Google Offering Up 60 Days of All Access for Free to Chromebook Owners, Plus Others

Happy day, folks – Google is giving away 60 days of Google Play Music All Access to certain users, as well as all current owners of a Chromebook. If you have yet to sign up for All Access, the music service that allows users to access millions of on-demand tracks for $9.99 a month, you may see an invite hit your email inbox offering you 60 days of the service for free.  (more…)

Acer C720 Touchscreen Chromebook Unveiled in White Moonstone Color, Hits the U.S. This Month for $299

Acer announced a new colorway for the C720 Chromebook this afternoon, a Moonstone White, which will be on display next week during CES. Besides the color, the specs for this touchscreen device are the same as the original model – 11.6″ LED HD backlit display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on the Intel Haswell micro-architecture, and a webcam built into the bezel.  (more…)

Chromebooks Overtake MacBooks and Android Tablets in Sales to US Businesses

Chromebooks are the new MacBook. At least, that’s the takeaway from the NDP’s new data on technology purchases made by US businesses: of the 14.4 million computers sold to workplaces, 9.6 percent – around 1.3 million – were Chromebooks. That’s meteoric growth for Google-branded alternative laptops that, in 2012, represented as little as 0.2 percent of sales. This year’s share easily trounced Apple MacBook sales (1.8 percent), and even Android tablet orders (8.7).  (more…)

Acer Announces C720-2848 Chromebook, Pre-orders Start at $199

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A new Chromebook is soon to hit Amazon, made by Acer and based on their already-impressive C720 offering. The newly-announced $199 C720-2848 is almost identical to the $250 C720, but Acer decided to cut this model’s RAM offering in half from 4GB to just 2GB. Both models feature identical 11.6″ 1366 x 768 displays, as well as the same Intel Haswell Celeron processor. (more…)

Google Announces New HP Chromebook 11, Priced at $280 in a Variety of Color Accents

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In partnership with HP, Google released a new Chromebook this morning called the Chromebook 11. The laptop is now on sale through Google Play for just $279.99, featuring some good specs and a unique design that many might find quite appealing. It features an 11.6″ IPS display, finely-tuned speakers, is completely noiseless, weighs in at an extra-light 2.3lbs., comes in a variety of colors, and features up to 6 hours of battery life. Not a bad little package.  (more…)

Google Announces New Intel Haswell-powered Chromebooks and Chromebox

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Today at the Intel Developer Forum, Google introduced a few new Chromebooks and a Chromebox that were made in partnership with ASUS and Toshiba, powered by Intel’s Haswell processor. The Haswell processor is known for its ability to bring more power, while also consuming less battery, which is good news for Chromebook users that can’t get through a full day of usage on their laptops.  (more…)

Google Expands Retail Partnerships for Chromebooks, Coming to Walmart and Staples Locations

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Google announced today that they will be expanding the current shopping options for potential Chromebook buyers. Currently, the web-based laptops are sold in a few retail stores such as Best Buy and online retailers like Amazon, but in the coming months, you can start finding Chromebooks in certain Walmart, Staples, Frys Electronics and OfficeMax locations.  (more…)