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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
Google "Hatch" Chromebook with Intel Core i3-10110U on Geekbench (Source: MySmartPrice News)

Intel Comet Lake-powered Google "Hatch" Chromebook hits Geekbench

Mentioned for the first time back in November last year, the yet-to-be-confirmed Google "Hatch" Chromebook has just surfaced on Geekbench. The listing in the popular benchmark database confirms that this portable is powered by a 1...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 11:29:00 +0200
Malware is now a problem when downloading textbooks. (Source: Wikipedia)

Kaspersky claims to have found malware in digital college textbooks

The online security company Kaspersky has reported the presence of dangerous programs in the digital versions of educational content for university students. These essays and texts were found to contain malware of varying severity...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 06 Sep 2019 23:04:00 +0200
The Acer Chromebook 315 offers an optional Intel Pentium Silver N5000 CPU. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2019 | Acer launches a slew of new Chromebooks with entry-level Intel processors and Google Assistant starting from €299

Acer has announced a total of four Chromebooks at IFA 2019. Of these, the Chromebook Spin 311 is a 11.6-inch convertible while the remaining three sport a traditional laptop form-factor. All Chromebooks are powered by entry-level...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Fri, 06 Sep 2019 10:58:00 +0200
The reversible Type-C connector will be used for the new USB4 standard. (Source: Notebookcheck)

USB4 spec finalized, brings Thunderbolt 3 compatibility and speeds up to 40 Gbps

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has finalized the specification for USB4. A few things are different this time around including the way the it named, as well as its support for another standard in the form of Thunderbolt 3.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:35:00 +0200
The C425 is a more affordable C434 without the convertible bells and whistles. (Source: Amazon)

Asus introduces non-convertible Chromebook C425 powered by Intel Core m3-8100Y CPUs

The new Asus Chromebook C425 quietly made its way to retailers like Amazon. Unlike the C434 model that comes with a 360-degree touchscreen, the C425 offers only a 180-degree FHD display, but it does retain all the other hardware s...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 03 Sep 2019 15:29:00 +0200
The 11-inch Lenovo Chromebook S340. (Source: Lenovo)

IFA 2019: Lenovo rolls out new C340 Chromebook in an 11-inch and 15-inch variants

As part of Lenovo’s pre-IFA 2019 Berlin announcements includes a new Chromebook S340. The device comes in two variants, a compact 11-inch version and a larger 15-inch model
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 31 Aug 2019 06:51:00 +0200
Lenovo has teased three incoming Intel-based Chromebooks in a new video. (Source: Chromeunboxed)

Trio of new Lenovo Chromebooks incoming with 8th gen silicon onboard

Lenovo has teased a trio of new Chromebooks with 8th gen Intel silicon on board. The new models come in an 11.6-inch convertible, a 14-inch 180-degree and a 15.6-inch convertible with the latter focused on business productivity
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 02 Aug 2019 12:36:00 +0200
Alleged Google Pixelbook successor hits FCC

Google Atlas hits FCC, might be the Pixelbook 2

The Google device codenamed "Atlas" has just surfaced in an FCC listing. If the rumor turns out to be true, this portable made by Quanta Computer Inc. will soon hit the market as the Pixelbook 2. Unfortunately, the aforementioned ...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 29 Jul 2019 11:40:00 +0200
RIP, Pixel C. (Source: AndroidPit)

Google officially announces the death of the Pixel C

The Pixel C was released back in 2015 and received two major updates and about four years of software support in total. Starting this month, July 2019, though, Google will stop sending out security updates to the tablet. This come...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 07 Jul 2019 12:40:00 +0200
Fast Share may appear on Google Account-enabled devices soon. (Source: XDA)

Google is now reportedly piloting Fast Share, an AirDrop alternative

Google may be working on a new way to send files between devices without necessarily relying on the internet. This new feature, called Fast Share, may be intended to compete with Apple's AirDrop. Unlike Android Beam, it involves t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 30 Jun 2019 18:38:00 +0200
The new 'Trogdor' ARM-based Chromebook platform could be powered by a Snapdragon 8cx. (Source: Qualcomm)

Google is working with Qualcomm on the 'Trogdor,' a Snapdragon-powered Chromebook platform

Google is currently working on at least two Snapdragon-powered Chromebooks based on a recent Chromium commit. The first was revealed late last year going by the codename 'Cheza' while the new model is known internally as 'Trogdor....
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 30 Jun 2019 07:24:00 +0200
There will be no sequel to the Pixel Slate and iPadOS probably put the final nail in its coffin. (Source: Google)

Opinion: Did iPadOS kill the Pixel Slate?

Tech fans were disappointed to learn that Google has officially killed off any plans for a successor to the Pixel Slate. While there had been suspicions the decision was made some time ago, it looks like the arrival of iPadOS migh...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 22 Jun 2019 10:14:00 +0200
Google Pixel Slate is now the last of its kind. (Source: Google)

RIP Pixel Slate: Google won't be making tablets anymore

Google is reportedly pulling the plug on making its own tablets and a successor to the Pixel Slate. The company is looking to channelize its development efforts towards laptops and we may very well see a new Pixelbook by the end o...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:40:00 +0200
Chrome 75 for Android also improves on its dark mode. (Source: Android Police)

New Chrome for Android brings long-awaited password generator, improves dark mode

Chrome 75 is the latest version of this app for Android. It is the one to finally add a password generator to the browser. This update also offers a clearer path to its dark mode, may improve on in-app animations and allow users t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 09 Jun 2019 18:06:00 +0200
HP Chromebook 14 G5 (Celeron N3350, 32 GB eMMC, 4 GB RAM, FHD) Laptop Review

82% HP Chromebook 14 G5 (Celeron N3350, 32 GB eMMC, 4 GB RAM, FHD) Laptop Review

An austere Chromebook with great battery life The HP Chromebook 14 G5 runs silently and has excellent battery life. The device has Google Play Store integration too, but how does it shape up against other Chromebooks? Read on to find out in this short review.
Intel Celeron N3350 | Intel HD Graphics 500 | 14" | 1.5 kg
Sascha Mölck, Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:57:37 +0200
OmniVision's new OV0VA10 VGA SoC may bring thinner bezels to cheaper notebooks in the future. (Source: OmniVision)

OmniVision aims to bring thinner bezels to sub-premium notebooks with its new SoC for webcams

The laptop webcam has become a critic's punchbag as of late, as its relationship with these devices' screens is changing, diminishing or in some cases disappearing altogether. This may put some OEMs off the development of thinner ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 May 2019 18:15:00 +0200
The latest SanDisk microSD card packs a 1 TB punch. (Source: SanDisk)

SanDisk now shipping its 1TB microSD card

SanDisk’s long-awaited 1 TB microSD is finally available for purchase. The new card has the potential to expand the storage of Samsung’s recent flagship smartphones, for example, to a massive 1.5 TB of total storage. But it will c...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 17 May 2019 23:46:00 +0200
Google Fuchsia OS is indeed a thing, but may not be the future after all. (Source: Dignited)

Fuchsia OS officially exists, but not as you may think

Google's head and director of its Android and Chrome division took part in a media outlet's podcast during the I/O event this year. In the course of the interview in question, the two executives confirmed openly for the first time...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 12 May 2019 21:07:00 +0200
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Chromebooks

May 2019 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, Wed, 08 May 2019 23:18:27 +0200
The PineBook Pro from Pine64 has a PCIe x4 to M.2 NVMe SSD slot. (Image source: Pine64)

Pine64's 14-inch Linux laptop PineBook Pro will offer a Rockchip RK3399 SoC and 4 GB RAM for US$200

Pine64, a Chinese company known for its single-board computers, has delivered a video update of the upcoming Pinebook Pro laptop. The manufacturer seems to be working out some teething problems with the 14-inch device, but it is s...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 06 May 2019 11:20:00 +0200
Rockchip's 8nm octa-core RK3588 set to debut in Q1 of 2020

Rockchip's 8nm octa-core RK3588 set to debut in Q1 of 2020

Rockchip announced a new 8-core mobile SoC yesterday. The RK3588 will feature four ARM Cortex-A55 cores and four ARM Cortex-A76 cores and will be manufactured on an 8nm process. Rockchip claims that the new manufacturing process w...
Sam Medley, Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:43:00 +0200
HP Chromebook 15 now available for $449 with Intel Pentium and Core i CPU options (Source: HP)

HP Chromebook 15 now available for $449 with Intel Pentium and Core i CPU options

As HP's first 15.6-inch Chromebook, the unit carries narrow bezels and many design influences from the smaller 14-inch Chromebook series including dual USB Type-C, Bang & Olufsen audio, 802.11ac, and a premium metal design.
Allen Ngo, Fri, 19 Apr 2019 01:00:00 +0200
Google has teased its upcoming Pixel 3a, 3a XL launch event - the May 8 date here is from the Australian site. (Screenshot: Notebook Check)

May 7 launch confirmed for Google Pixel 3a, 3a XL, hints of an Avengers connection in URL

Google has all but officially confirmed that its Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL models are set to launch on May 7. The company has posted a teaser on its store that says “Help is on the way,” in a clear nod to the Google Assistant featu...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 16 Apr 2019 03:57:00 +0200
Google could be prepping a more compact variant of the Pixel Slate. (Source: 9to5Google)

Google hints at successor to the Pixel Slate

Despite word of layoffs at Google’s hardware division, it appears that a successor or stablemate for the Pixel Slate is still in the works. A slideshow presented at the Cloud Next 19 conference in San Francisco hints that a smalle...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:15:00 +0200
Wizard Trembyle featured in Return to Zork. (Source: The Zork Library)

Picasso-powered Chromebook codenamed Zork will utilize Trembyle Chrome OS board

A new Chromebook featuring APUs from AMD’s Picasso range of processors might be in the works. A device with the codename “Zork” has been unearthed that apparently utilizes a Chrome OS board called “Trembyle”. Data management commi...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 10 Apr 2019 10:12:00 +0200
HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 (Core i5-8350U, eMMC, FHD) Convertible Review

83% HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 (Core i5-8350U, eMMC, FHD) Convertible Review

For those with cash to burn. HP has equipped its new 14-inch Chromebook convertible with a powerful Intel Core i5-8350U processor, an IPS touchscreen display and a sizable battery that delivers great battery life. However, HP demands a hefty price for the device at nearly €1,000 (~$1,120) despite it having jarring shortcomings. Read on to find out how the Chromebook x360 14 G1 performs in our tests and how it fares against its competitors.
Intel Core i5-8350U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.6 kg
Sascha Mölck, Tue, 02 Apr 2019 15:44:55 +0200
The alleged "Atlas" device shows numerous differences to Google's Pixelbook. (Source: YouTube/9to5Google)

Leaked videos suggest Google Atlas Chromebook may not be a Pixelbook successor

A couple of videos showing some bug testing on what is believed to be the Google “Atlas” Chromebook have been leaked. It was previously believed that Atlas would be part of the Pixel line, possibly even a sequel to the Pixelbook. ...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 29 Mar 2019 06:18:00 +0100
Asus Chromebook Flip C434TA (Source: Asus Global)

The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is now available for purchase, priced at US$569.99

The direct successor of the original Chromebook Flip by Asus, namely the Chromebook Flip C434, was unveiled back in January, at the CES 2019 trade show in Las Vegas. Now, this Chrome OS convertible is finally available for purchas...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 27 Mar 2019 10:14:00 +0100
The Google Stadia Wi-Fi controller is an essential accessory if you play over a Chromecast. (Source: Google)

Google has revealed Stadia’s internet speed requirements

Google’s Stadia cloud-powered streaming gaming service looks to be a technological marvel. However, in order to deliver its full potential gamers will need a robust internet connection.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:42:00 +0100
The team that made the Pixel Slate has been cut back according to a report. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Google said cutting back on Pixelbook, Pixel Slate efforts

Google looks to be cutting back on its computing hardware efforts reports Business Insider. According to the report, dozens of engineers and program managers working on the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate have been told to seek other ro...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:15:00 +0100
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 Convertible Review

83% Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 Convertible Review

4K Chromebook. Chromebooks are known for their affordability and ease of use. Lenovo is changing the paradigm with the Yoga Chromebook C630, a relatively expensive Chrome OS device that brings 4K to Chromebooks. The C630 packs a lot of power, but some compromises on usability and price ultimately hold the device back.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2 kg
Sam Medley, Sat, 23 Feb 2019 20:41:25 +0100
Image via Google Project Stream

GDC 2019 | Google to hold event at GDC next month, possibly related to its Project Stream game streaming service

Google announced today that it would be holding a special event at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) next month on March 19th. The announcement offers few details, but many are guessing that Google will announce something relate...
Sam Medley, Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:49:00 +0100
Acer Aspire, Chromebook, and Nitro systems are on sale for President's Day (Image source: Newegg)

Acer Aspire, Chromebook, and Nitro systems are on sale for President's Day

Get a 17-inch gaming laptop with GTX 1060 graphics for $920 USD and more from now until the end of next week. The sale spans multiple retail outlets including Newegg, Office Depot, Staples, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target.
Allen Ngo, Wed, 13 Feb 2019 19:15:00 +0100
The Assistant's new position in Chrome OS 72. (Source: 9to5Google)

Chrome OS 72 updates devices to Pie. revamps Assistant integration and adds PiP to websites

The latest stable version of Chrome OS (72) brings a considerable re-design for the Assistant interface on this platform. It also updates the version of Android used within it to 9.0 (Pie), which adds the ability to search for app...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 09 Feb 2019 15:12:00 +0100
VLC will get a new update soon. (Source: VLC)

VLC 4.0 will support uninterrupible music playback and Apple AirPlay, but also drop support for multiple older platforms

The latest update to the VLC media player (4.0) will bring more features, especially for iOS. However, it will also no longer support older versions of the same platform, along with some others (e.g. Windows XP). It also now offer...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 Feb 2019 16:55:00 +0100
Images via Acer

Acer resurrects the Chromebase with two new Chrome OS AiO desktops

Chromebases may have fallen out of fashion years ago, but Acer is reviving the Chrome OS form factor with the Chromebase 24I2 and 24V2, two business-centric Chrome OS all-in-one desktops. Both devices will feature 24-inch Full HD ...
Sam Medley, Tue, 05 Feb 2019 02:54:00 +0100
The i7 version of the Google Pixel Slate with 16 GB RAM costs from US$1,599. (Source: Google)

Rammus is back and seems to be a Google tablet with an Amber Lake-Y CPU

MySmartPrice has discovered another Geekbench listing for the mysterious “Rammus” device. The latest appearance on Geekbench has thrown up some interesting information, such as the mention of an Intel Core i7-8500Y processor and A...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:35:00 +0100
Dell intros Latitude 3300 Education and refreshes 3000 series of Chromebooks (Source: Dell)

Dell intros Latitude 3300 Education and refreshes 3000 series of Chromebooks

These inexpensive and versatile subnotebooks will start as low as $250 USD with options for 1080p and 64 GB eMMC storage. Dual-band Intel 9560 wireless comes and USB Type-C charging will come standard similar to many mainstream Ul...
Allen Ngo, Thu, 24 Jan 2019 19:50:00 +0100

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