HP Chromebook X2 on sale for $569.99 at Best Buy: $30 off MSRP

Now’s a good time to nab an HP Chromebook X2 if you were hoping for a small sale: Best Buy is offering the detachable Chromebook for $30 off, bringing the cost down to $569.99. This base model is great for typical Chromebook tasks but developers might want to hold off for a configuration with more memory.

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Chrome OS Dev Channel fixes external monitor issues, Crostini stability, changes Files structure and more

The latest Chrome OS Dev Channel brings Linux app stability, a fix for external monitors and a modified directory tree layout in the Files app; be sure to update if you’re running Chrome OS 69.

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Project Crostini: Gemini Lake Chromebooks likely to have Linux apps at launch

Google is enabling a key Project Crostini component for the next generation of low-cost Chromebooks that will run on new Intel chips. There’s a good chance that going forward, many (if not all) new Chromebooks will run Linux apps on day one.

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Android app shortcuts arrive on Chrome OS

Google has added long-press app shortcuts to Android apps on the Chrome OS Dev Channel. These behave just as they do on an Android phone: A tap and hold brings up contextual shortcuts.

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Meet Wand: A detachable Chromebook with batteries in the keyboard base and tablet display

Say hello to Wand: A detachable Chromebook device that will have a battery in both the screen and the keyboard base. We might see longer run times as a result, plus a less “top heavy” Chromebook with removable tablet display.

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Chromebooks getting an option for Google Photos as new tab page background

Google is working on allowing a new tab page to show one of your Google Photos as a background on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes for very personalized customization.

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Cheza Chromebook with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will have speedy UFS storage

The upcoming Snapdragon 845 powered Chromebook known as “Cheza” will take advantage of a faster embedded storage method known as UFS, or Universal Flash Storage. That means large files will transfer extremely fast with simultaneous reads and writes.

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Got a Chrome OS tablet with touch issues? It appears related to device rotation.

Users with Chrome tablets like the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, HP Chromebook X2 and Pixelbook are experiencing touch issues that appear related to device rotation when using the Dev Channel.

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So you have Project Crostini on your Chromebook: What are good Linux apps to install?

Now that Project Crostini is quickly spreading to many Chromebooks: What Linux apps should you install? It depends on what you want to do, of course, so here are two resources that provide Linux “equivalents” of Windows apps.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 appears on Staples site for purchase

Although it’s currently showing as “out of stock”, Staples has the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 on its store website for $339, or $10 over the MSRP. Could we see retail inventory in stores to follow?

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Google Duo comes to Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and HP Chromebook X2

You can now install Google Duo for voice and video chats on the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and HP Chromebook X2, even though neither device has a dedicated phone number. Here’s hoping other Chromebooks follow.

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