Google IO 2016 Coverage

HP’s premium Chromebook 13 is a breath of fresh (and affordable) air


Whereas the Pixel from Google is premium and pricey, HP’s new Chromebook 13 is premium and affordable. The Chromebook 13 has an all-metal design measuring 12.9mm thin, boasts a 13.3-inch Quad HD+ display, and packs an Intel Core M processor. All of these impressive features and much more are available in a Chrome OS-powered device that costs half of what the Pixel’s price tag reads.

Hit the break for details on the new Chromebook 13 from HP.

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Acer’s new Chromebase 24 is made specifically for meetings


With Chrome OS, Google is targeting students and businesses with machines that perform everyday activities in the simplest ways possible. Chromebooks are for students while Chromeboxes and Chromebases have silently made their way inside offices around the world. Although Chrome OS devices aren’t heavily promoted, they are successful. Let’s not forget that Apple’s Tim Cook is very bitter about Google’s success in the classroom.

Today, Google announced the next step for Chrome OS in business with a new Chromebase model from Acer. It’s part of the new Chromebase for Meetings family that focuses on providing an all-in-one secure video conferencing device for small spaces where meetings take place.

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VLC media player finally comes to Chrome OS thanks to Android Runtime on Chrome

vlc_video_player_landscape_TABetter late than never, right? VLC has announced that they’re finally bringing their fantastic media playing application to Google’s Chrome OS, marking off the last check box on its compatibility list.

What’s interesting is how the VLC managed to get things working, since Chrome OS technically doesn’t support normal “programs” like you’d download on Windows/OS X/Linux. If you’ve ever used Chrome OS, you know it uses apps/programs that are basically run inside of Chrome, the web browser, which all use Javascript. For something like VLC, porting the program over to Javascript from mostly C and C++ code was nearly impossible, which is what has kept the player away from Chrome OS for so long. Read more

ASUS and Google launch the Chromebit, bringing the Chrome OS to a monitor or tv for $85


Asus and Google first unveiled the Chromebit, an HDMI dongle with the Chrome OS operating system pre-installed, back in the tail-end of March, and 8 short months later, it’s finally available to order. In the States at least, anyway. While it’s taken a while to come to market, it’s also a little cheaper than originally envisioned, coming in at $85 instead of $99.  Read more

Google’s Wallpaper Art app adds culture to your Chromebook


Do you often stare at your Chromebook display (or any other device running Chrome OS) wishing you could gaze upon the many artworks in the world, all from the comfort of the display in front of you? Well, Google has a side project called the Cultural Institute that goes around digitizing works of art from all over the world, from museums, galleries and archives. Once the piece of art has been digitized, the image is then placed online for all to see. Which is all well and good, I hear you say, but what has this to do with the Chrome OS? Well, the Cultural Institute’s Art Project has just released a Chrome OS app called Google Wallpaper Art that will update your wallpaper every day with an image of a piece of art. Read more

Acer Chromebook 15 review


The Chromebook 11 C740 is perfect for students on a budget or anyone needing a small and light machine they could take with them anywhere. But Acer has a much more powerful Chromebook in its lineup this year. Enter Acer’s Chromebook 15, a true powerhouse for all of your office needs. It’s also perfect for entertainment with its crisp Full HD display.

It’s an impressive machine, and it may be the only Chromebook you’ll ever need.

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