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Chrome OS 93 is heading to your Chromebook today, and it's all about the details

Chrome OS 93 is heading to your Chromebook today, and it's all about the details

Today Google is launching Chrome OS 93 to Chromebooks, just a week after it released Chrome 93 to mobile and desktop platforms. Chromebooks have seen wild success over the last couple of years thanks to Chrome OS being reliable, secure, and easy to use, and Chrome OS 93 adds polish here and there to help you enjoy your Chromebook even more. Here are all the important features and tweaks coming with this update.

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SwiftKey's latest beta works a lot faster with password managers

SwiftKey's latest beta works a lot faster with password managers

SwiftKey remains one of the best third-party keyboard alternatives on Android — especially if you're a dedicated Microsoft fan. With its latest beta update, the app is gaining a much-needed feature for managing logins, passwords, and smart replies.

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Chromebooks are getting better keyboard and mouse support in games with this new change

Chromebooks are getting better keyboard and mouse support in games with this new change

Many of us have been working from home for a long time now, and if you've got a stressful job, it's vital to take time relaxing and winding down after work. With the vast catalog of apps now available for Chromebooks thanks to the Play Store, it's easier than ever to get hooked on addictive games like PUBG or Among Us. But despite Google's efforts to optimize Android on Chrome OS, a lot of games are still incompatible with keyboard and mouse input — simply because the developers built them for phones and tablets. So if your Chromebook lacks a touchscreen, you've been out of luck.

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Save a cool $100 on Google's i5 Pixelbook Go

Save a cool $100 on Google's i5 Pixelbook Go

It's been almost two years since Google made a proper Chromebook for the masses. The Pixelbook Go is the company's most recent device meant for the casual user, with a more traditional form factor and magnesium chassis to improve its affordability and longevity. Despite Google's cost-saving measures, the laptop has simply been too expensive, with a $650 sticker price being less competitive than similarly equipped Chromebooks. But there's still a lot to love about it, and if you've been itching to buy it on sale, today's your lucky day — you can snag an i5 Pixelbook at Amazon for $100 off.

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Multitasking on Chrome OS with an external keyboard will soon be even easier

Multitasking on Chrome OS with an external keyboard will soon be even easier

Let's be honest: it's outright frustrating to remember which function key on your external keyboard activates each Chrome OS feature, especially when you're trying to get work done. That's because Google designed these functions around its own keyboard layout, which has symbols that illustrate what they do. Google eases the friction a bit by including a shortcut on the taskbar to launch overview mode, but for now, it shows up only when connecting a keyboard to a Chrome tablet. That may soon change, as Google is working to make Chrome OS more user-friendly with any keyboard.

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Google continues its assault on the Chromebook Alt key

Google continues its assault on the Chromebook Alt key

It's been several months since Google announced its new name for the Launcher — or Search key — on Chromebooks, rebranding it to the Everything Button. For those unfamiliar, this button replaces the Caps lock key found on traditional keyboards — tapping it will open the app drawer instead. A Googler writes that the key enables you to search for apps, find files, search online, and more, all in one place. It looks like the company is doubling down on the "Everything" moniker, as it's about to remap a handful of system shortcuts to it.

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I gave up on Android tablets after I discovered the iPad as a writing tool

I gave up on Android tablets after I discovered the iPad as a writing tool

There’s a dream I’ve had for years: a platonic ideal of consumer electronics. I dream of the perfect mobile writing machine.

I imagine a device that’s compact and light enough to carry anywhere, without the need for supporting hardware, and which differs enough from a conventional laptop or desktop interface to let me focus entirely on writing. With all that included, it needs to be powerful enough to run multiple applications at a time: a word processor, a small browser window for supplementary research, and a media player for music.

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Gboard is bringing screenshots to the clipboard for easier sharing

Gboard is bringing screenshots to the clipboard for easier sharing

Gboard is probably one of Google's best Android apps — it's constantly evolving and gaining useful new features. Last year, its clipboard was expanded to allow for easier copying and pasting of images, and now screenshots are being added into the mix for your convenience.

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Typewise wants to revolutionize smartphone keyboards, but is it actually better than Gboard?

Typewise wants to revolutionize smartphone keyboards, but is it actually better than Gboard?

Typewise stirred up the mostly stagnant software keyboard market on Android and iOS when it launched its reimagined hexagon keyboard layout back in 2019. While the key arrangement takes quite some getting used to, the Swiss deep learning company was able to carve out a niche for itself and has a loyal following of about a quarter million active users who were ready to completely relearn how to type. And today, the company is launching Typewise 3.0 after an extensive testing phase. It comes with improved auto correction, better language detection, and better undo behavior.

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Amazon's latest Fire HD 10 tablets are now finally optimized for Zoom

Amazon's latest Fire HD 10 tablets are now finally optimized for Zoom

Amazon's tablets aren't meant to set the world on Fire, but they're probably some of the most popular on the planet thanks to low price tags and integration with the company's retail empire. It's been about a year and a half since the 10-inch version got an upgrade, but today Amazon is taking pre-orders for the new Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 10 Plus.

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