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Google Pixelbook 2 “Atlas” 4K screen unofficially smiles for the camera

Google Pixelbook 2 “Atlas” 4K screen unofficially smiles for the camera

Google may have called it quits on making Pixel and Chrome OS tablets but it hasn't given up yet on Pixel laptops. It has been almost two years since the first Google Chrome OS laptop launched and the Pixelbook hasn't had a proper successor. That may finally be changing this year when, along with the Pixel 4, Google launches the Pixelbook 2. It may not be enjoying the same flood of leaks as the Android smartphone but there is no shortage of information about the laptop that is now fighting for the spotlight once again.

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Lenovo Chromebook C340 and S340 offer USB-C on a budget

Lenovo Chromebook C340 and S340 offer USB-C on a budget

Lenovo has taken the wraps off its new C340 and S340 Chromebooks, both offering consumers Google's Chrome OS alongside stylish ultrabook designs. The two new models will arrive in September with very low starting prices, the C340 being notable for its 11-inch size option and convertible design, the S340 for its larger size and dark aesthetic. The C340 and S340 join Lenovo's new business notebooks, tablets, and more.

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Chrome OS 76 introduces new features for work and even for play

Chrome OS 76 introduces new features for work and even for play

Considering its release schedule, Chrome OS doesn't get as much media buzz for each new version that gets rolled out. That doesn't make those releases any less substantial. In fact, the latest Chrome OS version 76 is one of the most notable ones, introducing much-needed features to turn the platform into a more proper competitor to the Windows and Macs. But more than just productivity features, Chromebook users can also be more productive in their entertainment activities.

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Lenovo has three new Chromebooks coming soon

Lenovo has three new Chromebooks coming soon

Much of the attention in the tech industry has been lavished on smartphones, despite what market analysts claim to be a slowly shrinking market. Other devices just aren't cutting it, especially Android tablets. For a time, it seemed that Google's Chrome OS was on the road to a huge resurgence but then things went silent again. Despite that, Google's hardware partners are still keeping the faith and Lenovo in particular seems to have three new Chromebooks that may be ready to break cover soon.

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Chrome OS USB iPhone tethering is in the pipeline

Chrome OS USB iPhone tethering is in the pipeline

Chrome OS is adding support for USB tethering for iPhone, a small detail which could make for a big reduction in headaches when it comes to getting your Chromebook online. The new functionality should come as a relief for those Chrome OS users who haven't paired their machine with an Android phone, and thus don't get to use Instant Tethering.

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Chrome OS to get Bluetooth battery indicator, virtual desktop keyboard shortcuts

Chrome OS to get Bluetooth battery indicator, virtual desktop keyboard shortcuts

Google has pretty much axed the development of its Chrome OS tablets but it continues to build up the operating system as a platform for work as much as it is for content consumption. It’s not yet there but each release takes it closer to that reality. In the next release or two, Chrome OS will gain the ability to see how long before your Bluetooth device dies out and how to manage virtual desktops in a way that won’t make sense to tablet-only devices.

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Chrome OS will show Android cloud storage apps in Files app

Chrome OS will show Android cloud storage apps in Files app

From the very beginning, Chrome OS and Chromebooks were envisioned to be cloud-centric, which is why the early models had very measly internal storage. It may have been a bit ahead of its time and Chromebook makers eventually crammed more gigabytes inside devices. Fast-forward a few years later, cloud storage has become a critical piece of modern workers' lives and now Chrome OS is putting them these services to the forefront of its native Files app. That is if their Android app supports its.

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Google made the right tablet decision – now it needs to stick to it

Google made the right tablet decision – now it needs to stick to it

Google is giving up on tablet development, focusing on Pixel smartphones, Chrome OS devices, and throwing its weight behind its hardware partners in the run-up to Android Q's release. Unusually, for a tech firm, the search giant opted not to allow its products to wither away in silence. Instead, Google confirmed head-on that it was changing course.

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Google kills tablet development

Google kills tablet development

A report and confirmation from Google SVP of Devices and Services Rick Osterloh today say Google is axing tablets. This means that for the foreseeable future, Google won't be designing and/or ordering manufacturing for tablet devices for Chrome OS or Android. According to Osterloh, "Google's HARDWARE team will be solely focused on building laptops moving forward."

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iPadOS shows where Android tablets went wrong

iPadOS shows where Android tablets went wrong

One of the most surprising things to come out of WWDC is arguably iPadOS. Until just a few hours before the event, there was very little evidence of its existence. Sure, Apple has been making iOS on iPads, especially iPad Pros, more and more capable but few probably expected it would come out with a slightly modified and dedicated version of iOS for larger screens. More than just confirming Apple's vision for its iPad line, iPadOS also reinforces the opportunity that Google and other Android device makers had with Android tablets and how they squandered that chance to beat Apple to this market.

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OneChrome project to deepen Chrome OS and Android integration

OneChrome project to deepen Chrome OS and Android integration

Google has two major operating systems, and one experimental one still coming, and that doesn't seem to be changing any time soon. Instead of the "one OS to rule them all" approach, Google is instead using a strategy that tries to seamlessly bridge the divide between Chrome OS and Android. The latest step in that regard seems to be a project called "OneChrome" that will let the two platforms share pieces of data, including Wi-Fi passwords, clipboard, and even phone numbers.

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Redact It has me thinking anti-spoiler social network

Redact It has me thinking anti-spoiler social network

We live in a cruel world, a world where people find joy in spoiling story endings for others on the internet. They see a movie on release day (or worse yet, pirate a movie), turn around and spew the ending of said movie on the web. Today I've been shown a tool that could mitigate internet-based spoilers in a big way. Let me turn your attention toward Redact It.

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