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Chrome OS expands with ASUS and Toshiba: Acer, HP also onboard with Haswell

Chrome OS expands with ASUS and Toshiba: Acer, HP also onboard with Haswell

This week the folks at Google have successfully teamed up with ASUS and Toshiba to make the number of top-tier manufacturers working with Chrome OS reach a cool six. New products announced this week with Intel's 4th Generation Haswell processor technology (so far) include a new ASUS Chromebox, an unnamed Toshiba Chromebook, HP Chromebook14, and another new Acer Chromebook. This relative gush of devices is a good sign that Google's prediction of the long-lasting nature of Chrome OS, the web-based OS, will be around for the foreseeable future.

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Haswell Chromebooks claim 2x battery life of previous generation

Haswell Chromebooks claim 2x battery life of previous generation

There can be little doubt that the low-cost computer universe has begun to accept Chrome OS into its life, especially given today's confirmation by Intel that a new generation of Chromebooks will be working with Haswell. This is Intel's 4th Generation core technology, and as Intel and Google have made clear, it's expected that this line of products will bring both a measure of increased performance and an improvement on battery life by more than 2x previous generations.

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Chromebooks with Haswell to be revealed this week says sources

Chromebooks with Haswell to be revealed this week says sources

The latest among Chromebooks rumors, sources have stated that a new line of Chromebooks will be introduced this week at the Intel Developer Forum. Unlike other Chromebooks, these models will reportedly be running Intel Haswell processors, though other details, such as who will make them, was not provided. This follows closely on a rumor that ASUS plans to launch a Chromebook this year.

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Google+ Photos app expanded to include all Chromebooks

Google+ Photos app expanded to include all Chromebooks

The Google+ Photos app has been the exclusive domain of the Pixel for a while now, with that changing today as Google expands the app to all Chromebooks. With the Google+ Photos app, Chromebook users can take advantage of the convenience of the Google+ photo features, as well as the Google+ Photos app's specific functionality, among them being offline viewing and photo backups from SD cards.

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Acer to slow Microsoft focus while increasing Chromebook and Android production

Acer to slow Microsoft focus while increasing Chromebook and Android production

Acer has felt the squeeze brought on by ever-decreasing PC shipments, something that has affected more than a few companies. Eschewing PCs, consumers are gravitating in larger numbers towards mobile devices, particularly tablets, something that resulted in a poor second quarter for the company. In light of this, Acer's president stated that the company will be shifting its focus away from Microsoft products a bit.

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Google Chrome touchscreen browser tweaks in finger-friendly trial

Google Chrome touchscreen browser tweaks in finger-friendly trial

Google is testing touchscreen-friendly Chrome navigation features that could make using the browser on Windows 8 tablets, touch-notebooks, and Chrome OS devices like Pixel more finger friendly. The new tweaks, spotted in the latest "bleeding edge" Canary build of Chrome, include the ability to swipe through the browser history by dragging a finger left or right across the screen.

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Chromecast hits $35 price point, aims to connect TV to the web this week

Chromecast hits $35 price point, aims to connect TV to the web this week

This week the folks a Google have introduced a re-birth of the TV-connected smart device Nexus Q with a dongle called "Chromecast". This device connects through your television's standard HDMI port, connects to the web via Wi-Fi, and is controlled by a wide variety of devices, including Android, iOS, Chrome for Windows, Chrome for OS X, and Chrome OS on the Chromebook Pixel.

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