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What is a Chromebook? Why is it the Perfect Computer for Parents & Grandparents?

Simple and secure, the Chromebook makes getting things done in and out of the classroom, at work, or at home quick, easy, and affordable. Chromebooks were introduced in June 2011. In just a short time they now comprise 58% of the computers used in K-12 school classrooms. For the parent or grandparent, this relatively inexpensive computer is far easier to use than a full-featured Windows or Mac computer would be.

They’re effectively impervious to viruses. They can use Voice commands: You can say “OK, Google” from the launcher to invoke Google’s voice-powered assistant. There is tight integration with everything Google: Gmail, Drive, Calendar and so on. That means any document created in, say, Google Docs is automatically archived to Drive. It’s like full-time, automatic backup for nearly everything the user does. The most recent Chromebooks can use Google Play to install almost all Android Apps that are available for phones and tablets.

The Virtual Chromebook Meetup

elder chromebookThis website is the home of the Virtual Chromebook Meetup. The Meetup is open to any computer or technology user group or anyone interested in learning about Chromebooks.

The meetings will be announced soon and will be available live on line. The meetings will be recorded and those recordings will be available on this website.

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Updated to Version 64

My Chromebook Was Upgraded to Version 64

This morning I checked for a Chromebook version update. See http://cb4s.net/finding-the-current-chrome-os-version/ . It began downloading an update. In the update installation dialog box, there was a checkbox next to “Update firmware for added security,” which I checked. By doing so, any chips in the Chromebook that need it, will get also get updated. See https://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/tpm_firmware_update for more information.
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The List Grows

Google continues to add Chromebook models that have access to the Google Play Store. Some are considered Stable and some are still in Beta, but these can now access Play Store, install & use Android Apps. The list is updated as additional models are added. You can always check it here. The models currently able to utilize Android Apps (as of January 6, 2018) are:

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Chrome Os Is Fixing Its App Problem With Progressive Web Apps

Chrome OS Is Fixing Its App Problem With Progressive Web Apps

Chromebook users are generally a happy lot, but few would argue that the biggest problem with Chrome OS is the lack of apps. Google is going a long way to correct that issue with version 67 of Chrome OS with the introduction of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) for desktop. They appear on your home screen like regular apps, launch in the same way, and are quick and reliable because the service workers can cache all the needed assets. Progressive Web Apps have mostly been for mobile until now (though there are quite a few for Windows 10), but in a Chrome OS blog post, Google notes that "desktop usage is still growing." PWAs will give you most, if not all, the features you'd see with a regular native app, including service workers, automatic updates, web push and notifications, and home screen pinning. Google recently introduced Android apps to Chrome OS, and at the end of 2017, made it possible to multitask with them. All of that should help make its popular Chromebooks even more useful.
Best Android Apps for IT Professionals

Best Android Apps for IT Professionals

Android apps for IT professionals have been kicking around for years now. But thanks to the increased size and power of today's devices, these apps are more valuable than ever. Coupled with some of the latest updates to the Android operating system, such as split-screen multitasking, your smartphone or tablet can now stand in for your laptop in a wide range of circumstances. Whether you need to do some remote service on the CEOs desktop, troubleshoot the Wi-Fi in the conference room or grab a file from your laptop there's an Android solution. Here are the essential apps that every IT Pro should download now.
Best Stylus-Friendly Apps for Chromebooks

Best Stylus-Friendly Apps for Chromebooks

Chromebooks have had considerable success in business for those who want a lightweight computing option. But Google’s ambitions for the operating system are far bigger, with the best example being the Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro. These models feature a touchscreen, a stylus, and access to Android apps through the Google Play Store. But which apps are the right fit for such a combination? Here's a core group of apps collected from the Chrome Web Store and Google Play that will have you touching, swiping and zooming your way to a more productive computing session with your own Chromebook.
Chrome OS 67 rolling out

Chrome OS 67 Rolling Out

After rolling out to Android, Mac, Windows, and Linux, version 67 of Chrome OS is now available. Notable features include a new “Touchable material 2.0” design for tablet devices and support for desktop Progressive Web Apps. There are also new APIs for creating VR experiences, ADB support, and the perfunctory security and bug fixes. Progressive Web Apps are more commonly associated with mobile, but Google argues that they have a place on desktops given the continued importance of these devices in work settings. Like on Android, desktop PWAs can be “installed” alongside other apps, cache content with service workers, and feel native with windows featuring no address bars or tabs.

Tutorials and Help for Chromebooks. Some are Original by Hewie Poplock. Some are from Google & other sources. To view all of the Tutorials Click Here

Using the Chromebook Launcher Start Button

Using the Chromebook Launcher Start Button

How to use the Chromebook Launcher or Start Button.  …
Finding the Current Chrome OS Version

Finding the Current Chrome OS Version

This a tutorial to show how to determine the current version of the Chrome OS that your Chromebook is running.
Using Evernote on My Chromebook

Using Evernote on My Chromebook

Using Evernote on My Chromebook  
Using ROK Radio for Old Time Radio Listening on Your Chromebook

Using ROK Radio for Old Time Radio Listening on Your Chromebook

Old time radio. Comedy, Crime, Drama, Westerns, Sy-Fi and mo…