Who doesn’t love hearing news that a new vulnerability in one of their computer’s key components—the CPU that powers the whole thing—could allow an attacker to steal critical data (like your passwords or your encryption keys) directly from your processor? It’s always a fun day when that happens. Thankfully, the fixes for Intel’s recently announced vulnerability—yes, it’s Intel again—couldn’t be easier.
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Each year Google runs a number of large events, usually somewhere near its home-base in Silicon Valley, where it brings together different groups that are interested in the various parts Google's product and services roadmap. In a little less than 24 hours, Google will be running their annual Google I/O event. Here's everything you need to know about the event.
Google announced that the latest update for the Chrome browser, Chrome 73, has begun rolling out to Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. While these updates normally cover security fixes, system-level changes, and new tools for developers, Chrome 73 also includes a handful of new features for general users as well — including the much-requested Dark Mode — although their availability will be different depending on the platform you’re using.
Picture-in-picture (PIP) video playback is a user-favourite feature on Android’s Chrome app, and you can now get it on your Chrome desktop browser — as long as you’ve updated to Chrome 70, that is.
Chrome OS: Chromebook users looking for an alternative to Google's set of editing tools can now turn to Microsoft Office, which is finally available on Chromebooks. The suite of office apps - Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Outlook - has been available on macOS, iOS and Android devices, but Chromebooks have been left out of the picture until recently. Depending on your device, however, it could cost you a few bucks for what most would consider essential features.
Chrome OS: Currently, if you want to add a lock screen to your Chromebook, you either have to use your Google password (which should be long) or pair it with a smartphone. Soon, you may be able to use a PIN instead.
Android apps on Chrome OS are amazing, but so far only one laptop -- the ASUS Chromebook Flip -- has been able to try them out. That list has grown two sizes today, to include the Acer R11 and the Chromebook Pixel.
If you haven't used a Chromebook in a while, they have come a long way. But you don't need to shell out cash for a new laptop just to run Chrome OS. You can install it on nearly any laptop with an application called CloudReady.
Chrome OS isn't quite as bad as it used to be. If you've got an old computer lying around that could use a refresh, CloudReady lets you install Chromium OS (the open-source variant of Chrome OS) on most computers.
No one likes to be told what to do, so why should your Chromebook follow the rules? Well, it'll have to abide but whatever physics dictates, but when it comes to running Android apps, there is a way to convince it (and other operating systems) to play ball, if you're willing to do a little legwork. Well, fingerwork.