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Google says there’s “no plan to phase out Chrome OS”

Google says there’s “no plan to phase out Chrome OS”

Last week we spoke about when and where it'll make sense for Google to create a wave of Android notebooks. The rumors were that Chrome OS was eventually going to be folded in to Android, and that Chrome OS would no longer exist - sort of. Today Google has taken to their own Google Chrome Blog to say that there's no such plan at the moment. "there’s been some confusion," said Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, "about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will be folded into Android."

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Android will battle OS X and Windows: here’s why

Android will battle OS X and Windows: here’s why

Google's Android operating system won't just be for the "mobile" environment forever. Google's Chrome OS hasn't been a failure outright - but eventually it won't be necessary for the company to distribute. Google's latest hardware reveal, the tablet-with-keyboard Pixel C, is proof positive that Google isn't afraid to treat Android like a desktop operating system. With rumors running rampant this week (for the millionth time in the past several years) that Chrome OS will fold into Android soon, I can't help but think that Microsoft and Apple should be on the lookout.

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Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

We recently reviewed Lenovo's Ideapad 100S, an inexpensive Windows 10 laptop with enough power for everyday use and moderate battery life. The laptop is ideal for many users, such as students and casual web surfers, but Windows 10 isn't everyone's cup of tea, and so Lenovo has a second, similar laptop: the Ideapad 100S Chromebook. As expected, the two laptops are very similar, but bring with them some of their own unique aspects, the details of which we have in our latest full SlashGear review.

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Microsoft’s clever hot-swap Surface Book graphics now cheaper

Microsoft’s clever hot-swap Surface Book graphics now cheaper

Ford may have popularized "any color you want as long as it's black," but Microsoft is taking a far more flexible approach to Surface Book sales. Though shipments of the convertible notebook-tablet hybrid aren't expected to begin until Monday, the company has quietly added a new configuration seemingly targeted at those with more ambitious graphical demands but a tighter budget.

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Three everyday challenges that make us worry for Surface Book

Three everyday challenges that make us worry for Surface Book

Microsoft's Surface Book is under examination this month - rightly so - as it appears to be the company's first real-deal notebook. Today we're having a peek at five points that explore what this device will be like in real life. Will the device's many features be as positive as they appeared during the company's presentation, or will they fail the test of real-life usability? Today we start with the magnetic pen, then move on to the gap, and decide whether or not we'll need to flip the screen while we're standing up.

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HP Star Wars Special Edition is the Sith of notebooks

HP Star Wars Special Edition is the Sith of notebooks

Star Wars: The Force Awakens may still be several months out, but HP might have the limited-edition PC to tide over your sci-fi needs. The new HP Star Wars Special Edition notebook may have a Pavilion at its core, but it's been thoroughly customized with external graphics, accessories, and a whole catalog of digital content.

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HP outs low-cost Windows 10 notebooks for gaming and everyday

HP outs low-cost Windows 10 notebooks for gaming and everyday

Life at the flush end of Windows 10 might be fancy magnesium shells and touchscreens, but HP has a couple of new notebooks for those on a stricter budget. The HP Stream promises Microsoft's latest OS kicking off at under $200, with 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch options that both do away with fans or active cooling.

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This is Microsoft Surface Book – Hands-on

This is Microsoft Surface Book – Hands-on

The Microsoft Surface Book at first appears to be a very thin, stylish notebook with Windows 10 Pro inside. This notebook is by all means one of the most powerful notebooks of this size in the history of the notebook. The hinge is interesting, uncoiling like a snake to bring the display upward and back to allow you to type and move about the screen with a standard touchpad Microsoft suggests was optimized for Windows 10 use. Unlike a traditional notebook, this device's display detaches and can be flipped around backwards or used completely independent of its base.

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Microsoft Surface Book is Windows 10’s MacBook Pro killer

Microsoft Surface Book is Windows 10’s MacBook Pro killer

In addition to revealing a new Surface Pro this morning, Microsoft showed off their very own notebook: Microsoft Surface Book. This device will support keyboard typing (because it actually has a keyboard, surprise!) as well as touch (on its touchscreen) and pen input - like the Surface Pro. This device has an optically bonded display coming in at 13.5-inches with PixelSense branding, and as Microsoft's Panos Panay suggests, "it will blow you away - what this product can do."

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Review: Acer Aspire Switch 10 Special Edition — a small hybrid laptop

Review: Acer Aspire Switch 10 Special Edition — a small hybrid laptop

Convertible laptops have come a long way in the past couple years, deviating from the original floppy hingeless designs that are still too common in favor of a hinged, sturdy keyboard. This allows the same portability of a snap-free display while also functioning just as well as a regularly hinged laptop. Acer, as we’ve seen in the past, has embraced the hinged-convertible design, and it has demonstrated this yet again with its Acer Aspire Switch 10 Special Edition.

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Three things to know about the Acer Aspire R 13 laptop

Three things to know about the Acer Aspire R 13 laptop

As always, life is busy and maybe you haven't gotten around to reading our full Acer Aspire R 13 laptop review as a result. Make sure you check it out and/or pass it along to someone you know who's in the market for a new laptop. Until you get time to read it, though, we're back with three key things to know about the laptop -- the good, the decent, and the meh.

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Toshiba Chromebook 2 update brings more powerful hardware

Toshiba Chromebook 2 update brings more powerful hardware

On Tuesday, Toshiba introduced an update to its Chromebook 2 laptop. The updated model comes with better performance, says Toshiba, as well as updated hardware options including a new LED backlit keyboard and Intel processors. The new model is better poised to meet the needs of users who are putting their Chromebooks to task — those who use the machines for productivity work and other things more demanding than the original spat of Chromebooks could handle.

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