Toshiba has pulled back the covers on their latest Chromebook, the Chromebook 2, which will be available next month and starting at only $329.99. The 13.3″ displayed device which weighs in at only 2.9 pounds and has a full HD display running at 1920 x 1080. To come with that display are front facing Skullcandy tuned speakers for a superior audio experience.
The Chromebook 2 will come in two variants according to the Toshiba press release. For $329.99 you will have the Intel Celeron powered device while for $100 more you can have the 5th Generation i3 processor powering your Chromebook.
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While Chrome OS is rock solid as a platform, like any Operating System, there are times where things go wrong. The technical term is “poop”. Sometimes it just poops and you are stuck looking at a screen that tells you there is a problem with it. Fortunately Google has made it very easy to recover your Chromebook and Chrome OS through a Recovery drive. You can create these drives ahead of time which is a good idea so you have one with you in your back while you are traveling.
Creating a Recovery drive for your Chromebook is pretty easy but you have to make sure you follow the steps to assure you get the right build for your particular Chromebook. In this How To I’ll show you how to create a Recovery drive so you have it ready in case the worst happens.
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The Chrome team at Google has released an update to Chrome OS, the platform for Chromebooks. The latest update, build 45.0.2454.85 for those keeping score at home, contains a long list of fixes and improvements including 29 different security fixes. While a full blog post by the Chromium team is expected later today, the initial post on the Chrome OS Release blog has the highlights.
If you have a Chromebook, you should receive the update to build 45 of Chrome OS automatically. You can of course manually check by going to Settings>About Chrome OS and tap the Check for Updates button.
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In addition to the six new smartphones that Acer announced today at IFA 2015 in Berlin, the company also announced a brand new 11″ Chromebook, the R11. The Chromebook R11 is the first fully convertible Chromebook from Acer and sports an 11″ 1366 x 768 LCD display and is powered by an Intel Celeron processor. The R11 will be able to have up to 4GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage depending on the configuration you purchase. As for price, the Chromebook R11 will start at $299.
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Chrome OS users will be seeing an updated version hit their Chromebooks and other devices over the next few days. Build 44.0.2403.156 (Platform version: 7077.134.0) for those keeping score at home, was released yesterday and it is primarily a bug fix and stability improvement build. As with all Chrome OS updates, the release will be pushed down to devices automatically.
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Like most devices today, it is pretty easy to take a screenshot on a Chromebook. Why would you want to take a screenshot? A lot of reasons. You may need to show a friend how to do something on their Chromebook (like, oh, show them how to take a screenshot 🙂 ) or if you need tech support from Google. Taking the screenshot is easy enough but getting it moved to your Google Drive take a bit more. I’ll guide you through.
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