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These Chromebooks come with 6 months of free Netflix

These Chromebooks come with 6 months of free Netflix

If you've been thinking about adding a Chromebook to your holiday wish-list, Google is offering to sweeten the deal with a tempting Netflix subscription thrown into some of the most popular models. Buy one of the eligible Chromebooks, and you can sign up for a free, six-month Netflix account to enjoy on the Chrome OS laptop.

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uBreakiFix to offer out of warranty Google Pixelbook replacements

uBreakiFix to offer out of warranty Google Pixelbook replacements

Google’s own Chromebooks have never really been on the “cheap” side but the Pixelbook takes it to a whole new level. The latest Chrome OS flagship easily costs $999 at its most basic configuration. With higher prices come higher risks and higher desires to protect that investment. uBreakiFix, who has been offering walk-in, same-day repairs for both generations of Pixel phones, has struck yet another partnership with Google on the Pixelbook. This time, however, there’s a bit of a twist.

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Google’s planning a radical new dual-screen device

Google’s planning a radical new dual-screen device

Google began planning a new sort of notebook that allows more than one person to experience the same device in different rooms. The device is a laptop computer which detaches in the middle - and both the lower half and the upper half can work independent of one another. These two computers can also act as one, the lower half converting into a touchscreen keypad whilst not in use for other activities.

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New Chromebooks just got a next-level killer feature

New Chromebooks just got a next-level killer feature

This week Chromebooks are once again able to use the entire Microsoft Office app suite VIA Android apps. This is the first time in a while since these apps have been available in a while. For more people, the first time they've been able to use these apps on their Chromebooks at all, ever. These versions of the Microsoft Office apps require a subscription to Office 365, and those without said subscription will only be able to use these apps to view files. Either way, Windows 10 PC manufacturers aren't going to be too thrilled.

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All Chromebooks now have Microsoft Office Android apps

All Chromebooks now have Microsoft Office Android apps

The Google Pixelbook is a grand, but pricey, device but, as our own Chris Davies realized, it was a grand device hobbled by a not so grand operating system. While Chrome OS has matured quite considerably compared to its early days, there’s still a distinct lack of apps and features that keep some from calling it a proper laptop. One of those, for better or for worse, is Microsoft Office. And, for better or for worse, that has now changed with the availability of Microsoft’s Android Office apps on all, not just some, Chromebooks.

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Google’s Pixelbook is wasted on Chrome OS

Google’s Pixelbook is wasted on Chrome OS

The status-quo in laptops has been upended. The MacBook Pro, once the darling of what seemed like every mobile user, has soured many with Apple’s resolute transition to next-generation ports and continued rejection of touchscreen displays. Microsoft, meanwhile, has demonstrated an unforeseen level of design creativity that borders on the obsessional, pumping out Surface hardware that has many macOS users second-guessing their platform of choice. And then there’s the Google Pixelbook running Chrome OS, a notebook both blessed and cursed.

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Next Samsung Chromebook could be detachable 2-in-1

Next Samsung Chromebook could be detachable 2-in-1

The gap between Chromebooks and regular notebooks is starting to narrow from both sides. Many laptop users are now utilizing their portable desktops for tasks that could easily be accomplished on a Chromebook. At the same time, Chrome OS, with a bit of help from Android as well as CrossOver, is beginning to support more software beyond web apps. With the new Google Pixelbook, Chromebooks are also catching up in hardware features, not to mention price. Next year, we might even see even more progress on that front, with Samsung now believed to be making a 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook tablet/laptop hybrid.

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Google Pixelbook Review: Chrome OS plays hardball

Google Pixelbook Review: Chrome OS plays hardball

With the Google Pixelbook, you could say the Chromebook market has come full circle. Almost five years ago, Google's Chromebook Pixel forced us to consider whether $1,299 was ridiculous or reasonable for a pared-back notebook that ran web apps. Today, with Chrome OS having chomped through a big chunk of the education market and making increasing inroads with both consumers and the enterprise, Google is back with another high-end option. Get ready for some deja-vu.

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CrossOver on Chrome OS lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

CrossOver on Chrome OS lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

One of the biggest criticisms of Chromebooks was on how they looked like a laptop but didn’t act like one. At least not like typical Windows or macOS laptops. That might be an unfair comparison but it points out one of the platform’s biggest flaws: the lack of software. Google has partly solved that by enabling Android apps on Chrome OS. The other part of the solution is coming from software developers CodeWeavers, who is making the beta version of their CrossOver for Chrome OS available to the public, allowing Chromebook owners to run some of the most popular and widely-used Windows programs on their laptops.

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Google Hangouts Meet hardware makes video calling play

Google Hangouts Meet hardware makes video calling play

When it comes to Google hardware, all eyes may be on the Pixel 2 and Pixelbook, but the search giant still wants to make inroads in businesses. That explains the new Hangouts Meet hardware, an awkwardly named meeting management system that builds on the Hangouts Meet service recently announced for enterprise. It's another attempt to make video conferencing more straightforward.

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Google Neverware investment could see Chrome OS older hardware

Google Neverware investment could see Chrome OS older hardware

Unless you've been keeping close tabs on the Chrome OS world, you might not be familiar with Neverware. Last year, the company made a rather tempting offer, to run Chrome OS on top of existing Windows or Mac computers. And while unofficially supported, it has just gotten the blessing of the big G itself. Neverware just announced that they received some funding from Google to bring that same technology into the enterprise, which nicely coincides with Microsoft's recent push to get Windows 10 S into that same space as well.

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Google Pixelbook first impressions and Pen hands-on: High End Again

Google Pixelbook first impressions and Pen hands-on: High End Again

The new most extravagant Chromebook comes from Google, and it's called the Google Pixelbook. Much in the same vein as the Chromebook Pixels that've come before it, this Pixelbook is a high-performance piece of machinery made for Chrome OS. Much like convertible Chromebooks and Windows notebooks that've come before it, this unit can fold down flat and back over itself to become two kinds of stand-up displays or a tablet.

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