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The best ways to sign, edit, and annotate PDF files on Chromebooks

The best ways to sign, edit, and annotate PDF files on Chromebooks

I've been using a Chromebook as my sole productivity machine for about a month now after introducing Chrome OS to my workflow over a year ago. While I've been surprisingly happy with the experience, it took me ages to find the perfect PDF reader to replace the excellent PDF Expert app on macOS. I ended up testing quite a few tools and created a fine selection of solutions that might help you find your preferred workflow for your PDF needs, too.

I personally need a PDF reader to annotate film and TV scripts mostly, but your workflow might differ from mine.

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HP's new Chromebook hits the magic sweet spot between budget and premium

HP's new Chromebook hits the magic sweet spot between budget and premium

HP is breathing new life into its Chromebook x360 14 series with 11th-gen Intel chips and a step up in memory from eMMC format to PCIe SSD. All of that starting from the same prices as last year.

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Samsung's brand-new premium Chromebook just got its first ever price cut

Samsung's brand-new premium Chromebook just got its first ever price cut

Chromebooks make for good laptops if you're heavily invested in Google's ecosystem of apps and services. If you're looking to get one now, you might want to check out the recently-launched Galaxy Chromebook 2 that's available for $100 off, starting from $449.

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Chromebooks could finally become proper Linux gaming computers

Chromebooks could finally become proper Linux gaming computers

Linux for Chromebooks has come a long way since Google introduced it in Chrome OS 69 a couple of years ago. On supported devices, it opened the door to an extensive library of desktop apps for users, like video editing tools and IDEs. GPU acceleration was an important milestone that made graphic intensive Linux app usable on Chrome OS. This is thanks to Virgil 3D, a component that allows the Linux container to tap into the hardware's GPU. In exciting news shared by Luke Short from VMware, Google is working on adding Vulkan passthrough into Virgil to improve app performance.

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Steam for Chromebooks could be getting closer to release based on new changes

Steam for Chromebooks could be getting closer to release based on new changes

We exclusively reported that Google is working on bringing official Steam support to Chromebooks back in 2020. Parallel to developing a new Linux container better suited for games, the company is now additionally experimenting with a new "Game Mode" that could bring some further performance to the upcoming Linux container.

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The independent Chrome browser on Chrome OS is getting closer to launch

The independent Chrome browser on Chrome OS is getting closer to launch

On Chrome OS, the browser and the operating system are deeply intertwined. Google can't update one component without the other, making development a hassle. The company is looking to change that by introducing a decoupled version of Chrome (dubbed "Lacros"), which could simplify processes for developers and might even extend Chromebooks' lives. New evidence suggests that Google is inching closer to publicly testing Lacros.

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Save up to $150 on a high-end Pixelbook Go

Save up to $150 on a high-end Pixelbook Go

The Pixelbook Go is a sturdy, friendly Chromebook. But as Google's premium statement piece starting at $649 for an Intel Core m3 model, there might've been a disconnect between its humble industrial design and the price tag. Alas, if you do want a Pixelbook Go right now, you can the more robust models for a good discount at several retailers.

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How to enable SD card storage for Android apps like Netflix or Plex on your Chromebook

How to enable SD card storage for Android apps like Netflix or Plex on your Chromebook

Chrome OS started out as an operating system for people who do everything online, and while Android and Linux app support allow for more offline capabilities, most Chromebooks still aren't equipped with loads of internal storage. That's where SD cards and microSD cards come in — many Chromebooks have dedicated slots you can use to expand your storage. Here's how to set things up if you want to download content from apps like Netflix and Plex to your SD card instead of your internal storage.

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It's 2021, and Netflix still doesn't offer HD downloads on Chromebooks

It's 2021, and Netflix still doesn't offer HD downloads on Chromebooks

When I bought my first Chromebook back in 2020, I imagined a bright future. I specifically wanted a convertible so I could replace my aging third-gen iPad (yes, the one from 2012). And due to Android app support, I thought I would be able to use it as my new media consumption machine. Unfortunately, things turned out to be more complicated, particularly when it comes to video streaming and downloading, and I wish I knew what I was getting myself into beforehand. To spare you the same disappointment, here's what's going on.

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