Entries by Hewie Poplock

Why Every Chromebook Owner Should Carry A USB Key Or SD Card With Them

I know, it’s sounds silly to make this statement but if you use a Chromebook, I strongly encourage you to carry a USB key or SD card (depending on if your device supports flash memory cards) for one simple reason: In the rare event that your Chromebook needs a full system recovery, you’re going to need it. And preferably, you’ll already have a Chrome OS image on USB stick as well, although that’s not a requirement.

It doesn’t happen often — and when it does, you’ll least expect it — but every so often I see folks that have a damaged Chrome OS file system. At that point, they can’t boot their Chromebook so they can’t Powerwash it to reset it to factory settings. You’re just stuck with a non-functioning device.

The Best Chromebooks You Can Buy, 2018 Edition

There has never been a better time to get into the Chromebook scene, so you’re in a great position to make the leap. If you’re having a hard time figure out which Chromebook to buy, we’re here to help.

Chrome OS has really matured over the last few years, with the addition of Android apps on pretty much all modern Chromebooks. This really opened the available applications to include many options that were previously lacking on Chrome OS—like image editors, for example.

With all the progress Google has been making on Chrome OS as a whole, it’s clear that the company is fully invested in this operating system and has a focused vision for the future. Chrome OS has broken out of the “just a browser” mold and is inching closer to the “full operating system” space.

35 Extensions to Turn Your Chromebook into a Powerhouse

This article is only intended for users running the Google Chrome operating system.

The rapidly rising popularity of Google Chromebooks can be attributed to a number of factors, including their relatively low costs and lightweight physical footprint. Although laptops running Chrome OS are considered less capable in some areas when compared to their Windows and Mac counterparts, your Chromebook can be transformed into a virtual powerhouse with the addition of browser extensions—all available free of charge from the Chrome Web Store.

5 Ways to Work Offline on a Chromebook

When Chromebook made its debut, it was no more than a conduit to all things Internet, especially Gmail, Google Drive, and other Google Cloud services. There wasn’t a single thing you could do on them if you were unlucky enough to have a limited or no Internet connection at all. And, this reputation has stuck with Chromebooks.

Google, however, was quick to rectify this oversight. Today, there’s quite a lot you can do offline with a Chromebook. In order for an app to run offline, the app needs to run everything locally and Google solved this by introducing “Packaged Apps” that can execute locally.

Everything You Knew About Chromebooks Is Wrong

Google’s slow, limited, browser-only, cloud-centric laptop platform is now the most powerful and capable user platform on the planet.

Yeah, I said it.

Apple fans laugh at this idea, saying that a MacBook Pro can run the Chrome browser and gain all the benefits of a Chromebook, as well as all the benefits and leading-edge content-creation tools of a far more elegant, better designed and better engineered device.

Hands-on with the World’s First Chrome OS Tablet

It’s a Chromebook. It’s a tablet. It’s both. Acer just unveiled the world’s first Chromebook tablet: the Chromebook Tab 10. And yes, you can play Fortnite and PUBG on it. But outside of fighting tooth and nail for that illustrious chicken dinner, Acer is targeting educators and students with this handsome new slate. The company has yet to share pricing or launch dates. Instead, here are my first impressions.

The Ultimate How-To Guide for Chromebook Beginners

Chromebooks have deservedly earned a reputation for being easy-to-use, even for people who aren’t technologically savvy. Chromebooks aren’t just perfect for students, they’re also solid options for seniors.

But just because the operating system is straightforward, it doesn’t mean there aren’t some parts of it that require further explanation. Without further ado, here’s an ultimate how-to guide for your Chromebook.

Acer’s Beautiful New $270 Chromebook 11

Ed. Note: After publication, Acer changed the price from $250 to $270 which is only $20 more but quite a bit in this budget segment.

The Chromebook train keeps on trucking with Google’s partner companies turning out new, better specced, higher quality devices every few weeks it seems. Today we are taking a quick look at Acer’s new $270 fanless 4GB Chromebook 11 (CB311-8H-C5DV) in an Indigo Blue matte finish. It puts a speedy higher end 4GB/32GB SSD storage into a durable package kids will love.

Google Upgrades Its Paid Storage Plans with More Options

On Monday, Google announced updates to its paid storage plans under Google Drive. Called Google One, customers will have access to expanded storage at lower price points, plus a bevy of other benefits.

With Google One, consumers can get 100GB and 200 GB of storage for monthly fees of $1.99 and $2.99, respectively. The 2TB plan was priced at $19.99 previously but will now cost $9.99 a month after the 1TB plan gets discontinued. And for heavy users, the rates for 10TB, 20TB, and 30TB will remain unchanged.