Pixelbook and “Nami” Chromebooks the first to get Linux GPU acceleration in Project Crostini

The Pixelbook and four other fairly new Chromebooks have the special flag to enable GPU acceleration, making these the first to get the new feature for Linux. This should bring the Android emulator and improved gaming capabilities to Project Crostini.

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Chrome OS may add extra security to view passwords saved in a Google account

Unlike the Chrome browser on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS, Chrome OS doesn’t require additional authentication when viewing your saved passwords. That may change due to a bug report, although there’s a debate on if this should just apply to enterprises.

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Chrome OS 73 Dev Channel adds Google Drive, Play Files mount in Linux, USB device management and Crostini backup flag

The Chrome OS 73 Dev Channel brings a bunch of useful features to Project Crostini on Chromebooks. You can now mount your Google Drive and Google Play files in Linux. Plus there are new flags to enable a Crostini file backup function that’s in the works.

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Asus Chromebook Flip C434 release expected in March, starting around $569

Asus didn’t offer details of price or availability for the new Chromebook Flip C434 to most people at CES, but Google quietly announced an expected release date of March while the starting price is expected to be around $569.

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The best home and travel accessory for my Pixel Slate is this USB-C hub

Instead of packing numerous power bricks to charge my smartwatch, phone, and Kindle at CES, I only took a few USB cords and the Pixel Slate charger because of one accessory: A USB Type-C hub.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 13 deal: $200 off for a loaded 2-in-1 at Amazon

The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 with Core i5, 8 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage is a beast of a 2-in-1, normally priced at $899. I thought it was a great device for that price, but for some reason, Amazon is offering it for $699.

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The Asus Chromebook C434 is a very worthy successor to the Flip C302

The Asus Chromebook Flip C302 is a great device but it’s getting long in the tooth. Asus stepped up two processor generations, improved and made the display larger with 5mm bezels in the new Chromebook C434, which could be a hit if the price is right.

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Initial benchmark and impressions: HP Chromebook 14 with AMD processor for $269

HP chose AMD to power its new Chromebook 14 that starts at $269 and a quick benchmark shows slightly better performance than a higher priced Intel Celeron or Pentium powered Chromebook.

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Acer outs the AMD-powered Chromebook 315, starting at $279.99

Can AMD break into the Chromebook market dominated by Intel processors? Acer must think so because it’s using an AMD chip with Radeon R4 graphics in the new Acer Chromebook 315, a 15.6-inch device that starts under $300.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 13 discounted at Amazon by $150, down to $749

The $899 Acer Chromebook Spin 13 that impressed me when I reviewed it can be had for $749 at Amazon, although the deal is likely to be a short-term opportunity. This is a powerful 2-in-1 Chromebook that can handle nearly any task for business or fun.

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ASUS debuts its first Chrome tablet, the CT100, which looks very familiar

Asus is chasing the fast-growing education market with its first Chrome OS tablet, but you may have seen this one before. Essentially, the Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100 has the same hardware specifications as last year’s Acer Chromebook Tab 10.

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