Sparkplug, a new mid-tier V8 compiler, will speed up JavaScript sites on Chromebooks, using less CPU power

Your Chromebook may get a performance boost with a new JavaScript interpreter and compiler approach in the works. It’s called Sparkplug and it will also use fewer CPU cycles, making it hit the battery less.

New Raspberry Pi 400 computer could be a nice Chromebook substitute for remote learning during COVID-19

While you won’t get all of the security, simplicity and speed of a Chromebook, the Raspberry Pi 400, paired with the Chromium browser could be a reasonable alternative for remote learning. And it starts at $70.

Chrome OS 79 to add custom font settings and more to Reader Mode on Chromebooks

Chrome OS 79 is expected to add custom settings to the Reader Mode on Chromebooks, including choice of font, font size and more. Here’s a great example of what it should like, based on a currently available Chrome extension.

Chrome OS 76 adds “Send to self” feature for pushing web pages to your other devices

Need a handy way to send web pages from your Chromebook to phone or other computer running the Chrome browser? A new “send to self” feature in Chrome OS 76 will add it. Here’s how it works.

This new feature brings more parity between the iPad and Chromebooks

With the new iPadOS, Apple is effectively negating a key advantage that, up to now, Chromebooks have had. There are still some benefits to using Chrome OS, but might some potential Chromebook buyers go iPad?

Chrome OS 75 bringing a web page “reader mode”, here’s what it looks like

At long last, a distraction-free “reader mode” for web pages is coming to Chrome OS. If you can’t wait until version 75 to get it, here’s a great alternative you can use now on a Chromebook.

How to use Skype for Web on a Chromebook now that Microsoft isn’t supporting it

With an updated Skype for Web service, Microsoft has eliminated support for all but the Edge and Chrome browsers on certain hardware. To get around this on a Chromebook, you can use this trick.

Chrome OS and Chrome getting support for biometric 2FA with CTAP2 standard

As early as Chrome version 69, you’ll be able to log into a web service without using a password but with the added security benefits of either biometrics or a PIN thanks to the coming support for CTAP2 FIDO devices.

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