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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...

Google Chrome’s Material Design refresh goes live in Canary for Windows, Chrome OS, & Linux

The introduction of Material Design has shown that Google can do design right when they actually make an effort to do so. Recently, this design language has received an update as it evolves from its initial concept. Many of us have referred to this update as "Material Design 2.0" and we've seen a number of...

US Senator pushes government to stop using old VPN tech and use WireGuard

VPNs have played a pivotal role in today's age, allowing users to bypass geographical restrictions and keep their data relatively secure from prying eyes. While the use of a VPN is recommended against not using one at all when dealing with important information, some of the most popular VPNs have their own set of problems...

How EAS helps make the Google Pixel the fastest Android phone

Far back in the past when Linux was just an idea in the mind of Linus Torvalds, CPUs were single-core entities which required an immense amount of energy for little power. The first ever commercially available processor, the Intel 4004, ran at a clock-rate of 740kHz on a single core. Back then, there was no need...

Chromebooks with Linux app support will soon be able to install Debian packages

Recent code updates indicate forthcoming support for no-fuss Debian .deb package installation on Chrome OS devices that support Linux apps. The forthcoming feature will bring a new flow for installing Linux applications through .deb packages. A string of commits shows that support isn't simply being turned on, but that all the finicky elements like interacting...