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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Google’s Lockheimer says commitment still there for Chrome OS


Yesterday news broke indicating Google is planning to merge the Chrome OS operating system that powers Chromebooks and Chromebox devices into the Android operating system that is used on mobile devices. The move makes a lot of sense as a step to unify the operating systems and make it easier to deploy apps and features across a broader array of devices in a single step. However, for a lot of Chrome OS users, especially those in education where it has proven to be extremely popular, there is some angst that the best features of Chrome OS will be lost in the change to a single operating system. Google senior vice president Hiroshi Lockheimer has since taken to his Twitter account to let followers know the company is “very committed to Chrome OS.” Read more

Tegra X1 Chromebook might be happening, codenamed “Smaug”

Chromebook_GenericIf you’ve kept up with Chromebooks over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed how different manufacturers have been testing out different processors for their ultra-portable laptops. Most Chromebooks tend to use Intel’s low-power chips, but we’ve seen some experimentation from other companies, such as Samsung using their own ARM Exynos processors and Asus using Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chips. However, ARM processor usage has been pretty limited up to this point, mostly because ARM processors just haven’t completely matched up to Intel’s offerings in the performance category. Read more

Google uses a robot to check for lag on Android and Chrome OS devices

Screenshot 2015-06-29 10.33.07Testing for input lag on a smart device seems like something only a human would be able to do, but Google apparently uses a giant robot to handle the task. Is there anything we can’t develop a giant robot to do?

The machine is called TouchBot and it tests Android and Chrome OS devices by tapping the screen in different places, then recording what’s going on. It’s a pretty cool automated concept, and apparently works well for Google. Hit the video below to see it in action. Read more

Acer’s new Chromebase comes with a 21.5-inch Full HD display


The new Acer Chromebase DC221HQ series could be the device that makes all-in-one desktops with Chrome OS popular. It has a large, sharp display and a processor that keeps the operating system moving along. The Acer Chromebase’s display measures 21.5 inches and has Full HD (1920×1080) resolution. Perhaps more valuable than image quality for the Acer Chromebase is the device’s versatility from the adjustable stand, which tilts from 15 to 75 degrees, and ability to mount it to a wall. The latter setup becomes useful when paired with the touch-ready model that costs $429 compared to the base model’s $329. Along with 4GB of RAM, NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor will likely perform well given its history with other Chrome OS devices.

Acer will begin selling its new Chromebase this month in white and black color options.

Hit the break for images and the full press release.

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