Entries by Hewie Poplock

Is a Chromebook a good business laptop?

The big controversy with Chromebooks in the early days was that they couldn’t be used to run “real” programs that Windows and macOS machines can run. But it’s been 7 years, and the web has grown a lot. Chromebooks have grown a lot, too. They’ve gotten more robust extensions. They’ve gotten support for millions of Android apps through Google Play. And even if you lose internet, Google’s Drive suite — and many productivity services and apps — will let you keep working offline on your Chromebook, then sync your data back to the cloud once it finds Wi-Fi again.

How to get battery full alerts in Chrome

Battery charge alerts are pretty useful for monitoring the health of your battery. In cases where you’re dealing with an if-fy battery, or you need to check if your battery is charging too quickly, it helps to know when the battery has reached a full charge. You can use various apps and scripts to get battery full alerts but if you use Chrome, an extension called Battreminder can send those alerts as well.

How to Delete Apps from Your Chromebook

For most users, Android apps from the Google Play Store are likely to be the main reason they need to clear up space, so we’ll start there.

If you’re using the Chromebook with a trackpad or mouse, two-finger click (trackpad) or right-click (mouse) while the mouse pointer is hovering over an app’s icon and then click “Uninstall.”

If you’re using a Chrome OS tablet—or just like using your Chromebook’s touchscreen—tap and hold on the app’s icon and then tap “Uninstall.”

More LTE-Enabled Chromebooks On The Way

The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 with LTE is by no means the first cellular-enabled Chrome device to come to market. There was Google’s Chromebook Pixel (2013), the HP Chromebook 14 (w/4G, not LTE. Also, my first Chromebook. Loved it.) and an obscure ASUS 300 model that I’ve never actually seen in the flesh. Out of the three, the HP was probably the most popular due to its low cost and free 200MB of free monthly data compliments of T-Mobile.

For “Always On” Consumers, the Always Connected Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 (LTE)

Instead of one-size-fits-all, we take a different approach—creating a range of devices to meet the needs of different consumers. We offer super-powerful, top-tier laptops and tablets. And we also bring premium features down to more affordable price points. Whether a consumer prefers Windows, Android, or Chrome OS, we want to make sure Samsung has the device that helps users get more out of their life and work.

A Month With Chrome OS and Pixelbook

There’s a huge dilemma surrounding Google’s Chromebooks. When they first launched, they were only capable of running websites on Google’s Chrome browsers. Google made a huge bet on its browser-based and affordable laptops that were meant to let you do a ton of things from the browser. In reality, that was never the case. Good web apps back then were quite hard to find, and a major limitation of Google’s Chromebook devices was the fact that you needed a working internet connection all the time.

Fast forward a few years later, the Chromebook platform has come a long way. It can now run Android apps, and it’s even getting support for running Linux apps. From only being able to run web apps to running Android and Linux apps, the journey has been a long, bumpy road for Google.

Why Chromebooks are a bigger threat to Microsoft than you know

You remember Chromebooks, don’t you? They’re the small, inexpensive notebooks that were supposed to seriously eat into Microsoft’s market share by showing the world that you don’t need a big operating system to get big work done — just a lightweight one to get you internet access. Devices you could buy for less than the price of a piece of software. Hardware that would finally prove to the world that there’s no need for Microsoft Office and other big, client-based software — a free copy of Google Docs would do.

Things didn’t quite turn out that way. Windows laptops are thriving, and Chromebooks are rarely used in enterprises. Microsoft Office still rules the office suite world. Microsoft has no need to worry — right? Well, not quite.

Samsung Chromebook Plus V1 and V2 Side By Side Comparison

Since Samsung unveiled the surprising Chromebook Plus V2 back in June, the lingering question on everyone’s lips has been, “should I buy the new one or stick with the old one?”

Until we got both in the office and really had them side by side, the answer was pretty difficult to discern. These two devices share a lot in common: mainly aluminum build, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, garaged stylus, USB Type C and a convertible form factor.

How to Make Your Chromebook as Secure as Possible

One of Chrome OS’ biggest benefits is its inherent security features. It’s regarded as one of the most secure consumer-focused operating systems, but here’s how you can eek just a bit more out of it.

First off, let’s talk about what we mean by “security.” I don’t want to confuse this with “privacy,” which is something different. We’re focused on keeping your data safe on your Chromebook, should it ever get lost or stolen—and really, just for peace of mind.

How to turn any website into a custom Chrome OS app

Google’s Chrome OS operating system is getting more interesting with every passing month as of late — but figuring out how to optimize a Chromebook for your workflow isn’t always obvious, especially if you’re used to a more traditional desktop platform.

One common challenge is the software’s absence of apps — or at least apps in the most basic sense. Sure, Chromebooks can run Android apps and even now Linux apps, in some circumstances, but what if you just want to run something like Slack, in its desktop form? Or what if you want a handy icon to open Gmail or Google Docs and have them look like native apps instead of just regular ol’ web tabs?