Looking at the new Pixelbook from afar, it's really hard to understand why anyone, let alone Google, could demand a retail price of $US1,000 (about $1300) for this thing. It's got Chrome OS inside -- the operating system you stick in cheap laptops with cheap guts because it needs practically no processor power to run. And Google made no attempt to explain why a Chromebook should go for $US1,000 during its presentation. After playing with it, I've got a better idea of why Google would ask that kind of price.
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I was working on the new Samsung Chromebook Pro, furiously putting together a post that needed to go up. The final touch was an image, but I needed to edit it and didn't want to reach for my normal work machine. So I popped it open in the Adobe Lightroom Android app, flipped the screen around so the computer was in tablet mode, and pulled the stylus out from its holster in the side of the computer. I had my image edited and ready to go in less than two minutes. It felt completely natural, saved me a little bit of time, and hinted at exactly what the future of the Chromebook could be -- genuinely good alternative to the fussiness of Windows and the priciness of MacOS.
Samsung may have been forced to recall the Note7, but that doesn't mean the company is just going to roll over and let the explosion memes kill it. There are other products coming down the line, like TVs, smartwatches and the inevitable Galaxy S8. According to a leak over the weekend, there might also be a sweet Chromebook in Samsung's future.
When Chrome OS first appeared, it was practically useless without an internet connection. Now, an offline Chromebook is no longer the functionless brick it once was because there are dozens of web apps with offline capabilities. Here's everything you can do today on Chrome OS without online access.
Windows 10 can do it, OS X El Capitan can do it -- and Chrome OS can do it, too. I'm talking about snapping windows to the sides of the screen to make it easier to compare apps and webpages. But if you're not familiar with the process on your Chromebook or Chromebox, then here's what you need to do.
When Google introduced Chromebooks in 2011, its "always in the cloud" philosophy made these machines seem like starter kits for the lite laptop user. But Google's incredible Pixel line upped the game. Now Dell's followed that top-of-the-line thinking to make a powerful Chromebook you can actually afford.
If you've picked up a Chromebook (or Chromebox), you'll know you don't get very much in the way of local storage -- the system is designed for the cloud after all. Still, there are times when saving files locally is a good idea (watching movies offline for example) and you want to manage those handful of gigabytes effectively. Here's how.
Remember the Pixel, that beautiful, high-end, ludicrously expensive Chromebook that comes with a laundry list of reasons to not buy it? Get ready for number two. Google has announced it has a sequel "coming soon."
You may have heard of the Dell Chromebook 11. It's one of the very best Chromebooks you can buy. In fact, we think it is the best -- a perfect compromise of product and price. So reasonably, it'd be exciting to hear that Dell has a new Chromebook 11. Version 2.0. Well, don't jump for joy because this isn't the Chromebook 11 your looking for.
Now that you can buy a decent Windows laptop for $US200, does anyone need a Chromebook? That's an existential question we hope to answer soon. But if you want a big, honking 15-inch Chromebook, it looks like Acer's got just the Chromebook for you.
You know that nifty little feature on the Nexus 5 and other Android handsets that let's you voice summon "Ok Google" from any screen? Well, according to Google's Francois Beaufort, you'll soon be able to do just that on your Chromebook as well.
I basically live in Google's Chrome web browser. It's a decision I made to save my sanity when it became part of my job to change laptops every few weeks. No need to back up files that way! But it made me wonder how well I could live with only Chrome -- if I could replace my laptop with a Chromebook instead.