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Chromebooks with ARM CPU and NVIDIA RTX graphics might be in the works

Chromebooks with ARM CPU and NVIDIA RTX graphics might be in the works

Chromebooks have the stigma of being low-cost, low-power computers designed to cater to the limited needs of offices and schools. That's despite the existence of some models that rival high-end Windows laptops in specs and even in prices. One computing segment that Chromebooks still don't sufficiently address is gaming, but that could be changing soon, at least on the hardware side, thanks to NVIDIA's efforts to push its RTX technology to Arm processors.

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Chrome OS update locks people out of their Chromebooks

Chrome OS update locks people out of their Chromebooks

It's often advised to always be on top of updates, especially for critical software like operating systems and web browsers, in order to get the latest security fixes and vulnerability mitigations. That said, that also comes with some risks, especially when the update itself comes with a show-stopping bug. That is the unfortunate scenario that Chrome OS users have suddenly found themselves in after a seemingly small update has locked a good number of them out of the computers.

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Chrome 92 released for iOS, Android, Beta beyond desktop

Chrome 92 released for iOS, Android, Beta beyond desktop

A new version of the Google Chrome web browser is available for Android devices and iOS devices as of this week. If you're using a mobile device right now without the latest version of Chrome, you'll see the Chrome 92 release available in your device's app store in the very near future. Depending on the device you have, you may have a Beta version available, too.

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ASUS Chromebook CX9 released as Chrome OS laptop-only hero

ASUS Chromebook CX9 released as Chrome OS laptop-only hero

The ASUS Chromebook CX9 is the latest in a line of laptop-style machines that run Chrome OS with style and grace. This machine does not fold all the way back like its "Flip" brand brethren, and it does not include a stylus (though it'll support one, eventually). Instead, it's made to be a key entry in the Chrome OS universe from ASUS with a unique vision in industrial design and simple functionality.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 ready to roll for 2021

ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 ready to roll for 2021

This week ASUS launched a new ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5400), ready to roll with the newest version of Chrome OS and up to an 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor. This device has up to Intel Irix Xe graphics and a proven set of heavy duty chassis. This machine works with US MIL-STD 810H standards so it's ready for basic bumps and drops.

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Android 12 emoji updates fix some obvious pain points

Android 12 emoji updates fix some obvious pain points

Today we're taking a peek at a bunch of newly renovated emoji delivered with Android 12. Google made a set of emoji ready for all platforms in their collection, including but not limited to apps like Gmail and YouTube, as well as operating systems like Android and Chrome OS. The first and most clear change came with the "motorway" emoji, which now no longer has yellow lines on BOTH sides of the motorway - because that does not make sense.

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Zoom Chromebook app will be arriving as a PWA next week

Zoom Chromebook app will be arriving as a PWA next week

Video conferencing has been the name of the game since last year, and Zoom has almost become synonymous with it. While Google continued to push Chromebooks as the perfect devices for work and study, they were ironically ill-equipped to handle the demands of heavy video chats, both in terms of hardware and especially software. It wouldn't be until later that Google's own Meet would land on Chromebooks and other similar platforms have yet to become available in full. That will happen next week when Zoom finally launches a dedicated app for Chromebooks on the Google Play Store.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebooks, Mobile Monitor embrace the hybrid lifestyle

Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebooks, Mobile Monitor embrace the hybrid lifestyle

After being forced to work or study from their homes, workers and students have started to adopt what has been called a hybrid lifestyle. This new buzzword simply puts a name to what many have already been doing before the pandemic, working or studying in whatever location possible without being tied to desks in the office or at home. To cater to this new generation of computer users, Lenovo is announcing several new products, including two Chromebooks and a portable USB-C monitor, for people with unlimited places to work but with limited budgets.

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Galaxy Chromebook Go silently appears with optional LTE

Galaxy Chromebook Go silently appears with optional LTE

Last month, Samsung announced its most powerful Galaxy devices, which, unsurprisingly, were all Windows-powered laptops. This was followed by the almost silent debut of the Galaxy Chromebook Go, Windows laptops powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon Compute processors. It appears that Samsung isn't done yet with the laptop form factor but has gone from almost silent to completely silent about the Galaxy Chromebook Go. This time, it comes as a very traditional Chromebook that will most likely put its price tag and optional LTE connectivity as its selling points.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip CM5 wants to be your Google Stadia rig

ASUS Chromebook Flip CM5 wants to be your Google Stadia rig

ASUS has launched a new Chrome OS laptop packing up to AMD's Ryzen 5, with the ASUS Chromebook Flip CM5 giving a big nod to cloud gaming with its color-blocked WASD keys. The new notebook has a 15.6-inch screen and - though you can of course use all the normal Google apps as with any Chromebook - ASUS is positioning it as a particularly strong Google Stadia partner.

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Chromebooks are getting monthly Chrome OS updates to keep users safe

Chromebooks are getting monthly Chrome OS updates to keep users safe

Gone are the days when people had to wait for ages to get updates for their phones and computers. Even Microsoft has switched to a more regular and shorter pace of two feature updates a year with lots of rolling updates in between. Software updates for certain apps are even more frequent, especially web browsers that need to keep up with the equally fast development of exploits and malware. That is why Google has shifted Chrome's release cycle to a four-week cadence and it is adopting the same pace for Chrome OS later this year.

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CTL Chromebox CBx2 might be the most powerful Chrome OS desktop yet

CTL Chromebox CBx2 might be the most powerful Chrome OS desktop yet

Chrome OS devices have earned the reputation of being low-power and low-cost computers mostly because of how most Chromebooks, especially the first one, were precisely those. These days, however, Google and its OEM partners have been trying to raise the profile of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes by providing beefier hardware components. That, of course, also means raising prices and that combination is perhaps best seen in CTL's newest Chromebox CBx2 which may have the hardware to rival even some gaming computers.

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