Entries by Hewie Poplock

Want To Make ChromeOS Feel More Like A Full OS?

ChromeOS is essentially the Chrome browser with a bit of window-dressing. There’s a desktop space that lets you choose your own wallpaper. There’s a start button in the lower-left corner for launching apps. There’s an app launcher shelf where you can pin your favorite apps. There’s a tray in the lower-right corner that provides quick access to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, volume and settings.

Despite these various accoutrements, nearly everything you do in ChromeOS is done inside the Chrome browser. When you launch an app, the default action is for it to open as a new tab in Chrome. If you are like me, then you have enough tabs open in Chrome at any given moment without your apps adding to that figure. Thankfully, ChromeOS has an easy setting to change this behavior.

Try Google Voice Typing for These 5 Practical Reasons Today

Dictation proves useful as a writing tool because talking activates different parts of the brain than writing or typing. It taps into the same part of us that drove ancient civilizations to tell stories out loud and pass down oral traditions. There’s more freedom than using your fingers.

Voice Typing is perfect for both fiction and nonfiction writing because it gets the creative juices flowing. Staring at a blank page can be overwhelming, but speaking out loud can help mitigate that. Plus, most people speak faster than they type, meaning you can get more down in less time.

After A Year Of Silence, VLC For Android Is Updated

When an app goes silent for more than a year, it’s reasonable to assume that it has been killed off — but that’s not the case with VLC. The Android version of the popular media player has been updated to version 2.5 after getting stuck at 2.0 for 13 months.

Work has been going on for VLC 3.0, but you would have been forgiven for thinking that the app had just been forgotten about. With the launch of VLC 2.5 there are a number of new features to enjoy including a new dynamic UI, a night mode, and picture-in-picture support for Oreo users.

VLC is famous for being able to handle just about any video format imaginable, and now there’s support for 360° videos. Bringing things into the Oreo age means that there’s not only PiP support, but also a more dynamic Material look to everything — complete with blurred backgrounds.

New Chromebook Videos By Google Show Up On YouTube

We wrote not long ago about a bunch of new, awesome YouTube videos (which are also TV spots) showing up on YouTube in the official Chromebook Channel. They are quick, informative, and well-made.

Sure, some people aren’t huge fans of the “You Chromebook” slogan, but it works to deliver the message Google is trying to convey with this latest campaign.

Right on the heels of those slick, punchy ads, Google has unleashed a new set of videos that are quite a bit different from the last batch.

Google Makes Taking Screenshots On Chrome Os Easier By Copying Android

Google has done a lot to make Chrome OS better suited for the arrival of Android apps, from the design of the app drawer to other things like notifications. Now, Google is changing how to take a screenshot on Chrome OS by pulling from Android.

Revealed by Googler François Beaufort on Google+ today, Google has added a new gesture for taking screenshots on Chrome OS in the dev channel. Just like on most Android devices, you can now take a screenshot on Chromebooks by holding down the volume down and power keys at the same time.

How To Enable Night Light Blue Light Filter On Chrome Os

Night Light is a feature that lets users avoid eye strain when using a screen late at night, and it is now available for Chrome users.

As someone who spends most of his waking day staring at one of a few screens, night mode is my favorite feature to come along in the last few years. On Windows, Android and iOS, users can flip a switch to filter out the blue light spectrum coming from their screen.

The blue part of the color spectrum has some interesting effects on the human eye — exposing yourself to too much of this light at night will make it much harder to get to sleep. Fortunately, Chrome users also have the option to toggle night mode as well.

Microsoft Office for Chromebooks is Now Available

Chromebooks that support Android apps can now install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote from the Play Store.

Android app support for Chromebooks has been under development for a couple of years now. With the latest Chrome OS update, apps from the Play Store have finally hit the mainstream for Chromebooks. If you have a Chromebook that supports Android apps, you can install apps from the Play Store just like you would on an Android tablet or smartphone. It’s confirmed that this now includes the Microsoft Office applications for Android.

Read on for the details.

How to Switch From a PC to a Chromebook

Chromebooks are known for being inexpensive and lasting a long time on a charge. But switching to a Chromebook from a Windows PC doesn’t happen without some effort. The cloud-based notebooks are lean and fast, they rely almost entirely on the browser, and you can’t use them for non-Android games. However, new models such as the Google Pixelbook 2 are nimble enough to help you stay super productive.

Google Docs and Gmail are just the start. Here’s how to get up to speed quickly with a quirky new Chromebook.