Chrome Show: Remote Chromebook access arrives for all

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The latest Chrome OS Stable channel update is here and with it comes remote access to Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. Until now you could only remote out of such devices; now you can remote in to them; handy for tech support and other use cases. We also discuss why Acer’s new Chromebook 15 isn’t yet available and share a useful Chrome extension that lets you run Linux inside of a Chrome OS window.

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Hosts: Janko Roettgers and Kevin C. Tofel

You probably can’t get that new Acer Chromebook 15 until April

Yay, a new Stable Channel update!

Chrome for Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is melting away

There’s a 50,000 song upload limit for Google Play Music now

Here’s another Google Cast device: the Nvidia Shield TV

Google’s MVNO plans could be an interesting tie-in to Chromebooks with LTE

Want to make ChromeOS better? Check out this community

App / extension of the week: Crouton integration

Chrome Show: Everything we know about the Chromebook Pixel 2

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On our last podcast, the Chromebook Pixel 2 was just a hint and a hope based on evidence found in the Chromium bug tracker. Now, a refreshed device is a reality as [company]Google[/company] has confirmed a new Pixel is coming soon.

This week we discuss what we know, and still don’t know, about the Chromebook Pixel 2. Also on this week’s show is a Chromebook charger horror story, a new online photo editor that hit our radar and more information on Google’s upcoming Cloud Backup feature for Chrome OS.

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What to expect in the Chromebook Pixel 2

Dell refreshes its Chromebook 11 for education

Chromebook sales continue their upward trajectory

Cloud Backup gets a tweak, still in Dev channel

More protection from unwanted software

The terrible tale of Janko’s HP Chromebook 11 charger

App / extension of the week: Polarr Photo Editor

Chrome Show: Evidence of a Chromebook Pixel 2 spotted

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The chip cycles are revving and that means new devices are coming. One of them just might be a successor to the original Chromebook Pixel, which debuted two years ago this month. Evidence of testing Chrome OS software with an unannounced laptop that has both a lightbar on the lid and 2560 x 1700 resolution was found recently and the screenshot evidence was promptly pulled.

Turns out the original Pixel had those same characteristics so it’s not a stretch to consider a Pixel 2 is in the works. Besides: The first edition is nearly two chip generations behind current computers and doesn’t benefit from the battery life found in today’s laptops.

On this week’s podcast we discuss that news and share information about several new Chrome and Chrome OS features, plus some thoughts on using a Chromecast for a wireless computing display in the future.

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Google’s SPDY protocol is getting swept up into HTTP/2

Hints and clues about a Chromebook Pixel 2

There’s a new Intel Skylake board in the Chromium repository

Mac OS X users in Chrome Canary now have smart zoom

ARM-based Chromebooks can upload music to Google Play

Bookmark that Chromecast offers page and check it often!

External display support is coming to Chrome via Chromecast

How to get 2GB of free Drive space and check your security at the same time

App / extension of the week: Flipboard.com

Chrome Show: Dell backs Chromebooks in the workplace

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We often talk about Chromebooks in the consumer and education markets so it’s easy to overlook the Windows-centric enterprises. Dell isn’t doing that though: The company has a new computing appliance that supports Chromebooks for I.T organizations to manage in-house systems for inventory and support purposes. It’s an interesting addition to the product line, and one that says Dell isn’t going to ignore Chromebooks for businesses.

On this week’s podcast we discuss that news and share information about several new Chrome and Chrome OS software updates, plus we have a Chrome extension that turns YouTube into a mini music player.

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Dell’s newest enterprise computing appliance supports Chromebooks

Chrome OS Stable updated; here’s the difference between Chrome OS channels

Chrome 40 comes to Android with a nifty tablet tab tip

Chrome OS might get the tools needed for Android development

Will the Chrome OS software keyboard get swype-like gesture typing? Maybe

Nexus Player arrives in stores, Walmart starts selling Chromecast competitor

PSA: Don’t forget about the 1TB Drive offer on Chromebooks bought this holiday season; has to be redeemed by January 31!

App / extension of the week: Streamus

Chrome Show: Two new Acer Chromebooks for Education

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Acer was the first company to launch a Chromebook with fifth-generation Intel chip and there’s no signs of the company slowing down. It released two more Chrome OS laptops on Wednesday aimed squarely at the classroom: The C740 and larger C920 Chromebooks, which start at $259.99 and $299.99 respectively.

We cover all the details of these new devices, plus give updates on some of the latest [company]Google[/company] Chrome OS and Chrome for [company]Apple[/company] iOS features in this week’s podcast. And after our last show where we suggested you might want to wait on a new Chromebook, we received a listener question on that topic that we answer in today’s episode.

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New Acer Chromebooks for education: Acer C740 and C920

Chrome OS Files app to get a new Google Drive import feature

Remote access to Chromebooks and Chromeboxes is finally here

Chrome for iOS updated

PlayOn’s upcoming desktop app includes casting

Question from Erik on the last episode: Buy now or wait?

App / extension of the week: smarterPod

Chrome Show: Should you buy a Chromebook now or wait?

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Today might not be the best day to buy a new Chromebook or Chromebox. Why? Because the next chip-cycle from Intel started last week with one new Chromebook already announced and several others reportedly in the works. That means you can expect model refreshes in the near future and current prices to drop on existing Chrome OS computers as inventory is cleared out. A Chromecast might make a good purchase now though: There are more apps and accessories on the scene.

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Here come the Broadwell Chrome OS devices

You can use Chrome OS for Facebook video chat, thanks to WebRTC

Might there be a Snapdragon-powered Chromebox in our future?

No, the HP Stream 13 isn’t a Chromebook killer

iOS owners rejoice: Chrome Remote Desktop is here for you.

Cast-Fi is a speaker with a display and a port for Chromecast

Popular media casting app AllCast is launching on iOS

Chromebook buying time: Now or later?

App / extension of the week: TED talks extension

Chrome Show: The best Chromebook at CES is…

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It’s pretty easy to have the top Chromebook at CES when you’re the only one at the show. That’s the case with Acer’s Chromebook 15, which was actually announced before the Consumer Electronics Show even started.

We did get some hands on time with the big laptop and we share thoughts on it, as well as the new, fifth-generation Intel chips you’ll find inside the various models. Surprisingly there has been more Chromecast news at this year’s show, and we’ve got it all on this week’s podcast.

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Hands on with the Acer Chromebook 15

Why we’ll probably see more new Chromebooks next month: Intel’s Broadwell chips

Android TV is coming to new sets

Seagate Personal Cloud hard drives work with a Chromecast
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Chrome Show: The first two Chromebooks likely to appear at CES

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It’s that time of year where we gear up for the annual Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. Last year we saw the new LG Chromebase and Toshiba Chromebook, even though you couldn’t purchase either for weeks after. That’s likely the case in 2015 as Acer appears to have a pair of Chromebooks coming in March. The timing is right for a CES introduction.

Tune in to this week’s podast to hear more of what to expect as well as some new tech that helps you control your Chromecast.

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So there may be new Chromebooks at CES after all!

Related: About that chip cycle that loosely powers Chromebook releases

Smart lock moves forward to the beta channel of Chrome OS

Everyone gets a better Hangouts in Chrome, regardless of channel

Chromecast has a new guest mode, thanks to cool ultrasonic tech

Controlling a Nest from a Chromebook courtesy of Google Now

App/extension of the week: Momentum

Chrome Show: Unlocking Chromebooks with phones and watches

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Google finally released a way to unlock your Chromebook with a trusted Android phone but only for the Dev Channel. It turns out you can add an Android Wear watch to the mix indirectly too. We explain how on this week’s podcast where we also share some Chromecast goodies that you might not be aware of.

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Smart lock arrives on Chrome OS

Dev Channel tip: Use CNTL-Z to undo a download removal

Welcome back François Beaufort and congrats!

Chromecast perks just in time for the holidays

Using a smartwatch to control music on the Chromecast

Fun tidbit: What device did President Obama use to write his first line of JavaScript code?

CES planning: Any new Chrome OS devices expected?

App/extension of the week: ToDoist for Chromebooks

Chrome Show: Common Core and Chromebooks vs. iPads

Voluntarily accepted education standards that include keyboarding skills could be hurting iPad sales in schools while at the same, boosting the already compelling choice of lower-cost Chromebooks.