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Meet Classroom: Google’s software for teachers

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Google has been trying to get more and more students using Chromebooks, and now, as part of that initiative, they’ve released Classroom.

It’s a teaching tool that is completely free to use, and should help teachers cut down on the amount of paper that is stacked on their desks. Read more »

Chromecast turns 1, Google offers free Play Music All Access for 90 days

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Chromecast, Google’s HDMI streaming dongle, has turned one year old today. And to celebrate the occasion, the search giant is giving everyone who owns a Chromecast a free 90-day subscription to Play Music All Access.

There are some caveats, though, chief among which is that the offer is only valid if you’re in the US. Furthermore, it’s not an option for anyone who has previously subscribed to All Access. And that unfortunately includes those who took advantage of the the unlimited music service’s free trial. Read more »

Pinch-to-zoom functionality comes to Chrome OS

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It looks like Chrome OS is taking a few functionality cues from Android.

Google has just added pinch-to-zoom functionality to its Chrome OS, which makes browsing the web on a touchscreen Chromebook a bit cooler now. Read more »

Google may overhaul the look of Chrome OS

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Although many argue about the functionality of Chrome OS, it’s hard to deny that the tab-based operating system isn’t zippy and easy to use, even if people are clamoring for added functionality.

Well it turns out that Google is thinking about making changes to Chrome, but the alterations be limited to tinkering with the look and feel of Chrome OS only, by taking some design cues from Android for a more universal approach to its software. Read more »

Windows launches Chromebook competition campaign

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Chromebooks are doing well in the $200 computing arena, but it looks like Microsoft is trying to nip that in the bud.

A new line of cheap, Windows machines are going to be hitting the market, including a $199 HP laptop, called the Stream. Read more »

Acer C720 Chromebook gets a hardware refresh

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Acer has a launched a slightly upgraded version of its C720 Chromebook. The new model now comes with Intel’s powerful Core i3 processor.

The new Acer C720 will be up for grabs in two options – 1.7GHz Core i3 processor with 2GB of RAM or 4GB of RAM. The new versions are priced at $350 and $380 respectively. Read more »

Verizon apologizes for ending Chromebook Pixel LTE service early

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One of the perks of buying Google’s expensive Chromebook Pixel was that users would get 100mb of Verizon’s 4G LTE data for two years with a purchase of the laptop.

Well Verizon went ahead and cut off the service prematurely, and people were not happy. Read more »

Android apps will soon run on Chromebooks, notifications will be shared too

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Google introduced Android on just about any platform you can think of so naturally the company is bringing Android to Chrome OS and the Chromebooks. It’s just the early days, but Android apps will run on Chromebooks with minimal changes from the app developers.

Integration with your phone goes beyond just running apps too, similar to the new Mac OS X Yosemite you’ll receive call and message notifications on your Chromebook. Read more »

HP SlateBook PC goes official with 14-inch display and Android OS

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HP announced the budget-friendly SlateBook PC. The 14” notebook runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box and will ship in sleek-looking black color scheme with yellow accents.

The HP SlateBook PC is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC with 1.8GHz quad-core CPU. Read more »

ASUS announces C200 and C300 Chromebooks

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After Lenovo announced two budget Chromebooks, It’s ASUS’ turn. The company announced two new models of its own, the C200 and the C300, that start at just $250.

C200 has a 11.6-inch display with 1366×768 resolution whereas the C300 maintains that resolution but goes to 13.3-inch. Both models run on Intel Bay Trail-M processor clocked at 2.42GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4 and an SD card slot.

Both models will start shipping in North America by the end of June, starting at $250 for the base model.

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Lenovo releases two new Chromebooks

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Lenovo has announced two new Chromebook models, the Lenovo N20 and N20p. Both machines are nearly identical in terms of specifications, but while the N20 has a standard design, the N20p display flips backward and has a touchscreen.

Both machines come with a 11.6-inch, 1366×768 resolution display, Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage space. Read more »

Samsung Chromebook 2 launch delayed

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Samsung announced its Chromebook 2 a while ago and it was officially available for pre-ordering earlier this month. However a couple of reports now suggest that the launch of the Chromebook 2 has been delayed.

The sequel of the popular Chromebook is now expected to start shipping at the end of May. Samsung’s latest netbook brings new screen size, chipset and design with the stitched faux leather look. Read more »

2.1 million Chromebooks were shipped last year

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Over the span of last year around 2.1 million Chromebooks have been shipped. The majority of those numbers come from North America – exactly 89% – giving the continent the highest demand in the world.

The numbers were calculated by ABI Research and the firm forecasts an increase to 11 million in 2019, but who can really say what can happen in five years (less than five years ago Symbian was top OS). Read more »

New Chromebook buyers to get 60-days of free access to Google Play All Access

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Google will be giving away buyers of select models of the Chromebook free 60 days subscription to their Google Play music All Access service. Normally, users would get to try the service for 30 days but with this promotion you can get twice of that if you choose to go with a Chromebook. The offer is available on all Chromebooks, except the Cr-48, Acer AC700, and Samsung Chromebook Series 5.

All Access is Google’s music subscription service where you can pay $9.99 per month and get access to over 20 million tracks and radio stations from Google Play. Once subscribed, you can access the music from any platform the service is available on, including the web, Android and iOS. Read more »

Samsung announces Chromebook 2 with Exynos 5 Octa processor

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After leaking out yesterday, the Samsung Chromebook 2 got officially announced. The Chrome OS notebook will be available in April with a choice of 11.6” or 13.3” display.

Powered by an Exynos 5 Octa processor, the Samsung Chromebook 2 features the same stitched faux leather look as the Korean giant’s latest Android smartphones and tablets. Read more »