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Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebooks is ready for school

Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebooks is ready for school

It isn't just work that was suddenly plunged into a new world. Schools are also scrambling to adjust to the "new normal", which mostly means holding lessons remotely without direct teacher supervision. That also means relying more heavily on devices, of which Chromebooks and iPads are fiercely competing in the market. Whichever of the two you choose, there will now be a Minecraft learning world ready for you as developers Mojang (owned by Microsoft) rolls out at long last Chromebook support for its Education Edition.

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Google Nearby Share hits phones: “AirDrop” for Android

Google Nearby Share hits phones: “AirDrop” for Android

Android is finally getting its own version of Apple's AirDrop, with Google rolling out Nearby Share from today. Compatible with Android 6.0+ devices, Nearby Share promises much smoother file, link, and content exchanges between phones and tablets, just as long as the two devices are in fairly close proximity.

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Chrome OS Windows apps support compared to needing a VHS tape player

Chrome OS Windows apps support compared to needing a VHS tape player

Google has been shaping Chrome OS to almost be the end all and be all of operating systems. It is practically a glorified web browser where apps based on web technologies can feel at home while now also supporting "foreign" apps from Android and Linux. Its recent announced partnership with Parallels to bring Windows software to Chrome OS sounds like a partial admission of defeat that it can't really provide everything that its users need. Google pretty much acknowledges that but amusingly also tries to downplay it by comparing it archaic technology.

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Some Chromebook owners now get three months of Stadia Pro for free

Some Chromebook owners now get three months of Stadia Pro for free

Google has just introduced another perk for Chromebook owners, this one involving its Stadia cloud gaming service. This new perk differs from the existing Stadia offering made available to Chromebook owners, the one offering a Premiere Edition discount to certain model owners. This time around, Google is giving Chromebook owners free access to Stadia Pro for three months -- but only some Chromebook purchases are eligible.

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Chromebook owners now get 100GB of Dropbox cloud storage for free

Chromebook owners now get 100GB of Dropbox cloud storage for free

Google offers various perks in exchange for buying one of its Chromebooks, something that adds a bit of incentive for those who may be on the fence about these small, fairly limited devices. The available perks are updated semi-regularly to add new opportunities, something that recently happened and involves cloud storage company Dropbox. As of now, Chromebook users have the opportunity to get 100GB of cloud storage for free.

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook ‘Nightfury’ may launch with QLED display

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook ‘Nightfury’ may launch with QLED display

Samsung is likely working on a new Chromebook model that goes by the codename 'Nightfury,' and a new leak claims this upcoming model will feature a QLED display. The new model -- assuming the leak pans out -- will join the existing Samsung Galaxy Chromebook model, which features an impressive but pricey 4K AMOLED screen.

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Major battery save coming to your devices via Chrome

Major battery save coming to your devices via Chrome

There's a new feature coming to the Chrome web browser from Google that'll drastically cut down on battery drain on multiple platforms. If you're using a Windows PC, Mac (Apple), Linux (on a PC), Chrome OS, Android, or just Android WebView, you've got the potential to increase your device's battery life by a noticeable amount. It all comes down to throttling Javascript timers.

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Chrome OS might soon run Steam games too

Chrome OS might soon run Steam games too

It is increasingly becoming evident that Google is grooming Chrome OS to be something like a dumping ground for anything and everything it can cram into what was originally a glorified Chrome web browser. From that modest beginning, Chromebooks have grown up to support not just Android and Linux apps but also triple-A gaming via Stadia. It seems that Google isn't done yet and may even be working on getting Steam games to run on future Chromebooks, further transforming their image from educational toys to serious work computers.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 713 pairs Chrome OS with Project Athena

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 pairs Chrome OS with Project Athena

Acer has revealed its latest Chromebooks, with the Chromebook Spin 713 tapping Intel's Project Athena for maximum performance from Google's OS. Promising a premium twist on Chrome OS, the notebook pairs a tough reinforced aluminum chassis with a 360-degree hinge and 10th Gen Intel Core processors.

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Chrome OS will soon run Windows app through Parallels

Chrome OS will soon run Windows app through Parallels

It may not be Google's OS but Chrome OS is truly shaping up to be the one OS to rule them all. It can already run software from Android and Linux in addition to its own native web-based Chrome apps and soon it will add what may be the most important set of apps for users. Full Windows applications are coming to some Chromebooks but those will be running via a third-party solution and only to a very select few Chrome OS users.

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Google Play Store premium games for Chromebooks could just be the beginning

Google Play Store premium games for Chromebooks could just be the beginning

Despite the many updates and new features that have been pushed out in the past few months, it sometimes feels that Chrome OS is still Google's proverbial red-headed stepchild. Google has opened up the OS to both Android and Linux apps but, aside from an educational focus, some might still find it hard to fathom what Chrome OS and Chromebooks are really good at. Now it seems that Google is adding yet another spin to Chromebooks and turning them into viable gaming computers, at least depending on what games you like playing.

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HP Chromebook x360 14c premium Chrome OS notebook is oddly affordable

HP Chromebook x360 14c premium Chrome OS notebook is oddly affordable

HP has announced two new Chrome OS notebooks, with the HP Chromebook x360 14c targeting the premium market while the HP Chromebook 11a plays at the value end. On sale this month, the Chromebook x360 14c will be HP's fanciest consumer Chromebook so far, the company says, complete with style and detailing from its x360 Windows notebooks.

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