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Acer's 'Big Chungus' of Chromebooks gets badder with RAM and processor upgrades

Acer's 'Big Chungus' of Chromebooks gets badder with RAM and processor upgrades

The Big Chungus of Chromebooks is back. After a summer of speedy sales for the first Chromebook with a 17.3" display, the Acer Chromebook 317 has been upgraded with more RAM and a meatier processor.

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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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Google's plans for custom chips in Pixels could spread to Chromebooks

Google's plans for custom chips in Pixels could spread to Chromebooks

The Pixel 6 is the first significant reinvention to Google's smartphone series we've seen in years. It's not just a design change, either — thanks to the new Tensor SoC, we're hoping to see the company's most powerful flagship device yet. Pixel phones are only one entry in Google's ever-expanding lineup of hardware, of course. If you've been waiting to see a Chromebook powered by custom silicon, you might not have to wait too much longer.

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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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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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Get ready to say goodbye to potato-quality Chromebook screen captures

Get ready to say goodbye to potato-quality Chromebook screen captures

It's no secret that it can be a Herculean effort to find decent screen recorder software for Chromebooks. Most online capture tools lock functionality (like recording in native resolution) behind an expensive subscription paywall, so you'd have to pay up just to unlock a basic feature. Google has been working to end your recording woes by adding a native solution for Chrome OS in its big 89 update, but unseekable captures and lackluster video quality made it mostly useless. The good news is that may soon change in a future Chrome OS update.

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Google's latest Chromebook update is safe to install again, leaving the Chromebook Pixel stranded

Google's latest Chromebook update is safe to install again, leaving the Chromebook Pixel stranded

The latest incremental Chrome OS 91 update caused quite some woes, with far too many people reporting that their Chromebooks were locked up due to extremely high CPU usage. Google had to pull the update, causing more problems in the process, but it looks like now, it's finally solved the underlying issues. The incremental update is rolling out again, and everyone is happy — except for Chromebook Pixel users.

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Your next Chromebook might come with a dedicated GPU

Your next Chromebook might come with a dedicated GPU

Chromebooks have a reputation as low-power, low-cost machines. That isn't always true, but up to now there hasn't been much reason to push them out of that broad category. Reports indicated that at least one new model coming down the pipe will arrive with a dedicated graphics card, something that the platform has been lacking so far.

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Chromebooks will soon be able to open more archive file formats

Chromebooks will soon be able to open more archive file formats

Chromebooks will soon be able to mount and open a lot more archive file formats. As spotted by 9to5Google, Google is working on adding support for many more relevant formats other than the already available .zip and .rar files. This should make life much easier for people who regularly have to deal with a few less common but still ubiquitous archives like .7z and .tgz. The feature could go live in Chrome OS 94, which is slated to come to Chromebooks in October.

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