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It’s Chrome OS’ turn for the Google Now upgrade

It’s Chrome OS’ turn for the Google Now upgrade

Google has been increasingly pushing its Google Now virtual assistant and its "cards" convention across its different services and apps. The last one to get card-y was YouTube, where the cards will replace the older popups that relay additional information about videos. Now Google is teasing the next product to get a Google Now makeover, one that is probably long overdue anyway. The beta channel of its Chrome operating system has just gotten a new "Chrome Launcher 2.0", and the most outstanding feature is the presence of Google Now.

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Acer C910 Chromebook adds faster chip option

Acer C910 Chromebook adds faster chip option

Acer has injected a little extra grunt into its C910 Chromebook, throwing a faster Core i5 processor at the 15.6-inch notebook. The new model fleshes out a range generally under-served in Chrome OS machines, with a larger screen than the majority of notebooks running Google's cloud-centric platform. Previously, Acer only offered the C910 with a choice of Intel Celeron and Core i3 chips, but even with the new, more potent silicon under the hood, is promising as much as eight hours use on a single charge.

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Acer Chromebook 15 Review: huge screen, tiny price

Acer Chromebook 15 Review: huge screen, tiny price

When it comes to Chromebooks, few set themselves apart. The Pixel is astonishing, but seems easily dismissed by most due to the price tag. At $999, the Pixel is just too much to spend for Chrome OS, and far too much out-of-pocket to suffer its limitations. The Acer Chromebook 15 might be one to consider for Chrome OS users. Big promises often come in plastic shells in the PC game, so does the Chromebook 15 deliver on its fairly impressive spec sheet? We find out.

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Google Chromebook Pixel rebooted with USB-C

Google Chromebook Pixel rebooted with USB-C

Google has revamped the Chromebook Pixel, its flagship Chrome OS notebook, though while the new 2015 Pixel is more affordable than its painfully expensive predecessor, it's still not cheap. The new Pixel runs Chrome OS on a 12.85-inch, 2560 x 1700 touchscreen, with either Core i5 or i7 processors inside, though unlike the first-gen version there's no integrated LTE option. Meanwhile, just as with Apple's new MacBook, the new Chromebook Pixel uses USB-C.

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Acer announces spec-heavy Chromebox CXI with 4k support

Acer announces spec-heavy Chromebox CXI with 4k support

Laptops get a lot of attention, but many still want standalone computers. Some of those customers will find favor with Chrome OS, where the limited overhead often leads to reduced pricing based on a tighter spec sheet. Today, Acer is breaking that mold, and has announced a new, over-the-top Chromebox. The latest in Acer’s CXI lineup, this one doesn’t simply limp onto the scene as some others do. It’s a fairly robust powerhouse — at least by Chrome OS standards.

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Archos goes to school with Android, Windows, Chrome OS devices

Archos goes to school with Android, Windows, Chrome OS devices

Archos is probably well known for its almost endless list of budget smartphones and tablets, and even odd ones like a gaming handheld or a kid's ablet. Now the French manufacturer is trying its hands at a slightly different market. The company has just announced its first ever formal venture into the world of the academia, revealing tablets and notbeooks of varying sizes, as well as varying operating systems, that are specifically designed and priced to cater to the younger crowd, particularly students.

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Chromebook Pixel refresh confirmed as coming ‘soon’

Chromebook Pixel refresh confirmed as coming ‘soon’

Ahead of launch, a lot of excitement could be found around the Chromebook Pixel. The device was meant to give Chrome OS a flagship it could hang its hat on, providing a hardware benchmark for the platform. It accomplished much of that, though the limited spec sheet had most wondering where that $1,300 or so got you. Limited battery life also dogged the device, but man was it pretty. That was two years ago, and recent remarks suggest we’re about to get a refresh for Google’s Chrome OS flagship.

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Dell Chromebook 11 designed to be “schoolyard tough”

Dell Chromebook 11 designed to be “schoolyard tough”

The next Chrome OS device to come from Dell will be prepared for students - the Chromebook 11. This unit is working with an 11-inch display with anti-glare coating and 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and comes with a battery rated at 10-hours per charge. For the schoolyard, this machine works with military grade testing for durability, pressure, temperature, shock, and vibration. The keyboard is also liquid-resistant - as is the touchpad.

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Google Play device pages now have video chat via Helpouts

Google Play device pages now have video chat via Helpouts

Google Helpouts is meant as a way to connect customers with sage advice from ‘experts’, and has a very strong retail angle that was evident at launch. It sounds so clever and easy, but retailers and others have been slow on the uptake. Google it seems, is ready to show them just how wonderful Helpouts can be, and is working on a service that will get customers interested in Android and Chrome OS devices paired with Google Device Experts so they can ask questions and see devices ahead of purchasing.

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Google Music may soon play YouTube videos natively

Google Music may soon play YouTube videos natively

Recently the folks at Google's Play Music Chrome "Mini Player" extension released an update with a whole bunch of new permissions. While this would normally be a non-news sort of situation, it just so happens that the answer to the question "why does Play Music require all these permissions now?" turned out to be truly interesting. This question was answered by the Google Chrome extension developer team that created the Chrome app in a Reddit thread for Google on the subject at hand.

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