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Acer Chromebook Spin 514 review: Rugged, reliable, and fast

Acer announced the Spin 514 Chromebook just ahead of CES this year. This Ryzen-powered Chromebook with AMD graphics aims to put an end to the popular belief that Chromebooks aren't performance machines. There's no doubt Acer is a key OEM in the Chromebook market, so I was excited when they announced this device. Before picking up...

XDA Basics: How to split screen on a Chromebook in clamshell or tablet mode

If you use your laptop for work, multitasking is pretty important. Split screen functionality is one of the nicest features out there to help get things done. Most people are familiar with multitasking gestures on their phone, but you can also use similar gestures to enable split screen on your Chromebook. In fact, there are...

XDA Basics: How to right click on a Chromebook in three ways

If you recently moved from a Windows PC to a new Chromebook, you might have noticed a few key differences. There are several design differences between the two operating systems, but there's also a bit of a usability learning curve. In addition to a different list of settings, there are keyboard touchpad changes on Chrome...

Best Chromebooks for school: ASUS, Acer, Samsung, and more

Back to school is just around the corner. If you're looking for a new school laptop for yourself or your child, you should consider a Chromebook. Chrome OS is an incredibly fast operating system with excellent security and parental controls in place. On the hardware side, Chromebooks are incredibly cost effective. Indeed, many Chromebook models...

Google’s “About this Result” panel will show you why you got those search results

Google's search results sometimes work in mysterious ways. Sometimes, you'll get exactly what you're looking for by using a vague search term. Other times, what you're looking for might not show up even by using the most specific search terms you can come up with. No one outside of Google knows exactly how the search...

Android 12’s new recents URL sharing feature makes it easy to copy links

Google recently rolled out Android 12 beta 3 with a host of changes and improvements over the previous beta release. While Google mentioned all the significant user-facing changes included in the third beta release in its blog post, the company didn't mention one rather useful feature in its announcement -- recents URL sharing. In this...

XDA Basics: How to turn on caps lock on your new Chromebook

Using Caps Lock on your laptop is a pretty big deal in 2021. If you enjoy yelling at people online, it's pretty much essential. If you recently moved to a Chromebook from another operating system, you may have noticed the missing Caps Lock key. This is undoubtedly one of the glaring differences when comparing your...

You can now block spammers that share files with you on Google Drive

Have you been getting spammed with Google Drive notifications time and time again, telling you that someone shared a file with you? I know I certainly have, and several others on the XDA Portal Team have, too. It can get really annoying, but we know that Google is aware of the issue because in May,...

Android Auto’s beta program gives you early access to new features

Companies as large as Google have to do a lot of testing before pushing changes to production, although sometimes things can still go very, very wrong. One way that Google and other companies test new features is by running a public beta tester program. Through these programs, companies enlist the help of ordinary users like...

Best Chrome OS tablets: Lenovo, ASUS, Samsung, HP, and more

Chrome OS is an incredibly versatile operating system. It runs great on traditional Chromebooks and Chromeboxes of course, but it's also a great fit for tablets and convertibles. If you're looking to maximize portability with your Chrome experience, you might also consider a tablet with a detachable keyboard. There are numerous options from all the...

These smartwatches can get Google’s Wear OS 3 update

Google and Samsung have been working on a new wearable platform, aimed at replacing Google's current Wear OS software and Samsung's wearable Tizen OS. The updated platform could finally give the Apple Watch a run for its money, especially with apps like YouTube Music and Spotify promising to support it, but it wasn't clear which...

Google Lens comes to desktop Chrome as an image search tool

Google Lens, Google’s AI-powered image recognition service, was rolled out to Andriod phones back in 2017 as a spiritual successor to Google Goggles. However, until this year, it remained exclusively available on mobile phones. Earlier in April, we saw Google expanding the service to Google Photos on desktop. However, it wasn’t much useful as it...