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Should I buy a $249 Chromebook for school?

Should I buy a $249 Chromebook for school?

If you're asking yourself if the brand new $249 Samsung Chromebook is going to get you through the school year, you'll want to know a few details on how this device actually functions. First of all, it may look surprisingly like a MacBook Air, but it's not a full-fledged system in the way you're used to - this device isn't made for massive video editing and it's certainly not ready for any big-name gaming adventures. What it is made for is web-based action - and lots of it.

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Google I/O attendees score free Chromebox

Google I/O attendees score free Chromebox

Remember Google’s Chromebox? The company is giving attendees at I/O one of the machines absolutely free. That’s not a bad present on top of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus Q, and Nexus 7s that were given away yesterday. If you recall, the Chromebox is running Google’s Chrome OS and is designed to be a lightweight PC for basic multimedia and productivity tasks.

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Google Chrome Web Store gets gaming boost

Google Chrome Web Store gets gaming boost

Today during Google's second day keynote they are talking about Chrome, and the Chrome Web Store. Reminding us about gaming with Chrome, and gaming in the cloud. With Chrome games can stream online with any internet connected device, and Google has improved Chrome in many key areas to help with performance and more.

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 and Chromebox Series 3 power up the OS

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 and Chromebox Series 3 power up the OS

This week Samsung has released information and availability on their next two big Google Chrome OS-toting devices, namely the Chromebook Series 5 550 and the Chromebox Series 3. Both of these devices have been given an upgrade in look as well as in hardware, most notably in their upgrade to Intel Celeron processors (Sandy Bridge) for a major boost in power. The Chromebox totes a lovely 1.9GHz dual-core Intel Celeron B840 (Sandy Bridge) CPU while the Chromebook comes with a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Celeron 867.

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Google Chrome OS update hits developers

Google Chrome OS update hits developers

You may have heard a lot about it, but when it comes to actual physical products, Google's fully functional computer operating system hasn't exactly made its splash yet. That doesn't mean the search giant doesn't still have wide-eyed passion and seismic-sized plans for Chrome OS, though. In fact, in some respects, Google is just getting started. It just rolled out its newest edition of the operating system for developers.

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Chromium OS adds automatic Google Docs sync

Chromium OS adds automatic Google Docs sync

Good news for the seven of you that own a Chromebook! The latest version of Google’s open source, browser-based operating system, Chromium OS, is now able to automatically sync any files that have been uploaded to Google Docs. Documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, tables, music, movies, and archives will all be automatically synced to your Chromebook, as long as you’re willing to jump through a few hoops.

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Google Chrome Password Generator tosses logic in the trash

Google Chrome Password Generator tosses logic in the trash

There's a feature coming out in a future version of Chrome (either the browser or the OS or both) which will generate a password for you, one "impossible" for a human to remember, and sync that password across your Chrome account. The reason this method is terrible, I must explain, is that unless this generator also creates a password as long as the system will let it, it's actually just as easy for a machine to crack as one you'd be able to remember on your own, without Chrome's help. This system is made supposedly to keep human password crackers at bay, but the developers at Chrome don't seem to be taking into account that these humans generally don't use their knowledge of you to crack your secrets in the first place.

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Google Chrome web browser updated to reflect mobile release

Google Chrome web browser updated to reflect mobile release

Yesterday we saw the dropping of the first Android-based Chrome browser, made specifically to work with Android devices with version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher working on them. Today we're seeing an update of Chrome for desktop computers (the web browser, not the operating system) which integrates the functionality of the mobile release perfectly, including the pre-loading of content amongst many other tinier changes. It's time to adopt Chrome for all your platforms all over again!

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Chrome Beta for Android 4.0 ICS Review

Chrome Beta for Android 4.0 ICS Review

Google has presented its first iteration of the web-centric brand name it uses for both a web browser and an operating system, Chrome, here on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This beta version of the app which now appears mostly to be a web browser is able to work with each other iteration of Chrome you've got open on all devices. It does this with a simple "Devices" interface which shows tabs each browser has open - the rest of the experience is centered around tabs as well, all with the aim of bringing you a speedy and simple internet browsing experience.

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