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Acer Chromebook 15: world’s first 15.6in Chromebook

Acer Chromebook 15: world’s first 15.6in Chromebook

Welcome to the year 2015, and with it it's finally time for a Chromebook larger than 13 inches. Thanks to Acer, that's exactly what we're getting with their new Chromebook 15, announced just before next week's CES event. Featuring a 15.6 inch screen, making it the world's largest Chromebook, the latest version of Google's desktop-based Chrome OS, a 1920 x 1080 display, and claiming 8 hours of battery life, Acer's new laptop is priced very nicely starting at $250.

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Chrome OS extension lets you run Linux in a window

Chrome OS extension lets you run Linux in a window

Linux running on a Chromebook isn’t new; it’s not even that clever. Based on the Linux kernel, Chrome OS is a lot more like a svelte Linux distro than a “traditional” operating system. Still, running Linux on the Chromebook was clumsy, asking that you split your device in two, digitally speaking. Via Google+, Chrome evangelist Francois Beaufort is announcing that brave souls in Developer Mode can now run Linux in its own window on a Chromebook. All you need is a Crouton Chrome extension.

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“Ok Google” added to always-listening Chromebooks

“Ok Google” added to always-listening Chromebooks

Google has quietly added "Ok Google" support to its bleeding-edge Chromebooks, giving the web-centric notebooks the ability to listen out for voice commands with nary a button press, just as on Android phones and Android Wear smartwatches. The feature, part of the latest developer build available optionally through the Chrome OS Dev Channel, has to be manually enabled, but once active - and after a little voice training - the Chromebook will automatically open up a new search page whenever you say "Ok Google" and the screen is on.

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Rumor: Chromebooks are about to get bigger

Rumor: Chromebooks are about to get bigger

We see a lot of leaked info pass through our hands, but not too much of it is Chrome OS related. Despite outpacing the PC, Chromebooks go relatively unnoticed until launch. The latest rumor is that Chromebooks will get a bit more like a PC, with at least one Chromebook OEM (maybe even the best) upping the screen size significantly. Acer is rumored to release a 15.6-inch Chromebook next year, and couple it with a fifth-generation Broadwell processor from Intel.

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New Chromebook owners get 1TB Google Drive storage for free

New Chromebook owners get 1TB Google Drive storage for free

Are you in the market for a new computer this holiday shopping season? If so, Chromebooks might be on your short-list of possible purchases. The pros and cons of Google’s cloud-centric computers can be debated breathlessly, but one there’s one feature that might put you over the top this year. Google is giving anyone who purchases a new Chromebook a full terabyte of cloud storage via Drive for two years. Free. that’s right, buy a Chromebook, get 1TB cloud storage for two years at no cost.

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Chromecast opens to more games, Showtime, Starz

Chromecast opens to more games, Showtime, Starz

The tiniest of Google devices, Chromecast, has opened its doors to a number of new apps for official connectivity this holiday season. Starting with games like Connect Four Quads, Simon Swipe, and Scrabble Blitz, Chromecast is growing incrementally with big names like Hasbro. Hasbro's Monopoly Dash is another of the new games coming to Chromecast, alongside Wheel of Fortune, Just Dance Now, and Big Web Quiz. And if that wasn't enough in the quiz department, there's also the Emoji Party for questions like Google's suggestion: "how many goats tall is Taylor Swift?"

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Samsung Chromebook 2 review: worth the wait?

Samsung Chromebook 2 review: worth the wait?

Back by overwhelming demand is the Samsung Chromebook, now in its second iteration. The latest, simply named Samsung Chromebook 2, is the linear successor to the Samsung Chromebook, which dominated Amazon’s top sales list, and can be widely credited with putting Chrome OS on the map and in the lap of many users. Updated both inside and out, does the latest Chromebook from Samsung have what it takes to replace its older sibling on many best-of lists? We find out.

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AirParrot screen mirroring comes to Chrome OS

AirParrot screen mirroring comes to Chrome OS

Mirroring your screen is a handy feature that users of traditional desktop operating systems have long taken advantage of. Now Chrome OS is getting into the mix in a significant way as AirParrot comes to the platform. Though screen mirroring isn’t new to Chrome OS, either, AirParrot has a lot of advantages over existing mirroring apps. You can mirror the entire screen, or just a window in Chrome OS. AirParrot also mirrors your desktop to any AirPlay receiver, even Apple TV.

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Google shuffle: CEO Larry Page transfers product power to Pichai

Google shuffle: CEO Larry Page transfers product power to Pichai

Sundar Pichai has been moving up in the world over the past several years. Word this afternoon is that Google CEO has done some reorganizing of staff duties, putting Pichai in charge of core Google products. While he'd had responsibilities with Android, Chrome, and Google Apps before, Pichai will now take control of search, maps, Google+, commerce and ads, research, and infrastructure. Page has suggested that these powers - until now his - would be transferred so that he might focus on the "bigger picture" - instead of these slightly smaller duties, that is to say.

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Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

The Security Key is not something you probably have in your pocket right this minute. It’s a newer sort of verification system made in partnership with the FIDO Alliance, now working with Google and Google Chrome for an added layer of security for Google websites. With this system you’ll never need worry about being scammed by a website pretending to be Google - not even once. You will need an official U2F Security Key to make it all work to Google's satisfaction.

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