Reset your Chromebook (When and How!)

Reset your Chromebook (When and How!)

Chrome OS resets come in different shapes and colors. Or so it looks. This article will help you understand different types of resets, why and why to do them and of course, how to do them.

Reset your Chromebook (When and How!)

Original Article Appeared 3/13/2018

Acer Chromebook 15 Review Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Acer Chromebook 15 Review: Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

The title up there was written on purpose. The Acer Chromebook 15 is nothing if not underwhelming on the spec sheet. As we go through the specifics of this device, it would be easy to consider writing off this machine based individual stats. Other than one area, this Chromebook isn’t the best at anything.

Acer Chromebook 15 Review Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Original Article Appeared 3/12/2018

Use Google Lens On Your Chromebook To Grab Text From Images

Use Google Lens On Your Chromebook To Grab Text From Images

Google has, in various ways through the years, attempted to allow users to pull text from images. Be it Google Drive, Google Docs, Translate or some other service, there have been some pretty solid tries to convert images to text by Google.

To this point, none of them have been viable, useful tools for actually doing this on a regular basis. Why would you want this, anyway?

Use Google Lens On Your Chromebook To Grab Text From Images

Original Article Appeared 3/7/2018

Acer Chromebook 15 (Cb5-571) And Six Other Models Get Official Android App Support

Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571) And Six Other Models Get Official Android App Support

Every few weeks, another batch of Chromebooks receive official support for the Play Store. The feature has rolled out to most popular models by now, but there are still a few left without it. Seven more Chromebooks now have Android app support in the Chrome OS stable channel, including the Acer Chromebook 15.

Acer Chromebook 15 (Cb5-571) And Six Other Models Get Official Android App Support

Original Article Appeared 3/5/2018

How To Check For Chrome OS Updates

How To Check For Chrome OS Updates

One of the beautiful features of Chrome OS is that it automatically updates itself every couple of weeks. But if you know an update is available and don’t want to wait for it, there’s a way to manually check for updates. Here’s how…

How To Check For Chrome OS Updates

Original Article Appeared 3/1/2018

Why Clark Howard wants you to set up a ‘Financial Chromebook’

Why Clark Howard wants you to set up a ‘Financial Chromebook’

If you need a new laptop but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, Chromebooks can be a great option.

“Chromebooks initially were lame, but now they’re fantastic. They’re simple, fast and cheap. $199 buys you a very good Chromebook,” Clark says. “They have decent battery life, you can get on the Internet quickly, and they’re easy to travel with.”

Why Clark Howard wants you to set up a ‘Financial Chromebook’

Original Article Appeared 2/27/2018

Trackpad Pinch To Zoom Now Standard On Chrome OS

Trackpad Pinch To Zoom Now Standard On Chrome OS

Back in November, we stumbled upon the fact that the pinch to zoom function was now working on a handful of devices which confirmed our previous findings that this much-needed feature was headed to Google’s Pixelbook, the Samsung Pro and Plus as well as the Chromebook Pixel 2015.

So, it was no surprise that we’ve now caught wind that this feature will now be rolling out to ALL Chrome OS devices and enabled by default.

Trackpad Pinch To Zoom Now Standard On Chrome OS

Original Article Appeared 2/23/2018

Chromebooks in the workplace: How one non-profit uses Chrome OS to get things done

Chromebooks in the workplace: How one non-profit uses Chrome OS to get things done

Despite its first impression, Chrome OS is great in the workplace. Every type of business needs access to email, internal sites for company announcements, calendars, and other basic tools. For the longest time, Windows has dominated the business landscape, but increasingly Chromebooks are challenging that notion.

Chromebooks in the workplace: How one non-profit uses Chrome OS to get things done

Article Originally Appeared 2/14/2018

Trusted Platform Module Firmware Vulnerability: Technical Documentation

Trusted Platform Module Firmware Vulnerability: Technical Documentation

There is a bug in certain Infineon TPM firmware versions which results in RSA keys generated by the TPM being vulnerable to an attack that allows to recover the private half of the RSA key from just the public key. The researchers who found the vulnerability have published high-level information here: https://crocs.fi.muni.cz/public/papers/rsa_ccs17. Currently known exploits are computationally expensive; specifically, for RSA keys of bit size 2048, the researchers give an estimate of 140.8 CPU years to break a single key. Note that this figure might drop as more researchers look at the attack. At the current point in time, it means TPM-generated RSA keys can’t be broken at large scale, but targeted attacks are possible. To summarize: There exists a practical attack against TPM-generated RSA keys, but it doesn’t allow large-scale exploitation of Chrome OS devices.

Trusted Platform Module Firmware Vulnerability: Technical Documentation

Original Article Appeared 2/14/2018

5 Reasons You Should Buy A Chromebook Over A Mac Or PC

5 Reasons You Should Buy A Chromebook Over A Mac Or PC

If you consider yourself a power user, you may be quick to write off Chromebooks. While they’re not as powerful as gaming laptops, they’re plenty fast for basic tasks like checking email or browsing the web. If you’re not married to macOS or Windows 10, these web-based laptops are both reliable and inexpensive. Plus, some of them look more expensive than they actually are. So, whether you’re on a tight budget or looking to get some light work done, Chromebooks may be a good option for you.

5 Reasons You Should Buy A Chromebook Over A Mac Or PC

Original Article Appeared 2/9/2018