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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 powerful 7th generation Intel Core series processors.
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 expected to arrive soon.
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 the contents of your emails.
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 cloud-based OS called Windows 10 S.
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 release of Ryzen 7 and 5-series chips suggests that AMD is making an all-out effort to reestablish itself in the market.
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
The Litebook is a rebranded Chinese laptop running Linux that retails for $249. (Source: Litebook)

Litebook laptop brings Linux at low cost

The $249 laptop runs elementary OS, a Linux distribution. The Litebook looks to compete with Chromebooks while offering a full desktop operating system.
Chromebooks have found a stronghold in the education sector due to their low cost and easy maintenance. (Source: Google)

HP launches inexpensive convertible chromebook for education

Google has announced the launch of a new rugged Chromebook convertible from HP.
The Chromebook Pixel line was great for those who loved Chrome OS and high-quality hardware, but the notebooks didn't come cheap. (Source: TechCrunch)

MWC 2017 | Google will not produce more Pixel laptops

Google is shifting the Pixel brand entirely into mobile devices such as smartphone and tablets, thus concluding the company's efforts to secure a niche within the premium notebook category. Google is still devoted to working on Chrome OS, however.
Does this mean future Chromebooks will have built-in fingerprint scanners? (Source: PCWorld)

Chromebooks will soon be compatible with biometric authentication

A fingerprint feature on Chrome OS has been in the works for the past few months and is now available for testing on an unstable version of Chrome Canary. This brings Chrome OS more in line with the biometric authentication options available on Windows 10 and macOS.
Instant Tethering will make it a bit more convenient for your non-LTE Android device to borrow an internet connection. (Source: Android Guys)

New "Instant Tethering" feature rolling out to select Android devices

Android 7.1.1 enables the new "Instant Tethering" feature on specific Nexus and Pixel phones. It fully automates internet sharing between devices once they have been verified once.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus is now available for $449 from select retailers. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's Chromebook Plus now available for purchase

The Chromebook comes with a built-in stylus and support for Android apps via the Google Play Store for Chrome. Current retail price is $449.
Samsung Chromebook Plus convertible to offer up to 16 GB RAM

Samsung Chromebook Plus might have up to 16 GB RAM

While the Samsung Chromebook Plus is expected to arrive next week with 4 GB RAM on board, its Pro sibling is scheduled to arrive in April. While it is supposed to feature up to 8 GB RAM, the latest rumors claim the Chromebook Pro might get a 16 GB RAM variant after a while as well.
Acer's gaming products sold exceptionally well in 2016 among a growing enthusiast market. (Source: CNET)

Acer has an array of niche laptops planned for 2017

From the monstrous Predator 21 X gaming notebook to the Chromebook 11 N7, Acer has a wide range of laptops coming this year looking to capitalize on a few specific markets that have become the primary drivers of the PC market as consumer demand slows.
Acer Chromebook Spin 11 (R751T) rugged convertible for educational use

Acer debuts Chromebook Spin 11 for educational use

This new convertible comes with military-grade durability and extra features that make it a perfect classroom companion, such as the Wacom EMR technology and stylus that provide an easy way to write and draw directly on the screen.
Some older Chromebooks, such as the Pixel 2, will still have Android app compatibility. (Source: OMGChrome)

All Cromebooks from 2017 on will be compatible with Android apps

Google has announced that in addition to certain legacy models, all Chromebooks released in 2017 onward will have full Android app support.
The decreased licensing cost is the direct result of pressure on the market from inexpensive Chromebooks. (Source: Microsoft)

Pressured by Chromebooks, Microsoft will reduce Windows licensing costs on 14-inch and smaller notebooks

Microsoft has lowered the volume licensing fees for Windows notebooks with screen sizes of 14-inches or less for 2017. The move comes in an effort to combat the rising popularity of inexpensive Chromebooks.
Android 7.1 coming to... Chromebooks?

Android 7.1 coming to... Chromebooks?

Android N has been trickling out to flagship smartphones for a few months now, but Chromebooks may be the next devices in line to receive the update. Android 7.1 promises to bring better Android app management for Chrome OS.
Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus with pen support

CES 2017 | Samsung introduces two Chromebooks with pen support

The Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro come with ARM/Intel processors, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, also offering pen input support and the ability to be used as a regular notebook or as a tablet, thanks to the 360-degree rotating touchscreen.
Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA convertible with Skylake processor

Asus launches Chromebook Flip C302CA

The long-awaited successor of the original Chromebook Flip is now official as a convertible with a 360 degree hinge and a touchscreen display that uses a Skylake processor and starts at $499 USD.
Acer Chromebook N7 (C731) rugged notebook compliant with U.S. MIL-STD 810G

CES 2017 | Acer announces Chromebook 11 N7 (C731)

This new Chromebook is powered by the Intel Celeron N3060, next to 4 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB eMMC internal storage, being compliant with the MIL-STD 810G ruggedness standard.
Asus Chromebook Flip 2 C302CA with Intel Pentium 4405Y

Asus Chromebook Flip 2 surfaces on Best Buy

The C302CA model was spotted earlier this year on Newegg, but now the Flip 2 name is finally confirmed, although Asus still has to announce it. This $499.99 USD Chromebook has an all-metal casing and uses the Intel Pentium 4405Y processor.
Newegg listed the C302CA momentarily, but not before at least one order was taken. (Source: Newegg)

Asus Chromebook C302 leaked on NewEgg, taken down after order momentarily listed the ASUS C302CA Chromebook for sale today, though it has yet to be made official by ASUS.

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