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Adobe Acrobat now optimized for Chromebooks, documents can be signed with stylus

Last year, Google worked with Adobe to bring a more complete version of Lightroom CC to Android and Chrome OS, mainly to showcase on the original Pixelbook. This year, Google partnered with Adobe again - this time to optimize the Acrobat PDF reader for Chromebooks.

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HP Chromebook x360 14 is a premium convertible costing $599

As Google continues to make Chrome OS more touch-friendly, we're going to see an increasing number of convertible form factors in the space, and that's exactly what HP has announced today. The Chromebook x360 14 is a premium device with a 360-degree rotating hinge allowing for tablet, tent, and stand modes. It includes powerful internals such as 8th generation Intel Core processors (i3 or i5) and 8GB of RAM.

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Chrome OS Canary build now hides top browser UI when scrolling in tablet mode

Most mobile browsers hide the top of the browser UI when you scroll down the page as a way to save space. Now, Chrome OS may start doing the same thing in certain instances. As usual, this change has appeared in the Canary build first.

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Chrome OS v69 stable introduces Linux app compatibility, finalized Material Design changes

The long-awaited Linux support for Chromebooks has just hit the Stable channel. According to the Chrome Releases blog, the consumer-facing release channel is in the midst of being updated to v69, which includes Linux application support — at least, on compatible devices. The update also includes other features, such as a refreshed UI for browsing the filesystem, expanded dictation support for text entry, red-tinted Night Light, and some tablet-centric tweaks (among other smaller changes).

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Network file shares now enabled by default in Chrome OS Canary channel

As of the latest Canary build (v70), Chrome OS now has network file shares enabled by default. SMB sharing was previously possible via a flag that was added back in March, although it was quite unstable at that time. It should hopefully perform better now, allowing you to add a file share service such as Samba.

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The best Linux apps for Chrome OS

Slowly but surely, Google is bringing support for Linux applications to Chrome OS. Even though the feature is primarily aimed at developers, like those who want to get Android Studio running on a Pixelbook, there are plenty of apps that can benefit normal users. We already have a guide about installing Linux apps on Chrome OS, but if you're not sure what to try, this post may point you in the right direction.

This isn't a simple compilation of the best Linux apps, because plenty of those exist already. Instead, the goal here is to recommend solutions for tasks that cannot be adequately filled by web or Android apps.

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[Update: Live in Dev channel] Chrome OS will soon use the Google Sans font

Google's new UI font, the aptly-named 'Google Sans,' has been appearing in many of the company's apps and sites lately. The next target for Google Sans seems to be Chrome OS, according to a new code commit on the Chromium Gerrit.

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[Update: New Chrome OS render shows side-mounted scanner] Chromebooks with fingerprint sensors are closer than ever

Biometric authentication is nothing new for laptops. However, no Chromebook, even Google's flagship Pixelbook, has ever had a fingerprint sensor or facial recognition. Sure, you could use your phone's fingerprint sensor via Smart Lock, but that's just not the same. A commit for face unlock was discovered on Chromium Gerrit just a few days ago, and now, one for fingerprint sensors has been spotted as well.

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Hands-on with the 4K Lenovo Yoga Chromebook: All those pretty pixels

Most Chromebooks follow a minimal design philosophy. They're small-ish, have modest processors, and don't take up a lot of space on your desk. The new Lenovo Yoga Chromebook is none of those. Lenovo's first premium Yoga-branded Chromebook comes with a display up to 4K resolution, and it's almost large enough to be considered a desktop replacement.

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