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PC World Latest NewsJun 23, 2022
Chromebooks add easy sharing of photos, Wi-Fi passwords, and more

None of the features coming to Chromebooks are new, per se; however, they simply close the book on features that the company had previously announced. The upgrades will roll out as part of Chrome OS 103, also known as Chrome OS M103.

In March 2021, Google announced Phone Hub, a small dashboard that could be used to control your phone from your Chromebook, with features that included the ability to locate your phone and silence it, among others. Now, Google is adding the ability to see recent photos that your Android phone took, automatically. This feature is similar to the same photo capability that's in Microsoft's Your Phone application for Windows 10 and 11.

Google also announced Nearby Share at the same event, which can beam photos and other files to nearby Chromebooks or Android phones. Now Google is adding the capability to get those devices online, as well; if you so choose, you can beam the SSID and password of your in-home Wi-Fi to nearby guest devices.

Google will also begin rolling out the Screencast app to Chromebooks this week. Announced earlier this month as part of a Google education launch, Screencast is similar to the ability of Android and Chrome OS devices to share their screens on supported displays. Screencast, however, includes some limited editing capabilities to record and share what students have learned.

Finally, Google said that it will roll out Fast Pair later this summer. The technology auto-magically connects Bluetooth devices like earbuds to a phone or Chromebook, and passes


PC World Latest NewsJun 22, 2022
Best online backup: We test the best services—Carbonite, iDrive, Backblaze, Livedrive

While we always recommend keeping a local backup for quick restores (see our roundup of the best Windows backup software for desktop solutions), uploading your data to an online backup service can be a reliable way to cover your bases. That's why we've put together a list of the best cloud backup services.

The good news for consumers is that all of the major online backup services we reviewed this year are exceptional products. But while all of the contenders received the same high verdict, each product has its own unique selling point. Our primary concern here is backup, but we do note other roles that a service can fulfill, such as sharing, multi-device support, and emergency-restore options. 

Below our picks, check out how we tested the services and information on how to choose the best backup service for you.

1. iDrive Online Cloud Backup - Best overall

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