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Let the speculation begin! Something new might be inbound.

Just happened to notice this quick mention in the "Before You Buy" podcast from Twit for this week. Leo does an unboxing of his new Pixel. When he gets to the end he mentions he'll have a full review next week (It's a weekly podcast). Then he says - and I'll paraphrase - that they will have an unusual new Chromebook to show next week on the podcast. One which they will be the first to show.
I linked to the youtube of the podcast at the mark just before he says it. If it doesn't link correctly it's just after the 7:21 mark.  I didn't watch all of it but they do it in segments so I doubt it gets mentioned again but don't know for sure. There really is nothing more about this new ChromeOS device but this one sentence that I noticed, though I was skipping around and didn't watch straight through.
So what does everyone think? I was thinking the Acer 15 maybe but then he says it is 'very unusual'. I don't know. I guess the first 15" Chromebook could be called that.
Any thoughts - or everyone still too caught up in Pixel dreams to speculate?

NOTE: If you are not familiar they review a few different things on each show. I linked in at the end of the new Pixel unboxing - where me makes mention of the new device very briefly. The rest of the show will just be reviews of some other products (not even sure what as I didn't watch) that almost surely have nothing to do with ChromeOS.
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Yes, a dual boot device. It's coming soon.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JacobGwiazdzinski/posts/FN5TDAbF2i8

Ryu has a lightbar like the Chromebook Pixel, wireless charging, USB type-c, etc
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Michael Dopp

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I try to keep my extension usage to a minimum but this is fun enough that I might just keep it on. A simple little way to get a little art in your day-to-day.
Note the options are spare but you can select how often the art choice updates - daily or on every usage. The default is daily.
Following up on its successful Earth View experiment, Google's latest Chrome add-on is the Google Art Project extension. Like Earth View, the new additio
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+Michael Dopp Too bad the bookmark toolbar doesn't have autohide like the app shelf. 
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Michael Dopp

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Sony has posted some short crazy unrealistic marketing hype videos to do with Android TV on their new smart TVs. Interesting glimpses of their remote and stuff anyway. Heavy on cast usage. Also hints at multi player gaming.
This links to the playlist area of several short Youtube vids.

And no, it's not your stream stuttering. The music just sounds like that.
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yeah - that's all I meant by unrealistic +spencer dawson . Just the usual marketing type stuff of a perfect world that nobody actually lives in.
The features themselves have a little marketing polish put on for the video but in general are not untruthful.
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Michael Dopp

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The story here for Chromebooks is bigger than the screen alone. Per this article from Liliputing Brad Linder is reporting the low end Celeron on offer will be the Broadwell based Celeron 3205U. This is a follow on to the 2955U and 2957U Haswell based chips used in previous Chromebooks - and not a Baytrail or similar chip.
To me this is a very interesting part of the story if true. There has been much talk/speculation that Intel is pushing the Baytrail chips and future version of ChromeOS devices would continue to use those and their ancestors most likely.
From this article and others it appears the $250 base version will be a 2GB/16GB 768TN panel screen using the Celeron 3205U Broadwell chip. I think that is awesome personally. I hope these are fanless but that remains to be seen.
From other articles the signs seem to point to the 1080 screen being IPS or similar from statements made about viewing angles.
I am now super curious about whether than RAM and 'disk' storage will be bussed or soldered on. I would have bet on soldered previously but find my spirits buoyed by this Broadwell Celeron news so I'm just gonna enjoy being hopeful about it all. ;-)

http://liliputing.com/2015/01/acer-chromebook-15-big-screen-chrome-os-laptop-250.html
As expected, Acer is launching its first Chrome OS laptop with a 15.6 inch display. The Acer Chromebook 15 is powered by an Intel Celeron Broadwell processor and will be available with a 1920 x 1080 pixel or 1366 x 768 pixel screen. The Acer Chromebook 15 is the first Chromebook from any company to feature …
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The performance matters. Note Samsung's miscalculation in trying to sell sufficient performance for other than a bargain.
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Michael Dopp

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NOTE: Article starts with short discussion of other HP laptops. The Chromebook stuff is second half. All very short. Just an announcement out of IFA it looks like.

Some changes to HP Chromebooks - including the first official word I've seen that HP will be using the Nvidia K1 in 14" models.
Not clear if that will be the only choice with that generation or if it is an option.
Also - Exynos dumped for Bay Trail apparently on the 11.
HP definitely isn't showing up to IFA empty-handed. To start, it's greatly expanding its line of detachable Windows tablets beyond the middle-of-the-road
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Well, on the official page, HP says the resolution is 1366x768: http://bit.ly/1pOtu2N
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Michael Dopp

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Yeah - that won't confuse customers at all... Sometimes you just have to wonder what these companies are thinking.
Not that this isn't a good move but it clearly should have been done with the style change.
It looks like HP is getting ready to update its 11 inch Chromebook… again. This time instead of just giving the laptop a lousier display and a new case design, the company is swapping out the ARM-based processor for an Intel chip. Say goodbye to the Samsung Exynos 5250 processor and hello to an Intel Celeron N2830. …
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Sounds like they had the new chassis ready before the new motherboard.
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Michael Dopp

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Maybe ChromeOS related - hopefully, at some point.

Short article about the discovery of some buried unactivated code in the Android 5.1 roll out which seems to indicate Google is working on a built in VPN service for utilization on public wi-fi networks. Would LOVE to see something like this implemented on ChromeOS.
What I would really like is a white-list for trusted wi-fi which would connect normally and anything outside of that would connect via VPN.
I know ChromeOS has some VPN facility now but it leaves it to the user to sort out. With so much of the rest of the OS so secure for regular users this would be a great addition. Also for the rest of us who might be able to sort it but are just lazy. ;-)
Android 5.1 has been available to Nexus devices for a little while now, and it looks like one of its neatest features - sorry HD Voice and Device Protect
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+Kyle Salewski​ and here's where it could lead. Exciting!!
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Michael Dopp

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Not much in the article beyond this - per an investor related information release Asus has said they will have new Chromebook(s) releasing in Q2 and that they expect strong growth in the US this year.
The article attaches to a pdf from the talk and the Chromebook device is mentioned on pg27 of that document but it really says no more than is in the article.
Anyway - tl,dr: Asus has new Chromebook(s) coming Q2
In its report to investors, ASUS revealed that the Fonepad would be rebranded as ZenPad and the second-generation ZenFone was on its way to U.S. and European markets. The company also noted that its Zenbook Pro line of notebooks, which include the UX305 and the UX501 model. Asustek’s CEO Jerry Shen calls the UX501 a …
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Michael Dopp

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Lon's got a short video hands on with the 1080p version of the new 15" Chromebook. This rep says it is IPS and it sure looks better than the previous vid we've seen of the 768 version.


Acer Chromebook 15
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My guess  for the i3/4gb/32gb/1080p IPS version is 500-600. More likely 600. 
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Michael Dopp

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Good youtube video showing how to set up dual boot Openelec and ChromeOS on an Asus Chromebox.
Lon has a nice channel for this kind of stuff and tech reviews. He has a couple recent vids with the HP Chromebox showing various aspects of it and is seemingly planning on trying to install Windows on it next.
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Yes, he does a great job.
You will notice that Matt DeVillier posted to this forum a few hours ago, telling us that he had updated his script to do this, and pointing us to Matt Devo's very complete set of instructions at  :-
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=194362
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The Nvidia Chromebook news is not done yet. This is more for enterprise it seems. Though I'm no VMWare expert so possibly this is something advanced users will be able to make use of as well.
I've not so much interested in Windows apps but it would be nice to have thin-client access to a Linux install perhaps.
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Michael Dopp

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The i3 is launched. $30 extra for the 4GB version it seems.

Direct to Acer site:
http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/NX.SHEAA.018   for 2GB
http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/NX.SHEAA.016   for 4GB
Acer’s first Chromebook with an Intel Core i3 Haswell processor is priced at $350 and up. The new Acer C720 Chromebook models feature 11.6 inch screens, up to 8.5 hours of battery life, and up to 4GB of RAM — just like the cheaper models with Celeron chips. But the new models will be among …
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Matte or glossy screen? FYI +Mike McLoughlin 
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