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The top bounty for hacking Chromebooks just doubled

The top bounty for hacking Chromebooks just doubled

Google wants to give you $100,000, and all you have to do is show how insecure its Chromebook is. The company has doubled its top bounty for Chrome OS exploits, having seen no security researchers or experts step forward over the past year to collect the previous prize with a working hack.

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John Oliver fights Donald Trump (Drumpf) with facts and Chrome

John Oliver fights Donald Trump (Drumpf) with facts and Chrome

John Oliver has released an entire "Last Week Tonight" segment on Donald Drumpf, including a Chrome Extension to boot. Why Drumpf, you might wonder? Because that is Donald Drumpf's ancestral name. For real. After calling out Oliver's former boss John Stewart for having had a more Jewish-sounding name in the past, Oliver found that Drumpf had a different family name as well. With a Chrome extension, you too can see Drumpf's true name plastered across the internet: Drumpf.

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Google’s new grant gets Chromebooks to refugees

Google’s new grant gets Chromebooks to refugees

Google has announced a grant that will go toward getting Chromebooks into the hands of nonprofits working with refugees in Germany. The grant will be for $5.3 million and will come from Google.org in support of NetHope’s Project Reconnect with the ultimate goal being “easier access to education” for refugees.

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HP offers students a budget-friendly Chromebook 11 G4 EE

HP offers students a budget-friendly Chromebook 11 G4 EE

The low-resource, low-cost Chromebooks were initially designed for use cases that didn't exactly require a lot of computing power but still needed the basics, including connecting to the Internet. In other words, while Chromebooks might not make much sense for power users, they shine bright inside classrooms. Adding to the growing roster of Chromebooks designed for schools, HP has unveiled the Education Edition or EE of its Chromebook 11 G4, with a price and ruggedness that any student of any age can handle.

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Acer Chromebase 24 hands-on: big time Chrome OS

Acer Chromebase 24 hands-on: big time Chrome OS

One of the biggest Chrome devices we've yet come across is the Acer Chromebase 24, the first of its kind with an Intel Core inside. This device has a 23.8-inch Full HD panel up front and a chassis that allows this panel to tilt from 5- to 30-degrees, making it great for a variety of purposes. This thing is big. It's a monster. It's here to convince you to ditch your Mac and/or your Windows desktop altogether.

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Acer Chromebook 11 refreshed with reinforced body

Acer Chromebook 11 refreshed with reinforced body

Today you'll see the Acer Chromebook 11 model CB3-131, newly refreshed with a nano-imprinted pattern on its top and new reinforcements. Like Acer's Chromebook models for commercial and educational customers, this model is made to handle extra-stressful environments. In addition, this device now has optimizations to make use of its battery in a way that allows 9 hours of use at a time. Like all Chrome OS devices, this one will have automatic Chrome OS and security updates via the web.

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Acer Chromebase 24 is first with Intel Core inside

Acer Chromebase 24 is first with Intel Core inside

This week the folks at Acer have revealed the Acer Chromebase 24, the first Chromebase with Intel Core processors inside. This machine also rolls with features that point it directly at video conferencing and business, with four digital microphones and an adjustable HD webcam. This is the largest Chrome OS device on the market - the largest display, that is to say - with a 23.8-inch Full HD panel up front. This device's chassis has the ability to tilt from - 5-degrees to 30-degrees, for optimum viewing and conferencing.

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Google Hangouts activates guest mode for meetings

Google Hangouts activates guest mode for meetings

Google's latest bid to make their products more instantly-available to users is in "guest" mode in Google Hangouts. This feature allows people with Google accounts to host Google Hangouts meetings in which invited guests can join the conversation without needing a Google account of their own. This system requires joining guests to tap a button or two, write in a name so people know who they are on the call, and begin to chat.

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ASUS Chromebit finally launches for just $85

ASUS Chromebit finally launches for just $85

It was many months ago that Google and Asus announced the Chromebit, and now it's finally available for a price of only $85. Like a big brother to the Chromecast, the Chromebit is similar to other PC-on-a-stick models, except instead of Windows it's sporting Chrome OS. Just plug it into any HDMI-equiped TV or monitor, and it becomes a full-fledged Chromebook computer. The candy bar-sized stick is made by Asus, and features a full-sized USB port on the end.

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Google says there’s “no plan to phase out Chrome OS”

Google says there’s “no plan to phase out Chrome OS”

Last week we spoke about when and where it'll make sense for Google to create a wave of Android notebooks. The rumors were that Chrome OS was eventually going to be folded in to Android, and that Chrome OS would no longer exist - sort of. Today Google has taken to their own Google Chrome Blog to say that there's no such plan at the moment. "there’s been some confusion," said Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, "about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will be folded into Android."

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HP Chromebook 14 promises over 9 hours of battery life per charge

HP Chromebook 14 promises over 9 hours of battery life per charge

HP has launched its next generation Chromebook called the Chromebook 14. The new computer is aimed at giving users a premium experience with HD screens and long battery life in a thin computing platform with colorful designs. The machine is offered in turbo silver and sky blue colors and starts at 3.94 pounds making it very portable.

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Did we really need a Chrome OS after all

Did we really need a Chrome OS after all

Last week's big rumor was that Google, or Alphabet rather, was contemplating, nay already working on, folding Chrome OS into Android. To those who have never heard of Chrome OS before, it's business as usual. But for those who have been following Google's two-pronged OS strategy, it raises some hard questions. Was Chrome OS really necessary in the first place? Better yet, did it make sense at all? And when or if this restructuring is over, will there be tears shed for the browser-based operating system that was designed for low-powered, affordable laptops?

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