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HP Chromebook 13 has the looks of a MacBook, with a price to match

HP Chromebook 13 has the looks of a MacBook, with a price to match

Chromebooks are Google's answer to the laptop. If you're not familiar, these devices run ChromeOS, which is essentially an operating system built around the popular browser. Today, HP announced their first high-end Chromebook, simply called the Chromebook 13.

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Chrome OS could soon have full Google Play Store support

Chrome OS could soon have full Google Play Store support

To many, it didn't make sense for Google to have different but related and practically competing operating systems. Some of those wished the two would merge, for the benefit of all but mostly for the Chrome OS users. Nearly two years ago, Google stirred things up when it officially supported running a handful of Android apps on Chrome OS, followed by silence. Things heated up again in the Alphabet reorganization but Google quickly shot down rumors of a Chrome-Android merger. Now, however, there might be evidence that Google is further bridging the gap, providing the full Play Store experience on Chrome OS.

Technically, the two OS are very different, except for a shared Linux base and some Google technologies like Chrome. Both, however, could benefit from the other's features. Android, for one, could learn a thing or two about window management and treating web apps as first class citizens. Chrome OS, on the other hand, needs the wealth of popular apps available on Android.

Google partly conceded to the latter in September when it launched ARC, the App Runtime for Chrome that allowed a few Android apps, selected by Google, to run on Chrome. That list started with Evernote, Vine, Sight Words, and Duo Lingo, eventually expanding to a few more, but never embracing the hundreds available on Android. Of course, there were a few attempts to give users that ability, but those were inconvenient at best, buggy at worst. In short, it was technically possible but needed Google's help in opening it up to the whole universe of Android apps. And it seems it finally will.

A user accidentally stumbled on a Chrome OS setting that would have enabled Android apps to run on the Chromebook. The setting quickly disappeared but not before a screenshot was taken. Naturally, dozens volunteered for the treasure hunt and indeed discovered placeholder text for the feature. If enabled, it would ask the user's permission to setup Google Play Store on the Chromebook to access millions of apps and games. Sadly, there is no "Hell Yeah!" button.

The feature is largely inactive for now but we could be given the full Monty this coming Google I/O. Even if it is prayer answered for some, it's still curious to see how Google will manage this strategy. Given how more Chromebooks, and even Chromeboxes and Chromebases, are coming out, Google will hardly kill off Chrome OS anytime soon. On the other hand, Android is set to receive more multi-window features in Android N, which could put it on par with Chrome OS. The two are ironically getting closer together, yet still not the same. Sounds familiar?

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Acer Chromebook 14 for Work can survive a lot of spills

Acer Chromebook 14 for Work can survive a lot of spills

Acer has just revealed a slew of new devices, most of them revolving around the Windows 10 OS. There were, however, some exceptions, like an Android smartphoned and tablet, as well as this new Chromebook 14 for Work. If part of that name sounds familiar, you might still remember the Chromebook 14 Acer unveiled just last month. Aside from the name and screen size, however, the two have little else in common, with the Chromebook 14 for Work designed to be powerful, rugged, and yet still presentable. In other words, just the Chromebook you'll want for work.

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Haier convertible Chromebook prototype spotted at IDF in China

Haier convertible Chromebook prototype spotted at IDF in China

Chinese company Haier, which entered the Chromebook market last year with its ultra-cheap Chrome OS laptop, is back with another model, and this one has 360-degree hinges. The convertible Chromebook's display can be folded fully backward, putting the laptop in tablet mode. Though pricing details haven't been revealed at this time, we do know it'll be arriving in the U.S. in the next couple of months.

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Acer Chromebook 14 debuts with 14hr battery, all-aluminum chassis

Acer Chromebook 14 debuts with 14hr battery, all-aluminum chassis

Acer has launched its new Acer Chromebook 14, an updated Chromebook from the maker that includes, among other things, a pair of USB 3.1 ports. The laptop itself is sleek, bringing a design that outpaces most competing Chromebooks — it includes an all-aluminum chassis with a low-profile contrasting keyboard. As with most Chromebooks, though, the model is budget-friendly at $299 USD.

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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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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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Samsung Chromebook 3 packs Celeron N3050 processor

Samsung Chromebook 3 packs Celeron N3050 processor

Samsung has trotted out a new member of its Chromebook family with the Chromebook 3 being unveiled in Las Vegas at CES 2016 today. The Chromebook 3 promises to be simple, fast, compact, and light. It aims at business and schools that need a portable experience that is cheaper to own than ultraportable Windows machines.

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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 Chromebook R11 Review: portable and foldable

Acer Chromebook R11 Review: portable and foldable

Back in September, Acer announced among other things, an update to their Chromebook line. One of the biggest changes to the line was the convertible design of the new Chromebook R11. I've had my hands on one for a little while now, and it's time to give you a closer look at it.

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Half the devices in US classrooms are now Chromebooks

Half the devices in US classrooms are now Chromebooks

Starting out at only 1 percent in 2012, Chromebooks have leapt to 50 percent when it comes to its presence in classrooms in the US. That's a monumental feat in three years for a device and a platform whose reason for being is still being questioned to this day. It was definitely an uphill battle for Chromebook makers but most especially for Google, who had to wrestle with more established brands like Apple and Microsoft in the education sector. And that battle is far from over as well.

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