The 2018 Chromebook Runs Android Apps, Microsoft Office: Time To Switch?

The 2018 Chromebook Runs Android Apps, Microsoft Office: Time To Switch?

I’m a Chrome OS convert. The Google Pixelbook made the conversion easy.

Here’s the tl;dr: my Pixelbook runs everything I need. It runs Android apps, Google Docs (of course), Microsoft Office, Microsoft OneDrive, iCloud (yes, Chrome now can access iCloud photos online), my social networking apps, Firefox, Skype, imaging apps (Pixlr, Polarr, PhotoShop Express etc.), Nest (home security), Netflix, and nice extras like Google Assistant (Google’s intelligent personal assistant).

The 2018 Chromebook Runs Android Apps, Microsoft Office: Time To Switch?

Original Article Appeared 1/6/2018

This Is The New Acer Chromebook 11

This Is The New Acer Chromebook 11

Many people diss Chromebooks because they simply don’t understand them. No, Chrome OS — the operating system that powers these laptops — is not just a glorified web browser. Actually, the OS is a full Linux distribution that is both extremely secure and easy to use. True, they can be deficient for some tasks, such as video editing and hardcore gaming, but let’s be honest — not everyone has those needs. If everything you do is in a browser — email, web surfing, social media, YouTube, Netflix, etc. — there is no reason to run Windows and open yourself up to malware and other bad things. Hell, Chromebooks even have Microsoft Office support these days!

Today, Acer unveils its latest Chromebook 11, and it is absolutely beautiful.

This Is The New Acer Chromebook 11

Original Article Appeared 1/6/2018

Storyboard That Graphic Organizers and Comic Strips

Storyboard That: Graphic Organizers and Comic Strips

Fun and learning come together with Storyboard That. This application allows you or students to create comic strips, storyboards or graphic organizers. Clearly communicate ideas through graphics is a great way for students to demonstrate their learning.

Storyboard That Graphic Organizers and Comic Strips

Original Article Appeared 5/13/2016

0215-Chromebooks Meltdown and Spectre Most Are Already Patched

Chromebooks, Meltdown, and Spectre: Most Are Already Patched

Put frankly, it has been a scary couple days to start 2018 when it comes to computing in general. If you’ve been around basically any tech site on the internet, you’ve likely come across the latest mega-issue plaguing what seems to be every device on the planet.

The bad news? It’s incredibly widespread. The good news? Your Chromebook may already be patched and has the ability to employ a new feature that will help mitigate your vulnerabilities. Let’s talk through a couple things you need to know with regards to your Chrome device, Meltdown, and Spectre.

0215-Chromebooks Meltdown and Spectre Most Are Already Patched

Original Article Appeared 1/4/2018

Yes, You Can Run Windows Programs On A Chromebook

Yes, You Can Run Windows Programs On A Chromebook

Can’t live without a particular Windows program? Here’s the trick for running it on your Chromebook.

For many users, cloud-based Chromebooks offer a great mix of simplicity and affordability, free of some of the hassles associated with Windows PCs. But of course there’s a downside to that: Google’s operating system doesn’t run Windows software.

If you occasionally find that to be a problem, particularly when you’re out and about, there’s a solution. Chromebooks can access Windows apps, and in fact can run Windows proper — after a fashion. (Pro tip: This works with Mac and Linux systems as well, but for purposes of this tutorial, the focus is on Windows.)

Yes, You Can Run Windows Programs On A Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 3/9/2017

Android Apps On Chrome Os Will Finally Be Able To Run In The Background

Android Apps On Chrome Os Will Finally Be Able To Run In The Background W 64

Android apps are finally expanding to just about everyone with a recent Chromebook, but they’re still not “done.” There are still a lot of limitations with Android apps on Chrome OS, but one of the biggest flaws is about to be fixed in Chrome OS 64.

Since their debut on the platform, Android apps on Chrome OS have had the limitation of pausing activity whenever they are not in focus. There are exceptions to the rule, like Spotify, but apps with real-time data and various games pause whenever you click out of the window. For those coming from other platforms, that can be seriously annoying.

However, Google is fixing this very soon.

Original Article Appeared 12/28/2017