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Dell XPS 13 gets a 2020 refresh with 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake chips and Ubuntu-based Developer Edition

Just a few days ahead of CES 2020, Dell has lifted the covers off the updated Dell XPS 13 — a thin and light 13.4-inch notebook featuring 10th-Gen Intel Core Ice Lake processors. Along with the new processors, the device features a new display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and minimal bezels on the bottom,...

Chrome OS 80 lets you sideload Android apps without Developer Mode

It's probably no secret to anyone that Chrome OS now supports Android apps. It has for a while, in fact. Before bringing Android app support to Chrome OS, it was actually very much limited to web apps, but Android app support has unlocked a lot of possibilities for Chromebook users, including better, native experiences for...

[Update: Rolling Out] Chrome OS 79 enables media controls on the lock screen

Over the last couple of years, we've seen Google put an emphasis on bringing more Android-like features to Chrome OS. This has been part of their attempt to make Chrome OS better suited for touchscreen devices such as the Pixel Slate. In August of 2018, Chromebooks started getting lock screen notifications. Now, media controls are...

Google is testing a dedicated media player app for Chrome OS

This may come as some surprise to you, but Chrome OS doesn't currently have a dedicated media player app. Viewing photos and videos is done through the Files apps, which works fine for the most part. It appears Google is working on a media player app for Chrome OS and it will be a System...

Microsoft’s Project xCloud and Zoom Video are coming to Windows 10 on ARM

Windows 10 on ARM has been a pretty exciting project to follow, but it does come with some drawbacks. One of the biggest issues right now is gaming. Many Windows games haven't been compiled for ARM, not to mention Windows on ARM devices probably lack the horsepower to play intensive games anyway. Microsoft's Project xCloud...

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 8c and 7c for Always On, Always Connected PCs

Last year, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8cx 5G platform, the world’s first 7nm SoC for laptops, in an attempt to capture the growing market of hybrid, thin-and-light always-connected personal computers (ACPCs). This was the latest in a series of Qualcomm chips for ACPC as the company had previously tested the waters with the Snapdragon 850 and...

HP Chromebook x360 convertible launched in India in 12″ and 14″ variants

Chromebooks were formerly seen as cheaper alternatives to bigger or bigger and laptops. Apart from premium offerings like the last year's $999 Pixelbook, the availability of native support for the Google Play Store and Android apps on Chromebooks has helped change the perception to an extent. HP is among the manufacturers that spare some SKUs...

Lenovo ThinkBook 14 and 15 with 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake processors launched in India for SMBs

Lenovo's presence in the smartphone world may not be as great in current times, despite the acquisition of Motorola. However, the situation is quite different when it comes to computing devices beyond smartphones, at least in India. In the country, Lenovo claims to hold the first position in the overall PC market with a 37.7%...

Chrome OS 80 will start using Debian 10 Buster on new Linux installations

At Google I/O last year, Google announced Linux app support for Chrome OS. This is made possible thanks to installing a GNU/Linux distribution, specifically Debian 9 "Stretch", in a Linux container. Earlier this year, the Debian project announced Debian 10 "Buster," but Google wasn't ready to upgrade the default Linux container on Chromebooks just yet....

Quick Answers in Chrome OS will surface Google Search results on highlighted text

One of the most underrated features of Android is the ability to quickly perform a desired task when you select text. For example, if you highlight a phone number, you will get the option to jump straight to a call. Similarly, highlighting an address will give you the option to open Google Maps. Now, it...

Chrome OS now shows your Chromebook’s End-of-Life info in Settings

Chromebooks, or laptops that run ChromeOS as the operating system, have a fixed support lifespan, during which Google regularly provides for updates that keep the OS running smoothly and relatively risk-free. This is a lot like the software support window for smartphones, in that you can still continue to use the device beyond the support...

Microsoft’s new Edge browser will ship without ARM64 support and no history or extension sync

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the general availability (along with a new icon) of its Edge browser based on Chromium. The browser was first made available to download back in April for Insiders, but in January 2020 it will launch to the public. We now have a few more details about what that upcoming version...