Google Tone allows you to Share URLs Via Sound

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California : An American multinational technology company and world's largest search engine Google has released an experimental Chrome extension for PCs that allows users to share URLs between computers using only sound.

Now Forget copy and paste, and stop searching for email addresses or chat handles. Instead, install the Google Tone Chrome extension and start sharing. It works with PCs in the same room, and over voice and video chats in Hangouts.

The service broadcasts the URL of a current tab to any machine within earshot that also uses the extension (including those on a phone or Hangout). So you will need to partner with colleagues and friends to ensure everyone is connected. But once installed, the process is simple: Open the appropriate website, make sure the volume is on, and tap the Tone button (a megaphone-like icon) in the browser bar.

Then, listen for a short sequence of beeps as the computer sends nearby devices a clickable notification, which opens the same site.

The Google Research blog post on Tuesday said, " As digital devices have multiplied, so has the complexity of coordinating them and moving stuff between them. Tone grew out of the idea that while digital communication methods like email and chat have made it infinitely easier, cheaper, and faster to share things with people across the globe, they've actually made it more complicated to share things with the people standing right next to you. Tone aims to make sharing digital things with nearby people as easy as talking to them."

"The first version was built in an afternoon for fun (which resulted in numerous rickrolls), but we increasingly found ourselves using it to share documents with everyone in a meeting quickly, to exchange design files back and forth while collaborating on UI design, and to contribute relevant links without interrupting conversations."

To start sharing URLs with computers in the same room, or over Hangouts, users need to install the Google Tone extension, sign into their Google account, and then open a tab in the Chrome browser of the link to be shared. After ensuring their speaker volume is at an audible level, users can click the blue Tone button on the right of the omni bar to play out a sound sequence.

Machines in range with integrated or attached microphones that also have the Google Tone extension installed will then receive a browser notification (along with the sender's Google Profile picture and name), which if clicked will take users to the URL shared in a new tab.

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