to email. If you have never heard about Google Inbox, well, Inbox is a new service that transforms the way you used to use email, traditionally. Inbox runs on Gmail and it transforms everything from your Gmail account for you in Inbox. At this moment, to access Inbox, you need to ask Google for an invite. More information about how to request for Google Inbox is at the end of this post. Once accepted, you will be able to use it on all supported devices and platforms.

Web browsers are the window to the open world of Internet. It doesn’t matter which operating system you are using, web browser is your most used application. Today’s cloud centric approach towards everything makes browsers a necessary. That’s one reason cyber-criminals loves your browser so much. They try to manipulate browser settings in many ways. Sometimes, it’s a pesky toolbar that doesn’t go away easily. Sometimes they change browser settings, your browser home page or tabs that redirects you to a malicious website of their choice. Almost all popular web browsers now enhances its functionalities using add-ons or extensions. Be it Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera or Safari, all supports add-ons or extensions. Unwanted and malicious browser add-ons and extensions thus has become a popular way to infect the browser. Although most web browsers comes with a reset button that are supposed to clean up your browser. Most of the time the reset button doesn’t hold well against the hard to get rid of unwanted items or settings. That’s when you need third-party tools like Avast Browser Cleaner to clean up your browser. Now, Google has released its own tool, aptly named “Software Removal Tool” to clean up Chrome web browser.