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Choosing the right web browser

All web browsers have the same basic purpose, but their differences are more than just stylistic. Here are the most important things to be aware of in terms of which software to surf the Internet with.
Christopher Thomas, Wed, 08 Jul 2020 05:25:00 +0200
The Acer Chromebook Spin 713. All images via Acer.

Acer announces two new convertible Chromebooks, the Chromebook Spin 713 and Chromebook Spin 311

Acer announced two new convertible Chromebooks today. The Chromebook Spin 713 is a premium Chromebook with a 2K 3:2 13.5-inch screen aimed at enterprise users and those in search of a high-end Chromebook. The Chromebook Spin 311 i...
Sam Medley, Tue, 23 Jun 2020 15:45:00 +0200
A Nearby Share demo on Pixel phones. (Source: XDA)

Google's Nearby Share for Android may also be compatible with ChromeOS, Linux, Windows and macOS

Nearby Share is Google's long-awaited answer to AirDrop, and may formally debut as part of Android 11. However, XDA contributors have found evidence that it may work with other operating systems, so long as they run Chrome. This i...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 20 Jun 2020 19:47:00 +0200
Google is partnering with Parallels to bring virtualized Microsoft Office apps to Chrome OS Enterprise devices. (Image: Notebookcheck)

MS Office apps coming to Chrome OS enterprise devices thanks to deal with Parallels

If there has been one thing holding back companies from going all in on Chrome OS devices is the lack of support for Microsoft’s Office suite. That is set to change with the announcement that Google is teaming with Parallels to ru...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 17 Jun 2020 11:58:00 +0200
The Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1 laptop used a cloud-based Chrome OS. (Image source: Dell)

Rumor | Dell XPS Chromebook could be in the works; 10nm Tiger Lake-based Dell Chromebooks also a possibility

It has been reported that Dell is developing some Chromebooks to add to its extensive lineup, and there has been speculation that a Dell XPS Chromebook could be in the works, too. The same source states that at least three machine...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 12 Jun 2020 22:53:00 +0200
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 (11) costs US$229.99. (Image source: Lenovo)

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 (11): US$229.99 Chromebook is now shipping

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 (11") is now shipping for US$229.99. The device, also known as the Chromebook 3 (11"), features a dual-core Gemini Lake Refresh processor, 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64 GB of storage.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:21:00 +0200
The IdeaPad Flex 3i comes with 32 GB or 64 GB of storage. (Image source: Lenovo)

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i: Affordable and convertible Chromebook is now purchasable for US$329.99

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i, also called the Chromebook Flex 3i, is now purchasable for US$329.99. The affordable and convertible Chromebook features an 11.6-inch IPS touchscreen, 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and up to 64 GB of storage.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:04:00 +0200
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Chromebooks

May 2020 Update. When it comes to inexpensive notebooks, devices with Google's Chrome OS have carved out a niche in the market. Chromebooks are usually a good choice for people who do not want to spend a lot of money, although they do require a permanent connection to the Internet to get the most out of them. In this article we will introduce the best models.
Florian Wimmer, Fri, 15 May 2020 21:41:00 +0200
AMD claims that there is a Ryzen Chromebook. (Image source: Lenovo)

AMD leaks a Ryzen-powered Lenovo Chromebook

It seems that AMD has confirmed that Ryzen processors are coming to Chromebooks. Lenovo may be one of the first OEMs to release a Ryzen-powered Chromebook too.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 12 May 2020 23:27:00 +0200
The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet will receive updates until June 2028. (Image source: Lenovo)

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet: Affordable and detachable 2-in-1 tablet is now purchasable for US$299

Priced comparably cheaply, the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is a 2-in-1 tablet that also comes with a detachable keyboard. The Chrome OS device is now purchasable for US$299.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 08 May 2020 18:48:00 +0200
Upcoming HP Elite c1030 Chromebook is essentially a high-end Ultrabook running Chrome OS (Source: HP)

Upcoming HP Elite c1030 Chromebook will be like the Google PixelBook but probably better

The flagship Chromebook is essentially a retrofitted HP EliteBook convertible running on Google Chrome OS. It'll launch this August for a yet-to-be-announced price point, but it'll definitely cost more than your average Chromebook...
Allen Ngo, Tue, 05 May 2020 14:00:00 +0200
Google's Assistant can now open games in Stadia. (Source: 9to5Google)

Stadia integration with the Google Assistant kicks off with the ability to launch games on Chrome OS and Android

Google had promised the ability to control its cloud gaming platform Stadia using the Assistant on more platforms. This has started to come to fruition with the ability to tell this AI to launch titles via the service. It reported...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 04 May 2020 20:58:00 +0200
The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet will ship on May 11. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet affordable detachable 2-in-1 tablet launch is imminent

Lenovo’s Chrome OS-based IdeaPad Duet captured a lot of interest when it was first unveiled in early January. It has very similar form and functionality to Google’s much more expensive Pixel Slate, but it is priced a lot more attr...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 02 May 2020 12:09:00 +0200
The Tor Project has had to cut its team to 22 in response to a steep drop in funding. (Source: The Tor Project)

The Tor Project forced to lay off one-third of its staff

The Tor Project has announced that it has had to let go 13 employees, which counts for one-third of its core workforce. Entirely funded by donations, the team has been forced to make the layoffs due to the effects of COVID-19.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 19 Apr 2020 12:05:00 +0200
Chrome OS is going back to its web app roots with progressive web applications. (Source: Google)

Chrome OS shifting to Progressive Web Apps in place of certain Android apps

Google is making certain apps available as progressive web applications available as the preferred option via the Play Store for Chrome OS. The development is seen as a win for open platforms and from a user experience perspective...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 14 Apr 2020 04:35:00 +0200
Gaming on a Chromebook - is it possible?

Gaming on a Chromebook - is it possible?

Chromebooks are typically seen as cheap pseudo-laptops that are only fit for typing notes and browsing the web. While that was certainly the case years ago, Chromebooks and Chrome OS have rapidly matured over the past few years. Modern Chromebooks are capable machines, and while Chrome OS still has its limitations, the devices are more than glorified web browsers. Case in point: Chromebooks are now able to competently game, though there are still some caveats.
Sam Medley, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:06:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook convertible brings beauty to Chrome OS, now shipping with 4K AMOLED and Intel 10th gen Core i5 for $999 USD (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook convertible brings beauty to Chrome OS, now shipping with 4K AMOLED and Intel 10th gen Core i5 for $999 USD

As promised last week, users can now find the 13.3-inch Chromebook convertible in stores and online. The ultra-thin system should cater better to travelers and remote clients when compared to lower-end Chromebook alternatives.
Allen Ngo, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 20:05:00 +0200
The CTL VX11 Chromebook. (Source: CTL)

CTL launches its new VX11 Chromebook

CTL has unveiled the latest addition to its series of affordable Chrome OS devices. The VX11 is powered by the Intel Celeron N4020 chipset, thus boosting the Wi-Fi speeds and performance of this 11.6-inch convertible. It also has ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 23:00:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook coming to the US early April 2020

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook coming to the US next Monday

This Intel Core i5-10210U-driven high-end Chromebook that was unveiled three months ago is finally coming to the US via Best Buy and Samsung's online store. Priced at US$999, the Galaxy Chromebook has a flip-and-fold design and it...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 15:58:00 +0200
The Acer Chromebook 715 is a premium, but expensive, Chromebook. (Image via Acer)

Acer Chromebook 715: Chrome OS comes of age

The Acer Chromebook 715 is a well-crafted Chromebook that offers one of the best Chrome OS experiences on the market. In addition to an excellent case, the Chromebook also flaunts the new features of Chrome OS. Linux and Android i...
Sam Medley, Sun, 29 Mar 2020 00:05:00 +0100
Acer Chromebook 715 Laptop Review

83% Acer Chromebook 715 Laptop Review

Chrome for Work. The Acer Chromebook 715 is perhaps the current pinnacle of Chromebooks. With a sleek and sturdy build, excellent keyboard, and powerful hardware, it is easily one of the best Chromebooks on the market. Additionally, Android app integration and a built-in Linux virtual machine (still in beta) finally make Chrome OS feel like a fully-fledged (though piecemeal) operating system.
Intel Core i5-8350U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2 kg
Sam Medley, Thu, 26 Mar 2020 07:53:00 +0100
e upcoming Chrome OS device is also rumored to feature a screen privacy feature. (Image Source: Chrome Unboxed)

Google Drallion Chrome OS device sporting unannounced Intel Core i7-10810U pops up on Geekbench

Geekbench reveals that the Drallion device comes with a six-core i7-10810U CPU clocked at 4.9 GHz and 16 GB of RAM, suggesting that this could be a new Google Pixelbook model. It is also rumored to include a screen privacy feature...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:44:00 +0100
Live Caption is showcased at Galaxy Unpacked 2020. (Source: YouTube)

Google could bring Live Captions to Chrome soon

The recent Samsung Galaxy S20 launch event also served to unveil the addition of the Live Caption feature to Google, in which video-call speech is converted into text in real time. Now, there is evidence that this function is also...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 21:50:00 +0100
Will AMD be able to significantly bump Cromebook performance within reasnable price limits? (Image Source: hardware Canucks)

Chromebook versions of the AMD Ryzen 7 3700 and Ryzen 5 3500 CPUs spotted in latest Chrome OS source code

The latest Chrome OS update source code mentions the existence of Ryzen 7 3700C and Ryzen 3500C CPUs that appear to be derived from the Zen+ desktop-grade CPUs. Additionally, the code also includes references for Athlon Silver 305...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 17:22:00 +0100
Lenovo Chromebook S340-14T Review: The simple Chromebook offers a touchscreen with low reflections

Affordable Chromebook without any real quirks: Review of the Lenovo Chromebook S340-14T

Lenovo's 14-inch Chromebook has an IPS touchscreen display, silent operation and a good battery life. Some sacrifices will have to be made in terms of RAM and storage size.
Sascha Mölck, Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:19:00 +0100
Lenovo Chromebook S340-14T Review: This simple Chromebook has a low-reflection touchscreen

81% Lenovo Chromebook S340-14T Review: This simple Chromebook has a low-reflection touchscreen

Affordable typewriter with internet access. Lenovo's 14-inch Chromebook has an IPS touchscreen display, silent operation, and a good battery life. Some sacrifices will have to be made in terms of RAM and storage size, though.
Intel Celeron N4000 | Intel UHD Graphics 600 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Sascha Mölck, Sat, 25 Jan 2020 15:20:00 +0100
Asus Chromebook Flip C434TA in review: Silent Chromebook offers good endurance

Too expensive for the performance offered - The Asus Chromebook Flip C434TA in review

The Asus Chromebook Flip C434TA features a Core m3-8100Y processor, an IPS touchscreen display, a silent operation and good battery life. The Google Play Store provides access to countless Android apps.
Sascha Mölck, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:40:00 +0100
Asus Chromebook Flip C434TA in review: Silent convertible offers good endurance

81% Asus Chromebook Flip C434TA in review: Silent convertible offers good endurance

Chromebook convertible. The Asus Chromebook Flip features a Core m3-8100Y processor, an IPS touchscreen display and good battery life. The integration of the Google Play Store allows the use of countless Android apps.
Intel Core m3-8100Y | Intel UHD Graphics 615 | 14" | 1.5 kg
Sascha Mölck, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 18:39:00 +0100
The Acer Chromebook 712 features a 3:2 display. (Image Source: Acer)

Intel Comet Lake-U Pentium Gold G6405U and Celeron 5205U debut with the Acer Chromebook 871

Acer has launched the Chromebook 871 (Chromebook 712) — the first laptop to offer the entry-level Comet Lake-U Pentium Gold 6405U and Celeron 5205U options alongside the Core i3-10110U. Acer has ensured that the Chromebook 871 can...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:20:00 +0100
The 'Not Pink' variant of the Pixelbook is now shipping after a lengthy delay sinch launch. (Source: Google)

Google Pixelbook Go now shipping in 'Not Pink' three months after launch

Google’s Pixelbook Go has been on the market for around three months now, but it has only been available in ‘Just Black.’ If you have been waiting patiently for the ‘Not Pink’ variant, it is now finally shipping to customers in th...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:46:00 +0100
Google is already investing heavily in AAA gaming with its Stadia streaming platform. (Source: Google)

Native Steam support in the works for Chrome OS

Google is working on bringing support for Steam to its Chrome OS, reports Android Police. The platform would run on inside Linux on Chrome, which is already backed into Google’s lightweight browser-based operating system.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:39:00 +0100
Chrome OS users will have a new way to get around their UI soon. (Source: Google)

Chrome OS 80 gets more like Android 10 with gesture navigation

Chrome OS' next update will add the option of gesture-based navigation. If this feature sounds familiar, it is because it is also found on many phones running Android 10. Chromebooks will also have a greater panel of quick setting...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:20:00 +0100
FireFox voice gives you Siri-like control over the FireFox browser (Image source: Wikipedia)

FireFox Voice gives you full-browser voice control and Siri-like natural language features

Mozilla adds natural language voice processing to FireFox with the new FireFox Voice feature. Currently limited to desktop, FireFox voice gives you near-total control over the FireFox browser using just your voice and natural lang...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 17:51:00 +0100
The new CTL Chromebook series. (Source: CTL)

CES 2020 | CTL announces new, rugged, Gemini Lake-powered Chromebooks

CTL has launched its new NL71 series of education-focused Chromebooks. They are intended to be durable, and some are also convertible PCs with touchscreens. These devices are also capable of advanced connectivity thanks to their u...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 23:03:00 +0100
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook. All images via Lenovo.

CES 2020 | Lenovo debuts two new Chromebooks: IdeaPad Duet tablet and IdeaPad Flex 5

Lenovo announced two new Chromebooks. The IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is a compact Chrome OS tablet with a detachable keyboard. The IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook is a 360-hinged 2-in-1 that is Project Athena certified. Both Chromebooks wi...
Sam Medley, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:30:00 +0100
Slim and sexy Samsung Galaxy Chromebook XE930QCA packs a 4K UHD OLED screen for $999 USD (Source: Samsung)

CES 2020 | Slim and sexy Samsung Galaxy Chromebook XE930QCA packs a 4K UHD OLED HDR screen for $999 USD

The 9.9 mm-thick convertible Chromebook houses serious specifications for its category that could easily pass as a high-end Ultrabook. It will even have a 1 MP webcam on the keyboard deck to better exploit the 2-in-1 form factor.
Allen Ngo, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 18:21:00 +0100
Google's Pixelbook Go high-end 4K Ultra HD variant with Intel Core i7 is now available for purchase. (Source: Google)

Google Pixelbook Go 4K variant now shipping

The 4K high-end variant of Google’s Pixelbook Go has finally gone up for sale on the Google Store. Your US$1,399 will also buy you an 8th gen Core i7-8500Y and 16 GB of RAM, but it is only available in Just Black for the time bein...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 04:29:00 +0100
Google wants to set the upcoming Hatch Chromebooks apart from previous lineups by equipping them with 3:2 displays and more powerful Intel Comet Lake CPUs.(Source: MSPowerUser)

Unannounced Intel Comet Lake i7-10610U spotted in Geekbench tests powering a Chromebook Hatch

Google's Hatch Chromebooks will come with 3:2 displays, a few convertible form-factors, plus powerful Comet Lake-U CPUs like the unannounced i7-10610U that was recently spotted on Geekbench that performs pretty similarly to the ex...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 21:49:00 +0100
A handful of the 100+ devices that have had their Google AUEs altered. (Source: AndroidPolice)

Google extends the EOL of 140 different Chrome OS devices by up to a year each

Google provides hardware that runs its own OS with automatic updates for a fixed period of time after their release. This software policy applies to a range of devices, from Chromebooks to Chromebits, the end-of-life (EOL) of whic...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 19:46:00 +0100
Virtual Desks are now rolling out in the latest version of Chrome OS. (Source: Google)

Virtual Desks and Click-to-call rolling out to Chromebooks

Google has started rolling out Virtual Desks to Chromebooks giving users a power user feature typically seen in more fully-fledged operating systems like Windows and macOS. The latest update also includes a new Click-to-call featu...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 09:33:00 +0100
The new Edge logo is a stylisd 'e' that is also shaped like a cresting wave. (Source: Microsoft)

New MS Edge browser logo revelead as Chromium version nears release

Microsoft looks set finally break from its Internet Explorer past with a brand-new stylized e-shaped wave logo. The new look is undoubtedly fresh while just hinting enough at its past for those with a sense of nostalgia, but it is...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 03 Nov 2019 09:39:00 +0100
The Surface Neo will run Windows 10X when it hits the market around this time next year. (Source: Microsoft)

Leak points to Windows 10X coming to laptops

Microsoft may have more plans than just running Windows 10X on dual-screen and foldable devices. In an official Microsoft webpage, since taken down, the company indicates that Windows 10X will also appear on laptops when it is rel...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 26 Oct 2019 10:08:00 +0200
Image via Disney

Disney streaming service, Disney+, doesn't work on Linux... yet

A Linux user has discovered that Disney+, Disney's new streaming service, doesn't work on his Fedora machine. The problem lies with the DRM used by Disney, which implements the highest possible security level. However, Disney has ...
Sam Medley, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:34:00 +0200
The entry-level Google Pixelbook Go is now much more affordable. (Source: Google)

Google's new US$649 Pixelbook Go is a seemingly budget offering, but only if you consider the entry-level model

Google has unveiled the Pixelbook Go at the company's Made by Google event today. The Pixelbook Go offers a choice of 8th gen Intel processors, FHD and UHD touch display options, and is very portable. However, Google does seem to ...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:59:00 +0200
The Pixelbook Go features a more rounded design than the current Pixelbook. (Source: 9to5Google)

Pixelbook Go caught in live photos ahead of launch

Google’s forthcoming Pixelbook Go has been leaked in full ahead of its launch. The device takes on a more rounded design language than previous Pixelbooks but remains very much focused on portability.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:00:00 +0200
Chromebooks may get a new recovery method soon. (Source: MobileSyrup)

Chromebooks may become recoverable using an Android device soon

Chrome OS PCs have many advantages; however, one of their worst drawbacks is that system recovery requires external media. Now, it appears Google is developing an alternative method: Chromebook restore via Android phone. This new ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 03 Oct 2019 19:09:00 +0200
The 12-inch variant comes with a 3:2 1366 x 912 touchscreen. (Source: HP)

HP Chromebook x360 12b and 14b convertibles launching soon

The 12b model is the first 12-incher to join the Chromebook x360 lineup form HP. It integrates a 3:2 1366 x 912 touchscreen and it weighs around 3 pounds, while the new 14-incher gets 768p or 1080p 16:9 displays and weighs ~3.5 po...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 27 Sep 2019 17:00:00 +0200
The next Google Chromebook may be called the Pixelbook Go. (Source: The Inquirer)

Google's "Atlas" may be named the Pixelbook Go at its launch

Atlas is a code-name that has popped up in a few Chromebook-related leaks over the past few months. It is linked to development by Google and has been thrown around as a Pixelbook successor. Now, 9to5Google's sources claim that it...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 19:19:00 +0200
Chrome OS Canary has a new trick. (Source: Google)

Chrome OS may get lockscreen media controls soon

An XDA contributor has observed that it is now possible to control media on their Chrome OS device even though the screen is locked. The feature has not been part of this system by default in the past, but is reportedly there in i...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 21 Sep 2019 20:20:00 +0200
The C433 is a more affordable version of the recently released C434. (Source: Asus)

Asus to release Chromebook Flip C433 this October

The latest member of the C400-series of Chromebooks from Asus is a slightly more affordable version of the existing C434 model. Its specs are very similar, except it is missing the i7-8500Y CPU option and the 14-inch IPS FHD touch...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:58:00 +0200

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