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Chrome OS 84 comes with redesigned Files app, better Overview screen, and resizable on-screen keyboard

Following the release of Chrome 84 on desktops and mobile, Google has now launched Chrome OS 84. Other than the regular Chrome browser features like intrusive notification request blocking and app shortcuts support, the OS is in for some more treats. The redesigned, all-white Files app is finally going stable, the virtual keyboard is now resizeable, there are simpler split-screen options built into the Overview screen, and we get a new Explore app that replaces the Get Help application.

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Get the brand-new Acer Chromebook Spin 713 for $529 ($100 off) from Best Buy

Acer's Spin 713 is an excellent Chromebook; a device with specs like these would usually set you back more than the usual $629 asking price. Being such a new product, we assumed it'd be a while before we saw any reduction in cost, considering how reasonable it already is. But we were wrong: Best Buy is currently selling the Spin 713 for only $529, a whole $100 off.

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Google is testing a concept dual-touchscreen Chromebook

Thanks to the way ChromeOS is developed, we often get glimpses of upcoming features and devices through the open-source Chromium code. ChromeOS started out with traditional clamshells, and over the years we've gotten foldables, detachables, and even straight-up tablets. Now it looks like Google is experimenting with a new form factor: a touchscreen Chromebook with dual screens.

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The best Photoshop alternatives for Chromebooks

Chrome OS started as little more than a browser, but Google has added Android and Linux app support to give Chromebooks a somewhat respectable software library. You know what's still missing, though? Photoshop. While you can't get Adobe's dominant photo editing tool, there are a number of apps that can do at least part of what Photoshop does. Here are five options you might be able to use in place of Photoshop on a Chromebook.

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Google is offering Stadia Premiere Edition for just $79 to select Chromebook owners

Stadia Premiere Edition launched last year for the price of $129. It was a lot of fun when we reviewed it. Since then, it's been discounted down to just $99. But if that wasn't enough to sway you, Google is currently offering Stadia Premiere Edition for a mere $79 — as long as you've got a Pixelbook, Pixelbook Go, or Pixel Slate handy.

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Chrome OS will get Steam as part of new Linux virtualization environment

Back in January, we exclusively reported that Google wants to add Steam to Chrome OS and introduce more powerful Chromebooks, possibly running on AMD silicon. Now further details have emerged. 9to5Google found a new Linux emulator in the Google's Chromium Gerrit codenamed "Borealis" that includes a pre-installed copy of Steam. It might even replace the current Linux implementation in the long term.

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The 3 months of free Disney+ perk is back for Chromebook users in the US

A few days ago, Disney+ removed its free 7-day trial, possibly fearing that too many people would take advantage of it just to watch the highly anticipated exclusive Hamilton musical. But if you're a Chromebook owner and haven't signed up for Disney+ yet, you can look forward to the return of the free 3-month trial for the service, a deal Google initially only offered through February 2020.

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Acer announces Chromebook Spin 713 with 10th-gen Intel processors and entry-level Spin 311

Acer is one of the most committed manufacturers when it comes to Chromebooks and routinely releases new and iterated products. Its Chromebook Spin series is among the better known as it combines a 2-in-1 form factor that lets you flip the screen 360 degrees, making it easy to transform a Chromebook into an entertainment device. Today, Acer has announced two new laptops for that lineup: The flagship Chromebook Spin 713 and the entry-level Chromebook Spin 311.

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Google and Parallels announce plans to bring Windows apps to Chromebooks

Chromebooks weren't originally designed to run traditional PC software, but Google is slowly attempting to fill that gap. Chrome OS already has an optional Linux container for running some desktop software (albeit with poor graphical performance), but now Windows applications will soon appear on the platform in some capacity

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Chromebooks desperately need more than 4GB of RAM in 2020

Earlier this month, I had the chance to review Lenovo's new IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook. It's a great machine, with an excellent build quality and guaranteed Chrome OS updates for the next eight years, but it had one fault that kept me from wholeheartedly recommending the laptop — it only had 4GB of RAM.

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