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Chromebook-Ready VPN Options To Protect Your Privacy

VPN services are often touted as useful tools for securing your connection when using public Wi-Fi and evading location blocks on content, but what options are available for Chromebook owners?

I'm happy to have contributed another article to the fabulous +OMG! Chrome! :)

#VPN   #ChromeOS  
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An update to both the App Runtime for Chrome (Beta), as well as ARC Welder are rolling out now.

This update, between version 44.4410.370.0 and 45.5021.398.0 includes a number of fixes, but the big news here is that ARC is now based on Android Lollipop (5.0) instead of Android Kitkat.

The Chrome team will be contacting developers to let them know of the change soon, but they do expect some things to still be unstable for the time being. If you currently use ARC to publish your Android app for Chrome OS, you may want to give your app a test with the new version.

Please note that you should only receive this update if you are running Chrome M45 or greater, which is currently the developer channel.

Source: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=499776#c6
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The Chrome Dev Editor app is no longer being actively developed.

Don't worry though, the team says the project will continue to live on Github and they plan on accepting pull requests from the community.

In their own words, the team says that the goals of the project have been met, namely that they were able to build a complex app on top of the Chrome platform. Now that it is complete, they want to start investing in new things. That's not at all unusual for the way Google does business.

Hopefully some enthusiastic developers will step in and either officially take over the project or create a popular fork. I would really like to see the work that was done continue to be useful.
When we started the Chrome Dev Editor project, our goal was to prove that a native app as sophisticated as an IDE can be built on the Chrome platform. In building the Chrome Dev Editor, we have pushed the Chrome Apps platform forward for all developers by introducing new features such as directory write support and improving existing features such as syncable file system. As we achieved that goal and as Chrome DevTools has been improving continuously, we felt it made less sense to continue investment in Chrome Dev Editor. To that effect, we’ve decided to stop our active investment in Chrome Dev Editor and we don’t plan on further development. However, we’ll do our best to merge your Pull Requests from our GitHub site. Many thanks for your feedback and support.
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"Because you can" doesn't always mean you should.

Yes, that's a Toshiba Chromebook 2 docked into an old Apple Multiple Scan 17 Display (M2494).

The display uses DB-15, so I have a small direct adaptor to VGA, then a proper conversion adapter to go from HDMI to VGA. Sadly, when I daisychain in my USB Type C to HDMI adaptor, it fails to work properly, so my Pixel can't power this for now. Apple sells a Type C to VGA convertor, but it's too expensive for my taste at the moment :)

Thankfully I'm able to report that the spacetime continuum remains intact despite my best efforts to disrupt it.
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Chrome OS Testing: The known issue of the wallpaper app's icon not displaying correctly has now been fixed!

As part of improvements to M42, a new icon for the wallpaper app was added. Unfortunately that process didn't go smoothly, so there was a short period of time where the default "no icon available" icon was displayed instead. Once a fix was created in M43, it still needed to be merged back to M42. Thankfully, that has now been completed and the icon should be working for everyone.

A major thanks goes out to everyone that helped to track this. You can find the full thread on the testing community:

https://groups.google.com/d/msg/chromeos-testing/s3-1ZRlnz5o/AKDJkD6fzXYJ

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What is Chrome OS Testing? Chrome OS Testing is an unofficial community for people that use the Chrome OS canary, dev, or beta channels. If you want to check for known issues, report a new problem, or just stay up to date on what's new in these builds, check us out!

http://bit.ly/ChromebookBeta

#CrOSTesting   #WallpaperIcon  
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Chrome OS Testing: Have you ever had an app vanish from your shelf?

We are currently looking for reports from people that have had this happen over on the canary / beta / dev forum. Screenshots and feedback reports (Alt+Shift+I) are even better, should you notice it happen and can act on it :)

If you want to follow the discussion, or add your experience, you can jump into the thread here:

https://groups.google.com/d/msg/chromeos-testing/Sm1FNMvgFc4/G5uqW3BZfyAJ

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What is Chrome OS Testing?_ Chrome OS Testing is an unofficial community for people that use the Chrome OS canary, dev, or beta channels. If you want to check for known issues, report a new problem, or just stay up to date on what's new in these builds, check us out!_

http://bit.ly/ChromebookBeta

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Interested in making Chrome OS better? Join Chrome OS Testing, a brand new (unofficial) community for canary / dev / beta testers!

Chrome OS is a rapid release product with major software updates shipping to users roughly every 6 weeks. That's fast!

Fast updates can sometimes result in bugs though, and bugs are bad. To help combat this, Chrome OS allows anyone to test new versions of Chrome OS before they're pushed to everyone else. This is called the "channel" system, with each major update spending about 6 weeks on each release channel.

At the very top of this system is the bleeding-edge canary channel, which is prone to frequent big issues. Next up is the dev(eloper) channel, which is more stable, but still considered unstable for general usage. Then there's the beta channel, which is where a final layer of polish is applied before an update is pushed to everyone via the stable channel. Each update is promoted from one channel to another on a schedule.

Many Chromebook owners have already discovered these channels and are actively contributing feedback about the unstable versions. That's great! Unfortunately, there isn't really a good place to go to talk to other users running the same beta software to check if a bug is specific to you, or affecting everyone.

Enter Chrome OS Testing, a solution to this problem. The mission of this community is earlier, better detection of issues, reducing the number of issues that make it through to stable releases of Chrome OS.

Participation is completely voluntary, but we would love to make this a warm and welcoming environment for the super savvy to hang out and hunt down bugs.

As noted in the title, this is an unofficial community. It is not endorsed by the Chrome OS team. Leading this project are a handful of top contributors from the support forum who deal with bugs on a daily basis. You can guess why these individuals would want to help stop said bugs as early as possible :)

Does this sound like a community you could see yourself fitting into? Excellent! Come on in, the door is unlocked (*you may need to jiggle the handle - that will be fixed in a maintenance release at a later date).

http://bit.ly/ChromebookBeta


Feel like you need to learn a little bit more about the release channels before you're ready to jump in? That's okay too! Here's a great resource for learning more:

https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/1086915?hl=en


We hope to see you soon!

#ChromeOS   #Testing  
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Android & Chrome OS will not merge, they will marry.
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Google has always been a hellscape of assorted products and services. Some acquired, others inbred internally, there has never been a shortage of crazy and mutated looking projects. Android and Chrome have dominated the pack though, both being natural leaders in their respective markets (outshining GMail, Drive, and others).

The latest news cycle states that Android and Chrome will merge. Well, more specifically, Android and Chrome OS will merge. There are journalists that call for an unification of the code base, to create a “super” operating system which would obviously capable of magical things. The more conservative of the bunch claim that getting Android apps running on Chrome OS is logically the best path forward, and by far the easiest.

I don't particularly care for any of those options.

As an Android user (Nexus 4, stock 4.2.2) and a Chrome OS user (Series 550 Chromebook), I'm heavily invested in both platforms and ecosystems. I'm no stranger to picking up one device, shaking it irrationally and cursing the lack of compatibility between it and the other. That’s commonplace in the Google world, it is simply understood, part of the experience.

I think that Android and Chrome OS are going to marry. Their code will remain separate, but they will unite offspring. Android will bring Google Now to the table, and Chrome will bring HTML5 Web Apps and Native Client. GMail, Google Drive, and the other cloud services will be the glue that holds the marriage together. It won’t be a joint venture without issues - surely there will be conflicts, overlaps, and oversights. Again, that’s part of the experience.

It’s entirely possible that I'm wrong, of course. And that’s okay, because I trust the leadership at Google.

If there is some grand plan to create a super operating system, I'm not going to go running back to Microsoft or Apple. I’m going to suck it up, give it a spin, and submit feedback like a man.

I expect you to do the same.

Now, can we all go back to complaining about Google Reader?
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My #Chrome  pin arrived today. I saw a photo of one posted on the Chromebooks community and just had to have one. Unfortunately my local retailer wasn't handing them out, but luckily I was able to find one on eBay. A few dollars (and days) later here it is :)
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Chromebook Owner?

This is the community for you. It's the sister community of /r/Chromebook on Reddit, and by far the largest Chromebook community here on Google+.

Disclaimer: I'm lending a hand with moderation ;)

#ChromeOS   #Chromebook  
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