"Haswell" makes it way to Chromebooks
The Chrome OS-based laptop, aka a Chromebook, got off to a poor start when it debuted two years ago, with poor hardware and an OS that did little. Chromebooks remain problematic, but they're gaining traction in the cheapest end of the laptop spectrum (those under $300). And Google continues to improve the Chrome OS, though it still has a ways to go.
Nonetheless, a new set of Chromebooks from several makers is due for the holidays, and they'll use the low-power "Haswell" Core i3 chip that debuted earlier this year in the MacBook Air, promising to give Chromebooks much better battery life -- and no longer need a cooling fan.