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Have a little bit of fun and make your Chromebook do a barrel roll


I love how productive I can be on a Chromebook. I probably spend three-quarters of my day typing away on my ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 researching and writing articles for Android Central, but every now and then, I need to take a short break to clear my head. One of the sillier and surprisingly fun things that I like to do is to freak out those around me by making my entire Chromebook screen spin into a barrel roll. Sure, you may know the trick about how to do this from a Google search page, but did you know you can make the entire screen of your Chromebook perform this acrobatic feat? I’ll show you how!

How to do a barrel roll on a Chromebook the entire screen

From whatever screen you happen to be on, hold down the following key combination: Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Rotate (rotate is the curved arrow key on the top row, just above the number 4).
Watch your friends and family gawk as your Chromebook’s screen spins around.

Repeat as needed (or wanted).


How to do a barrel roll on a Chromebook from Google search

Go to the search bar and type in the words “do a barrel roll.”


Watch as the content in that specific tab spins around.


Repeat as needed (or wanted).

See what I mean? Not every guide has to be about drab or dull productivity hacks. Some, like the barrel roll or dinosaur game, can just be about killing time and having fun!

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If you’re looking for a Chromebook that can handle an actual barrel roll, I suggest the kid-proof ASUS Chromebook Flip C214.

Can handle a real flip

ASUS Chromebook Flip C214


$440 at Amazon
$474 at Walmart

Tough and nimble

The ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 is a Mil-STD-810G rugged 2-in-1 convertible laptop with a 12-hour battery and spill-resistant keyboard. It can handle just about anything you or your kids can throw at it (or it at).


Google Pixel 4a pre-orders go live with August 20 availability

Google’s newest phone, the Pixel 4a, is finally available for pre-order. Having blown by its expected May launch, the handset arrives with a wallet-friendly $350 price tag.When much of the fanfare and advertising for phones tends to center around flagships and devices approaching $1,000, Google’s latest is a fraction of the price. Nevertheless, it still has more than enough hardware and modern software to satisfy the needs of the masses.At just $350, the Pixel 4a runs Android 10 and largely features the same camera experience that’s found in the Pixel 4. Moreover, it also has a headphone jack and a bigger battery than the standard model.Android 105.81-inch FHD+ displayQualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor6GB RAM128GB storage12.2-megapixel dual-pixel rear camera8-megapixel wide-angle camera3140mAh battery3.5mm audio jackAs to why the Pixel 4a is less than half the price of the Pixel 4, there are plenty of reasons. It’s just up to the buyer to determine whether it’s worth spending the extra money.With that said, the Pixel 4a does not have wireless charging, nor does it have the soft-touch glass back and water resistant protection. Instead it has a polycarbonate body to keep price down.AvailabilityThe Pixel 4a is available for pre-order in the US at Google Store and on Google Fi where it can be purchased unlocked at just $350. It will be more widely available to customers on August 20 through the Google Store, Best Buy, Amazon, and more. Additionally, US carriers will offer the phone, including Google Fi, US Cellular, and Verizon.Customers who purchase the Pixel 4a receive three month free trials of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass and Google One.Interestingly enough, the Google Pixel 4a appears to be offered in black only through Google’s online store. Other colors expected in the lead-up to announcement included white and blue. Perhaps various carriers and retailers will have different options.

Google begins dropping details on Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5

Today might be the official arrival of the Google Pixel 4a, but that doesn’t mean Google isn’t already looking to the horizon. Indeed, Google is ready to share details about the next few models in the pipeline.According to Google, the Pixel 4a (5G) and the Pixel 5 will arrive “this fall” and both will feature 5G connectivity. Moreover, Google is already sharing its expected price for the former, putting it at just $499.Whether the true difference between the standard 4a and the 5G-ready version is 5G support remains unclear.Google often debuts its flagship Pixel phones in October, and that would definitely fit in thethis fall” timeline. However, with the ongoing pandemic, and the fact that the Pixel 4a arrived nearly three months later than expected, it’s hard to say for sure.As Google tells us both the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will be available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia.If you’re interested in learning more about either of these phones, you can sign up to receive updates.

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