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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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Chrome OS update lets admins lock stolen machines

Chrome OS update lets admins lock stolen machines

A locked device is a worthless device to many opportunistic thieves looking to pawn a gadget for a quick buck. For this reason, and due to the increasing number of gadget thefts, many states and advocates have pushed for better control over lost and stolen smartphones. Manufacturers have followed in line with this and added the ability to remotely lock or otherwise disable handsets, and with a new update, Google has given Chromebook users the same kind of security feature on their notebooks.

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Logitech Unifying app brings Chrome OS peripherals support

Logitech Unifying app brings Chrome OS peripherals support

Chromebooks might not be everyone's cup of tea, but the inexpensive devices have found a solid footing among consumers and so it isn't surprising there's a demand for accessories that are compatible with them. Logitech has just made it easier to use its own peripherals with the new "Logitech Unifying" app specifically made for Chromebooks. Using this, Chrome OS users can plug a USB receiver into their Chromebooks and then connect things like a mouse and keyboard to the unit.

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Acer C740 Chromebook hands-on: 11.6-inches of hearty computing

Acer C740 Chromebook hands-on: 11.6-inches of hearty computing

Earlier this month we got the opportunity to go hands-on with Acer's newest Chromebook, the C740. The Acer C740 Chromebook works with an 11.6-inch display, has been aimed at 1:1 school programs for students, and comes with a reinforced hinge for long-lasting durability. In addition, Acer is revealing the C910 Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display. Both machines are made with the same reinforced body made for extra-active user deployment. Both Chromebooks work with reinforced covers that can withstand 60kg of force. Their corners can tolerate 45cm drops without damage, as well.

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Chrome OS may soon allow file transfers from external drive to the cloud

Chrome OS may soon allow file transfers from external drive to the cloud

Chrome OS has seen some interesting new features of late. Remote Desktop sharing finally hit Chrome, and you can now run Linux in a window without leaving Chrome. Though both are still works in progress, they signal a new direction for Chrome OS wherein the “browser OS” gets a bit more desktop. There may be another cool feature rolling in, as code commits in Chrome’s Developer hub, Chromium, suggest Google Drive will soon be able to take files straight from an external drive or SD card to the cloud.

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Chrome Remote Desktop sharing hits Chrome OS

Chrome Remote Desktop sharing hits Chrome OS

One of the unheralded features of Chrome OS (and by virtue, Chromebooks) is its ability to switch channels. It ships in stable, but you can slip into beta or Developer mode pretty easily to check out new features. If you’ve got a Chromebook, we suggest giving Developer channel a shot today, as Chrome Remote Desktop is making its way to Chrome OS. Currently in testing, Chrome Remote Desktop for Chrome OS brings much of the same features as other platforms; it’s just easier to access.

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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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