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Google Pixelbook leak: Chromebook with pen and crazy pricing

Google Pixelbook leak: Chromebook with pen and crazy pricing

We've been hearing rumors about a new high-end Chromebook in the works from Google itself, and that Chromebook may have just leaked. Called the Google Pixelbook, this model is billed as a high-end Chrome OS laptop with a premium design, higher-end features, and a huge $1200 starting price to match. The laptop will, at least per the leak, come in a silver color with storage options ranging up to 512GB, among other things.

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Chrome wages war on autoplay videos

Chrome wages war on autoplay videos

Autoplay videos can be one of the most annoying things on the internet. While the content they offer can sometimes be useful, they can also be quite jarring when users aren't expecting them. With this in mind, Google Chrome is going to lay down some new ground rules for autoplay videos in an upcoming build.

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Acer Spin, Swift, and Chromebook updates drop, flip, transform

Acer Spin, Swift, and Chromebook updates drop, flip, transform

Acer has a wide array of device updates and refreshes this week, all of which are being shown for the first time at IFA 2017. The three devices I'm rounding up here are the Acer Swift 5, the Acer Spin 5, and the Acer Chromebook 15. These devices add to Acer's already-expansive collection of versatile notebooks and 2-in-1 convertible products on the market today.

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Chrome browser will soon let you mute a website forever

Chrome browser will soon let you mute a website forever

If you love Google Chrome and hate websites that start playing audio without permission, good news: you'll soon be able to forever silence those tabs, stopping them before they even get started. The upcoming feature was detailed recently by Google's François Beaufort, who said in a Google Plus post that the Chrome team is presently experimenting with the feature.

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Sling TV streaming in Chrome browser goes live

Sling TV streaming in Chrome browser goes live

If you prefer to stream live television on your laptop rather than through the company's mobile apps, a new beta launch should get you excited. The company has announced the arrival of Sling TV streaming in Google's Chrome browser, though the entire thing is still in a beta right now. The streaming is possible within Chrome sans the use of a plugin or app.

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Chromebook Google Assistant key revealed in dev screenshot

Chromebook Google Assistant key revealed in dev screenshot

The Chromebook is in for a big makeover, at least per leaks we've seen in recent months, and chief among the changes will be the inclusion of Google Assistant. Signs of Google Assistant for Chromebook began appearing in developers' notes about a rumored Chromebook codenamed 'Eve,' and the biggest confirmation of the plans surfaced only a handful of days ago. Joining that is a new screenshot which confirms the rumor that Google Assistant will have its own dedicated key.

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Chrome OS touch controls now available [in this Beta update]

Chrome OS touch controls now available [in this Beta update]

Touch controls and a new UI have been introduced in the most recent release of Canary, the Beta-like state of Google Chrome OS. Google Chrome OS is in a constant state of flux, partially because of the manufacturers that've pushed for functionality that's not been a major part of the software in the past. Google, too, released their first higher-end Chromebook with a touchscreen on it - the first Google Chromebook Pixel.

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This popular app is infected: Chrome-lookalike Magic Browser

This popular app is infected: Chrome-lookalike Magic Browser

Users that've downloaded the app "Magic Browser" at any point in the past should delete the app immediately. This app has been found to contain malware of a simple sort - but terrible nonetheless. This app's malware is especially dangerous not because of what it can do to an average user's phone, but because of how crafty it is in making it's way into the phone - trickery!

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Microsoft Edge’s battery life claims get an independent test

Microsoft Edge’s battery life claims get an independent test

Although it probably had the biggest share in the web browser market, the bloat that was known as Internet Explorer soon dragged Microsoft's name down to the Internet Hall of Shame. Given than notoriety, it almost seemed that its new browser, Microsoft Edge, had an unfair disadvantage. Unsurprisingly, the company put its marketing and advertising machine into high gear, including tests that claim superior battery life for the Edge. However, most, if not all, of these proofs and counter-proofs were made by browser makers themselves. Fortunately, Linus Tech Tips decided it was time to have an independent test done, and the results might surprise you.

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DirecTV NOW will soon force computer users to stream in Chrome

DirecTV NOW will soon force computer users to stream in Chrome

AT&T's Internet-streaming live TV service will soon be exclusive to the Chrome browser, assuming you prefer to stream on your laptop or desktop. Users are reporting seeing a message when attempting to stream on PC that advises them to download and install Google Chrome, saying it is necessary in order to get the 'best streaming experience.' You have until the end of this month to make the transition.

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Chrome will have a built-in ad-blocker starting in early 2018

Chrome will have a built-in ad-blocker starting in early 2018

Back in April, we reported on sources that claimed Google was going to bake an ad-blocker directly into its Chrome browser, something that would block advertisements deemed to be intrusive and/or disruptive for visitors. Google has confirmed that report today, shedding light on a crucial detail that was missing the first time around: Chrome will block all advertisements on a website that doesn't adhere to Better Ads Standards.

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Chrome is coming to Daydream later this year

Chrome is coming to Daydream later this year

It's kind of hard to imagine that Google would have much more to announce after yesterday's I/O keynote, but today the company was back for a second presentation. Today was all about VR, which stands in stark comparison to yesterday, which only seemed to make mention of VR at the end. Though there were some interesting reveals made, one of the cooler ones revolves around Chrome and its future on VR headsets.

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