Chromebook

Google reveals kiosk-centric Chrome OS update

Google reveals kiosk-centric Chrome OS update

Google has updated Chrome OS with a new feature called Managed Public Sessions, which - as its name suggests - allows customers to use Chromebooks as a public kiosk of sorts, whether for business or browsing purposes. Google boasts that the feature is "highly customizable," and that it operates without requiring a login. In combination with the management console, the machine can be set up to meet a variety of requirements.

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Google to integrate Chromebooks with Intel Haswell chips for improved battery life

Google to integrate Chromebooks with Intel Haswell chips for improved battery life

Google may be putting Intel's new Haswell chips into its future Chromebooks. The new Haswell chip is intended to be used by ultrabooks, and it promises battery life of up to 24 hours on a single charge. Through some digging, GigaOM was able to uncover the name, Haswell, throughout various code for a device codenamed Slippy. The implementation of Haswell chips would make Chromebooks much more appealing as an alternative to a traditional laptop.

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Netflix switching to HTML5 video from Silverlight

Netflix switching to HTML5 video from Silverlight

When Microsoft announced that Silverlight would be coming to an end in 2021, it gave companies that utilize the video technology less than a decade to gravitate to an alternative. Perhaps the biggest and most prolific user of Silverlight is Netflix, which takes advantage of its "high-quality streaming experience" for Watch Instantly. Today the company announced that in light of Microsoft's announcement, it will be switching to HTML5 video.

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Acer releases new C710-2055 Chromebook

Acer releases new C710-2055 Chromebook

Back in November, we took a look at Acer's $199 C7 Chromebook, which featured entry-level specs that were great for the everyday internet surfer and email checker on a budget, but Acer today announced an updated model that comes with some faster hardware. However, the price tag also saw a bump this time around as well.

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Google patents rear-touch controls 6 years after Apple

Google patents rear-touch controls 6 years after Apple

A patent application has just revealed that Google is going to be implementing rear-touch controls for its future Android smartphones. The patent is similar to a patent filed by Apple in 2006, which it planned on using to implement the rear-touch feature in its future iPads. However, it's been 7 years since Apple was granted the patent, and yet there are still no iPads with rear-touch controls. Perhaps Apple will begin production on that project now that Google is gunning for it too.

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Google Chromebook Pixel Review

Google Chromebook Pixel Review

Google certainly put on a spectacle when they announced the all-new Chromebook Pixel, and the display is truly wonderful. Everything about this new Chromebook is top notch. The design is elegant, the screen is crisp and beautiful, but we still have what many would probably agree is a love-hate relationship with the Chrome OS. Add in a touchscreen for our smartphone accustomed brains and we could really have something here. However, read on to find out if the $1,299 price is worth the risk.

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500px app comes to Chrome

500px app comes to Chrome

500px had a bit of controversy back in January when the iOS app was temporarily pulled from the iTunes App Store due to nude photo searches. As of today however, 500px has returned with a bit of good news for Chrome users -- a 500px app is now available for Chrome. This app release is for the Chrome browser running on Mac and Windows as well as Chrome OS computers including the new Chromebook Pixel.

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Chromebook Pixel hands-on: does Google tempt the daring?

Chromebook Pixel hands-on: does Google tempt the daring?

Google's brand new Chromebook Pixel wasn't entirely unexpected, but last week they blasted onto the high end laptop scene with the all-new device. With all previous models being aimed primarily at the low end, this Google-made Chromebook looks to change everything. With a stunning 2560 x 1700 HD 'Pixel' display, a powerful Intel Core i5 processor, and a beautiful design is it worth $1,299? Read on for our first impressions.

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Don’t expect Android and Chrome OS to merge any time soon

Don’t expect Android and Chrome OS to merge any time soon

Android and Chrome OS: Google's split attention between two overlapping platforms has long come in for criticism, but rumors of a merge in time for the Chromebook Pixel failed to pan out. Then again, is the world ready for a $1,300 Chromebook, no matter whether it runs Android or Chrome OS? Perhaps not, Google's director of Android user experience, Matias Duarte, says, but there's more in Pixel's prescience of the touchscreen future, he argues.

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