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Acer outs new Chromebook pair and Chromebox for classrooms

Acer outs new Chromebook pair and Chromebox for classrooms

It's clearly affordable education notebook week, and Acer is joining the party with a trio of new classroom-minded Chrome OS machines. Unveiled at Bett 2018 today, the three new models - two Chromebook notebooks and a Chromebox desktop - each pack niceties like USB Type-C and even, on one model, includes the option of baked-in 4G LTE.

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Lenovo’s new Chrome OS and Windows notebooks are toughened for class

Lenovo’s new Chrome OS and Windows notebooks are toughened for class

Lenovo has a gaggle of new education notebooks but, while it may be part of Microsoft's new push to seize back STEM from Google's Chromebooks, it's hedging its bets with new Windows and Chrome OS models. Seven new models are arriving today, spanning form-factors and ranges that include Yoga and ThinkPad, and in some cases offered in either Chrome OS or Windows 10 forms. Pricing will kick off from just $219, too.

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Chrome OS Android APK sideloading will soon be easier

Chrome OS Android APK sideloading will soon be easier

Just because it can install Android apps doesn’t make Chromebooks Android devices. For one, Android behavior and performance on Chrome OS still leave much to be desired. For another, sideloading APKs, that is, installing from unverified sources, isn’t as straightforward. That might soon be a thing of the past when the new code in Chrome OS makes its way to a future version, allowing the installation of APKs without having to wipe your Chromebook.

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Acer Chromebook 11 packs USB-C and 10 hour battery

Acer Chromebook 11 packs USB-C and 10 hour battery

Acer has carved a niche for itself with its affordable but capable Chromebooks, and the new Chromebook 11 range updated at CES 2018 looks set to be no different. Packing 11.6-inch displays, they're completely fanless and offer up to ten hours of battery life, Acer says.

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Fuchsia spotted: Google’s unreleased software now on new hardware

Fuchsia spotted: Google’s unreleased software now on new hardware

It's time to talk about Google's software called Fuchsia again. Today it's become apparent that Fuchsia is running on the Google Pixelbook. Fuchsia is a new(ish) operating system Google's been working on for many months. The Google Pixelbook is the notebook equivalent of a Google Pixel smartphone, instead running Chrome OS right out the box.

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Samsung 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook to have stylus and silo

Samsung 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook to have stylus and silo

Things seem to be getting interesting for Chromebooks again. On the heels of Google removing the last remaining Android tablet from its store, clues of improvement of Android apps on Chrome OS have surfaced. And while Google is now pointing buyers to its own Google PixelBook for their Android tablet fix, Samsung might have a better solution coming. Last month saw signs in Chrome OS code of what could the first 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook coming from Samsung, and it might even come with a nifty stylus and a home for it.

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This Chrome OS update ends Android apps’ biggest annoyance

This Chrome OS update ends Android apps’ biggest annoyance

For a while now, Chrome OS has been able to run Android apps. This, importantly, means access to the Google Play Store on your Chromebook. While that's a great feature that got a lot of Chromebook users justifiably excited, right now those Android apps run more like they would on a phone instead of a PC.

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The Core i7 Pixelbook is up for order (but do you really need it?)

The Core i7 Pixelbook is up for order (but do you really need it?)

Is it madness to spend $1,549 on a Chromebook? Google says no, and has finally put its maxed-out configuration of the Google Pixelbook up for order. Bearing an Intel Core i7 processor, this most potent of Pixelbooks may well be overkill for most users, but if you're after Chrome OS bragging rights it's your best option.

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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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