28 Secret Mouse and Trackpad Shortcuts You Probably Didn’t Know About

Operating a mouse or trackpad is super easy, but behind their simple exteriors these intuitive input devices hide a whole host of shortcuts and extra features that aren’t immediately obvious—and if you don’t already know about them, you’re missing out. Here are our favourites. Read More >>

Chrome OS, Not Android, Is Probably the Future of Google Tablets

It was inevitable as soon as Android apps were made available on Chrome OS devices. Like an immortal highlander, there could really be only one dominant Google OS in the tablet and laptop space. And with the news that Google has killed the Pixel C Android tablet and Samsung’s next Chromebook is a detachable 2-in-1, it’s clear who is coming out on top. Sorry Android fanboys, Chrome OS is likely the future of cheap tablets and laptops. Read More >>

Google’s Next Android Update Could Turn Chromebooks Into Texting Machines

Chrome OS is getting there. What started out as a way to make an OS that runs well on inexpensive laptop components is slowly marching to a point where it may actually be a real competitor to Windows, macOS, and Linux. And based on a some code found in the developer preview for Android 8.1, Google’s next addition to its desktop OS could enable Chromebooks to send and receive texts. Read More >>

How to Find the Specs For Any Device You Own

You probably know a bit about the laptops, smartphones, and other devices set in front of you, especially if you bought them after agonising over the choices for weeks. Even for those devices you did carefully pick and buy yourself, as the years roll by it can be easy to forget exactly how much RAM is installed or what the make and model of the processor actually is. For devices you’ve been given by someone else, you might have next to no idea about what’s inside. Read More >>

Google I/O 2017 Is Coming: What to Expect From the Future of Android, Chrome, and More

Google’s annual I/O developer conference kicks off Wednesday 17th May and continues through the end of the week. We’ll be on the ground at the show covering all the breaking news, but before then we’re taking a closer look at what we can expect from this year’s conference. Read More >>

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How to Get Windows and macOS Apps on Your Chromebook

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As capable as Chromebooks have become, there are times when you might need to load up Photoshop, iTunes or something else that relies on Windows or macOS. Not only can Chrome OS do this, it’s not that difficult to set up...if you know the right plug-ins to use. Here’s how to get started. Read More >>

Samsung’s New Chromebook Is a Nearly Perfect Budget Laptop

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 I 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 on 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 — a genuinely good alternative to the fussiness of Windows and the priciness of MacOS. Read More >>

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Samsung’s New Chromebook Knows What You Want to Write Before You Do

Google knows who I want to email before I email them. It knows what I want to type before I type it. It even knows where I want to drive to before I drive. So it was only a matter of time before Google figured out what I wanted to write with my pen before I finished my pen stroke. And now Google’s showing off this newest feat of machine learning in Samsung’s next major Chrome OS laptops: the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. Read More >>

How to Run Android Apps on Your Chromebook

Android apps have arrived on Chrome OS. Right now they can be run on three Chromebook models, a number that will increase during the rest of 2016 and into the start of 2017 (Google has a full list). To save you the wait, we got hold of an Asus Chromebook Flip to show you how the Android experience works on a Chromebook. Read More >>

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Chromebook Master

Chromebooks are on the up and up. If you’re using a laptop running Google’s lightweight, web-based Chrome OS software, there are lots of hidden tricks you might not be aware of, from safely giving others access to your Chromebook to getting the newest features for the OS before anyone else. Here are 10 tips for becoming an expert Chromebook user. Read More >>

RIP, Google Chromebook Pixel 2

The finest Chromebook money can buy is being discontinued. 2015's Chromebook Pixel 2 is being phased out according to VentureBeat, without any replacement on the horizon yet. Read More >>

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How to Run Linux on a Chromebook

Chromebooks may have started life as very basic laptops that were useless without an internet connection, but they’ve become more powerful and more useful with each passing year. Now, not only is it possible to run Linux on your Chromebook, you can access the operating system through a browser window. Read More >>

Some Crafty Nerds Got Windows Running on a Chromebook

You can stop regretting owning that ridiculously cheap Chromebook you picked up last Prime Day. The guys over at CodeWeavers have worked out a way to run Windows on Chrome OS. That means Steam, Photoshop, and a non-web version of Office could all be on your Chromebook very soon. Read More >>

Everything You Can Do Offline With a Chromebook

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. Read More >>

How to Install Chrome OS on Your Windows Laptop

Eager to try out Chrome OS, but not ready to ditch Windows entirely? Thanks to the latest software package from Neverware, you can have both. By installing the company’s CloudReady software, you can turn your Windows laptop into a Chromebook, and it’s also possible to set up a dual-boot system using both operating systems. Read More >>