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Your Chromebook is getting a new wallpaper feature from... Windows 10?

Your Chromebook is getting a new wallpaper feature from... Windows 10?

Hunting for that perfect family photo or stylish Unsplash pic to use for your PC and smartphone wallpaper can be time consuming, especially when you get around to applying it everywhere. That situation is mostly unchanged with Chromebooks — the exception being with its stock backgrounds, which can magically sync across all your Chrome devices when applied. Chrome OS started testing sync for custom wallpapers a few months back, but the ability got pulled shortly thereafter. There's been radio silence on whether the feature will come back — until our discovery made today.

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Chromebooks will finally get usable native screen recording soon

Chromebooks will finally get usable native screen recording soon

Chromebooks have had a long history of lackluster screen recording software — most requiring an expensive subscription to unlock essential features. It was just a few updates ago that Google added a native solution for Chrome OS, sporting a fancy capture bar that's intuitive to use. While the upgraded screen capture experience is a welcomed change — especially tablet users — the screen recorder component is unusable for long recordings. You aren't able to seek through your captures unless you convert the WebM format into something else like for lectures. You won't have to wait much longer, as Google is finally making its screen recorder usable.

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Chrome OS will work better with all monitor orientations soon

Chrome OS will work better with all monitor orientations soon

Computer monitors have been growing up over the years. Once small-screened and bulky, the monitors of today are larger and wider — perfect for multi-window productivity. Some displays can even rotate to a vertical portrait orientation, allowing coders and photo editors to see more of their content. One drawback of going vertical is the lackluster multi-window experience — and Chrome OS does nothing to fix this (except in tablet mode). As it is, you can only dock windows to the left or right side of the screen, resulting in a squished mess. Your multitasking nightmares may soon be over, as Google's been working on some critical changes to how Chrome OS works with vertical monitors.

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Hands-on: Acer's new Chromebook 514 is a humble and practical laptop for the masses

Hands-on: Acer's new Chromebook 514 is a humble and practical laptop for the masses

Chromebooks have come a long way since the CR-48 debuted 10 years ago. You have your choice of Chrome OS hardware ranging from ultra-budget to lavishly expensive — Acer’s new Chromebook 514 lands somewhere in the middle. Paired with Intel’s 11th generation Tiger Lake CPU and ultrafast storage, the Chromebook 514 is a solid laptop for the right buyer.

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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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Update Chrome now before something awful happens to your devices

Update Chrome now before something awful happens to your devices

Your security online is paramount to a positive user experience, and the developers at Google are constantly working hard to keep you safe while browsing the web. But even as they endeavor to keep apps secure from the ground up, inevitably some security flaws fall through the cracks — including a recently discovered Chrome vulnerability that's being actively exploited today. Thankfully, Google rolled out an update to Chrome that patches it along with other exploits, and you'd be wise to install it as soon as possible.

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Google is preparing scheduled dark mode for Chrome OS

Google is preparing scheduled dark mode for Chrome OS

Dark mode has been soaring in popularity as a design trend over the last several years, and for good reason — it minimizes eye strain when using computers over extended periods (Editor's note: It also looks slick AF). With major platforms like macOS, Windows, and Android offering darker shades, it became clear Chrome OS had to catch up with the pack. Dark mode is still in ongoing development despite work on it dating back almost a year now, and it looks unfinished — even today. But Google hasn't thrown in the towel here, and it's now adding another highly requested feature to make dark mode even better.

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Google continues its assault on the Chromebook Alt key

Google continues its assault on the Chromebook Alt key

It's been several months since Google announced its new name for the Launcher — or Search key — on Chromebooks, rebranding it to the Everything Button. For those unfamiliar, this button replaces the Caps lock key found on traditional keyboards — tapping it will open the app drawer instead. A Googler writes that the key enables you to search for apps, find files, search online, and more, all in one place. It looks like the company is doubling down on the "Everything" moniker, as it's about to remap a handful of system shortcuts to it.

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Google is finally fixing the awful notifications on Chrome OS

Google is finally fixing the awful notifications on Chrome OS

It's no secret that notifications have been a usability nightmare for Chromebooks. The touch-centric cards are cumbersome and unintuitive to manage with a mouse — the lack of proper grouping and polish further hurts usability. Even worse, developers have done nothing to fix the awkward notification center on Chrome OS, leaving it in an unpolished state for years. But now it seems like Google is finally realizing that notifications on Chromebooks are a hot mess, and it's finally getting ready to fix its lackluster implementation.

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This tiny new Chromebox has more RAM and storage than your gaming PC

This tiny new Chromebox has more RAM and storage than your gaming PC

A single mention of Chrome OS probably has you picturing any number of low-end, low-cost laptops, along with the occasional high-end beast. You might not think of Chromeboxes very much, but if you don't need a built-in monitor, they're an excellent option for entry-level desktop machines. However, the latest Chromebox from CTL is anything but "low-end," with enough storage and RAM to blow any run-of-the-mill gaming PC out of the water.

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