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Chrome OS has a nice new addition coming for console gamers

Chrome OS has a nice new addition coming for console gamers

It's no secret that Chrome OS has become way more capable over the years, maturing far beyond a simple browser-platform. It shows Google is serious about making Chromebooks an appealing choice for everyone, supporting Android apps and even powerful Linux tools to sweeten the platform's appeal. With official support for Steam around the corner, Chrome OS is even closer to becoming a viable choice for hardcore gamers — and an upcoming addition levels-up the gaming experience even further.

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Google announces bold new changes to Chrome OS release cycle

Google announces bold new changes to Chrome OS release cycle

Chrome has been rapidly evolving over the last decade, giving users peace of mind by delivering stability, security, and speed via frequent updates. Thanks to an improved internal testing and rollout process, it became clear to Google that it should kick Chrome's update frequency into high gear. Some people weren't sure if the new release strategy will also apply to Chrome OS — it looks like we got our answer today. 

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Video calling on Chrome OS is finally going to sound good

Video calling on Chrome OS is finally going to sound good

Google is working hard to improve Chrome OS with features that make the system simpler to use, with things like better media controls and easier copy and pasting planned for the near future. But the company also wants to make Chromebooks better at things you might not notice right away, especially when you work from home. One of these upcoming improvements is microphone noise cancellation, which could enhance the audio quality of your video conferences drastically — if you have compatible hardware, that is.

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Try these 3 super-useful Chromebook features you didn't even know were there

Try these 3 super-useful Chromebook features you didn't even know were there

It's been a week since Google launched its big Chrome OS 90 update, and while it's nowhere near as jam-packed as 89, it did introduce a handy new diagnostics app, improved Tote (formerly Holding Space), and more. Since its release, we've been digging into the new update and unearthing even more features that could improve your Chromebook experience. Here are three experimental improvements we've found that you can try right now.

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Your Chromebook has a bug that can reveal your location, here's how to fix it

Your Chromebook has a bug that can reveal your location, here's how to fix it

Chrome OS is a relatively secure OS, which is one major reason why more businesses are opting for laptops running it. However, a new bug has been spotted that could reveal location history to anyone who has physical access to your Chromebook.

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Steam for Chromebooks could be getting closer to release based on new changes

Steam for Chromebooks could be getting closer to release based on new changes

We exclusively reported that Google is working on bringing official Steam support to Chromebooks back in 2020. Parallel to developing a new Linux container better suited for games, the company is now additionally experimenting with a new "Game Mode" that could bring some further performance to the upcoming Linux container.

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You can finally set a custom Material You accent color in Android 12, but your choices are limited

You can finally set a custom Material You accent color in Android 12, but your choices are limited

Google is delivering its first significant visual redesign in years with Android 12, and along with it comes a theme engine capable of customizing your smartphone in just a few simple steps. Material You pulls its slate of color choices from your wallpaper to customize icons, menus, and more. With Android 12 Beta 3, you can finally choose a custom set of accent colors, though some might still find the possibilities just a little too limiting.

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Asus Zenfone 8 review, two months later: Still small, still mighty

Asus Zenfone 8 review, two months later: Still small, still mighty

Asus has built a steady presence in the mobile industry with help from its recent ROG Phone series. But it's been chasing a general audience (mostly in Asia) for much longer with its Zenfone lineup, attempting to please everyone and usually failing. Now, after a couple of devices with cameras that can flip from back to front, the Taiwanese brand is going small against a tide of big phones with the ⋮Zenfone 8.

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Chromebooks continued to sell like hotcakes in Q4 2020

Chromebooks continued to sell like hotcakes in Q4 2020

Laptops powered by Google's nifty Chrome OS have proven to be great machines for students or just about anyone looking for a reliable and affordable laptop for day-to-day computing needs. The incredible growth witnessed by the Chromebook market in Q3 2020 is a testament to their usefulness in a world that's been rattled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing this blistering growth, the market has quadrupled in Q4 2020 over the same period a year ago.

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The best Bluetooth headphones or buds aren't the highest spec'ed

The best Bluetooth headphones or buds aren't the highest spec'ed

Over the last decade, I've had the privilege of testing and reviewing dozens upon dozens of Bluetooth audio headsets. From big over-ear headphones to tiny in-ear buds, from powerful active noise cancellation to open-ear bone conduction, I've had enough experience with nearly every form factor out there, but no matter what the design, materials, features, sound, or price are, I keep coming back to one conclusion: the best headset is the one I can wear comfortably.

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