Entries by Hewie Poplock

Chromebook is about to get some improved printing options

Printing from has always been a somewhat convoluted affair, with printers needing to get hooked up to Google Cloud Print in the cloud before becoming available or wherever else you’ve got Chrome installed.

Now Google is adding the option to print from Chrome OS to a locally networked printer for the first time, boosting the offline capabilities of Chromebooks along the way. The feature is built into version 59 of the operating system, which just hit the stable channel.

How to master Google Photos

By now, you’ve almost certainly heard how good Google Photos is. Your friends, family, and coworkers are probably using it and singing the app’s praises. It makes backing up your photo library effortless. It can identify people — even babies — in your images with freakish accuracy. It automatically creates GIFs and movies that the people in your life will cherish. Hooray.

But there’s really no great manual or user guide for Google Photos. Google’s FAQ site is about as close as the company comes to a “getting started” handbook. So I’ve compiled some how-tos and tips here and plan to update this article to keep up with any big changes that Google makes to the app.

Review of Acer R11 Chromebook

It is just 7 weeks since I purchased my first Chromebook, the Acer R11. I was a novice of what to look for and did some preliminary research before buying my Acer R11. I wanted to touch and feel before buying so I went to my nearby Best Buy store. They had 3 models on display and in stock. After looking over the 3, the Acer R11 was on sale and seemed to have the specs that I wanted.

Should I Buy a Chromebook? Buying Guide and Advice

A Chromebook is a laptop of a different breed. Instead of Windows 10 or macOS, Chromebooks run Google’s Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. These machines have done quite well in the education market, but their appeal has broadened.

Low prices, long battery life and ease of use are just a few reasons why Chromebooks are attractive. Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in 2016, and Gartner is predicting that Chromebook sales will grow by 16.3 percent in 2017.

But is a Chromebook right for you? Our Chromebook buying guide has the answers to these and other questions.

Sharing Your Chromebook

Watch this video to learn how you can share your Chromebook with friends, family and others. For more information, visit the Chromebook Help Center at: support.google.com/chromebook

Chromebook Comparison and 2017 Buyer’s Guide

What you should know before buying
It’s a browser!

The most important thing to know when considering a Chromebook is that you pretty much only get the Chrome web browser. There are some pre-installed apps that run offline and outside the browser (like a calculator, video player, etc.) and more third-party apps are available all the time, but most of your work will be done within a browser window. If you currently find yourself doing most of your daily work in Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer, you may be a good candidate for a Chromebook.

The Android App Revolution on Chromebooks Is Still on Hold

The Google Play Store was coming, and with it millions of Android applications that would resolve the “app gap” keeping Chrome OS from being a serious contender for many. Microsoft Office, social media applications, and even some popular games would help Chromebooks grow beyond their reputation as simple machines that are just for browsing the web.

How to use your Chromebook Touchpad

Watch this video to learn how to right click, scroll and use Chromebook touchpad shortcuts. If you run into any issues, check out the Get Help app or visit the Chromebook Help Center at support.google.com/chromebook.