Hewlett-Packard's Chromebook 11 is now available with LTE -- and can be purchased at Best Buy stores.
That's $100 more than the Wi-Fi-only version but still relatively cheap by Windows 8.1 laptop standards.
HP opted for a 4G/LTE chip from Israel-based Altair Semiconductor.
Mobile browser use is on the rise, but bandwidth caps aren't. To help Google fans get around that problem, the company has added a data compression option to mobile Chrome on Wednesday to help people on rate-limited plans.
Originally announced in beta almost a year ago, Google claims that the feature can now reduce bandwidth usage by nearly 50 percent. Enabling it will also add an extra kick by default to the mobile browser: desktop Chrome's safe browsing, which protects people from malicious Web sites.
To activate data compression, go to Settings, then Bandwidth management, then Reduce data … Read more
Think of it as Google's annoying horsefly detector, where the irritating insect is one of your dozens of tabs streaming audio.
A new feature in Tuesday's update to Google Chrome brings to the masses a tab indicator to tell you when a site is streaming audio. The feature will add a speaker icon to tabs streaming audio, a red record button when a tab is using your Webcam, and a Google Cast icon when you're sending a tab to your Chromecast.
Google Chrome 32 brings to the fore other new features worth mentioning. It calls out potentially … Read more
Unfriend Notify is a free extension available for both Chrome and Firefox that alerts you when someone has unfriended you on Facebook. Addictive Tips originally covered it as a Chrome extension, but as it turns out by visiting the extension's Web site, you'll also find a Firefox extension.
Without an extension such as Unfriend Notify, there isn't a straightforward method to discovering who has deleted you as a friend on Facebook. The only two methods available from Facebook directly are to browse through your friends list and try to figure out who is missing, or you can … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- As Chromebooks become more mainstream, they'll gain more processing power to take on games.
Most Intel-based Chromebooks today come with Celeron processors -- that's a step below the low-end Core i3 processor.
New Dell and Toshiba Chromebooks -- shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show this week for the first time -- are both powered by Haswell, aka fourth-generation Core, Celeron chips.
While those processors, so far, have proved adequate for the low-cost laptops, that's going to change later this year as the appeal of Chromebooks broadens and device makers expand their lines, according … Read more
A photo from Toshiba's booth at CES 2014 indicates that the Japanese PC maker will indeed reveal its new Chromebook at the show.
9to5Google published a photo on Monday from Toshiba's booth with the words "Chromebook for Everyday." No laptops were yet placed on the stand, though.
A Chromebook from Toshiba is no surprise. Toshiba had committed to ship a Chromebook last September. And product details leaked in December with a prematurely posted review showed a model that would cost $279, and ship with a 1.4GHz Intel Haswell processor, 13.3-inch 1366x768-pixel screen, 2GB of … Read more
As Chromebooks gain in popularity, device makers are gearing up for new entries in 2014.
Both Asus and Toshiba will enter the market, according to a report on Friday from Digitimes.
And the list of Chromebooks for sale on Amazon is getting longer every month.
Dell will be offering a Chromebook later this month for the first time.
Internet Explorer 11 continues to catch on with Web surfers.
The latest version of IE grabbed 10.4 percent of all desktop browser traffic recorded in December by Web tracker Net Applications. That number revealed a huge bounce from the 3.2 percent seen in November and the 1.5 percent in October.
IE 11 initially popped up as part of the Windows 8.1 preview that debuted in June. A version for Windows 7 finally appeared in early November as an "important" update, paving the way for its adoption by a much larger audience. The December stats … Read more
SPDY, Google's technology for speeding up Web browsing, is set to advance a step next month with support for the latest version in widely used Web site software called Nginx.
Three companies that like Google's approach -- Automattic, MaxCDN, and CloudFlare -- are funding Nginx developers to update its SPDY support to version 3.1, CNET has learned. Under the deal, SPDY 3.1 should arrive in Nginx 1.5 in January, a source familiar with the partnership said.
Nginx declined to comment on the plans, but its software supports an earlier version of SPDY and an upgrade … Read more