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Hands-On With Acer's Touchscreen Chromebook

Yesterday, Acer launched the C720P Chromebook in Australia — the first model with an inbuilt touchscreen. Like the recent spate of Windows 8 notebooks, its LED boasts 10-point touch functionality for added “fun and immersion”. Is there actually any point to this feature in Google’s Chrome OS? Apparently, that will largely depend on what developers choose to do with it.


What's Your Favourite Chrome OS Peripheral?

Sometimes the integrated inputs on your Chromebook just simply aren’t good enough (looking at you, Chromebook 11 trackpad). But the OS is still new enough that not many major manufacturers directly support it. Sure, Chrome OS is supposed to be plug-and-play compatible with any USB HID peripheral, but this nest of un-pairable wireless mice on my desk suggest otherwise.


Google Is Sneaking Chrome OS Into Windows 8 'Metro' Mode

It was one thing when Google’s Chrome apps managed to break out of the browser and become real, offline apps, but clearly that is not Google’s real long-term play. A recent update to the developer version of Google Chrome basically runs Chrome OS inside of Windows 8.


Google Experiments With A New Launcher And Ditching The Black Bar

There’s a new, cleaner Google web interface being tested right now. It does away with the black bar in favour of nicking the Chrome OS and Android grid icon and using it to populate a nice little white dropdown menu.


Chrome And Android's Excellent Collision Course

Andy Rubin left Android, and Chrome and Apps boss Sundar Pichai is taking over. Desktop melts into mobile. It’s a familiar dance, following iOS and OS X and the whole Windows 8 philosophy down the same convergence rabbit hole. But this one is a little different.


Google Chromebook Pixel: Awesome, Just Not $1300 Worth Of Awesome

Google set out to build “the best laptop possible”. The result: the Chromebook Pixel. A sleek and powerful device designed specifically for life in the cloud. If the display doesn’t make your jaw drop, the price tag will.


Don't Worry, The Chromebook Pixel Isn't Just Stuck Running Chrome OS

The Chromebook Pixel has caught a lot of flak for being an expensive, powerful computer that arguably throws that power away on the stripped down and simple Chrome OS. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way if you’re game to tinker a little bit. Turns out throwing Linux on that sucker is already a breeze.


Google Chrome OS Meta-Review: Faster And Better, But Still Falls Short

The first reviews of Google’s latest version of Chrome OS are out. Several publications took the cloud-based OS for a test drive on the new Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and Series 3 Chromebox.


Google Drops A New Chromebook And Chromebox

If you haven’t paid attention to Google’s Chrome OS in a while, you might not recognise it after today’s update: the cloud-based OS UI has been revamped and now has multitouch trackpad support. Coinciding with that release is an updated Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and a Series 3 Chromebox. The emphasis here is nearly singular: speed, speed, speed.


How To Turn Your Netbook Into A Chromebook With Chromium OS

Google recently released its own line of Chrome OS-clad netbooks, but with only a few choices, a somewhat high price tag and no clear Aussie release plans. As such, you might be more comfortable running Chrome OS on your own machine. Here’s how to install it on your current laptop or netbook.


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