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Rugged Acer TravelMate, Chrome Spin 513, Chromebox CXI4 are ready for business

Rugged Acer TravelMate, Chrome Spin 513, Chromebox CXI4 are ready for business

Acer revealed new TravelMate laptops, a Chrome Spin, and a Chromebox machine all ready to roll for business in 2020. Three new TravelMate notebooks were revealed with with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, 4G LTE, and MIL-STD 810G military durability standards made with "commercial users" in mind. The Chromebook Spin 513 and the Chromebox CXI4 were revealed with both standard and Enterprise editions.

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Parallels brings Windows apps to Chromebooks for enterprise users

Parallels brings Windows apps to Chromebooks for enterprise users

Parallels is bringing Windows apps to Chromebooks with its new Parallels Desktop product. The Chromebook Enterprise software enables Chromebook enterprise customers to run Windows apps directly on the Chrome OS machines, bringing software like Microsoft Office and other software that businesses often rely on. Among other things, the Windows apps and Chrome OS apps can be run at the same time.

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Chrome OS 86 aims to make computing more accessible to visually impaired

Chrome OS 86 aims to make computing more accessible to visually impaired

A lot of modern technologies are designed for the vast majority of people with more or less capable vision and motor skills. Smartphones, for example, presume everyone has agile and accurate fingers, not to mention good if not excellent eyesight. Even laptops with larger screens take for granted that not everyone sees the same way. To make its web-centric platform more inclusive, Google is pouring some attention on accessibility features for Chrome OS that specifically target those who aren't able to see well.

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Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook Enterprise arrives in striking Abyss Blue

Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook Enterprise arrives in striking Abyss Blue

Lenovo has introduced a new enterprise-tier Chromebook that packs a familiar ThinkPad design, but with one obvious exception: it features a striking Abyss Blue color instead of the typical black shade we've come to expect from the ThinkPad line. The new ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook packs the design of a ThinkPad, the flexibility of a Yoga laptop, and the lightweight Chrome OS alongside features tailored specifically for enterprise customers.

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AMD’s new Zen-based Ryzen and Athlon Chromebook CPUs crank the Intel pressure

AMD’s new Zen-based Ryzen and Athlon Chromebook CPUs crank the Intel pressure

AMD today announced a collection of Zen-based mobile processors destined for Chromebooks. The new batch of processors includes three Ryzen CPUs and two Athlon CPUs that seem to cover the mid and high-range pretty well. AMD promises some big improvements over previous generation AMD-based Chromebooks, and we should start seeing Chromebooks featuring these new processors launching by the end of the year.

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Chromebook gaming gets a bigger push with Google Play premium section

Chromebook gaming gets a bigger push with Google Play premium section

Chromebooks started out as affordable low-powered cloud-centric laptops designed more for basic school and office work. These days, however, they've pretty much become powerhouses, especially considering the number of operating systems and apps they can support. Despite all that, Chromebooks aren't exactly seen as fit for gaming, an image that Google wants to change with a new premium gaming section on Google Play Store that highlights the best Android games for Chromebooks.

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Chrome OS Wi-Fi Sync, Settings Search help make managing Chromebooks easier

Chrome OS Wi-Fi Sync, Settings Search help make managing Chromebooks easier

Chromebooks, in part due to the COVID-19, have become an in-demand commodity of late and it might not be unusual for families or people to have more than one such device in their possession. Unlike more expensive laptops, it might be easier to acquire multiple Chromebooks but that doesn't make it easier to manage them all. That may no longer be true, at least when setting up and configuring Chromebooks are involved, thanks to a few small but significant updates to Chrome OS.

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Chromebooks and Android phones will soon sync Wi-Fi passwords

Chromebooks and Android phones will soon sync Wi-Fi passwords

MacBooks and iPhones can easily share data, Internet connections, and even Wi-Fi logins thanks to the fact that only one company makes both the hardware and the software. Google doesn't really have that luxury at least on the hardware front, making it harder for it to push features that bridge its different platforms together. Fortunately, it hasn't given up on that yet and will soon be syncing one small but important kind of data between Android and Chrome OS devices, making it easier for both devices to connect to the same Wi-Fi networks in a snap.

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NVIDIA GeForce NOW brings cloud gaming to Chromebooks

NVIDIA GeForce NOW brings cloud gaming to Chromebooks

Chromebook owners can now access NVIDIA's GeForce NOW cloud gaming service, with a beta launch bringing the system to Chrome OS. GeForce NOW has already been available for PC, Mac, Android, and NVIDIA's own SHIELD devices, promising to run gaming PC-quality titles in the cloud so that your local device doesn't need to do the heavy lifting.

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Laptops are in high demand but short supply for schools

Laptops are in high demand but short supply for schools

The PC market has experienced one of its first highs in a long, long time last quarter as production and supply has finally caught up with the growing demand for desktops, laptops, and even tablets for remote work use and home entertainment. Things, however, aren't as rosy as they may seem, especially when you consider the overall computer market. Despite slowly catching up, manufacturers and component suppliers are still coming up short with the needed volumes to supply the flood of virtual students that will need a laptop soon.

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Google Lens, Chromebooks, and Meet gear up for school

Google Lens, Chromebooks, and Meet gear up for school

School is starting soon for many kids in the US and some countries around the world but it won't be the same kind of school they've been used to for years. For many, school will be synonymous to home as educational institutions try to grapple with the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. School will now be dependent on technology and the Internet more than ever and Google is more than ready to meet the growing needs of learning with its suite of products and features geared towards education.

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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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