Acer Chromebook 13, Spin 13 arrive in September, starting at $650 and $750

Announced in May, Acer today said its newest high-end Chromebooks with 8th-gen Intel chips will be available in September: Chromebook 13 starts at $649.99 while the base Chromebook Spin 13 is $749.99

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Will there be an HP Chromebook X2 with 8 GB of memory? Maybe, maybe not.

When the HP Chromebook X2 was announced in April, the company said it would be available with up to 8GB of memory. Nearly four full months later, only the base model with 4 GB of RAM and an Intel Core m3 is available.

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New Chrome OS update brings Smart Text Selection, Continue Reading and more to Dev Channel

On Tuesday, the Chrome OS Dev Channel was updated to version 69.0.3497.21, bringing with it some borrowed features from Android as well as additional stability to Project Crostini and Linux apps. Here’s what’s new.

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Good for enterprises: Chromebooks to get Android’s Always-on VPN feature

A future version of Chrome OS will be able to use Android’s Always-on VPN feature, automatically helping to secure a Chromebook accessing public Wi-Fi hotspots; essentially a must for enterprise workers.

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Google video shows Chromebooks don’t suffer from bad user experiences found on Windows, Mac computers

Google is highlighting the modern approach of Chromebooks with a short video that takes a more aggressive marketing stance against competing desktop platforms. It’s about time!

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Project Crostini with Linux app support should hit Chrome OS Beta Channel this week

After running Linux apps on my Pixelbook using Dev Channel for the past few months, I’m looking forward to doing the same on the Beta Channel. Based on the Chromium OS schedule, the Beta version of Chrome OS 69 is slated for August 2, which is this Thursday.

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Video: How Project Crostini works to run Linux apps on Chrome OS

The New York Linux User Group recently had a pair of special guests: Googlers David Reveman and Zach Reizner. Reveman and Reizner presented all of the nuts and bolts put together for Project Crostini, with the discussion captured on video.

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Chromebooks getting support for USB Wi-Fi dongles

Apparently, the Chromium team has seen reports of “wonky” Wi-Fi connections on Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices. As a result, the team will be adding support for certain USB Wi-Fi dongles so users will have backup connectivity.

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Proposed API would bring notification badges to Android and web apps on Chromebooks

To make Chrome OS and PWAs display more similarly to native or mobile apps, the Chromium team has proposed a new API that adds notification badges to Android and web apps on Chrome OS devices.

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Project Crostini progressing towards GPU acceleration for Chromebooks running Linux apps

It appears that GPU hardware acceleration is now in the works for Chromebooks running Linux apps in a container as code indicates support for the Virgil3D project. Heavy duty graphics apps and games for Linux will benefit.

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Pixelbook 2, likely the Atlas detachable 4K Chromebook, tipped to launch in 2018

For two key reasons, I think the Atlas 4K Chromebook will launch as the Pixelbook 2 (or Pixelbook 2018 if you prefer) tipped to launch before the end of this year.

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