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.

Apparently, this was a major update. During the process, a notice popped up that said, “This upgrade resets your Chromebook & removes current data.” When the upgrade completed, I was at factory-fresh. I was asked for the new computer information. It asked me to choose the wi-fi and its password. Then it asked me to sign in with my account (email address & password). Once I did so, it set up my Chromebook from the cloud. Then it asked to install Google Play Store, which my Chromebook supports.

Once Google Play was installed, I waited a few minutes and noticed that a down-arrow appeared in the notification area next to the status tray. It was now downloading more apps that had been installed. However, not all of my apps automatically downloaded.

I had to go to Play Store and click on the 3-line menu on the top left. Then I chose “my apps & games.” There were 3 tabs at the top, Updates, Installed, & Library. The Library tabs show which apps I had installed prior to this on my Chromebook or my Android phone. I then added any apps that I wanted. It gave me the opportunity to leave out unused apps that I had previously installed.

Obviously, my Chromebook would not remember any accounts or passwords associated with any of my apps, so I had to use my eWallet password manager for those that I did not remember. Make sure that you keep a list of all of your passwords. A password manager is better than index cards or a sheet of paper, but a list should be kept.

My Chromebook version is now 64 (64.0.3282.167). It was upgraded from version 63 (63.0.3239.140).   

 

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 more.

 

Google Play Store image

The List Grows

Updated January 6, 2018

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:
Stable Channel:

 

  • Acer Chromebook R11 (CB5-132T, C738T)
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 11 (R751T)
  • Acer Chromebook R13 (CB5-312T)
  • Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731, C731T)
  • Acer Chromebook 11 (C771, C771T)
  • Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431)
  • Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (CP5-471)
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB515-1HT/1H)
  • Acer Chromebook 11 (C740)
  • Aopen Chromebox Mini
  • Aopen Chromebase Mini
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C213
  • Asus Chromebook C202SA
  • Asus Chromebook C300SA / C301SA
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C302
  • CTL NL61 Chromebook
  • CTL J2 / J4 Chromebook
  • Dell Chromebook 11 (3180)
  • Dell Chromebook 11 Convertible (3189)
  • Dell Chromebook 13 (3380)
  • Dell Chromebook 13 (7310)
  • eduGear Chromebook K Series
  • eduGear Chromebook M Series
  • Edxis Education Chromebook
  • Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)
  • Google Pixelbook
  • Haier Chromebook 11e
  • HiSense Chromebook 11
  • HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE
  • HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE
  • HP Chromebook 11 G5
  • HP Chromebook 13 G1
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook (Gen 4)
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 4)
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook (Gen 3)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 3)
  • Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook
  • Lenovo N22 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N23 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N42 Chromebook
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
  • Medion Chromebook S2015
  • Mercer Chromebook NL6D
  • Ncomputing Chromebook CX100
  • Nexian Chromebook 11.6”
  • PCMerge Chromebook PCM-116E
  • Prowise Chromebook Entryline
  • Poin2 Chromebook 11
  • Poin3 Chromebook 14
  • Positivo Chromebook CH1190
  • Samsung Chromebook Plus
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro
  • Samsung Chromebook 3
  • Sector 5 E1 Rugged Chromebook
  • Viglen Chromebook 11

Beta Channel:

  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571 / C910)
  • CTL J5 Convertible Chromebook
  • eduGear CMT Chromebook
  • Haier Chromebook 11 C
  • PCMerge Chromebook PCM-116T-432B
  • Prowise Chromebook Proline
  • Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
  • Viglen Chromebook 360

If you have one of these devices and want to try out Android Apps, simply navigate to Settings and click the hamburger menu (three horizontal bars) at the top left and select About Chrome OS. From there select “detailed build information” and “change channel.” Click Beta and change the channel.

The update will take only a few minutes to download depending on your network speed. Once complete, you will be prompted to restart. After your Chromebook reboots, you should be greeted with a notification that you have a “critical update” waiting for your device. This is the Play Store update.

Click update and continue logging in.

After the update is complete you should see Google Play in your settings menu. You can enable Android Apps and start installing. Start with just one.  As always, make sure you backup any data you do not want to lose. Moving back to the Stable channel will require a “Powerwash” of your Chromebook.

MagicJack

My Chromebook is a Phone

Today, I made my Chromebook a phone. I can dial out to any phone and receive calls just using my Chromebook and an Android App from MagicJack . Not only can I use it as a phone, I can also message with the app as well.

Now there are some “gotchas” to this. You need to have either a MagicJackPlus or the more recent MagicJackGo. The Go is available at Amazon for $35 and includes 1 year of free service. Service after the first year is $39 for 1 year or $30 per year if you renew for 3 years. When I upgraded to my Plus 4 years ago, I paid $20 per year for 5 years. I have 1 more to go before I will have to renew again.

MagicJack Dial PadThere is an iOS & an Android App for the MagicJack. I was able to install the App on my Chromebook which is one that currently supports Android Apps (see the list here). The App has not been truly formatted for a Chromebook, so it will be in a phone-sized window. If you have a convertible 2-in-1 touch screen that makes into a tablet Chromebook, you can turn it to portrait mode and full screen it to make it look like a giant phone. You also need a Chromebook that has a microphone (many do) and a speaker, which I think all of them have.

You are allowed 1 external device per MagicJack. I had to remove my iPad from the account and add the Chromebook. Once I did that, it worked perfectly.

Messaging with MagicJackThe app will also send text messages. It does not allow photo attachments. Text and emojis seemed to work fine. If the app is not open, I do get notifications in the bottom right of the screen next to the Status Tray that I have received a call or a message. There is also a notification number in the app.

So, if I should forget my cell phone or it runs out of battery, and I have wi-fi available, I will still have a phone in my Chromebook.

MagicJack Recent Calls

 

 

How To Print From A Chromebook

How To Print From A Chromebook

Chromebooks are compact, agile laptops meant to do most of their work in the cloud. But from time to time, you probably still need to print something. When a printing job comes along, don’t get taken off guard: Here’s how to make sure your printer is ready to use and how to print on a Chromebook.

It should be noted that we’re going to go over the Google Cloud version, which requires a Wi-Fi printer. This is the ideal method with the average modern printer. However, if connecting to a printer via Wi-Fi isn’t an option for you, then we suggest connecting your Chromebook to a printer with a USB cable first and skipping the parts about connecting over a network.

How To Print From A Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 2/6/2018

The TOP Chrome OS laptops from Google, Dell and Acer

The TOP Chrome OS Laptops From Google, Dell and Acer

Here are the best Chromebooks you can pick up in 2018 – find the best Chrome OS laptop for you and grab a great deal
Finding the best Chromebook for you isn’t easy. From performance and price to size and weight, there are many aspects consider before you take your Chromebook to the checkout. But don’t worry: we’re here to help make you Chromebook buying decision that little bit easier.

As 2018 begins, we’ve gathered every single Chromebook worth buying right now, to save you the hassle of doing the research yourself. Here at Expert Reviews, we’re always taking a look at the latest and greatest Chromebooks on offer, with the best coverage in the UK. We’ve sorted out the best of the bunch.

The TOP Chrome OS laptops from Google, Dell and Acer

Original Article Appeared 2/2/2018

How To Copy And Paste On A Chromebook

How To Copy And Paste On A Chromebook

When you first fire up your new Chromebook and get to work, you’ll probably have a few questions about the slim Chrome OS and how everything works. One question that users eventually have is, “How do I copy and paste on Chrome?”

The good news is that copying and pasting on a Chromebook works very much like copying on other computer systems. Let’s go through common copy/paste tasks and how you can do them quickly.

How To Copy And Paste On A Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 2/2/2018