Family Link for Chromebooks adds screen time limits, site & app whitelisting and parental management controls

Google added new Family Link features on Chromebooks that allow parents to have more control over how, and how long, their kids use Chrome OS devices. Not every family wants to manage devices, but for those that do, this is a great option to have.

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Acer now has three Chromebook 514 models ranging from $349 to $499

Acer is rounding out its Chromebook 514 line with two new configurations, adding a $349 and $399 option to the already introduced $499 model. The processors in all of these devices are bit outdated though, so shop around if you’re in the market.

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Deals on a pair of Chromebooks all this week from HP and Lenovo at Best Buy

In the market for a large Chromebook with the latest Intel processors? Now might be the time to pull the trigger: You can save $100 off the Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook or $200 off the HP Chromebook X360, plus get a free Google Home Mini.

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Need a task manager that integrates with Gmail on your Chromebook? Try Any.do

Need a smart task manager to get things done? Any.do has long been a favorite of mine but its even better now on a Chromebook thanks to a Gmail integration that creates tasks from your messages.

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Considering the Pixel Slate with a Celeron? Watch this video first.

There haven’t been many reviews of the base $599 Pixel Slate with a Celeron processor to date. However, this video review of one shows how the device performs in a broad range of use cases, which may help you decide if the Celeron model is for you.

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Chromebook file sharing with Linux feature pushed back to Chrome OS 73

If you got used to the Share with Linux files feature on your Chromebook, you might want to get un-used to it. The latest Dev Channel release of Chrome OS removes it with a new target version of Chrome OS 73. Here’s why.

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Acer Chromebook 514 product page goes live in the US with a $499 model

Announced in August, the Acer Chromebook 514 is closer to becoming available. The product page is now live, showing a Pentium-powered model with 14-inch full HD touchscreen display priced at $499.99.

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Broader USB device support for Project Crostini takes a big step forward

Additional code was added to expand USB support for Linux on Chrome OS. Behind the scenes, the virtual machine will manage details of USB devices and their state, meaning you should soon be able to connect to a range of USB devices in Crostini.

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Rotatable clamshell mode coming to Chromebooks, Chrome tablets for improved tent mode

Got a 2-in-1 Chromebook or Chrome tablet like the Pixel Slate? You might have noticed that the relatively new automatic Desktop and Tablet modes cause an upside down screen in tent usage. Here are details on the upcoming fix for this issue.

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Chromebooks getting Android’s Fast Pair Bluetooth headphones sync feature in 2019

Forget pairing Bluetooth headphones each and every time you use a new device: Google’s Fast Pair will sync those devices so you pair just once and then every device, including Chromebooks, will automatically work with them.

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Preview of the new Chromebook database now available

I’ve started a central, all-in-one product database for Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablets with hardware specifications, a comparison tool and an aggregation of product reviews from around the web. We’ll call this version beta 0.1 because there’s more to do but hopefully it provides an idea of what this reference will provide.

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