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Google is increasing Chrome security bug bounty rewards

Google has several different vulnerability rewards programs tied to different products, and it pays out huge sums each year to researchers find these security bugs. This, in turn, protects users from data theft and other nefarious activity, so it's good to see that Google is increasing the bounties for its Chrome Vulnerability Rewards Program.

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[Update: More devices] Chrome OS 75 rolling out again, but just for the Pixel Slate

The seemingly delayed Chrome OS 75 update finally landed two weeks ago, but last week that rollout was suspended, potentially in the wake of issues like crashes/freezes and Android apps losing internet connectivity. Today Chrome Unboxed reports that the update is rolling out again, but only for the Pixel Slate. Google's Chrome OS update dashboard confirms the Pixel Slate is currently the only device set to receive Chrome OS 75 on Stable channel.

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HP's 2-in-1 Chromebook x360 has once again dropped to $400 ($200 off)

If you're looking for a large Chromebook that's still fast enough to get serious work done, the HP 2-in-1 Chromebook x360 is a good option. It dropped to $400 at Best Buy ($200 off the usual cost) back in April, and now it has returned to that price.

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The Lenovo C330, our budget Chromebook pick, is more affordable than ever at $204

Chromebooks come in all price points — from cheaply built, underpowered $100 machines, to the mighty Pixel Book, which retailed for ten times that. In the middle, there a few Chromebooks that toe the line between price and functionality — like the Lenovo C330, a recipient of the AP "Most Wanted" award and our pick for "best cheap Chromebook", which is currently available for just $204 over at Rakuten.

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Google Pixelbook with 128GB SSD down to $599 ($400 off) at Fry's

At a starting price of just shy of a grand, nobody is calling the Pixelbook affordable. But if you've been eyeing a Pixelbook and have just been waiting for prices to fall, now might be your chance to grab one on the cheap. Fry's is currently offering the 128GB Pixelbook for just $599.

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14-inch Acer Chromebook 514 down to $339 on Amazon ($60 off)

Chromebooks are great machines for casual users, providing a simple interface and rudimentary support for Android apps. One of the better-looking models in the market is Acer's Chromebook 514, coming with a full metal chassis (minus its plastic screen bezel). Right now, it's available on Amazon for an all-time low of $339 — 15 percent cheaper than its regular $399.

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The best Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chrome OS tablets you can buy right now (Summer 2019)

Chromebooks have come a long way from the original CR-48, and for many, a complete workflow is now possible in the confines of Chrome OS thanks to the addition of Android and Linux application support. But there are quite a lot out there to choose from, and some are better options than others. For your convenience, we've put together a small list of some of our favorite picks, categorized based on your primary consideration.

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Bluetooth battery status being tested in Chrome OS Canary

Battery level readings for connected Bluetooth devices are something that many of us Android users wanted for a long time, and we finally got it with Android 8.1 Oreo back in 2017. Nearly two years later, the same feature is now hitting Chrome OS with a flag that those in Canary can enable.

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[Update: Confirmation] Report: Google gives up on making its own tablets

According to a recently-published report by Computerworld, Google is "officially done" making tablets. This follows in the wake of last year's poorly-received Chrome OS-powered Pixel Slate, and subsequent rumors of downsizing the hardware division responsible. This will not affect the division responsible for the Pixel phones, and Google still apparently has plans for future laptop-style devices.

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Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is $399 ($50 off) at Best Buy

Samsung was among the first to join in the Chromebook craze, and it's still in the game today with its Chromebook Plus V2. This laptop was discounted to $399 back in January, and that same deal is back at Best Buy. There are deals to be had on the open-box models as well.

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