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Linux kernel 5.0 RC1 is available with ARM big.LITTLE EAS support, F2FS fixes, and much more

While we don't typically cover what happens in the mainline Linux kernel realm, it's important for us to keep track of what's going on with each new kernel release since Google mandates a minimum Linux kernel version requirement with each new release of Android. The recent decision to extend LTS releases from 2 to 6...

[Update: Test over] Google’s Project Stream lets you play high-end games in Google Chrome

Streaming video games is yet another cool trend of 2018. We've seen big-name services like NVIDIA GeForce and PlayStation Now do it, and now it looks like Google is trying to get into that business with Project Stream. Starting October 5th, some lucky people can test playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey right in Google Chrome without needing...

Chrome OS will soon let you search for and install Linux apps from the launcher

We've talked a lot about Chrome OS' ability to install various Linux applications. From supporting the ability to install Debian packages to some kernel modules being backported so that older Chrome OS devices can support Linux apps. There has been a lot of activity in this area in the last 12 months. This added support...

The Cosmo Communicator is the next clamshell PDA from Planet Computers that can run Android Pie and dual boot Linux

You'd be forgiven if you hadn't heard of Planet Computers, given that the company has only released one Android device to date - the Gemini. It wasn't your typical Android smartphone though, instead, it was a Personal Digital Assistant or a "PDA." PDAs from the likes of Apple and Microsoft were once predicted to take...

Linux on Samsung DeX is finally coming to the Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4

Samsung's DeX feature is an innovative approach to bridging the gap between mobile and desktop. DeX allows you to hook up your phone to a display and enable a special desktop mode complete with apps and an interface optimized for a larger screen. The Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy S9 all need...

Android Studio is coming to Chromebooks next year

When it comes to getting a low-cost but effective laptop, oftentimes you need not look any further than a Chromebook. Chromebooks are (generally) cheap, support Android apps, and the software is extremely user-friendly. It's no wonder that students and regular consumers alike are starting to pick up on the craze. For developers, though, there weren't...

Chrome OS 69 rolls out with new Material Theme UI and Linux app support

Earlier this month, the Google Chrome browser got a spiffy new Material Theme update with version 69. Now, Chrome OS, which is very closely related to the browser, is getting the same makeover as well as stable Linux support. Chrome OS 69 has a number of other features as well. First, here is the official changelog: New...

Chromebooks with Linux kernel 3.14 & older won’t get Linux app support

When Google announced Linux apps on Chrome OS, everyone was excited. We published an article where we listed all the older Chromebooks that would get Linux app support, as developers were already working on backporting the essential kernel modules, such as vsock. Well, we weren't technically wrong, as the developers definitely tried to make vsock backward...

28 older Chromebooks now support Linux apps

More Chromebooks from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung have received Linux app support. The change, which landed Thursday, will apply to some Chromebooks that released in 2015-2017, running Intel Braswell architecture and Kernel 3.18.As expected, the Chrome developers have dutifully backported Linux app support to [some more!] older Chromebooks. This update brings support...

Linux apps will now run better on low-memory Chromebooks

Earlier this year, Linux apps on Chrome launched on the Pixelbook, a speedy Chromebook with 8GB RAM. Since then, dozens of devices have received support from low-end to high-end, and even ARM Chromebooks too. A recent Chromium commit introduces better resource management for Linux apps on Chrome OS by dynamically managing RAM - great news...

[Update: Live in Dev] Google Chrome’s new tab page may support Google Photos for custom backgrounds

The standard web browser has evolved over the years and tabbed browsing has become a staple feature that many people use every day. The new tab page can be incredibly useful for some and the desktop version of Chrome has a number of popular extensions that make it even more functional. Google has experimented with...

Chromebooks may get USBGuard to protect against rogue USB attacks in Chrome OS 69

A triad of commits made on the Chromium Gerrit suggests that protection against rogue USB attacks on Chrome OS 69 is coming. This will come in the form of USBGuard, which is effectively a USB whitelisting method. It protects against unknown USB devices by authenticating them. This includes the likes of BadUSB, which abuses an...