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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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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 November 1, 2017) are:
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Being Stylus

Touchscreens are everywhere. I no longer have any of my “toys” without one. My desktop computer has a 23? Hannspree touch monitor. My Dell 15? laptop, Microsoft Surface 3 and the 11? Chromebook have touchscreens. Of course, the iPad, the 2 Android smartphones, and our old iPhones are touch. Like many of my friends & neighbors, my fingers are not as easy to control and precision is not always the norm. I attend a lot of trade shows and local events where businesses have booths where they give away advertising “stuff.” Many of them now give away a stylus or a pen with a stylus. I always pick some up, to use or to share with friends.

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These Are The Chromebooks That Can Run Android Apps From Google Play

These Are The Chromebooks That Can Run Android Apps From Google Play

Android — and 1,000,000+ apps — on your Chromebook is awesome. But not every Chromebook is going to get updated to have Google Play and Android apps. And most of the ones that will are in a long testing process. We all hate waiting. And we all hate updates that break things. Google and the people who made your Chromebook are trying to make sure everything is good and keep the wait time to a minimum, but still — we all hate waiting! Things are progressing. Here's the current state of Android on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.
How To Choose The Right Chromebook

How To Choose The Right Chromebook

Knowing what to look for before you buy will make you happier and can save you money — which also makes you happier. Whether you're buying your first Chromebook or upgrading from an older model, you need to know what to look for before you part with your cash. Really, most purchases are this way — especially electronics of any sort. We can help you figure out which Chromebook features are right for you so you can be an informed buyer.
Best Chromebooks That Run Android Apps

Best Chromebooks That Run Android Apps

If you don’t own a Chromebook yet, you should consider one as your next laptop. You can run Android apps on Chromebooks — well, on some Chromebooks. Forget the bad things you’ve heard about Chromebooks years ago. Things have changed, and Chromebooks are now formidable work machines. The Chrome Web Store contains all kinds of powerhouse apps, including a number of productivity-boosting apps you’ll love. But if you’re going to buy a Chromebook, make sure to buy one that also runs Android apps!
How Safe are Chromebooks from Ransomware

How Safe are Chromebooks from Ransomware

Ransomware works by encrypting the local storage on your device to make it inaccessible. Chromebooks store most of their data on the cloud, and are hence relatively safe from encryption attacks. The local Downloads folder could, in theory, be vulnerable to encryption. It is hence recommended to have a back-up of your Downloads folder, or better still, store all your Downloads on the cloud directly. However, Google Drive files are also stored locally on your Chromebook, and are synced to the cloud regularly. Hence, ransomware could encrypt the locally stored Google Drive files, which would then automatically sync to the cloud, extending the ransomware’s reach to your cloud storage. There is no reason to worry about this, though. Google Docs content (including Docs, Sheets, Presentations and Forms) will not be harmed. Those files only store links to the files locally, and the content is safe on the cloud. If ransomware encrypts your links, the links will be broken but the files will be safe. As for other files, Google Drive allows you to access previous versions of any file you upload. Hence, if ransomware encrypts certain files, you can always access previous, unencrypted files through this service. In case you ever find yourself in this situation here’s how to access previous versions of files on Google Drive.