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Google's new training game teaches your parents Chrome OS so you don't have to

Google's new training game teaches your parents Chrome OS so you don't have to

Learning to use a new computing platform can be difficult for anyone — even seasoned tech fans like ourselves. Years of muscle memory can make switching from MacOS to Windows or iOS to Android an uncomfortable experience. To assist new Chrome OS users, Google has gamified its tutorials, implementing videos, quizzes, and more into a single space to learn about Chromebooks.

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Google's working on letting you mirror your phone screen to Chromebooks

Google's working on letting you mirror your phone screen to Chromebooks

Google has been working on integrating Chrome OS and Android more tightly for a while now with features like Phone Hub, Nearby Share, and Smart Lock. But the company already teased during its 2021 I/O developer conference that there was a lot more coming. We've long tracked one of these potentially upcoming features, codenamed "Eche," which we understand to be a service that will allow you to mirror your Pixel's screen right on your Chromebook, and now, more details have emerged.

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Chromebooks with Face ID authentication may be just around the corner

Chromebooks with Face ID authentication may be just around the corner

It looks like Google could add face unlock and other camera-based interaction options to upcoming Chromebooks and Chrome OS. 9to5Google found evidence that the company is working on integrating a "Human Presence Sensor" that would allow for similar features like Windows 10 and 11's Hello camera.

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Microsoft is ending support for Android Office apps on Chromebooks

Microsoft is ending support for Android Office apps on Chromebooks

Do you use Chrome OS's Android app powers to run Microsoft Office apps on your Chromebook? Well Microsoft would like you to stop, please. And starting in September, the company will do more than ask. Office apps originally intended for Android will no longer be supported on Chrome OS beginning next month, according to a Microsoft spokesperson.

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All-in-one PCs are hot again as HP sticks Chrome on a display that swivels

All-in-one PCs are hot again as HP sticks Chrome on a display that swivels

In addition to a new Chrome OS convertible tablet and a plug-and-play monitor, HP is getting freaky by announcing an all-in-one Chrome machine with a rotatable display. The company is hoping to redefine how a family computer serves its users by fueling good performance for basic tasks with a more tactile experience.

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Steam for Chromebooks could be right around the corner

Steam for Chromebooks could be right around the corner

Chrome OS isn't "just a web browser" anymore, as so many of its critics alleged in the platform's early days. It's come a long way, adding dedicated apps through the Play Store while working to improve productivity. Google is also working to bring Steam to Chrome OS with Borealis, but that on its own just isn't enough. Vulkan and its low-level API support are needed to provide a big boost of performance power for gaming, and it's getting closer than ever to reality.

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Google Calendar may be coming to a Chrome OS taskbar near you

Google Calendar may be coming to a Chrome OS taskbar near you

Google Calendar might be a daily visit for many of us, but if you're rocking a Chromebook, there's no way to access it outside of the web or a dedicated app. Chrome OS still lacks a calendar built into its system tray, but that might be about to change. After evidence showed up earlier this year that a simple widget was in the works, a new experiment is hinting that your Chromebook could eventually feature full Google Calendar integration.

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It took a pandemic for Chromebooks to finally start making sense in India

It took a pandemic for Chromebooks to finally start making sense in India

Much like smartphones, most laptop purchases in India happen in the bottom section of the price spectrum. By that measure, you might expect Chromebooks to be all over the local storefronts, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth. India is very much a Windows laptop market, and that patronage has left Chromebooks with practically no room to be relevant. But things started to take a positive turn for these budget Google laptops when the world suddenly came to a halt last year.

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Take this versatile Lenovo Chromebook back to school, now at its lowest price yet

Take this versatile Lenovo Chromebook back to school, now at its lowest price yet

The back-to-school shopping frenzy is well underway and for plenty of students, it's back to the real-life classroom as well. But whether there or still remote, if you're looking for a note-taking buddy that'll get the job done on the cheap, Lenovo's Chromebook C340-15 may do just the trick — and it's available at Best Buy for a song.

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Google just pushed out a new Chrome OS 91 build — update now

Google just pushed out a new Chrome OS 91 build — update now

It's no secret that Google really screwed over Chromebook users with its botched Chrome OS 91 update. When it released 91.0.4772.165 on Monday, it locked many people out of their devices, forcing them to powerwash and lose their valuable files. We learned yesterday that Google forgot to add a second "&" to a conditional statement, which broke its ability to decrypt login information (required to sign you in). Google issued a statement that it planned to push out a fix on July 21, and now, it looks like the company has kept its word.

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