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A sneak peak at split-screen for Android apps on Chrome OS. (Source: 9to5 Google)

Chrome OS gets split-screen mode on Canary channel

Google is priming Chrome OS to compete directly with Apple's iPad in the tablet space, if the latest update to the Chrome OS on its alpha build Canary channel is any indication. The latest update allows users to run Android apps i...
Acer Chromebook 15

Chromebooks might soon get 4K displays

According to a Google Chrome commit, a higher-resolution Chrome logo is needed "to look crisp and pretty on our secret upcoming 4K Chromebooks." While this breaks any veil of secrecy covering the arrival of these Chrome OS devices...
Google Assistant voice search in action, Notebookcheck search

Customizable hot words coming soon to Google Assistant

Although Google Assistant has been around for a while, it still lacks the ability to use a custom hot word, something that Motorola's Moto Voice introduced back in 2014. Fortunately, it looks like this issue will be fixed soon.
Google Play Store logo. (Source: Google)

Over 700,000 rogue apps removed from Google Play Store in 2017

Thanks to improved focus and machine learning, Google has been able to remove 700,000 bad apps from the Play Store, 99 percent of which were caught before being installed by any users.
Chrome OS-powered Acer tablet (Source: Alister Payne)

First Chrome OS tablet shows up at tech show

A tweet that has been removed shortly after being published revealed a yet-to-be-launched Chrome OS tablet by Acer, so we should get ready for the debut of these new slates.
Dell Chromebook 5190 for education coming February 2018 (Source: Direct2DellEMC)

Dell Chromebook 5190 with EMR pen support coming next month

The recently announced Dell Chromebook 5000 series will hit the market next month with the Chromebook 5190 as the debut device. This Chrome OS-powered notebook for education sports a rugged design and is expected to start at US$28...
This school spent all their budget on the Lenovo 500e and couldn't afford to upgrade their blackboards. (Source: Lenovo)

Three new ChromeOS educations notebooks from Lenovo starting at US$219

Lenovo has revealed three updated education Chromebooks for 2018, with the 100e and 300e providing rugged budget friendly options for classrooms, and the 500e adding some style and a pen for older children or university usage.
CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018 has come and gone, and we have witnessed OEMs showcasing the best of their innovations. While we had some noteworthy announcements that will shape the tech industry for years to come, there were also a lot of me-too products on display as well. We recap the event to look at some of the products that were show-stoppers and discuss what they may indicate for the overall tech landscape this year.
Microsoft Word in Wine, Wine 3.0 now available January 2018

Wine 3.0 open-source compatibility layer now available

Wine 3.0 is now available as the second annual release of this well-known compatibility layer and arrives more than 24 years since the initial release. This new version comes with improved compatibility with Android, Direct3D 10 a...
Meltdown and Spectre threats could also hit Chromebooks with the exception of those with ARM processors

Meltdown and Spectre patches not coming to older Chromebooks

Although some ARM-driven Chromebooks do not need patching, there are also a few Chrome OS-powered notebooks that will not get any sort of protection from Meltdown and Spectre, including the Acer C7 and the Samsung Chromebook 5.
HP Chromebook 11 G6 and Chromebook 14 G5 coming with MIL-STD-certified designs and USB Type-C charging (Source: HP)

HP Chromebook 11 G6 and Chromebook 14 G5 coming with MIL-STD-certified designs and USB Type-C charging

The rugged redesign should help these education-centric Chromebooks survive the chaos and destruction that is the K-12 grade school classroom.
Google is testing its Fuchsia OS on its Pixelbooks. (Source: Google)

Google testing unreleased Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook

Google has expanded the testing of its mysterious Fuchsia OS to its recently released Pixelbooks. The operating system differs from Google's Android and Chrome operating systems, although Google has yet to reveal its purpose.
The Samsung 'Nautilus' could have a similar form factor to its Galaxy Book. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung prepping Chrome OS tablet

Samsung is said to be prepping a Chrome OS tablet codenamed 'Nautilus.' The device would be the first of its kind for the company and sit alongside its Chrome OS stablemates the Chromebook Plus and the Chromebook Pro.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Chromebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Chromebooks

December 2017 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.
Acer Predator Helios 300. (Source: NotebookCheck)

Acer's holiday sales especially strong for gaming laptops and Chromebooks

Acer has reported some independent sales figures showing North American sales during the November holiday period increased by 300% for gaming laptops and 250% for Chromebooks, while the overall sales increase over the same period ...
The Pixelbook could one day feature a self-aligning hinge. (Source: Google)

Google patents self-aligning laptop display

An interesting Google patent points to a Pixelbook that could one day feature a self-aligning hinge. The technology would use a mix of ambient sensors
Rugged Acer Chromebook 11 C771 with Intel Skylake

Microsoft Office finally available for all Chromebooks

Without any fanfare, Microsoft finally made Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint available for (apparently) all Chromebooks via the Google Play store. Chrome Unboxed confirmed their availability on the Pixelbook, Samsung Chromeboo...
Google Pixelbook Chromebook Review

86% Google Pixelbook Chromebook Review

The Chromebook poster child. The most expensive Chromebook available is unsurprisingly fast and very versatile. Just be prepared to bring all your USB Type-C adapters along for the trip.
Intel Core i5-7Y57 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 12.3" | 1.3 kg
Google announces the premium Pixelbook (to no one's surprise)

Google announces the premium Pixelbook (to no one's surprise)

Google today announced the Pixelbook, their premium Chromebook that's has been the subject of a relentless stream of leaks over the past few months. The 2-in-1 Chromebook features a high-density 12.3, 3:2 aspect ratio display and ...
The Google Pixelbook looks set to take on the 12-inch MacBook. (Source: Droid-Life)

Google Pixelbook turns up on reseller site, new mystery 'Google Clips' product as well

It doesn't look like Google will have much left to unveil at its October 4 launch event. In addition to all the Pixel 2 leaks, more details have spilled out about the new Pixelbook and the Google Home Mini intelligent speaker.
What Can a Chromebook Do?

What can you do with a Chromebook?

Chromebooks, which run on Google's ChromeOS, have quickly become one of the major drivers of mobile computing as they provide an easy way to access the web without worrying a lot about deployment, administration and configuration. Although ChromeOS is an almost online-exclusive OS, Chromebooks can still be adapted to handle most workflows. In this article, we explore what a Chromebook can do and help you decide if you should be hopping on the Google bandwagon.
The forthcoming Google Pixelbook looks set to get Google Assistant. (Source: Droid-Life)

Chromebooks look set to finally get Google Assistant, Pixelbook might be the first

Google looks to be doing everything it can to give Microsoft a headache. Fresh from rolling out Android app compatibility for its Chrome OS, it is now set to brings its Google Assistant to Chrome OS as well.
Asus Chromebook Flip C101 convertible now available September 25 (Source: Asus)

Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is now available in the US

The Rockchip RK3399-powered ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 convertible has a metallic body, it features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, and can be acquired for less than US$300.
The new Google Pixelbook runs Chrome OS and supports Android apps. (Source: Droid Life)

Huge Google leak reveals new Pixelbook with Android app support

A big leak out of Mountain View has seen the new Google Pixelbook revealed before its official launch set for October 4. Not previously picked up by the rumor mill, the device will come in three main configurations.
The HP Chromebook x360 11 is now available for general purchase. (Source: HP)

HP Chromebook x360 11 is now no longer just for students

A popular choice with students, the HP Chromebook x360 11 is now also available to the general public for the first time.
With a 15.6-inch IPS display and purported 12-hour battery life, Acer wants people to consider the Chromebook 15 for multimedia consumption.

IFA 2017 | Acer's Chromebook 15 is a fanless, multimedia-focused, premium Chromebook

Acer has unveiled an update to their Chromebook 15 line sporting a touchscreen, fanless design, aluminum construction, and Google Play Store compatibility. The CB515-1H/1HT will be available from October for US$399 and up.
Acer Chromebook 11 C771 now available starting at US$280

Acer Chromebook 11 C771 hits the market

This new Chromebook comes with an 11.6-inch IPS display and has the Intel Celeron 3855U processor under the hood, carrying a price tag of US$280. The touchscreen variant retails for US$50 more, and more powerful variants are expec...
Chrome OS might be getting a new touch-friendly launcher soon. (Source: Pocketnow)

Touch-friendly interface coming soon to a Chromebook near you

Canary builds of Chrome OS feature a touch launcher suggesting that Chrome OS could soon power touch-enabled displays in the near future
Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (i5 6200U, 8 GB) Review

83% Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (i5 6200U, 8 GB) Review

The Chrome Notebook. In the Acer Chromebook 14 for Work slumbers the hardware of a notebook. As an office companion it is a successful product. However, the components do not use their full potential.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Laptop Review

80% Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Laptop Review

Barebones utilitarianism… One truly bright spot for Chromebooks has been the education sector, wherein their adoption has been disproportionately high. In recognition of this opportunity, Lenovo seizes the moment with what is arguably their most utilitarian—yet still affordable—notebook to date, specifically intended for students.
Mediatek MT8173C | PowerVR GX6250 | 11.6" | 1.4 kg
Google's latest announcement will bring a feature users of G Suite have come to expect to Gmail for everyone. (Source: Gmail)

Google says it will stop Gmail's scanning of email to target ads

In a recent post to the company blog, Google announced its plans to "more closely align" the free version of Gmail and the enterprise version found in subscription-based G Suite. This includes removing ad personalization based on ...
Image Source: Intel

Intel's Cannonlake may be coming to Chromebooks

Intel's upcoming 10 nm CPUs may make an appearance in Chrome devices, according to a new commit found in the Chromium development repositories.
Reading between the lines, Windows 10 S stays fast because it's less susceptible to bloat. (Source: Windows Central)

Is Windows 10 S really faster?

Microsoft has advertised Windows 10 S as faster than regular Windows 10, but the reality is that it just needs less maintenance.
Google Drive becomes Google Backup and Sync and will release on June 28th. (Source: Google)

Google Drive will become Google Backup and Sync, will be able to back up more files

Google Drive will soon become Google Backup and Sync, which will start backing up your selected files not just from your Google Drive folder, but from almost anywhere on your computer.
Looks great and costs little—the Samsung Chromebook Plus on Amazon is currently a steal. (Source: Amazon)

Get the versatile Samsung Chromebook Plus at its lowest price yet

It's a Chrome OS laptop and an Android tablet, and it's currently at its lowest price ever. You can get the recently-released Samsung Chromebook Plus from Amazon for only $379 while the deal lasts.
Source: Amazon

Asus Chromebook Flip C213 now listed on Amazon

The C213 is meant for education markets, but its solid spec sheet, ample connectivity, and option for an HD+ screen could make it a sleeper hit among Chromebook users.
Samsung Chromebook Pro Chromebook with pen support

Samsung Chromebook Pro now available for pre-order on Amazon

This Intel Core m3-6Y30-powered Chromebook with pen support and a 360-degree rotating touchscreen can be finally pre-ordered for $549.99 USD, about $100 USD more than its ARM-driven sibling known as Samsung Chromebook Plus.
The completely non-serviceable SSD of the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro. (Source: iFixit)

Opinion: With the Surface Laptop, Microsoft joins Apple to push a disturbing trend

Editor Douglas Black argues that designing a non-budget computer with a soldered SSD is a great leap in the wrong direction.
VMware has been working with Google for the last two years to secure Android devices and applications, most recently with advanced support for Android Enterprise. (Source: TechCrunch)

Google and VMware announce an “extended partnership” to accelerate the adoption of Chrome OS devices

VMware and Google announced that they are expanding their partnership in order to accelerate the adoption of Chromebook laptops among enterprises.
Acer Chromebook 11 N7 C731, Chromebook sales to increase by 16 percent in 2017

Chromebook shipments expected to grow by over 16 percent this year

After an excellent year, Chromebook sales are expected to continue growing in 2017 as well. Gartner anticipates a 16.3 percent growth this year, which means shipments of almost 11 million units.
According to a promotional video, Microsoft's Surface Book originally sported two USB Type-C ports. (Source: Microsoft)

Promotional video shows Surface Laptop prototype with USB Type-C

Microsoft's own promotional video for their new Surface Laptop reveals that the education-focused device originally sported two USB Type-C ports in addition to the single USB Type-A.
Acer's new TravelMate Spin B1 hopes to find its way into classrooms. (Image: Acer)

Acer launches TravelMate Spin B1 with Windows 10 S

The new convertible is aimed squarely at the education market and is one of the first devices to run Microsoft's new Windows 10 S. Coming in at about $300, the Spin B1 features a rugged build and entry-level specs.
The Surface Laptop keeps the Surface aesthetic, but ditches the traditional Windows 10 OS. (Source: Twitter User @h0x0d)

Microsoft's new "Surface Laptop" reveals how seriously the company takes Chromebooks as a threat

Images and information leak about the Microsoft's latest piece of hardware, the Surface Laptop. The Laptop is designed to combat the rising popularity of Chromebooks in education and business by running a lighter, more secure clou...
Lenovo unveils Flex 11 Chromebook convertible for $280 USD

Lenovo unveils Flex 11 Chromebook convertible for $280 USD

The Flex 11 incorporates a few features found on rugged notebooks including drop resistance up to 2.4 feet and sealed keyboards, trackpads, and ports against the occasional coffee spill.
The Snapdragon 835 SoC could power the rumored Microsoft CloudBook

The Snapdragon 835 SoC could power the rumored Microsoft CloudBook

Microsoft's "Chromebook killer" could soon be revealed as the newest member of the Surface family. An ARM-based system with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC is likely in order to reduce costs.
Anbox runs in a Linux container, making it compatible with any distro. (Source:

Anbox brings Android to Linux

The tool runs Android in a container which allows it to share the kernal and system resources with the Linux distro on which it runs. The software is still in pre-alpha but looks promising.
Stoney Ridge is AMD's seventh generation entry-level 15W chipset. (Source: AMD)

AMD may be expanding into the Chromebook market

An AMD board known as "Kahlee" has shown up in ChromeOS's Coreboot code. The device will be based on 2016's Stoney Ridge rather than AMD's new Ryzen architecture. The existence of an AMD powered Chromebook together with the releas...
Even this digital face is less than happy about the sudden demise of the Yoga Book Chromebook. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo has shut the lid on its Chrome OS-powered Yoga Book

After unleashing its marvelously-designed Yoga Book in both Windows and Android flavors, Lenovo had a third trick up its sleeve: a Chromebook. Unfortunately, that seems to no longer be the case—the Yoga Book Chromebook is dead.
MS Office 2013 running on an Asus Chromebook Flip C100. (Source: CodeWeavers)

Microsoft Office can run on Chromebooks via CrossOver

Using CrossOver Android, James Ramey (president of CodeWeavers) was able to run MS Word 2013 on his Asus Chromebook Flip C100. The group plans to have a preview of the software released before the end of the month.
Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T-K0YK Convertible Review

81% Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T-K0YK Convertible Review

Touch Chromebook. Acer's Chromebook convertible offers an IPS touchscreen, a silent operation, and long battery runtimes. ARM technology is used inside. The whole package costs approximately 400 Euros (~$425).
Mediatek MT8173C | PowerVR GX6250 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg

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