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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 dropping SPDY for HTTP/2 in Chrome

Google dropping SPDY for HTTP/2 in Chrome

Chrome has become a widely used and popular browser for a variety of reasons, but one of them is speed. Google developed Chrome to be quick and nimble, and developed their own protocol, SPDY, to make that happen. When Chrome was built, SPDY was necessary, as it roundly crushed other browsers who were using an HTTP 1.1 protocol for transferring web content. With HTTP version 2, Google is ready to ditch their SPDY standard, as the latest HTTP has a lot of performance improvements.

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Your Chromecast may have something special for you today

Your Chromecast may have something special for you today

Google’s Chromecast is a handy little tool for streaming media from your smartphone or tablet, but most rarely use it Chromecast outside of casting Netflix or another app on our phone to the TV. If you weren’t aware, there’s a Chromecast offers page, which provides you with promotional offers from Google, as well as third-party services who want your attention. It doesn’t always supply you with fun stuff, but from time to time, you get something cool — and today might be your day.

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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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WhatsApp is on the web, but only for Chrome (and not iOS)

WhatsApp is on the web, but only for Chrome (and not iOS)

After doing a little cleaning up of unqualified services, WhatsApp is now coming to the desktop. A long-desired feature for fans, WhatsApp is now available on the browser — but not any browser. For now, Chrome is the only browser supported, and you’ll need the app to log-in. With a scan of the QR code, you can start chatting on the desktop, and leave your phone on the desk next to you. Unless you’re on iOS — the desktop doesn’t support that, either.

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Chrome for iOS gets Material Design, Handoff support

Chrome for iOS gets Material Design, Handoff support

Today, Google is announcing they’re updating Chrome for iOS users. With the refresh, Google’s browser will get a Material Design makeover for iOS, as well as optimizations meant for iOS 8. It will also take advantage of the larger screen real estate made possible with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Interestingly, Google is supporting Handoff for iOS, and will allow you to pick up web pages on your “default browser on OS X”. Also, there are the stability improvements and bug fixes you’ll find with any update.

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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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Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS

Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS

Chrome Remote Desktop, Google’s method for making your computer’s desktop available via their browser for mobile devices, is now available for iOS. The Android version has been available since April of last year, and makes for a handy way to stream content to a phone or tablet. As we noted in our hands-on, the functionality makes it possible to control your computer form a mobile device, too. The app is currently available in the App Store, and is free to download.

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