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10 million Chromecasts found their way into homes across the world in 2014

10 million Chromecasts found their way into homes across the world in 2014

Google sold about 10 million units of its Chromecast streaming TV dongle worldwide in 2014. This is the first time that hard sales numbers have been released for the product. Last week, Google stated that the Chromecast was the number one selling streaming device in the US in 2014 but did not...
Google Play Music on a Chromebook

Google Play Music uploading comes to ARM-powered Chromebooks

Good news, users of Chromebooks that happen to run off of ARM processors: you can now upload music to Google Play Music through the newly-updated Google Play Music Chrome app, just like your Intel-based cousins have been able to do for some time now. The updated app is now available from the...
Smart Lock for Chrome OS

Chrome OS Smart Lock feature now available in stable channel

Chromebook owners running the stable channel of Chrome OS can now take advantage of Google's new security feature called Smart Lock. The feature is enabled when you have a phone running Android 5.0 paired with the Chromebook over Bluetooth, and lets you bypass the typical password lock screen...
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Chrome OS stable channel update brings synced custom wallpapers and more

Google today announced an update for the stable branch of Chrome OS, which will bump consumers up to version 40.0.2214.93. The release will be rolled out over the next few weeks and contains numerous bug fixes, security patches and feature improvements. The highlights of this update, as shared...
Acer Chromebook C910

Acer launches two Chromebooks built to withstand the classroom

Acer has launched two Chromebooks targeted at the education segment. Available in 15-inch (C910) and 11.6-inch (C740) versions, the Chromebooks feature durable shells that can withstand up to 130 pounds of force and survive 18-inch drops without any damage. Both models also come with reinforced...
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Weekly poll results: you are using Chromebooks

A readership divided When we posited the question this last week about if Chromebooks had invaded your home or your life just yet, I knew we were going to get some Chromebook converts and we were also going to get some hardcore PC users telling us Chromebooks can't do anything and that they're a...
Chromebook Facebook Call

It's now easier than ever to make Facebook video calls on your Chromebook

Making video calls with friends and family is more convenient than ever thanks to Facebook supporting WebRTC technology. This means you'll be able to make video calls on a Chromebook with no plugin download or tedious workaround guides to follow. Simply boot up, load the website and connect....
This week's sidebar poll: are you using Chromebooks?

This week's sidebar poll: are you using Chromebooks?

Chromebooks, Chromebooks, everywhere... Chromebooks have come a long way this year. We've gotten both bigger, beefier Chromebooks and lighter, thinner, fanless Chromebooks. We can do more with Chromebooks now, including using Adobe Photoshop and even running Linux in a window if we're feeling...
Acer Chromebook 13

Quick look at Acer's refreshed Chromebook 13 with a touchscreen

The new Chromebook 15 isn't the only bit of Chrome OS news coming out of Acer, as the laptop maker is showing off a refreshed version of its Chromebook 13 with a touchscreen at CES. The new model is physically and internally identical to the original — down to the Tegra K1 processor — but bumps...
Acer Chromebook 15

Acer Chromebook 15 hands-on

Acer steps up its Chromebook game with a new 15-incher that doesn't skimp on specs We got pretty excited when Acer announced it was iterating on its Chromebook 13 with a new 15-inch model, and today at CES we had a chance to play around with the all new Acer Chromebook 15. The new model is...
Acer Chromebook 15

Acer has a new 15.6-inch Chromebook for CES 2015

Acer has revealed its newest Chromebook, with a big 15.6-inch display, as part of its CES 2015 announcements. Prices for the new Chromebook will start at $249.99 in the US. Acer states: The crisp and vibrant display comes in two options. The full HD display has a 1920x1080 resolution...
Chromecast

Five things you need to know about your new Chromecast

Getting started with your Chromecast The Chromecast is one of those products that's simple and incredible. This small HDMI dongle (it's not much bigger than a thumb drive) turns any TV or monitor into a portal for online entertainment, and does it for less than the cost of a dinner and movie...
HP Chromebook 14

HP quietly begins selling new 14-inch touchscreen Chromebook for $439

A few months after HP announced plans to sell an 11-inch and a 14-inch Chromebook in October, the PC maker has quietly begun selling a higher-end version of the HP Chromebook 14 with a touchscreen for $439.99. The 1920x1080 backlit touchscreen display model has an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor...
Hangouts desktop app update brings new phone tab

Hangouts Chrome app update brings proper desktop notifications, new phone tab

The Hangouts app for Chrome OS and Windows recently grabbed an update, and while the change log doesn't list anything particularly groundbreaking, the app has seen the addition of a new phone tab and desktop notifications. According to a Google Plus post by Google Product Manager Mayur Kamat,...
Smart Lock on Chrome OS

Using Smart Lock on the Chrome OS dev channel

The first step toward Chrome OS and Android working together in harmony We got a glimpse back at Google I/O at the upcoming coziness between Chrome OS and Android, and beyond limited cross-platform app compatibility one of the first signs of this tie-up is Smart Lock. This is the sought-after...
Acer Chromebook 13 on sale on Amazon; $100 off 16 GB, $44 off 32 GB

Amazon sale takes up to $100 off Acer Chromebook 13

Amazon is running a pretty good deal if you're currently in the market for a Chromebook. The deal is for the Acer Chromebook 13, which sees the price of the 16GB version getting slashed by $100, bringing it down to $200 total. The 32GB version is getting a price cut as well, but by a much more...
Google offers 1TB of Drive storage for free for two years with holiday Chromebook purchase

Google offers 1TB of Drive storage free with holiday Chromebook purchase

Google is offering 1TB of Google Drive storage for free for two years to anyone who purchases a Chromebook during the holiday season. Normally, 1TB of Google Drive storage for two years would cost a total of $240. Google has previously offered 100GB of Drive space for anyone purchasing a...
Chrome OS update brings Chromecast support to Google Drive files, more

Chrome OS update focuses on Google Drive with Chromecast, Launcher support

Google announced today that Chrome OS has gotten a new update on its stable channel, bringing with it a few notable changes. If you're on a Chrome OS device, you can now enjoy Chromecast support for media files stored on Google Drive, along with the added ability to display apps installed on...
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Chromecast can now turn your smartphone or tablet into a family game controller

Google is adding more ways to use its Chromecast TV dongle today, as many Android gaming apps can now also be streamed and played on a big screen television, using a smartphone or tablet as a controller. Google is concentrating on supporting games with a family theme for Chromecast, such as...
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Showtime Anytime, Starz Play and Encore Play apps now have Chromecast support

Google's Chromecast HDMI streaming TV dongle has now added support for three pay cable television Android apps: Showtime Anytime, Starz Play and Encore Play. Assuming your cable TV provider supports these apps, and assuming you are a paid subscriber to one or more of these channels already,...

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