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How to Enable the New Chrome OS Launcher on Your Chromebook

How to Enable the New Chrome OS Launcher on Your Chromebook – By Arjun Sha beebom.com
In March 2022, Chrome OS hit its 100th update, and to celebrate the occasion, Google introduced a slew of new features to Chromebooks. Among them, the new Chrome OS launcher made headlines because of its cleaner and fast UI. Having said that, numerous users who have updated to Chrome OS 100 (or later builds in May) have not got the Chrome OS launcher update by default. It seems as though Google is still testing the new left-aligned productivity launcher, so it’s still hidden behind a Chrome flag. Hence, if you want to learn how to enable the new Chrome OS launcher on your Chromebook, follow our straightforward guide below.

 

Google Wallet: How it works

Google Wallet: How it works, which countries, and everything you need to know – By Michael L Hicks Android Central
The original Google Wallet launched in 2011 as a Nexus phone exclusive, allowing contactless credit card payments at specific locations. But a lack of NFC-enabled phones, not enough retail partnerships, and little consumer interest ensured the initiative never really took off despite Google’s best efforts.


PayPal offering $10 reward for your first purchase on Google Play – By Kyle Bradshaw 9to5Google

In a bit of cross-promotion, PayPal is offering a $10 reward for making a purchase on Google Play through their payment service.

 

Revitalize an Elderly Mac with Google’s Chrome OS Flex

Revitalize an Elderly Mac with Google’s Chrome OS Flex – By Julio Ojeda-Zapata tidbits.com
When my brother was killed in 2017, I inherited his Apple setup that included a late 2012 Mac mini. Initially inclined to donate the computer, I decided to keep it as a reminder of the Apple-obsessed Frankie. I couldn’t find a compelling use for his increasingly sluggish Mac, however, so I set it aside.

How to check which version of Chrome OS you’re running

How to check which version of Chrome OS you’re running – By Barbara Krasnoff The Verge

I once picked up a Chromebook that hadn’t been used for a while in order to try out what was then a relatively new Chrome OS feature: virtual desktops. But when I hit the key that was supposed to bring those desktops up on my screen, I didn’t see anything. I did some checking around, and I found that the feature was expected to be available as of version 77 of Chrome OS — several iterations after the version I was running.

Plan Your Next Vacation on Google Travel

Why You Should Plan Your Next Vacation on Google Travel Instead of a Spreadsheet – By Emily Long Lifehacker

Stoked to go on vacation, but not stoked to DIY your travel plans? The very idea of the dozens of browser tabs and the hours of work it could take to find flights, hotels, restaurants, and things to do—and then actually make all those reservations and keep everything organized—is (almost) enough to make a person just stay home. If this sounds overwhelming, Google Travel’s new tools may make your trip planning a little bit easier.

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