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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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Google Chromebooks trump Apple iPads in schools, says IDC

Google Chromebooks trump Apple iPads in schools, says IDC

While some might contend Google's dominance in certain markets, like smartphones and tablets, there is one sector where Apple's products usually reign supreme: education. Initially a source of controversy because of price, iPads have become the gadget of choice for schools upgrading to current technology. But apparently, not anymore. According to IDC's latest figures, Google's Chromebooks have surpassed the iPad in shipping numbers as far as schools are concerned, revealing a shifting preference and mindset in the education sector and probably a new source of worry for Apple.

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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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Samsung Chromebook 2 packs Intel chip for entry-level

Samsung Chromebook 2 packs Intel chip for entry-level

Samsung has launched a new version of its Chromebook 2, an 11.6-inch notebook running Google's Chrome OS and powered by an Intel processor rather than one of the South Korean's own Exynos ARM chips. The new notebook will drop at under $250, challenging low-cost Windows laptops in the process, while battery life will be a healthy nine hours according to Samsung's estimates. On the outside, meanwhile, there's a faux-leather finish which is likely to prove divisive among Chromebook buyers.

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Photoshop heads (streaming) to Chromebooks

Photoshop heads (streaming) to Chromebooks

Google appears to have scored a rather significant hit with the cloud computing universe as they team with Adobe for streaming Photoshop. In the near future, users will be able to work with a full (streamed) version of Photoshop from their Chromebooks with Chrome OS, utilizing the full power of non-local computing and the web.

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Toshiba throttling down consumer PC efforts [Update]

Toshiba throttling down consumer PC efforts [Update]

Toshiba has always made solid PC hardware, but finding one of their devices may be a bit tough moving forward. Toshiba is announcing they are scaling down their consumer PC efforts, and pulling out of some markets entirely. The company is also cutting 900 jobs, or just over 20% of its non-manufacturing PC workforce.

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